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Carol Brisebois -- Book Launch

Sunday Apr 19 2015 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Prayers to Serenity.

After losing her mother at birth, Sparrow lands in a dysfunctional foster family that runs an equally dysfunctional amusement park. She enlists a doll named Stinky Thing to help her pray for a way out.

Prayers to Serenity tells of a mother who gives her life asking a question her daughter must live to answer, of love breaking free and finding its way home.

Carol Brisebois earned a degree in psychology from the University of Manitoba, pursued studies in Early Childhood Education, and has dedicated her life to working with children. Her previous novels, Her Sparrow, Trip, and House on Fire show what it is to see life through different eyes. In Prayers to Serenity, she asks herself where she’d be today if orphaned as a child.

Andrea Rounce & Jared Wesley (ed) -- Book Launch

Monday Apr 20 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Disengaged?: Fixed Date, Democracy, and Understanding the 2011 Manitoba Election (University of Regina Press).

Civic engagement has reached a post-war low in many parts of Canada, with voter apathy and mistrust running high. In Disengaged?, contributors use the case study of the 2011 Manitoba election to illuminate broader issues affecting voter turnout in Canada, including media relations, online campaigns, voter behaviour, and fixed date laws. The 2011 election—Manitoba’s first fixed-date election—may have increased voter turnout and taken the advantage from the ruling party. Ultimately, this book asks how the lessons learned four years ago can be brought to the next provincial election.

In this event, Andrea Rounce and Jared Wesley will join some of the book’s contributors to introduce the book project and speak to their respective chapters, focusing on the current and future state of Manitoba politics. The event will be webcast live and available for future viewing on YouTube.

Andrea D. Rounce is an associate professor in Political Studies and the academic director of the Manitoba Institute for Policy Research at the University of Manitoba.

Jared Wesley holds an adjunct professor appointment in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.

MCO Pre-Concert Chat w/Caitlin Broms-Jacobs & Karl Stobbe

Monday Apr 20 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Pre-Concert Chat.

Oboist Caitlin Broms-Jacobs and concertmaster Karl Stobbe will discuss the works chosen for performance at their April 22 Chamber Night with MCO Managing Director Vicki Young.

Described as “a delightfully musical player, with elegant tone and delivery” (Winnipeg Free Press), Caitlin Broms-Jacobs is now in her fifth season as principal oboist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Caitlin enjoys a wide-ranging career of chamber music, recital, orchestral, and solo performances, and performs frequently in Winnipeg and across Canada. Caitlin has served as guest principal oboist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and was formerly principal oboist of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Caitlin frequently collaborates with composers and performs contemporary music. She has been featured in Winnipeg’s GroundSwell series and can be heard broadcast on CBC Radio 2.

MCO concertmaster Karl Stobbe is one of Canada’s most diverse violinists, known for his dedication to excellence on the violin and classical music in all its forms. A passionate advocate of music for solo violin, Karl chose the Ysa˙e Solo Violin Sonatas for his first solo CD, Ysa˙e Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27, through the prestigious UK-based Avie Record label. The recording is currently nominated for a Juno Award in the category of Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble.

Katherena Vermette & The Indigenous Writers Collective

Tuesday Apr 21 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Join Manitoba’s biggest book club, now in its seventh year, and read the Governor General’s award-winning book of poetry North End Love Songs (The Muses' Company) by Katherena Vermette.

Delve into this rich and powerful book and take a trip to the North End through a reading of original works by Katherena and other members of the Indigenous Writers Collective.

This event presented by The Winnipeg Foundation and The Winnipeg Public Library.

Miles Macdonell Collegiate -- Literary Magazine Launch

Wednesday Apr 22 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Pulse.

Pulse is a magazine of student creative work published by Miles Macdonell Collegiate. It provides a venue to celebrate creativity, imagination, and originality and is intended to reflect the heartbeat of the school. Each year, students choose a theme and call for submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, art, comics: anything we can print on paper! In 2015 we explore the theme “RAW”, the first time our theme has been an adjective rather than a noun. This has made for a uniquely coherent book, and one closer to the edge of things than we have come before. Join us for an evening of readings featuring the accomplishments of some of Miles Mac’s top creative talent.”

Shirley Camia w/Luann Hiebert & Jennifer Still -- Book Launch

Wednesday Apr 22 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of The Significance of Moths (Turnstone Press) featuring guest poets Luann Hiebert and Jennifer Still.

There is a belief, in Filipino culture, that the recently deceased may return in the form of a moth. Though their bodies disintegrate, their spirits linger on. Fragile but insistent, these spirit-memories permeate Shirley Camia’s collection of poetry, The Significance of Moths.

In her latest work, Camia exposes her experiences in Canada as a child of immigrants. Although true for many, the newcomer experience magnifies the “strands of the past” that are “bound to the present.” Like a voyager though time and space, she perceives her present through a film of nostalgia for a home she never knew, while she faces a future laden with the expectations of a family who risked everything for a better tomorrow.

Shirley Camia is a broadcaster and journalist, born in Winnipeg to first-generation Filipino immigrants. She has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, sleeping alongside the rice fields of rural Japan and falling in love with Canada's far north. She lives and writes in Toronto.

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 and SOCIETY magazine. Her first collection of poetry, What Lies Behind,was published in 2014. She lives in Steinbach, Manitoba.

Jennifer Still is the author of two poetry collections, Girlwood and Saltations, and is the 2015 Carol Shields Writer in Residence at the University of Winnipeg.

Martha Brooks -- Book Launch

Thursday Apr 23 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Letters to Brian: A Year of Living and Remembrance (Turnstone Press).

