Crabapple Mews Collective is an author collective made up of volunteer writers and editors. We draw on our backgrounds as writers, teachers, editors, booksellers, designers, academics, publishers and producers of kick-ass literary events to help bring new stories to readers.
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Prophet and Loss

K. Gordon Neufeld with Inge Trueman at Shelf Life Books, Calgary

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 2 – 4 pm

Inge is inviting all her old writing friends to an event she, along with Shelf Life Books, is hosting to welcome back to the neighbourhood fellow scribbler, K. Gordon Neufeld. After leaving Calgary, Gordon moved to upstate New York where he lives with his wife, Mary Jo, their daughter, and his beloved cats, many of whom, in moments of boredom and/or writer’s block, appear on Facebook. Gordon’s new book is called Prophet and Loss: Stories of Extreme Beliefs 

Gordon spent 10 Years in the Moonies and the story of his ‘capture’ and eventual extrication is told in his brilliant memoir, Heartbreak and Rage: Ten Years Under Sun Myung Moon, A Cult Survivor’s Memoir.

Inge will also give a short reading from her novel, Winging It, book 3 in the chronicles of Sonja Pfeiffer, carhop, drag racer, aspiring pilot and a complete failure navigating the intricacies of successful relationships.

See you there!



The book men should read

A wonderful review of Writing Menopause appears in the most recent issue of the journal, Canadian Woman Studies. We’ve been waiting for this one and are thrilled.

Writing Menopause is not the book you read to find medical explanations or treatment suggestions for night sweats. It’s the book you read when you want to know how menopause feels, how it is experienced by women like you and not like you. It’s the book men should read if they want to better understand the women in their lives.

Laura Wershler’s full review is on our Inanna Publications page – click on the Reviews tab to read her review.

Congratulations to Roberta Rees!

We’re delighted to announce Roberta has been nominated for her non-fiction piece in Writing Menopause. “Evie’s Massage Parlour” is on this year’s shortlist for the Alberta Literary Awards James H. Gray Award.

Help celebrate all Literary Award shortlisted authors and hear readings of their work:

Edmonton – Audreys Books
Sunday, May 6 at 2 pm

Calgary – Rose & Crown Pub
Wednesday, May 16 at 7 pm

The awards gala will be held on Saturday June 2, 2018 in Calgary during the Writers’ Guild of Alberta annual conference and AGM.

Fingers and toes crossed. And as Roberta writes, “my hat goes off to women”!


Vancouver Writing Menopause Event

The long anticipated Vancouver Writing Menopause book event happens on March 29, 2018 at the Vancouver Public Library, Kitsilano Branch. This “revolutionary collection of work” continues to be relevant, giving voice to an often stigmatized and yet highly universal life experience. Four local area contributors – Rhona McAdam, Leanna McLennan, Jane Silcott and Taryn Thomson – will read from the collection, along with co-editor Jane Cawthorne.

Kitsilano Room
Vancouver Public Library – Kitsilano Branch
2425 MacDonald Street
Thursday, March 29, 2018
7 to 8:30 pm

Books will be available for purchase (cash only). Please come out and join us for a wonderful evening of readings and conversation!

Writing Menopause Tour, Reviews and More

This fall marks the wrap-up of Writing Menopause’s official book tour. It was a cold, rainy evening in Calgary last Thursday, but some 50 people showed up regardless. Many thanks to the Single Onion poetry reading series and Shelf Life Books for hosting us. Readers included E.D. Morin, Rona Altrows, Susan Calder, Shaun Hunter, JoAnn McCaig, Carolyn Pogue, Roberta Rees and Lori D. Roadhouse. Thanks to Lori D. for emceeing this event! We stayed until after the bookstore’s usual closing time and were finally, gently kicked out. All in all, a great night.

Mom Egg and other reviews
“I wish Writing Menopause had been on my nightstand, too,” Bunny Goodjohn writes in this month’s Mom Egg Review, a literary journal about motherhood:

[Germaine] Greer’s feminist voice was brilliantly hard-edged and stark. But Cawthorne and Morin would have added fifty-five more to the mix, and I might have been not only informed and ready for a fight but also entertained, validated and prepared for what has become the most challenging and rewarding period of my life so far.

Goodjohn’s is just one of several articles that were published about Writing Menopause since its publication four months ago, including:

Menopause Goddess Blog writes in their review, “It’s breathtaking. Literally. And hot-flashing, mind melding, heart touching, beautiful. I actually think ALL women would love this book, not just those of us who are approaching, well in, or past menopause.”

