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Wilma Derksen -- Book Launch

Tuesday Feb 21 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of The Way of Letting Go: One Woman’s Walk Toward Forgiveness (HarperCollins Canada) hosted by Richard Cloutier.

Maybe it was the sting of remarks from a relative or friend. Maybe a miscarriage ended your hopes for a family. For all of your heartbreaks, maybe you wished there was someone to help you through. For Wilma Derksen, letting go of the 15 misconceptions about grief led her back to hope. In this book she tells how you can do the same.

Wilma’s world collapsed when her teenage daughter, Candace, was taken hostage and murdered. Wilma now shares her choices to “let go” of heartbreak, which gave her the courage to navigate through the dark waters of sorrow. Like Wilma, maybe your heartbreak forced you to retreat from happy expectations, of believing that life is fair, of finding closure for every circumstance. She encourages patiently: let go of the happy ending, let go of perfect justice, let go of fear, and let go of closure. Wilma’s wisdom will help you overcome your broken heart, and her advice will enable you to break free of pain to live a life of true joy.

Wilma Derksen is an international speaker and consultant on victimization and criminal justice. She has told her story and facilitated support groups of survivors of homicide, organized dialogues between victims and inmates in prison, conducted trainings, given lectures, participated in panel discussions, presented her insights to the justice system, and addressed victims’ needs at restorative justice conferences throughout the United States and Canada. She lives in Winnipeg.

Richard CloutierRichard Cloutier is co-host of the News on 680 CJOB (4-7 pm weekdays) and Senior Reporter, Global News. He is entering the 25th year of his career at 680 CJOB. His connection to the Derksen family is both professional and personal. Richard has covered their story and facilitated discussions about the criminal justice system, forgiveness and empathy with Wilma for most of his career. Wilma and Richard have this uncanny habit of running into each other at the weirdest and most opportune times. Karma? Fate? It’s all part of the journey. Richard is the proud papa of three adult children who are all in university completing their education.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday Feb 22 2017 10:00 am - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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For kids aged 3-5. Drop in and join our storyteller Liza for stories, rhymes, and fun.

Tom McMillan -- Speaking & Signing

Wednesday Feb 22 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing Not My Party: The Rise and Fall of Canadian Tories, From Robert Stanfield to Stephen Harper (Nimbus Publishing).

This outspoken, timely book by former Mulroney Cabinet Minister Tom McMillan indicts Stephen Harper for destroying the historic Canadian Conservative Party while prime minister and party leader, accusing him of turning a force for progressive Canadian values into an American Republican­style vehicle for right­wing ideologues. Lamenting Harper’s hyperpartisan “cult of personality” politics, MacMillan argues the Conservative Party is no longer the enlightened national institution founded by Sir John A. Macdonald and nurtured by successive Tory leaders until the 2003 Reform/Canadian Alliance Party merger. McMillan contrasts this new brand of Conservatism with Robert Stanfield’s 1960s/’70s “politics of thoughtfulness,” assessing the impact of Stanfield’s legacy on successive Conservative leaders. He urges Conservative progressives to reclaim their party from right­wing extremists and revive its commitment to nation­building and national unity; to re-brand itself, once again, as Progressive Conservative.

Tom McMillan is a former federal Cabinet minister, including as Minister of the Environment, and was Canada’s Consul General to New England, at Boston. He served as a Member of Parliament from PEI for nine years. Before that, he was Policy Secretary to Rt. Hon. Robert L. Stanfield, leader of the PC Party of Canada. McMillan graduated from St. Dunstan’s (UPEI) A and Queen’s Universities. A political scientist, he resides in Boston and has three daughters.

**Cancelled** Miriam Körner -- Book Launch

Thursday Feb 23 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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The Winnipeg launch of When the Trees Crackle with Cold: pīsimwasinahikan (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing) and Yellow Dog (Red Deer Press) has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

L.M. Bryski -- Book Launch

Friday Feb 24 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Book of Birds.

In post-war Canada during the late 1940s, Elly McGuinty and her younger sister Dot, are newly orphaned. sent to live with their grandparents in a small prairie town. Still grieving the loss of her parents, Elly struggles to find a place for herself in her new life. When a travelling circus comes to town, Elly’s desire for new experiences leads her, Dot, and new friend Stammer - a shy boy mocked for his halting voice - down a path where lives are altered forever.

