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Erna Buffie and Sharon Butala — Reading and Signing

Monday Oct 05 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Coteau Books presents Erna Buffie and Sharon Butala, reading and signing their new novels Let Us Be True and Wild Rose.

From the killing fields of Europe, to the merciless beauty of the Canadian prairies, Let Us Be True tells the story of three women, whose lives have been shaped and damaged by secrets – their own and those that stretch back through time, casting their shadow from one generation to the next. At the heart of the novel is 74-year-old Pearl Calder, a woman who has thrown away her past and kept it a secret from her daughters. But as Pearl confronts her own mortality, she begins to understand what her dead husband, Henry, has always known. Secrets are like dark and angry ghosts. And they don’t just haunt you. They haunt everyone you love.

Let Us Be True is Erna Buffie’s first book. Over the past 25 years, she has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning documentary films, and has interviewed some of the world’s most interesting scientists and thinkers, including David Suzuki, Gloria Steinam and Jane Goodall. In 2011, she wrote and directed the multiple-award winning film The Changing Sea, and in 2013 she won a Canadian Screen Award for her film Smarty Plants. Erna lived in Montreal and in a seaside home just outside of Halifax before returning to the prairies and the city where she was born and raised. She now divides her time between Winnipeg and a small cottage on Long Pine Lake in the Whiteshell, which she shares with her husband and their little grey mutt.

"The first night she hardly noticed he was gone, and even though she had expected him back before the moon rose, she slept soundly.” Sophie Hippolyte’s husband Pierre has been gone for three days, and the suspense, as a lone horseman approaches their homesteader cabin in the southwest Saskatchewan of the 1880s, is palpable. So begins acclaimed writer Sharon Butala’s new novel, Wild Rose. It charts Sophie's journey from underloved child in religion-bound rural Quebec, to headstrong young woman to exhausted homesteader to deserted bride and mother to independent businesswoman finding her way in a hostile, if beautiful, landscape.

Sharon Butala is the award-winning author of numerous works of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and plays. Wild Rose is her first book since her 2008 bestseller The Girl in Saskatoon. Her work has been shortlisted for a Commonwealth Prize and the Governor General’s Award. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she has also been the recipient of the Marian Engel Award, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. Butala was born in an outpost hospital in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. She taught English in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, and eventually returned to Saskatoon before moving to Eastend with her husband Peter Butala in 1976. She has lived in Calgary since her husband's passing.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Oct 06 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 am – ll:00 am.

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

Harry Potter Party

Tuesday Oct 06 2015 1:00 pm - Saskatoon

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Relive the magic of the book that started it all.

You are cordially invited to celebrate the release of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Bloomsbury Press) at McNally Robinson Booksellers on October 6. With your help, we will hazard a complete, cover-to-cover reading of our favourite wizard’s first adventure.

Starting at 1:00 pm, the book will be read aloud without pause. Stop by any time, listen, and maybe read a favourite passage. We anticipate ending the evening around 9:00 pm.

A fun event for fans young and old. Costumes are strongly encouraged!

Planning for Baby — Free Seminar

Wednesday Oct 07 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Expecting your first baby? Planning for Baby is a free prenatal seminar about financially preparing and planning for the arrival of baby. From government benefits, tax deductions, EI and RESPs, Planning for Baby offers it all!

Topics of discussion include: - How much does a baby cost? Realistic facts - Living on a reduced income - Everyday costs and tips for cutting corners to save - Registered Education Savings Plans - Birth Certificate and Social Insurance Numbers - Canada Tax Benefits - Maternity and Paternal Benefits

Helping you plan for your child’s future today! For more information and to register call 306-244-1067 or visit Planning for Baby online.

Planning for Baby offers a free educational seminar for expecting parents and first-time parents. The specific speakers chosen for Planning for Baby are licensed Sales Representatives registered to sell Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs). They are always there to assist with questions or concerns that may arise during or after the seminar as the families better interest is also theirs. No profits are being made from this program and are strictly being offered to the public as information only.

Matt Schellenberg — Book Launch

Thursday Oct 08 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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A Planet of Aftermath

A "planet of aftermath" is a way of saying life after something traumatic, and living your life afterwards. I was able to overcome my fall and live on in its aftermath by writing poetry. Some of these poems were difficult to write. I took a lot from my own past and blended it with fiction. These are my words going out to the world.

