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An Evening of Poetry with Jane Eaton Hamilton and Judith Krause

Friday Nov 28 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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EVENT UPDATE Due to illness, Judith Krause is unable to travel to Saskatoon for this event. Please join us for a solo reading with acclaimed poet, artist and activist Jane Eaton Hamilton.

Dual reading and signing with Jane Eaton Hamilton, author of love will burst into a thousand shapes (Caitlin Press) and Judith Krause, author of Homage to Happiness (Hagios Press)

Art, children, marriage, breaking, rejoicing. Love is a many-branched tree and in Hamilton’s newest poetry collection, her third, it’s autumn or winter, the winds are kicking up and branches are flying everywhere—bursting into a thousand shapes. Or maybe it’s Hamilton’s heart that explodes into many dimensions. Tender, furious, grief-stricken, witty, urbane, elegiac, political, personal, erotic—these poems are all those things. Hamilton can’t stop loving big no matter how chancy it is.

Jane Eaton Hamilton is the author of seven books of fiction and poetry. Her book July Nights was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize and her book Hunger was shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Award. Body Rain, her first book of poetry, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award, and her chapbook, Going Santa Fe, won the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Chapbook Award. A pseudonymous memoir was on the Guardian’s Best of the Year list and was a Sunday Times bestseller. She has been included in the Journey Prize anthology and Best Canadian Short Stories, and has been cited in Best American Short Stories. She has won many prizes for her short fiction, including, twice, the Prism International short fiction contest, and first prize in the CBC Literary Awards. She has been published in the New York Times, Seventeen magazine, Salon, Numero Cinq, Macleans, the Globe and Mail, the Missouri Review, the Alaska Quarterly Review and many other places.

In Homage to Happiness, Judith Krause writes with extraordinary sympathy and a light touch of humour, as she probes the nuances of love and loss and how both must be experienced if there can be any hope for true happiness. The title sequence is a deft and moving poem on the life and work of Agnes Martin, an abstract expressionist born in Saskatchewan who gained prominence in New York art circles in the 60’s and 70’s. Contemplating the inescapable themes of lyric poetry—time, mortality, nature, and the contradictions of the human heart—Judith Krause turns them to provocative and unexpected ends.

Judith Krause is a Regina writer, editor and teacher whose work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College as well as a BA and BEd from the University of Regina. She has edited a number of poetry collections and co-edited the anthology Out of Place with Ven Begamudre. Her earlier publications include four poetry collections: What We Bring Home (1986), Half the Sky (1994), Silk Routes of the Body (2001), and Mongrel Love (2008) and a collaborative chapbook, blue transport/ the insistence of green (2007). Krause is a two-time recipient of the City of Regina Writing Award, co-winner of the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and has been awarded residencies and fellowships in the U.S. She is currently serving as the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate.

Two Tall Dudes -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Nov 28 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Pop/Acoustic

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.

Amy Jo Ehman -- Book Signing

Saturday Nov 29 2014 1:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens (MacIntyre Purcell Publishing)

Amy Jo Ehman is an author and food columnist for Saskatoon's The StarPhoenix. 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 is an amazing glimpse into the food we ate and the people who prepared it." — Gordon Barnhart, historian and former Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

**CANCELLED**Anthony Bidulka -- Book Launch

Saturday Nov 29 2014 3:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Due to a publishing delay, we regret to announce that this event has been cancelled.

The Women of Skawa Island: An Adam Saint Novel (Insomniac Press)

Join us for a come & go book signing from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Anthony Bidulka will give an author talk at 4:00 pm and will be joined by guest reader Miriam Clavir, contributor to The Whole She-Bang 2 by Sisters in Crime Canada.

With the fate of the International Intelligence Agency hanging in the balance, former Canadian Disaster Recovery agent Adam Saint is lured to the very edge of the world. Amongst the thousand steamy islands of Polynesia hides a mysterious, uncharted spit of jungle unknown to the modern world. Until a trio of women, survivors of a long ago shipwreck, are discovered there. But who are the women of Skawa Island? Are they victims? Or are they hiding something, complicit in their own isolation?

Emerging from the wreckage of his career and personal life, Adam Saint is forced to lead a mission to find the women of Skawa Island. Forging unlikely alliances with his kick-ass sister Alexandra and misfit computer-genius nephew Anatole, Saint battles to win back his life, his family, and uncover a truth so horrible it might never have been meant to escape Skawa Island.

In 1999 Anthony Bidulka left a decade long career as a Chartered Accountant to pursue writing. He is the author of two series. His long-running Russell Quant mystery series has been nominated for Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards, Saskatchewan Book Awards, a ReLit award, and Lambda Literary Awards. Winning the Lambda Literary Award for Best Men’s Mystery, Bidulka became the first Canadian to win in that category. In 2013, Bidulka began a second series, following the adventures of man of action Adam Saint, a tough-as-nails, luxury loving, Disaster Recovery Agent. Bidulka lives in Saskatoon. When he isn’t writing he loves to travel the world, collect art, walk his dogs and throw a good party. Please visit Anthony at anthonybidulka.com, on Facebook and Twitter

Wires & Wood -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Nov 29 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Wires & Wood is a local trio that highlights the rich and diverse sound of the mandolin. Mandolin, guitar, and bass work seamlessly through a variety of latin, jazz, and gypsy music to soothe, enliven, and entertain.

