The Book: Our Past Matters

Kevin Allen’s Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary is available for sale.

Suzette Mayr, author of Monoceros, writes: “This book is a moving and compelling journey through a history of Calgary that few people know, but that we all should know… This book makes me proud to be a Calgarian.”

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.”

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The book sells for $24.99 and can be found at fine independent bookstores in Calgary including:

Shelf Life Books,

Pages on Kensington, and

Owls Nest Books.

In Fernie, Our Past Matters is for sale at:

Polar Peek Books & Treasures.

You can also buy it through our online store (click links):

One Copy: $24.99 + $6.99 shipping (Canada)

Two Copies: $49.98 total + free shipping (Canada)

More Copies: email us: here.

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

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Book Launch Crowd. Photo: Noel Bégin.

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One reader’s annotated copy!


Kevin Allen visiting the book in production in Winnipeg.

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