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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.

D.B. Blues (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Apr 25 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Trulli Early Music Ensemble (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Apr 26 2014 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Parvin Shere -- Book Launch

Sunday Apr 27 2014 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Pearls from the Ocean.

Featured speakers this evening include Ray Dirks: Writer, Curator (Winnipeg Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery), Curator of exhibits featuring art from around the world, Invited Research Fellow at Yale University (2002); Professor Dr.Jon Gerrard: Medical doctor, Member of Parliament from 1993 to 1997, Ex Secretary of State and former leader of Manitoba Liberal Party; Professor Catherine Hunter: Poet, Novelist, Critic, Professor of Creative Writing and Former Chair Department of English (University of Winnipeg)

Parvin Shere's new publication is a coffee table book based on her inner feelings of her recent travel to South Africa, Swaziland and Peru. It is focused on Apartheid and Inca civilization, included with related poetry and oil paintings of those places.

Poet, writer, painter, and musician Parvin Shere studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry and paintings, Fragments and Raindrops on Parched Land. Both books were awarded “Best Book of the Year” in U.S.A, England and India. Parvin's visual art has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has received many awards, including a Manitoba Arts Council Project Grant. She is the recipient of a UNICEF award for helping the needy through her art and publications and was nominated for the prestigious Woman of Distinction Award in Winnipeg. Her global travel to 20 countries and five continents has enriched her creative vision and expanded the horizons of her literary concerns.

The proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the education of under privileged children.

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An Evening with Mary-Ann Kirkby

Monday Apr 28 2014 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen: Unveiling the Rituals, Traditions, and Food of the Hutterite Culture (Penguin Group of Canada).

Mary-Ann Kirkby spent the first ten years of her life in a Hutterite colony and years later reclaimed her heritage in the national bestseller I Am Hutterite. Since then, Kirkby has spent two years travelling to nearly fifty Hutterite colonies across North America, earning their trust and a place in their hearts. Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen takes readers into the midst of this mysterious community, enchanting them with a way of life that is born out of spiritual conviction and uncommon rites of passage.

Revealing intimate details of community life, Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen unravels the inner works of Hutterite manners and morals, and illuminates the spirit of a workforce responsible for feeding a family of 125 every day of the year. Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen is a candid snapshot of Hutterite life, exploring the social customs, marriage ceremonies, romantic entanglements, birthing practices, and death rituals as viewed through the Hutterite community kitchen and the fascinating Hutterite women.

Mary-Ann Kirkby is an award-winning journalist. She spent the first ten years of her life in a Hutterite colony in Manitoba and years later reclaimed her heritage in the national bestseller I Am Hutterite. She lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, with her family.

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