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Armin Wiebe -- Book Launch

Thursday Sep 03 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Armin's Shorts (Turnstone Press).

Showcasing a selection of stories from Armin Wiebe’s 30 year writing career, Armin’s Shorts features tales from the familiarly fictitious Mennonite community of Gutenthal, re-imagined origin stories from the Tlicho of the subarctic, and flights of pure fantasy set in modern day Winnipeg.

Funny enough to make your “grandmother sit up in her black trough coffin and laugh,” and so gut wrenching you’ll feel “that clunk in the heart, and that wrunsch in the stomach,” master story teller Armin Wiebe presents a veritable smorgasbord of short stories that cover the gamut of human experience with a wry sense of humour, a stern sense of justice, and a warm and tender heart.

Armin Wiebe is the recipient of the Margaret Lawrence Award for Fiction and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. He has four published novels, one play, and his short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. A teacher for many years, Armin Wiebe is now retired and lives in Winnipeg.

Jerry Storie -- Book Launch

Friday Sep 04 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Becoming Family: Living and Learning at Frontier Collegiate.

Becoming Family details the creation of Frontier Collegiate Institute and traces the lives of some of its graduates from their home communities to life at Frontier Collegiate and beyond. Becoming Family shares the stories of some of Manitoba’s most well-known Aboriginal and future leaders as they leave their homes to go to school hundreds of miles from home. The book delves into the future of this institutional anomaly: a public high school, with a residence, that has been meeting the needs of northern and Aboriginal students for 50 years. While Becoming Family is in part about the history of the school, it is primarily about the day-to-day struggles of students living, learning, and growing up away from home.

Jerry Storie has lived, worked, and travelled in northern Manitoba. He has been a guidance counsellor, a teacher, a provincial MLA and cabinet minister, a school superintendent, and an Associate Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Education at Brandon University.

Free Korean Movie Night

Friday Sep 04 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Showing Hot Young Bloods (Pikkeulneun Cheongchun) with English Subtitles.

Set in a rural town in 1982, Young-sook (Park Bo-young) is the feared leader of a female gang at Hongseong Agricultural High School. Although she is known for her toughness and foul mouth, she secretly has a crush on Joong-gil (Lee Jong-suk), the biggest playboy in school. Joong-gil is a legendary Casanova whose single glance has the ability to make girls' hearts melt, and he's attempted to woo all the girls at school, except for Young-sook. That's because Gwang-sik (Kim Young-kwang), the leader of a rival school's male gang, views Young-sook as his girl.

Then a new female transfer student (Lee Se-young) from Seoul arrives at their high school. So-hee is beautiful, innocent-looking and different from the other girls, and Joong-gil falls for her instantly. The jealous Young-sook picks a fight with So-hee to prevent her new rival from encroaching on her secret crush. Trouble brews as Gwang-sik, suspicious of the ties between Young-sook and Joong-gil, also harasses So-hee to instigate Joong-gil.

This free screening presented by The Korea Times in association with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto, The English Language Centre at the University of Manitoba, Sun Life Financial and the Korea Foundation. Doors open at 6:50 pm - all are welcome! For inquiries, contact The Korea Times at 204-663-5051 or via e-mail at Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Blazz Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Sep 04 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Most often presented in duo and trio formats. Blazz leader Tom Veal plays piano and sings blues, jazz standards, folk and pop. Musical influences come from years of entertaining in bars, night clubs, ski resorts, hotel chains, from North Dakota west to Oregon and Washington states.

Helen White Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Sep 05 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Helen Kish Hastman -- Book Launch

Sunday Sep 06 2015 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Displaced Person (BK Publishing).

This book started as a memoir project for Hastman’s grandchildren, but ended up being so much more. Helen’s travels and travails take her from an Austrian alpine farm just after WWII to the big city of Linz, to a displaced persons camp, across the ocean and through Pier 21. She finally arrives at a Saskatchewan farm with no running water or electricity where she has to contend with a new language, culture and daily chores. Her struggles and joys from early childhood to adolescence carry the reader along on a momentous journey.

No longer a displaced person, Helen Kish Hastman lives with her husband on a small acreage outside Selkirk. She enjoys her retirement and is pursuing her other passion of Nature photography. She hopes to do more traveling and, of course, more writing.

