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An Evening with Jane Urquhart

Friday May 22 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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In conversation with acclaimed author Joan Thomas and signing The Night Stages (McClelland & Stewart). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.

Join us for a very special evening of discussion centred around Jane Urquhart’s latest novel, set mainly in a remote area of County Kerry in the ’40s and ’50s. An elegiac novel of emotional depth that vividly evokes a time and a place, The Night Stages explores the meaning of separation, the sorrows of fractured families, and the profound effect of home in a world where a way of life is changing.

Jane Urquhart, one of Canada’s best loved writers, was born in the north, (in Little Longlac, Ontario), and grew up in Northumberland County and Toronto. She is the author of seven internationally acclaimed and award winning novels including The Stone Carvers and, most recently, Sanctuary Line. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction and four books of poetry. In 2005 Urquhart was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. She lives in Northumberland County Ontario, Canada, and occasionally in Ireland.

This fall, Joan Thomas was awarded the Writers Trust Engel/Findley Award for a mid-career writer, in recognition of a remarkable body of work. She is the author of three novels, the most recent of which, The Opening Sky, is set in Winnipeg, was a finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for fiction, and was the recipient of the 2015 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. Joan’s debut novel, Reading By Lightning, won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Canada/Caribbean) and the First Novel Award. Her second, Curiosity, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. For many years, Joan was a contributing reviewer for the Globe and Mail. She lives in Winnipeg.

Free Korean Movie Night

Friday May 22 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Showing Architecture 101 with English Subtitles. 35-year-old architect Seung-Min (Uhm Tae-woong) receives a visit at his office from a woman. Seung-Min doesn’t recognize the woman at first, but then realizes the woman is Seo-Yeon (Han Ga-In). Seo-Yeon is his first love, but he hasn’t seen her since his freshman year in college. Seo-Yeon now has a request. She wants to hire Seung-Min to rebuild her home on Jeju Island.

15 years ago, Seung-Min (Lee Je-hoon) is a naive young man beginning his architecture studies in college. He first meets Seo-Yeon (Suji) in his Architecture 101 class. As they work on a class project together, Seung-Min and Seo-Yeon begin to fall in love. Back to the present day, Seung-Min is hesitant to take Seo-Yeon’s job offer. Seo-Yeon persists and even goes to his boss with her wish. Seung-Min now has no choice, but to take on Seo-Yeon’s home project. Old memories of love and heartbreak will soon resurface, as they find themselves at different junctions in their lives.

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 May 22 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Mainstream Jazz

Jodi Carmichael -- Book Signing

Saturday May 23 2015 2:00 pm - Grant Park by the Cash Desk, Winnipeg

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Signing Forever Julia: A Novel (Great Plains Teen Fiction).

Six months ago, Julia’s life was perfect. Then her dad died. Now she lives with her grieving mother and sick grandmother in a puny apartment above their bookstore. After a dark bout of depression, Julia is fragile, and mourns both her father and her old life. But she has one thing to be happy about: Jeremy, the most popular boy at school, has chosen her.

Jeremy’s love for Julia is passionate, even obsessive. As she grows closer to Jeremy, Julia pushes her disapproving friends and family away. But Jeremy only becomes more controlling and Julia has to decide what lines cannot be crossed.

Jodi Carmichael lives in Winnipeg where she can often be found dancing in the living room with her two wildly imaginative daughters, her patient and supportive husband, and a scruffy Border Terrier named Zoe. This is her second book.

Pat Hirst -- Book Launch

Saturday May 23 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of In a Perfect World: Interpersonal Skills for Life.

After 20 years of teaching communication workshops and mediating disputes, Pat Hirst shares her common sense approach on communication and relationship building in her debut work, In a Perfect World.

In a perfect world, everyone would be good tempered, listen carefully and consider the outcome before they spoke. We don’t live in a perfect world and most of us have not received coaching on how to communicate effectively, especially when interactions are difficult or conflicted.

In a Perfect World takes you on an informative journey through the dynamics of effective communication, highlighting how to say things in a way designed to maximize your chance for success. Pat shares personal examples, stories and tips.

Pat Hirst is a speaker, trainer, and mediator. Through workshops, retreats and keynotes she shares strategies and tools to coach people to create the life they chose. She lives in Winnipeg.

Nightfall (Live Musical Performancce)

Saturday May 23 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restuarant, Winnipeg

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Anita Daher -- Book Launch

Sunday May 24 2015 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Wonder Horse (Rebelight Publishing).

