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Caelum Vatnsdal -- Book Launch

Thursday Oct 30 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of They Came from Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema (Revised and Updated Edition) (ARP).

No horror film is truly mainstream, David Cronenberg has said, and it is for this reason that even the lowliest of them may be worth consideration. In this tenth anniversary revised and updated edition of They Came From Within, Caelum Vatnsdal adjusts the focus in Canadian horror films, and unwinds the history of this neglected genre to learn “why we fear what we fear and how it came to be that way.” Engagingly written, extensively researched, and lavishly illustrated with rare stills and poster art, They Came From Within is an invaluable addition of Canadian film criticism.

Caelum Vatnsdal was born and bred in that legendary hotbed of sub-polar culture, Winnipeg. Movies were an obsession from an early age. He went to the University of Manitoba, followed by an apprenticeship of sorts on Guy Maddin’s film Careful. Caelum learned about the nuts and bolts of filmmaking by working as a camera assistant in Winnipeg and Toronto, while making his own short films. He formed Mighty Kraken Films to make the feature Black as Hell, Strong as Death, Sweet as Love, and has gone on to make award-winning music videos for The Weakerthans and other Canadian bands. Acting, cinematography, script-writing and book-writing are some of his other pursuits.

Cameron Johnson -- Book Launch

Thursday Oct 30 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Parenthesis in Eternity.

Welcome to the dynamic world of high school and university volleyball. Meet high school coach Rick Blakeman, university coach Elliot Sanderson, and their teams as they begin a new season of competition. How will they come together? What will set them apart? How will they react when times are tough? How will they face an opponent with as much or more skill than them? An enigmatic character simply known as The Professor may have the answers. It starts with feeling the joy of competing and knowing the difference between winning and being a winner.

Cameron Johnson is a teacher and coach at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé in Winnipeg. In addition to coaching at the AAAA high school level, he has coached in both the Manitoba Provincial Team system and at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport level, most recently serving as the interim Head Coach of the University of Manitoba men’s volleyball team. Prior to coaching, he played in the Manitoba Provincial team volleyball system before playing four years with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. In 2008, he completed his Masters of Science with a focus in Sport Psychology. Cameron lives in Winnipeg with his wife Megan and their children Linnae and Calvin.

Barbara Bond -- Book Launch

Thursday Oct 30 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Launch of On Sober Second Thought (Heartland Associates).

Warren English knows the Senate’s reckless spending is a time bomb. But he’s not going to light the fuse. He’s about to lose his job as a senator’s speechwriter. And without a job, how will he persuade the lovely Kate to marry him? When J.C. Cloutier, aide to the government leader in the Senate, enlists him in a sly scheme to cover up the brewing scandal, he is set to jump in. But before he can have a sober second thought, he is derailed by an event that threatens to blow the lid off the Senate – literally.

Barbara Robson Bond is a former journalist who happened on the Senate and stayed. As a reporter and editorial writer, she wrote for the Winnipeg Free Press, Canadian Press wire service, Maclean’s magazine and more. For fifteen years she was a speech writer and policy adviser to Senator Mira Spivak of Manitoba. On Sober Second Thought is her second novel.

Rachel Kane (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Oct 31 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Michelle Ray -- Book Signing

Saturday Nov 01 2014 11:30 am - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons in Business and Life.

Lead Yourself First! is filled with stories and advice designed to help people everywhere live life to the fullest and take the lead in any business, career or personal challenge. By applying Michelle Ray’s practical, powerful life-changing lessons, it is intended that the reader should discover how to improve the quality of all their choices.

Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Canada, leadership expert and author, Michelle Ray is an award-winning speaker and founder of the Lead Yourself First Institute. She helps people and organizations of every description take the lead and develop the willingness to risk. She has appeared as a guest on numerous news and current affairs programs in North America and has been featured in renowned publications such as The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, BC Business and Inc. Magazine. She is contributor to The Globe and Mail column The Leadership Lab.

