Meet Susan

Susan Calder grew up in Montreal and moved to Calgary in 1996. Her first novel Deadly Fall was published in March 2011 by TouchWood Editions. Deadly Fall launches a murder mystery series set in Calgary and featuring sleuth/insurance adjuster Paula Savard.  The sequel, Ten Days in Summer, was released in January 2017 by BWL Ltd. BWL will publish her third novel, To Catch a Fox, in February 2019.

Susan has a degree in Urban Studies from Concordia University and worked as an insurance claims examiner. She came to writing twenty-five years ago and honed her craft at Concordia University, the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, the Banff Centre for the Arts, The Sage Hill Writing Experience and Booming Ground. At Mystery Writers’ INK and the Calgary Citizens’ Police Academy, she learned about crime, police work, guns, poisons and assorted ghoulish matters useful to mystery writing.

Susan’s short stories and poems have won contests and been published in Other Voices, Alberta Views, The Prairie Journal, Silver Boomers Anthology, Best of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group Volumes I & II, AB Negative and Passport to Murder. Her award-winning Alberta Views story appears in Writing Menopause anthology (Inanna Publications), released in 2017. Her story When a Warm Wind Blows Off the Mountains, published in December 2016 by Loft on Eighth, was produced as an art book through the Print(ed) Word project and will be on permanent display at the new downtown Calgary Public Library. Susan serves on the board of When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers and is a past president of the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, where she teaches courses and workshops on writing fiction, mystery, dialogue and revision.  She is also a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and Crime Writers of Canada. When she’s not engaged in writing and related activities, Susan is likely to be travelling or hiking.    

Meet Susan:

Friday, Jan 11, 2019, 5-7 pm. Loft 112, Calgary. Inner City Stories. Susan launches a chapbook featuring her short story, ‘Gentrifying Gina.’

Friday, Jan 11, 2019, 7-9 pm. Calgary Public Library (downtown branch). Opening reception for Print(ed) Word Exhibition.

Fri-Sun, Aug 9-11, 2019. When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers. Panels, presentations, book signing.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 7-8 pm. Calgary Public Library (downtown branch). Presentation with artist Sylvia Arthur on their collaborative Print(ed) Word project, ‘When a Warm Wind Blows Off the Mountains.’

Look out for more events in 2019, as Susan launches her new novel, To Catch a Fox.

Selected Past events:

October 12 – 15, 2017 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. Sheraton Centre, Toronto. Moderator for panel on Urban Noir, presentation on the Calgary Stampede, Book signing for Bouchercon Short story Anthology, Passport to Murder.  She’ll be the moderator for the panel on Urban Noir, Fri, Oct 13, 10-11 am, Sheraton Centre, Toronto, followed by a signing in the Osgoode Room.

Friday, October 13, 2017, 7:00-8:00 pm. Speaker: How Hoarding Inspired My Murder Mystery Novel. Toronto Public Library, S. Walter Stewart Branch, 170 Memorial Park Ave, Toronto, ON. Free. Drop-in. No registration required. For more information phone 416-396-3975.

Thursday, July 6, 2017, 9:00 – 11:00 am. Shelf Life Books, 1302 – 4th St. SW, Calgary. Annual 4th St, Pancake Breakfast Showdown.

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 7:00 pm. Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd St SW, Calgary. Stampede Reading and Discussion. Local writers Susan Calder, Kris Demeanor, Emily Ursuliak and Aritha Van Herk read from their books about the Calgary Stampede and discuss controversies surrounding Calgary’s annual wild west festival.  Host Shaun Hunter.

Thursday, July 6, 2017, 9:00 – 11:00 am. Shelf Life Books, 1302 – 4th St. SW, Calgary. Annual 4th St, Pancake Breakfast Showdown.

►   Learn about Deadly Fall and 10 Days in Summer

►   Read Susan’s BWL Author Interview.

►   Read her interview with Christina Hamlett

►   Read Susan’s short stories in the anthologies:  Writing Menopause, Coast Lines 1 & 2 and AB Negative

►   Photo Gallery

►   Links

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