Signing with Karma Rae, author of It’s Just An Experience… Get Over It!

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Please join us at Owl’s Nest Books for a signing of

It’s Just an Experience… Get Over It!

by Karma Rae


Saturday, May 17th from 1:oopm to 3:00pm

Karma Rae has lived with a family secret—she was being abused. She would later have three near-death experiences her first being at the age of eight. Her “energy body” was guided from her physical body by her grandfather, who had passed over when she was only three months old. She was shown many things about what the journey here in this physical world was about. She made a decision to return into her physical body to continue this experience.

Karma Rae returned from her near-death experience with gifts of hearing and seeing Spirit. She could also feel emotions in people around her. Not fully realizing the purpose of these gifts, she lived within a world that was everything opposite of what she was shown. She has knowledge that we have chosen experiences, lessons, and growth to advance our spiritual consciousness.

That is where her life ended and her spiritual journey began..

On the Owl’s Calendar: Carmen Aguirre

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headshot2We’re please to announce that Owl’s Nest Books will be hosting a reading and signing with Canada Reads 2012 winner Carmen Aguirre.

When: Monday, October 28th 2013 at 7:00pm
Where: Owl’s Nest Books in the Britannia Plaza

This dramatic, darkly funny narrative, which covers the decade from 1979 to 1989, takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictatorship-run Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina and Pinochet’s Chile. Writing with passion and deep personal insight, Carmen Aguirre captures her constant struggle to reconcile her commitment to the resistance movement with the desires of her youth and her budding sexuality. Something Fierce is a gripping story of love, war and resistance and a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life.

Carmen is a Vancouver-based theatre artist and writer who has written and co-written twenty plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Trigger, The Refugee Hotel, and Blue Box. Her plays have been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto), four Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (Vancouver), and The Siminovitch Prize (national). Her first book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter was nominated for numerous national and international awards, won CBC Canada Reads 2012, was named a Top Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Quill and Quire, and is a #1 national bestseller. Carmen has over sixty film, television and stage acting credits and is currently appearing in Alberta Theatre Projects’ The Motherf**ker With The Hat. She is the recipient of the 2002 New Play Centre’s Best New Play Award, the 2011 Union of B.C. Performers’ Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, and Langara College’s 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award. Carmen is a graduate of the prestigious theatre training program Studio 58, Langara College.

Q/A – Quizzing the Author: Angela Kolias

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Angela Kolias will be visiting Owl's Nest on Sunday, October 23, starting at 3pm.

On Sunday, October 23rd, (starting at 3pm) we welcome Angela Kolias, who is launching her new book Alpha, Omega, Yoga.

Yoga in the West has gone from being esoteric and on the fringe to now being mainstream as a physical workout.  The physical practice of yoga is merely a means to the end. What is yoga really all about?  What do all the centuries of prace and insight reveal?

Here’s a little more about Angela:

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
- writing is definitely a yoga practise for me – breathing, becoming empty so that the words may flow through me

Check out Angela Kolias's new book Alpha, Omega, Yoga.

What are you currently reading?
– because I do not watch TV I have several choices of reading on the go (surfing?). Currently that includes The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel (I love well researched historical novels), The Inner Journey: Myth, Psyche, and Spirit ed. by Martha Heyneman, Parabola Anthology Series and always plenty of periodicals especially British!

Do you have a pet?  If so, why did you pick the name you did?
– my little heaven sent angel pet is “Rumour Has It” (she came named from our breeder) is an exquisite little 5 pound toy spaniel also knownas a “phalene”. She is so full of love, so well mannered, such beautiful company that I feel truly blessed to have her.

What is your favourite colour and why?
– orange is my favorite color because it packs a punch of fun! it makes me smile! it makes me feel warm!

What was your favourite childhood book?
– Dr. Seuss was fun and my brother and I really took to Green Eggs and Ham because his name is Sam.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
– I really love being right here! – but come winter Hawaii is the other place I really love!!

The inevitable desert island question: what book would you take with you?
– talk about a hard one. I guess The Outline of History by HG Wells. The rest of the time I would be watching the sky and the water – always fascinating!

