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The Lost Keys -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Feb 28 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Eclectic Easy Listening

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Wendy Thomson (vocals, guitar), Mike Sheridan (guitar, vocals) and Lorne Deighton (bass, guitar)

The Lost Keys enjoy playing jazz standards, more contemporary tunes by artists such as Molly Johnson, Norah Jones, and Madeleine Peyroux, as well as some originals penned by Wendy. Their sound is relaxed yet engaging, a congenial listening experience.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Mar 03 2015 10:30 am - Storytime Circle, Saskatoon

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For children ages 3 - 5.

Join us in the Story Circle, where our storyteller will treat you to a half hour of fun and imagination! Every Tuesday from 10:30 - ll:00 am.

For further information, please inquire at the Children's Desk (upstairs) in person or by phone at (306) 955-1477.

Gail Bowen -- Book Launch

Tuesday Mar 03 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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12 Rose Street: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery (McClelland & Stewart)

From beloved author Gail Bowen comes the 15th installment in her nationally bestselling series.

Joanne's husband Zack is the leading progressive candidate in a neck-and-neck race, with the existing mayor, for Regina's top job. The tough campaigning is well underway when a disturbing threat disrupts the celebration for the opening of the Racette-Hunter Centre -- a project Zack has been spearheading, intended to benefit the impoverished community of North Central Regina. Joanne soon realizes that sinister interests are working behind the scenes of the election, and another savage act makes clear that someone will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo. The Shreve campaign perseveres, but when Zack's opponents share some shocking information about the past, the revelation sends Joanne reeling. As tensions around the election build, Joanne tries to hold herself together, keep her family intact, and get to the bottom of why a series of violent incidents, seemingly related to the mayoral race, all lead back to a mysterious property in North Central, 12 Rose Street.

A gripping novel about family and friendship, competition and betrayal, 12 Rose Street confirms why Gail Bowen is indeed the "queen of Canadian crime fiction." - Winnipeg Free Press

Gail Bowen's first Joanne Kilbourn mystery, Deadly Appearances (1990), was nominated for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, and A Colder Kind of Death (1995) won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel; all 14 (and counting!) books in the series have been enthusiastically reviewed. In 2008, Reader’s Digest named Bowen Canada’s Best Mystery Novelist; in 2009, she received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Bowen has also written plays that have been produced across Canada and on CBC Radio. Now retired from teaching at the First Nations University, Bowen lives in Regina.

Lori Mierau -- Book Launch

Wednesday Mar 04 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Curse the Darkness

Saskatchewan has seen significant growth in immigration in recent years and this increase causes some conflicted opinions. Hearing much debate about its effect on our province, author Lori Mierau began to reflect upon her own heritage and the reality that she too was only a second generation Canadian. Immigration has always been a vital thread of the fabric of Canada and Curse the Darkness chronicles the hardship and adversity of her grandfather’s journey from “ugly Russian communism to the beautiful Canadian prairies” in this work of historical fiction.

Lori Mierau is a freelance writer. She has a Master of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and has been teaching in Saskatoon for the past 15 years.

Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) -- Book Launch

Thursday Mar 05 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems (Purich Publishing)

nêhiyaw (Cree) laws are shared and passed down through oral tradition and land-based use, utilizing stories, songs, ceremonies, and other sacred rites. Colonization has dramatically caused the heart-breaking loss of Indigenous languages, customs, and inherent systems. This has necessitated a departure from oral tradition to record and write the physical laws of the nêhiyawak. The spiritual laws can never be written down. As a result, this book is the first of its kind.

Sylvia McAdam, a co-founder of the international movement Idle No More, shares nêhiyaw laws so generations of nêhiyaw and non-Indigenous people may understand and live by them to revitalize Indigenous nationhood. Readers will gain an understanding of and insight into the thoughts and worldview of nêhiyawak before and during the Treaty making process. It is McAdam's dream, shared by many, that freedom, liberation, and self-determination will lead Indigenous peoples away from the pain of genocide and colonialism.

Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) is a nêhiyaw woman, a citizen of the nêhiyaw Nation, who holds a Juris Doctorate (LL.B) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor’s of Human Justice (B.H.J) from the University of Regina. She is a recipient of the Carol Geller Human Rights Award, Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers Award, Social Justice Award, 2014 Global Citizen Award, and has received several eagle feathers from Indigenous communities. She remains active in the global grassroots Indigenous led resistance called “Idle No More”.

