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Tony Nesca -- Book Signing

Saturday Aug 23 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing Crazy Legs (Screamin' Skull Press).

Crazy Legs is a collection of poems written in Tony Nesca's incendiary white-light/white-heat stream of urban consciousness. Both lyrical and street-tough, often in the same breath, the words cascade down the page in a free-flow waterfall of ideas and happenings and what Nesca himself calls "word music". A romantic, sexually charged discourse on life, Crazy Legs reads like latter-day Beat Poetry, but edgier and much more alive.

Tony Nesca was born in Torino, Italy and moved to Canada at the age of three. He was raised in Winnipeg but relocated back to Italy several times until finally settling in Winnipeg in 1980. He taught himself how to play guitar and formed an original rock band playing local bars for several years. At the age of twenty-seven he traded his guitar for a Commodore 64 and started writing seriously. He has published six chapbooks of stories and poems (which he used to sell straight out of his knapsack at local dives and bookstores), six novels, three books of poetry and stories and has been an active contributor to the underground lit scene for twelve years, being published in innumerable magazines both online and in print.

June "Pepper" Harris Duo (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Aug 23 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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June "Pepper" Harris is a jazz singer pianist, composer, playwright and storyteller that has toured and performed worldwide She has done extensive work in theatre and is the author of the play Journey to Freedom and the memoir I Used to Be Coloured, But Now I'm Black.

Chunqing Wang -- Book Signing

Sunday Aug 24 2014 11:30 am - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing You May as Well Sing, Brother: Seventy Years of Strange But True Stories of Adventure, Determination, Cruelty, Bravery, Survival and Especially Love from Inside a Chinese Village.

In this book, villagers from a remote part of China document every human foible, folly, virtue and vice, as they describe themselves, their neighbours, and those they have encountered along the way. The narrators describe both personal and historical events, from the final years of the Qing Dynasty to the introduction of market reforms in modern times. Stories told in the first person recount the Japanese invasion, the rise of Communism, and the effects of centralized planning during the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.

Chunqing Wang grew up in China and spent her early years raising chickens and growing watermelons before leaving her village to attend university. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from Beijing University, and worked in the publishing industry for ten years in China. In 2003, she began a new life when she immigrated to Canada. Her new book describes the resilience of the human spirit in the face of in the enormous challenges inherent in a Chinese village life. She currently lives in Calgary with her husband, Chris, where they are both teachers.

Carol Whiteside & Danielle Clement -- Book Signing

Sunday Aug 24 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing The Mystery Storm: Nana's Story (3 Blind Mice Publishing Co.).

The Mystery Storm is a tale of two brave little girls who set off on an unexpected quest to solve the cause of a whirlwind adventure. The children’s book is written by Carol Whiteside and illustrated by Danielle Clement.

Carol Whiteside is clinically blind and deaf, but has a great imagination. She wanted to put down this story into words to preserve it for her granddaughters, Emma and Hannah. She is an amazing woman who has overcome her disabilities by refusing to let it get in the way of accomplishing her dreams.

Danielle Clement is an illustrator from Winnipeg and a very dear friend of Carol’s. Danielle created the characters in the book based off of Carol’s verbal imagery and photos of her granddaughters, Emma and Hannah, who are the main characters in the book. She hopes to continue bringing Carol’s stories to life and preserve them for future generations.

**POSTPONED** Joan Thomas -- Book Launch

Tuesday Aug 26 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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The launch of The Opening Sky (McClelland & Stewart) has been postponed to Tuesday October 7. To view the new event listing, click here.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Aug 26 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Want to talk books with other book lovers - but without the commitment of a regular book club? Joanne Kelly and McNally Robinson Booksellers are pleased to continue their free bookclub open to all readers in Winnipeg.

The choice for August 2014 is Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, A haunting novel set in a nearly abandoned hospital in war-torn Chechnya that is both intimate and ambitious in scope.

Get in touch with Joanne through e-mail at jmkelly (at) or with John at McNally Robinson at events (at) or by calling 453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Aug 27 2014 10:00 am - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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For kids aged 3-5.

Drop in and join our storyteller Megan Larose for stories, rhymes, and fun.

Travel CUTS -- Travel Presentation

Wednesday Aug 27 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Galapagos Islands Travel Talk.

Come and join Laura from Travel CUTS as she recounts her journey in the Galapagos Islands. Laura has recently travelled to this destination, and would love to share her experience. The presentation will highlight Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands, how to get there, tour options, wildlife to see, what to do, photos, and more.

RSVP to Travel CUTS by calling 204.269.9530 ext.222. Space is limited, so call now to reserve your free seat.

Mick Manfield -- Gardening Presentation

Wednesday Aug 27 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Gardening Presentation on “Square Foot Gardening Basics.”