L.M. (Lisa) Bryski, MD, is a prairie author living in Winnipeg. She has many proclivities, including a love of pancakes and all things breakfast. Book of Birds, published by Moran Press, is L. M. Bryski's first novel. Keep watch for her second novel, Blood Chill, and a children's book, The Harmonica Tree, to be published in 2017.

Guylaine Maltais (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Feb 24 2017 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Live Music

Brazilian Jazz Singer

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A Quebec native, Guylaine Maltais now makes Winnipeg her home. Through her artistic journey she has embraced many different styles ranging from the powerful Spanish Flamenco to the comforting Italian ballads. Her favorite is the Jazzy "Samba & Bossa Nova". She has performed in various venues including weddings, musical workshops, restaurants and showcases.

Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler -- Free Public Lecture

Saturday Feb 25 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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“Ideal Future Selves as Wellsprings of Motivation”
Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler, PhD
, Assistant Professor of TESOL

Part of the Providence University College Public Lecture Series 2017, a community service for the general public. Admission is free – no registration is required.

Motivation accounts for why we do something, how hard we work at it, and how long we persist. Educators are intuitively aware of the fundamental role motivation plays in teaching and learning. Research has indeed shown it to be one of the pivotal elements in learner and teacher characteristics. The study of motivation in positive psychology examines the factors and conditions that contribute to exceptionally motivated and successful learners. Research with language learners examines several core ingredients in the learning trajectories of high achievers. Imagined ideal future selves enable students to tap into powerful sources of motivation, leading to unusual persistence and longevity in the pursuit of educational goals.

Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler (PhD, University of Nottingham, UK) has worked as a language teacher and teacher educator in many countries. On faculty at Providence since 2000, she has taught in the graduate division of Providence’s TESOL and TTESOL programs since 2006.

Trish Cooper - Book Launch

Saturday Feb 25 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Social Studies (Scirocco Drama).

When Jackie comes back to her childhood home after separating from her husband, she thinks her biggest problem will be re-adjusting to life on a smaller bed. She’s surprised to learn, however, that her mother has given that bed away to a Sudanese refugee.

A Theatre graduate from the University of Winnipeg, Trish Cooper has worked as an actor and a writer in Winnipeg and Toronto. She began writing sketch comedy with the Royal Liechtenstein Theatre Company and wrote comedic plays for Fringe Festivals across Canada including The Comment Card and Homely Woman #2. Trish was a writer/performer for Theatre Projects Manitoba’s inaugural In the Chamber series and was a regular contributor for CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera.

Social Studies, which Trish developed during her time in the Prairie Theatre Exchange Playwrights Unit, is her first full-length play. She lives in Winnipeg with her partner Sam and her children Cooper and Isaac.

Nightfall (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Feb 25 2017 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Joyce Odidison -- Book Launch

Sunday Feb 26 2017 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Hurt, Upset, Angry, Frustrated?: Surprising Ways to Understand and Deal with Your Conflicts.

Tired of the negative emotions, the drain of your energy, and time spent dealing with a current conflict? Get ready to:

  • Stop the hurt, anger and frustration
  • Stop arguing and fighting
  • Have a productive conversation
  • Resolve and end your conflict

This book provides some surprising ways to understand and deal with conflict in all phases.

Joyce Odidison is the founder of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. She has spent the last 20 years helping organizations and groups respond to and resolve conflicts, so people can laugh again at work. Joyce has worked in the private and public sectors with Provincial and Federal Governments, post secondary institutions like the University of Manitoba and Red River College, with not-for-profit boards and with associations like Sport Manitoba, and others. Joyce and her team provide leadership coaching and training globally in the US, Canada, and ASEAN countries, to help professionals enhance harmony, peace, productivity, and well-being, at work and in life.

An Evening with Terry O'Reilly

Monday Feb 27 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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In conversation with Terry MacLeod and signing This I Know: Marketing Lessons from Under the Influence (Knopf Canada).

