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Rabbi Jeffrey Gale -- Book Launch

Sunday Aug 28 2016 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of The Ballad of East and West.

Rabbi Jeffrey Gale was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated Cum Laude from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1975 and later attended the seminary, Leo Baeck College in London, England. He was ordained in 1980. Rabbi Gale is currently the spiritual leader of Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation in New York City.

His debut novel, The Ballad of East and West, is a heavily autobiographical account of his work with Soviet Jewry in the 1980s. Jewish practice was rigorously suppressed in the former Soviet Union and the celebration of a traditional Bar or Bat Mitzvah was impossible. The book focuses on the twinning of a Bat Mitzvah student from Rabbi Levin’s London congregation, Simone Da Costa, with a Jewish girl, Sanna Tsivkin, from Leningrad and the riveting chain of events that lead to their joint entry into womanhood.

Joanne Kelly Book Club

Tuesday Aug 30 2016 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 2016 is Eli Gottlieb's Best Boy (Touchstone), “an intimate and convincing portrayal of what the world looks like from inside the mind of a mentally handicapped but unusually sensitive, observant, and decent man.” (Alison Lurie)

Get in touch with Joanne through e-mail at jmkelly (at) rrc.ca or with John at McNally Robinson at events (at) grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca or by calling 204-453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Aug 31 2016 10:00 am - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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For kids aged 3-5. Drop in and join our storyteller Liza for stories, rhymes, and fun.

An Evening with Jean Marc Ah-Sen

Wednesday Aug 31 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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In conversation with Dr. Jenny Heijun Wills and signing Grand Menteur (BookThug). Co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

The secret world of Mauritian street gangs is not for the faint of heart. Fraught with peril and mischief, its inner workings are a mystery to the daughter of one of its most valued members: Serge, the Grand Menteur. A liar of exceptional caliber whose sole responsibility is to purposefully confuse police, Serge fears for the criminal future he has unwittingly introduced into his daughter’s life, when her clear knack for violence attracts the notice of senior gang members.

In Grand Menteur by Jean Marc Ah-Sen, Mauritian Kreol, English, and French blend together to reflect the island-nation’s convoluted history of colonialism, shedding light on the poverty and hardship of a shadow class of immigrants from the 1940s-’80s.

Jean Marc Ah-Sen lives in Toronto with his wife and son. Grand Menteur is his first novel and it was chosen as a Top 100 Book of 2015 by The Globe and Mail.

Jenny WillsHost Dr. Jenny Heijun Wills is associate professor of English at the University of Winnipeg. Her teaching and research focuses on Asian/American and African American literary and cultural texts.

Sheila Grover & Gregory Thomas -- Book Launch

Thursday Sep 01 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of The Forks: A Meeting Place Transformed (Winnipeg Architecture Foundation).

Learn about the early history of The Forks, the fur trade and railway eras and the transformation from an industrial site into Winnipeg’s showcase destination.

The Forks: A Meeting Place Transformed includes a self-guided tour of the historic and contemporary buildings and landscapes at The Forks, many of which are designed by Winnipeg’s most prominent building and landscape architects.

Winnipeg historians Sheila Grover and Greg Thomas are also the authors of 100 Summers on Lake Winnipeg: A Resort History of Victoria Beach.

Karen Hammarstrand (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Sep 02 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Sarah-Lynne Otsuji (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Sep 03 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Jazz

A smooth, singular and sensual delivery make this Jazz performer a pleasure to the senses. Experienced in everything from experimental to choir music, she's a vocalist who draws on a deep musical vocabulary and presents it fluently...undemanding. Her "servant to inspiration" attitude always makes for a fresh rendition.

David Bergen -- Book Launch

Tuesday Sep 06 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Stranger (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd) featuring a conversation hosted by Joan Thomas.

Íso, a young Guatemalan woman, works at a fertility clinic at Ixchel, in the highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas. She tends to the rich northern women who visit the clinic hoping that the waters of the nearby lake might increase their chances of conception. Her tryst with resident American doctor Eric Mann does not last. He is gone before before Íso can tell him that she is pregnant.

After the birth of her daughter, the baby is taken from her. Determined to reclaim her stolen daughter, Íso makes her way north through Mexico, eventually crossing illegally into a United States divided into military zones. Travelling without documentation, and with little money, Íso descends into a world full of danger.

David Bergen is an award-winning author of eight previous novels and a collection of short stories. In 2005, Bergen won the Giller Prize for The Time in Between. His sixth novel, The Matter with Morris, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2010, won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The Age of Hope was a #1 bestseller and a finalist for Canada Reads 2013. His latest novel is the acclaimed Leaving Tomorrow. Bergen lives with his family in Winnipeg.

