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An Evening of Poetry with I FOUND IT AT THE MOVIES Contributors and Bruce Rice

Wednesday Oct 01 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Jeanette Lynes, Paula Jane Remlinger, Patricia Robertson, Kelsey Mills, Gillian Harding-Russell and Dave Margoshes, launching I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions) and joined by Bruce Rice, author of The Trouble with Beauty (Coteau Books).

Although poetry is one of the oldest art forms and cinema one of the youngest, a symbiosis exists between the two - an interchange of metaphor, rhythm, point-of-view. No surprise, then, that so many contemporary poets write about film and the magnitude of its effect on modern life. Featuring work by some of the most acclaimed poets writing in Canada today (and three from the USA), I Found It at the Movies includes poems inspired by the full range of cinematic history -- from silent films to blockbusters, from neo-realism to cartoon, from Fred Astaire to vampires, and from all around the world. Entering this collection is an experience as beguiling as a trip to the movies itself. Among the poets included: Margaret Atwood, Don McKay, Michael Ondaatje, Steven Heighton, David W. McFadden, Karen Solie, Marilyn Bowering, Julie Bruck, Stephanie Bolster and Ken Babstock.

Bruce Rice was moved to words by the natural beauty he saw during repeated travels along Seven Bridges Road just west of Regina and in the landscape around Eastend and the Cypress Hills in southwestern Saskatchewan. The Trouble with Beauty is an absorbing and moving collection of poetry about the contemporary hunger for transcendence or, what the poet calls “the mysteries/God didn’t plan for.”

Dennis Maione -- Book Launch

Thursday Oct 02 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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What I Learned from Cancer

Dennis Maione keeps bumping up against cancer. Diagnosed with a colorectal tumour as a student and young newly-wed, he thought his subsequent victory would set him up for a straight run at life. A decade later, however, he found out he carried a cancer gene. Fifteen years after his first diagnosis, the entrepreneur and father of three faced a recurrence, the second round exacting a higher toll.

Dennis has wrestled a strong enemy with grace, wit, and humour. What I Learned from Cancer chronicles cancer, genetics, and medicine, but mostly hope. Insights into the soul of a cancer survivor abound throughout the narrative, reflective essays, and conversations with a doctor. You’ll meet the community around Dennis, many physicians—good and bad—and heroes in the unlikeliest of places.

Dennis Maione is an author, speaker, and para-publisher living in Winnipeg. Not willing to be held back by age or cancer, he has recently completed two Ironman triathlons.

Angie Abdou -- Book Launch

Friday Oct 03 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Between (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Vero and her husband Shane have moved out of the sweet suite above his parents' garage and found themselves smack in the middle of adulthood―two kids, two cars, two jobs. They are not coping well. In response to their looming domestic breakdown, Vero and Shane get live-in help with their sons―a woman from the Philippines named Ligaya (which means happiness); the children call her LiLi. Vero justifies LiLi's role in their home by insisting that she is part of their family, and she goes to great lengths in order to ease her conscience. But differences persist; Vero grapples with her overextended role as a mother and struggles to keep her marriage passionate, while LiLi silently bears the burden of a secret she left behind at home.

Between offers readers an intriguing, searing portrait of two women from two different cultures. At the same time, it satirizes contemporary love, marriage, and parenthood by exposing the sense of entitlement and superiority at the heart of upper-middle-class North American existence through a ubiquitous presence in it: the foreign nanny. Angie Abdou comically and tragically tackles the issue of international nannies by providing a window on motherhood where it is tangled up with class, career, labour, and desire.

"Angie Abdou writes with power, grace, and a fearlessness that takes you deep inside a seldom-seen world. Masterful storytelling." —Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans

Angie Abdou has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Calgary and teaches full-time at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a finalist in CBC's 2011 Canada Reads. She is also author of The Canterbury Trail and Anything Boys Can Do. Angie lives in skiing mecca Fernie, British Columbia with her husband and two young children.

