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St. John’s-Ravenscourt School History of Canada Class -- Book Launch

Thursday May 28 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of The HBC: A Short History 1670-2015.

"In their investigation of Canadian history, 40 Grade 11 students from St. John’s-Ravenscourt, through the mentorship of some of Canada’ most prolific and influential historians, realized how critical it is to have an understanding of the Hudson Bay Company in order to understand Red River and Canada in 2015. With the help of the likes of John Ralston Saul, Desmond Morton, Charlotte Gray, Gerald Friesen and many more, our learning community learned why and how we do history.

"The result is this short volume on the development and impact of the HBC. Each writer has explored the HBC from a unique perspective so as to make sense of who we are and our relationship with the land and Canada’s first peoples. Using the six historical thinking concepts and a reliance on the HBC archives, this history is an honest and through account of how we have exploited and shared resources since 1670."

Jeanne Randolph -- Book Launch

Thursday May 28 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Shopping Cart Pantheism (ARP Books).

Jeanne Randolph’s latest work offers a preposterous and yet challenging invitation to participate in commodity adoration. Glorifying consumerism as the de facto religion of our time, the brainy, off-kilter narrator invites readers to welcome the era of advertising that is mining Subconscious remnants of Christian mythology. As she meanders The Strip in Las Vegas, its sites and monuments become examples of Christian sainthood, miracles, worship, and dogma now transformed into icons of consumerism. Satiric, witty, and deeply insightful, Shopping Cart Pantheism reveals the fraught beginnings of the twenty-first century’s most pervasive neurosis.

Jeanne Randolph is one of Canada’s foremost cultural theorists. She is the author of the influential book Psychoanalysis & Synchronized Swimming as well as Symbolization and Its Discontents, Why Stoics Box, and Ethics of Luxury. Dr. Randolph is also known as an engaging lecturer and performance artist. In universities and galleries across Canada, England, Australia, and Spain she has spoken on topics ranging from the aesthetics of Barbie dolls to the philosophy of Wittgenstein.

**Postponed** Linda Maendel -- Book Launch

Friday May 29 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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The launch of Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom From My Prairie Community (Herald Press) has been postponed to Wednesday June 3. More information on the new date can be found here.

Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) -- Speaking & Signing

Friday May 29 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems (Purich Publishing)

This book is the first of its kind. Traditionally and through custom, nêhiyaw (Cree) laws are shared and passed down through the generations in the oral tradition, utilizing stories, songs, ceremonies, lands, waters, animals, land markings and other sacred rites. The loss of the languages, customs, and traditions of Indigenous peoples as a direct result of colonization has necessitated this departure from the oral tradition to record the physical laws of the nêhiyaw, for the spiritual laws can never be written down.

McAdam, a co-founder of the international movement Idle No More, shares nêhiyaw laws so that future generations, both nêhiyaw and non-Indigenous people, may understand and live by them to revitalize Indigenous nationhood.

Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) is a nêhiyaw woman, a citizen of the nêhiyaw Nation, who holds a Juris Doctorate (LL.B) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor’s of Human Justice (B.H.J) from the University of Regina.

Jamie Brownlee -- Speaking & Signing

Friday May 29 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing Academia, Inc.: How Corporatization Is Transforming Canadian Universities (Fernwood Publishing).

Canadian universities are being slowly but inexorably corporatized. Casualizing academic labour, remaking students into consumers of education, implementing corporate management models and commercializing academic research all point to the ascendance of business interests and values in Canada’s higher education system.

Academia, Inc. examines the tensions that result from the merging of two fundamentally incompatible institutions — the university and the corporation. Brownlee argues that moving from liberal education to corporate job training, public service to profit-making and critical research to commercial invention radically undermines the goals of higher education. Investigating the history, causes and impacts of corporatization, this book explores how this transformation has taken shape and its ramifications for both universities and society as a whole. Brownlee suggests several strategies for resisting this process.

Jamie Brownlee obtained his PhD in sociology and political economy from Carleton University. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of Canadian and international political economy, corporate crime, freedom of information, environmental politics and climate change, and the sociology of education. He is the author of Ruling Canada: Corporate Cohesion and Democracy and co-editor of Access to Information and Social Justice: Critical Research Strategies for Journalists, Scholars and Activists.

Table 4 Three (Live Musical Performance)

Friday May 29 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Classic swing, jazz standards, be-bop and uptown blues performed by this trio of Winnipeg lads that are known as Table 4 Three. These classy looking gents are fresh, energetic and passionate about jazz music and its swinging roots.

Famous cover songs by Basie, Ellington, Shearing and Gershwin amongst others, mixed with their own list of produced recordings will bring instant enjoyment and plenty of toe tapping. This enthusiastic trio unreservedly expresses their style where the ears of the passersby cannot help but be drawn in to hear more.

