June 19th, 2013
… after a 40 day holiday to Austria, the Czech Republic and Toronto. When I left, the trees in my yard were barely budding. I returned to summer bloom – and mosquitoes.
After such a long time away, I’m eager to return to writing. Calgary’s June rains (plus the bugs) might help tie me to my computer and writing room, although I don’t want to miss our short summer weather. My priority, for the next month, will be enjoying the warm air and blue skies, getting exercise and healthy eating. I managed a fair bit of the first ones on the holiday, but couldn’t resist gorging on Austrian and Czech pastries, schnitzel and dumplings, among other arterty-choking cuisine, and inexpensive wine and beer.
Old Town Square, Prague: Dumplings, Beef in Cream Sauce & Pivo (Beer)
A look at my blog, shows I haven’t posted since January. Yikes. Last winter and spring, I was focused on finishing the third draft of a new novel before leaving on the trip and let the blog slide. I’ll get back to it during this more relaxed summer period. Tune in for some travel-related posts.
A sunny cruise on the Danube River
May 5th, 2013
When Words Collide multi-genre writing conference comes to Calgary Aug 9-11, 2013. I’m registered and looking forward to a busy, informative and fun three days. Last year, I participated in three panels. You can listen to podcast of one called Always the Bad Guy.
The discussion wound up focussing on anti-heros, a topic I hadn’t given much thought to before the panel. Interesting to wing it in front of an audience.
April 30th, 2013
Calgary Readers: Check out the CBC Book Sale for some really great finds.
April 28th, 2013
I hosted a fun, informative book club gathering yesterday featuring Alberta author Fran Kimmel and her novel The Shore Girl.
The Shore Girl is short-listed for this year’s Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Voting is now open to the public. Prize is $10,000. The winner will be announced at an Edmonton gala on May 25th.
April 14th, 2013
Thursday, April 18, I’ll be hosting another event – the 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards Annoucement.
The event will feature feature music by Calgary Folk duo Hazel Grey, a Musical Crime-Show Theme Quiz, a Mystery Title Scavenger Hunt, a presentation by Canmore mystery author Stephen Legault, the short list announcement, food, drink, chat. Come learn what the Arthur Ellis awards are all about and who’s hot in Canadian crime fiction writing.
When: Thursday, April 18, 6 PM
Where: Owl’s Nest Bookstore
815 49 Avenue SW, Calgary
It’s all free and everyone’s welcome. Hope to see you there!
April 13th, 2013
Susan enjoying an emcee moment
Reader playright Ken Cameron & Susan
Ken, Susan, Roberta Rees, Lori Hahnel, Inge Trueman & Steve Passey
April 12th, 2013
Writing in the Works 2013 was a roaring success last night. About 75 people packed the reading room at Memorial Park Library. Marje Wing, librarian, kicked off the evening with a plea to support the Calgary Public Library by getting memberships for all family members and taking out lots of books and other materials. Following Marje, we enjoyed listening to five inspiring and entertaining readers: Ken Cameron, Lori Hahnel, Steve Passey, Roberta Rees and Inge Trueman. I enjoyed playing host to the event. Thanks to everyone who helped, read and attended.
Susan emcee WITWorks
March 30th, 2013
On Thursday, April 11th, I’ll be hosting a reading at Memorial Park Library. Here are the details:
Writing In The Works 2013
Five Calgary writers will read from:
books in progress
books coming out soon
books on the prowl for publishers
Emcee Susan Calder
Thursday, Apr. 11
Memorial Park Library
1221 2 St SW
Free event, refreshments. Hope to see you there!
March 25th, 2013
Thursday, March 28, is the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society Spring Student Reading. Events get underway at 7:00 PM at Owl’s Nest Bookstore. I’ll be there with my A Novel Idea class. It’s been such a fun, interesting and informative 10 weeks with this group. I hope they’ve learned as much as I have. Best wishes to them all for their writing and I look forward to one day seeing their novels in print.
March 24th, 2013
Here’s something I’d go to, if it fit my schedule:
Deryn Collier (Confined Space;
Simon and Schuster) and Holley Rubinsky (South of Elfrida
; Brindle & Glass) are planning a ton of fun, co-teaching Mystery Camp, July 29-August 2, at Writing Retreats Kaslo in the heart of the West Kootenay mountains. Expect time to write, verandah life, and guidance on your mystery. For place, space, price check out www.holleyrubinsky.com/events.htm