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Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Jul 07 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.

An Evening with Nongkran Daks and Amy Bronee

Thursday Jul 09 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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An evening with cookbook authors Nongkran Daks, author of Nong's Thai Kitchen: 84 Classic Recipes that are Quick, Healthy and Delicious (Tuttle Publishing) and Amy Bronee, author of The Canning Kitchen: 101 Simple Small Batch Recipes (Penguin Canada). Co-presented by Slow Food Saskatoon.

In Nong's Thai Kitchen, the master chef and owner of Virginia's renowned Thai Basil Restaurant shares her secrets for creating Thai cuisine's most beloved dishes at home—using ingredients that can be found in most grocery stores. Nongkran teams up with veteran food writer Alexandra Greeley to show readers how to prepare classic Thai recipes, famous for their balance of sweet, sour, salty and hot flavors. Once elusive ingredients are now easily found, making it easy to prepare dishes at home for far less money than they would cost in a restaurant. All the recipes in this essential Thai cookbook are healthy, easy to make and inexpensive, so step into Nong's kitchen and begin a culinary journey to the tropical heart of Asia!

Nongkran Daks is the executive chef and owner of the Thai Basil Restaurant in Chantilly, Virginia. She has taught Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese cooking in Bangkok, Beijing, Honolulu, Vientiane, Laos and Washington, DC. Nongkran is the author of several Asian cookbooks and enjoys sharing the secrets of authentic Thai cooking with students in her cooking classes. Her most popular dish is Pad Thai, and she proved her mastery of it when she won Food Network's Pad Thai Throwdown challenge against celebrity chef Bobby Flay.

The Canning Kitchen blends the traditions of home preserving with the tastes of the modern home cook with simple, small batch recipes and vivid photography. Fill jars with classics such as Strawberry Rhubarb Jam and Crunchy Dill Pickles, and discover new classics like Salted Caramel Pear Butter, Bing Cherry Barbecue Sauce, and Sweet Thai Chili Chutney. In addition to year-round recipes, it includes all the basics you’ll need to get started. Get tips on choosing seasonal ingredients and fresh ideas on how to enjoy your beautiful preserves. Use the step-by-step checklist to safely preserve each delicious batch, leaving you with enough jars to enjoy at home plus a little extra for sharing.

Amy Bronee is a food blogger, recipe writer and cooking instructor. Millions of home cooks around the world visit her blog for simple and inviting recipes and mouth-watering foodtography. Amy was named one of Western Canada’s Top 40 Foodies Under 40, and among its many awards, Family Feedbag is recognized as one of Canada’s top food blogs. Amy lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband and two young boys.

Two Tall Dudes -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Jul 10 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Two Tall Dudes is two tall guys playing acoustic versions of the 70s and 80s pop and rock music they grew up playing. Their play list include songs from Van Morrison, The Doors and James Taylor.

Jeanne Burbage -- Book Signing

Saturday Jul 11 2015 2:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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The Zenimaginarium Garden: A Coloring Book (DriverWorks Ink)

Grab your crayons and prepare to relax! The Zenimaginarium Garden is a fantasy garden full of flowers, gnomes, rabbits, birds, snails, owls, and so much more. Each page is hand-drawn by Saskatchewan artist and former teacher Jeanne Burbage, of Lines and Designs by Jeanne. All ages can color this art, using pencil crayons, crayons or markers, to generate wellness and provide a beautiful piece of art to frame or give as a gift. Many of Jeanne’s designs are inspired by Zentangle® doodle art created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

Jeanne Burbage is a Saskatchewan girl, born and raised in the Rosetown area. Retired from her career as a Saskatoon teacher and teacher librarian, she has also been a lettering artist for 35 years. Her love and appreciation of flowers were a natural starting place for The Zenimaginarium Garden.

Justice and Jasmine Der -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Jul 11 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Justice (on guitar) and Jasmine (on piano) play jazz standards, and they also take contemporary songs and create their own arrangements.

