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Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Apr 23 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.

Luann Hiebert -- Book Launch

Wednesday Apr 23 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of What Lies Behind (Turnstone Press).

In her poetry debut, Luann Hiebert uncovers the undercurrents of family and relationships, exposing the the facades we maintain in our daily lives — the people we are versus the people we present to the world. What Lies Behind explores the diverse questions, concerns, and pleasures of the everyday. These poems expose and conceal as they traverse the page and the gap between reader and writer.

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. What Lies Behind is her first collection of poetry. She lives in Steinbach, Manitoba.

Fort Richmond Collegiate -- Literary Arts Magazine Launch

Thursday Apr 24 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of The Scribbler.

The Scribbler is a literary and visual arts magazine compiled and produced by students from Fort Richmond Collegiate, a high school located in Winnipeg South. This book, composed entirely of student writing, art and photography, is a vessel through which the visions of many creative students are shared. Throughout the year, diligent care has been taken to maintain a high standard of excellence in both the magazine’s selection of pieces and the design of the magazine itself. Showcasing the creative skills of Fort Richmond students, The Scribbler blends a variety of art forms, establishing a platform for artistic expression among youth and a portal for readers to experience the world through the eyes of the artist.

For more information and a preview of this year’s content please visit The Scribbler website.

Brenda Barrie -- Book Launch

Thursday Apr 24 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of An Unorthodox Romance.

Rabbi Marnie Holland has an unfortunate secret marriage to an orthodox man in her past. Their Jewish divorce, a get, was granted many years before, but her ex-husband turns up in her new home, Los Angeles, claiming to need a divorce. As there is no secular marriage or divorce in Israel, Marnie, who is afraid of this man, runs away to attend her seminary class reunion in Israel while trying to figure out what her ex really wants. She also wants to seek her one-time step-children. While in Israel a highly unorthodox romance changes Marnie’s life completely.

Brenda Barrie was born and raised in Winnipeg but a career in Jewish communal work took her to several cities before she settled in Orange County, CA where she lives with her husband. Brenda is currently working on a new novel with a Biblical theme and trying to figure out how to visit Winnipeg often enough to see her daughters and her grandchildren, while somehow avoiding Winnipeg winters. This book concludes her trilogy of novels dealing with contemporary Jewish life in North America.

Brenda Hasiuk -- Book Launch

Thursday Apr 24 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Launch of Your Constant Star (Orca Book Publishers).

"A superb novel from a rising Canadian literary star." -- Kirkus Reviews

Faye is the “good” adopted Chinese daughter. Bev is the wild child. Mannie is the unambitious stoner. What brings them together—and tears them apart—is a need to move beyond the clichés and commit to something—anything—that will bring meaning and joy to their lives.

When Faye’s long-lost childhood neighbor, Bev, turns up out of the blue, wanting something from her old friend, Faye goes along with Bev’s plan. But Mannie, the joyriding daddy of Bev’s baby, has a half-crazed romantic agenda of his own. A darkly funny portrayal of three unforgettable teenagers feeling their way into adulthood in an imperfect world.

Brenda Hasiuk is an award-winning short-fiction writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her first novel, Where the Rocks Say Your Name, was nominated for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year. Visit her online.

Catherine Owen -- Reading & Signing

Friday Apr 25 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Reading & Signing Designated Mourner (ECW Press) with special guest Katherine Bitney.

A collection of elegies for an unconventional spouse and artistic collaborator, lost to addiction at a young age, these poems keen on the page, tracing tenderness and sorrow while raging against his night. Well crafted and intimate, Designated Mourner engages with a range of forms. It is timely as grief is a misunderstood and often shunned emotion in North American society, as is drug addiction. The poems allow emotion while never losing their aural power.

Catherine Owen is the author of nine collections of poetry and one collection of memoirs and essays entitled Catalysts: confrontations with the muse. Frenzy won the Alberta Book Prize and other collections have been nominated for the B.C. Book Prize, the ReLit, the CBC Literary Prize, and the George Ryga Award. Owen lives in Vancouver.

Katherine Bitney is the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry and one collection of essays. She has worked as editor, mentor, creative writing instructor, arts juror and literary creative director for over thirty years in Manitoba. Most recently she developed the text for Cantus Borealis, a choral piece on the Boreal with composer Sid Robinovitch.

D.B. Blues (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Apr 25 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Blues

Trulli Early Music Ensemble (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Apr 26 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Classical/Baroque

Parvin Shere -- Book Launch

Sunday Apr 27 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Pearls from the Ocean.

Featured speakers this evening include Ray Dirks: Writer, Curator (Winnipeg Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery), Curator of exhibits featuring art from around the world, Invited Research Fellow at Yale University (2002); Professor Dr.Jon Gerrard: Medical doctor, Member of Parliament from 1993 to 1997, Ex Secretary of State and former leader of Manitoba Liberal Party; Professor Catherine Hunter: Poet, Novelist, Critic, Professor of Creative Writing and Former Chair Department of English (University of Winnipeg)

Parvin Shere's new publication is a coffee table book based on her inner feelings of her recent travel to South Africa, Swaziland and Peru. It is focused on Apartheid and Inca civilization, included with related poetry and oil paintings of those places.