Mauro Azzano -- Book Signing

Saturday Nov 01 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing his Ian McBriar murder mysteries The Dead Don't Dream and Death Works at Night (Black Opal Books).

You are a Toronto police detective lying in the gutter, shot by the man you were pursuing.

The Dead Don’t Dream takes readers back to 1973, to the world of Ian McBriar, a homicide detective investigating the brutal attack on two young boys, one of whom is the son of a local Mafia boss.

In the second chapter of the series, Death Works at Night, Ian McBriar is called to a death that seems to have no motive, and a suspect that has no alibi. The deeper he digs, the darker the trail of death becomes.

Set against the backdrop of 1974 Toronto, Ian must also prove his love to the woman he cares about, and her son who sees him as a father.

Mauro Azzano was born in Italy, near Venice, and lived in Australia, Toronto (where the series is set), and Winnipeg, finally settling on the west coast. He has a broad experience to call on as a writer, having worked as a commercial pilot, college instructor, and a number of other unusual occupations.

Bill Martin -- Book Launch

Saturday Nov 01 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Ripped Out: One Man’s Journey Surviving Prostate Cancer (BK Publishing).

A brutally honest description of the author's experience with prostate cancer, Ripped Out reveals the physical and emotional realities of treatment. This work is intended for anyone facing cancer, either personally or with someone they love. It will be especially valuable to men dealing with prostate cancer and to their partners.

Bill Martin began writing poetry about twenty years ago and has been published in The Interlake Arts & Leisure Magazine, The Interlake Enterprise and Voices: The Journal of the Lake Winnipeg Writers Group. Bill and his wife Sharon live in a straw bale house about one hour north of Gimli on the road to Pine Dock in Manitoba, Canada.

Paul Plouffe (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Nov 01 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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**POSTPONED** Sharla Kinsman & Sonia Nadeau -- Book Launch

Sunday Nov 02 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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The launch of My Mother Always Tells Me (Peanut Butter Press) has been postponed to Sunday November 9. For more information, please click here.

An Evening with Rudy Wiebe

Monday Nov 03 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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In conversation with Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Literary editor at the Winnipeg Free Press and signing Come Back: A Novel (Knopf Canada).

This event co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival and presented as part of their collaborative Fall Literary Series with McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Hal Wiens, a retired professor, is mourning the sudden death of his loving wife, Yo. One snowy April morning he sees a tall man in an orange downfill jacket walk past on the sidewalk. The jacket, the posture, the head and hair are unmistakable: it’s his beloved oldest son, Gabriel. But it can’t be–Gabriel killed himself 25 years ago. The sighting throws Hal’s inert life into tumult. As he becomes absorbed in his son’s life, lost on a tide of “relentless memory,” Hal’s grief–and guilt–is portrayed with a stunning immediacy, drawing us into a powerful emotional and spiritual journey.

Rudy Wiebe's novels, stories and essays stand at the forefront of Canadian literature. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has won the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction twice, for The Temptations of Big Bear and for A Discovery of Strangers. He is also the co-author of Stolen Life, which won the Viacom Canada Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize, the Saskatchewan Book Award for Non-Fiction and the Alberta Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. His memoir, Of This Earth, won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and was a national bestseller. The author lives in Edmonton, AB.

Sean Paulson -- Reception & Book Signing

Monday Nov 03 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Celebratory launch of Sean Paulson's debut novel Nova featuring a reception and book signing.

At 1:14 am Central Time, on Friday, August 29th, every single man, woman, and child on Earth, and every single human-made object are transported suddenly and instantaneously to another planet. No one knows what caused the Event. The Earth is forever left behind.

Dylan Thorkelsson is a young man on the brink. Mysterious alien humanoids have walled off and established a prison camp in the teleported remains of downtown Winnipeg. After escaping, Dylan finds himself alone in the ruins of the city, only to meet Elijah Fedorchuk, and embark upon an odyssey through strange vistas of a distant planet to reunite with their families.

