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Empress Theatre: Get Lit! Festival

November 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm MST


Empress Theatre

Get Lit! Festival

Saturday, November 16   |   7:30 PM

Empress Theatre
235 Main Street, Fort Macleod, AB

General Admission: $20.00   |    403.553.4404   |   1-800-540-9229

Angie Abdou
Abdou is a Canadian author who has published seven books, including The Bone Cage, a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011. Chatelaine magazine named Angie’s novel, In Case I Go, one of the most-riveting mysteries of 2017. It was also a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book Award, in the fiction and poetry category. Her most recent book, Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom, chronicles the year in the life of a busy sport family. Abdou is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.

Fran Kimmel
Kimmel’s work has appeared in literary journals across Canada. Her debut novel, The Shore Girl, won the 2013 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award and was selected as a Canada Reads Top 40 book. Her second book, No Good Asking, has become a book club favourite and is being published internationally. Kimmel’s portfolio includes fiction, internet writing, newspaper and magazine features, teen magazine columns, radio drama, educational videos, and corporate writing. She is currently working on her third novel from her home in Lacombe, AB.

Ali Bryan
A novelist and creative non-fiction writer based in Calgary, Bryan’s first novel, Roost, won the Alberta Literary Awards Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia 2014. Her second novel, The Figgs, was shortlisted for the 2019 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. She was longlisted twice for the CBC Canada Writes Creative Non-Fiction prize. Two of her essays were shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Awards Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award in 2016 and 2016. Bryan was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards 2018 Emerging Artist.

Kevin Allen
Allen is a historian turned writer in Fernie, BC. His book, Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary, is a collection of 70 vignettes that document the stories and history of Calgary’s queer past, delving into the lives of those who were instrumental in the formation and preservation of the city’s LGBTQ community. His literary debut was on the Calgary Herald’s non-fiction bestsellers list earlier in 2019.

Sid Marty
Based in Pincher Creek, AB, Marty has written five non-fiction books and five books of poetry about natural history and western life. Many of his works are based on his formative experiences as a Parks Canada warden. His book Leaning on the Wind: Under the Spell of the Great Chinook was a finalist for the 1996 Governor General’s Award for Literature and won the Mountain Environment and Culture Award at the 1996 Banff Mountain Book Festival. His 2008 non-fiction book, The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek, made the Globe & Mail’s Top 100 list and was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award. His book Switchbacks won the Jon Whyte Award for Mountain Literature at the 1999 Banff Mountain Book

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About the Empress Theatre
The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod is a rare gem: one of the oldest operating theatres in the country. Built in 1912, the elegant Empress hosts movies, musicals and musicians throughout the year. From the neon tulip lights that grace the theatre’s pressed tin ceiling, to the original ticket wicket and dressing rooms (not to mention our resident ghost, Ed), the Empress is a special place where neighbours gather to celebrate and nurture local, Albertan and Canadian performers. We look forward to having you join us.


November 16, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Empress Theatre


Empress Theatre
235 Main Street
Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0 Canada
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