Poet, writer, painter, and musician Parvin Shere studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry and paintings, Fragments and Raindrops on Parched Land. Both books were awarded “Best Book of the Year” in U.S.A, England and India. Parvin's visual art has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has received many awards, including a Manitoba Arts Council Project Grant. She is the recipient of a UNICEF award for helping the needy through her art and publications and was nominated for the prestigious Woman of Distinction Award in Winnipeg. Her global travel to 20 countries and five continents has enriched her creative vision and expanded the horizons of her literary concerns.

The proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the education of under privileged children.

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An Evening with Mary-Ann Kirkby

Monday Apr 28 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen: Unveiling the Rituals, Traditions, and Food of the Hutterite Culture (Penguin Group of Canada).

Mary-Ann Kirkby spent the first ten years of her life in a Hutterite colony and years later reclaimed her heritage in the national bestseller I Am Hutterite. Since then, Kirkby has spent two years travelling to nearly fifty Hutterite colonies across North America, earning their trust and a place in their hearts. Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen takes readers into the midst of this mysterious community, enchanting them with a way of life that is born out of spiritual conviction and uncommon rites of passage.

Revealing intimate details of community life, Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen unravels the inner works of Hutterite manners and morals, and illuminates the spirit of a workforce responsible for feeding a family of 125 every day of the year. Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen is a candid snapshot of Hutterite life, exploring the social customs, marriage ceremonies, romantic entanglements, birthing practices, and death rituals as viewed through the Hutterite community kitchen and the fascinating Hutterite women.

Mary-Ann Kirkby is an award-winning journalist. She spent the first ten years of her life in a Hutterite colony in Manitoba and years later reclaimed her heritage in the national bestseller I Am Hutterite. She lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, with her family.

Prairie Poets: The LPG Celebrates National Poetry Month

Monday Apr 28 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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The Literary Press Group of Canada and The League of Canadian Poets join to celebrate National Poetry Month with an evening of readings hosted by John K. Samson (ARP Books), featuring a diverse selection of Manitoba poets from LPG publishers.

Artist and theorist Roewan Crowe (ARP Books) is energized by acts of disruption, transformation and the tactical deployment of self-reflexivity. She is an Associate Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg and Co-Director of The Institute for Women’s & Gender Studies.

Maurice Mierau’s (Brick Books/Freehand Books) new book, Detachment: an Adoption Memoir, will appear in September. His last book, Fear Not, won the ReLit award for poetry in 2009. Maurice edits the Winnipeg Review, an on-line literary magazine.

Kerry Ryan’s (Anvil Press) poems have appeared in literary journals across the country. Her first collection, The Sleeping Life, was published by The Muses’ Company in 2008 and nominated for the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry in 2009. In March 2009, she competed in, and won, a white collar boxing match. She lives in Winnipeg.

John K. Samson is the singer and songwriter for the venerated indie rock outfit The Weakerthans, and his poetry and prose has appeared in Matrix Magazine, Geist, The Believer, and Post Prairie—An Anthology of New Poetry. He lives in Winnipeg, where he’s also the managing editor and co-founder of ARP Books.

Melanie Dennis Unrau (J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing) is poetry editor at Geez magazine. A member of the Artist Mothers Group at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, she exhibits her work in group shows at local art venues. Happiness Threads: The Unborn Poems (The Muses’ Company, 2013) is her first collection.

John Weier (Turnstone Press) is an author, luthier, and bird enthusiast living in Winnipeg. He has written numerous books including several collections of poetry, works of experimental and short fiction, nature memoirs, and a children’s book. His most recent poetry collection, Where Calling Birds Gather, speaks to his abiding love of birds, a passion which has taken him around the world.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Apr 29 2014 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 April 2014 is Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni, a debut novel in which a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

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

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Apr 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.

West Kildonan Collegiate -- Literary Arts Magazine

Wednesday Apr 30 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Spark.

Spark is West Kildonan Collegiate’s anthology of student writing published by Freisens. It is a medium for showcasing the creativity, imagination, and originality of our students in the hopes of giving voice to the writers who so often go unrecognized. In this second edition, we put out a call for submissions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Submissions are blind peer-reviewed and the magazine is designed and laid out by students and staff together.

Craig Gillespie -- Gardening Presentation

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

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Gardening Presentation on “Photography in the Garden”.

Craig Gillespie studied Horticulture at the University of Guelph, and has over 25 years of experience in the field. Currently he is the head gardener in the English Garden at Assiniboine Park, and a standing member of the Professional Gardeners Guild. He is also an avid photographer, receiving his Photography certificate with honours from Red River College. His photographs have appeared in a number of publications including The Winnipeg Free Press.

This is the second 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.

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