Joan ThomasHost Joan Thomas is the author of three novels, the most recent of which, The Opening Sky (McClelland & Stewart), was a finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for fiction and the recipient of the 2015 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. In 2014 she was awarded the Writers Trust Engel/Findley Award for a mid-career writer, in recognition of a remarkable body of work. Thomas lives in Winnipeg.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Sep 07 2016 10:00 am - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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For kids aged 3-5. Drop in and join our storyteller Liza for stories, rhymes, and fun.

Carmelo Militano with George Amabile -- Book Launch

Wednesday Sep 07 2016 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Militano's The Stone Mason's Notebook (Ekstasis Editions) featuring special guest reader George Amabile.

The Stone Mason’s Notebook is both a continuation and an expansion of Militano’s poetic awareness and voice. It is a restless voice that seeks to reveal, celebrate, and capture a complex consciousness rooted in personal history, Winnipeg, Calabria, classical myth and the flux and power of art, ‘its inarticulate purity.’ He is a poet who finds points on the spirit’s compass whether it be the erotic, loss, irreverence, or the quotidian; it is all here.

Carmelo Militano is a Winnipeg poet and novelist. He was born in the village of Cosoleto, Province Reggio di Calabria and immigrated to Canada with his parents at an early age. He is the winner of the 2004 F.G. Bressani award for poetry for Ariadne’s Thread. His novel Sebastiano’s Vine was short-listed for the Margaret Laurence fiction prize, 2014. Militano hosts a weekly poetry show – The P.I. New Poetry Show – where he interviews poets from across Canada.

George AmabileGuest reader George Amabile has published ten books and had work appear in over a hundred national and international venues. He has won awards in the CAA National Prize, the CBC Literary Competition, the Petra Kenney International Competition and the MAC national poetry contest, and the National Magazine Awards. His latest poetry collection, Martial Music (Signature Editions) was published in April 2016. Other recent publications include a long poem, Dancing, with Mirrors and Small Change, both of which won Bressani Awards. Amabile lives in Winnipeg.

Sharron Arksey -- Book Launch

Thursday Sep 08 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of The Waiting Place (Turnstone Press).

Duty, desire, love, and purpose. Who we want to be and whom we want in our lives. As Susan prepares for the birth of her first child, she contemplates her role as a mother, wife, and partner on the family farm through the lives of the women closest to her. In a world of wanting and waiting, is fulfillment always beyond reach?

Born and raised in Langruth, Manitoba, Sharron Arksey studied journalism at Ryerson University. After several years as a reporter/photographer in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Sharron returned to Langruth to marry her high school sweetheart, raise Simmental cattle, and two children. For 25 years, she wrote a weekly column about life in rural Manitoba, “Rural Routes”.

Geez magazine -- Issue Launch

Friday Sep 09 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Geez #43: Collectivity.

Pop culture loves the hero, the over-achieving, all-conquering success story of one individual against all odds.

But in the face of today’s society-wide problems — increasing oil extraction, police brutality, precarious labour, violence against women, racial profiling, dehumanizing technophilia — it feels both natural and necessary to reach out to others for support, to rely on friends and neighbours as a necessity to accomplish change.

Join us as we launch the next issue of Geez magazine where we tackle the topic of collectivity, examining what it means to choose community in a society that prioritizes individuality. Guest speaker and local community advocate Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak will share her thoughts on collective reconciliation.

About Geez magazine: For over 10 years, we have promoted contemplative cultural resistance in quarterly print form. We’ve set up camp in the outback of the spiritual commons. A bustling spot for the over-churched, out-churched, un-churched and maybe even the un-churchable. A location just beyond boring bitterness. A place for wannabe contemplatives, front-line world-changers and restless cranks. A place where the moon shines quiet, instinct runs mythic and belief rides a bike (or at least sits on the couch entertaining the possibility).

Grace Hrabi Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Sep 09 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Adeline Bird -- Book Launch

Saturday Sep 10 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Be Unapologetically You: A Self Love Guide for Women of Color.

Featuring a foreword from Delia Joseph, CPC, CEO and Founder of Improveology Lifestyle Coaching.

This book is about scraping away all the lies and misinformation you have allowed yourself to believe. And when you do that, you find your shiny crown of self-worth and you put it on, bravely, proudly and fiercely. Why? Because self-love has to be fierce. It has to be courageous and it has to be a deliberate act of defiance against anything and everything that makes you think you are unlovable. When you stand up for yourself, you allow others to do the same for themselves. Loving yourself is what you are here to do and it’s your most important work. No one else can do it for you but until you learn to love what and who you are, you cannot share your unique gifts with the world.

Author Adeline Bird is a speaker, activist, workshop facilitator, and host & founder of the podcast and vlog Soul Unexpected.

Bob Watts Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Sep 10 2016 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Jazz

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