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Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Apr 22 2014 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.

Jamie Swift -- Speaking and Signing

Tuesday Apr 22 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Speaking & Signing Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety (Between the Lines)

Presented in partnership with the Saskatoon Peace Coalition

Once known for peacekeeping, Canada is becoming a militarized nation whose apostles—the New Warriors—are fighting to shift public opinion. New Warrior zealots seek to transform postwar Canada’s central myth-symbols. Peaceable kingdom. Just society. Multicultural tolerance. Reasoned public debate. Their replacements? A warrior nation. Authoritarian leadership. Permanent political polarization.

The tales cast a vivid light on a story that is crucial to Canada’s future; yet they are also compelling history. Swashbuckling marauder William Stairs, the Royal Military College graduate who helped make the Congo safe for European pillage. Vimy Ridge veteran and Second World War general Tommy Burns, leader of the UN’s first big peacekeeping operation, a soldier who would come to call imperialism “the monster of the age.” Governor General John Buchan, a concentration camp developer and race theorist who is exalted in the Harper government’s new Citizenship Guide. And that uniquely Canadian paradox, Lester Pearson. Warrior Nation is an essential read for those concerned by the relentless effort to conscript Canadian history.

Kingston writer Jamie Swift is the author of numerous books. He works on social justice issues for the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. Co-authored with Ian McKay, Warrior Nation was shortlisted for the 2013 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize.

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photo: Bernard Clark

Lisa Bird-Wilson and Larry Warwaruk -- Reading and Signing

Wednesday Apr 23 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Coteau Books presents an evening with Saskatchewan Book Awards shortlisted authors Lisa Bird-Wilson and Larry Warwaruk

Just Pretending (Coteau Books) by Lisa Bird-Wilson

A deadbeat dad tries to reconnect with his daughter after 22 years away. A selfish poet has been scarred by an upbringing that leaves him emotionally distant from his children and spouse. A pot-smoking middle-aged man undertakes a modest quest for meaning following a brush with mortality. A fourteen-year-old girl struggles to come to terms with her feelings of abandonment. At the centre of the stories are notions of identity and belonging, and the complex relationships between children and parents, both those who are real and those who are just pretending. Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Métis writer whose stories have been finalists for the Journey Prize, among others. They have appeared in periodicals such as Grain, Prairie Fire, Geist, and in the anthology Best Canadian Essays. Just Pretending is her first book-length work of fiction. Lisa is also the author of An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute. Saskatchewan born and raised, she works as a director of the GDI and lives in Saskatoon with her family.

Brovko’s Amazing Journey (Coteau Books) by Larry Warwaruk

The traditions of Ukraine are woven into a story of incredible escapades and true grit, wrapping young readers in the magic of Brovko’s Amazing Journey. Can Brovko’s family really be leaving him behind as they go to make a new life in Canada? 12-year-old Andrei is furious and upset at having to leave his wonderful companion behind – and Brovko isn’t happy either. He tries to make the best of life with a new family, but it soon becomes clear what he has to do: find a way to get to Canada himself and be reunited with his true owner. Larry Warwaruk’s juvenile novel Andrei and the Snow Walker, a companion volume to Brovko’s Amazing Journey, was a finalist for the national Kobzar Award. He is the author of the adult novels The Ukrainian Wedding, Bone Coulee, and The Rope of Time. Larry lives in central Saskatchewan.

The SBA Awards Ceremony will take place in Regina on Saturday, April 26. For more information and a complete list of this year's nominees, visit the SBA website.

Michael Pomedli -- Book Launch

Thursday Apr 24 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Living with Animals: Ojibwe Spirit Powers (University of Toronto Press)

In Living with Animals: Ojibwe Spirit Powers, Michael Pomedli examines 19th-century Ojibwe medicine societies and communities at large. He finds that animals are realities and symbols of cultural principles of North American Ojibwe nations. Living with Animals presents over 100 images from oral and written sources – including birch bark scrolls, rock art, stories, games, and dreams – in which animals appear as kindred beings, spirit powers, healers, and protectors. The principles at play are not merely evidence of cultural values, but are also unique standards brought to treaty signings by Ojibwe leaders. In addition, these principles are norms against which North American treaty interpretations should be reframed. Contemporary Ojibwe corroborate that animals are an important foundation for ways of leading a good, integrated life.

