Guilty (Reading) Pleasures

Below are some highlights from social media and other online sources recapping Wordfest and the Writer’s Guild of Alberta’s celebration of Freedom to Read Week on February 28, 2014, at Shelf Life Books.

Original Event Details:

Join the Writers Guild of Alberta, Wordfest and Shelf Life Books for an interactive evening of laughter, wine and storytelling in celebration of Freedom to Read Week. Local artists Jeff de Boer, Christian Bök and Rosemary Griebel will discuss what they read purely for pleasure and the topics that obsess them the most.


The evening will be hosted by Shelley Youngblut at Shelf Life Books on Friday, February 28, 2014, 7pm. In addition, the recipient of the 2014 Freedom to Read Award, presented by The Writers’ Union of Canada, will be announced and honoured at the event.

batcat_jeff_sm-webJeff de Boer is a Calgary-based multi-media artist with an international reputation for producing some of the world’s most original and well-crafted works of art. With an emphasis on metal, he is best known for such bodies of work as suits of armour for cats and mice, armour ties and sword-handled briefcases, rocket lamps and pop culture ray guns, and exquisite high art, abstract works called exoforms.

Christian Bök is the author of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), a ’pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for Best Poetic Debut. His book Eunoia won the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize and is the best-selling Canadian poetry book of all time. Bök has created artificial languages for Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. He currently teaches at the University of Calgary.

Rosemary-webRosemary Griebel is the author of the poetry collection titled Yes. Her work has also been published in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, on the CBC radio, in national journals, in Edmonton Transit’s “Poetry in Motion” and in chapbooks by Leaf Press. In the past two years, her poems have won first place in FreeFall magazine’s national poetry contest. Griebel is currently Special Projects Manager with the Calgary Public Library.


Photo by Heather Saitz

The event host, Shelley Youngblut, is a Calgary-based editor, writer and cultural commentator who has worked for ESPN, The Globe and Mail, CBC, CTV and ABC World News Now. The founding editor of Swerve, she has won over 65 national, regional and international magazine awards, as well as a lifetime achievement award. She is writing a memoir about daddy issues and a gambling problem (his and potentially hers).

Freedom to Read Week runs February 23 to March 1, 2014, and is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. For more information on other events throughout the week, visit

Friday, February 28, 2014
Shelf Life Books
1302 4 St SW, Calgary, AB
Reception and presentations from 7pm onwards.
Free Admission. Please RSVP to

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