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Prairie Garden Committee -- Book Launch

Friday Nov 27 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of The 2016 Prairie Garden: Fruits & Berries.

Edible gardening is currently extremely popular. The 2016 edition of The Prairie Garden will amaze readers with how successful and diverse the current choices for fruit and berry plants are for gardeners on the northern prairies.

Join the Prairie Garden Committee as they celebrate the launch of this latest edition. Bob Bors, who is a world-renowned fruit breeder now with the University of Saskatchewan’s Fruit Program and guest editor of the 2016 Prairie Garden, says “I am in awe contemplating the efforts taken over the years to grow better quality fruit on the prairies. Fruit has been under development for about 100 years in the prairies.”

Micaylee Rodyniuk and Luc Guenette (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Nov 27 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Rosanna Deerchild -- Book Launch

Saturday Nov 28 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Calling Down the Sky (Bookland Press).

This is a poetry collection that describes deep personal experiences and post generational effects of the Canadian Aboriginal Residential School confinements in the 1950’s when thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools against their parents’ wishes. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. The author portrays how the ongoing impact of the residential schools problem has been felt throughout generations and has contributed to social problems that continue to exist today.

Rosanna Deerchild is an award-winning Cree author and broadcaster. Her family is from the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation located near South Indian Lake, Manitoba, but she grew up in Thompson, Manitoba. She has worked for a variety of Indigenous newspapers and major networks for over 15 years, including APTN, CBC Radio and Global. Her debut poetry collection, this is a small northern town, won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie. She is a co-founder and a member of the Indigenous Writers Collective of Manitoba. She currently lives in Winnipeg and works as the host of Unreserved on CBC Radio One.

Tara Gereaux & Kevin Marc Fournier -- Book Launch

Saturday Nov 28 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Size of a Fist (Thistledown Press) by Tara Gereaux featuring special guest reader Kevin Marc Fournier.

Size of a Fist is a dark, gritty novella about growing up in difficult circumstances where abuse and hopelessness are ever-present. The suggestion of violence hovers beneath the surface of every relationship in this harsh tale of self-preservation and personal discovery. Its protagonist, Addy, must navigate her entry into the cruel world of adulthood alone, discovering along the way the sacrifice involved in truly following her heart and taking responsibility for her actions. This thriller exposes the hearts of its teenage dreamers as they attempt to outrun the law and their respective pasts.

Tara Gereaux is a Métis from the Qu’Appelle Valley who spent her childhood years in Fort Qu’Appelle and her teen years in Winnipeg. She studied screenwriting at York University and Creative Writing and UBC and has worked as a researcher, writer, and story editor in film and television. Gereaux’s fiction and creative non-fiction has been published in several Canadian literary magazines, and she won Event Magazine’s 14th Annual Creative Non-fiction Competition as well as several other screenwriting and non-fiction awards. Size of a Fist is her first novel. Gereaux lives in Regina.

Kevin Marc FournierKevin Marc Fournier has twice won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young Readers Award. When not reading, writing, paragliding, cliff diving, hunting war criminals, modeling designer underwear, or building a replica of the Paris Opera House out of tongue depressors and re-purposed pez dispensers, he enjoys telling preposterous lies.

Doug Edmond (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Nov 28 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Doug Edmond, singer, songwriter, pianist and flutist is an independent jazz roots/alternative artist. Doug performs solo or with his trio or five piece band in many local and festival venues across the province and north west Ontario. His previous two CDs and over 25 live performances per year over the past 7 years reflect diverse musical influences and styles. He has performed at the past five TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival paying tribute to Tom Waits in 2012.

Skipping Stones is his third album produced by juno award winner Mitch Dorge of Crash Test Dummies fame. The new tunes reflect Doug’s personal experiences over past number of years and demonstrate continued growth in songwriting style and deeper understanding of the relationship between artist and his audience. Doug’s lyrics and singing talent continues to draw in his audience be it a small intimate lounge or a large outdoor festival stage.

Visit Doug at his website.

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Bruce Tascona & Dale Watts -- Book Launch

Sunday Nov 29 2015 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of United in Effort: Manitoba Combat Service Support History--1870 to 2015.

This is the first publication to undertake a study of the integral role of logistics and training support in military operations with a specific focus on Manitoba service support units domestically and overseas.

Part 1 traces the evolution of rudimentary to sophisticated logistics operations including the critical role of Camp Hughes, Manitoba is training 60,000 soldiers for overseas service during WW I. Part 2 chronicles the Winnipeg Service Battalion from its formation in 1965 to the present day including its community support during civil emergencies and major events, individual soldier support for peacekeeping operations around the world and participation in the conflict in Afghanistan.