Join us is celebrating the launch of Alpha, Omega, Yoga with Angela on Sunday, October 23rd starting at 3pm.

September Events at the Nest

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Call 403-287-9557 or email to RSVP or for more information. 

7 September @ 4:30pm, Senior Owlets book club meeting, discussing Gone by Michael Grant.

11 September @ 9am, Junior Owlets book club meeting, discussing Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.

11 September @ 2pm, local author Agnes Bellegris with her lovely children’s book Days to Treasure.

15 September @ 7:30pm, Hootdunnit meeting, discussing Seaweed on the Street by Stanley Evans

21 September @ 4:30pm, Fledglings meeting, discussing Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

23 September @ 7:00pm, Dr. Ruth Simkin lauches her memoir The Jagged Years of Ruthie J.  (Note: This event takes place in the Crump Room at Christ Church Calgary, 3602 – 8th Street SW.)

Just confirmed: Madelaine Wong to read from Cradling the Past…

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Cradling the Past: A Biography of Margaret Shaw by Madelaine Wong and Margaret Shaw (paperback, $18.90)

On April 17th at 2:00pm Madelaine Wong, co-author of Cradling the Past: The Life of Margaret Shaw will join us at the Owl’s Nest for a reading and signing.   

Ms. Wong, along with her mother Margaret Shaw, has created a book that is a wonderful record of a life in Alberta.  Margaret Shaw grew up in the Great Depression, attended a convent school where she struggled for acceptance, and was a teacher in a one-room-schoolhouse during the Second World War.  She raised ten children, two of them diagnosed with autism. 

It’s stories like Margaret Shaw’s that are too often forgotten, but they are the stories that have shaped Alberta into what it is today. 

Madelaine Wong will be reading from Cradling the Past at 2:00pm on Saturday, the 17th of April.   The reading will be followed by a quick question period, then a signing. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

In Vino Veritas

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Jean Watier reads from her new novel A Song of the Heart

When Susanne Alexander-Heaton approached us about hosting wine and literary pairings, we immediately fell in love with the idea. And if our first two events were any indication, so did you.

We hosted eight authors over the course of two evenings. Each author was asked to describe their book in a few words and with those words, (and the help of the staff at Britannia Wine Merchants) we selected a wine that would fit that same description.

Local poet and world traveller Fred Elford reads a few of his poems.

There was lots of laughter, lots of literature and lots of wine.  The evenings were hosted by Susanne Alexander-Heaton, who introduced each author along with the wine that was chosen for them.  The authors were then kind enough to give a short presentation or reading. 

The authors were:
Helena Kalivoda, author of Awaken
Fred Elford, author of Sometimes, I Fly
S. Roger Joyeux, author of The Story of Light
Beth Castle, author of Oxygen Mask
Jeane Waiter, author of Life’s Song and A Song of the Heart
Suzanne Alexander-Heaton, author of The ABC Field Guide to Faeries
Heather Good, author of Conscious Mindful Leadership
Tina Thrussel, author of Believe in Yourself, You Are Awesome: Journaling With Intention

After all the authors had read, everyone had the opportunity to sample the wines selected and to chat with the authors about their books. 

S. Roger Joyeux, author of The Story of Light

We may or may not have gotten a little silly toward the end of each evening. 

All of the authors are members of a wonderful group called Calgary Authors: Growing Past the Edge.  They have all written and published books on spirituality or self help and support each other through meetings, sharing trade show expenses and promoting each other through the website:

Our lovely host, Susanne Alexander-Heaton, in her guise as the Sunshine Faery

We would like to thank this wonderful and talented group of authors for visiting the Owl’s Nest and sharing with our staff and customers their books, their knowledge and their friendship. 

If you are interested in attending future wine and literary pairings, please consider signing up for our Newsletter and Invitations email list.  Just send us a note at

In Vino Veritas – Roman proverb, “In wine, there is the truth.”

Wine and Literary Pairings with the members of

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A good glass of wine and a great book, what could be better? 

With the members of and the staff of Britannia Wine Merchants, Owl’s Nest is pleased to present a series of evenings featuring wine and literary pairings.

