Twilight parody is a sparkling book of utmost quality

Long live the days when wizards and wands reigned, casting the hearts of innocent fans into an obsessive fictional abyss. Yet, like an overplayed magic trick, the invisible cloak has been drawn over poor Harry Potter, dusting over the stormy trend of lightning bolt tattoos and circular glasses with shimmering body glitter and gold contacts.… Continue reading Twilight parody is a sparkling book of utmost quality

Nick Cave’s second novel a fractured tale

Nick Cave is infatuated with Avril Lavigne’s vagina. That specific celebrity body part, along with Kylie Minogue’s hot pants, are recurring images in Bunny Munroe’s broken mind in the prolific musician’s second novel, The Death of Bunny Munro. Bunny is a sex-obsessed travelling salesman, neglecting his family and spending his days on the road dealing… Continue reading Nick Cave’s second novel a fractured tale

Hades Publications explores the outer limits of science fiction

What would happen if the earth was taken over by a race of subterranean mole people? How would the human race cope if we discovered individuals with superhuman abilities? While these ideas may seem absurd, they are very real possibilities for Hades Publications publisher Brian Hades. His search to answer such questions led to the… Continue reading Hades Publications explores the outer limits of science fiction

A spoken word celebration

Starting April 1, the usually staid and conservative Calgary downtown core will be infiltrated by beatniks, hippies and even a few Rastafarians. They’re all here for the 2009 Calgary International Spoken Word Festival, Canada’s largest spoken word festival and the premiere poetry event for Calgarians. Presiding over the madness is Sheri-D Wilson, described in arts… Continue reading A spoken word celebration

Spoken word speaks volumes

Spoken word is a revival of oral tradition, of passing stories from one generation to another purely through word of mouth, almost tapping into a primordial human sensitivity. National SLAM! organizer Sheri-D Wilson goes as far to say the narrative spoken word is founded upon is embedded in our DNA or RNA, a genetic memory… Continue reading Spoken word speaks volumes

Festival highlights the importance of words

Words are a connecting fibre among a plethora of art forms. In celebration of the artistic staple, WordFest: the Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival, is preparing for its 13th instalment. Organizers hope to present a variable buffet of word-centred art and continue to dispel some long-held myths about literature. “A lot of people still have an… Continue reading Festival highlights the importance of words

From audience to author

With WordFest on the horizon, author Samantha Warwick eagerly awaits her opportunity to enlighten and inspire young writers. She will soon join some of her peers at the Art Gallery of Calgary in an event dubbed “Alberta Bound,” featuring Warwick, along with other popular Albertan authors, reading excerpts from their books and participating in some… Continue reading From audience to author