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Leo Gosselin (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Aug 25 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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An eclectic mix of "Chapman Stick" solos

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Nightfall (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Aug 26 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Jazz

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Aug 29 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 August 2017 is Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Penguin Canada), the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open your heart.

Get in touch with Joanne through e-mail at jmkelly (at) rrc.ca or with John at McNally Robinson at events (at) grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca or by calling 204-453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.

Lizanne Lachance (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Sep 08 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Vocal Jazz

“Lizanne Lachance sings intensely about love. “The Romance of Love” is the general theme for the performance which will include French and English popular and standard jazz arrangements. Gary Brenner on Piano, Janice Finlay on Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute."

Shannon Dee -- Book Launch

Saturday Sep 09 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of What Do You See When You Walk With Me?.

Grant Cameron -- Book Launch

Wednesday Sep 13 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Charlie Red Star: True Reports of One of North America’s Biggest UFO Sightings (Dundurn Press).

Charlie Red Star, the UFO that appeared again and again in the skies near the U.S.–Manitoba border in 1975, launched the biggest UFO craze in Canadian history. Winnipeg UFO researcher Grant Cameron, who was there giving tours and saw Charlie Red Star multiple times, reveals the eyewitness accounts of journalists, photographers, and others who chronicled the events.

Grant Cameron has been a UFO researcher since 1975. He is the winner of the Leeds Conference International Researcher of the Year and the UFO Congress Researcher of the Year. He is a world-recognized expert on Presidents and UFOs, the Canadian government and UFOs, the alien music connection, and the relationship of consciousness to UFOs. Grant lives in Winnipeg.

An Evening with Gail Bowen

Thursday Sep 14 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of The Winner’s Circle: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery (McClelland & Stewart) co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

As Joanne Kilbourn-Shreve, her husband, Zack, and their daughter, Taylor, rush through the rain from their cottage to their car, the Thanksgiving weekend they just spent at the lake with Zack’s law partners is already slipping away. Within weeks, a triple homicide will rip apart the lives of those related to the lawyers who, at the end of their first year in law school, only half-jokingly styled themselves “The Winners’ Circle.” Dazed by grief, Joanne will seek answers to an impossible question: “Why did they die?”

Gail Bowen’s first Joanne Kilbourn mystery, Deadly Appearances (1990), was nominated for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, and A Colder Kind of Death (1995) won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel; all 14 (and counting!) books in the series have been enthusiastically reviewed. In 2008, Reader’s Digest named Bowen Canada’s Best Mystery Novelist; in 2009, she received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Bowen has also written plays that have been produced across Canada and on CBC Radio. Now retired from teaching at the First Nations University, Bowen lives in Regina. Visit her online.

The Peter Frohlich Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Sep 15 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Contemporary Jazz

Peter Frohlich is a Winnipeg bassist and a graduate from the University of Manitoba Jazz Program. He has been performing and leading many diverse musical ensembles ranging from jazz and blues to indie rock groups for over 30 years. The most recent project, also known as the Blue Fisher Project was initiated in the winter of 2007 and resulted in a short studio recording of original material as well as a few choice standards. In the past few years his group has been invited to perform at local venues including the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. The groups sound is characterized by a strong melodic component coupled with simplistic but driving organic rhythm. The groups original compositions are influenced by a variety of artists ranging from Charles Mingus, John Coltrane and Avishai Cohen to Chopin, Beatles, Pixies, Beck and many more.

Christine Hanlon -- Book Launch

Saturday Sep 16 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Out of Old Manitoba Kitchens (MacIntyre Purcell Publishing).

This book tells the story of the province’s early inhabitants through the foods they prepared. Feast on dozens of photographs, more than 80 recipes and countless recollections. Discover how Indigenous pemmican was the perfect recipe for propelling the fur trade, how Scottish bannock became a staple for the First Nations, and why a Manitoba social always ends with kielbasa. Tuck into tales of Franco-Manitoban tourtière, Icelandic vinarterta, and Mennonite rollkuchen. Manitobans of all stripes have contributed to a rich culinary heritage. They bring to the table a delectable spread of culturally diverse dishes, adapted to the local landscape and influenced by a determination to survive, and then thrive, on food from the forest, rivers, lakes, and prairie soil.

