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Charlotte Reed -- Book Signing

Sunday Apr 19 2015 2:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Is There A God? Hell, Yeah!: The Jodi Faith Story, LOL! , by Jodi Faith as told to Charlotte Reed

After a life of drug use, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and homelessness, Jodi Faith is a woman who has found her voice. An international recording artist, keynote speaker, media personality and business owner, Jodi “laughs out loud” as she ponders the crazy, amazing life she’s led! After her first marriage ended in absolute chaos and hopelessness, this “Lady of Destiny” has been given back her voice and quotes from her international #1 hit song, “Darlin’ long as you have breath, you’re not finished yet!” Forbidden from singing for seventeen years in that first marriage, her songs are now being played all over the world. She has concluded there is a God who wants us to have influence and authority in order for us to change the world.

A relatively new member to the writing field, Charlotte Reed thrives on putting into print topics which touch the heart and are inspirational. She recovered from divorce and God has been working to develop her gifts and provide opportunities to put them to use. Charlotte loves and cares about people and this shows in her writing.

Guy Vanderhaeghe -- Book Launch

Tuesday Apr 21 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Daddy Lenin and Other Stories (McClelland & Stewart)

Bestselling author Guy Vanderhaeghe’s new book of fiction is both timely and timeless and showcases his supreme talent as a storyteller and poignant observer of the human condition. Among these nine addictive and resonant stories: A teenage boy breaks out of the strict confines of his family, his bid for independence leads him in over his head. He learns about life in short order and there is no turning back. An actor’s penchant for hiding behind a role, on and off stage, is tested to the limits and what he comes to discover finally places him face to face with the truth. With his mother hospitalized for a nervous condition and his father away on long work stints, a boy is sent to another family for his meals. His gradually building relationship with a teenage daughter who has been left handicapped from Polio opens unexpected doors to the world. In the powerful title story, a middle-aged man remeets his former adviser at university, a charismatic and domineering professor dubbed Daddy Lenin. As their tense reunion progresses, secrets from the past painfully revise remembered events and threaten to topple the scaffolding of a marriage.

Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, in 1951. His previous fiction includes A Good Man, The Last Crossing, The Englishman’s Boy, Things as They Are (stories), Homesick, My Present Age, and Man Descending (stories). Among the many awards he has received are the Governor General’s Award (twice); and, for his body of work, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship, the Writers’ Trust Timothy Findley Award, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. He has received many honours, including the Order of Canada.

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G.V. Loewen -- Speaking and Signing

Wednesday Apr 22 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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The Big Secrets: Ten Things Every Young Person Should Know About and Why

In his new book for young persons, G.V. Loewen suggests that adults need to offer both more responsibilities and freedoms for teenagers. Some suggestions in the book include lowering the voting age to 13; figuring out how to set up safe but adolescent only internet sex sites; instating short term mandatory military service for high school graduates or scrapping the military altogether; and critiquing atheism but supporting agnosticism amongst others. The book's theme is clearly about fairness and rationality, and is a unique contribution to an area where too often the written commentaries are fraught with emotions and moralizing.

G.V. Loewen, Ph.D., is a social philosopher and an award ­winning professor who has written eighteen other books. He is currently chair of the department of sociology at St. Thomas More College of the University of Saskatchewan. You can find out more about his work here.

Tina Martel -- Book Launch

Thursday Apr 23 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Not in the Pink

When visual artist Tina Martel was diagnosed with Stage Two B breast cancer she decided to document everything. Throughout her treatment she created a stream of sketchbooks, photographs, paintings and video, in response to and frequently in spite of what was happening to her. Not in the Pink is a “graphic narrative” of the pain, frustration and frequent hilarity of her day-to-day dealing with the eccentricities and bureaucracy of the medical system. It is also a candid and moving exploration of the expectations often placed on you once you are diagnosed with cancer: by the people around you, by society and ultimately by yourself.

Tina Martel is a Canadian artist whose practice includes mixed media, painting, drawing, books, photography, installation and video. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, she began drawing at the age of four, and later, (much later) received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has exhibited across Canada, the United States and in Europe. She has been teaching fine arts in the post secondary system for the last 15 years.

The Standards Trio -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Apr 24 2015 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)

Jefferson Smith -- Book Signing

Saturday Apr 25 2015 2:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Squeak!, written by Jefferson Smith and illustrated by Cody Cheung

In a land where every parent is a king or queen and every house a castle, Princess Brinnameade has a problem. All the other princes and princesses are too busy being special in their own castles to come and play in hers. What’s a lonely royal to do? Parents and children alike will delight in this tale of yearning and determination. With lavish art on every page adding depth and charm to the story, no one will be able to resist shouting along as Princess Brinnameade pursues her simple quest: to find someone—anyone—who shares her interests. Someone who likes to squeak.

Jefferson Smith is a Canadian fantasy and science fiction writer. Twenty years ago, while researching his first novel, he mixed up his world-jump spell and found himself in an unexpected world called Whimsy, where neighborhoods were filled with castles, rock stars worked as servants, and knights in armor delivered the mail. In the years since then, he has told his children many times about all the wonderful things he saw there, disguising his adventures as bedtime stories, because he knew they wouldn’t believe him. Especially about the rock stars. Now that some of his children are grown up, he wanted to write down those stories to share with their children, so he made a quick world-jump back to Whimsy, to check on his facts. And it’s a good thing he did, because that’s when he met Cody.

