WSKEO Book Club: Shy: An Anthology, edited by Naomi K. Lewis & Rona Altrows

“We’re not exactly scene-stealers, so you don’t hear much from us shy folk—and that’s usually how we like it.”
—Elizabeth Zotova, “My Dear X”

Our book for July 2014 is Shy: An Anthology, edited by local authors Naomi K. Lewis and Rona Altrows.

The pages of this anthology are filled with personal essays and poems of thoughtful musings, raw memories, and humorous self-examinations by authors and poets who have been labelled by the world—teachers, parents, and peers—as shy. Here, they proudly own up to their shyness, and their message is clear: they don’t need to be “cured”! Why should they, when nearly half of North Americans consider themselves shy? Editors Naomi K. Lewis and Rona Altrows have enlisted writers from across the continent and have created a moving anthology that will appeal to all, either because we are shy or because we know someone who is.

The book features contributors from across North America, including: Rona Altrows, Debbie Bateman, Wade Bell, Alex Boyd, Janis Butler Holm, Brian Campbell, Weyman Chan, Lorna Crozier, Mike Duggan, Ben Gelinas, Elizabeth Greene, Vivian Hansen, Elizabeth Haynes, Steven Heighton, Jennifer Houle, I.B. Iskov, Eve S. Krakow, Shawna Lemay, Naomi K. Lewis, Shirley Limbert, Carol L. MacKay, Micheline Maylor, Don McKay, Stuart Ian McKay, Bruce Meyer, Jeff Miller, Dhana Musil, Lori D. Roadhouse, Kerry Ryan, Sydney Sharpe, Natalie Simpson, Sylvia Stopforth, David Van Buren, Aritha van Herk, Russell Wangersky, Cassy Welburn, Madelaine Wong, Elaine Woo and Elizabeth Zotova.

The Calgary Public Library has three copies of Shy: An Anthology. If you wish to purchase your own copy, identify yourself as a member of the WSKEO Book Club at Pages Books on Kensington to get a 10% discount!

WSKEO Book Club: Shy: An Anthology
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 7:00-9:00 pm
Pages on Kensington, 1135 Kensington Rd NW
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We should know each other! That’s been established. But how do we meet people from distant countries, or separated by years of history? A timeworn answer, of course, is through books!

Every month, the We Should Know Each Other Book Club will explore thought-provoking literature, alternating between non-fiction and literary genres. Come for one session or all of them, and be ready for a stimulating discussion full of diverse perspectives.

If you want to suggest a book, or if you have any questions about the WSKEO Book Club, e-mail Mark Hopkins at