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Chris Gudgeon -- Book Launch

Friday Mar 24 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Assdeep in Wonder (Anvil Press) featuring special guest Nathan Rogers.

This is a collection of heartbreaking and hilarious poems by “Canada’s answer to Billy Collins.” Raw and immediate, Gudgeon explores themes of addiction, sexuality, loss, love, and wonder in equal measures. In simple love poems like “Let’s start small, my darling,” everyday anthems like “Future Tops of America, and visionary dreams like “The Revelations of Donald Trump,” Gudgeon uncovers the poetry of the everyday world in a style that’s hypnotic and highly accessible. Gudgeon has contributed to dozens of periodicals – including Playboy, Mad, National Lampoon, Geist, Event and Malahat Review — and written twenty books, from critically acclaimed fiction like Song of Kosovo and Greetings from the Vodka Sea, to celebrated biographies of Stan Rogers and Milton Acorn, to a range of popular history on subjects as varied as sex, sexuality, fishing and lotteries.

Nathan RogersSome say he was born into it, some that he was born with it, while others claim he has earned it. With one foot planted firmly in folk music’s traditional roots and the other stepping into its dynamic future, Nathan Rogers isn’t entirely sure what ‘it’ is; singer, songwriter, guitarist, throat singers, percussionist, revivalist, or innovator. Whatever it may be, “Nathan has the ability to turn the folk world on its ears.”

CASATI (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Mar 24 2017 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Jazz/Folk/Pop

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Like three hearts beating in perfect time, the music of Casati is a living thing, constantly changing, evolving and reinventing itself. Grace Hrabi, Jesse Popeski & Quintin Bart search for stories waiting to be told and collaborate in bringing them to life. Songs about love found or lost, cautionary tales of time slipping away or even a whimsical tune about bicycle rides.

Michelle Elrick -- Book Launch

Saturday Mar 25 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of then/again (Nightwood Editions) featuring guest readers Chelsea Peters and George Amabile.

Michelle Elrick’s then/again is a poetic account of finding home, and the meanings and moments that the concept of home can come to embody. The collection tracks the poet through a landscape of intimate places—an ancestral home in Scotland, a mother’s birthplace in Salzburg, a childhood home on the West Coast—as well as the memory-warped terrain of the poet’s past houses.

Michelle Elrick is the author of To Speak. Her poetry has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Event, Poetry Is Dead and on CBC television. then/again is Elrick’s second collection of poetry. She was a finalist in the CBC Poetry Prize in 2015. She lives and writes in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Chelsea Peters lives and writes in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

George Amabile has published eleven books and has had his work published 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 most recent publications are a long poem, Dancing, with Mirrors and Small Change, both of which won Bressani Awards. His latest poetry collection, Martial Music, was published in 2016 by Signature Editions. Amabile lives in Winnipeg.

Christian Fink-Jensen -- Speaking & Signing

Saturday Mar 25 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing Aloha Wanderwell: The Border-Smashing, Record-Setting Life of the World’s Youngest Explorer (Goose Lane Editions), featuring a presentation with rare images and video footage.

In 1922, a 15-year-old girl, fed up with life in a French convent school, answered an ad for a travelling secretary. Tall, blonde, and swaggering with confidence, she might have passed for twenty. She also knew what she wanted: to become the first female to drive around the world. Her name was Aloha Wanderwell. Aloha became known around the globe. She was photographed in front of the Eiffel Tower, parked on the back of the Sphinx, firing mortars in China, and smiling at a tickertape parade in Detroit. By the age of 25, she had become a pilot, a film star, an ambassador for world peace, and the centrepiece of an unsolved murder mystery. Her story defied belief, but it was true. Every bit of it. Except for her name. The American Aloha Wanderwell was, in reality, the Winnipeg-born Idris Hall.

Christian Fink-Jensen, co-author of Aloha Wanderwell, is a former resident of Winnipeg. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Quarterly, Rampike, Vancouver Sun, and Ottawa Citizen.