Often under-valued, under-recognized and under-appreciated, these support units have delivered when needed...exemplars of the logistics motto “Service Second to None” and always “United in Effort.”

Bruce Tascona is the author of several military publications, President of the Military History Society of Manitoba and owner of the Manitoba WW I Museum in Pilot Mound.

Dale Watts is a former army reservist and Commanding Officer of 17 Winnipeg Service Battalion as well as the current Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 38 Service Battalion.

Peter Hart & David Zinger -- Book Launch

Monday Nov 30 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of People Artists: Drawing Out the Best in Others at Work.

David Zinger, from Winnipeg, is a global employee engagement expert, engagement educator, and founder of the 6800 member Employee Engagement Network.

Peter W. Hart, from Montreal, is the CEO of Rideau Recognition Solutions, an artist with a gallery in Old Montreal, and ground zero as the first person identified as being a People Artist.

Together they joined forces to create People Artists: Drawing Out the Best in Others at Work. This visually impressive 50-page book gives you the tools to make a difference with people both inside and outside of work.

Thirty-nine People Artists, including four from Winnipeg, share their perspectives and stories as you learn how to use your heart, ears, eyes, lips, and hands to draw out the best in others.

This hard cover book is full of images and insights intended to help the reader become a powerful People Artist able to draw out the best in others.

Kathryn McKenzie -- Book Launch

Monday Nov 30 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Throw Your Scale Away! Reclaiming the True Meaning of Health and Fitness.

Is it time to re-examine your perception of health and fitness? Throw Your Scale Away! Reclaiming the True Meaning of Health and Fitness contains thought-provoking and humorous stories to highlight how measurements and expectations can affect your feelings and behaviours with regards to healthy living. This book is designed to help the reader discover refreshing insights, practical ideas, and sustainable solutions to help them focus on what is really important for true health and happiness.

Kathryn McKenzie is a health & fitness expert and keynote speaker who owns Surefire Fitness. A multi-sport athlete, she earned her Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of British Columbia. She helps people become healthier by challenging their current thoughts and expectations and by encouraging them to eat well, keep moving, and have more fun. Visit her online.

Dr. John Kos -- Book Launch

Tuesday Dec 01 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Superstar Nutrients: The Stories You May Not Have Been Told: Keys to Youthfulness, Energy, and Well-Being.

Dr. John Kos is passionate about nutritional excellence and physical fitness. During 50 years of clinical practice, he has gained first-hand knowledge of how nutritional choices critically impact health outcomes. He lectured at professional conventions across the U.S. and Canada. John also provided the public with preventive health strategies on radio talk shows for 10 years.

John’s credits include being an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sport Sciences; being a delegate to the International Congress of Physical Activity Sciences, in conjunction with the Olympics; and being appointed by the Manitoba Cabinet to the Advisory Council on Fitness and Amateur Sport. Dr. Kos was profiled in Who’s Who in Chiropractic International.

His book Superstar Nutrients is full of nutritional gems with easy-to-follow protocols regarding vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and foods which he considers amazing keys to energy, wellness, and youthfulness. References contain cutting-edge scientific studies.

Lovern Kindzierski & GMB Chomichuk -- Graphic Novel Launch

Tuesday Dec 01 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Underworld (Renegade Arts Entertainment).

Homer’s Odyssey filtered through the streets of Winnipeg.

Loosely based on Homer’s classic story, The Odyssey, this graphic novel follows Hector as he tries to regain his sanity whilst navigating his way through the criminal underworld on the streets of Winnipeg. As he puts the pieces of his life back together, Hector rediscovers his wife and children, forgotten through his madness. Hector battles to save himself so he can make amends with his family, the chance of redemption tantalizing amongst the inner war in his mind and the physical danger he finds himself part of now too.

Lovern Kindzierski: Allegorical and fantastical visions brought to gritty life through visual art and literature; award winning writer and artist, continually pushes boundaries; from his founding of studio Digital Chameleon – to his launching of multitudes of projects through publishers such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Renegade Arts Entertainment.

Gregory Chomichuk: award-winning writer and illustrator. His work has appeared in film, television, books, comics and graphic novels. He writes and/or illustrates occult suspense stories like The Imagination Manifesto, Midnight City and Underworld, science fiction works like Raygun Gothic and Infinitum, or inspirational all-ages adventure stories like Cassie and Tonk.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Dec 02 2015 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.