Sit down, unwind, get comfortable and sip your favorite cocktail while you enjoy the sweet sounds and swinging rhythm of Table 4 Three.

Sandi Sellen -- Book Launch

Saturday May 30 2015 6:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of The Dancing Animals (Word Alive Press).

There once was a place called Animal Village, which only animals knew about. It was known as the best place to learn to dance. Every Friday at 7:00 p.m., animals would come from miles around to socialize. The farmyards would empty, the jungles would empty, the villages, towns, and cities would empty, as all the animals flocked together to learn yet another dance.

Sandi Sellen lives in Country Villas, East St. Paul, Manitoba, with her husband, David. They have three married daughters and four grandchildren.

Edward Morris Barker -- Book Launch

Saturday May 30 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of The Adventures of Charlie Red Star.

Charlie was what we Earthlings call a You-Eff-Oh, you know, an Unidentified flying Object. He had been seen on Thursday, April 10, 1975 over Carman, Manitoba. Charlie was curious, so he decided to hang around to see what would happen next. Little did the Earthlings realize that they would soon be drawn into what was to go down in history as The Adventures of Charlie Red Star.

Ed Barker was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During his last year in High School he was hired as an apprentice animator at Phillips-Gutkin and Associates, and then attended the University Of Manitoba School Of Art. Later he was hired in 1968 by the newly opened Manitoba Planetarium where he stayed for 30 yrs. Ed and his family travel extensively. Ed is retired and still draws, paints and sculpts, spending time at the family cabin somewhere on Lake of the Woods.

Matt Moskal (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday May 30 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Long in the tooth but short in years is pop-folk singer/songwriter Matt Moskal. The Winnipeg, MB musician looks equally at home atop a speaker or leaning forward in a rocking chair. With stripped down arrangements and sunburned vocals, Moskal crafts sultry and sardonic songs with drunken dedication. His endearing live performances prominently feature his endless energy and hearty sense of humour.

Matt Moskal has shared the stage with B.A. Johnston, The Undesirables, Geoff Berner, Daniel Romano, Fred Squire, Julie Doiron, Wax Mannequin, Spookey Ruben and Fred Penner. In 2010, he played the main stage of the 40th annual Northern Lights Festival Boreal. The festival also featured headliners Broken Social Scene and The Weakerthans. In early 2013, Moskal embarked on the North Shore Salute Tour with fellow songwriter Andrew Laviolette. He was also a featured performer in the Scorpio's Joey Cape Presents series, sharing stage time with the Lagwagon frontman. In 2014, Moskal spearheaded Folk & Word with Graham Hnatiuk of Hearing Trees at the West End Cultural Centre. The event was a showcase of local music combined with slam poetry.

Myrl Coulter -- Book Launch

Sunday May 31 2015 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of A Year of Days (University of Alberta Press).

After her mother succumbed to a rare form of dementia, Myrl Coulter turned the eulogy she had written for the funeral into a series of meditations on absence. The result is fifteen personal narrative essays that move through the vacations, holidays, special occasions, and ordinary days each year brings. Coulter reaches for the mother who is gone, yet ever-present, no matter where she is or what she is doing. In every detail of Coulter’s world, A Year of Days offers readers an intimate odyssey of experience and catharsis.

Born and raised in Manitoba, Myrl Coulter lives and writes in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds a PhD from the University of Alberta, where she taught English.

Lauren Carter, Ariel Gordon & Tracy Hamon -- An Evening of Poetry

Monday Jun 01 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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An evening of poetry featuring Lauren Carter, Ariel Gordon, and Tracy Hamon co-presented by the Envoi Poetry Festival and Palimpsest Press.

Sadly formerly featured poet Yvonne Blomer will no longer be joining us, but interested readers are encouraged to explore her most recent collection As if a Raven.

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Her second collection of urban/nature poems, Stowaways, was launched in spring 2014 and was recently awarded the 2015 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry / Prix Lansdowne de poésie. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.

Lauren Carter is the author of Swarm, a novel listed as one of the Top 40 Books that Could Change Canada by CBC Canada Reads, and Lichen Bright, a collection of poetry. She is currently completing manuscripts of short fiction and poetry and is at work on a novel at her home in The Pas. Read her blog.

Tracy Hamon was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She holds an MA in English from the University of Regina. Her first book of poetry This Is Not Eden was released in April 2005 and was a finalist for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Portions of her second collection, Interruptions in Glass, won the 2005 City of Regina Writing Award, and was also shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2010. Thistledown Press published her third book Red Curls in the fall of 2014.