Ernie Louttit -- Book Launch

Tuesday Jul 14 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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More Indian Ernie: Insights from the Streets (Purich Publishing)

Retired Police Sergeant Ernie Louttit takes you back to the streets of Saskatoon in his second book, a street cop’s view of the realities of dealing with prostitutes, street gangs, drunk drivers, and other offenders. He gives people who are rarely exposed to crime a view of what policing “at the sharp end” is like, while acknowledging the struggles of those who are forced by circumstance to live in high‐crime areas. The first point of contact for persons with mental illness and addictions is often the police, and Louttit highlights how changes in handling these individuals must occur. Other topics addressed in this fast‐paced book include drugs and drug dealing, murder, changes in policing, and leadership – always with empathy.

Ernie Louttit was born in Northern Ontario and is a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation. He began his career with the Canadian Armed Forces at seventeen years of age, and in 1987 became only the third Native person hired by the Saskatoon Police Service. He spent his entire police career on the west side of Saskatoon, where he became known as Indian Ernie. His first book, Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership, is based on those years on the streets. Since retiring from the Saskatoon Police Service in October 2013, Ernie’s first book has led him to a new career in motivational and public speaking, as well as writing. While these opportunities are not as dangerous as being a police officer, he finds them just as exciting and rewarding and is thankful for them. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife Christine and their four grown children.

Saskatchewan Festival of Words

Thursday Jul 16 2015 9:00 am - Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

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July 16 – 19 in downtown Moose Jaw

McNally Robinson is pleased to be official bookseller of The Saskatchewan Festival of Words. The festival showcases literary talent from all over Canada during four days of workshops, reading sessions, concerts, film, panel discussions, interviews, music, theatre, and even a slam poetry competition!

This year’s presenters are Terry Fallis (2015 Stephen Leacock Medal winner No Relation), Sean Michaels (2014 Giller Prize winner Us Conductors), Guy Vanderhaeghe (Daddy Lenin), James Daschuk (Clearing the Plains), Deryn Collier (Open Secret), Steven Heighton (The Dead Are More Visible), Kim McCullough (Clearwater), Peter Midgley (Counting Teeth: A Namibian Story), Audrey Thomas (Local Customs), Chris Turner (How to Breathe Underwater), Lisa Bird-Wilson (Just Pretending), Kevin Sylvester (Neil Flambé and the Bard’s Banquet), Susin Nielsen (We Are All Made of Molecules), Andrew Pyper (The Damned), Jane Byers (Steeling Effects), Gary Geddes (What Does a House Want?), Greg Simison (Miscellaneous Wreckage), Lyndon Penner (Garden Design for the Short Season Yard), spoken word poet Moe Clark, and The Globe and Mail books editor Mark Medley.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

Joanne Epp and Gerald Hill-- Reading and Signing

Thursday Jul 16 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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An evening of poetry with Joanne Epp, author of Eigenheim (Turnstone Press) and Gerald Hill, author of Hillsdale Book (NeWest Press)

Home is like “a memory of a lost photograph,” elusive but vivid. A place of tenuous security, “one claw on the screen” can threaten the entire structure. In Eigenheim, Joanne Epp shapes and reshapes the peculiar characteristics of one’s own idea of home. Without defining the precise dimensions, there is room enough to house the essentials. Examining death and birth, loss and love, deep searching and unquenchable longing, she reaches back to her rural Mennonite roots while restlessly exploring what lies just beyond the sun’s reach.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Joanne Epp spent several years in Ontario and now makes her home in Winnipeg with her husband and two sons. Currently she serves as assistant organist at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals including The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, CV2, The Light Ekphrastic, and others. Eigenheim is her first full-length poetry collection.

In his new collection, Gerald Hill invites you to take a cruise down the streets of Hillsdale, learn about its architecture, rehearse its schoolyard taunts and sample its denizens’ favourite drink recipes. Fusing history, geography and autobiography to create a document of life in Regina’s suburbs, he peels back placid suburban archetypes to expose the messy, challenging systems churning underneath. Spend some time in Hillsdale, and you’ll find that places have stories of their own, chronicles that can be read as deeply as any book, if you know what you’re doing.

