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Arthur Slade -- Book Signing

Friday Nov 28 2014 4:00 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing Northern Frights (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd).

Collected in one volume for the first time, these thrilling, fast-paced contemporary novels inspired by Norse mythology will set pulses racing-and keep pages turning! This book includes Arthur Slade’s books Draugr, The Haunting of Drang Island, and Loki Wolf.

The first volume in Arthur Slade’s Hunchback Assignments series won the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and the second volume, The Dark Deeps, was a finalist for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the CLA Young Adult Book Award. Slade is also the author of Dust, a national bestseller and the winner of the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature. His other books include Tribes, Megiddo’s Shadow, Jolted, Monsterology, Villainology and the Canadian Chills series. He lives in Saskatoon. Visit him online.

Peter Denton -- Book Launch

Friday Nov 28 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Technology and Sustainability (Rocky Mountain Books).

The developed world is increasingly obsessed with two things: electronic gadgets and our changing climate. We stand in open-mouthed awe of our technological achievements while dejectedly shrugging our shoulders at the state of the planet on which we live. Our choice is clear: we need to reimagine the way we engage with the technology we create if we hope to make the world a better place.

Peter Denton’s first RMB manifesto, Gift Ecology: Reimagining a Sustainable World, focused on interpersonal relationships as the foundation for a vibrant and ecologically sustainable society. In his second thought-provoking book in the series, the author challenges readers to think of our devices not merely as better rocks and sharper spears, but as profound extensions of our hearts and minds that we can use to make the world a more livable place through enlightened social media interaction, crowdfunding and other positive online engagements.

Peter Denton is an instructor in ethics and sustainability at Red River College in Winnipeg, Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada and an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. He was also elected one of two regional civil society representatives for North America to the United Nations Environment Programme for 2013–14. Technology and Sustainability is his fifth book. Peter lives in Winnipeg.

Lindsey White (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Nov 28 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Live Music

Groovy Folk-Rock

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MC Joudrey -- Book Signing

Saturday Nov 29 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing Charleswood Road: Stories.

The fiction and prose selections included in Charleswood Road contrast stark reality with fantasy, mortality with transcendence and explore both the mundane and pivotal choices people make in shaping their world.

Each selection challenges one’s assumptions of what is real and what is possible and inspires one to question the role of fate and fortune in one’s own life.

From first kisses to last breaths and everything in between, sentiment is stripped away to reveal both the allure and acrimony of humanity. This varied collection of short stories and poetry pulls focus on our limitations and in spite of these limitations, our willingness to see each day to the end.

M C Joudrey’s second novel, Of Violence and Cliché, released September, 2013. He is also a bookbinder and a number of his pieces are displayed in international galleries. Much of his writing is held in permanent legislative and national government collections. A graphic designer by trade, his cover design hallmarks are fine typography and retro imagery. His work can be seen online.

Dr. Brent Booker -- Diabetes Medication Presentation

Saturday Nov 29 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Ask the Expert: Diabetes Medication Presentation with Pharmacist Dr. Brent Booker on the topic of "Self-management Strategies to Improve Your Diabetes Care: Putting it All Together and Get Back on the Road to Success."

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Type 1 diabetes medications and ask questions to our expert pharmacist. Light refreshments and sick day management kits are provided. Gift bags available to all attendees.

If you have any questions or are interested in registering for this presentation please contact Dorothy Ross, Regional Manager (JDRF): dross@jdrf.ca | 204-953-4478.

This presentation co-sponsored by JDRF: Improving Lives. Curing Type 1 Diabetes, One Touch Verio IQ, and Lifescan (a Johnson & Johnson company).

Deborah L. Delaronde-Falk -- Book Launch

Saturday Nov 29 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Emma’s Gift (Kegedonce Press).

Emma wants to participate in her community’s annual ‘King’s Day’ celebration that is held every year on January 6th. She loves to see the gifts that are given and hear the stories people tell when they visit. When Emma’s grandmother hurts her ankle, Emma reluctantly agrees to help. In helping her grandmother prepare and serve her King’s Day meal, Emma discovers the meaning behind this special day. Emma learns that King’s Day is not only about exchanging gifts, it’s also about helping family and friends by giving your time.

Deborah L. Delaronde-Falk lives on a cattle ranch along the western shores of Lake Winnipegosis, Manitoba. Deborah is a Métis author and retired children’s librarian who grew up in the community of Duck Bay. Many of Deborah’s stories are historical in setting and focus on the life of the Métis people in early Canadian history. Emma’s Gift is Deborah’s ninth book.

Chloé Plamondon & Brian Zimmerman (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Nov 29 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Live Music

Classical/Jazz

Catherine Macdonald -- Book Launch

Sunday Nov 30 2014 1:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Put on the Armour of Light (Dundurn Press) featuring a conversation with Terry MacLeod of CBC Radio One 89.3 FM / 990 AM's Weekend Morning Show.

In June 1899, the Reverend Charles Lauchlan’s industrious life as a young Presbyterian minister is knocked off the rails when he learns that his former university roommate has been arrested on murder charges.

The chief of police says it’s an open-and-shut case, but Sergeant Setter — labelled as a misfit by his fellow officers — disagrees. Lauchlan and Setter become uneasy allies in a search that takes them from the sleaziest bars to the most sumptuous drawing rooms of turn-of-the-century Winnipeg. On the way, Lauchlan uses his pastoral skills in ways never anticipated in the seminary. As time runs out he must risk everything, even his heart, in order to find the real killer.

