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Spring Literary Series


McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg has teamed up with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival for a very special Spring Literary Series. Over these events spanning March through June we'll be exploring poetry, literature, children's fiction, and the art of memoir. See below for the featured author events.


Helen Humphreys, Friday March 10, 7:00 pm
A special offsite event at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church at which Humphreys will talk about the process of writing her book  The River (ECW Press) as part of Artfest. The presentation will be followed by a short reading and conversation hosted by Charlene Diehl, Director of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.

Jon Paul Fiorentino, Friday March 10, 7:30 pm

Jon Paul Fiorentino’s latest collection documents the daily din and clatter of cafes, galleries, and dive bars that make up the Montreal community of Mile End, one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in the world. While addressing the disconnect between the way we treat each other online and the way we treat each other in real life, Leaving Mile End (Anvil Press) provides a new framework for understanding what it means to be home. He'll be discussing the collection with Bruce Symaka this evening.

A celebration of Robert Kroetsch's legacy, Tuesday April 4, 7:00 pm

Join us as editor Nicole Markotić launches the new collection of essays Robert Kroetsch: Essays on His Works (Guernica Editions). The night will feature a conversation on Kroetsch’s work and legacy with Dennis Cooley (author of The Home Place: Essays on Robert Kroetsch) hosted by Charlene Diehl.

 Bev Sellars, Wednesday April 5, 7:30 pm

Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival (Talonbooks) untangles truth from some of the myths about First Nations and addresses misconceptions still widely believed today. It's the second book from award-winning author Bev Sellars (They Called Me Number One) and based on a popular presentation Sellars often told to treaty-makers, politicians, policymakers, and educators. This event hosted by Rosanna Deerchild and co-presented by CBC Radio's Unreserved.

Emma Donoghue, Saturday April 8, 7:00 pm

Internationally bestselling author Emma Donoghue’s (Room, The Wonder, Frog Music) first children’s book, The Lotterys Plus One (HarperCollins Canada) follows the domestic adventures of a large, rumbustious, multicultural family. She'll be in Winnipeg to discuss the book with Winnipeg International Writers Festival Director Charlene Diehl.

Sharon Butala, Tuesday April 11, 7:00 pm

Often called one of this country’s true visionaries, Sharon Butala shares her insights into the grieving process in her new memoir Where I Live Now: A Journey through Love and Loss to Healing and Hope (Simon & Schuster) and reveals the small triumphs and funny moments that kept her going. She'll be discussing her new book with host Maurice Mierau this evening.

Karen Connelly, Wednesday April 19, 7:30 pm

Happily married, great career, mother of two. What more could a woman possibly want? Enter The Change Room (Random House Canada), by award-winning writer Karen Connelly, and find out. She'll be discussing her book with host Joanne Kelly this evening.

Mary Walsh, Sunday April 30, 2:00 pm

In this funny and poignant debut novel Crying for the Moon (HarperCollins Canada), actress, comedian and social activist Mary Walsh has created the unforgettable Maureen Brennan, a young woman coming of age in late 1960s St. John’s, Newfoundland. She'll discuss the book with host Lara Rae this afternoon.

 Molly Peacock, Wednesday May 10, 7:00 pm

 The Analyst (Biblioasis) is the latest collection from acclaimed poet, essayist and creative nonfiction writer Molly Peacock. Centering on her therapist's decision to become a painter following a stroke, the book-length series of poems describe the state of ambiguous loss and celebrates the restorative process of painting. 

Barbara Gowdy, Wednesday May 17, 7:00 pm

Barbara Gowdy returns with her first book since her bestselling Helpless. In Little Sister (HarperCollins Canada) the author explores the limits of the human mind, the result is an impassioned tale of one woman’s determination to help a woman she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she has always felt responsible.

André Picard, Wednesday June 14, 7:30 pm

André Picard is a health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail and joins us to discuss his new book Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada (Douglas & McIntyre) with host Melissa Martin.