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Erika Dyck & Alex Deighton--Book Launch (Reading and Signing)

Monday Oct 23 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

The Saskatchewan Mental Hospital at Weyburn has played a significant role in the history of psychiatric services, mental health research, and community care in Canada. Its history provides a window to the changing nature of mental health services over the twentieth century. Managing Madness examines the Weyburn mental hospital, the people it housed, struggled to understand, help, or even tried to change, and the ever-shifting understanding of mental health.

Erika Dyck is a historian of health, medicine, and Canadian society at the University of Saskatchewan and Canada Research Chair in the History of Medicine.

Alex Deighton is a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan.

Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa (Book Launch)

Tuesday Oct 24 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers Saskatoon and the Stephen Lewis Foundation present Powered By Love by Joanna Henry and Ilana Landsberg-Lewis.

In 2006, the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched a campaign to engage Canadian grandmothers to support their African sisters. The Grandmothers Campaign, now a movement 10,000 strong, has raised over $25 million that has gone directly into the hands of African grandmothers and their grassroots organizations. Powered by Love joins this campaign by telling the story of these indomitable women and by directing all royalties from the sale of the book to African grandmothers raising children orphaned by AIDS.

Whether it was floods in Mozambique or famine in Malawi, Joanna Henry’s job as part of a disaster aid team in Africa began to make her feel part of a “colonizing” power, fueled by the interests of western nations. Searching for a better way, she joined the “feminist, ethical founded on equity” work at the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Her profoundly felt dedication to interviewing the African grandmothers and writing this book was truly powered by love.

Grant Lawrence (Book Signing)

Wednesday Oct 25 2017 2:00 pm - Storefront, Saskatoon

Dirty Windshields is the long-awaited memoir from CBC host and award-winning author Grant Lawrence, baring all the salacious and hilarious details from his touring days as the lead singer of Vancouver-based rock and roll band The Smugglers. Formed when most of the members were still in high school, The Smugglers came of age during the height of the grunge explosion in the early 1990s, when Grant, working as a concert promoter, put on shows for Nirvana, Green Day and Bad Religion, among many others. Told with Grant’s signature self-deprecating wit, the anecdotes develop into a compelling story of the growth of an independent, do-it-yourself touring band, a community, and a musical movement. So crack open a semi-cold can of Black Label beer, stick a Smugglers tape into the cassette deck and let the good times roll.

Grant Lawrence is the author of The Lonely End of the Rink (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013) and Adventures in Solitude (Harbour Publishing, 2010). He hosts the award-winning CBC Radio 3 Podcast and can also be heard on various CBC Radio One programs such as North by Northwest, All Points West and On the Coast. He is married to musician Jill Barber and they live in Vancouver, BC, with their two children.

Allison Kydd--Book Launch (Reading and Signing)

Wednesday Oct 25 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Join Allison Kydd with guest reader Dave Margoshes at the Saskatoon launch of Few and Far.

Jilted by her near-beau in England, Florence Southam travels to the exotic new world of the Saskatchewan Prairies, both to attend the wedding of her cousin and to recover from her recent disappointment. Through Florence’s eyes, the reader encounters a Victorian settlement attempting to mimic society life in England. Cannington Manor is home to a medley of Canadians, British expatriates and would-be aristocrats. Despite outward appearances, Florence soon discovers that in Cannington Manor, social niceties quickly give way to the practicalities of survival and her own unquestioned beliefs are suddenly thrown into doubt by new possibilities of selfhood and the potential of finding love outside the conventional social norms of her upbringing.

After spending most of her adult life in cities (Regina, Winnipeg, Prince Albert, Windsor, and Edmonton), Allison Kydd returned to the country in 2008, settling in Indian Head, southeast Saskatchewan. There she published her first book in 2012, the novella Emily via the Greyhound Bus, (Thistledown Press), which was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award.

Debra Silverman (Reading and Signing)

Thursday Oct 26 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Debra Silverman is known as “the Astrologer to the Stars” with clients that include Sting and Madonna. Having been in practice for over 38 years, Debra uses astrology and her own system called the The 4 Elements as tools to help people step into their power, know their purpose, and love their true self. She has recently compiled much of her wisdom and method into her new book, The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for the Human Condition.

