So pleased to have a short review of Not the Apocalypse I Was Hoping For in the October 2022 print publication The Literary Review of Canada.

“Leslie Greentree’s bold and beleaguered creations run the gamut from apathy to anger. Characters drink too much, misread scenarios, interrupt each other, blurt out home truths, hide behind humour, and generally grapple with the divide between intentions and perception …

“Greentree is at her strongest when she builds to the agony of a sudden loss of control. Some characters turn to art to make sense of their disillusionment, others pop open another beer …

“Yet the center holds. The world keeps spinning. Within these fourteen tales, the fight for meaning and honesty continues.”

 

What could be better than a fall Sunday evening at a neighbourhood pub, in the company of three different but equally fun writers? Leslie (Not the Apocalypse I Was Hoping For) is joined by Thomas Trofimuk (The Elephant On Karluv Bridge) and Jeanette Lynes (The Apothecary’s Garden). 6:30 PM: doors & drinks. 7 PM: readings. Book sales & signing will follow the readings. Admission is free, including a tasty range of hot and cold appetizers sponsored by the good humans at Leslie’s publishing house, the University of Calgary Press. Cash bar. Find the details here.

 

On Friday, October 21 at 7 PM, Leslie joins friends and fellow writers Jenna Butler, Joan Crate and Rod Schumacher at a reading celebrating the 20th anniversary of RDP Library. The place has special meaning for Leslie; she’s read there many times and formed deep friendships with other writers at Library events there. She’s excited to bring the Apocalypse to such a beloved setting and to be reunited with such talented colleagues. Free admission, snacks, and cash bar. Reserve your spot here.

 

Leslie is thrilled to launch Not the Apocalypse I Was Hoping For alongside her friend, the brilliant poet Patrick Horner, at Shelf Life Books in Calgary on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 PM. Pat’s poetry collection, Refugia, is a deeply serious and simultaneously playful collection that explores the tension between the human need to categorize and the impossibility of doing so, between the measurable and the immeasurable, between bear and mouse. Join us! Reserve your free spot here.

 

Leslie was delighted to talk with St. Albert Gazette reporter Jack Farrell about the Apocalypse, writing from different perspectives, and how casual conversations from years before can inspire stories. Read the interview here.

 

The Apocalypse is about to hit Red Deer! Join Leslie on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Sunworks, the glorious shop in downtown Red Deer where much of this writing nonsense started. Fine foods, bubbly, conversation, and, of course, the Apocalypse we’ve all been hoping for. Details and ticket info here.

 

Leslie had a lot of fun talking with CKUA Radio’s Scott Zielsdorf recently about disappointing apocalypses and flailing humans making bad choices.  listen here.

 

Join Leslie at St.  Albert Public Library on Friday, September 15 at 7 p.m. for her first book event celebrating the launch of Not the Apocalypse I Was Hoping For. Free admission, with a reception and signing to follow the reading. Books will be sold on site by our friends at Glass Bookshop.  register here.

 

Leslie’s forthcoming book of short stories, Not the Apocalypse I Was Hoping For, makes the CBC’s “fiction to watch for in fall 2022” list.  read more

 

Blindman Brewing in Lacombe, Alberta, has melded three of Leslie’s favourite pastimes – reading, writing, and enjoying local craft beer. Session Ale stories appear on beer cans near you all summer long, and are recorded and produced by the fine people at CKUA Radio.

Leslie’s 2022 Session Story is “Cemetery Décor.” Hear her story and interview here (Season 5, Episode 8).