Matt Schellenberg was born in Saskatoon in 1985. He took one creative writing class at Aden Bowman Collegiate and was hooked. In 2005, he lost one of his closest friends to cancer. This lead to clinical depression. Many of the pieces in this collection were written during this time until he sought treatment.

Jessica Wallace — Book Launch

Friday Oct 09 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Meet You There (Now Or Never Publishing)

Robin Kent doesn’t understand how everyone around her, including her husband, is so certain of everything. The only explanation is that they’re all following the same Guidebook—a copy of which Robin has yet to receive. When a co-worker at her call centre reveals his secret, Robin is sure he’s offering more than just a way out of a depressing job, marking the beginning of a drift from one life to another. An original, inspiring story, Meet You There explores the ties that bind us.

Jessica Wallace grew up in the prairies and is now a writer, researcher, and content strategist in Vancouver, BC. She received her MA from the University of Sussex. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in several international literary magazines and Meet You There is her first novel.

Kristan Couture — Live Musical Performance

Friday Oct 09 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Kristan Couture is a Saskatchewan-born fiddler and singer/songwriter that fuses Celtic and folk influences into her creativity. Fingerpicking guitar and sawing bows combined with Irish drum and electric guitar create an East Coast type sound that resonates within a home prairie feel. Hear here

Justice and Jasmine Der — Live Musical Performance

Saturday Oct 10 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Justice (on guitar) and Jasmine (on piano) play jazz standards, and they also take contemporary songs and create their own arrangements.

Susan Grant -- Book Launch

Tuesday Oct 13 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Memories of a German Boy

The Arndt family, threatened by the approaching Russians, left their German home in Konigsberg Prussia in January 1945. With her husband and eldest daughter at war, Helene Arndt and four of her children walked miles to the railway station in the freezing cold and started their journey west. Martin was the youngest. One month shy of his sixth birthday his young body endured the affects of war – hunger to the point of near starvation, death and sickness surrounding him, fear following him wherever he went. This is the Arndt story. However as you will see, it is about more than war. It is about strength of character, determination and faith.

Susan Grant is the daughter of Martin Arndt. Her previous writings include short stories, essays, and poems, as well as The Memory Box: One Hundred Years of Policing in Saskatoon 1903-2003. Susan is a retired police officer who lives in Saskatoon with her husband. She has two sons, Cliff and Wyatt.

Ted Barris — Speaking and Signing

Wednesday Oct 14 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited (Dundurn Press)

The story of steamboating in the Canadian West comes to life in the voices of those aboard the vessels of the waterways of the Prairies. Their captains were seafaring skippers who had migrated inland. Their pilots were indigenous people who could read the shoals, sandbars, and currents of Prairie waterways. Their operators were businessmen hoping to reap the benefits of commercial enterprise along the shores and banks of Canada’s inland lakes and rivers. Their passengers were fur traders, adventure-seekers, and immigrants opening up the West. All of them sought their futures and fortunes aboard Prairie steamboats, decades before the railways arrived and took credit for the breakthrough.

Ted Barris is an award-winning author, journalist, and broadcaster. For more than forty years his writing has appeared in the national press, as well as in history, news, and arts magazines, and he has authored seventeen non-fiction books. In 2014, his book The Great Escape received the national Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award. He lives in Uxbridge, Ontario.

Deana J. Driver — Reading and Signing

Thursday Oct 15 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Cream Money: Stories of Prairie People (DriverWorks Ink)

Selling milk and cream was an integral way of life on the Canadian Prairies in the early to mid-1900s. On many farms, the women were in charge of milking the cows, separating the cream from the milk, and selling that cream to neighbours and townspeople. The extra money earned was used to subsidize the family’s income, especially in years of poor crops. Cream money helped purchase groceries, fabric, farm supplies, and other items that could not be produced on the farm. While children cherished the occasional candy treat purchased with cream cheque money, everyone in the family enjoyed the everyday bounty of delicious foods cooked with homemade butter or slathered with rich, whipped cream. Cream Money honours this bygone era of Prairie farming through 29 short stories and two poems written by 30 Prairie writers, including author/editor Deana J. Driver, of how cream money was earned and spent.

