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Edward Willett -- Book Launch

Tuesday May 26 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Launching The Lake in the Clouds -- The Shards of Excalibur 3 (Coteau Books), and joined by guest readers from the Saskatoon Public Library Teen Advisory Council (TAC), performing a Random Act of Poetry.

The third Shard of the sword Excalibur is calling Ariane. From a really, really long way away. In the third instalment of this modern take on Arthurian legends, Ariane – descendant of none other than the Lady of the Lake herself – is on the run and on her own. While trying to sense the next Shard of the broken sword she must reunite, she also has to win back her best friend’s friendship, protect her aunt’s life, figure out Rex Major’s next move – oh, and get to New Zealand and safely back with the Shard whose song is beginning to call her…

Edward Willett is the award-winning author of nearly 50 science-fiction and fantasy, science and other non-fiction books for both young readers and adults. His latest publication Masks (under the name E.C. Blake) received a glowing review in Publishers’ Weekly. Other science fiction novels include Lost in Translation, Terra Insegura, and Marseguro, winner of the 2009 Prix Aurora Award. His non-fiction writing for young readers has received National Science Teachers Association and VOYA awards. Edward was born in New Mexico and grew up in Weyburn. He has lived and worked in Regina since 1988. In addition to his numerous writing projects, he is also a professional actor and singer who has performed in dozens of plays, musicals and operas in and around Saskatchewan, hosted local television programs, and emceed numerous public events.

Joan P. Bell -- Book Launch

Wednesday May 27 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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The Power of Poetry

"Joan Bell has an intense love of poetry developed from her earliest experiences in her family. She has lovingly recorded the poems her mother and father recited aloud to their children as she was growing up. Included in the book are poems she has written and others that resonate in her current life of social activism." – Robert Sanche, Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan
"Joan Bell, a career teacher and social activist, has dedicated herself to make this world a better place. What a delight that she continues to inspire through poems which reflect on her experiences, memories, feelings and thoughts." – Myron Kowalski, former MLA and Speaker of the Saskatchewan Legislature

Joan P. Bell was born to John and Hazel Coates on their farm at Leask, Saskatchewan. During her teaching career, Joan was a member of the Early Childhood Education Council, Council for Exceptional Children, the Saskatchewan Reading Council, and helped to establish the North Central Reading Council. She worked on a committee to reintroduce Kindergarten within the public schools, and in 1985 was awarded the Joe Duffy Memorial Award for excellence by the Saskatchewan English Teachers' Association.

Jefferson Smith -- Book Launch

Thursday May 28 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Brotherhood of Delinquents

They’re lazy. They’re unskilled. And now the fate of the Kingdom is in their hands. Tam, Kern, and Merrik are all failing at life: a homeless thief, a disgraced baker’s apprentice, and an incompetent smith. But witnessing a strange ritual in the middle of the night sets them on a collision course with destiny—and with each other. Accused of crimes they did not commit, the boys must band together to clear their names. And in the process, they just might have to do something useful, like battle monsters and save the city. But frankly, that sounds a lot like work.

WARNING: May contain secrets, puzzles, mystery and/or adventure.

Jefferson Smith has always been something of a mystery. Born in several different communities scattered across Canada, he has never been able to stay put for long and has spent his entire life walking the byways of distant realms, seeking out stories of the fantastic. But no matter where he goes or what he sees, he has a knack for gathering the best bits and weaving them into tales of whimsy and delight for his friends back home. He is the author of the Finding Tayna series and the picture book Squeak!

Tracey Lindberg -- Book Launch

Friday May 29 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Birdie (HarperCollins)

Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from The Frugal Gourmet (one of the only television shows available on CBC North) that come to her in her dreams. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers, because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Bernice heads for Molly’s Reach to find answers but they are not the ones she expected.

With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Bernice finds the strength to face the past and draw the lessons from her dreams that she was never fully taught in life. Part road trip, dream quest and travelogue, the novel touches on the universality of women's experience, regardless of culture or race.

Tracey Lindberg, a woman of Cree-Metis ancestry from northern Alberta, is a professor of law and an Indigenous-rights activist. The recipient of a Governor General's Gold Medal, she has a doctoral degree in law as well as law degrees from the University of Ottawa, Harvard Law School and the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently at Athabasca University, where she is Chair of the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and the Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, Legal Orders and Laws. Professor Lindberg has published many legally based articles in areas related to Indigenous law and Indigenous women, and she is also a fiction writer, with stories published in a number of literary journals, as well as a blues singer. As she describes herself, she is next in a long line of argumentative Cree women. This is her first novel.