And in E.D. Morin’s article “In Praise of Older Women” on The Mixed Zone, an online journal that reports on women’s sports, she talks about the collection and explores the power of women at this stage of life. “As older women, we know what it’s like to get through hard things, long projects. We’ve gotten to the other side of childbirth, the other side of raising kids.”

Women’s Writers, Women’s Books also gave us a shout-out. Friend for the Ride provided an interview and book giveaway.

And Lower East Side Librarian’s Jenna Freedman was inspired in this way: “The story Drenched by Leanna McClennan led me to ask my boss if we could have a menstrual hut in our new library building. She didn’t have any luck, but maybe I will.”


Inge and E.D. To Appear at When Words Collide


Calgary’s quirkiest, most badass writer and reader festival is happening again this weekend. From today through Sunday, August 13, When Words Collide takes over the Delta Calgary South Hotel. The program covers such topics as “World Building: The Lazy Bastard Way”, the current scene of exoplanet research presented by PhD student Luis Welbanks, a whiskey and absinthe tasting, a roaring twenties dress-up banquet, plus workshops and readings by Guy Gavriel Kay. Yes, that superstar fantasy novelist.

If you’ve registered, today E.D. Morin will be moderating a panel at 3 pm with Sheri-D Wilson, Susan Calder and Mark Leslie: “Beyond Traditional and Self-Publishing.” Tomorrow at noon, Inge Trueman will appear with authors Sharon Butala, Anne Sorbie and Rita Bozi to expound on “Semi-Autobiographical Fiction”.

Registration for the festival has been capped for over a month. However, there’s a waiting list if you want to take a chance for a last-minute cancellation. Hope to see you there!

A great start to our book tour

Jane, myself, and our amazing author-contributors are grateful to all who helped fill Calgary’s Shelf Life Books last night and usher in the Writing Menopause anthology. We celebrated, we shared stories, we toasted the launch of this revolutionary collaboration, and we sold 40 books. An electric start to our book tour! Still to come: reading events in Edmonton (June 9), Toronto (June 14) and Kingston (June 15).  

We hope you can join us; we still have a few bottles of leftover wine.

Calgary launch WM 6

Readers – from left to right: Steve Passey, Lori D. Roadhouse, Rea Tarvydas, Shaun Hunter, JoAnn McCaig, Roberta Rees, Jane Cawthorne and Elaine Morin.

Calgary launch WM 5

JoAnn McCaig, contributor and owner of Shelf Life Books, showing an image of a Dabstract painting that she references in her piece “Last Blood”.

Two spring books for the orchard

Writing Menopause
This Thursday, May 25, Jane Cawthorne and E.D. Morin kick off their book tour for Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-fiction, at Shelf Life Books. Please join the editors to celebrate the launch with seven other contributors to this vital anthology. See other tour dates.

Winging It
As if that’s not enough excitement for the Crabapples, on Tuesday May 30, Inge Bremer-Trueman unveils her third novel Winging It at Owl’s Nest Books. Plus, it’s IPPY night. While we sip wine and hear more about Sonja’s latest man and mechanical passions (and enjoy whatever unpredictable spring weather Calgary throws at us), When the Wheels Fall Off, Inge’s second book, will be receiving honours and accolades in New York City at the 2017 IPPY Award ceremonies.

Writing Menopause – book tour

After a three-year gestation period, editors Jane Cawthorne and E.D. Morin are pleased to release Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-fiction, published by Inanna Publications. We would be pleased if you could join us to celebrate this literary labour of love and meet the authors. For more information, follow Writing Menopause on Facebook.

Shelf Life Books, 1302 – 4 Street St
Featuring: Rona Altrows, Jane Cawthorne, Shaun Hunter, JoAnn McCaig, E.D. Morin, Steve Passey, Roberta Rees, Lori D. Roadhouse and Rea Tarvydas.

EDMONTON: June 9, 7 pm
Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Avenue
Featuring: Margaret Macpherson, Lou Morin, Shirley Serviss, Rea Tarvydas, Jane Cawthorne and E.D. Morin.

TORONTO: June 14, 6 pm
Inanna Publications’ spring launch at The Supermarket
Kensington Market, 268 Augusta Avenue
Featuring: Jane Cawthorne, Merle Amodeo, B.A. Markus, Leanna McLennan, Gemma Meharchand and E.D. Morin. With three other Inanna new releases!

KINGSTON: June 15, 7 pm
A Novel Idea Bookstore, 156 Princess Street
Featuring: Merle Amodeo, Louise Carson, Colette Maitland, B.A. Markus, E.D. Morin and Jane Cawthorne.

With gratitude for the tour support
This book tour is made possible with support from Inanna Publications, the Canada Council, the Quebec Writers’ Federation, Shelf Life Books, Audreys Books, The Supermarket and A Novel Idea.

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