Bridges -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Mar 06 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Soft Rock, Country, Folk, Blues and Jazz

The Bridges project began in 2009. Just having fun covering an assortment of familiar favourites, from Fleetwood Mac to Patsy Cline to Elvis...and they're always adding to the list!

Lynn Doll Trio -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Mar 07 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Folk, Rock, and Blues

Wes Funk and Kevin Hastings -- Book Launch

Tuesday Mar 10 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Dead Rock Stars: Illustrated Edition (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing)

Hosted by Shauna Foster

Time doesn't heal all wounds...sometimes it takes something more. When his father dies unexpectedly, quirky record store owner Jackson Hill heads down the highway to his hometown in southern Saskatchewan. He knows the funeral will be rough, but he doesn't expect to meet a handsome stranger along the way or to face off with his brother about dark issues of the past. Dead Rock Stars is a humourous account of one man's fascination with rock 'n' roll, and a stirring story of sibling rivalry, acts of forgiveness, and growing up gay on the Canadian Prairies.

A love of the prairie lifestyle, a strong belief in diversity, and a passion for music are strong themes in Wes Funk's books. In addition to writing, Wes is also the host of the Saskatchewan weekly TV program Lit Happens. His first novel Dead Rock Stars has been incorporated into various curricula and his Cherry Blossoms won a national CBC Bookie Award.

Kevin Hastings is an established Saskatchewan artist who specializes in charcoal drawings depicting wildlife, sports figures, pop culture figures, and rock stars.

Connie Gault -- Book Launch

Wednesday Mar 11 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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A Beauty (McClelland & Stewart)

In a drought-ridden Saskatchewan of the 1930s, self-possessed, enigmatic Elena Huhtala finds her self living alone, a young Finnish woman in a community of Swedes in the small village of Trevna. Her mother has been dead for many years, and her father, burdened by the hardships of drought, has disappeared, and the eighteen-year-old is an object of pity and charity in her community. But when a stranger shows up at a country dance, Elena needs only one look and one dance before jumping into his Lincoln Roadster, leaving the town and its shocked inhabitants behind. What follows is a trip through the prairie towns, their dusty streets, shabby hotel rooms, surrounded by dry fields that stretch out vastly, waiting for rain. Elena's journey uncovers the individual stories of an unforgettable group of people, all of whom are in one way or another affected by her seductive yet innocent presence. At the centre is Ruth, a girl whose life becomes changed in unexpected ways. She and the girl Elena, distanced and apart, form a strange bond that will come to haunt the decades for them both. Written in luminous prose, threaded through with a sardonic wit and deep wisdoms, A Beauty is at one time lyrical and tough, moving and mysterious, a captivating tale of a woman who, without intending to, touches many lives, and sometimes alters them forever.

"Gault is a Canadian Dickens: language and characters at once rich and spare, in a wildly generous story that reveals interior lives with disturbing precision." Marina Endicott

Connie Gault is the author of two collections of short stories, several plays for stage and radio and the novel Euphoria, winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction and short-listed for the High Plains Fiction Award and the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book of Canada and the Caribbean. She lives in Regina.

Where the Nights Are Twice As Long contributors -- Book Launch

Thursday Mar 12 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Where the Nights Are Twice As Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets (Goose Lane Editions), edited by David Eso and Jeanette Lynes.

Featuring readings by Dave Margoshes, Katherine Lawrence, C. Isa Lausas, Tyson Atkings, Gerald Hill, and Jeanette Lynes.

With special musical guests Goose Lake, Alf Epp, and Patrick O'Reilly.

Under the covers of Where the Nights Are Twice As Long, David Eso and Jeanette Lynes collect letters and epistolary poems from more than 120 Canadian poets, including Pauline Johnson, Malcolm Lowry, Louis Riel, Alden Nowlan, Anne Szumigalski, Leonard Cohen, John Barton, Di Brandt, and many others, encompassing the breadth of this country’s English literary history. Presented not in order of the chronology of composition, but according to the poets’ ages at the time of writing, the poems in the book comprise a single lifeline. The reader follows an amalgam of the Poet from the passionate intensity of youth, through the regrets and satisfactions of adulthood and middle age, and into the reflective wisdom of old age. This collection of odes and lyric ecstasies, tirades and tantrums is an unforgettable journey into the long night of love.

Dave Margoshes is the author of four novels, five books of poetry and seven short story collections, including A Book of Great Worth, God Telling a Joke, and Wiseman's Wager. Now based in Saskatoon, he spent many years as a journalist in New York, San Francisco, Calgary, and Vancouver.