Gerald Hill is a two-time winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Luther College at the University of Regina and has published five previous poetry collections: Heartwood, The Man from Saskatchewan, My Human Comedy, and Saskatchewan Poetry Award winners Getting to Know You and 14 Tractors.

The Standards Trio -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Jul 17 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)

Wayne Bargen -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Jul 18 2015 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.

Worldwide Ecotours -- Travel Presentation

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

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Wildlife and Birdlife of Argentina, November 18 – December 1, 2015

Join Worldwide Ecotours and presenter Leslie Tuchek for an informative evening on their upcoming tour to Argentina, travelling through Buenos Aires, the Ibera Marshes, Puerto Deseado and the Peninsula Valdes.

On this journey, learn about the native and exotic trees of Buenos Aires, explore the abundant life of the Costanera Sur Nature Reserve, and enjoy horseback and boat tours through the Estancia Rincón del Socorro, a former cattle ranch turned nature reserve on the edge of the Ibera Marshlands. Walk through Rockhopper and Magellanic Penguin colonies on the Isla Pinquino, and tour the Deseado River Estuary, one of the richest biological areas in Patagonia with four species of cormorants, seals and dolphins and oystercatchers. Visit the Petrified Woods and sea lion colonies of Bahia Bustamante, and spend time in the Peninsula Valdes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, viewing the majestic Southern Right Whale from boat and land. With one of the largest Magellanic penguin colonies and elephant seal colonies in the world, sea lions, killer whales, and other marine and land wildlife this area offers diverse wildlife experiences.

Leslie Tuchek is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Certificate in Ecological Education and an avid birder and wildlife photographer. She has developed and guided tours for the University of Saskatchewan Centre for Continuing and Distance Education and is now a Worldwide Ecotour host.

Kathleen Claire -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Jul 24 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Singer-songwriter Kathleen Claire hails from Saskatchewan. She is at her best stitching lyrics to music and passing on these treasures to her audience. She loves real food, a good laugh, warm hearts, old books, and trying not to be so serious.

Be First Reading Club

Saturday Jul 25 2015 1:00 pm - McNally Robinson for Kids, Saskatoon

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Read a book before it’s published!

Our Be First reading group is a book club with a difference. Sign up at the Kids Desk and receive a preview copy of a selected title and read the book before it even hits the shelves. These books are pre-publication copies of books that are normally only available to industry insiders!

We will be reading The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz and The Beast Of Cretacea by Todd Strasser.

The Hired Girl is available to pick up at the Kids Desk. The club will meet for discussion Saturday, July 25th at 1 PM. The Beast Of Cretacea will follow in August.

Ages 15-18, $5 per person. For more information, please call (306) 955-1477.

Ages Past -- Live Musical Performance

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

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Ages Past is an acoustic instrumental band composed of brothers Cole Assman (guitar) and Owen Assman (percussion) and their mutual friend, Lauren Thuringer (guitar). The group got together in December 2013 and wasted no time, releasing their self-titled debut EP in May of 2014. Drawing from rock, blues, and jazz influences, the young trio enjoys experimenting with different instruments, such as the ukulele and the xylophone, as well as imaginative techniques on their native instruments. Don't miss the all original tunes of Ages Past! Hear here.

Nicole Bear -- Speaking and Signing

Tuesday Jul 28 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Speaking and Signing Is Your Arm Broken? (Borealis Press). Co-presented by the Saskatchewan Cerebral Palsy Association

"How do you hide a physical disability? Very carefully." Nicole was born with very mild cerebral palsy. Through her thoughts, frustrations, feelings and her own misconceptions, she writes about her experiences growing up in the '70s and '80s.

Nicole Bear is the President of the Saskatchewan Cerebral Palsy Association (SCPA). She is an avid gardener, reader and former Toastmaster. She lives in Saskatoon.

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