Jan Lisiecki -- Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Pre-Concert Chat

Monday Jun 01 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Featuring Canadian piano star Jan Lisiecki in conversation.

MCO Music Director Anne Manson sits down with master pianist Jan Lisiecki to discuss the MCO’s June 3 performance. That evening will feature the world premiere of a piece by Dorothy Chang and Leoš Janácek’s String Quar­tet No. 2. In the second half of the concert, the MCO will wel­come back their dearly-loved and awe-inspiring Jan Lisiecki, who opened last sea­son with a four-star concert.

The late Gwenda Nem­er­of­sky, in her Win­nipeg Free Press review, wrote of listen­ing and pic­tur­ing in her mind’s eye more of a middle-aged piano vir­tu­oso. “Such con­fid­ence, attack, tech­nical fluid­ity and enchant­ing sens­it­iv­ity could only come from a decades-seasoned per­former. Instead, the guest artist was a blond-haired, fresh-faced lanky young man.”

Lisiecki will discuss his career, his music, and his approach to performance at this special Pre-Concert Chat.

David Alexander Robertson & Scott B. Henderson -- Book Launch

Tuesday Jun 02 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Betty:The Helen Betty Osborne Story (Highwater Press).

Helen Betty Osborne, known as Betty to her closest friends and family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She left her home to attend residential school and high school in a small town in Manitoba. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder resonates loudly today. Betty represents one of almost 1,200 Indigenous women in Canada who have been murdered or gone missing.

This book is a true account. Content may be disturbing to some readers.

David Alexander Robertson is an award-winning graphic novelist and writer who has long been an advocate for educating youth on indigenous history and contemporary issues. He has created several graphic novels, including his newest series, Tales From Big Spirit, as well as the bestselling 7 Generations series. He was a contributor to the anthology Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water and the co-creator and writer for the upcoming television series The Reckoner. His first novel, The Evolution of Alice, was published in fall 2014 and he recently received the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer at the 2015 Manitoba Book Awards. David lives in Winnipeg with his wife and five children, where he works in the field of indigenous education.

Scott Henderson has worked as an illustrator for comics, portraiture, and advertising art. He is author/ illustrator of the sci-fi/fantasy comic, The Chronicles of Era and illustrated two comics for the Canadian Air Force’s For Valour series, the bestselling graphic novel series 7 Generations, selected titles from the Tales From Big Spirit series, and, most recently, the graphic novel, Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story. Scott is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s School of Art.

An Evening with Mary Lou Dickinson & Pam Galloway

Tuesday Jun 02 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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The Arc of Two Women’s Lives in Literature – an evening with Mary Lou Dickinson (Would I Lie to You?) and Pam Galloway (Passing Stranger) presented by Inanna Publications.

Who is a family and how do we create one? In her third work of fiction, Would I Lie to You?, Mary Lou Dickinson artfully explores the effects of hidden pregnancies from days long past, what happens when mothers and birth children search for each other, and the painful reality of secrets hidden under the veneer of polite society that can affect families for generations.

Mary Lou Dickinson’s fiction has been published in numerous literary publications and broadcast on CBC Radio. Her writing was included in the anthology, We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman. Dickinson is author of the critically-acclaimed books, One Day It Happens, and Ile d’Or.

Pam Galloway’s second poetry volume, Passing Stranger, is a memoir in verse of one woman’s life. Poems explore a marriage, a desire for motherhood, considerations of fertility and infertility, an eventual divorce and a woman finding herself in late middle age. Its themes speak to all women who have experienced the joys and the tribulations of motherhood in all its complexities.

Pam Galloway lives, works and writes in Vancouver and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her poetry and non-fiction have been featured on CBC radio and her poetry has been published in numerous Canadian literary magazines including The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, Contemporary Verse 2, Grain, Descant, Dandelion, Event, The New Orphic Review, Room of One’s Own and twice on the website of the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Her first book of poetry Parallel Lines was published in 2006.

Linda Maendel -- Book Launch

Wednesday Jun 03 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom From My Prairie Community (Herald Press).

This book is a collection of stories from the author’s life on a Hutterite colony in Manitoba. Woven together with faith, family and community, this narrative captures happy and sad events; including holidays, working together, childhood memories, hobbies, history, outreach and travel. Each chapter will give readers a chance to learn something about Hutterites and their “all things common” way of life.

Linda Maendel feels blessed to have lived on a Hutterite Colony her entire life. She works as an Educational Assistant in the community’s school, teaching German and English to students in grades K-8. In her spare time, few things bring Linda more joy than writing and reading. She’s grateful to be able to string words together to create stories and poems in English, German and Hutterisch. Linda is the author of a German children’s book: Lindas glücklicher Tag. She’s also translated a set of Bible stories into Hutterisch.

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