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Library Link: An evening with C.L. Polk

The prime directive of Airdrie Public Library (APL) is quite simple – to foster literacy, promote knowledge, and encourage cultural connections. It's a directive that guides everything we do at APL.

The prime directive of Airdrie Public Library (APL) is quite simple – to foster literacy, promote knowledge, and encourage cultural connections. It's a directive that guides everything we do at APL. If an idea for a program or service doesn’t promote at least one of these, it doesn’t see the light of day.

Our objective is to inspire lifelong learning, imagination, and creativity. This goal is accomplished through our inclusive programs, services that fit patrons' needs and a diverse collection of books, online tools and other resources.

One of our many successful literacy programs has been our adult and children’s Author Series, which have featured such celebrated Alberta writers as C.B. Forrest, Doreen Vanderstoop, Benjamin Graham, Marina Cohen and others.

Despite the pandemic, we continue to add to this eminent list of authors through creative technological platforms such as Zoom.

With all that being said, we invite the public to join us on May 15 for an exciting reading from Calgary author C.L. Polk.

Polk (they/them) is the author of the World Fantasy Award winning novel Witchmark – the first novel of the acclaimed Kingston Cycle.

Their newest novel, The Midnight Bargain, is a story about a gifted young woman who seeks to forge her own path despite considerable social and financial pressures. The novel was a finalist in the CBC Canada Reads Competition.

The American book review magazine Kirkus Reviews describes The Midnight Bargain as, “an expertly concocted mélange of sweet romance and sharp social commentary.”

Hugo award-winning author Alex Harrow calls Polk’s novel, “smart, sexy, and sincere; it’s an alter-Regency romance with fantastical magic and very real teeth.”

“All art is deeply political.” Polk said in a 2018 interview on The Qwillery blog, “I couldn't have written this book (Witchmark), or any book, without making any sort of comment or opinion on political and social issues.”

Register online through our website for what is sure to be an engaging and lively conversation with C.L. Polk this Saturday, May 15, at 7 p.m.

For more information on APL’s programs and services, visit airdriepubliclinrary.ca