Dundurn Publicity Takes on Calgary

Dundurn Publicity Takes on Calgary

Posted on March 8 by Kyle in Events, News
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Jaclyn and Kendra headed to Calgary at the end of February for the Alberta Regional Book Fair. While our Ampersand sales team was busy presenting titles to Alberta booksellers, Jaclyn and Kendra were visiting local bookstores, libraries, Chapters stores, and festival contacts!

We kicked off the visit with our Dundurn Breakfast event attended by Calgary authors David Poulsen, Hilliard Macbeth, Shirlee Smith-Matheson, Frank O&;Keeffe, and Dennis McConaghy. It was great to meet them in person for the first time and get the low-down on the local book scene.

We then headed to Chapters Southland Mall and spotted some great placement of our Great Canadian Bucket List books, Invisible North, and Fire in the Stars!


Afterwards, we had a great time at the famous Owl’s Nest bookstore. It was great to meet with manager Susan Hare and see even more Dundurn books on display, including the Birder Murder series, Notley Nation, and Serpents Rising.


We then had a chance to meet with Calgary WordFest organizers Shelley Youngblut, Ellen Bilben, and Rita Sirignano in their amazing space at Memorial Park library. Opened in early 1912, the Memorial Park Library was the first public library building in Alberta and one of the over 150 libraries built in Canada with funds from the American millionaire Andrew Carnegie. Needless to say, it was a stunning office and event space!


After the meeting, we checked out nearby indie bookstore Shelf Life. They had a really unique selection and lots of cool themed tables, as well as some awesome tote bags.


The next morning, we headed to west Calgary to visit the children’s store Monkey Shines. Located underneath a pediatric dentist office, we heard lots of kids running around upstairs who were hopefully rewarded with a bookstore visit after the appointment. We had a great time chatting with the new manager, Val, and getting her insights on the local children’s book scene. They had a fantastic reading chair for their weekly Saturday story time session, as well as copies of Kim Thompson’s Eldritch Manor series on display.




After Monkey Shines we made our way to the trendy Kensington area to visit Pages on Kensington. While the manager, Richard, was in Mexico when we visited, we had a chance to speak with longtime employee Mitzi. She told us what the locals prefer reading, which interestingly included a lot of fantasy!



As we made our way to the airport, we made one final stop at the University of Calgary Bookstore. This was an enormous store with a solid trade section that featured many Dundurn books. We had a nice chat with employee Kathy.


Some of the other trip highlights include visiting the Central library and seeing a decommissioned fire truck in its front entrance, as well as the free library cards at the Beltliner diner.

Overall, it was a great opportunity to connect with Calgary authors, booksellers, sales reps and get a feel for their literary scene. And what would a trip to Calgary be without a photo of those great Canadian Rockies?