Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Royal City Rag’s reviewer of thin books, Sheryl Spencer, joined us again in the studio. This time she was tackling a coffee table book, Wellington County by Fred Dahms. As usual it was lots of fun.

This beautiful book will definitely be a popular gift for anyone who has lost touch with this area. 

Wellington County is on “The Boston Mills Press” and available for $39.95 at all fine independent bookstores.

I also interviewed my good friend and CFRU93.3fm host Alden Hadwen about her upcoming poetry reading at Dublin St United Church at 4 p.m. on June 14, 2008. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) from the The Bookshelf, Bistro 6 or at the door.

Alden has a wonderful poetry anthology, Beautiful Druid (Morgaine House, Pointe-Claire, Quebec, 2007, Poetry, ISBN: 978-0-9732787-5-0). The poetry is beautiful. I love Alden’s imagery. The anthology is highly recommended and available at all good independent bookstores including The Bookshelf.

The audio for this show is no longer available on the website.  If however you wish to hear it again, please contact us at info@royalcityrag.ca. Thank You.

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My good friend and host of Chelsea Morning (Saturday 7-9 a.m.) on CFRU93.3fm, Alden Hadwen will be reading from her poetry anthology, Beautiful Druid (Morgaine House, Pointe-Claire, Quebec, 2007, Poetry, ISBN: 978-0-9732787-5-0) at Dublin St United Church at 4 p.m. on June 14, 2008.

Tickets are $10.00 ($5.00 for students) available from The Bookshelf, Bistro 6 or at the door.

I’ve read from the anthology a couple of times on Royal City Rag.

Alden’s poetry is beautiful. I love her use of imagery. There is a wonderful sensual feel to it. It really speaks to the reader.

The anthology is highly recommended.  Its the perfect gift for someone dear to you. Its available at all good independent bookstores including The Bookshelf.

Alden will be on the show on June 11. She will also read a few of the poems from the anthology. It promises to be a great interview. Don’t miss it!

I also have three pairs of tickets to give away. Listen live on Wednesday to grab them.

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A book reading on sustainable living at the Bookshelf.

Lyle Estill will be reading from his book “Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy and Biodiesel Power: The Passion, the People, and the Politics of the Next Renewable Fuel”

Where: The Bookshelf
When: Tuesday June 17th at 7.30 p.m.



Lyle Estill is the President and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuel Industrial, and has won numerous awards for his commitment to sustainability, outreach, community development and leadership. He has taught renewable energy classes, has a stake in a small hydro electric project, and is involved in a wind project in Canada.  Lyle “dropped out” of the global economy 17 years ago and has a deep commitment to local economies. His first recognition in North Carolina’s environmental community came from his participation in an indoor/outdoor-constructed wetland in his facility on the edge of Jordan Lake. The system allowed the building to treat its own waste, and has been heralded as model since completion.

Lyle currently writes at his kitchen table in the woods of Chatham County, North Carolina. He has been publishing since 1979, and his prolific output includes news-editorial, short fiction, poetry, commentary, blog entries, newspaper columns, magazine articles and non-fiction books.


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And the Winner is… Guelph Reads 2008

In late April, more than 100 people came out to Guelph Reads, a unique city-wide reading project based on CBC’s popular Canada Reads. Guelph Reads engaged four local celebrities in a debate to figure out what book all of Guelph should read.

The panelists for 2008 were:

  • Politician and writer Tom King promoting Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual, by Clive Doucet
  • Doctor and AIDS activist Anne-Marie Zajdlik promoting 28 Stories about AIDS in Africa, by Stephanie Nole
  • Writer Rozena Maart promoting I Write What I Like, by Steve Biko.
  • Guelph Public Libray Chief Librarian Norm McLeod promoting Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

Guelph has now spoken about which book everyone in the city should read this summer to bring social change.

In a tight competion, the winner is… Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual, by Clive Doucet; the book championed by Tom King. A tough competiton but what an appropriate choice.

