Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary is available for sale at independent bookstores such as Shelf Life Books and Pages.

Online Shopping: $24.99 + $6.99 shipping (Canada): here.

E-book edition at Amazon for $9.99 (Canada): hereGoodReads reviews: here.

Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist 2020

Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming Finalist 2019

John Ibbitson, from The Globe and Mail, explains: “You are going to read about some amazing people, places, and times in these pages… There is no one better equipped than Kevin Allen to give us a tour.”

“This book makes me proud to be a Calgarian.” Suzette Mayr, 2022 Giller Prize Winner for The Sleeping Car Porter.

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The book was launched at the New Central Library on November 22, 2018.

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Book Launch Crowd. Photo: Noel Bégin.


Kevin Allen visiting the book in production in Winnipeg.

Our Past Matters hit #1 on the Calgary Herald bestseller list on February 2, 2019, climbing the chart since its November release.