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Brenda Sciberras -- Book Launch

Thursday Sep 18 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Magpie Days (Turnstone Press).

Clever and persistent, Magpie Days, the debut poetry collection from Brenda Sciberras, picks through the baubles and trinkets of the everyday. Like the black and white plumage of the magpie, Sciberras’s poems balance the exquisite tension between joy and misery. Evoking life-defining events from the remembrance of a first bicycle to the loss of a close friend, these poems acknowledge pleasure and pain as necessary to life in this remarkable debut.

Brenda Sciberras is a Winnipeg writer whose poetry has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines, as well the anthology A/Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing. Her work is also featured in the anthology I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems. She holds a BA from the University of Manitoba and divides her time between working full time in a library, singing in the Spirit’s Call Choir, writing, and her family. Magpie Days is her first book.

Jim Hitching -- Book Launch

Thursday Sep 18 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Loving the Low Clouds.

Tyson, a half- broken aboriginal sniper, has lost a sister as part of an outbreak of murdered women. Frustrated by a lack of answers he plans a private vengeance, only to be arrested by Covix, an unorthodox cop from the urban deserts. Meanwhile Tyson’s girl friend Raven is dealing with the disappearance of her children who have been taken by the clumsy but implacable operatives of the child protection agencies.

Simultaneously, in the stormy forested background a hidden brigade of terrorists plan the explosion of a dirty nuclear weapon. From Winnipeg, a prairie city of confused and occult surprise, come varied validations and the destruction of some ancient griefs.

Jim Hitching came to Manitoba from Britain nearly fifty years ago, and watched nine-eleven from a secluded weather station in the north, where he worked as a weather tech. He also worked as a teacher, where an inspector suspected him of writing the students’ poetry for them; and on a northern underground diamond drill. Previously published as a poet by Turnstone Press, he wrote Loving the Low Clouds while employed as a guard in a psychiatric ward, where humane treatment and strange tales intermingled.

Behind the Scenes with Eleanor Catton

Friday Sep 19 2014 3:30 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Limited seating – registration is $10 available directly through McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Canadian-born New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton took readers and critics by storm last year with her novel, The Luminaries (McClelland & Stewart). Winner of both the Governor General’s Award and the Man Booker Prize, this 848-page romp through New Zealand’s gold rush era is powered by eccentric characters and interweaving plot lines.

Join Bruce Symaka of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival for a behind-the-scenes conversation with this accomplished young writer.

The Community Classroom seats 32 people; advance booking is highly recommended. To reserve your space, click on the Classroom link at mcnallyrobinson.com or here, call (204)-475-0483, or drop by the store in person.

Co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival.

Kim Cayer -- Book Launch

Friday Sep 19 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Lights! Camera! Dissatisfaction... (Roundfire Books).

A story about Alice Kumplunkem. She's overweight, has a bad haircut, and a plus-sized chest. Still, she wants to be a movie star. Eventually she's willing to just settle for one spoken line in a movie. In her quest, and through her determination, things only go from bad to worse. Her agent sends her to New York, for a bit part on a soap opera. Though Alice blows it badly, a meltdown in the ladies loo leads to work as a head writer on a rival television soap...and then her troubles really begin...

Kim Cayer was born in Winnipeg and raised in Vassar, Manitoba. While working for The Winnipeg Police Department, Kim caught the acting bug when K-Tel’s “The Bird Dance” commercial featured her prominently. She left for Toronto to pursue acting and writing. Her biggest role was as a regular character in CBC’s mini-series Chasing Rainbows. Kim wrote and starred in a play called Memories of Marilyn which toured Western Canada. Still working daily as an entertainer, Kim spends her nights writing. Last year she published an e-book called Dirty Numbers, a creative non-fictional book about her crazy year working for a shady company. When not busy with all her projects, Kim tries her best to be a decent mother to three kids.

Helen White Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Sep 19 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Robert Chrismas -- Book Signing

Saturday Sep 20 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing the paperback edition of Canadian Policing in the 21st Century: A Frontline Officer on Challenges and Changes (McGill-Queen's University Press).