Fitting into a new school in a new city isn’t easy, but dreams come true for Sera with a gift from her parents: a gorgeous and spirited American Paint horse. Sera’s bubble bursts when a mean girl, Brittany, tells her that neither she nor her less than well-trained horse belong with the rest of the “reiners” in their riding class. As Sera sets out to prove Brittany wrong, she risks losing her passion for training and the friendship of Dev, another girl who truly understands her.

Anita Daher has been entrenched in the publishing industry since 1995, and is (thus far) author of fourteen books for children and teens. Aside from short stints as grave-plot seller, tour guide, and children’s party clown, she’s worked in aviation, publishing and broadcasting. When not word wrangling, she enjoys inhabiting characters on stage and screen.

This story was originally published by Stabenfeldt (Stavanger, Norway) in 2011 as Wager the Wonder Horse and distributed in six languages: Norwegian, Hungarian, Czech, German, Finnish and Swedish.

Patti Grayson -- Book Launch

Monday May 25 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Ghost Most Foul (Coteau Books).

Summer has just been made basketball team captain when her coach is ‘lost’ in a plane crash. Returning to school, Summer discovers:

  1. the most popular all-star player’s step-dad is now the coach, and he’s a jerk
  2. the team’s already working hard to lump her in with the team ‘loser’, Dodie, and
  3. she can see the woeful ghost of Coach Nola when she plays ball

Unsurprisingly, it becomes their worst season ever. If the ghost is trying to help, Summer’s failing her miserably! Running out of ideas, and facing blocks at every play, can Summer turn her team around?

Patti Grayson is the author of two novels for adults, Core Samples and Autumn, One Spring. A school librarian who’s worked as a bank teller, advertising writer and puppeteer (among other things!), Patti makes her home in St Andrews, Manitoba.

Ixtapa Travel -- Travel Presentation

Monday May 25 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Communit y Classroom, Winnipeg

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Splendors of the Hawaiian Islands Travel Presentation.

Discover the tropical beauty of Hawaii during this vacation, as you island hop from Oahu to the Big Island of Hawaii and Kauai to Maui. This tour takes in active volcanos, the natural beauty of Kauai’s Waimea Canyon, Waikiki Beach, and Pearl Harbor’s famous Battleship Row in Honolulu. Additionally, guests will visit the black-sand beaches on Hawaii’s Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the pineapple and sugar cane fields.

To hear about all these details and many more from Ixtapa Travel and Globus Family of Brands representatives, join us for a presentation on the tour this evening.

Space at this talk is limited. Please RSVP to or call 204-885-0618

Debbie Okun Hill -- Poetry Reading feat. Special Guests

Monday May 25 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Tarnished Trophies (Black Moss Press) featuring special guest readers Brenda Hasiuk, Carmelo Militano, and Brenda Sciberras.

In her first book of poetry, Debbie Okun Hill leaps from the bleachers into the light and shadow of the sports world. Mixed with the poetic portraits of sweat…the thirst for first…and the juicy taste of orange victory are the metaphorical snapshots of tarnished men and women, the unrewarded failures, and the need to reflect. Tarnished Trophies wrestles the athletic soul: this essence of winning and losing, loving and changing, growing and shaping.

Debbie Okun Hill has been writing for over 30 years. She is a CreComm graduate from Red River College and was employed with The Regional News (Selkirk) and The Winnipeg Art Gallery before settling in Ontario to work in the public relations field. Today, her poems appear in over 100 Canadian and U.S. publications including Descant, Existere, The Binnacle, The Literary Review of Canada, The Windsor Review and Vallum. Visit her blog.

Brenda Hasiuk’s short stories have appeared in some of Canada’s top literary journals, including The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, and Prism International. Her previous two novels have received much critical acclaim. Boy Lost in Wild is Brenda’s first collection of short stories. Brenda lives in Winnipeg, the coldest major city on earth, with her husband and two children.

Carmelo Militano is a Winnipeg writer and poet. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks and four books including the novel Sebastiano’s Vine and a memoir/travelogue. In 2004, he won the 2004 F.G. Bressani award for poetry. Morning After You is his most recent publication.

Brenda Sciberras is a Winnipeg writer whose poetry has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines and anthologies. She holds a BA from the University of Manitoba and divides her time between working fulltime in a library, singing in the Spirit’s Call Choir, writing, and her family. Her first collection, Magpie Days, recently received the 2015 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday May 26 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, 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 May 2015 is Lily King's Euphoria (HarperCollins Canada), a Kirkus prize winning book set between two world wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead.

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.

Philip Slayton -- Book Launch

Tuesday May 26 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Mayors Gone Bad (Viking Canada).