Big companies spend a fortune marketing their wares and services. Can yours? Invariably people ask advertising veteran and CBC Radio host Terry O’Reilly one question more than any other: How does a little business compete with the big guys? After decades at the helm of an award-winning advertising production company, and over a decade exploring the art and science of marketing for CBC Radio, O’Reilly delivers all the answers they--and anyone with something to sell--ever wanted to know.

Following his bestselling Age of Persuasion, O’Reilly collects a lifetime of marketing wisdom into a guide to competing for your customers’ attention. From understanding what business you’re really in and foregoing the extra mile in favour of the extra inch, to the benefits of counterintuitive thinking and knowing an opportunity when you see one, This I Know is intended to help anyone understand the fundamentals of good marketing strategy and building the relationships that turn good marketing into great results, no matter how big or small your budget.

Terry O’Reilly, who has won hundreds of international advertising awards, was the co-founder of Pirate Radio and Television in Toronto and New York. He is in demand as a speaker and sought as a juror for international awards panels. O’Reilly on Advertising, The Age of Persuasion and Under the Influence have been broadcast on CBC Radio since 2005 and are carried on Sirius radio in the US. The author lives in Creemore, ON.

Host Terry MacLeod is an independent Emmy-nominated journalist, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient, and former CBC Radio and TV host, presenter and producer.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Feb 28 2017 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 February 2017 is Maggie Nelson's The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial (Graywolf Press), a memoir, an account of a trial, and a provocative essay that interrogates the American obsession with sexualized violence, and scrupulously explores the nature of grief, justice, and empathy. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to read Nelson’s Jane: A Murder, an earlier poetry collection centred on the events preceding this book.

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.

Cam Deamel -- Book Launch

Wednesday Mar 01 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Pulp.

“Six months in six seconds.”

Pulp is a love story documenting a man’s frantic fall from grace, and from his employer’s 15-storey office complex. Find out more online.

Cam Deamel is a writer, filmmaker, and comedian from Winnipeg. As a Creative Communications student at Red River College, his short film Trumped was a top ten finalist in The Big Rock Eddies Short Film Festival in 2016. This year, he has opened for Brent Butt at Laughing Matters, a comedy show fundraising for Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. Pulp is his first novella.

Kaitlin Vitt -- Book Launch

Thursday Mar 02 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Planted: Stories From Manitoba’s Natural World.

Through her creative non-fiction writing, Kaitlin Vitt shares the stories of eight people who are inspired by Manitoba’s plants and fungi and have stories to tell because of them. You’ll hear stories of survival, self-discovery, and tradition, with a focus on species native to Manitoba. Planted connects people and nature, reminding us to cherish and protect our environment.

The evening will start with a seed swap of plants native to Manitoba. If you have seeds you've collected, bring a small package to the launch to exchange with someone else.

Don't have seeds? No problem! There will be extra seeds so everyone can take something home.

After the seed swap, Kaitlin will read from Planted. A panel discussion featuring Laura Reeves, John Morgan, and Lindsey Emberley on Manitoba plants and fungi will follow.

Kaitlin Vitt is a writer from St. Andrews. She graduated in 2015 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science before attending Red River College to study journalism. Her work has appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press, CBC Manitoba, Metro Winnipeg, and weekly newspapers in the Interlake and surrounding areas.

Katrina R.W. -- Book Launch

Friday Mar 03 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of An Ocean of Fire.

Eldene is a contemplative teen who has a natural ability to control fire. She apprentices with the mysterious wizard Martin and encounters many wonders in the fantasy world of Proterra, including sea serpents, a dragon and a giant snail. Dark magic embodied by evil unicorns is spreading from the elven kingdom of Goldmyst. Eldene and Martin explore themes of life, death, nature and identity along their adventure that carries them into a new era.

Katrina was the kid who was always using her imagination to enhance her reality. This imagination led to many abandoned stories, sketches and maps, but somewhere along the way, everything came together. After a couple false starts, a pilgrimage, and some obsessive dreaming, Katrina has completed her first novel in her sixteenth year. She is currently homeschooled and lives with her family in Central Winnipeg. Despite being born in the prairies, Katrina has a love for the ocean and its animals. She desires to bring a sense of wonder into the world with her writing. Katrina is already working on ideas to bring a second book into reality.

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