How can police remain effective and vital in an era of unprecedented technological advances, access to information, and the global transformation of crime? Written by a long-serving officer, this book offers a rare look at street-level police work and the hidden culture behind the badge.

While the principles and goals of policing remain largely unchanged, police challenges, tools, and strategies have evolved dramatically. Chrismas’s vantage point as an officer and a scholar provides an illuminating account of the Canadian justice system, and road-maps to future success.

Robert Chrismas is a serving police officer in Winnipeg with twenty-eight years of law enforcement experience. He is also a doctoral student in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Doreen Pendgracs -- Book Signing

Saturday Sep 20 2014 4:30 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate until 5:30 pm, just before her special Exploring the Many Flavours of Chocolate event in our Community Classroom: a special evening of chocolate education and a delicious three-course dinner prepared by our own Chef Karen Nielsen, all focused on chocolate.

Doreen Pendgracs has immersed herself in the world of chocolate over the past five years, traveling to more than a dozen countries to date in search of the best chocolate and chocolate events and experiences. In Volume I of Chocolatour, Pendgracs primarily focuses on the best of Europe and the UK, with a glimpse into selected cacao growing regions as well. Volume II expected for release in 2016 will focus on the best of the Americas and the Caribbean. Pendgracs chose to self-publish Chocolatour so that she could choose which photos were used in the book. This vibrantly illustrated book recently received a Bronze Medal in the 2014 International Readers’ Favorite Awards.

Her previous works include Before You Say Yes...A Guide to the Pleasure and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards, and a co-authorship of the bestselling Manitoba Book of Everything and the first edition of Frommer's Newfoundland & Labrador.

You can connect with Pendgracs via her website.

Ron Williams -- Speaking & Signing

Saturday Sep 20 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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CONVERSATIONS a presentation from architect Ron Williams in celebration of his book Landscape Architecture in Canada (McGill-Queens University Press).

Ron Williams’ long awaited book Landscape Architecture in Canada is now available in both English and French. To promote the book and engage landscape architects and the public in conversations about landscape architecture, the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects are currently collaborating on a cross-Canada speaking tour aptly entitled ‘CONVERSATIONS’. The narrative of these talks will highlight the role landscape architects have played in shaping the Canada we live in today and bring the history of the profession to life in a way that will appeal to a broad audience.

A longtime professor at the École d’architecture de paysage of the Université de Montréal, Ron Williams is a Montreal landscape architect and architect. As a founding partner of the Montreal landscape architecture and urban design firm WAA (Williams, Asselin, Ackaoui and associates), he participated in many important and award-winning projects including the Montreal Beach Park on Ile Notre-Dame; the Biodôme de Montréal; the Jardin de l’Espace Saint-Roch and the rehabilitation of avenue Honoré-Mercier in Quebec City. Mr. Williams is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) and of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and was honoured in 2007 with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the CSLA. His book Landscape Architecture in Canada, a history of Canada’s designed landscapes, was recently published by McGill-Queen’s University Press and the Presses de l’Université de Montréal in English and French versions.

The Tims (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Sep 20 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Fredrika Vander Graaf White -- Book Launch

Sunday Sep 21 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Christmas in Bug Town (Word Alive Press).

Christmas and bugs! Have you ever heard of bugs enjoying all the fun things that we as people do at Christmas? Well, Bug Town is really getting into the joy of it. What pleasure they have in decorating, cooking, and getting presents together for all those around them. But these little bugs soon discover something else about Christmas. What could it be? A tiny baby in a manger! This gift of love fills their bug hearts with so much joy that they start to sing.

Fredrika Vander Graaf White and her husband Terence lived in the delightful town of Oakbank for thirty-five years. Their two children attended school there and are now married. They have blessed their parents with four precious grandchildren. Fredrika and Terence now live in La Salle, Manitoba.

Tope Babalola -- Book Signing

Sunday Sep 21 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing Jungle Flame: The Search Begins and Jungle Flame: The Truth Revealed.

In this action/adventure book series, siblings Josh, Anna, and Julie McAllister, children of billionaire scientists Dave and Alana McAllister, crash-land on a mysterious island after a freak plane accident. With the help of a map and journal written by a deceased adventurer, and fellow castaway Colton Forester, the McAllister kids risk their lives in the search for four element jewels that can help them replace the inheritance their uncle Fredrick stole from them, all the while trying to find a way off the strange island.

