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Rebelight Publishing -- Group Launch

Sunday Nov 23 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Group launch featuring Suzanne Costigan launching Empty Cup, Melinda Friesen launching One Bright Future: Enslavement, and Larry Verstraete launching Missing in Paradise.

More than anything, Raven wishes for a knight to rescue her from a life of abuse. On her seventeenth birthday, her mom’s boyfriend attacks her. Mom blames Raven and kicks her out into a bitter winter night. As Raven struggles with the aftermath of betrayal, her knight appears in the form of a concerned teacher. But people are not always what they seem.

Suzanne Costigan is excited about her first novel for young adults, Empty Cup. Visit her online.

In the wake of global economic collapse, a new law requires every citizen to accept a commerce chip insertion in One Bright Future: Enslavement. When Rielle James’s family refuses, her parents are arrested, her siblings seized, and Rielle is sold into a legalized form of slavery.

Melinda Friesen writes short stories and novels for teens. Visit her online.

What Nate discovers in a hidden box labelled, "Garden Supplies" baffles him. Especially a map highlighting a route marked "Shipment #35—GOLD." It`s the same route where his grandfather died four months ago. Following Gramp’s clues Nate and his friend Simon sneak away on a Greyhound bus in search of lost treasure.

Missing in Paradise is the first middle grade novel from award winning non-fiction author, Larry Verstraete. Visit him online.

Café Scientifique

Monday Nov 24 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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The University of Manitoba Café Scientifique presents “Endocrine Disorders: Overeating, Obesity and Diabetes,” an interactive panel discussion for non-researchers (you, me, neighbours, friends). In a relaxed atmosphere, the medical researchers of the future, our “students,” will talk about their work and the questions raised.

Obesity and diabetes is increasing, with Canada now ranking number three among European and North American countries. We are seeing unprecedented numbers in our youth population. What research is needed to prevent, treat and/or manage the obesity epidemic, diabetes and its complications? How are research findings used by the general public, scientists and in clinical practice to help the patient? What is required to see more effective translation of research findings? Enter the discussion and hear the perspective of our students, the next generation of biomedical and clinician scientists.

Panelists include Jennifer Enns (PhD student, Physiology & Pathophysiology, University of Manitoba), Dr. Janice Ho, MB BCh (Endocrine Resident, Post-Graduate Medical Education, University of Manitoba), Dr. Martin Sénéchal, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Manitoba Institute of Child Health; Pediatrics & Child Health, University of Manitoba), and Hana Vakili (PhD student, Physiology & Pathophysiology, University of Manitoba). The moderator for this evening is Dr. Jon McGavock (Robert Wallace Cameron Chair in Evidence Based Child Health, and an Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, and Research Scientist, Manitoba Institute of Child Health).

Please join us for a lively discussion, debate, and refreshments. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to: research_communications (at) umanitoba.ca or 204.474.6689.

Sharon Bezaly -- Pre-Concert Chat

Monday Nov 24 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Pre-Concert Chat hosted by MCO Music Director Anne Manson.

Sharon Bezaly is God’s gift to the flute.” High praise from The Times for Israeli flaut­ist Sharon Bezaly, and there’s more. The Inter­na­tional Record Review wrote that, “Her record­ings and con­cert appear­ances are typ­ic­ally more than simply tri­umphs: they are defin­ing artistic events.”

The MCO's November 26 performance covers it all, with live per­form­ances of two works from her recent record­ing, Pipe Dreams.

Bezaly began to study flute at age 11 and at age 14 made her debut with the Israel Phil­har­monic under Zubin Mehta. She plays on a 24-karat gold flute, built espe­cially for her by the Muramatsu team in Japan, and is known for her per­fect con­trol of cir­cu­lar breathing.

Join us for a special chance to hear her in conversation this evening.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Nov 25 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 November 2014 is Caitlin Horrocks' This is Not Your City: Stories, a collection that features eleven women who confront dramas both everyday and outlandish in stories as darkly comic as they are unflinching.

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.

Café Politique

Tuesday Nov 25 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Understanding Energy in Manitoba.

What does Manitoba’s current energy infrastructure look like? Who do we sell our energy to? What are the plans for future development? How does the globalized environment affect energy economics, production and delivery to users? What’s in store for the future given current economic and social trends? Join our panel of experts as they discuss these important questions.

Tonight’s featured panelists include Dr. George Chuchman (Economics, University of Manitoba), Mr. Jim Crone (Executive Director - Energy Division, Department of Municipal Government), Mr. Phil Gass (Senior Researcher, International Institute for Sustainable Development), and Dr. Peter Kulchyski (Native Studies, University of Manitoba).