Daniel Perron -- Book Launch

Tuesday Sep 08 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Dancing Gabe: One Step at a Time.

He was born in 1963, diagnosed with autism at the age of three, institutionalized at six, and non-verbal until he was ten. He moved back home at eleven, graduated from high school seven years later, and eventually became one of the most recognized and adored figures in a city of almost a million people.

In One Step at a Time, Daniel Perron takes us on a fifty-two year journey, up-close and personal, with Gabe Langlois, his mother Angélina, his family, the many friends, medical professionals, foster parents, and media and sports figures who influenced his life. This book is a unique collage of interviews, excerpts from Gabe’s own scribbler, family photos and recent action shots.

Hear the music, feel his passion, and dare to get up and groove with Dancing Gabe.

Daniel Perron’s career includes nineteen years as a Canadian Forces air navigator and twenty years in management and consulting. With Dancing Gabe—his first published book—he has brought together his skills and passions in research, investigation, analysis, writing, and photography. Born in La Prairie, Québec, he moved to Winnipeg in 1990. He and his wife Elaine are parents of two adult children.

An Evening with Pauline Holdstock

Tuesday Sep 08 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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In conversation with award-winning author Margaret Sweatman and signing her latest novel The Hunter and the Wild Girl (Goose Lane Editions). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

Award-winning author Pauline Holdstock spins a haunting tale affirming the persistence of life, the power of human connection, and the fundamental urge to be free.

A feral girl roams the dense forests of nineteenth-century France before she is chased by suspicious townspeople to the edge of a deep gorge, where she jumps and disappears, vanishing into village legend.

On the other side of the gorge, in an abandoned estate, Peyre Rouff lives out his self-imposed exile following a horrific hunting accident. When Peyre encounters the wild girl, they find a link in their mutual estrangement from conventional society. But the careful patterns of the life Peyre has made for himself begin to unravel when the wider world learns of the girl’s presence at the estate.

Pauline Holdstock is the author of seven novels, including Into the Heart of the Country, longlisted for the 2012 Giller Prize, and Beyond Measure, winner of the Ethel Wilson Award for Fiction and shortlisted for both the 2004 Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Canada and Caribbean Region. Holdstock divides her time between Vancouver Island and the Languedoc.

Margaret SweatmanMargaret Sweatman is a novelist, playwright, and lyricist. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Winnipeg and performs with the Broken Songs Band. Her latest novel, Mr. Jones (Goose Lane Editions), received the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction at the 2015 Manitoba Book Awards. This is only one of the many honours her work has received. She has also won a Genie for the song “When Wintertime,” written with her husband Glenn Buhr for the film, Seven Times Lucky. She was born in Winnipeg where she now makes her home.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Sep 09 2015 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.

Doubledutch Books Launch

Wednesday Sep 09 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Join the celebratory launch of three books from a new Winnipeg publisher!

Doubledutch Books is a new children's book publishing house that offers unique children's books published in both English and Spanish. Locally written, they are illustrated in collaboration with an Argentinian illustrator.

This evening, founder Marcela Mangarelli and authors Leigh Hambly and Kirsten Phillips will be on hand to launch the first publications in the Our Neighbourhood series: Nigel's Neighbours (Los vecinos de Nigel), and Wake Up, Oliver! (¡Despierta, Oliver!); and the brand new title Why Would Elephants Rather Play Tag? by Silvina Rocha.

The evening will consist of an introduction to the publisher, readings in English and Spanish and a special book signing. Refreshments and treats will be offered.

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Linda McIntosh & Steven Fletcher -- Book Launch

Thursday Sep 10 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Master of My Fate (Heartland Associates).

Are Canadians masters of their own fate?

Though completely paralyzed from the neck down, Steven Fletcher has been a Member of Parliament for more than a decade. He is not only a role model for catastrophically injured people everywhere but an inspiration for people of all abilities. Now, by introducing two nationally significant bills into Parliament, he has challenged Canadians with a series of questions about dying with dignity. Who owns our lives? By what right do we force people to suffer intolerably as a result of grievous, irredeemable medical conditions, when all they want is to end the torment? When will Canadians truly be masters of their own fate?