Nightfall (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Mar 25 2017 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Jazz

Lenore Eidse -- Book Launch

Sunday Mar 26 2017 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of The House of Blood and Tears.

In 1939, Hitler’s invasion of Holland crashed like a thunderbolt upon the unsuspecting Dutch folk. Overnight, the stark realization of a Nazi occupation caused a dramatic change in lifestyle for this family of three. Hillie became a double agent; twelve year old Anje a courier for the Dutch underground, and Jan decided to collaborate. Secrets, lies, the concealment of Jews and Allied pilots, these actions could imprison them in this notorious House of Blood and Tears. The consequence of their involvement was costly in Hitler’s Holocaust.

A vivid history of World War II, this is an account of great courage and daring, with a surprise conclusion. This book is based on a true story. One of its subjects, Anje van Tongeren, age 88, is a resident of Winnipeg.

Lenore Eidse has a great love of history and a thirst for knowledge. Her appetite for history was heightened by her project writing and editing Furrows in the Valley, 100 years of history for the Rural Municipality of Morris. However, her writing career began earlier in the newspaper business and her feature news stories won first prize in the Canadian Weekly Newspaper Competition. The House of Blood and Tears is her first biographical novel. As she interviewed a close personal friend, she realized there was the potential for an amazing story; a story that needed to be told to the world, and she accepted the challenge. Lenore and her husband live in Winnipeg. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Mar 28 2017 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 March 2017 is James Hannaham's Delicious Foods (Little, Brown and Company), in which a widow held captive by her employers--and by her own demons--on a mysterious farm, struggles to reunite with her young son.

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.

Dan Wischnewski -- Book Launch

Tuesday Mar 28 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Big Dreams Bigger Excuses: The Book on Overcoming the Reasons that Hold You Back from Pursuing Your Dreams.

Dan Wischnewski is an author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur. Big Dreams, Bigger Excuses is a book written with a deep passion to help others live the life they have always dreamed of.

As a child, Dan struggled early on with a learning disability that lowered his self-esteem and limited his vision for the future. In his early teens, Dan developed depression and anxiety issues. As an adult, Dan fell into an all-encompassing drug addiction. After years of loss and suffering, years of in and out of treatment Dan decided to write his own recovery program. This was inspired by the Love he had for his son. Dan now lives a happy, healthy successful life that is dedicated to helping others. Visit him online.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Mar 29 2017 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.

Jamie Swift -- Speaking & Signing

Thursday Mar 30 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing The Vimy Trap, or, How We Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Great War (Between the Lines Press).

The story of the bloody 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge is, according to many of today’s tellings, a heroic founding moment for Canada. This noble, birth-of-a-nation narrative is regularly applied to the Great War in general. Yet this mythical tale is rather new. “Vimyism”—today’s official story of glorious, martial patriotism—contrasts sharply with the complex ways in which veterans, artists, clerics, and even politicians who had supported the war interpreted its meaning over the decades.

Was the Great War a futile imperial debacle? A proud, nation-building milestone? Contending Great War memories have helped to shape how later wars were imagined. The Vimy Trap provides a probe of commemoration cultures. This work of public history—combining scholarly insight with sharp-eyed journalism, and based on primary sources and school textbooks, battlefield visits and war art—explains both how and why peace and war remain contested terrain in ever-changing landscapes of Canadian memory.

Kingston writer Jamie Swift is the author of numerous books and lectures at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. He is the co-author (with Ian McKay) of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in the Age of Anxiety.