Wires 'n' Wood is Scott Thayer (mandolin), Lorne Deighton (guitar), and Paul Sartison (bass).

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Dec 02 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.

David McGrane -- Book Launch

Thursday Dec 04 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Launching Remaining Loyal: Social Democracy in Quebec and Saskatchewan (MQUP), with an introduction by special guest Roy Romanow

When social democratic politicians in the 1990s moderated their ideas and policies as part of a turn towards the "third way," they were assailed as traitors to the cause. Remaining Loyal demonstrates that while third way social democrats in Quebec and Saskatchewan supplemented certain social democratic ideas with more right-wing economic programs, their public policies remained true to the original spirit of social democracy. The first historical comparison of social democracy in Saskatchewan and Quebec, Remaining Loyal challenges how we think about the recent ideological evolution of left-wing parties in Canada and the rest of the world.

Dr. David McGrane is an Associate Professor of Political Studies at St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also the editor of New Directions in Saskatchewan Public Policy that was short listed for two Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2012.

Mabaleka -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Dec 05 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Over the past 5 years, Mabaleka has been forging his own musical style that mixes the raw, honest lyrics of country music, with the passionate aggressive acoustic sound of indie rock.

Brenda Baker and Arthur Slade -- Book Signing

Saturday Dec 06 2014 1:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Signing Camp Outlook, Modo: Ember's End, and other titles

Brenda Baker's debut children's novel Camp Outlook is a quirky coming-of-age story about Shannon, a twelve-year-old girl whose faith in the world is tested after her little brother is born with Down syndrome. When she is sent away to a church camp with a diverse group of campers, she confronts her faith, develops a crush on the student minister, and experiences a series of mysterious events.

Brenda Baker, both a writer and performer, is best known as a singer for young audiences. She has recorded three CDs for kids, including The Old Elephant's Christmas. In 2005 Brenda founded Kids of Note, a choir for children with and without disabilities who love to sing.

Modo, the star of Arthur Slade's bestselling Hunchback Assignments series of novels, is back in graphic novel form! Modo: Ember's End is a stand-alone wild west story featuring the further adventures of this strong and determined hero. This is a collector’s item as there are only 2000 copies in print.

Arthur Slade is the author of Dust, a national bestseller and the winner of the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. He has written sixteen other novels including Tribes, Megiddo's Shadow, Jolted, and The Hunchback Assignments (which won the 2010 TD Children's Literature Award and 2011 Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire). His novels inspired by Norse mythology have recently been collected in Northern Frights Omnibus Edition.

Brenda Baker and Arthur Slade live in Saskatoon with their daughter.

Alice Kuipers -- Book Launch

Saturday Dec 06 2014 4:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Violet and Victor Small are twins on a mission: to write the best book in the whole, entire world--together! Victor is reluctant, but Violet is determined, and soon the ideas can't come quickly enough. They begin to write a story about a hungry Bookworm who is eating all the books in the library. Thanks to Victor's brilliant ideas, Violet is able to save the day (and the library). This delightful story-within-a-story is filled with good-natured sibling rivalry, and focuses on the spirit of cooperation, the satisfaction of a job well-done, and the magic of storytelling.

Illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Alice Kuipers is the award-winning author of four YA novels, the latest being The Death of Us. Born and raised in London, England, Alice lives in Saskatoon with her partner and their three young children. Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book is Alice’s debut picture book.

Rhonda Gallant-Morari -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Dec 06 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Singer-Songwriter

Rhonda Gallant-Morari is a true child of the Canadian prairie. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, she grew up enchanted by the open vistas that spread out around her. These early influences would plant creative seeds that would be nurtured over the coming years. Her style reflects a sense of wonder at the world and the power that makes it turn. Rhonda wears her heart on her sleeve, or more precisely, on her keyboard. Her songs are an invitation to all to celebrate life to the fullest; by finding the beauty and truth in our daily lives. Delivered with a warm and evocative style, these sentiments are captured in her three singles and now in her first full length offering, Dance Against The Wind, released in May of 2014.

Breakfast with Santa!

Sunday Dec 07 2014 9:30 am - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Join us on Sunday, December 7th from 9:30 am – 11:30 am for a special breakfast with colouring, stories and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!

All seats are $15.00 per person. Reservations at Prairie Ink Restaurant in person or by calling 306-955-3579.

Ian Martens Trio -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Dec 12 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Acoustic Rock/Folk

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Ian Martens hails from Saskatoon, where he has been playing and writing rock'n'roll for years. Ian's full-length solo acoustic album, Have You Heard, features his inspired guitar work and is full of uplifting spiritual overtones.

No Hurry Trio -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Dec 13 2014 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 50's to present day.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Dec 16 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.

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