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Mary Caroline -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Oct 03 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Folk/ Acoustic

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The heart of a frontier’s woman, the soul of a poet; Yellowknife’s Mary Caroline captures the edginess and beauty of her northern life. Her second album, Who’s in Control, was released in July 2012. It captures her time spent living in a remote trapper’s cabin on the shores of the Liard River, 150km north of the community of Fort Liard.

Mary Caroline has performed at Break Out West, Trout Forest Music Festival, Folk on the Rocks, The Works Art and Design Festival and the Yukon’s Alsek Festival. She also organized the Tseko Celebration of Women in Music in Yellowknife for three years, where she worked with award winning artist Veronica Johnny to bring guitar and self esteem workshops to the women of Yellowknife.

The Lost Keys -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Oct 04 2014 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.

Kids Time!

Sunday Oct 05 2014 1:00 pm - Storytime Circle, Saskatoon

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Kid’s Time, for children ages 3 to 7, features sing-a-longs and yoga-inspired movement!

Join McNally Robinson for Kids on Sundays at 1:00 pm in the Story Circle.

Bring your yoga mat if you like!

No registration required: this is a drop-in program with a cost of $5 per child per session. Contact McNally Robinson for Kids at 306-955-1477 for details.

Frank Christopher Busch -- Book Launch

Sunday Oct 05 2014 4:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Launching Grey Eyes (Roseway Publishing) and joined by Ernie Louttit

In a world without time and steeped in ceremony and magic, walks a chosen few who hold an ancient power: the Grey Eyes. True stewards of the land, the Grey Eyes use their magic to maintain harmony and keep evil at bay. With only one elderly Grey-Eye left in the village of the Nehiyawak, the birth of a new Grey-Eyed boy promises a renewed line of defence against their only foe: the menacing Red-Eyes, whose name is rarely spoken but whose presence is ever felt. While the birth of the Grey-Eyed boy offers the clan much-needed protection, it also initiates a struggle for power that threatens to rip the clan apart, leaving them defenceless against the their sworn enemy. The responsibility of restoring balance and harmony, the only way to keep the Nehiyawak safe, is thrust upon a boy’s slender shoulders. What powers will he have, and can he protect the clan from the evil of the Red Eyes?

Frank Christopher Busch is a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and grew up in northern Manitoba. He has spent his professional life working with First Nations businesses, non-profits and governments at the band, regional tribal council, provincial, national and international levels. He lives in Westbank First Nation, British Columbia.

Ernie Louttit is the author of Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership (Purich Publishing).

Marion Mutala -- Book Launch

Monday Oct 06 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Launch of Grateful (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing), hosted by Wes Funk.

Be grateful for all your blessings... A poignant conversation between parent and child across the years.

Marion Mutala has a mad passion for the arts that inspires her unique stories, poetry and songs. She is the author of national bestselling trilogy Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Christmas, Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Easter and Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Wedding.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Oct 07 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.

An Evening with Catherine Gildiner

Tuesday Oct 07 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Launching Coming Ashore: A Memoir (ECW Press)

Set in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Coming Ashore is the third and final volume in Catherine Gildiner’s New York Times bestselling series of memoirs that also includes Too Close to the Falls and After the Falls.

In this latest installment, Cathy McClure’s many adventures include an ill-advised solo climb up a mountain in Wales, facilitating a friend’s dying wish to have sex with Jimi Hendrix, teaching inner city kids in Cleveland, and living (at different times) in a residence for the blind, with members of the FLQ (Quebec separatists), and with one of Canada’s biggest drug dealers.

Coming Ashore has received advance praise from authors including Wayne Johnston, author of Son of a Certain Woman, who says, “Writing about a time of social transition and cultural upheaval, Catherine Gildiner’s guiding voice — charming, affable, unflappable, dryly funny and keenly perceptive — guides us through seven years of her eventful, extraordinary journey on this planet.” The Virgin Cure author Ami McKay says, “Part travelogue, part book of secrets, Catherine Gildiner’s Coming Ashore captures an era of unrest with honesty, humor and enticing detail. Grab your backpack, don your tie-dye and see the world through Cathy’s eyes. You’re in for an amazing ride.”