Nova is a story of hope, courage, love and hate, cruelty and compassion, wonder, terror - and madness - in a post-apocalyptic world. Within its pages we will see Humanity forever transformed, and the nature of space and time revealed. Who will take a peek?

Sean Paulson lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Nova is his first novel.

Louise E. Love -- Book Launch

Tuesday Nov 04 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of As I See It: A Collection of Poems.

This book is a collection of short poems that reflects Louise’s interest in people and families in particular. They are also a result of her love of writing, reading, quilting, hiking and cottage life.

She began writing after her retirement more than a decade ago when she took a Creative Writing Class at her local senior centre. Although she had majored in English at university this was her first attempt at writing stories and poetry. Louise was later asked to join The Live Poet’s Society which has been a great source of inspiration and encouragement to her.

Born in Saskatchewan she has made her home in Manitoba where she lives with her husband of 46 years.

Her work has appeared in the Prairie Messenger, The Country Register (both US and Canada) and Lake of the Woods Area News.

Heather Peat Hamm -- Book Launch

Tuesday Nov 04 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Blue Grama (Wild Sage Press) featuring a reading and musical performance from author/illustrator/composer Heather Peat Hamm.

Blue Grama describes the intensity that is prairie life - people, plants and spaces. From conversations with a bush to reflections on the lives of family and friends, this visual treasure is an ode to all things prairie. Equal to the writings (poetry, songs and one prose piece) are Peat Hamm’s botanical illustrations, accompanied by field notes, which portray her delight in details not often seen until you kneel amongst the grasses. Author Trevor Herriot writes, "If you are like me and love prairie, Blue Grama will go right to your heart."

Heather Peat Hamm is a prairie ecologist by training and prairie advocate at heart. Although she has strayed around the world, the prairie - her mission, her muse, her roots - has drawn her back again.

An Evening with John Ralston Saul

Tuesday Nov 04 2014 7:30 pm - Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg

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Tickets are $15.00 and available at McNally Robinson Booksellers in person or by calling 204-475-0483.

Join John Ralston Saul as he considers the story of Canada’s past so that we may better understand its present – and imagine a better future.

Historic moments are always uncomfortable, Saul writes in his impassioned new book, The Comeback (Penguin Random House), calling on all of us to embrace and support the comeback of Aboriginal peoples.

Join John Ralston Saul and his special guests: writers, thinkers and community representatives Leah Gazan and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, for an evening of public conversation as they discuss the necessity of rebuilding relationships central to the creation of Canada. Relationships vital to this country’s continued existence. This event will feature a musical performance from Rebecca Chartrand and is hosted by Michael Champagne.

John Ralston Saul is Canada’s leading public intellectual. Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine and included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries.

A lifelong North Ender, Michael Redhead Champagne is the founder of AYO! Aboriginal Youth Opportunities, a youth movement that has been breaking stereotypes and creating opportunities since 2010. He is a community organizer and public speaker who has traveled across Canada sharing teachings, acronyms and strategies with youth, leaders and educators. One of his most notable accomplishments is “Meet Me At The Bell Tower” an anti-violence rally that happens every Friday on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg. While the subject matter may change one thing that stays consistent is his message – “Programs don’t change people. Relationships change people.” Michael is known for his straight up and heartfelt style that will leave you moved, inspired and ready for action.

Rebecca Chartrand is an award winning teacher, accomplished community development worker, university lecturer, author, musician and ran as a City Council Candidate (Point Douglas) in the 2014 Winnipeg election. In addition to her many accomplishments, she was the Recipient of a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for the traditional/contemporary CD ONJIDA (Sunshine Records).

Leah Gazan is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota Nation, located in Treaty 4 territory in the Province of Saskatchewan. She is currently teaching in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. Leah has been a very active participant in social movements, and is most widely known for her activism in the Indigenous community. Her dedication towards the advancement of community self-sufficiency and self-determination has been the driving force that has guided her career in Winnipeg and with Indigenous nations across Canada.

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories, and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press. As a member of The Kino-nda-niimi Collective he served as one of the lead editors on The Winter We Danced: Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Nov 05 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.

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