Tope Babalola is 16 years old, has been writing since the first grade, and is the author of the first two books in the Jungle Flame series: Jungle Flame: The Search Begins and Jungle Flame: The Truth Revealed. Tope lives in Winnipeg with his father, mother, and twin sister, where he is hard at work on the next book in the Jungle Flame series.

Guillaume Morissette & Diane Schoemperlen -- Afternoon Book Chat

Monday Sep 22 2014 2:30 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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THIN AIR Afternoon Book Chat.

Facebook or scrapbook? Today’s writers suggest that our urge to share might stay constant but our platforms keep changing.

Guillaume Morissette is the author of the short story collection I Am My Own Betrayal and his work has appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, Pop Serial, and many other publications. Raised as a Francophone, he lives in Montreal. In 2010, the francophone writer decided to immerse himself even deeper in English, moving in with anglophone roommates. The result is his debut novel (written in English), New Tab.

Diane Schoemperlen has published several collections of short fiction and three novels, In the Language of Love, Our Lady of the Lost and Found, and At A Loss For Words. Her 1990 collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium Award. In 1998, Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the Governor-General’s Award. Her latest work, By the Book, is a collection of verbal and visual collages whose prestidigitations have transformed long- dead texts into tales of enduring vitality.

The Afternoon Book Chats are the perfect excuse for a coffee break! The Atrium at McNally Robinson Booksellers takes on a café ambiance for this series of relaxed conversations about writing.

**Cancelled** Alison R. Marshall -- Book Launch

Monday Sep 22 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Cultivating Connections: The Making of Chinese Prairie Canada (UBC Press).

This event has been cancelled.

Meet the Composer featuring Neil Weisensel

Monday Sep 22 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Neil Weisensel is a one of the most frequently-performed and prolific opera composers in Canada. Vancouver Opera will premiere his newest opera, Stickboy (libretto by internationally-recognized spoken word poet Shane Koyczan) in October of 2014. Weisensel’s six operas have seen 124 total performances across Canada. His first opera, Gisela in her Bathtub, had its American première in New Orleans in July 2014.

In 2009 the Victoria Symphony premiered his original works and arrangements, including I Feel a Change Today, co-composed with wife Rachel Landrecht for former U.S. President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Mr. Weisensel also had an exclusive engagement performing solo piano at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. His music has opened for Oscar winner Al Gore and Justin Trudeau, and his big band collaboration with superstar Michael Bublé earned him a Genie nomination.

Mr. Weisensel has received grants, fellowships, and commissions from The National Endowment for the Arts (U.S.), the Canada Council, the Manitoba and BC Arts Councils, OPERA America, the Vancouver Opera Guild, and the Banff Centre. He holds advanced music degrees from UBC (Composition) and from the University of Manitoba, and lives in Winnipeg with wife Rachel and daughter Miracle. Visit Weisensel online.

Audrey Thomas & Miriam Toews -- Afternoon Book Chat

Tuesday Sep 23 2014 2:30 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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THIN AIR Afternoon Book Chat.

No story is too hard for these two writers—they’ve made their mark by daring to confront the big stuff.

Audrey Thomas was born in Binghampton, New York, and she immigrated to Canada in 1959 where she attended and later taught at the University of British Columbia. In 1987 she won the Marian Engel Award for her body of work. Twice nominated for the Governor General's Award for Fiction, Audrey has been awarded the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize three times. In 2008, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her latest novel, Local Customs, is based on one of the most popular poets of the nineteenth century. She lives on Galiano Island, British Columbia.

Miriam Toews is the author of five previous novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck; A Boy of Good Breeding; A Complicated Kindness (winner of the 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction), The Flying Troutmans (winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize) and Irma Voth, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. Her latest book, All My Puny Sorrows, is the riveting story of two sisters and a love that illuminates life.She lives in Toronto.

The Afternoon Book Chats are the perfect excuse for a coffee break! The Atrium at McNally Robinson Booksellers takes on a café ambiance for this series of relaxed conversations about writing.

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