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Rita McLeod (Reading and Signing)

Monday Sep 26 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Someone Made a Mistake So I am Here Now.

Dr. Dagmar Lieblová survived the Holocaust. After returning from the camps and completing her secondary and post-secondary education, she studied Czech and German at the Charles University in Prague. Until 1991, she taught languages at schools and Universities in Czechoslovakia, Ghana, and Sweden. Since her retirement, she has devoted herself exclusively to translations. Her particular field of work is the Holocaust. She has translated dozens of papers and books, to and from Czech, German and English; among others, University over the Abyss, Die Post im Ghetto Theresienstadt and Die Ordnung des Terrors: das Konzentrationslager. She is the founding member of Terezín Initiative (the Association of Holocaust survivors in the Czech Republic), and its Chairperson since 1999. Dagmar Lieblová was married for almost 60 years and has three children and six grandchildren.

The book, Someone Made a Mistake so I am Here Now, is her life story before, during and after World War II.

Dr. Rita McLeod is Dagmar Lieblová’s daughter. In 1987, she moved to Saskatoon, where most of her professional career has been spent working as an educational psychologist, researcher, educator and translator. In 2004, she was the producer and the driving force behind bringing the children’s opera Brundibár to Western Canada.

In 2016 she translated her mother’s memoirs into English.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) (Presentation and Event)

Tuesday Sep 27 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. Join regional liaison Janna Willard and some seasoned veterans for a Newcomers Information Session and learn how NaNoWriMo can track your progress, give pep talks and support, and connect you with fellow writers online and in person. For poets who want to challenge themselves write a poem a day through November, Tonight It’s Poetry members will also present information on a November NaPoWriMo project.

Anthony Bidulka (Reading and Signing)

Thursday Sep 29 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Set Free

The truth will set you free. Can lies do the same?

Within minutes of arriving in the exotic, enigmatic, sweltering city of Marrakech, renowned author Jaspar Wills is kidnapped, blindfolded, bound, and beaten. As Wills struggles to survive the ordeal, he recounts his rise to fame and the tragic events that led him to Morocco. With the kidnapper’s demands left unmet, Wills faces death with fear, grief…and guilt. Is what happened in the past tied to his abduction? Is someone he loves responsible? Or is this payback for his sins? Living with a loss far greater than his own death, Jaspar yearns to be set free. But do some kinds of freedom come at too high a cost?

Six months later, struggling reporter Katie Edwards travels to Morocco to stake her claim on the story with everything—international intrigue, mystery, celebrity, violence, sex, heartbreak, betrayal. Once there, she discovers a shocking truth. As the young journalist’s career soars, Jaspar Wills’ is destroyed…until an act of revenge leads to a stunning revelation that will change everything.

Anthony Bidulka is the award-winning author of the long-running Russell Quant mystery series and two suspense novels featuring Disaster Recovery Agent Adam Saint. Bidulka has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. A former CPA and great believer in community involvement, he has been on the boards of local, national and international organizations. When he isn’t writing, Bidulka loves to travel the world, collect art, walk his dogs and throw a good party. Please visit Anthony at, Facebook, and Twitter (@abidulka).

Henry Beissel (Reading and Signing)

Friday Sep 30 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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This collection is truly global in scope and universal in perspective. From a bog near Ottawa to the lagoons of Venice, from a chamber concert in an Ontario barn to a blind beggar in Mexico, from the infinities of interstellar space to the birth of a grandson -- Henry Beissel celebrates the world in all its richness, mysteries and ecstasies, without ever flinching from its contradictions and torments, and offers exciting sightlines on the human condition.

Henry Beissel is an award-winning poet, playwright, essayist, translator and editor with more than 30 publications to his credit, including 20 volumes of poetry. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, artist Arlette Francière.

Gabriel Valenti (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Sep 30 2016 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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The Gabriele Valenti Trio started in Canada as an international jazz group with Valenti from Italy on keys, Lloyd Tomczak on bass and Ben Christa, Germany, on drums.

The trio works on original compositions as well as performing well known jazz standards. The music reflects energy, emotions, colours and sensitive playing.

Carmen Robertson (Reading and Signing)

Saturday Oct 01 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau: Art and the Colonial Narrative in the Canadian Media

Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau examines the complex identities assigned to Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau. Was he an uneducated artist plagued by alcoholism and homelessness? A shaman artist who tapped a deep spiritual force? Or was Morrisseau simply one of Canada’s most significant artists? Carmen L. Robertson charts both the colonial attitudes and the stereotypes directed at Morrisseau and other Indigenous artists in Canada’s national press. Robertson also examines Morrisseau’s own shaping of his image.

An internationally known and award-winning artist from a remote area of northwestern Ontario, Morrisseau founded an art movement known as Woodland Art developed largely from Indigenous and personal creative elements. Still, until his retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in 2006, many Canadians knew almost nothing about Morrisseau’s work.

