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Empress Theatre, author highlight Galt celebration

Author and comedian Will Ferguson and the Empress Theatre’s Project Muse will be at the Galt Museum and Archives on Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m.
The appearance by the author and musicians is part of the Galt’s free public celebration of the 60-year reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“We look forward to recognizing Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee because of the impact of the monarchy on Canada,” Galt community programs co-ordinator Leslie Hall said. “We’re so pleased Will Ferguson is able to help us celebrate, he is one of my favorite Canadian authors with a love for history.”
Ferguson is the author of several award-winning memoirs including “Beyond Belfast,” about a 560-mile walk across Northern Ireland in the rain; “Hitching a Ride with Buddha,” about an end-to-end journey across Japan by thumb; and most recently the humour collection “Canadian Pie,” which includes his travels from Yukon to Prince Edward Island.
Ferguson’s novels include “Happiness,” a satire set in the world of self-help publishing; “Spanish Fly,” a coming-of-age tale of con men and call girls set amid the jazz clubs of the Great Depression; and the recently published “419,” a startlingly original tale of heartbreak and suspense that takes readers behind the scene of the world’s most insidious Internet scam.
Nominated for both an IMPAC Dublin Award and a Commonwealth Writers Prize, and a three-time winner of the Leacock Medal, Ferguson’s work has been published in more than 20 languages around the world.
Ferguson is planning a journey across Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and eastern Congo by truck.
Ferguson’s talk at the Galt on May 27 will be followed by a varied repertoire of chamber music performed by the Empress Theatre’s Project Muse, a classical music arts program which sees four young, professional musicians visit southern Alberta schools to present educational programs and share the joy of music.
Violist Brooke Day of Lethbridge and flutist Sarah Gieck of Calgary return for the second year, and are joined by harpist Olivia Ritchey and clarinetist Erin Fung.
Their schedule also includes visits to 14 schools in Pincher Creek, Stavely, Claresholm, Enchant, Lomond, Glenwood, Barnwell, Coaldale, and Lethbridge.

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