Great November Events at EPL

November is the time for paying attention. So pay attention to some of these great FREE events happening at Edmonton Public Libraries this month:

Wednesday, November 5: Slam Poetry at the Art Gallery.

Join your AGA for a night of rhymes, rhythms and rivalry! The night will feature a spoken-word open mic and poetry slam hosted by Edmonton poetry collective Breath In Poetry and me, Jason Lee Norman. Plus, they’ve got mad-libs stations, drink specials and more!

6-7 pm | Spoken word open mic

7-9 pm | Poetry Slam

Thursday, November 13: Women Talking About Women in Genre Fiction (Lois Hole Library) 6pm.

Please join Candas Jane DorseyKaren DudleyJanice MacDonaldSG Wong and Eileen Bell in an inaugural PreSpec panel as they discuss gender and diversity cliches, the blonde good/brunette bad syndrome, rape as a plot device, the “babe assassin” and other stubborn tropes that have outlived their best before date.

Sunday, November 23: An Afternoon with Zarq Nawaz. (Stanley Milner Library- Edmonton Room. 1:30 pm)

Zarqa is best known as the creator of the CBC television series “Little Mosque on the Prairie” and has recently released a collection of stories about her own life “Laughing All the Way to the Mosque.”

Born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto, had the Bachelor of Science degree from U of T in her hands when she realized that staying out of medical school would be her greatest contribution to Canada’s health care system. Unfazed, she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992.

Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio, and in various capacities with CBC Newsworld, CTV’s Canada AM, and CBC’s The National. She was an associate producer with a number of CBC radio programs including Morningside and her radio documentary The Changing Rituals of Death won first prize in the Radio Long Documentary category and the Chairman’s Award in Radio Production at the Ontario Telefest Awards.

Little Mosque on the Prairie brought Zarqa’s own laugh-out-loud take on her everyday culture clash to viewers around the world. And now, in ‘Laughing All the Way to the Mosque’, she tells the sometimes absurd, sometimes challenging, always funny stories of being Zarqa in a western society.

Join us at the EPL as Zarqa Nawaz shares some of her stories, answers your questions, and signs copies of her book, ‘Laughing All the Way to the Mosque’.

If you have any questions about any of these upcoming events please email the Writer-in-Residence at 


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