The producers of Guelph Reads would like to thank to everyone who participated this year. They look forward to even greater community involvement next year.

For more information, or details on how to get involved next year, check out guelphreads.org.

You can listen to the Guelph Reads 2008 CFRU 93.3fm Radio Show here. The radio show was produced by Magda Konieczna from Guelph Reads with help from Kim Logue at CFRU 93.3fm.

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Hot off the Press from The Bookshelf. Thanks to Dan for providing the information.

The Bookshelf Ebar
Tues, May 20th at 7 p.m.

FREE EVENT — All are welcome.

Four authors are coming to launch their new works and participate in a roundtable about bookstores and canadian publishing:

The Cinema
Tues, May 27th at 7 p.m.

Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford will launch their new coffee table book/cookbook BEYOND THE GREAT WALL, in which the authors write about their travels in remote China, and document all they learned about the culinary culture of the Far East.

Slide show, reading, signing and launch.

Tickets are $5 Tickets at the Bookstore in advance, and at the box office on the night

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Royal City Rag on April 30 was our first show in CFRU’s amazing new studio.

We’ll call this one “The Community Singalong Show” in honour of the start of Singalong Fridays at the Pantry Cafe, and featuring Sam Turton, Jane Lewis, Heather MacRae, Monique Vischschraper and a cast of thousands (well, hopefully a few more singing at home!)

We had the special pleasure of having Sam singing our theme, Nick Lowe’s “What’s so Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?” live in the studio with Jane, Monique and Heather on backing vocals. What a great job he did too. An amazing way to kick things off in the new space. The new studio has a great feel to it. When you listen to the podcast version below, you’ll realise what a great time we all had. Quite the singalong, and quite the community event.

Later in the show, I played an interview with author/phographer and retired U of G Geography Professor, Fred Dahms, about his new book, “Wellington County”. Fred has a launch party in The Bookshelf E-bar on May 5 from 7-9 p.m. He will be giving a short slide presentation followed by a book-signing. The book is gorgeous. I hope as many people as possible will buy a copy. A great gift for long-lost Guelphites, family members of Guelphites or anyone new to the area. We’ll be doing a book review of “Wellington County” on Royal City Rag sometime soon. I’m hoping to have Fred back in the studio for a chat later in the year.

In the final third of the show we had a chance to talk to Andra Zommers about the second installment of Guelph Speaks. The goal of the project is to provide our community with an anthology that affirms the diversity of the City of Guelph. The Guelph Speaks project aims to provide a platform for some of the many stories that are not commonly heard, in an effort to create a collection of dynamic and inclusive city narratives. Submissions may be any length, however to ensure that as many different voices are included as possible published written works will be limited to 1000 words, and audio and film submissions to 10 minutes.

The community anthology will be released to the public on September 20th, 2008, during a free and catered gathering of story-telling and multi-media presentations at the Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street, featuring excerpts from this year’s submissions.  Additionally, the free, not-for-profit compilation will also be made available to interested individuals, resource centres, and public libraries throughout the city.

Stories can be submitted via email attachment to guelphspeaks@gmail.com, or by mail to 32 Edinburgh Road South, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 5N9. The deadline for story submission is May 16th, 2008.

The Sam Turton Singalong Band
“What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?” (Nick Lowe) – Lead vocal, Sam
“You Ain’t Going Nowhere” (Bob Dylan) – Lead Vocal, Jane
“I’ll Fly Away” (A.E. Brumley, Traditional Style as in “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”)
“With A Little Help From My Friends” (Lennon and McCartney)
“Lean On Me” (Bill Withers) – Lead Vocal, Sam

Listen to the show:

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This sounds like a great way to spend a Wednesday evening… after listening to Royal City Rag, of course!

An Evening Coffee House

Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis are hosting a coffee house at Planet Bean, 51 McDonnell Street in Downtown Guelph on May 7th at 7 p.m. featuring a conversation and readings by Rozena Maart, author of the novel The Writing Circle  with music by guitarist Jonas Gregorio.

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