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Toastmasters Presents...

Thursday Mar 23 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Early Risers Toastmasters is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, having helped thousands of people develop their public speaking and leadership skills. We're hosting our spring contest among 4 clubs, showcasing public storytelling and constructive evaluation skills, at McNally Robinson on the evening of March 23. If you've ever heard of Toastmasters but would like to know more about what we do, come out to the contest and see members compete at telling their stories, and giving helpful, constructive evaluations. Toastmasters is an excellent professional development activity for anyone looking to be more effective, persuasive, and productive.

Saskatchewan Book Awards Shortlist Part I (Reading and Signing)

Friday Mar 24 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Enjoy an evening of poetry with three shortlisted authors from the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Lisa Bird-Wilson will read from her powerful collection The Red Files, Katherine Lawrence will share a centuries-old immigrant tale in Never Mind, and Sylvia Legris will delve into the body in The Hideous Hidden.

It's Too Late, Baby (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Mar 24 2017 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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It's Too Late, Baby is a group of friends brought together by their common enjoyment of the music of Carole King and James Taylor. Performing a variety of the enduring songs from these two great singer-songwriters, as well as a smattering of originals, Penny Rosten (keys/vocals) is joined by vocalists Doug Campbell and Al Loewen and bassist Bruce Wilkinson to bring back some great tunes!

Chris Gudgeon (Reading and Signing)

Saturday Mar 25 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Assdeep in Wonder

Raw and immediate, Chris Gudgeon explores themes of addiction, sexuality, loss, love, and wonder in equal measures. In simple love poems like “Let’s start small, my darling,” everyday anthems like “Future Tops of America, and visionary dreams like “The Revelations of Donald Trump,” Gudgeon tackles the tyranny of identity, the mystery of desire, the strictures of gender and the absurdity of homophobia in a style that’s hypnotic and highly accessible.

Chris Gudgeon is an author and poet and screenwriter. He’s contributed to dozens of periodicals – including Playboy, MAD, National Lampoon, Geist, Event and Malahat Review – and written seventeen books, from critically acclaimed fiction like Song of Kosovo and Greetings from the Vodka Sea, to celebrated biographies of Stan Rogers and Milton Acorn, to a range of popular history on subjects as varied as sex, sexuality, fishing and lotteries.

The Improvised Music Ensemble (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Mar 25 2017 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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The Improvised Music Ensemble is a group of Saskatoon musicians who play within the idioms of jazz and improvised small-group music. Drawing upon a rich tradition of standard songs, they add contemporary arrangements and original compositions to create their sound. In the spirit of improvised music, each performance is a unique experience, tailored to the present moment in which it is played.

TIME will be playing at Prairie Ink as a trio with Justice Der (guitar), Rory Lynch (saxophone), and Emmett Fortosky (bass).

Live 5 In Conversation...

Monday Mar 27 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Southern Dandy 75

Two Box Car Hobos unwittingly find themselves in the possession of the finest and most rare bourbon known to man, woman and turkey (The Southern Dandy 75). Naturally, their pleasant Sunday afternoon soon derails as the two fellows find themselves on the run from all manner of dangerous and surly adversaries. Southern Dandy 75 is an old timey comedy of a fanciful nature, fueled by adventure, poetry, and booze.

Otto Helmut is a fledgling theatre company, born in a claw-foot bathtub and baptized in cheap beer. Our mandate is to bring original comedies to the stage that enthral, engage, and… enspire our audience (the three e’s). Your laughter is our currency, and you make us rich. Otto Helmut is one of Two Unruly Gentlemen and is co-writer/co-producer of Two Corpses Go Dancing.

Kimmy Beach (Reading and Signing)

Tuesday Mar 28 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Nuala: A Fable

“Shh, my Nuala. I am with you. Today I shall teach you the newness of you.”

As The Engine breathes life into Nuala, her gaze falls on Teacher-Servant, the Chosen One. He alone will be able to hear her thoughts and interpret her innermost emotions. But soon Teacher-Servant starts to worry that Nuala will be able to give away her thoughts freely. Set in an atypical dystopian world, Nuala is a startlingly original and inventive work of fiction, redolent of Margaret Atwood, José Saramago, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Beach’s dark, fearless imagination has created a time and space that are at once remote and strange, but absorbing and deeply credible. Nuala leaves the reader with much to ponder about the nature of love, possessiveness, jealousy, envy, and autonomy.

Kimmy Beach's poetry, fiction, articles, and reviews have appeared in journals across the country and in the UK, and she has read across Canada. She was the 2005 International Guest Poet for the Dead Good Poets Society in Liverpool, UK, where she launched her third book, fake Paul, onstage at the Cavern Club in Mathew Street. Work from fake Paul is anthologized in Newspaper Taxis: Poetry After the Beatles (Seren Press, Wales, 2012. Phil Bowen, Damian Furniss, David Woolley, ed.) andWindow Fishing: The Night We Caught Beatlemania (Hidden Brook Press, 2014. John B Lee, ed.).

She's currently working on a book-length prose poem and a collection about 1970s romance comics and This is Tom Jones! (1969-1971). Kimmy holds a First Class Honors Degree in English from the University of Alberta, and lives in Red Deer with her husband, Stu.

