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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Mandy Eve Barnett interviews Inge

CMC member Inge Bremer-Trueman was asked about her projects, inspiration, process and writing tips. Here’s an excerpt:

What inspired you to write your first book?

As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write books. I think it was because Nancy Drew was getting so boring. I suppose, too, I was picking up on the formulaic nature of the structure and figured, “I can do better than that!”

 Read the rest of Inge’s interview.

The Glass Door Reading Series

glass-door-seriesHey Edmonton friends! As part of the Mill Woods Artist Collective event, The Glass Door Reading Series, I’ll be reading from my new book, When the Wheels Fall Off (the sequel to A Root Beer Season), along with Edmonton author and journalist, Michael Hingston (Dilletantes), and Calgary poet, author and editor, Dymphny Dronyk (Contrary Infatuations, A Life in Clay). Edmonton singer and songwriter Ella Coyes will be also be performing for your listening pleasure.

When: June 25, 2015, 7 PM
Where: The Koffee Café
6120 – 28 Avenue, Edmonton

Bears, Books and Beer

root-bear-with-ingeEverybody’s favourite grumpy old bear and the A&W mascot reunite for a fantastic day of sharing great stories and supporting the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Thanks to all who turned out to the event!

Hey Edmonton friends – let’s all go to A&W!

A&W is sponsoring its 6th Annual Cruisin’ to End MS event on August 21, 2014. Please join me at the White Oaks A&W, 12222 137 Avenue in Edmonton where I will be signing copies of my book, A Root Beer Season from 4–8 pm. 30% of sales will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Hope to see you there!

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Meeting and greeting our supporters


The Morin sisters celebrate Crabapple Mews (image credit: Bruce Lecky)

Writers, readers  and surprise family members from distant cities came out to cheer on the CMC at their first meet and greet. Words were read, books found new homes and a good time was had by all. With a big thank-you to the wonderfully supportive Calgary writing community and Owl’s Nest Books.

Crabapple Mews Collective Meet ‘n’ Greet

We hope you can join us at Owl’s Nest Books on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 1–4 pm for a Meet ‘n’ Greet with your favourite Crabby Apples. Find out who we are and what the Crabapple Mews Collective is all about. Nibble some nibblies, imbibe a little wine, browse and maybe even buy a couple of books (Owl’s Nest loves that!).

Hope to see you there!

Freefall Magazine reviews A Root Beer Season

A Root Beer Season was recently reviewed by Freefall Magazine. Here’s an excerpt:

Sparkling dialogue written in the authentic voice of a fifteen-year old narrator Sonja Pfeiffer is what carries this novel set in Edmonton in the summer of 1967. Sonja is a typical teenager of any year, hormones budding, but still under control, desirous of being independent of scrutiny by her parents, who in her case, were born in war-torn Germany, clinging to a strict, unforgiving religion, Gemeine Alles Gottes (GAG) that restricts almost every enjoyment.

Read the rest of the article.

Call for submissions: Writing Menopause anthology

The Writing Menopause Anthology wants to make “women of a certain age” visible in all their grey-haired glory. Looking for short fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction and poetry. Writers can be living through it, writing through or about it, or witnessing it. The editors invite submissions to “be funny, be furious, be the eye of the storm. Be courageous and outrageous.” No how-tos or medical/quasi-medical advice. Length: 2500 words max. and up to three poems.

Deadline: June 30, 2014

Email submissions as Word attachments to:


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