Slightly-Off-Centre -- Live Musical Performance

Friday May 29 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Rock/Country/Easy Listening

The Slightly Off-Centre Band is truly a Jam Band. Their playlist traverses almost all musical genres, with Darryl Merilees doing vocals and guitar, Rob Zuk singing and drumming, Mitch Parkinson picking that lead guitar, Garnet Dunham doubling with bass & sax, and Susan Shore adding that extra touch on keyboard.

Marc Holt Trio -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday May 30 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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The Marc Holt Trio is a Saskatoon-based group of young jazz musicians exploring and putting their own spin on standards and new arrangements. The group is led by baritone saxophonist Marc Holt with Michael Stankowski on guitar and Nevin Buehler on bass. Check out Marc Holt Music on Facebook to keep up with this group.

Roxanne Dawn Pawluk-Frost -- Book Signing

Sunday May 31 2015 2:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Three Doctors: Molding and Developing Exceptional Children

Three Doctors teaches parents how to raise successful, godly children. Many topics of child rearing are covered including godliness, homeschooling, and discipline. Parents are given useful guidance to enable their children to become professional members of society who are intelligent, caring human beings. Parents can learn how they can have a vital role in seeing their children become all that God wants them to be.

A born-again Christian, Roxanne Dawn Pawluk-Frost grew up in rural Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Saskatchewan to obtain her Bachelor of Education degree with a major in English. Roxanne married Robert Frost (no relation to the poet), and they reside in Regina, where she homeschooled their four children. One of their children is now in law, while the other three have chosen careers in medicine. Roxanne also completed Jerry Savelle’s Bible school program, and she has tried to live to serve God all her life. She has been raised with a godly heritage, and her prayer is that she has passed this heritage on to her children.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Jun 02 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.

Mary Lou Dickinson and Joan Spencer Olson -- Reading and Signing

Thursday Jun 04 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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An evening of with Mary Lou Dickinson, author of Would I Lie to You? (Inanna Publications) and Joan Spencer Olson, author of Prairie Initiation: A War Bride Story (Benchmark Press)

Who is a family and how do we create one? In Would I Lie to You?, Mary Lou Dickinson artfully explores the effects of hidden pregnancies from days long past, what happens when mothers and birth children search for each other, and the painful reality of secrets hidden under the veneer of polite society that can affect families for generations. The author of critically-acclaimed books One Day It Happens and Ile d’Or, Mary Lou Dickinson’s fiction has been published in numerous literary publications and broadcast on CBC Radio. Her writing was included in We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman.

Winner of the 2001 John V. Hicks Award, Prairie Initiation: A War Bride Story is based upon an English war bride’s experience as she struggled to adapt to her new life in Canada, following World War II. Like many other war brides, Joan Spencer Olson left behind family, friends and country when she traveled by boat to Canada. There, she settled on her husband's family farm in Saskatchewan. The result of her experience adapting to prairie life is this novel, which Joan dedicates to all war brides and hopes it will help others facing similar challenges. She lives with her son in Regina.

Leah Horlick -- Reading and Signing

Friday Jun 05 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press)

In the canon of contemporary feminist and lesbian poetry, For Your Own Good breaks silence. A fictionalized autobiography, the poems in this collection illustrate the narrator’s survival of a domestic and sexual violence in a lesbian relationship. There is magic in this work: the symbolism of the Tarot and the roots of Jewish heritage, but also the magic that is at the heart of transformation and survival. These poems are acutely painful, rooted in singular and firsthand experiences. But Horlick also draws from a legacy of feminist, Jewish and lesbian writers against violence: epigraphs from the works of Adrienne Rich and Minnie Bruce Pratt act as touchstones alongside references to contemporary writers, such as Daphne Gottlieb and Michelle Tea.

In this reflection on grief, silence and community, we follow the narrator’s own journey as she explores what it is to survive, to change, to desire and to hope. At once unflinching and fragile, For Your Own Good is a collection with transformation at its heart.

Leah Horlick is a writer and poet from Saskatoon. A 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, she holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. Her first collection of poetry, Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012), was shortlisted for a 2013 ReLit Award and a Saskatchewan Book Award. She lives on Unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver, where she co-curates REVERB, a queer and anti-oppressive reading series.