On Thursday, 18 February 2010 we will host:

Helena Kalivoda, author of Awaken
Expressive, eye opening, compelling, balanced, powerful, victorious.

Fred Elford, author of Sometimes, I Fly
Contemplative, thoughtful, warm, questioning.

S. Roger Joyeux, author of The Story of Light
Full-Bodied, divine, light.

Beth Castle, author of Oxygen Mask
Deep and bold with a sweet finish.

On Tuesday, 23 February, we will host:

Jeane Waiter, author of Life’s Song and A Song of the Heart
Light/refreshing, rich undertones, charming/sweet, nuances of flavour, sparkling, pleasing aftertaste.

Suzanne Alexander-Heaton, author of The ABC Field Guide to Faeries
Earthy, enchanting, humorous, mystical, playful.

Heather Good, author of Conscious Mindful Leadership
Refreshing, brilliant powerful clarity.

Tina Thrussel, author of Believe in Yourself, You Are Awesome: Journaling With Intention
Clean, balanced, brilliant and charming.

Please join us on the 18th, the 23rd or on both nights for some great wines and to meet these authors and hear their inspiring stories.

What We’re Reading Wednesday

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Time to get the staff to rifle through their backpacks and briefcases and report on the contents. 

Susan is reading:
After the Falls: Coming of Age in the 60s by Catherine Gildiner (Memoir, Hardcover, $32.95) Owl’s Nest is proud to be hosting the Calgary launch for this follow up to Gildiner’s previous memoir, Too Close to the Falls.  Please join us at 7:00pm on Wednesday the 28th of October 2009.

Jeannie is reading:
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fiction, Paperback, $21.00) Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria during the 1960s.
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (Fiction, Hardcover, $32.00) Newest from the beloved author of The Birth of Venus.

Mike is reading:
Home by Marilynne Robinson (Fiction, Paperback, $18.99) Winner of the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction
The Heart Specialist by Claire Holden Rothman (Fiction, Paperback, $21.00) A novel inspired by the life of Dr. Maude Abbott, one of the earliest female medical graduates.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Fiction, Paperback, $24.95) Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Award

Judith is reading:
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (Fiction, Mass Market, $5.50) The classic tale of adventure, credited with inspired many a secret-identity hero. 
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Teen Fiction, Hardcover, $22.99) An interesting and unusual take on the werewolf legend.
The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger (Fiction, Paperback, $24.95) A tale of mistresses and servants in Victorian Egypt.

Review from Jessie: Pathologies, by Susan Olding

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Pathologies by Susan Olding, ppk $23.95
Pathologies by Susan Olding, ppk $23.95

With books like Three Cups of Tea and Eat, Pray, Love continuing to top best-seller lists, and others like How to Lose Friends and Alienate People being made into Hollywood movies, it’s clear that the memoirs of seemingly ordinary people are turning into gold for publishers. Susan Olding’s Pathologies, published by Calgary’s small press Freehand Books, is such a memoir. Susan Olding is not a politician or a politician’s wife; she did not grow up in a war-torn country; and she does not have a celebrity sibling to exploit (yes, that was a shot at you, Christopher Ciccone). Nevertheless, Olding has stories to tell, and she tells them with such heartbreaking beauty that I was in tears by page 15. It’s not all sadness, however; Olding is witty, compassionate, and insightful, and her ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Review from Jeanie: Lost by Cathy Ostlere

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Lost by Cathy Ostlere, ppk. $21.95
Lost by Cathy Ostlere, ppk. $21.95

This very moving account of an adventurous risk-taking brother who is lost at sea will tear at your heart and force you to examine the choices you have made in your own life. We are not alone in our risk-taking, be it physical or emotional. Our families and loved ones are affected by the choices we make. Can you be true to yourself and your dreams? What are the risks? Are they worth it? Cathy Ostlere is a Calgarian and has written numerous pieces for literary magazines but this is her first book-length work. Her images are striking. The prose is full of raw emotion and the questions she asks are very courageous. You will be thinking about the book long after you have finished it.