Part comedian, part psychologist, and all real, Debra reminds you what fun it is to be you, and of your gifts to the world and your place in it. While she hails from Boulder, Colorado, Debra feels like an honorary Canadian, having lived in Vancouver for a short time. She is excited to return to Canada and see “The Paris of the Prairies.”

For more information on Debra’s visit to Saskatoon, visit

Telmor Sartison (Signing)

Friday Oct 27 2017 1:00 pm - Storefront, Saskatoon

Join Telmor Sartison signing Elephant in the Middle of the Room.

Elephant is back at it again - in all his innocence - visiting old and new friends, finding those “people” all upset about something, refusing to talk together, steam coming out their ears and out of the windows of the town hall. We’re familiar with the idea “Elephant in the Room.” Here Elephant walks into this place of anger and upset, finds the only space available, right in the centre of the room, and sits there. At first his friends do not see him. They are so busy being upset, sitting as far away from one another as possible. But, you can’t have an elephant in the room for very long without noticing that he or she is there.

Telmor Sartison, born on a Saskatchewan farm and raised in small town Alberta, tasted several careers before becoming a Pastor and Bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, retiring in 2001. Telmor and his wife Adelene live in Calgary, Alberta.

In 2014, Telmor wrote The Elephant in the Donut Shop, a children's book about self-image, relationships and community. In 2016, Elephant in the Christmas Pageant was in the hands of many children as they prepared to take part in their own pageants. And again, this latest Elephant book demonstrates how to be part of an enthusiastic team.

The Strange Valentines (Live Folk Music)

Friday Oct 27 2017 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

The Strange Valentines are a Regina, SK based Folk/Rock duo with Nova Scotia and Australian back stories, resulting in a musical mix of folk, rock, and a little bit of blues. David Farrell is an accomplished guitarist previously part of the Australian rock circuit touring and playing with various bands. Janet Mills comes from a maritime kitchen party type of background and plays mandolin, mandola, and piano. Their strong melodies about cold weather, jerks of the world, and other Canadian conundrums are infused with quirky humour and rich harmonies. The Strange Valentines sound something like if the Kinks jammed with Fleetwood Mac using only acoustic instruments.

Their latest album released March 25, 2017 called ‘Folkin Rock for Rockin Folk’ is largely inspired by Saskatchewan. Good fun toe tappers and thoughtful introspections make for good listening the whole way through.

Two Tall Dudes (Live Music )

Saturday Oct 28 2017 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

The Two Tall Dudes was started in 2013 by Evert Van Olst and Ken Jackson. Although they don’t remember if the suggestion for the name of the band was figurative or literal, it was logical because both Dudes are well over six feet tall. The Dudes grew up listening to and playing rock in seventies, which is a clear influence in the band’s repertoire, which includes the Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Santana. The duo play a combination of acoustic and electric guitars, which retains original flavor, but at a reduced, easier listening, volume.

Annual Boo Brunch w/ Magic Show (Children's Event)

Sunday Oct 29 2017 9:30 am - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Join us for a spooky BOO Brunch, with special guest magician Richy Roy, author of The Amazing Magician Richy Roy.

Enjoy Boo-berry Pancakes and hop, dance or walk through the store in our Costume Parade, followed by story time, a magic show with Richy Roy and pumpkin carving!

Richy Roy is a professional children entertainer that performs over 100 magic shows across Western Canada every year. He is an expert magician, balloon twister, and comedian hailing from Weyburn, SK, and now, a children’s author. Richy is a father of three wonderful children and husband to a fabulously supportive wife.

Tickets for brunch are $15.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations are required and can be made at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling 955-3579. The costume parade, storytime and magic show are FREE. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Judith Wright--Book Launch (Reading and Signing)

Sunday Oct 29 2017 2:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Join Saskatoon writer Judith Wright for the launch of Dog-wise: What We Learn from Dogs.