This workshop will cover the 10 basic principles of Square Foot Gardening and also show some different square foot garden layouts. It will also feature some different styles of vertical and container gardening and show how you can grow a large amount of food in a small space. Square Foot Gardening is a simple, unique and versatile system that adapts to all levels of experience, physical ability and geographical location. Grow all that you want and need in 20% of the space of a conventional row garden. Save time, water, work and money!

Mick Manfield gardens on a 1 acre lot in Lockport where he grows vegetables in a Square Foot Garden that measures 32 ft x 32ft. In this garden he grows 60 different varieties of vegetables, salads, herbs and fruits. Mick completed his Square Foot Gardening Teacher Certification in October 2011 in Austin, Texas and completed his Master Gardener and Master Composter in 2012. Over the last 2 years Mick has presented Square Foot Gardening techniques at Gardening Saturday, to gardening clubs, small businesses and housing projects. Mick is passionate about teaching this gardening method and showing people how easy it is to grow their own food in a small space.

This is the sixth installment in McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Prairie Garden Committee’s 2014/15 series of Gardening Information Talks, taking place the last Wednesday of each month.

Lyndon Penner -- Speaking & Signing

Thursday Aug 28 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing The Prairie Short Season Yard: Quick and Beautiful on the Canadian Prairies (Brush Education Inc.).

Creating and maintaining the perfect yard on the prairies isn’t as hard as you might think, but the short growing season doesn’t give you much time to transform your winter-weary yard into a glorious garden. To help Western Canadian homeowners get the jump on the short season, popular gardening expert Lyndon Penner has created the essential guide to a quick and beautiful yard on the Canadian prairies. With gardening smarts, style and wit, Lyndon covers everything both novice and expert gardeners need to know, along with tips you won’t find anywhere else. The Prairie Short Season Yard is packed full of more than 200 beautiful, colour photos.

Lyndon Penner, gardening rock star, has been getting dirt under his fingernails since the age of three. He’s never forgotten the thrill of growing his first flowers from seed. A landscape designer and horticultural consultant, Lyndon is a gardening columnist on CBC Radio in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He appears frequently as a guest speaker at universities and colleges in Western Canada. Lyndon lives in Calgary.

Brian Chipney/Tim Cummings Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Aug 29 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Glenn Skeldon -- Book Signing

Saturday Aug 30 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing Not Just ANY Green Englishman.

This is a story of love lost and found. A story of the irresistible pull of the land. A story of survival. A story of adventure and hardship, laughter and tears, heartache and hope—a hope that survived despite overwhelming circumstances, a hope that pressed on when lesser men walked away. It is the true story of one man’s epic struggle from the streets of 19th century England to the unforgiving prairies of Saskatchewan.

Not Just ANY Green Englishman is 454 pages with 200 photos and reads like a novel. It contains copious amounts of humour, generous helpings of adventure, small doses of tragedy, a delightful tease of romance and even a smattering of scandal.

Glenn Skeldon was born and raised in Saskatoon and as a boy and young man, enjoyed weekly visits with his grandfather, Fred Skeldon, the subject of this book. Although Glenn has always loved creative writing, this is his first book. On the back burner is a book about his childhood with the working title, Adventures Of The Ex-Lax Kid—And Other Moving Stories. Glenn and his wife, Deborah reside in Saskatoon. They have two adult children whose personalities continue to bless them with comedy. Glenn and Deb also enjoy three hilarious and wonderful grandchildren.

Leo Gosselin (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Aug 30 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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An eclectic mix of "Chapman Stick" solos

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Songwriters' Open Mic

Monday Sep 01 2014 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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A Monthly Showcase Celebrating Singer Songwriters.

Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery continues their monthly evenings showcasing singer songwriters. We welcome local talent to the stage to share their original music and experience the spotlight in a friendly receptive environment. Hosted by Karen Nielsen, registration begins at 8:00 pm with 11 musicians selected by lottery. The first act opens at 8:30 pm and the evening will run until 11:00 pm. Each musician will have 10 minutes on stage.

Solo performances preferred although there is no objection to a backup musician or duo. Please do not bring the band. We are only interested in original acoustic music. We provide the sound system and mic. Bring your own guitar, keyboard, harmonica or hand drum. All ages and music welcome.

For more information call Karen at Prairie Ink Restaurant - 204-975-2659.

All-About Travel -- Travel Presentation

Tuesday Sep 02 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Join All-About Travel for a special presentation with their Collette Representative Ashley Van Elslander who will speak about the four group departures All-About Travel is offering for 2015 and 2016.

Attendees will learn about these exotic destinations and itineraries so as to be enticed to travel to one or more of these four corners of the world. Take cooking classes in Tuscany, see the blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos & experience the grandeur of Machu Picchu, tour the wonders of the South Pacific or be awed by the inspiring landscapes in Iceland.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” - Saint Augustine.

Space at this presentation is limited: please RSVP to or call 204-736-4000 to RSVP.

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