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Lots of book events coming up including special guest Betty Jane Hegerat

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After a cold blast of winter many of you will need to get out next week in the warmer temperatures promised. There are a few bookie events worth checking out on the Lethbridge Public Library calendar.
The Crossings Library will host the Definitely Not Plato Book Club’s evening on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, 7-8:30 p.m. with a guest reading by Betty Jane Hegerat.

Mentioned in my previous column’s Christmas shopping book list, Hegerat released a new novel this past fall.

“The Boy” (Oolichan 2011), is a creative non-fiction tale told around the 1959 Cook family mass murder in Alberta. Her previous title, “Delivery,” was shortlisted for the George Bugnet Prize for Fiction in the 2010 Alberta Literary Awards.

A social worker by profession, Betty Jane now teaches creative writing for Continuing Education at the University of Calgary and for the Alexandra Writers Centre and other venues.

Betty Jane writes from a longstanding fascination with relationships and families and the secrets and lies that bind ordinary lives together.

At the Main Branch of the Lethbridge Public Library in the Theatre Gallery on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 from 7-8:30 p.m you are invited to bring along any of your old gardening books you would like to pass along. The Lethbridge & District Horticultural Society will host their annual Garden Book Exchange, with any leftover books at the end of the evening then donated to the Library.
The evening discussion will be around what works and doesn’t work in front and back yards as well as any problem gardening concerns.

For those readers who also love to write there is still room in Jane Harris Zsovan’s non-fiction Writing class beginning Feb. 13, 2012.
 This course covers the nuts and bolts of writing non-fiction for domestic and foreign markets, including an introduction to copyright, style and professional etiquette in Canadian publishing. Participants will discover how to research, write, and find paid and unpaid markets for their non-fiction writing. They will have an opportunity to begin a non-fiction article or opinion piece.
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 — By Michelle Geysen, Special to L.A. Beat
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