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The “Small Press Guelph Field Trip” arrives at The Bookshelf in Guelph on November 17 at 7.00 p.m.

The tour features authors from some of Toronto’s finest literary presses; House of Anansi, Coach House and ECW Press, reading from their new novels, poetry collections and works of short fiction.

David Derry, Susan Holbrook, Damian Rogers, Cordelia Strube and Zoe Whittall will regale you with tales of voyeur English students, young paramedics, good eggs and bad seeds, unusual high school students and the last-ever Shakers. Admission is completely free, so come out for some great readings and hobnob with the authors after the readings. There will also be live music from Greg Denton and Scott Nightengale!

Small Press Guelph Field Trip

  • David Derry (Sentimental Exorcisms, short fiction, Coach House Books)
  • Susan Holbrook (Joy Is So Exhausting, poetry, Coach House Books)
  • Damian Rogers (Paper Radio, poetry, ECW Press)
  • Cordelia Strube (Lemon, novel, Coach House Books)
  • Zoe Whittall (Holding Still for as Long as Possible, novel, House of Anansi)

Special musical guests Greg Denton and Scott Nightengale

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 7.00 p.m.
The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street

Brought to you by The Bookshelf, Coach House Books, ECW Press and the House of Anansi.


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Judy Rebick is coming to town on October 14 to introduce the award-winning film Fierce Light and to do a ‘Guelph-launch’ of her latest book, “Transforming Power”. The event is co-hosted by Guelph Civic League, The Bookshelf and 10 Carden with guest Judy Rebick.

Judy sums up the theme presented in both the film and her book this way, “This convergence of the spiritual and political is a theme of my book and of Velcrow’s film and it is a powerful movement  emerging.”  

Velcrow Ripper, the director of Fierce Light is in high demand across Canada and is now in the U.S. leading workshops on spiritual activism.  He describes his approach this way: “Spiritual Activism is the coming together of spirituality, and activism. It is not about any form of dogma, it is simply activism that comes from the heart, not just the head, activism that is compassionate, positive, kind, fierce and transformative.  It focuses as much on what we are for, as on what we are against.  It is rooted in an understanding of interdependence, and works to end of the suffering of all beings, even our opponents.  Nothing could be more inspiring and more rewarding than being the change we want to see in the world, within and without.”

Rebick_TransPower[1]According to a review of Transforming Power by Anama Leadership: “Judy Rebick’s new book Transforming Power captures the new paradigm of leadership and social change – from top-down, power-over, externally-directed models to one where power is shared, collaboration is possible and power comes from the inside out. Judy aptly chose the subtitle “from the personal to the political”, laying out the case for social change leaders and organizations to focus not just on external power inequalities but also on the way we re-create and perpetuate these external dynamics in both our professional and personal relationships.” 

Judy will introduce the film “Fierce Light” at 7.00 p.m. and then launch  “Transforming Power” at a reception in the Green Room. 

The Guelph Civic League’s grassroots values campaign is featured in Judy’s book.  She was also the keynote speaker at GCL’s 2008 conference “Communities in Action”.

Members of the Guelph Civic League executive will also discuss ways for people to get involved in the year leading up to our next municipal election while 10 Carden will celebrate its imminent incorporation as an independent not-for-profit supporting social change.

Fierce Light with Judy Rebick “Transforming Power”
Wednesday, October 14 at 7.00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
Bookshelf Cinema (Reception to follow in the Green Room)


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emwf-words-that-singRoyal City Rag on May 27  focused on the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. Festival Director of Operations Jane Hastings, Dan Evans from The Bookshelf and local author, Andrew Hood joined us live in the studio.

This year’s festival takes place on Sunday, September 20.

The festival also has a very special  fundraiser, “Words That Sing”, taking place at Norfolk Street United Church on Sunday May 31 at 2.00 p.m. The fundraiser features renowned Canadian authors Michael Ondaatje, Jane Urquhart, and Leon Rooke. They will be reading from their work and taking part in a discussion facilitated by Linda Spalding. Soprano Theresa Thibodeau supported by John McClelland (piano), Tim Kramer (bass)  and Adam Zaatinge (drums) will compliment the spoken word with some awe-inspiring music.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for students) and available from The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St. downtown Guelph.

Guelph author Andrew Hood studied in the creative writing program at Concordia University in Montreal and won the Irving Layton Award for Undergraduate Fiction there. His first collection of stories, Pardon Our Monsters (Vehicule Press), won the 2007 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in English. Andrew will be appearing at the Elora Writers Festival on June 7 and at the Eden Mills Writer’s Festival on September 20.

Harry Manx, Lay Down My Worries from Dog Not Cat
Moxy Fruvous, My Baby Loves Loads Of Authors from Bargainville

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