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Friday Night Showcase: The Second Glass of Wine

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Glenbow Museum Theatre

130 9th Ave SE

Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3

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Well-behaved women never make history. This is the perfect Friday night showcase, brimming with eroticism, sexual tension and uncharted territory. Join these four fearless authors as they shake things up by focusing on women’s experiences with sex, lust, and love.

The Change Room (Karen Connelly)

Eliza Keenan is the mother of two, the owner of a flower studio and a loving wife. Her one complaint about her life is that the only time she has for herself is her twice-weekly swim in the local community centre pool. Then one morning comes a tall, dark and lovely swimmer, a young woman Eliza nicknames ‘the Amazon’. The sight of this woman, naked in the change room, completely undoes Eliza, and soon the two of them are entangled in an affair that breaks all the rules and threatens to capsize not only Eliza’s world, but her lover’s, too. In this novel of erotic joy and searing honesty, Connelly explores sex, motherhood, work and marriage with her hallmark fearlessness and humour.

Next Year, For Sure (Zoey Leigh Peterson)

After nine years together, Kathryn and Chris have the sort of relationship most would envy: warm and loving and deeply intertwined. But as content as they are, an enduring loneliness continues to haunt them. When Chris tells Kathryn about his attraction to Emily, a friendly young woman he sees often at the laundromat, Kathryn encourages him to ask her out on a date, tumbling them headfirst into an open relationship. This beautiful, empathic, and tremendously honest debut novel explores and challenges our understanding of love and human connection.

Demi-gods (Eliza Robertson)

It is 1950, and Willa’s mother has a new beau. The arrival of his blue-eyed, sun-kissed sons at Willa’s summer home signals the end of her safe childhood. As her entrancing older sister Joan pairs off with Kenneth, nine-year-old Willa is drawn to his strange and solitary younger brother, Patrick. Left to their own devices, Willa is swept up in Patrick’s wicked games. As they grow up, their encounters become increasingly charged with sexuality and degradation. But when Willa finally tries to reverse the trajectory of their relationship, an act of desperation has devastating results. Sensitive, playful and entirely original, Demi-Gods heralds Eliza Robertson as one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary literature.

Mothers and Other Strangers (Gina Sorell)

When Elsie Robins learns of the death of her estranged mother, she’s flooded with a mix of emotions. As she travels back to her hometown of Toronto she hopes that in death, her mother can help her to fill the missing pieces that made her feel unrooted her whole life. But upon arrival she discovers that her mother wasn’t who she claimed to be. And when her mother’s apartment is ransacked, Elsie realizes that she is not the only one looking for answers. While dealing with threats she suspects are coming from the secretive spiritual group her mother belonged to, Elsie sets out to understand who her mother was, and in turn, she’s forced to face herself.

A gripping and affecting portrait of family, identity, and of how far we will go for a sense of belonging, Mothers and Other Strangers is a debut not to be missed.

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