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Glenn Sigurdson -- Book Signing

Sunday Jul 27 2014 12:00 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing Vikings on a Prairie Ocean: The Saga of a Lake, a People, a Family and a Man (Great Plains Publications) from Noon to 2:00 pm, just prior to Prairie Ink Restaurant's A Taste of Iceland buffet.

Well-known mediator and lawyer, Glenn Sigurdson blends personal memoir, family history and Icelandic lore in a unique and wide-ranging autobiography. Vikings on a Prairie Ocean brings to life the people and places of Lake Winnipeg since the arrival of the Icelandic settlers to its shores in 1875 through the engaging lens of a family legacy of fishing on those waters. The perils of summer and winter fishing on an unpredictable and unforgiving lake are interwoven with accounts of Aboriginal partnerships, colourful characters, and a proud, resilient family.

A native of Riverton Manitoba, Glenn Sigurdson’s background includes experience as a mediator, lawyer, facilitator and negotiator. He is an adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and is the co-author of Building Consensus for a Sustainable Future: Putting Priniciples into Practice. He lives in British Columbia.

A Taste of Iceland

Sunday Jul 27 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Velkomin (Welcome) to “A Taste of Iceland”.

Chef Karen Nielsen pays homage to her Gimli heritage with a smorgasbord of modern gourmet Icelandic cuisine with an Icelandic buffet from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Enjoy dishes both savory and sweet from Iceland’s latest cookbooks of modern cuisine as well as Chef’s traditional family heritage recipes. Celebrate the Viking in you!

Contact Prairie Ink Restaurant for details and reservations at 204-975-2659.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Jul 30 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 Ana Speranza for stories, rhymes, and fun.

Ian Wise -- Gardening Presentation

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

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Gardening Presentation on "Insect Pests in the Garden: Strategies to Manage Them".

Please note that the presentation on "Square Foot Gardening Basics" by Mick Manfield has been postponed to August. More information can be found here.

Presenter Ian Wise was raised on a 5 acre parcel of land in Surrey, BC by parents who loved to garden. He went on to serve as a Research Co-ordinator at Hoechst Canada Inc., who were responsible for the field testing of research chemicals for their potential use as pesticides in western Canada. These included many herbicides and insecticides that were registered and became widely used by farmers throughout the prairies. Wise then went on to work as a Biologist (Entomology) at Cereal Research Centre, AAFC in Winnipeg, studying the wheat midge and, to a lesser extent, the Hessian fly – both serious insect pests of spring wheat. He worked with a great group of entomologists and crop breeders, who not only discovered the only known source of resistance to the wheat midge , but also developed superior wheat varieties with resistance to this insect.

Since Wise’s retirement, he has been working with the City of Winnipeg, and, with the assistance of a grant from Manitoba Hydro, to convert a 35 acre baseball complex into an urban forest/baseball park for the enjoyment of future neighbours in a rapidly growing area of the city.

This is the fifth 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.

Brecken Hancock -- Reading & Signing

Thursday Jul 31 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Reading & Signing Broom Broom (Coach House Books) with local guest poets Alison Calder, Ariel Gordon, and Luann Hiebert.

Nothing slips by Brecken Hancock’s deft ear as she seductively plumbs the depths of the evolution of bathing, doppelgängers, the Kraken, and the minutiae of family with all its tragic misgivings. The poems in Broom Broom pervert the rational, safe parts of the world to extoll and absorb the sweep of human history.

Brecken Hancock’s poetry, essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in EVENT, CV2, Grain, The Fiddlehead and Studies in Canadian Literature. She is Reviews Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine and Interviews Editor for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. She lives in Ottawa.

Alison Calder’s first poetry collection, Wolf Tree, won two Manitoba Book Awards and was shortlisted for both the Gerald Lampert Award and the Pat Lowther Award. Her second collection, In the Tiger Park, was just launched here at McNally Robinson this past April. She teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at the University of Manitoba.

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Her second collection of poetry, Stowaways, was launched in spring 2014. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.

A former choral director, Luann Hiebert is an adjunct professor at Providence University College and is currently pursuing her PhD in English Literature at the University of Manitoba. Her work has previously appeared in Rhubarb Magazine and SOCIETY magazine. What Lies Behind is her first collection of poetry. She lives in Steinbach, Manitoba.

Rachel Kane (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Aug 01 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Nadia Douglas (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Aug 02 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Aug 06 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 Ana Speranza for stories, rhymes, and fun.

Amy Lee -- Book Launch

Wednesday Aug 06 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Eat Your Heart Out with Morro and Jasp (Tightrope Books) featuring a conversation with Joff Schmidt of CBC Manitoba.

Inspired by the award-winning show Morro and Jasp: Go Bake Yourself, this comedic, multifaceted, and interactive book involves comics, stories, poetry, illustrations, photographs, pie charts and over 130 recipes. Clown sisters Morro and Jasp take readers on a journey through their tastiest recipes, their most intimate thoughts, and their deepest desires as they explore how different foods connect to our different moods. With easy-to-make recipes as well as fun challenges to any reader’s culinary craftsmanship, Eat Your Heart Out is an entertaining guide to help people learn how to love playing with their food again.

