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Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Apr 16 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.

Miriam Toews -- Book Launch

Wednesday Apr 16 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of All My Puny Sorrows (Knopf Canada) hosted by Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Literary editor at the Winnipeg Free Press.

Miriam Toews is beloved for her irresistible voice, for mingling laughter and heartwrenching poignancy like no other writer. In this, her most passionate novel yet, she brings us the riveting story of two sisters, and a love that illuminates life.

Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. Yoli is a beguiling mess, wickedly funny even as she stumbles through life struggling to keep her teenage kids and mother happy, her exes from hating her, her sister from killing herself and her own heart from breaking.

But Elf’s latest suicide attempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the opening of her highly anticipated international tour. Can she be nursed back to “health” in time? Does it matter? As the situation becomes ever more complicated, Yoli faces the most terrifying decision of her life.

Miriam Toews is the author of five previous novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck; A Boy of Good Breeding; A Complicated Kindness (winner of the 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction), The Flying Troutmans (winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize) and Irma Voth, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. She lives in Toronto.

Café Politique

Thursday Apr 17 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Science and Policy: Lake Winnipeg Watershed.

An issue central to the future of Manitoba is the health and vitality of Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. It is an issue that will remain on the Manitoba policy agenda for years to come. We must ask what is happening to Lake Winnipeg and what we can do about it. This evening’s discussion will focus on what the science is telling us and what options we have moving forward.

Featured speakers include Hon. Gord Mackintosh (Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship) and Terry Duguid (former Chair of the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission) with the discussion moderated by Paul Vogt (Executive-in-Residence, MIPR).

The Manitoba Institute for Policy Research is based in the department of Political Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba. The Institute serves as a hub for academic analysis, public policy discourse, and outreach. By engaging Manitobans and increasing access to policy experts in our community through the Citizen Series, MIPR hopes to enhance the quality of public discourse in the province.

This is a free event, all are welcome. Please RSVP online.

Kevin Spenst -- Reading & Signing

Thursday Apr 17 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg stop of Kevin Spenst’s Chapbook Tour of Canada featuring guest readers Ariel Gordon and Angeline Schellenberg.

In addition to the UK, the United States, Austria and India, Kevin Spenst’s poetry has appeared in over a dozen Canadian literary publications such as Freefall, Prairie Fire, CV2, Dandelion, filling Station, qwerty, and Poetry is Dead. His work has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and his manuscript Ignite has come in as a finalist for the Alfred G. Bailey Prize. In 2011, he won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry. In 2014 he is going to do a 100-venue reading tour across Canada with his chapbooks Pray Goodbye, Retractable, Happy Hollow and the Surrey Suite and What the Frag Meant. In the Spring of 2014, he will have a collection of beer-coaster sonnets out with JackPine press.

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Her second collection of poetry, Stowaways, will be published in May 2014 by Palimpsest Press. Most recently, her chapbook How to Make a Collage won Kalamalka Press’ inaugural John Lent Poetry-Prose Award. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.

Angeline Schellenberg’s poetry has appeared in Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, The New Quarterly, Rhubarb, The Society, Geez, Wordgathering, the MB Herald, and the Beautiful Women Anthology, and is forthcoming in the Newborn Anthology. Angeline apprenticed under Méira Cook in the 2012 Manitoba Writers’ Guild mentorship program and under Don McKay at the 2013 Sage Hill Poetry Colloquium. A regular reader at Speaking Crow, Angeline was awarded a Manitoba Arts Council grant and an honourable mention in Rhubarb’s 2013 poetry contest. Her first full manuscript is about raising children on the autism spectrum.

Emma Cloney (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Apr 19 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Alison Calder -- Book Launch

Monday Apr 21 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Launch of In the Tiger Park (Coteau Books).

Alison Calder's poetry is known for shining the light of the poet's curiosity on all manner of "natural occurrences," which nevertheless stand out. This collection is about what exists at the edges of human experience, what's out there but is largely unseen by the average human. It's about ghosts, how these things operate as ghosts to us now, in this age - things that might have, in another age, occupied a more central place in our lives.

Alison Calder's first poetry collection, Wolf Tree, won two Manitoba Book Awards and was a finalist for both the Gerald Lampert Award and the Pat Lowther Award for Canadian poetry. Her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies, most notably Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets and Exposed, and has twice circulated on Winnipeg city buses.

Born in England, Calder grew up in Saskatoon and now lives in Winnipeg, where she teaches Canadian Literature and creative writing at the University of Manitoba.

Writers Unblocked -- Anthology Launch

Tuesday Apr 22 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Water: Reflections on Thirst, Thanks and Truth.

Join the Writers Unblocked group and educator/editor, Marjorie Anderson, at the celebratory launch of Water: Reflections on Thirst, Thanks and Truth. This anthology had its origins in the Writing for an Anthology class in McNally Robinson's Community Classroom and features stories about the richness and potency of personal encounters with water.

The eight writers who comprise Writers Unblocked (Roselea Young, Linda Romanetz, Les Rankin, Barbara King, Kathy French, Nancy Clendenan, Eleanor Chornoboy, and Rod Cantiveros) will read short selections from their pieces in the book and would be pleased to talk individually with those interested in hearing briefly about the experience of collaborative writing.

William Pura -- Meet the Composer

Tuesday Apr 22 2014 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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A special installment of McNally Robinson’s Meet the Composer series co-presented by GroundSwell.

On April 28, GroundSwell presents Ether/Aura: The Sounds of Iceland, a remarkable concert featuring the surprising and sublime music of Iceland’s top composers from the past 50 years. This concert is a special presentation with núna (now), Winnipeg's Icelandic arts convergence. At this presentation, composer William Pura will explore some of the composers featured at this concert: from Jón Leifs to contemporary Icelandic composers such as Kjartan Olafsson and Áskell Másson. Winnipeg tenor PJ Buchan will be on hand to speak on Leifs’ Three Saga Songs, a work for tenor and piano that he will be performing at the forthcoming concert.

William Pura was born in Winnipeg and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba followed by a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana University. A long-time member of the artistic community of Manitoba, his work has been performed at many Groundswell concerts as well as other venues across North America.

Marianne Curtis -- Book Launch

Tuesday Apr 22 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Launch of A Discreet Betrayal.

A Discreet Betrayal is a cautionary modern day love story.

Emma, a single magazine journalist, joins an online dating community after failing to find a suitable partner in the “real world”. She meets Stephan and the couple make plans for the future until an anonymous email changes their entire relationship. Putting her stellar investigative skills to work, Emma discovers the man of her dreams is living a double life and nothing was as it seems. With the help of her fellow dating site companions, Emma deals with her lovers shocking betrayal.

How far would you go to discover the truth?

Marianne Curtis is a well-respected newspaper journalist in Manitoba, Canada with nearly twenty years of media, publishing and freelance writing experience.

Her first book, a personal memoir called Finding Gloria hit the best sellers list on Amazon in Canada, United States and United Kingdom several times. In 2013, she received a YWCA Woman of Distinction nod for inspiring others by sharing her story of struggle and survival after recovering from childhood abuse, bullying, and sexual assault.

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.

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