Tagged literature

Banning books limits discussion and hinders societal progress

By Stephen Lee, November 3 2017 — A school district in Mississippi recently banned To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic book about an innocent black man wrongly accused of rape during the Great Depression. The district  complained that language used in the novel makes middle-schoolers uncomfortable. Most of this controversy is over the main characters’…

SCPA’s The Double Hook is an opera with a cause

By Sidrah Anees, October 26 2017 — Sheila Watson’s 1959 novel The Double Hook stands out as a masterpiece of drama and prose in Canadian literature. Set in a small B.C. town in the 1930s, it tackles themes of family, redemption and Canadian tradition in the aftermath of a murder. Fifty-eight years after its initial…

Wordfest brings literary excitement to Calgary’s “reader ecosystem”

By Isobel Chiang, October 4 2016 — From Oct. 7–16, avid readers and writers will gather for Wordfest, a 10-day festival that unites Calgarians with over 100 authors from around the world. According to festival director Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest’s mission is to “connect Calgarians with life-changing ideas” and link “authors and readers in real time,…

Your future is written down, just like these books

By Melanie Woods, October 13 2015 — Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) You will read James Joyce’s Ulysses backwards on a dare from a friend and discover it’s actually the story of a sad, confused dog. Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) William Shakespeare will approach you in a dark alley, call you a…

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