The Book: Our Past Matters

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

Buy the soft-cover edition online for $24.99 + shipping: here. (In Canada shipping and handling = $6.99).

The e-book is available at Amazon for $9.99: here.

GoodReads reviews: here.

Suzette Mayr, the 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 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.

In Edmonton: Audreys Books; in Toronto: Glad Day Bookshop.

If you would like to order multiple copies at a discount: 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 bestseller list on February 2, 2019, climbing the chart since its November release.