The author of What Do You Do If You Don’t Die, on Steven Fletcher’s long battle back from his devastating collision with a moose, writer and artist Linda McIntosh follows with Master of My Fate, which tackles a fundamental question of our time: should Canada adopt physician-assisted death? While focussing on the issue from one man’s perspective, this book also outlines the surrounding debate with contributions from both professionals and a broad cross-section of Canadians. McIntosh, a former Manitoba cabinet minister, and her husband Don live in Ignace, Ontario, on the shores of beautiful Lake Agimak.

Karen Bate -- Book Launch

Thursday Sep 10 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Ice: A Murder Mystery.

Investigating a chilling murder in the city of Mayfair nearly puts Detective Emily Starr’s career on ice - permanently. The chaotic crime scene reveals a cool adversary, who leaves emotions raw, and a numbing lack of clues. As the list of suspects snowballs, Starr and her new partner Iain Webster, along with the rest of the sharp investigative team, must plough through the evidence to find the cold-hearted killer.

With time nipping at their heels, they know they have to move briskly, not only to solve the case but to preserve their own from a growing web of intrigue and death.

Karen Bate decided early in life she was going to be an actor. She received a degree with a double major in theatre and psychology, and went on to complete the professional post-graduate diploma course at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London England. After a stint of acting, directing, film work and mostly starving between gigs, she turned to to other creative pursuits. Better than any Oscars she could have received are her two grown children, Allison and Devon. She now resides in Winnipeg, Canada with her husband John, two garden gnomes, eight goldfish, a travelling teddy bear names Quigs, and far too many plants.

Caterina Edwards -- Reading & Signing

Friday Sep 11 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Reading & Signing The Sicilian Wife (Linda Leith Publishing) with guest reader Carmelo Militano.

The Sicilian Wife interweaves the stories of two strong women: a Mafia princess struggling to escape her family and create a new life in Canada and a chief of police in a Sicilian town, fighting to solve a murder and establish authority over her men. Caterina Edwards’s sixth book is receiving stellar reviews: “All the elements we expect from this genre and this talented writer: drama, passion, and literary sophistication.” It has been described as having “depth of place and character,” being “sensuous, fast-paced and erudite,” and by The Times of Sicily, as “a great page-turner which manages to evoke a refreshingly authentic portrait of contemporary Sicily.” The Edmonton writer’s previous five books and personal essays have received critical and academic attention and won various awards. Caterina Edwards: Essays on Her Works was the first book published in Guernica Editions series on Canadian Writers.

Carmelo MilitanoGuest reader Carmelo Militano is a Winnipeg writer and poet. He is the author of the novel Sebastiano’s Vine, a family memoir/Italian travelogue, The Fate of Olives, and several poetry chapbooks. In 2004, he received the F.G. Bressani poetry award for his collection Ariadne’s Thread. Morning After You, a poetry collection, is his most recent publication. Militano is also an essayist and reviewer and has published widely in both U.S. and Canadian magazines and is the host of the P.I. Poetry Radio Show heard every Sunday at 4:30, CKUW FM 95.9. He will be reading from his novel Sebastiano’s Vine.

Matchstalk Men (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Sep 11 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Ben F. Eidse -- Book Launch

Saturday Sep 12 2015 6:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of The Disciple and Sorcery: The Lunda-Chokwe View (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

Ben Eidse is among the rare western students of Lunda-Chokwe language and culture, which spreads over nine countries of central and southern Africa. The Disciple and Sorcery is his career study of Lunda-Chokwe worldviews, including family and clan values, sorcery practices and experiences of Biblical discipleship. His research hypothesis is that a culturally relevant biblical discipleship can deal effectively with the fear of sorcery and the temptation to use it to harm others. He compares western ideas of magic, myth and medicine and ties together traditional Lunda-Chokwe concepts of interconnectedness with biblically-based, Anabaptist concepts of community and reconciliation.

Eidse is chancellor of Steinbach Bible College and recipient with his late wife of a Lifetime Service Award from the Association of Anabaptist-Mennonite Missiologists, recognizing his Bible translation into Chokwe, helping to plant 80 churches and build a medical-church-education center in southern Congo.

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