Deana J. Driver is a Saskatchewan author, editor, and book publisher. For more than 25 years, she worked as a freelance journalist, chronicling the stories of fascinating Prairie people through 2,300 articles published in Canadian magazines. She has written five non-fiction books and has worked with more than 30 Prairie authors since 2008, when she founded her book publishing company, DriverWorks Ink.

An Evening with Tim Cook

Friday Oct 16 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Speaking and Signing Fight to the Finish: Canadians in the Second World War, 1944-1945 (Penguin Canada). Hosted by Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Larry Wong, CD.

Historian Tim Cook displays his trademark storytelling ability in the second volume of his masterful account of Canadians in World War II. Cook combines an extraordinary grasp of military strategy with a deep empathy for the soldiers on the ground, at sea and in the air. Whether it's a minute-by-minute account of a gruelling artillery battle, vicious infighting among generals, the scene inside a medical unit, or the small details of a soldier's daily life, Cook creates a compelling narrative. He recounts in mesmerizing detail how the Canadian forces figured in the Allied bombing of Germany, the D-Day landing at Juno beach, the taking of Caen, and the drive south. Featuring dozens of black-and-white photographs and moving excerpts from letters and diaries of servicemen, Fight to the Finish is a memorable account of Canadians who fought abroad and of the home front that was changed forever.

Tim Cook is a military historian at the Canadian War Museum, as well as an adjunct professor at Carleton University. His books have won numerous awards, including the 2008 J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End and the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for Shock Troops. In 2013, he received the Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history and was recently inducted into the Order of Canada. He lives in Ottawa with his family.

Military expert Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Larry Wong chaired the Saskatchewan Military Heritage Committee, which created the video series Stories of Courage: Saskatchewan Second World War Veterans Remember (Government of Saskatchewan, 2014).

The Nobles — Live Musical Performance

Friday Oct 16 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Classic Rock and Country

The Nobles consist of the father/daughter team of Madison and Lorry Noble. Madison has been playing piano, guitar and has been singing for over half of her life. Lorry is a seasoned musician, playing guitar and drums in a number of bands for over 25 years. They play a wide variety of classic rock and country songs from Patsy Cline to Bryan Adams.

Major Millie — Live Musical Performance

Saturday Oct 17 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Acoustic Soul/Jazz/Blues

Major Millie is a duo from Saskatoon. Camille Schroeder and Dale Kary deliver classic soul, jazz and blues - unplugged.

Paul E. Hardisty — Speaking and Signing

Tuesday Oct 20 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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The Abrupt Physics of Dying (Orenda Books)

Claymore Straker is trying to forget a violent past. Working as an oil company engineer in the wilds of Yemen, he is hijacked at gunpoint by Islamic terrorists. Clay has a choice: help uncover the cause of a mysterious sickness afflicting the village of Al Urush, close to the company’s oil-processing facility, or watch Abdulkader, his driver and close friend, die. As the country descends into civil war and village children start dying, Clay finds himself caught up in a ruthless struggle between opposing armies, controllers of the country’s oil wealth, Yemen’s shadowy secret service, and rival terrorist factions. As Clay scrambles to keep his friend alive, he meets Rania, a troubled journalist. Together, they try to uncover the truth about Al Urush. But nothing in this ancient, unforgiving place is what it seems. Accused of a murder he did not commit, put on the CIA’s most-wanted list, Clay must come to terms with his past and confront the powerful forces that want him dead.

"A stormer of a thriller – vividly written, utterly topical, totally gripping." — Peter James

Canadian by birth, Paul Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, mapped geology in Eastern Turkey (where he was befriended by PKK rebels), and rehabilitated water wells in the wilds of Africa. He was in Ethiopia in 1991 as the Mengistu regime fell, and was bumped from one of the last flights out of Addis Ababa by bureaucrats and their families fleeing the rebels. In 1993 he survived a bomb blast in a café in Sana’a, and was one of the last Westerners out of Yemen before the outbreak of the 1994 civil war. Paul is a university professor and Director of Australia’s national land, water, ecosystems and climate adaptation research programmes. He is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia with his family.

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