The Manitoba Institute for Policy Research is based in the Political Studies Department, in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba. The Institute seeks to improve public policy deliberations and capacity in Manitoba by initiating conversations and debate on current and emerging issues facing our province, by publishing original research, and by engaging with the post-secondary sector, citizens, governments and nongovernmental organizations to support public policy dialogue in the broadest sense.

This is a free event. All are welcome. Please RSVP online.

Johanna Stein -- Book Launch

Tuesday Nov 25 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane: And Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source (Da Capo Lifelong Books).

For Johanna Stein (writer/comedian/forward/slash/abuser and occasionally neurotic/immature/way-too-candid mom), parenting is an extreme sport. Her stories from the trenches may not always be shared experiences—Have you ever wondered if your baby's "soft spot" is like a delete key? Trained your preschooler for a zombie invasion? Accused a nearly nude stranger of being pregnant? Made sweet, bimonthly love to your spouse while your toddler serenaded you through the adjoining wall? Attempted to calm your screaming baby on an airplane with a hand puppet, only to have it lead to one of the most disgusting experiences of your life?—but they will always make you laugh.

So, no, this book won't teach you how to deal with nipple blisters or Oedipal complexes. But if you want to learn why you should never attempt to play a practical joke in the hospital delivery room, then you're in the right place.

As a writer, director, and actor, former Winnipegger Johanna Stein's work has been seen in The NY Times, Parents Magazine, CBS, Comedy Central, Disney, PBS, Nickelodeon, The Oxygen Network, The Movie Network, VH-1, CBC and all over the Worldwide Internets. This book has recently been optioned by Will Arnett's production company as a possible series for CBS. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and a dog who once ate a couch.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Nov 26 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 Megan Larose for stories, rhymes, and fun.

Carole Penney Kuryk -- Book Launch

Wednesday Nov 26 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Finding Andrew: A Mother’s Journey Through Loss and Recovery.

Time splits when a parent loses a child. An invisible wall comes down between the time before and the time after—and there’s no going back. Carole Kuryk knows this in every fibre of her being. In this open, intimate story, she tells first of the blessed life of her time before—a satisfying career as a teacher; three healthy, accomplished children; a devoted husband; and an ease with life that allowed her to anticipate unblemished tomorrows. Then, on June 23, 1994, the wall came down when her eldest child, Andrew, a vibrant, loving force in the family, died suddenly in a work-place accident. The rest of Carole’s absorbing story deals with her experience with the time after and how she managed to survive the crushing loss, find a way to connect with her son’s spirit, and take action in his memory that has lasting benefits for others.

This story may be particular in details, but it is universal in the truth it reveals. We all need to know how to survive loss, and the template that Carole offers us is invaluable. In every act that she documents, we witness the irrepressible spirit of love and the power of determination as she slowly learns to live beyond tragedy with purpose and newly forged peace and acceptance. And through this witnessing, we learn to trust that, when needed, there will be a way through our own minefields of loss.

Prairie Garden Committee -- Book Launch

Wednesday Nov 26 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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The 2015 Prairie Garden brings gardeners a double bill of exciting plant options for the Prairies with both succulents and grasses featured. These two plant groups are current hot topics among gardeners and garden writers. With an eye to Prairie conditions, specialists and gardeners present exceptional guidelines for growing and caring for these plant groups. Normally thought of as plants for warm places the use of succulents and cacti are amazingly suitable for the Prairies, many of them wintering well. Meanwhile numerous grasses provide a new structure and form that adds exciting interest our gardens.

Editor Tammy Jensen is deeply involved with all aspects of the family-run Jensen’s Nursery in Winnipeg. Tammy’s love of plants, horticultural expertise and business acumen have contributed to her uniqueness as this edition's guest editor.

An Evening with Molly Peacock

Thursday Nov 27 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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In conversation with Bruce Symaka and signing Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions (McClelland & Stewart). This event co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival and presented as part of their collaborative Fall Literary Series with McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Molly Peacock has written a new classic, a book of magical tales inspired by the lives of the letters of the alphabet. Alphabetique, or Tales from the Lives of the Letters is one-of-a-kind, but nevertheless fits perfectly with Molly Peacock's extraordinary body of work, drawing on the same wellsprings of creativity and artistry as her poetry and her nonfiction, especially The Paper Garden. These 26 charming, incisive, sensual stories of love, yearning, and self-discovery are complimented by Kara Kosaka's layered, jewel-bright collages.