Jamie Swift (Reading and Signing)

Wednesday Mar 29 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Speaking & Signing The Vimy Trap, or, How We Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Great War

The story of the bloody 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge is, according to many of today’s tellings, a heroic founding moment for Canada. This noble, birth-of-a-nation narrative is regularly applied to the Great War in general. Yet this mythical tale is rather new. “Vimyism”—today’s official story of glorious, martial patriotism—contrasts sharply with the complex ways in which veterans, artists, clerics, and even politicians who had supported the war interpreted its meaning over the decades.

The Vimy Trap provides a probe of commemoration cultures. This work of public history—combining scholarly insight with sharp-eyed journalism, and based on primary sources and school textbooks, battlefield visits and war art—explains both how and why peace and war remain contested terrain in ever-changing landscapes of Canadian memory.

Kingston writer Jamie Swift is the author of numerous books and lectures at The Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. He is the co-author (with Ian McKay) of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in the Age of Anxiety.

Michelle Elrick with co-reader Mary Maxwell (Reading and Signing)

Thursday Mar 30 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Michelle Elrick's then/again is a poetic account of finding home, and the meanings and moments that the concept of home can come to embody. The collection tracks the poet through a landscape of intimate places—an ancestral home in Scotland, a mother's birthplace in Salzburg, a childhood home on the West Coast—as well as the memory-warped terrain of the poet's past houses. Each quiet moment of reflection builds upon the others to produce a sense of place that is as immediate and fleeting as home itself.

Elrick has an uncanny sense for capturing and illuminating those moments that will later glow in memory.

Michelle Elrick is the author of the book To Speak, and creator of remember the old log house. Her poetry has appeared in CV2, Event, Poetry Is Dead and on CBC. then/again is Elrick’s second collection of poetry. She was a finalist in the CBC Literary Award for Poetry in 2015. She lives and writes in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Wind Leaves Absence

These poems are steeped in loss and lament as they concern the death of the poet’s family members, particularly her father and the premature death of two brothers two years apart. The collection’s tone is often elegiac, but rarely maudlin, and the clipped narrative is frequently imbued with lyrical strains.There is an abundance of quotes and hat-tip allusions that act as sign posts along the grieving journey.

Maxwell’s poems are emotional counterpoints to life’s implacable realities. Sickness and old age come to her father, as eventually does death. Her brothers are taken before their time and once again death enters her life. In the resulting response she learns that self-recrimination, denial, or anger cannot change the course of events. She teaches us that grief is a singular and deeply emotional experience and the poems convey this intimacy.

Slightly Off Centre (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Mar 31 2017 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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The Slightly Off-Center Band evolved from a group of friends who would gather together to jam into the wee hours. We provide live music for everything from large venue dances to smaller, private special occasions. Our jam band roots have given us a love for all kinds of music both new and old: rock ‘n’ roll, blues, folk, country, and old time waltzes. The S.O.C. band includes Rob Zuk on drums and vocals, Garnet Dunham on bass and sax, Mitch Parkinson on lead guitar, and Darryl Merilees on guitar and vocals.

Wayne Bargen (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Apr 01 2017 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Wayne Bargen is a local Saskatoon fingerstyle, acoustic guitar player. He started playing guitar in his youth, which turned into a passion for creating songs. Wayne’s musical performance is well suited for background music, such as at cafés, restaurants, wedding receptions, corporate functions, and formal banquets. Wayne is an elementary school teacher, and he enjoys using music in the classroom to enhance learning.

Saskatchewan Book Awards Shortlist Part II (Reading and Signing)

Friday Apr 07 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Enjoy a special appearance from three Young Adult authors at McNally Robinson. Three shortlisted authors from the Saskatchewan Book Awards will read from their Young Adult books and answer questions from the audience. Arthur Slade will share from the delightfully creepy Flickers, Beth Goobie will read from her powerful new book The Pain Eater, and Madeleine Blais-Dahlem will read from the English section of her bilingual novel La voix de mon père / My Father's Voice.

Ages Past (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Apr 07 2017 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!

Tammy, Jean & Ben (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Apr 08 2017 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Alice Kuipers (Reading and Signing)

Monday Apr 10 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Me (and) Me

It’s Lark’s seventeenth birthday, and although she’s hated to be reminded of the day ever since her mom’s death three years ago, it’s off to a great start. Lark has written a killer song to perform with her band, the weather is stunning and she’s got a date with gorgeous Alec. The two take a canoe out on the lake, and everything is perfect—until Lark hears the screams. Annabelle, a little girl she used to babysit, is drowning in the nearby reeds while Annabelle’s mom tries desperately to reach her. Lark and Alec are closer, and they both dive in. But Alec hits his head on a rock in the water and begins to flail.

Alec and Annabelle are drowning. And Lark can save only one of them. Lark chooses, and in that moment her world splits into two distinct lives. She must live with the consequences of both choices. As Lark finds herself going down more than one path, she has to decide: Which life is the right one?

Alice Kuipers, the award-winning author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You and Life on the Refrigerator Door, is an expert chronicler of the teenage heart, and she takes her work to new heights here. A riveting, high-concept novel with heart, Me (and) Me is about what it feels like to be torn in pieces, and about finally finding out who you really are.

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