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Nymphomaniacs. Immortalists. Clearly, we’re more than just books.

Nymphomaniac Volume I & Volume II

Volume I: Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac is found beaten in the gutters. As a kind soul tries to nourish her back to health, Joe reveals her troubled past encounters, through erotic flashbacks of her youth that led her down this road to low self-esteem and self-worth.

Volume II: The story picks up with Joe’s adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications, near destruction, reconciling her decisions to move on.

Vol. I Trailer & Vol. II Trailer

The Immortalists

Two eccentric scientists struggling to discover a medical breakthrough to create eternal youth; Bill Andrews is a lab biologist and famed long-distance runner. Aubrey de Grey is a genius theoretical biologist who conducts his research with a beer in hand. They differ in style and substance, but are united in their common crusade: to cure aging or die trying. As they battle their own aging and suffer the loss of loved ones, their journey toward life without end ultimately becomes personal.

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Seniors Book Club April Selection

Road endsThe Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, April 8th at 2 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss Road Ends by Mary Lawson.

About the book:

Mary Lawson’s beloved novels, Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge, have delighted legions of readers around the world. The fictional, northern Ontario town of Struan, buried in the winter snows, is the vivid backdrop to her breathtaking new novel.

Roads End brings us a family unravelling in the aftermath of tragedy: Edward Cartwright, struggling to escape the legacy of a violent past; Emily, his wife, cloistered in her room with yet another new baby, increasingly unaware of events outside the bedroom door; Tom, their eldest son, twenty-five years old but home again, unable to come to terms with the death of a friend; and capable, formidable Megan, the sole daughter in a household of eight sons, who for years held the family together but has finally broken free and gone to England, to try to make a life of her own.

Roads End is Mary Lawson at her best. In this masterful, enthralling, tender novel, which ranges from the Ontario silver rush of the early 1900s to swinging London in the 1960s, she gently reveals the intricacies and anguish of family life, the push and pull of responsibility and individual desire, the way we can face tragedy, and in time, hope to start again. (Publisher)

About the Author

A UK magazine interview with Mary Lawson

A Youtube interview with Mary Lawson

A Globe and Mail review

A National Post review

A New York Times review

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Add some color to this drab start to spring – a burst of blue to pull on your heartstrings and a limited color palette aged to perfection are sure to lead a charge of visual delight into the long weekend.

Blue is the Warmest Color

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Inspired by Julie Maroh’s graphic novel: Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

Available in DVD.


Dick Tracy

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Hard-boiled detective Dick Tracy is searching for evidence that proves Alphonse “Big Boy” Caprice is the city’s most dangerous crime boss. He may have found the key to unraveling the crimelord’s illegal empire in Breathless Mahoney  an enigmatic barroom singer who has witnessed some of Caprice’s crimes firsthand. However, she seems more set on stealing Dick away from his girlfriend, Tess , than helping him solve the case of his career.

Don’t remember Dick? Then read this retrospective about a film that was part of the first wave in a growing trend: the superhero movie and the lucrative possibilities of cross-promotion.

Also available is an original copy of Madonna’s 1990 soundtrack , back from when Compact Discs were all the rage in music!

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Marina Endicott Book Launch

Sunday, May 31st, 2 pm

Endicott, Marina -- Credit Sean DennieAward-winning author Marina Endicott returns to the Library Close to HughSunday, May 31st for the launch of her poignant new comic novel, Close to Hugh – a novel about youth and age, art and life, love and death — and about losing your mind and finding your heart’s desire.

Endicott’s sharply observant eye, compassionate heart and witty pen shows us how two generations in a seemingly ordinary small town navigate extraordinary rites of passage during one fateful week in autumn.

As the week opens, fifty-something Hugh Argylle, owner of the Argylle Art Gallery, has a jarring fall from a ladder — a fall that leaves him with a fractured off-kilter vision of his own life and the lives of his friends. On another level, the sons and daughters of Hugh’s friends are about to graduate from high school and separate from the gravitational pull of their parents. With an unerring ear for the different cadences and concerns of both generations Endicott show us two sets of friends on the cusp of simultaneous reinvention. And, as always in Endicott’s wonderful fictional worlds, underpinning the sharp comedy and keenly observed drama is something more profound: a rare and rich perspective on what it means to rise and fall and rise again, and what in the end we owe those we love.

Endicott’s previous novels:

  • Open Arms (2001) was shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award.
  • Good to a Fault (2008) won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
  • The Little Shadows (2011) was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

At this event, Endicott will be in conversation with local author Jacqueline Baker. Jacqueline’s debut short story collection, A Hard Witching (2003) was shortlisted for that year’s Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Alberta Book Award for short fiction. Her first novel, The Horseman’s Graves was published in 2007 and was followed up in 2014 by The Broken Hours, a horror novel about the final days of H.P. Lovecraft’s life.  Jacqueline currently teaches creative writing at MacEwan University.

Reserve your spot at this event by registering online through www.sapl.ca or by calling or visiting our 2nd floor Information Desk (780-459-1682).

We thank the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for their support.