Canada Reads 2017


Alien Abduct CBCWouldn’t it be great if the entire country read and discussed some of Canada’s top Science Fiction! It’s your opportunity to vote for the theme of the next Canada Reads Debates on CBC. What’s even cooler, there’s a good chance that someone you know may be selected for the shortlist!

Canada Reads is an annual “battle of the books” competition organized and broadcast by Canada’s public broadcaster, the CBC. The program has aired annually in two distinct editions, the English-language Canada Reads on CBC Radio One, and the French-language Le Combat des livres on Première Chaîne.

During Canada Reads, five personalities champion five different books, each champion extolling the merits of one of the titles. The debate is broadcast over a series of five programs. At the end of each episode, the panellists vote one title out of the competition until only one book remains. This book is then billed as the book that all of Canada should read.

How do you vote? Go to and select your favourite theme!

IFWA Write-Off, a Calgary writers retreat.

Can’t seem to put a chunk of time together to write in?

Here’s an opportunity to write off a weekend!

The write-off will be held on April 18-21.

At the Richmond Meadows Recreation Hall: 4940, 39 Ave. S.W.

Join fellow IFWITS as we sit at tables and, to the sound of pencils and keyboards, write for the entire weekend in an atmosphere free of distractions. Banquet tables and chairs are provided. Please bring an extension cord if you are writing electrically. The lighting is sometimes inadequate so you may want to bring a lamp. Bus service is quite good with several routes coming directly from downtown. A small “coffee break” area will be set up for conversation.

NOTE:There is no parking in the complex. Please Park behind COOP

Schedule is as follows: (very much subject to change except for opening times)

Friday 8:00 am hall opens and is available for set-up and to start writing till whatever time you’d like to quit that evening.

Saturday 8:00 am the hall opens.

5:00 pm break for pizza.

6:00 – 8:00 pm some writerly discussion

8:00 pm hall is available for as long as you’d like to stay and write that evening.

Sunday 8:00 am the hall opens.

The hall is available for as long as you’d like to stay and write that evening.

Monday 8:00 am the hall opens.

5:00 pm pack up, clean up, and be amazed at how much you’ve accomplished.

NOTE:There is no parking in the complex. Please Park behind COOP

You will be responsible for your own food and drink except for Sat. evening pizza. There is a COOP store a block away and several restaurants and fast food places only two blocks away.

The hall has fridge, stove, kettle, and coffee maker.


Hi All !!!

WOW – what a weekend.  A HUGE thank you to Randy and all the WWC volunteers and organizers that sweat more than blood to pull off an even better than ever event.  SOOOO good ….  and a big thank you to all the IFWA types that contributed by volunteering or paneling or by just showing up and participating.  It was great.

but wait – we’re not done …

IFWA is holding our infamous annual short story contest and whatever fundraiser on Sat, Sept 7 – noon till 4  at Danita’s condominium recreation center on 47th street and 39th  Ave SW.  Directly behind the Richmond Road CO-OP  and in the center area of the complex.  THANK YOU Danita !

Ten dollars at the door gets you in for pot luck (bring goodies or food if you’ve got some to spare),  conversation, fun  and the most amazing raffle for books and ‘stuff’.   As usual we’ll have BBQ burgers and dogs and something amazing from CLIFF !      If you’d like to bring a food item, coordinate with myself or Celeste to be sure, or just bring it for a surprise.

Feel free to donate your favorite books that HAVE to be sacrificed for the new ones – and anything special that’s taking up space (music, movies, trivia and treasure) that you think a kindred soul may appreciate.

Each raffle ticket you purchase (cheaper if you buy lots)  increases your chances for early picks from the lottery table.  We’ll have a kind of penny raffle for bigger ticket items (each item will have a hat and you can drop as many tickets as you like – we’ll take breaks to draw one ticket to win that item) (if we have any big ticket items) (I donated a small telescope once)

Brian Hades from Edge will hopefully drop by for a smile.

Parking on the street or in the mall lot.

Hope to see you there,