Michael Pomedli, PhD, is professor emeritus of philosophy at St Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. He also taught at First Nations University of Canada.

The Standards Trio -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Apr 25 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Jazz Ensemble

Don Sawchuk (guitar, mandolin and vocals), Todd Gursky (drums and vocals) and Matt Gruza (bass)

Arthur Stanley Carbno -- Book Signing

Saturday Apr 26 2014 1:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Is There A God? Who is This Jesus of Nazareth, Man Or Myth?

"I was born at Nut Mountain, and lived most of my life in Saskatchewan including 22 years in Saskatoon before being transferred to Calgary in 1991. Prior to writing Is There A God? I studied major world religions and historical writers searching for any evidence of the existence of a God or gods. Additionally I toured Israel and twice entered Palestinian held territories to visit historical sites. In writing this book I utilized a medley of themes designed to guide you the reader to a common theme. Is there, or is there not a Supernatural, Omniscient, and Omnipotent Being who created and now controls the harmony of, and everything within the universe? I question do miracles happen, do angels exist, have biblical prophecies ever came to fruition and is Jesus who He said He was. You may be surprised at the conclusions I reached." -- Arthur Carbno

Wayne Bargen -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Apr 26 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Instrumental Guitar

Wayne Bargen is a finger style acoustic guitar player. All of the songs that he performs are originals. His influences are Bob Evans, Bruce Cockburn, Don Ross, Antoine Dufour, and Andy McKee. His goal is that people who come to his show will walk away relaxed, have a greater appreciation of acoustic guitar music, and be inspired to start playing guitar.

Dennis Cooley -- Book Launch

Monday Apr 28 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Launching abecedarium (The University of Alberta Press) and joined by poet Glen Sorestad

Dennis Cooley masterfully extends the genre of the abecedary to explore his curiosity of the limitlessness of human communication. With linguistic wit and complexity, his poetry carries the reader through the historical developments of the alphabet. He pries open letters and words to play with both their immediate meaning and the possibilities within the words themselves, creating surprises as he explores spelling, sound, syntax, and pronunciation. After reading Cooley’s abecedarium you’ll never look at language the same way. Lovers of experimental poetry as well as those interested in linguistic play or the history of language will relish the rapid-fire shifts and musicality of Cooley’s newest collection of poetry.

Dennis Cooley taught Canadian literature, poetry, creative writing, and literary theory at St. John's College, University of Manitoba. Since his retirement he’s been writing steadily. He has published over a dozen books of poems, including Bloody Jack (2002) and the bentleys (2006). He lives in Winnipeg.

Glen Sorestad is a nationally recognized poet who has published twenty books of poetry. In 2000 he was appointed the first Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan, a post that he served until 2004, and in 2010 he was appointed to the Order of Canada. With his latest volume, A Thief of Impeccable Taste, he adds to his growing stature as one of Canada's most enduring poets. The poems reflect those qualities for which his poetry is so well known - the carefully honed language with which he treats everyday matters, alongside the trademark generosity of spirit with which he views life.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Apr 29 2014 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.

Jean Freeman -- Reading and Signing

Tuesday Apr 29 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Reading and signing her Saskatchewan Book Awards shortlisted titles Fists upon a Star: A Memoir of Love, Theater, and Escape from McCarthyism (University of Regina Press) and Terror on Turtle Creek (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing).

Fists upon a Star is the hard-hitting memoir of Florence James, a pioneering American theatre director, whose experience with McCarthyism led her to flee to Canada. Her views on art and politics led to a clash with the Un-American Activities Committee and, after being convicted, she fled to Canada and settled in Saskatchewan (where she pioneered professional theater). She marvelled over the “simplicity of causes” that brought the U.S. Government down upon her: “unionism, an uncensored press, freedom from poverty in old age, and health programs... Most of these principles are now the law of the land...But the struggle is hardly over.” Written thirty-five years ago James’s memoir sheds light on a fully realized creative life and a fascistic strain of American politics that continues to exist today.

In Terror on Turtle Creek, Barry is doing his best to overcome his reputation as a bit of a scaredy-cat when he volunteers to lend a hand filling sandbags to help prevent flooding in his home town of Valley View. But things don't go as planned, and he finds himself in a dangerous situation, having to cope with the raging river, a couple of criminals, and some grown-up responsibilities in the adventure of his life! Illustrated by RoseMarie Condon.

