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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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Folk/Acoustic

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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, Merle Massie 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.

Literacy for Life: Meet the Presenters -- Book Signing

Sunday May 03 2015 2:30 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Literacy for Life: A Conference for Children, Youth and Adults presents a book signing and meet-and-greet with their 2015 presenters. Featuring Deborah Ellis, Barbara Reid, Georgia Graham, John Wilson, Marsha Forchuk Scrypuch, Martin Springett, Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Gabrielle Grimard, Joseph Naytowhow, and Mary Harelkin-Bishop.

The 2015 Literacy for Life conference runs May 3-8 on the the University of Saskatchewan campus. Students attend sessions led by local, national and internationally recognized authors, illustrators, journalists, storytellers and other positive literacy role models. For more information, please visit their website.

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Two Tall Dudes -- Live Musical Performance

Friday May 08 2015 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.

Sally Meadows -- Book Signing

Saturday May 09 2015 2:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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The Two Trees (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing)

Jaxon’s older brother Syd is smart, really smart. But all Jaxon wants is someone to play with. When Jaxon sees Syd having trouble interacting with other kids, he is torn between loyalty to his brother and the frustration of having a sibling who is “different.” It is only when Syd gets the support he needs that the whole family is able to move forward in hope and healing. Illustrated by Trudi Olfert.

A poignant story about the sibling perspective of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), The Two Trees is intended to raise awareness about the challenges of having an ASD child in the family, and to be a springboard for important discussions with ASD families, educators, students, and the general public.

Sally Meadows is a two-time national award-nominated singer/ songwriter, author, educator, and speaker living in Saskatoon. The Two Trees is her first book.

The Nobles -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday May 09 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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The Nobles consist of the father/daughter team of Madison and Lorry Noble. Madison has been playing piano, guitar and has been singing for over half of her life. Lorry is a seasoned musician, playing guitar and drums in a number of bands for over 25 years. The Nobles play a wide variety of classic rock and country songs from Patsy Cline to Bryan Adams.

Robert Currie, Mark Abley, and John Donlan -- An Evening of Poetry

Monday May 11 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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An evening of poetry with Robert Currie, launching The Days Run Away (Coteau Books), Mark Abley, launching The Tongues of Earth (Coteau Books), and John Donlan, author of Spirit Engine (Brick Books) and Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library.

The Days Run Away is a series of narrative poems in which Robert Currie examines the moments that make up every ordinary, extraordinary life. The spotlight is turned on the single events, the chance interactions, the moments that, in their ordinariness, are turning points masquerading as the everyday. Robert Currie is a former Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan and the author of numerous poetry and short story collections and novels.A teacher for thirty years, he lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He is the recipient of that province’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

The Tongues of Earth combines new Mark Abley poems with the best of his previously-published work. Along with the finest pieces from his three previous books, often in revised form, the collection includes twenty new poems. To those who have known Abley only as a prose writer, this book will come as a revelation. Mark Abley is a Canadian poet, journalist, editor and non-fiction writer.The winner of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for critical writing, he has been a contributing editor of both Maclean’s and Saturday Night magazines, and a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement.

A native of Baysville, in Ontario’s Muskoka region, John Donlan is a reference librarian with the Vancouver Public Library and a poetry editor with Brick Books. He has won numerous awards, with his poems and reviews appearing in leading journals in Canada and the USA. He is the 2014-15 Writer in Residence at Saskatoon Public Library. Spirit Engine is his fourth collection of poetry.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday May 12 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.

Lynda Monahan -- Book Launch

Tuesday May 12 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Launching verge (Guernica Editions) and joined by dee Hobsbawn-Smith, author of What Can’t Be Undone (Thistledown Press)

verge begins with a small fox waiting at the river's edge, symbolizing a woman at a turning point in her life. The fox lopes through the poems, at first looking back on the “cold yesterday” of childhood, then travelling with the poet as she moves through various changes and losses in her life. The river holds the past and, in the end, the small fox and the woman find their way across, coming to a place of acceptance and peace.

Lynda Monahan’s poetic world is one in which the natural world and the inner world of the narrator both verge and then merge in metaphor. The poems probe and explore both worlds, often with surprising and luminous results.—Glen Sorestad

A resident of Prince Albert, Lynda Monahan is the author of two collections of poetry, a slow dance in the flames and what my body knows. She facilitates a number of creative writing workshops and has been writer-in-residence at St. Peter’s College facilitated retreat and at Balfour Collegiate in Regina. She is writer-in-residence at the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert.

In her first collection of short fiction, dee Hobsbawn-Smith creates protagonists struggling to navigate the domestic troubles common to life everywhere, including children attempting to make their parents proud, the disintegrating of romantic relationships, and dealing with death and loss. What Can’t Be Undone is a collection anchored in the Western Canadian landscape, travelling with its protagonists across rolling prairies, unforgiving mountain ranges, and along coastal highways.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith grew up in a gypsy Air Force family. Her award-winning poetry, essays, fiction, and journalism have appeared in The Malahat Review, Gastronomica, and Western Living. Her first book of poetry, Wildness Rushing In (Hagios Press) was published in 2014.

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