The Lethbridge book scene has a few offerings to both writers and readers alike. The YWCA Lethbridge and District has an active book club, “As the Page Turns”, with details at http://www.ywcalethbridge.org/book-club where one can read the blog of past month’s book discussions and get the latest information on what the group is currently reading. The group, open to both men and women, meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at downtown YWCA at 604 8th Street South. The read for May is ‘Loving Frank’ by Nancy Horan. For more details contact Anne Remington at the YWCA at 403 329-0088 or
This month the Lethbridge Public Library will hold a Writers’ Café & Blue Pencil Session with Betty Jane Hegerat, on Thursday, May 20 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the main branch in the Page Break Café. This informal café setting invites writers to talk about the process of writing and the ins and outs of getting published. Facilitator Betty Jane is the author or three books of fiction: Running Toward Home, A Crack in the Wall, and Delivery. She has been a social worker. She began her social work career in Lethbridge many years ago. She has also been a teacher. She was the 2009 Calgary Public Library Writer-in-Residence. A deep-rooted love of the Alberta landscape and an obsession with sifting through the messy dynamics of family — the secrets and lies in ordinary lives — underpins her stories.
Her fourth book, ‘The Boy,’ will be published by Oolichan Books in spring 2011. Betty Jane teaches creative writing for Continuing Education at the University of Calgary and the Alexandra Writers Centre. She will be facilitating a fiction workshop at the Fernie Writers Conference July 23 - 25.
Also the Library offers many great opportunities for volunteers with details on their website at http://www.lethbridgepubliclibrary.ca/hdi/volunteer .
The Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library is a dedicated group of volunteers providing both fundraising and time to many projects and programs within the library including opportunity to volunteer with office skills, newsletter assistance, special events and more including the dedication of tutors for “Read On” program of offering help to adults with one-on-one or small group assistance in reading, writing, speaking or listening skills.
The newly formed Lethbridge Writers’ Group meets the second Tuesday of each month and invites all writers of all levels and genres to come out and see what this group is all about. The open, friendly discussions offers sharing and tips on writing many genres including poetry, fiction, stage and screen, non-fiction and the fun non-required homework to spark creativity has included everything from six word biography, fan-fiction to cowboy poetry and more. Information on the meetings and discussions of the group can be read on Facebook at ‘Lethbridge Writers’ Group’ or by contacting Michelle Greysen. The group meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Humpty’s downtown.
Michelle Greysen welcomes all your comments and suggestions for future
Book Beat topics and can be reached through her website at http://www.GreysenInk.com
— By Michelle Greysen, Special to L.A. Beat