Catherine Macdonald worked as an archivist and completed an M.A. in western Canadian history, then opened a consulting business to market her historical skills. She built a career on painstaking research and excellent writing that garnered awards. And then one morning she woke up with an idea for a mystery. She lives in Winnipeg.

An Afternoon with Theo Fleury

Sunday Nov 30 2014 3:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing Conversations with a Rattlesnake: Raw and Honest Reflections on Healing & Trauma (Influence Publishing).

Former NHL player Theo Fleury and world-renowned therapist Kim Barthel present a raw and honest conversation - loaded with personal insights and cutting-edge information - about healing from trauma and abuse. Fleury’s life experiences and Barthel’s informed interpretation combine to provide a unique and compassionate perspective on the healing process.

Olympic and Stanley Cup champion Theo Fleury is passionate about sharing his journey of healing from childhood trauma. Kim Barthel, highly sought-after occupational therapist and teacher on self-awareness and relationships, has joined forces with Fleury to help stop cycles of trauma and empower impactful healing.

Jim Silver -- Book Launch

Monday Dec 01 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of About Canada: Poverty (Fernwood Publishing).

For a country as wealthy as Canada, poverty is utterly unnecessary. In About Canada: Poverty, Jim Silver illustrates that poverty is about more than a shortage of money: it is complex and multifaceted and can profoundly damage the human spirit. At the centre of this analysis are Canada’s neoliberal economic policies, which have created conditions that make a growing number of people vulnerable to low income, vanishing public services and poor physical health.

Jim Silver is a professor and chair of the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies at the University of Winnipeg. His research interests are in inner-city, poverty-related, and community development issues. His most recent book is Moving Forward, Giving Back: Transformative Aboriginal Adult Education. Jim is a member of the Manitoba Research Alliance and the leader of the Housing and Neighbourhood Revitalization stream of its SSHRC Partnership project, “Partnering for Change: Community-Based Solutions for Aboriginal and Inner-City Poverty.”

Andrew Woolford -- Book Launch

Tuesday Dec 02 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America (Duke University Press) featuring contributors Theodore (Ted) Fontaine and Jeremy Patzer.

This collection of essays expands the geographic, demographic, and analytic scope of the term genocide to encompass the effects of colonialism and settler colonialism in North America. Contributors examine some of the most egregious assaults on Indigenous peoples and the natural environment, including massacres, land appropriation, the spread of disease, the near-extinction of the buffalo, and forced political restructuring of Indigenous communities. Assessing the record of these appalling events, the contributors maintain that North Americans must reckon with colonial and settler colonial attempts to annihilate Indigenous peoples.

Co-editor Andrew Woolford is professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Manitoba. His forthcoming book titled ‘This Benevolent Experiment’: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide and Redress in the United States and Canada will be co-published by University of Nebraska Press and University of Manitoba Press in 2015. Among other works, he is co-author of Informal Reckonings: Conflict Resolution in Mediation, Restorative Justice and Reparations and co-editor of the forthcoming The Idea of a Human Rights Museum.

Contributor Theodore (Ted) Fontaine is a member of the Sagkeeng Anishinaabe First Nation in Canada and the author of a national best-seller, Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools, a Memoir. He is a regular speaker and media commentator on Indian residential schools. He’s been called a survivor but sees himself more as a victor.

Contributor Jeremy Patzer (Métis) is a PhD candidate in sociology at Carleton University. His research interests lie in examining the contemporary practices of justice meant to resolve outstanding issues of the past that hold an enormous (yet sometimes unspoken) moral purchase on the legitimacy of the contemporary political landscape. He has recently taken up a research study opportunity with the Department of Sociology and the Atrocity, Suffering, and Human Rights Research Group at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Dec 03 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.

An Evening with Conrad Black

Wednesday Dec 03 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Discussing Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada from Vikings to the Present (McClelland & Stewart).

From the acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black comes a major new reexamination of the history of Canada—a revealing, groundbreaking account of the people and events that shaped a nation. Beginning from Canada's first inhabitants and the early explorers, Rise to Greatness challenges our perception of our history and Canada's role in the world.

Conrad Black is the author of widely acclaimed biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon. He was for many years the head of the Argus, Hollinger, and Telegraph Newspaper groups. Black is a financier, and a columnist in the National Post, which he founded, and the National Review Online and Huffington Post. Black served three years in US federal prisons tutoring fellow prisoners for their secondary school matriculations, although all charges against him were eventually abandoned, rejected by jurors, or vacated by the US Supreme Court, and he won the largest libel settlement in Canadian history from his original accusers. He has been a member of the British House of Lords since 2001. He lives in Toronto. The author lives in Toronto.

Songwriters' Open Mic

Wednesday Dec 03 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.

Randy Turner -- Book Launch

Thursday Dec 04 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of City Beautiful (Winnipeg Free Press)

The Winnipeg Free Press series City Beautiful – an exploration of Winnipeg’s rich history of brick, stone, pride and progress – is now a book. Award-winning author Randy Turner interviewed architects, historians and authors to tell the story of Winnipeg through its buildings – some still standing, some not – over the last century; from the wild expectations of the early 1900s, through the search for identity of the 1960s, to day, where many believe the city is going through an architectural renaissance.

Randy Turner is a National Newspaper Award-winning writer. He was born and raised in Manitoba and has covered sports and features for the Winnipeg Free Press for twenty-eight years. He was the author of the bestselling books Back in the Bigs: How Winnipeg won, lost and regained its place in the NHL and The First Season: Winnipeg Jets 2011-2012 Inaugural Season.

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