Amy Lee is thrilled to be making her authorial debut as her clown alter ego, Jasp. Amy is a proud native Winnipegger and started off her theatrical career at Manitoba Theatre for Young People and Ramah Hebrew School. Since graduating from York University, she has performed with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Carousel Players, Theatre Columbus, and Factory Theatre. With U.N.I.T. Productions, her company with her Morro and Jasp collaborators, she has co-created eleven plays which have been performed across the country. Their work has been nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards, a Award, and three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, winning one for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. In addition to her performance and writing, Amy has worked as an assistant director and an arts educator.

Anea Bogue -- Speaking & Signing

Wednesday Aug 06 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing 9 Ways We’re Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop: A Guide to Helping Girls Reach Their Highest Potential (Dunham Books).

9 Ways We’re Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop is a revolutionary guide for parents and anyone who cares about the well-being of girls. It is dedicated to shedding much-needed light on the root causes of the self-esteem crisis, the ways we are unknowingly contributing to it, and what we can do to ensure that every girl (and future woman) is empowered to live up to her full potential.

Anea Bogue, B.Ed., M.A is an acclaimed expert on issues of self-esteem among girls and women. Born and raised in Canada, Bogue graduated with a degree in Education from the University of Winnipeg. Bogue is absolutely passionate about the empowerment of girls and women and has dedicated more than half her life to this cause. Her decades of experience include her work as an educator, counselor, consultant, author, speaker, Creator of REALgirl (R) Empowerment Programs and Co-Founder of TrueMoon (R). Anea currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

Songwriters' Open Mic

Wednesday Aug 06 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.

Embassy Tours & Cruises -- Travel Presentation

Thursday Aug 07 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Join representatives of Embassy Tours & Cruises as they discuss a Hawaii Cruise & Stay escorted group departure taking place from January 23-February 4, 2015.

This tour explores the Hawaii Islands, taking in the breathtaking scenery, jewel-toned beaches, cascading waterfalls, rainforests and volcanoes combined with the welcoming hospitality of its people. Featuring “Freestyle Cruising,” this group will visit all four of Hawaii’s main islands and five ports with overnights in Maui and Kauai, including nearly 100 hours in port.

Space is limited at the presentation. Please R.S.V.P. to Embassy Tours at 204-757-9383 or e-mail

Neal McLeod and Guests -- Book Launch

Thursday Aug 07 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Manitoba launch of Indigenous Poetics in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) hosted by editor Neal McLeod. This evening is dedicated to the memory of Marvin Francis.

Featuring readings from Neal McLeod, Duncan Mercredi, and Rosanna Deerchild. Warren Cariou will discuss the life and work of the late Marvin Francis, a Winnipeg-based Aboriginal poet, playwright, author and visual artist, and announce a scholarship in his name. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair will close the evening with a presentation.

Indigenous Poetics in Canada broadens the way in which Indigenous poetry is examined, studied, and discussed in Canada. Breaking from the parameters of traditional English literature studies, this volume embraces a wider sense of poetics, including Indigenous oralities, languages, and understandings of place.

Editor Neal McLeod grew up Cree on the James Smith Reserve in Saskatchewan and studied at the Swedish Art Academy at Umeå. His 2005 exhibition au fil de mes jours (in my lifetime), at Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, was remounted at the Museum of Civilization in 2007. He has two books of poetry: Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow and Gabriel’s Beach. Cree Narrative Memory was nominated for book of the year at the Anskohk McNally Aboriginal Literature Awards. He teaches Indigenous studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

An Evening with Paul Almond

Thursday Aug 07 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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An evening with the television and motion picture screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist Paul Almond as he discusses his latest book The Gunner (Red Deer Press).

Eric Alford's safe and romantic life on the peaceful Gaspe Coast is shattered by his decision to follow his elder brother John (The Pilgrim and The Chaplain) into the 1914-18 cataclysm of death and destruction known as the "Great War for Civilisation". By his thundering Howitzer, Gunner Alford assaults the Hun through every major Canadian battle of WWI: Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Hill 70, The Somme, and "The Hundred Days" that ended the conflict. A developing romance with a lovely Londoner is cut short by a German shell. Evacuated to a Rouen field hospital, he is surrounded by hellish wounds: blindness, amputations, and gas-inflicted horrors. Finally, back in Blighty among other shell-shock victims, he recovers and returns to his Gaspe home, bereft of his London love and changed forever.

Paul Almond is one of Canada’s preeminent film and television directors, and he has directed and produced over 130 television dramas for the CBC, BBC, ABC and Granada Television. He has now turned his talents to writing a series of novels based on his own family’s pioneering adventures in Canada. Paul Almond lives on the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec and in Malibu, California.

Dine “Al Frescolio”

Friday Aug 08 2014 6:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Taste how fresh Manitoba can be on select Friday nights this summer. Prairie Ink chefs team up with Corydon’s own exclusive fine olive oil and balsamic tasting bar Frescolio to create sumptuous and unique dining experiences, complete with wine pairings by the expert sommeliers from the Banville & Jones Wine Company.

Prairie Ink will be serving seven-course tasting dinners along with wine pairings, live music and talks from Chef Karen Nielsen and our friends from Frescolio on the origins, uses and health benefits of these highly celebrated flavours. These unique dining experiences take place under the stars, amid the flowers and herbs on the Prairie Ink Patio (weather permitting) on August 8 and August 22.

View this evening's menu online here.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased in person or by telephone at Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery (204-975-2659) or Frescolio Fine Oils and Vinegars Tasting Bar at #2-929 Corydon Avenue (204-505-1455).

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