Carmen L. Robertson is a Lakota/Scottish associate professor of art history at University of Regina. She’s the co-author of Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers.

Sons of Django (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Oct 01 2016 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Sons of Django

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The Amati Quartet CD Launch

Sunday Oct 02 2016 1:00 pm - Store Front, Saskatoon

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University of Saskatchewan Amati Quartet.

CD Launch

Passion for Haydn is a unique collection of string quartet music composed by Joseph Haydn. It features single movements spanning Haydn’s entire compositional life evocative of the influence of Hungarian Gypsy folk music. As well, it includes the famous Gypsy Rondo Piano Trio – with sensational young pianist Samuel Deason.

The Amati Quartet performs on seventeenth century string instruments made by four generations of the Amati family in Cremona, Italy. Now in its fourteenth year, the Amati Quartet is delighted to have finally recorded their first highly anticipated CD. The Quartet has toured Holland and Italy and performed for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Adrienne Gruber (Reading and Signing)

Monday Oct 03 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Buoyancy Control

The latest collection of poems from Adrienne Gruber, explores themes of sexuality, sexual identity, and queerness, while confronting the feelings of loss and longing found in relationships, and the chance glimpse into a new life, while still recovering from a painfully failed connection. This is an honest, at times humorous, and revealing look inside the mind and body of a woman manoeuvring through experiences of longing, loss, and the fluidity of sexual identity, only to come out on the other side a more forgiving being from the journey.

Planning for Baby (Presentation)

Tuesday Oct 04 2016 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 helps you plan for your child’s future today! 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. For more information and to register, call 306­.244.­1067 or visit

Planning for Baby offers educational seminars for expecting parents and first ­time parents. The speakers 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.

Sylvia Legris (Reading and Signing)

Wednesday Oct 05 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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The Hideous Hidden

In her first full-length collection published in the United States, Sylvia Legris probes and peels, carves and cleaves, amputates and dissects, to reveal the poetic potential of human and animal anatomy.

Starting with the Greek writings of Hippocrates and the Latin language of medicine, and drawing from Leonardo da Vinci’s Anatomical Manuscripts, the dermatologist Robert Willan’s On Cutaneous Diseases (1808), and Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil, Legris infuses each poem with unique rhythms that roll off the tongue. The Hideous Hidden boldly celebrates anatomy’s wonders.

Sylvia Legris was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and now lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Conjunctions, and Granta, and her third collection of poetry, Nerve Squall, won the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize.

B.D. Giuseppe & Friends (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Oct 07 2016 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Brian Paul Di Giuseppe has been flying upwards and onwards with wings of song for as long as he can remember! Engaging the art of song as a practice of holistic living, health and happiness, Brian shares music to sing along with, listen to, breath with and co-creatively engage for all potentially harmonious levels of participation.

Brian is joined onstage by a few of his favorite people.

Wires & Wood (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Oct 08 2016 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Frances Boyle & Monty Reid (Poetry Reading)

Wednesday Oct 12 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Light Carved Passages by Frances Boyle

Meditatio Placentae by Monty Reid

Frances Boyle is the author of Light-carved Passages (Buschek Books). Her poetry and fiction appears in Grain, The Fiddlehead, Room, The New Quarterly, Vallum, Prairie Fire, CV2, Ottawater, Canthius and elsewhere. Originally from Regina, Frances arrived in Ottawa via the west coast and has long called the city home.

Monty Reid was born in Saskatchewan, worked for many years in Alberta, and now lives in Ottawa. His books include Garden (Chaudiere), The Luskville Reductions (Brick), and Crawl Space (Anansi). He has won Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephanson Award for Poetry on three occasions, The Lampman Award, National Magazine Awards, and is a three-time nominee for The Governor General's Award.

Marion Mutala (Reading and Signing)

Thursday Oct 13 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Ukrainian Daughter's Dance

The rich and varied poems in Ukrainian Daughter’s Dance speak to the heart as they document a woman’s life journey, as a Ukrainian-Canadian, and as a prairie woman, and her voyage of self-discovery. Her story can be anyone’s story. Poems explore issues of immigrant identity and voice in the prairies, and celebrate a cultural heritage expressed through song, dance, art, work and life.

Marion Mutala has a master's degree in education administration and taught for 30 years. With a mad passion for the arts she loves to write, sing, folkdance, play guitar, garden, travel, and read. She is the author of the bestselling and award-winning children's book trilogy, Baba's Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Christmas, Baba's Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Easter, and Baba's Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Wedding. Her fourth book, Grateful was published in 2014 and another children's book, Kohkom's Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian/Aboriginal Legend, is forthcoming in 2016. Ukrainian Daughter's Dance is her debut poetry collection.

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