Lindsey White (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Mar 31 2017 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Groovy Folk Rock

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Called “groovy folk-rock” and showcased on stages all over Canada, the music of Lindsey White uses many instruments and one strong voice to craft performances with unmistakable passion and emotional depth. The new, fan-funded Renegade album was produced by Mitch Dorge, (Crash Test Dummies) mastered by João Carvalho (The Tragically Hip, Sarah Slean) released in 2015 with a companion book (of poetry, prose and other writings) and expands the “groovy folk-rock” label to experiment with indefinable genres. Whether intimately on her own or filling the stage with her band, her live presence offers a playground of energetic musicianship and thoughtfully crafted lyrics. She throws similar passion into songwriting and other workshops through inspiration-based music sessions with creative youth. This work landed her a nomination for a Winnipeg Arts Council “Making a Mark” award and a designation as one of the CBC Manitoba Future 40.

Free Korean Movie Screening

Saturday Apr 01 2017 3:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Showing The Thieves subtitled in English.

The Thieves is a 2012 South Korean heist film directed by Choi Dong-hoon with an all-star ensemble cast including Kim Yoon-seok, Lee Jung-jae, Kim Hye-soo, and Jun Ji-hyun. Double-dealings and multiple betrayals arise as a gang of South Korean thieves team up with a Hong Kong crew to steal a diamond necklace from a heavily guarded casino safe in Macau.

This free screening presented by The Korea Times and The Diversity Times in association with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto, the Korea Foundation, Kai Sushi, and Focus Hyundai. Doors open at 2:50 pm - all are welcome! For inquiries, contact The Korea Times at 204-663-5051 or via e-mail at thediversitytimes@gmail.com. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Doug Edmond (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Apr 01 2017 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Singer/Songwriter

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Doug Edmond, singer, songwriter, pianist and flutist is an independent jazz roots/alternative artist. Doug performs solo or with his trio or five piece band in many local and festival venues across the province and north west Ontario. His previous two CDs and over 25 live performances per year over the past 8 years reflect diverse musical influences and styles. He has performed at the past five TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival paying tribute to Tom Waits in 2012.

Skipping Stones is his third album produced by juno award winner Mitch Dorge of Crash Test Dummies fame. The new tunes reflect personal experiences that connect with listeners demonstrating a soulful approach to song writing and a true understanding of the relationship of his audience. Doug’s lyrics and singing talent continues to draw in his audience be it a small intimate lounge or a large outdoor festival stage.

Danie Botha -- Book Launch

Sunday Apr 02 2017 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Be Silent.

For the new African country Zambia, 1964 heralds a joyous and turbulent time: celebration of its independence from Britain. Thirteen-year-old Rianna and ten-year-old Lukas and Anthony, live an idyllic life on Madzi Moyo–a tucked-away Mission station. That changes when the trio stumbles upon two hidden AK-47s and is caught by Mavuto, the guns’ owner, a staunch African nationalist. He abducts them on the spot. Over the course of a single night and morning, a race and rescue mission ensues, which, as the hours pass, becomes more violent and out-of-control.

Danie Botha was born in Zambia and grew upon Mission stations similar to the one depicted in the novel. He completed his school education and medical training in South Africa. He presently lives in Canada. In addition to Be Silent, Botha is also the author of the novella Be Good. He will be discussing both tonight.

Bonaventure Travel -- Travel Presentation

Tuesday Apr 04 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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The Blue Danube Discovery and Jewish Heritage Cruise Travel Talk.

This presentation from Ellyn Shulman of Bonaventure Travel and Avalon Waterways will cover a thirteen day tour featuring pre-nights in Budapest, a seven night cruise, and post nights in Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Durnstein-Melk, Passau, Regensburg, Roth-Nuremburg, and Nuremburg-Prague.

An expert will come on board to provide insight into the time of the Holocaust and visits will be included to a number of important sites. In Budapest visit the world’s second-largest synagogue. Visit the Stadttempel in Vienna. Explore the Document Neupfarrplatz museum in Regensburg. In Prague, see the city’s Jewish Museum and cemetery. Travel to Terezin, one of Czechoslovakia’s largest concentration camps.

Space at this presentation is limited. Please RSVP to ellyn@bonaventuretravel.ca or call 204-488-6653 ext 30.

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