Christine Hanlon has a passion for food, people, and their stories. Her newest book captures the essence of the province’s rich culinary traditions, melding recipes, and photographs. The co-author of The Manitoba Book of Everything spent many years penning articles for local and national magazines, on anything from homebuilding to restaurants. A regular judge at the Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Competition, she lives in Winnipeg where she enjoys writing, entertaining, and cooking.

Nightfall (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Sep 16 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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An Evening with Wayne Johnston

Wednesday Sep 20 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of First Snow, Last Light (Knopf Canada).

Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

From the author of the critically acclaimed, prizewinning and internationally bestselling The Colony of Unrequited Dreams comes an epic family mystery with a powerful ending, which features the return of the ever-fascinating Sheilagh Fielding, one of the most memorable characters in fiction.

Wayne Johnston was born and raised in the St. John’s area of Newfoundland. His nationally bestselling novels include The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which was an international bestseller and will be made into a film. Johnston is also the author of an award-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore’s Mansion. He lives in Toronto.

Niall Bakkestad-Legare Trio

Friday Sep 22 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Jazz

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Karin Adams -- Book Launch

Sunday Oct 01 2017 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Mermaid Warrior Squad (Lorimer).

Shy Dylan arrives at a summer arts camp and immediately connects with flamboyant Coral. They bond over the aquatic theme of the camp and a drive to create comic books. The two girls plan a comic book about lifeguards who are transformed into mermaids and fight for eco-justice in the sea.

At first Dylan wishes she could be more outgoing, like Coral. But Coral’s tendency to appear loud and foolish pushes Dylan back behind the scenes, where she has always been comfortable. When Coral draws the attention of the camp mean girls and a boy who is determined to prank the camp’s final show, Dylan has a decision to make. Should she stay on the bullies’ good side, or should she step out of her comfort zone to save Coral and the show?

Using comic-book illustrations starring Dylan’s and Coral’s alter egos, this book combines humorous text with an exciting but quite real-life comic-book adventure.

Karin Adams is the author of Frostbite Hotel, Lights! Curtains! Cows!, No TV? No Fair!, and My Best Friend Is a Viral Dancing Zombie. She shares her passion for creative writing with young people through Manitoba’s Artists in the Schools program and in her popular library workshops. Karin has also worked as an instructor at the University of Winnipeg. She lives in East St. Paul, Manitoba.

Méira Cook -- Book Launch

Monday Oct 02 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Once More with Feeling (House of Anansi Press).

After twenty years Max Binder is still in love with his fiery wife, Maggie, and is determined to get her the perfect fortieth birthday gift. But Max’s singular desire — to make his wife happy — leads to an unexpected event that changes the course of his family’s life and touches the people who make up their western prairie city.

Set over the course of a single year, Once More With Feeling tells the story of a community through intersecting moments and interconnected lives.

Méira Cook is the award-winning author of the novels The House on Sugarbush Road, which won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and Nightwatching, which won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. She has also published five poetry collections, most recently Monologue Dogs, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and for the 2016 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. She has won the CBC Poetry Prize and the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize. She has served as Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, and the Winnipeg Public Library. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, she now lives in Winnipeg.

An Evening with Ben Hatke

Tuesday Oct 03 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (First Second Books).

Like a bolt from the blue, Jack’s little sister Maddy is gone - carried into another realm by an ogre.

When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy’s captor through the portal, they are ready for anything...except what they find waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive.

Alone and injured, Jack and Lilly must each face their own monsters as well as giants who grind the bones of human children to feed their “beast” and a fearsome goblin king in the sewers down below.

But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king!

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times–bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

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