Judy Cook & Sonia Nadeau -- Book Launch

Wednesday Dec 02 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of When Dinosaurs Go Dancing.

Join Manitoba author/artist Judy Cook as she launches her first book, When Dinosaurs Go Dancing. Together with illustrator Sonia Nadeau, Cook’s new children’s book is designed to delight three to eight year old paleontologists.

“Dinosaurs waltz, tango, and shuffle. Instead of running from predators or migrating across lands, they time-step, double pirouette, and bunny hop.” - Kirkus Review.

“The concept of these awesome creatures doing a waltz or a tango is simply delightful. Equally delightful illustrations makes this a must-have book for your children’s library.” - Fred Penner

Judy Cook is a dance graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario and makes her home in Winnipeg. She has been actively educating children through the arts for over thirty years. Following a career as a professional dancer, she currently conducts workshops in schools through the Manitoba Artists in the Schools program as well as Artspeak, an innovative arts program for youth that integrates visual art, storytelling, writing, music, mime and dance. It is the author’s vision that this will be the first book in a series called Listen to the Bones.

Roger Groening -- Book Launch

Wednesday Dec 02 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Knuckleball.

What if you could throw the perfect knuckleball? Would you be happy?

This is one of Leonard’s goals as he grows up in the fictional town of Shannon Creek. It is the 1960s. Leonard dreams of the big leagues. he is very fond of Patsy Giesbrecht. He ponders salvation. He worries about failure. He tries to follow the complex rules of both baseball and life. His impetuosity and stubbornness lead to minor misfortune. Misfortune occasionally has a silver lining.

Roger Groening, in his first collection, gives us the peculiar world of Shannon Creek, where winning first place at the country fair flower competition is cause for muted pride, and throwing the perfect knuckleball is a moment replete with grace.

When he isn’t writing, Roger Groening enjoys hiking the native plant trails at his homestead farm-cottage, emerging only occasionally to mine the human drama from sports history, or compose a song. In 2013 he released an album entitled Baseball Tonight, performed with the Groening Family Band. He anticipates that writing will cost more than it earns, and has decided to keep his day job as an educational counselor. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Ruth, coping as best he can with long winters and an idiosyncratic cat named Monty. He has three children, all of whom are fully engaged in their own human drama.

Orysia Tracz -- Book Launch

Thursday Dec 03 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of First Star I See Tonight: Ukrainian Christmas Traditions.

Why do Ukrainians celebrate Christmas without Santa Claus? When do they get their gifts? Why is Ukrainian Christmas celebrated in January? Why do they eat twelve separate meatless and non-dairy foods on Christmas Eve? Why is there an empty place setting and chair at the table even if there are many people? Why do they go around singing in people’s homes in the depths of winter? What is a Malanka? What’s with all the different things celebrated in such a different way? What does all this mean?

First Star I See Tonight is the first in-depth English-language book on Ukrainian Christmas traditions. Orysia Tracz is a writer, researcher, translator, and speaker on things Ukrainian, especially culture, and has had a life-long interest in Ukrainian rituals and traditions. In this book she explains Ukrainian Christmas origins, their symbolism, and their continuation in Ukraine and around the world, especially in Canada and the USA.

The author has wondered about all this since childhood, and has finally put all of it together (at least most of it). With the strong Ukrainian-heritage population in North America, and the interest shown in Ukrainian traditions whenever Ukrainian Christmas is mentioned in the media, this book will fill a large part of the need for this comprehensive information.

Dr. Hamid Naficy -- Special Presentation

Thursday Dec 03 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Presenting Media Diplomacy Between Iran and the West: War by Other Means. Sponsored by the Stephen A Jarislowsky Chair in the History of the Modern Middle East & North Africa.

In the last thirty plus years, normal diplomatic relations between Iran and the West, particularly the United States, have been curtailed. As a result, much of the diplomacy between the two countries has been conducted either in the deepest secrecy or in plain sight via the media. In this talk, illustrated with video clips, Dr Hamid Naficy explores the diplomatic media dance in film and electronic media between the Iranian and American governments, the American media, Iranians at home, and Iranians abroad.

Professor Naficy is al-Thani Professor of Communication at Northwestern University, and an internationally renowned authority on Iranian, Middle Eastern and postcolonial cinema, as well as the cultural studies of diaspora and exile. He has won numerous awards for his writing, including nearly a dozen books. In addition, he has participated in major international film festivals, curated film series, and initiated the annual Iranian film festivals in Los Angeles in 1990 and in Houston in 1992.

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