What do we learn from living and working with a dog? Dog-wise posits that if dogs make us more human, as some people suggest, then what particular dogs have to reach us is worth understanding. Based on conversations with Saskatchewan dog-owners and professional handlers, Dog-wise shares the secret of living happily with a dog, learning more about ourselves, and applying those lessons to everyday life. In Dog-wise, we meet a range of canines and share their stories—from show, detection, and assistant dogs, to search and rescue, guardian and sled dogs. We follow herding dogs at work, prepare a dog-team for sledding, and sit in on a therapy dog session.

Judith Wright is a Saskatoon writer whose non-fiction stories have appeared in Prairies North Magazine, The Gardener, Western Producer and Harrowsmith. She is interested in ordinary wisdom—how insight from everyday experience informs the way the wider world is viewed.

J.C. Paulson--Book Launch (Reading and Signing)

Wednesday Nov 01 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

J.C. Paulson launches Adam's Witness.

Newspaper reporter Grace Rampling stumbles onto a grisly crime scene while on a routine assignment and abruptly finds herself a witness in the police investigation into the death of a Catholic bishop. Detective Sergeant Adam Davis is on the case, but thrown by the fierce attraction he feels toward Grace that, if acted upon, could throw the entire case into jeopardy. Adam races to unravel a disturbing mystery, while he struggles to both protect and resist the woman of his dreams.

J.C. (Joanne) Paulson was born in Saskatoon, the beautiful prairie city she loves so much she has never managed to leave it. Educated at the University of Saskatchewan, she has worked as a journalist with The StarPhoenix, The Western Producer and the Saskatoon Express. Adam’s Witness, a mystery mixed with romance, is her first novel, but she is hard at work on the second. She lives in a rambling old bungalow with her husband, Ken Paulson.

Jasmina Odor and Sheri Benning (Reading and Signing)

Thursday Nov 02 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Join us for a dual-author reading with Jasmina Odor and Sheri Benning.

Through the stories in You Can’t Stay Here (Thistledown Press), we are transported to the warm Adriatic Sea, rented rooms, wartime frontlines, and Canadian suburbia. We fall in love with those conflicted by their broken families, as well as immigrants, travellers, and refugees as they embark on their difficult searches for place and finding a home.

Jasmina Odor was born in Croatia and immigrated to Canada in 1993. Her fiction and reviews have appeared in many Canadian magazines and anthologies, including The New Quarterly, and The Malahat Review. In 2014, her story “His” won the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story, and silver at the Alberta Magazine Awards. She lives and writes in Edmonton, where she also teaches English and creative writing at Concordia University Edmonton.

In poems that couple sinew and roots, blood and sap, skin and stone, Benning explores an ecology of affiliation between humans and the natural world in The Season’s Vagrant Light. Benning’s later work travels further afield – to Russia, New Mexico, Scotland – but always the physical landscape is entwined with memory, the landscapes of the mind.

Sheri Benning grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her most recent collection of poetry, The Season’s Vagrant Light: New and Selected Poems, was published by Carcanet Press in 2015. Her previous collections include Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books) and Earth After Rain (Thistledown Press).

Standard Trio (Live Music )

Friday Nov 03 2017 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Audience members will experience some of the greatest standards of American music history as the Standard Trio brings to life an era of music many of us still long for. With an ever expanding library of tunes, they provide sophisticated background music, as well as upbeat swing numbers to dance the night away to!

Harrison King (Live Solo Piano)

Saturday Nov 04 2017 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Harrison King has a great passion for music and loves to perform. He and his piano will entertain you with an evening of music from the '70s, '80s, today, and everything in between.

Voyageur Storytelling - Stephen Leacock: Stirring the Occurring

Monday Nov 06 2017 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Stephen Leacock famously said, “Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself—it is the occurring which is difficult.” He also spoke often—sometimes humorously, sometimes seriously—about readers, showing that he was well aware of their importance and variety. He had his own ideas for how to bring the two parts of the writer-reader dyad together on mutually satisfactory terms.

Voyageur Storytelling’s Talk-and-Tell presentation, Stirring the Occurring, will bring all this to life. Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway will tell stories by and about Stephen Leacock, using his own fables and pronouncements on writing, reading, and literature to evoke lively conversation with the audience. Visit them online for more details.

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