Catherine Gildiner has a Ph.D. in psychology and has been in private, clinical practice for seventeen years. She writes a psychological advice column for Chatelaine Magazine and has written numerous newspaper articles. She is also the author of the novel Seduction (Random House). She posts regular updates to her website. She lives with her husband and her three children in Toronto, and is on a competitive rowing team.

A Harvest Dinner!

Wednesday Oct 08 2014 6:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Prairie Ink Restaurant celebrates the season with a specially prepared dinner that honours local producers and the great Prairie tradition of fall suppers.

The five course prix-fixe menu ($60) includes roasted beet & Saskatoon berry borscht with house made dill bread, a warm garlic romaine & pickerel cheek salad, and butternut squash-cashewravioli with a creamy saffron pumpkin sauce. The main course features a choice of turkey, prosciutto & sage scallopini with sweet potato gnocchi & roasted patty pans or juniper & Saskatoon berry braised beef short ribs with fingerling potatoes, baby zucchini & patty pans, followed by Saskatoon berry strudel with a spiced pumpkin cream for dessert.

Seating is limited! Please drop by Prairie Ink or call (306) 955-3579 to reserve a table.

Amy Jo Ehman -- Speaking and Signing

Thursday Oct 09 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens (MacIntyre Purcell Publishing)

Amy Jo Ehman is an author and food columnist for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Her new cookbook Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens tells the story of the province's colourful early days through the stories, recipes and archival photographs of its first residents, from the fur traders to Métis farmers to European pioneers. Amy Jo's first book is Prairie Feast: A Writer's Journey Home for Dinner. She lives and cooks in Saskatoon.

"This blending of characters, recipes, and stories serves up a menu of home. In the tradition of iconic Canadian food writers Anita Stewart, Marie Nightingale, and Edna Staebler, Amy Jo Ehman has penned a culinary classic." — dee Hobsbawn-Smith, chef and award-winning author of Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet

Fandom Fridays!

Friday Oct 10 2014 7:00 pm - McNally Robinson for Kids, Saskatoon

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Hey there Fans of all things Fandom! If you're a middle and/or teen reader with a thirst for following the things you love, this is for you! Whether a seasoned fandom veteran or a novice looking for a place to get their fandom feet wet, this is the place to discuss all things Fandom**! Fridays at 7:00 pm, upstairs in McNally Robinson for Kids.

Zeljko Bilandzic -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Oct 10 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Classical/Flamenco/Latin Guitar

Zeljko Bilandzic is a visual artist, composer and guitarist, and author of choral mass and solo compositions for piano and guitar. Born and raised in Sarajevo, he moved to Canada after the war in Bosnia. He plays guitar in the Lady of Guadalupe Parish Band in Saskatoon.

Zeljko published his first CD, Christmas Music for the Classical Guitar , in 2008 and is completing the second, titled The Longing of the Bride ( El Anhelo de la Novia), with classical guitar music of J. S. Bach, Josquin des Pres, Albeniz, Tarrega, Barrios, Villa Lobos and own compositions. Accomplished as a visual artist and designer, he also created the graphics for his CDs.

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Gary Hunter -- Book Signing

Saturday Oct 11 2014 1:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Life Expects: Educating Students to Lead Fulfilling Lives

Is it possible to educate young people to lead fulfilling lives? Gary Hunter believes it is. In this book, he calls on teachers, teacher educators, parents, principals and all other stakeholders in the field of education to embrace a new approach to teaching, one that requires students to replace the question, “What do I expect from Life?” with an infinitely more empowering question: “What does Life expect from me?” This book is testimony to the power of teachers to influence lives profoundly.

Gary Hunter is a specialist in the areas of instructor training, oral presentations, facilitative leadership and interpersonal communication skills. For the past thirty years he has delivered hundreds of courses and workshops in these areas to a wide variety of corporate, government, university and adult education institutions. Gary also spent seventeen years teaching in the teacher education program at the University of Winnipeg where he specialized in classroom instruction, motivation and management.

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