Performer and author Jean Freeman has a career that has spanned radio, television, film, live performance, and a wide range of writing, including plays and children's books.

Photo: Focus 91 Photography

Grade 5/6 Writing Contest - It Seemed Impossible: Awards Ceremony

Wednesday Apr 30 2014 7:00 pm - McNally Robinson for Kids, Saskatoon

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McNally Robinson Booksellers and Scholastic Canada celebrate the Saskatchewan winners of our It Seemed Impossible Grade 5/6 Writing Contest, chosen by special guest judge Larry Verstraete.

An Evening with Mary-Ann Kirkby

Wednesday Apr 30 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Saskatoon launch of Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen: Unveiling the Rituals, Traditions, and Food of the Hutterite Culture (Penguin Group of Canada)

Mary-Ann Kirkby spent the first ten years of her life in a Hutterite colony in Manitoba and years later reclaimed her heritage in the national bestseller I Am Hutterite. Since then, Kirkby has spent two years travelling to Hutterite colonies across North America, earning their trust and a place in their hearts. Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen takes readers into the midst of this mysterious community, enchanting them with a way of life that is born out of spiritual conviction and uncommon rites of passage.

Revealing intimate details of community life, Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen unravels the inner works of Hutterite manners and morals, and illuminates the spirit of a workforce responsible for feeding a family of 125 every day of the year. Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen is a candid snapshot of Hutterite life, exploring the social customs, marriage ceremonies, romantic entanglements, birthing practices, and death rituals as viewed through the Hutterite community kitchen and the fascinating Hutterite women.

Mary-Ann Kirkby is an award-winning journalist. She lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, with her family.

photo: Levi Kirkby

Wes Funk and Allan Kehler -- Joint Book Launch

Thursday May 01 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Wes Side Story: A Memoir (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing) by Wes Funk and Stepping Out from the Shadows: A Guide to Understanding and Healing from Addictions (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing) by Allan Kehler

With his usual prairie-boy wit and brutal honesty, Wes Funk casts fiction aside and finally tells his real life story in a brave, unflinching memoir. Amidst the fun, there are poignant and painful moments of coming of age, coming out and coming undone. From his days as an intensely shy farm boy to his years as a lost soul and finally to his escapades in Saskatchewan’s writing, publishing and broadcasting world, this autobiography is a wild ride and a true page-turner.

Wes Funk’s first novel, Dead Rock Stars, was shortlisted in the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Currently in its third printing, the book has also now been incorporated into both high school and university curricula. A love of the prairie lifestyle, a strong belief in diversity, and a passion for music are all strong themes in Wes’s books. Wes is also the host of the Saskatchewan weekly tv program, Lit Happens. Wes lives with his partner and pets in their riverside Saskatoon home.

The prevalence of addictions is undeniable, and yet many people remain in the shadows because of the stigma and stereotypes that exist. Whether you are personally being challenged by addictions, or find yourself in a situation where a loved one is demonstrating the characteristics of addiction, Stepping Out from the Shadows provides understanding and direction. Through personal and professional insight, Allan sheds light on addictions, self-injurious behaviours, and suicide. Countless tools are provided that allow individuals to take their power back and regain control of their own lives. There is always hope, and a new life awaits that is free from chaos and uncertainty.

After years of perseverance through mental illness and addictions, Allan Kehler has stepped out from the shadows and now inspires others to speak of their own personal challenges. His deep-rooted passion and expertise in the areas of addictions, mental health, healing, and empowerment has led him to become a highly reputable professional speaker. Allan instructs courses on addictions at a Saskatoon college, and also works as an addiction counselor. His beautiful wife and four sons provide him with stability and love.

Doug Boomhower Trio -- Live Musical Performance

Friday May 02 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Jazz Trio

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).

Andrea Beaty -- Book Signing

Saturday May 03 2014 1:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Rosie Revere, Engineer (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal—to fly—Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

A New York Times Best Seller! From the powerhouse author-illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witty picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your passion.

Andrea Beaty is the author of Secrets of the Cicada Summer, Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies, When Giants Come to Play, and Iggy Peck, Architect. She lives just outside Chicago. Learn more about Andrea and watch the book trailer here.

David Roberts has illustrated many children’s books, including Iggy Peck, Architect, Little Red, and Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story. He lives in London.

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