Cody Cheung is now a Chinese illustrator, but she started her career as a crypto-biologist. These two explorers of Whimsy work together in our world, telling and illustrating all the fabulous stories they heard in that strange and beautiful place.

Slim Chance and the High Rollers -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Apr 25 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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“Top of the charts oldies” from the 1920s to the 1990s

Slim Chance and the High Rollers membership includes Karen Schmidt (vocals/keyboard), Bryan Fredrickson (vocals/trumpet) and Syl White (vocals/keyboard/saxophone).

The group has been together for six years and all members have a great deal of experience providing musical entertainment in Saskatoon and as far away as La Ronge. Along with entertaining in many different musical groups based in Saskatoon, all three members were part of the University of Saskatchewan Houseband. Since 1997 the “Houseband” entertained for many local events including the Jazz Festival, a number of the annual “Mayor’s Cultural Gala” and more recently at the St.Paul’s Hospital annual “Mistletoe Ball”.

Michael Bradford -- Book Launch

Monday Apr 27 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Button Hill (Orca Book Publishers)

Dekker and his little sister, Riley, discover that Button Hill, where they are stuck with their great-aunt Primrose, is a strange place where two very different worlds meet. Drawn into Nightside by his sister’s disappearance, Dekker must figure out how to get her back to Dayside before the powers of darkness consume them both.

"A dark yet delightful tale for readers who love the unexpected, who long for secret passages and who live for annoying their siblings... The dead come alive, sort of, in this thrilling novel written by the talented, fun, and lively Michael Bradford.” - Alice Kuipers

Michael Bradford has worked as a grass cutter, waiter, pizza-delivery boy, literacy teacher, elementary-school vice-principal and published poet. Button Hill is his first novel. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife and two children.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Apr 28 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.

Mali Munroe -- Book Launch

Thursday Apr 30 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Acceptance: A Personal Journey of Self-Discovery

As her father's casket was being lowered into the grave, deep in mourning and unable to cope with her gut-wrenching loss Mali Munroe welded the door shut on her emotions. Years passed and feeling disconnected became the status quo. Until one night during yoga class when she came face to face with her energy parents who invited her on a journey of self-discovery - of reconnecting with her past and then fully stepping into her present. Begrudgingly and with somewhat open and hesitant arms Mali began the journey back to herself. Rife with life experience, Acceptance is a deeply affecting story about loss and heartache and of a long lost resilience found.

Mali Munroe grew up on Vancouver Island. She attended Simon Fraser University and then The Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, where she studied and wrote her thesis on childhood grief. Mali spent the next five years as a therapist to children who had experienced trauma. She wrote Acceptance seventeen years after her father passed away from cancer as a way to bring herself back from the frozen emotional isolation she had put herself in. Mali currently resides in Saskatoon where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Carole Penney Kuryk -- Book Launch

Friday May 01 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Finding Andrew: A Mother’s Journey Through Loss and Recovery

Time splits when a parent loses a child. An invisible wall comes down between the time before and the time after—and there’s no going back. Carole Kuryk knows this in every fibre of her being. In this open, intimate story, she tells first of the blessed life of her time before—a satisfying career as a teacher; three healthy, accomplished children; a devoted husband; and an ease with life that allowed her to anticipate unblemished tomorrows. Then, on June 23, 1994, the wall came down when her eldest child, Andrew, a vibrant, loving force in the family, died suddenly in a work-place accident. The rest of Carole’s absorbing story deals with her experience with the time after and how she managed to survive the crushing loss, find a way to connect with her son’s spirit, and take action in his memory that has lasting benefits for others.

This story may be particular in details, but it is universal in the truth it reveals. We all need to know how to survive loss, and the template that Carole offers us is invaluable. In every act that she documents, we witness the irrepressible spirit of love and the power of determination as she slowly learns to live beyond tragedy with purpose and newly forged peace and acceptance. And through this witnessing, we learn to trust that, when needed, there will be a way through our own minefields of loss.

Purdy Bird -- Live Musical Performance

Friday May 01 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Alt/country folk n' roll at its finest. From Saskatoon, this eclectic group of hooligans is sure to get your toes a tappin' and your hips a shakin'!

Authors for Indies Day

Saturday May 02 2015 10:00 am - Saskatoon

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Canada’s first Authors for Indies Day is scheduled to take place at independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, May 2, 2015, Local authors will volunteer at bookstores to greet customers, recommend books, and highlight the importance of supporting independent bookshops in Canada. Join us to meet and shop with some of your favourite local authors!

Participating authors include Kristine Scarrow, Paul Hanley, Ernie Louttit, Alexandra Popoff, Wes Funk, and Beth Goobie.

For updates and to learn more about Canadian Authors for Indies, please visit their website.

No Hurry Trio -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday May 02 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.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Sunday May 03 2015 10:00 am - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Boys and Girls! Celebrate your teddy bear with us on Sunday, May 3.

Things get underway at 10:00 am in our Prairie Ink Restaurant with picnic-themed foods, followed by a Teddy Bear craft, Teddy Bear Parade, and of course Teddy Bear stories up in the Hundred Acre Wood. Teddy Bears are mandatory! And you’ll need to bring an adult with you as well.

Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Prairie Ink.

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