Katherine Lawrence is the author of two award-winning poetry collections, Ring Finger, Left Hand and Lying to Our Mothers. Her forthcoming book, Never Mind, won the 2014 City of Regina Writing Award. Originally from Hamilton, ON, Katherine has lived in Saskatchewan since 1982.

C. Isa Lausas is a visual artist and writer, born in Tornio, Finland. A graduate of ESADMM, the Academy of Fine-Arts of Marseille in Photography, she is currently undertaking a MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

Tyson John Atkings is a visual artist & poet based in Saskatoon, SK. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013 from the University of Saskatchewan.

Two-time winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry, Gerald Hill will publish his sixth poetry collection, Hillsdale Book, in 2015. He lives and writes in Regina, retired from his career teaching English and Creative Writing at Luther College at the University of Regina.

Jeanette Lynes is the award-winning author of six collections of poetry, including Archive of the Undressed, and the novel The Factory Voice. Her Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems, is forthcoming in 2015. Jeanette is Coordinator of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

Where the Nights Are Twice As Long is one of CBC Books' "15 Works of Nonfiction to Watch for in 2015", and appears on the Toronto Star's list of "The 25 books we can’t wait to read" in 2015.

Doug Boomhower Trio -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Mar 13 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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With two careers in art, one as a jazz guitarist and the other as a visual artist, Doug Boomhower has enriched the Saskatoon art scene immensely over the past 40 years. Joining Doug is Ray Stephanson (piano) and Bruce Wilkinson (bass).

Ages Past -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Mar 14 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Ages Past is an acoustic instrumental band composed of brothers Cole Assman (guitar) and Owen Assman (percussion) and their mutual friend, Lauren Thuringer (guitar). The group got together in December 2013 and wasted no time, releasing their self-titled debut EP in May of 2014. Drawing from rock, blues, and jazz influences, the young trio enjoys experimenting with different instruments, such as the ukulele and the xylophone, as well as imaginative techniques on their native instruments. Don't miss the all original tunes of Ages Past! Hear here.

Saskatchewan Book Awards -- Shortlist Reading I

Sunday Mar 15 2015 2:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Featuring readings by Alice Kuipers (The Death of Us) and Dave Margoshes (God Telling a Joke and Other Stories) and hosted by Paul Denham.

The first in a series of three events with Saskatchewan Book Awards nominees, reading and signing their shortlisted titles.

Alice Kuipers is the award-winning author of three previous novels, Life on the Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did and 40 Things I Want to Tell You, and the picture book Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book. Her work has been published to critical acclaim in twenty-nine countries. She lives in Saskatoon. Her book The Death of Us is nominated for the Young Adult Literature Award from the Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Dave Margoshes' books include three novels, five volumes of poetry and a biography. Along the way, he’s won a few awards, including the Stephen Leacock Prize for Poetry in 1996, the John V. Hicks Award for fiction in 2001. He was a finalist for the Journey Prize in 2009. His book God Telling a Joke and Other Stories is nominated for the Fiction Award from the Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Saskatchewan Book Awards celebrate, promote and reward Saskatchewan authors and publishers. The only provincially­focused book award program, SBA is a principal ambassador for Saskatchewan's literary community, which includes more than 500 writers and more than 40 book publishers.

Join us on Sunday, March 29 and Friday, April 10 for other events in this series, featuring readings by Brenda Baker, Suzanne North, Dawn Dumont, and Ernie Louttit.

Dr. Sharon L. Acoose -- Book Launch

Monday Mar 16 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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An Arrow In My Heart: A First Nation Woman's Account of Survival from the Streets to the Height of Academia (JCharlton Publishing)

Within this heart wrenching yet hope filled autobiographical account of her life, Dr. Acoose allows us to walk with her, on her healing journey, through what was a life of despair (a life steeped in sexual abuse, family abandonment, life on the street, addictions, prostitution, violence and incarceration), to a fulfilling life grounded within sobriety and personal achievements. Dr. Acoose discusses lessons she learned along the way that may serve as signposts for those who are battling similar demons to the ones she had to overcome.

Sharon L. Acoose, PhD is a member of the Sakimay First Nation and Associate Professor of Indigenous Social Work at First Nations University of Canada.

St. Patricks Day at Prairie Ink!

Tuesday Mar 17 2015 9:00 am - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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On St. Patrick's Day, Prairie Ink is offering a full mix of Irish foods on a special menu, with Irish beer and drink specials available all day long.

Starting at 7:00 pm, enjoy free live music from poet and musician Patrick O' Reilly.

Throughout the month of March, Prairie Ink is featuring recipes from My Irish Table by Cathal Armstrong and David Hagedorn.

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