Cathy’s Appearances


Christianne’s LYCEUM of Literature and Art

Meet the Author Series 2012-2013 (Vancouver)

This is an opportunity to interact with six exciting, contemporary authors in an intimate setting and an open-ended discussion format so as to embrace the interests of all participants. Be prepared for a series of evenings rife with intellectual stimulation and social camaraderie!

Here’s the lineup, starting in Fall 2012. Check Christianne’s Lyceum Website for dates and times.

  • JJ Lee- The Measure of a Man
  • Susan Juby - The Woefield Poultry Collective
  • Marina Endicott - The Little Shadows
  • Cathy Ostlere - either Karma or Lost
  • Richard Wagamese - Indian Horse
  • ZsuZsi Gartner - Better living Through Plastic Explosives



Friday June 8, 2012 — 7:30 PM-10:00 PM

Memorial Park Library Upstairs Hall — 1221 2 Street SW, Calgary

Please RSVP Samantha Warwick

Join us for a fun reception and readings by the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell shortlisted authors—Betty Jane Hegerat (The Boy), Suzette Mayr (Monoceros) and Cathy Ostlere (Karma)—and raise your glass to the Calgary Public Library’s hundred-year anniversary! Four wine and literary pairings will be featured in collaboration with Richard Harvey of Metrovino.

Emergent Writer’s Salon #4

Sunday, June 10, 2012 — 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Shelf Life Books — 100, 1302 - 4th Street SW, Calgary

Join us for a fascinating afternoon of readings and discussion with Cathy Ostlere, author of Lost: A Memoir and Betty Jane Hegerat, author of The Boy.

For more information: Shelf Life Books



  • Honesdale High School, Honesdale, Pennsylvania

  • St. Jean Brebeuf Jr. High School, Calgary

  • Queen Elizabeth High School, Calgary

  • Fort Richmond Collegiate, Calgary

  • Sargent Park School, Winnipeg

  • Strathmore High School, Strathmore

  • W.G. Murdoch, Crossfield


  • Memorial Park Library, Calgary

  • Keshen Goodman Public Library, Halifax

  • Park County Public Library, Cody, Wyoming

Literary Festivals

  • Wordfest, Calgary

Book Stores

  • Shelf Life Books, Calgary

  • Greenwood Books, Edmonton

  • McNally Robinson, Winnipeg

  • Monkeyshines, Calgary

  • Kids Ink, Indianapolis


  • Maritime Museum, Halifax

Writers’ Organizations

  • Alberta Writer’s Guild

  • Creative Nonfiction Collective

  • Manitoba Writer’s Guild

  • Writer’s Union of Canada

Writers’ Quotes

“Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.” - Thomas Berger

“There are two kinds of writers: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.” - Brian Aldiss

“Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions - what we do - that we are happy or the reverse….All human happiness and misery take the form of action.” - Aristotle

“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” - Truman Capote

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” - C. J. Cherryh

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” - E. L. Doctorow

“Observe, don’t imitate.” - John M. Ford

“Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” - Gene Fowler

“There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either.” - Robert Graves

“In a good play, everyone is in the right.” - Fredrich Hebbel

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.” - Stephen King

“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” - Elmore Leonard

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” - George Moore

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” - Toni Morrison

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” - Anaďs Nin

“Make it new.” - Ezra Pound

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favourite book.” - Marcel Proust

“It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.” - Vita Sackville-West

“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.” - Logan Pearsall Smith

“A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.” - Sidney Smith

“I never started from ideas but always from character.” -Ivan Turgenev

“The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.” - Mark Twain

“A poet can survive everything but a misprint.” - Oscar Wilde

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” - William Wordsworth

“The more closely the author thinks of why he wrote, the more he comes to regard his imagination as a kind of self-generating cement which glued his facts together, and his emotions as a kind of dark and obscure designer of those facts. Reluctantly, he comes to the conclusion that to account for his book is to account for his life.” - Richard Wright