One More Troubadour -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Jun 05 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Progressive Fingerstyle Guitar

One More Troubadour is the music project started by Saskatoon guitarist Matt Hunter. Primarily instrumental acoustic guitar, his style incorporates various techniques such as percussive tapping, several types of harmonics, hammer-ons and pull-offs, fingerpicking, and alternate tunings.

Inspired by many of the incredible recording artists of this style – Don Ross, Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour, Erik Mongrain, Tommy Emmanuel, to name a few – Matt is always looking for inspiration to progress his playing. He started playing guitar at age 5, and between various teachers, self-taught guitar, and dabbling in every genre of guitar playing, the past 20 years of playing have come together to create One More Troubadour.

No Hurry Trio -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Jun 06 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Easy Listening/Classic Rock

No Hurry is a trio of musicians who blend acoustic guitars with tight vocal harmonies in and around the Saskatoon area. Their music consists of easy listening tunes from the '50s to present day.

Banjo and Friends -- Live Musical Performance

Sunday Jun 07 2015 2:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Join Tammy O'Brien, Magel Sutherland, Fraser Sutherland (on guitars and vocals), and Banjo (guitar) for an entertaining afternoon of adult contemporary, acoustic folk, and finger style guitar music.

Marina Endicott -- Book Launch

Tuesday Jun 09 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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An evening with Marina Endicott, launching Close to Hugh (Doubleday Canada) and joined in conversation by Connie Gault, author of A Beauty (McClelland & Stewart). Co-presented by The Word of the Street Saskatoon.

Close to Hugh is a glorious, exuberant, poignant comic novel about youth and age, art and life, love and death--and about losing your mind and finding your heart's desire over the course of seven days one September. Hugh Argylle, owner of the Argylle Art Gallery, has a jarring fall from a ladder – a fall that leaves him with a fractured off-kilter vision of his own life and the lives of his friends, who are going through crises that leave them despairing, afraid, one half-step from going under emotionally or financially. Someone's going to have to fix all that, thinks Hugh – and it will probably be him. Meanwhile, beneath the adult orbit, bright young lives are taking form as the sons and daughters of Hugh's friends and separating from the gravitational pull of their parents. With two sets of friends on the cusp of simultaneous reinvention, Endicott offers us a rare and rich perspective on what it means to rise and fall and rise again, and what in the end we owe those we love.

Marina Endicott’s previous novel, Good to a Fault, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean, and was a finalist for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize. She has been an actor, director, playwright and editor, and now lives in Edmonton, where she teaches at the University of Edmonton and writes.

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. Her new book, A Beauty, is a spellbinding and highly original novel that gives a new name to the Prairie Novel. At one time lyrical and tough, moving and mysterious, it is a captivating tale of a woman who, without intending to, touches many lives, and sometimes alters them forever.

Dan Danielson -- Book Launch

Wednesday Jun 10 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Memories of a Suitcase Farmer

Memories of a Suitcase Farmer is a lively book that warmly recounts Dan’s life and his experiences as a farmer-­intellectual. Along side his whimsical retelling of life in a small Saskatchewan town, politics is never far away... It is political science meets W.O. Mitchell.” – David McGrane, author of Remaining Loyal
“A must read for anyone interested in a clearly told history of Saskatchewan, through the eyes of a teacher, long­time school trustee, and career farmer. Dan’s introspection into the social, economic and political forces that shaped our province, and the counter forces that gradually diminished our co­operative identity, are both disturbing and enlightening. His advice on democratic participation should be compulsory reading for us all.” – Alec Postnikoff, Former Director of Education

Dan Danielson was born at Eston, Saskatchewan in 1949 and lived on his grandparents homestead farm prior to his family moving to Tyner. In Saskatoon, he completed degrees in teaching, economics, and educational administration. Dan has served on numerous boards and committees including the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Committee, the Crown Land Tenants Association, the Saskatoon Public School Board, the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency, the Primrose Resources Economic Development Corporation, the Committee for a Democratic Co­op, and the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission. He has a passion for democratic participation and co­operation, and a natural flair for the clever and comical side of life. He enjoys the beauty and friendship of nature and still loves to participate in a goose hunt. Above all he wants his family and others to have a safe, productive and happy life going into a complex future.

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