Molly Peacock is a poet, essayist and nonfiction writer. Her latest work of nonfiction is the #1 bestselling The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72. She is also the author of the memoir Paradise, Piece by Piece. Her most recent collection of poems is The Second Blush. She is a Contributing Editor to the Literary Review of Canada, the editor of an anthology of essays, The Private I, and of How to Read a Poem and Start a Poetry Circle. Widely anthologized, her work appears in The Oxford Book of American Poetry, The Best of the Best American Poetry, and The Best American Essays. A dual citizen of the US and Canada, Molly Peacock is a former New Yorker who makes her home in Toronto with her husband, two cats, and a jam-packed terrace garden.

Daniel Kroft & Edtie Doll -- Book Launch

Thursday Nov 27 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Dark Times (Peanut Butter Press).

Luella Jonk -- Book Launch

Thursday Nov 27 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of her Speak, Read, & Spell series.

Intended for as educational and treatment resources for teachers and speech language pathologists, this series include the following titles: The SRS Articulation Book, the SRS Language Book, the SRS Literacy Book, and the SRS Accent Modification Book. The author will speak on the series, take questions, and sign copies for those in attendance.

Luella Jonk was born in Manitoba to a Dutch father and Canadian mother. She always had a passion to learn and study communication. She earned her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Missouri State University in 1995. After building a succesful private practice in Speech Language Pathology, she returned to the University of Manitoba where she obtained an Interdisciplinary PhD in the fields of Education, Linguistics, Psychology and Nursing. She self-published her dissertation on the topic of First Nation language acquisition, before creating the Speak, Read, & Spell educational and treatment resources for teachers and speech language pathologists.

Marjorie Anderson (Editor) -- Book Launch

Thursday Nov 27 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Launch of Keep it Cold and other Good Advice by Fred D. Anderson & a company of writers.

One captivating little book…fifty writers…a wealth of stories about proffered wisdom that made a difference in their lives. Come meet the following Manitoba contributors from the “company of writers” and hear some of them read about the good advice given to them that they now want to pass on:

David Arnason, Helen Norrie, Bob Gustafson, Sandra Hayes-Gardiner, Jeannette Timmerman, Ben Schnitzer, Audrey Waytiuk, Anne Mahon, Ken Hanssen, Katherine Martens, Gary T. Anderson, Gary Martin, Raymond F. Currie, Brandi Parnell, Joan Baragar, Lynne Mitchell-Pedersen, Jamie Koshyk, Ruth B. Kettner, Dawn MacFarlane, Vivian Gustafson, Deborah Schnitzer, Judy Hill, Les Rankin, Betty L. Dyck, Sylvia A. Koshyk, Libby Simon, Nina Lee Colwill, Louise MacLennan, Joanne Klassen, Conni Cartlidge, Elizabeth Murray, Amanda Le Rougetel, and Jim Anderson.

Arthur Slade -- Book Signing

Friday Nov 28 2014 4:00 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing Northern Frights (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd).

Collected in one volume for the first time, these thrilling, fast-paced contemporary novels inspired by Norse mythology will set pulses racing-and keep pages turning! This book includes Arthur Slade’s books Draugr, The Haunting of Drang Island, and Loki Wolf.

The first volume in Arthur Slade’s Hunchback Assignments series won the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and the second volume, The Dark Deeps, was a finalist for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the CLA Young Adult Book Award. Slade is also the author of Dust, a national bestseller and the winner of the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature. His other books include Tribes, Megiddo’s Shadow, Jolted, Monsterology, Villainology and the Canadian Chills series. He lives in Saskatoon. Visit him online.

Peter Denton -- Book Launch

Friday Nov 28 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Technology and Sustainability (Rocky Mountain Books).

The developed world is increasingly obsessed with two things: electronic gadgets and our changing climate. We stand in open-mouthed awe of our technological achievements while dejectedly shrugging our shoulders at the state of the planet on which we live. Our choice is clear: we need to reimagine the way we engage with the technology we create if we hope to make the world a better place.

Peter Denton’s first RMB manifesto, Gift Ecology: Reimagining a Sustainable World, focused on interpersonal relationships as the foundation for a vibrant and ecologically sustainable society. In his second thought-provoking book in the series, the author challenges readers to think of our devices not merely as better rocks and sharper spears, but as profound extensions of our hearts and minds that we can use to make the world a more livable place through enlightened social media interaction, crowdfunding and other positive online engagements.

Peter Denton is an instructor in ethics and sustainability at Red River College in Winnipeg, Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada and an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. He was also elected one of two regional civil society representatives for North America to the United Nations Environment Programme for 2013–14. Technology and Sustainability is his fifth book. Peter lives in Winnipeg.

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