In daily love letters written to her husband and soul companion, Brian, over the year following his death from brain cancer, critically acclaimed author, playwright, and jazz singer Martha Brooks leads us on a journey through grief that is both deeply personal and undeniably universal.

By turns funny, shattering, and uplifting, Brooks wrestles with the crucial question of how to continue a lifelong romance once your lover is gone. The answer seems to come from Brian himself, leaving timely clues and orchestrating surprising synchronicities of healing through family, friends, and complete strangers. Through her “Letters to Brian”, Brooks learns not to overcome her grief but to live with loss. And she comes to realize that we are never truly alone.

Martha Brooks is an award-winning novelist, playwright and jazz singer whose books have been published in Spain, Italy, Japan, Denmark, England, Germany and Australia, as well as in Canada and the United States. She is a three-time winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year, as well as the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Governor General's Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. She lives in Winnipeg.

Travis Tomchuk -- Book Launch

Thursday Apr 23 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Transnational Radicals: Italian Anarchists in Canada and the U.S., 1915-1940 (University of Manitoba Press) hosted by Nolan Reilly.

Italian anarchism emerged in the latter half of the nineteenth century during that country’s long and bloody unification. Often facing economic hardship and political persecution, many of Italy’s anarchists migrated to North America. Wherever Italian anarchists settled, they published journals, engaged in labour and political activism, and attempted to recreate the radical culture of their homeland.

In Transnational Radicals, Travis Tomchuk makes use of Italian government security files and Italian-language anarchist newspapers to reconstruct a vibrant and little-studied political movement during a tumultuous period of modern North American history.

Travis Tomchuk is a public historian who lives and works in Winnipeg.

Nolan Reilly is a professor of history and former chair of the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. He is the Coordinator of the Sanford Riley Centre for Canadian History and the Sanford Riley Fellowship in Canadian History.

Fort Richmond Collegiate -- Creative Arts Magazine Launch

Friday Apr 24 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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The Scribbler is a creative arts magazine compiled and produced by students from Fort Richmond Collegiate, a high school located in Winnipeg South. The book is composed entirely of student submissions, ranging from written work to art and photography to musical compositions. Throughout the years, 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 contributors.

We are very proud to be launching the fifth edition of The Scribbler at McNally Robinson Booksellers. For more information and a preview of this year’s content please visit our website.

Free Korean Movie Night

Friday Apr 24 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Showing Pacemaker with English Subtitles.

Once a promising marathon runner, Joo Man-Ho (Kim Myung-Min) was forced to give up his dreams because of a critical leg injury and to support his younger brother. Still unable to leave track & field for good, Joo Man-Ho then became a pacemaker - a runner who leads his team during the first section of a marathon event before dropping out. He makes ends meet by delivering chicken for a friend’s restaurant.

Park Sung-Il (Ahn Sung-Ki), his old coach, pays Man-Ho a visit hoping that he’ll agree to become the pacemaker for the Korean national team as it prepares for the upcoming 2012 Olympics. Park Sung-Il accepts, but faces the recurrence of his leg injury, which could prevent him from ever running again and must also contain his original dream of becoming a champion marathon runner.

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.

Brian Chipney/Tim Cummings Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Apr 24 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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The Burton Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Apr 25 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Roland Vandal -- Book Launch

Sunday Apr 26 2015 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Off the Ropes: My Story (J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing).

Having been sexually abused by a boxing coach as a teen, and not knowing who to trust or tell, Roland Vandal found solace in drugs and alcohol. His battle with addiction, and his unwillingness to speak of his demons, lead to failed relationships, bad choices, crime, trouble with the law, and PTSD. After a night of partying with friends in 2001, Roland found himself alone in a Winnipeg hotel and attempted suicide. When he woke plagued by guilt and shame at what he had done, he knew he had hit bottom. He dialed the phone and sought help.

Clean and sober for over a decade, Roland is now living a life he never dreamed possible. Filled with moments of humour, sorrow, despair, and triumph over adversity, Off the Ropes tells his story in the raw, from the abuse, to his addictions, to his successes in business and as a motivational speaker and advocate.

Roland Vandal is a former boxer and business owner. His battle with addiction, and his ongoing struggle with PTSD has lead him to become a crusader for mental health awareness, as well as a dedicated advocate to end bullying and abuse. He lives in Winnipeg.

An Evening with Margaret Trudeau

Monday Apr 27 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing The Time of Your Life: Choosing a Vibrant, Joyful Future (HarperCollins Canada).

Margaret Trudeau, author of the #1 bestselling memoir Changing My Mind, offers women an inspirational and practical approach to creating a healthy, happy, secure and satisfying future life. From dating and online romance to health practices and financial planning, The Time of Your Life explores the fundamentals needed for the best future by discussing cornerstone issues such as housing, money, sex, friendship and children.

Always a rebel at heart, Margaret looks at what the experts have to say and weaves through her own point of view, culling insightful and funny anecdotes from her early marriage to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau when she was a twentytwoyearold hippie from the west coast of Canada, to her life as a single mom raising three young boys in the often hostile glare of the media spotlight. Margaret’s mental health challenges, her decision to leave her second marriage, the devastating loss of her son Michel and first husband Pierre, and her reinvention as a coveted spokesperson and fundraiser make her uniquely qualified to offer her own perspective on the choices women face in their fifties and beyond.

From the heights of fame to despair, and from illness to robust health, Margaret Trudeau, Canada’s former first lady, has lived a storied life of joy, sorrow and recovery.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Apr 28 2015 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 2015 is Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams: Essays (Graywolf), a collection of visceral and revealing essays that ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others.

Get in touch with Joanne through e-mail at jmkelly (at) or with John at McNally Robinson at events (at) or by calling 204-453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.

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