Whether they’ve misappropriated funds, had cosy relationships with Mafia hoods, been caught with prostitutes, or admitted to smoking crack, Canada’s mayors are a colourful collection: Michael Applebaum of Montreal faces criminal charges of fraud; Gilles Vaillancourt of Laval also resigned and faces similar criminal charges; Joe Fontana was convicted of fraud and is under house arrest; Sam Katz of Winnipeg was dogged throughout his mayoralty by conflict-of-interest allegations; and Rob Ford made headlines across North America as “the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto.”

But it’s not all bad news: Philip Slayton writes about the “western triangle of mayoral goodness,” Nenshi of Calgary, Iveson of Edmonton, and Robertson of Vancouver. Also, Slayton features four foreign mayors who have made an impact.

Slayton offers insight into the nature of municipal government in Canada and speculates about why people seek the office of mayor. Written with the dry wit that made Lawyers Gone Bad a national bestseller, this book is an eye-opening look at how we are governed.

Philip Slayton is the bestselling author of Lawyers Gone Bad and Mighty Judgment. A Rhodes scholar, he has been a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada, dean of a Canadian law school, and senior partner of a major Canadian law firm. Currently, he is president of PEN Canada. He divides his time between Toronto and Port Medway, Nova Scotia.

An Evening with Angie Abdou & Andy Sinclair

Tuesday May 26 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Reading & discussing Abdou’s Between (Arsenal Pulp Press) and Sinclair’s Breathing Lessons (Véhicule Press). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our 2015 Spring Literary Series and hosted by the Festival’s own Bruce Symaka.

A searing portrait of two women from two different cultures, Between comically and tragically tackles the issue of international nannies by providing a window on motherhood where it is tangled up with class, career, labour, and desire.

Angie Abdou is an award-winning Canadian author whose work includes the novels The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011 defended by NHL star Georges Laraque) and Between. The latter, released in the fall, has been reviewed extremely favourably by critics in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Winnipeg Review, and Vancouver Sun, as well as by the book industry’s publication The Quill and Quire. Angie won the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year, and in doing so joined a prestigious group of authors, including Margaret Atwood and Yann Martel.

A bold and explicit debut novel by one of the most visceral new voices in gay fiction, Breathing Lessons is the story of Henry Moss, a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the limitations or abuses his predecessors experienced.

Andy Sinclair was born in Cowansville, Quebec and grew up in North Bay, Ontario. He now lives in Toronto. His work has appeared in fab, The Moose & Pussy, The Globe and Mail, and Dragnet Magazine. Breathing Lessons is his first book.

CIHR Café Scientifique

Wednesday May 27 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Pulse of the Prairies: There is more to the local Manitoban diet than its grain fields!

While Manitoba is well known for its grain fields, research shows there are health and economic benefits to increased consumption of local functional foods, including canola oil, flaxseed, and pulses. How healthy is the Manitoban diet? Are there locally grown “super foods”? Join us to hear what the experts have to say and share your thoughts.

Speakers include Paul Fieldhouse, PhD (Adjunct Professor, University of Manitoba), Peter Jones, PhD (Professor, University of Manitoba), and Lee Anne Murphy, PhD (Executive Director, Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network Inc.). The moderator this evening is Catherine Field, PhD, RD (Professor of Nutrition, University of Alberta).

This free event is presented by the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Space is limited. Please RSVP to

Keith Cadieux, Chadwick Ginther & Corey Redekop -- Book Launch

Wednesday May 27 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir (Exile Editions).

Noir has never been a genre so much as a tone, an overlay, a mood, and this anthology resists the temptation to define what is meant by noir – editors Claude Lalumière and David Nickle were more interested in what it meant to Canadian writers. In New Canadian Noir the full spectrum of the noir esthetic is explored and Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Calgary provide location – with regions like Nunavut and the Okanagan Valley as natural settings.

Keith Cadieux of Winnipeg is the author of the novella Gaze, which was short listed for a Manitoba Book Award and long-listed for the 2010 ReLit Award.

Chadwick Ginther is the author of the Prix Aurora Award-nominated fantasy novels Thunder Road and Tombstone Blues with Ravenstone Books. Originally from Morden, Manitoba, he now lives and writes in Winnipeg.

Corey Redekop has published the much-admired, award-winning bookworm blockbuster novel Shelf Monkey with ECW Press and the even-more-celebrated, award-nominated zombie satire Husk. Born and raised in Thompson, Manitoba, Corey now nests in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he works as a librarian (for the money) and writer (for the glory).

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