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Stan Michalak & Chris Rutkowski -- Book Launch

Saturday May 20 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of When They Appeared - Falcon Lake 1967: The inside story of a close encounter.

What happened in the Whiteshell forest near Falcon Lake on May 20, 1967? For the first time in 50 years, the many facets of this astonishing tale finally come together.

Noted UFO researcher Chris Rutkowski opens his vault of documents and images, gathered over several decades of inquiry, and presents a comprehensive picture of what became the most investigated UFO case in Canadian history.

Stan Michalak, son of the man at the centre of this story, offers an inside perspective of what was happening in the Michalak home immediately following his father’s extraordinary encounter. Join him as he eavesdrops on the daily struggles of his family while they deal with his father’s injuries and the endless stream of investigators and media.

Released after years of planning on the 50th anniversary of the sighting, this once-in-a-lifetime book describes every aspect of what happened “when they appeared”.

CASATI (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday May 20 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Like three hearts beating in perfect time, the music of Casati is a living thing, constantly changing, evolving and reinventing itself. Grace Hrabi, Jesse Popeski & Quintin Bart search for stories waiting to be told and collaborate in bringing them to life. Songs about love found or lost, cautionary tales of time slipping away or even a whimsical tune about bicycle rides.

Gord Mackintosh -- Book Launch

Tuesday May 23 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Stories Best Left Untold: Tales from a Manitoba legislator (Great Plains Publications).

Gord Mackintosh was not your typical politician and this book is not your typical political memoir. Mackintosh steps out of his familiar role as the Manitoba NDP’s go-to guy, foot soldier and law reformer to provide a unique take on the quirky places and people behind his long and varied career.

Gord Mackintosh is recognized as one of Canada’s most prolific provincial politicians and one of the longest sitting Attorneys General. Serving twenty-three years as an MLA and seventeen as a Minister, Mackintosh helped to drive nation-leading public safety initiatives and provincial reforms for family services and conservation. From his small-town upbringing by a mother weakened by TB, to lessons at North America’s toughest school, in a rock band, and in Winnipeg’s North End, Mackintosh became counsel to Elijah Harper for the Meech Lake Crisis and helped fight Saskatchewan’s Alameda dam before he was elected six times as a New Democrat to Manitoba’s Legislature. He now provides consulting services and teaches Canadian law in the political science department at the University of Winnipeg.

Emma Knight -- Speaking & Signing

Tuesday May 23 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing (Penguin Canada).

From the founders of Greenhouse Juice Co., this collection of 100 easy-to-make recipes—50 to eat with a fork, spoon or your fingers, and 50 to serve in a glass—makes eating and drinking more plants effortless. From breakfasts both quick and leisurely to satisfying lunches and weekday-friendly dinners, the recipes in this collection prove how simple it can be to create delicious and even decadent plant-based meals to delight omnivores and vegetarians alike.

Emma Knight is a co-founder of Greenhouse Juice Co. and its Director of Brand and Marketing. Emma lives in Toronto with her partner, Greenhouse co-founder Anthony Green.

Alexander Finbow & Nyco Rudolph -- Book Launch

Wednesday May 24 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of When Big Bears Invade (Renegade Arts Entertainment).

When Big Bears Invade could quite possibly be the greatest Canadian book ever published. Author Alexander Finbow answers the often asked question of just what will happen when Canada’s bears decide they’ve had enough of humanity’s wanton destruction of their country. Their response involves giant sized retribution as Canada’s most beloved cities and resources are laid to waste by vengeful behemoth bears using the best of Canada against itself. This possibly true story is brought to life by beautiful illustrations from Winnipeg illustrator Nyco Rudolph, the only man in Canada with the imagination vivid enough to translate this terrifying tale of apocalyptic doom, via curling and poutine, to life.

The launch will include a live performance of the book, a no holds barred Q&A with the creators, signing, sketching, and exclusive merchandise.

Author Alexander Finbow currently calls Canmore, Alberta home. His career began in movies as an actor, then director and screenwriter before moving into the slightly more serene space of publishing. When Big Bears Invade represents Alexander’s first rhyming book, and is solely responsible for his inability to speak any sentence without slipping into rhyme.

Winnipeg artist and illustrator Nyco Rudolph began his career designing album covers and posters, before creating his own line of inspired original artworks, quite often featuring dinosaurs, bears and gangsters. Nyco is currently working on his first solo graphic novel: When Bears Invade.

Ruth Abernethy -- Book Launch

Wednesday May 24 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Life and Bronze: A Sculptor’s Journal (Granville Island Publishing).

Part history, part autobiography, part the story of the sculptor’s craft, this book about Ruth Abernethy’s career shows what the public wants to commemorate, what a sculptor wishes to express, and how it fits around family life. Whether Ruth uses her droll humour to ruminate about feminist themes, explains how public sculptures came to be or respectfully casts loss into bronze, she tells her stories within the context of family life. Through Ruth’s endeavours the reader meets Prime Ministers, musicians, medical men, people in sports, theatre and books--heck, even a big bear. Most importantly, however, the reader meets the people who care about history, sculpture and commemoration.

Ruth Abernethy overlaid her early mastery of needlework and lace making with woodworking skills she acquired at her grand-father’s side. Then as a teen, the many hours she played on stage with her musically gifted family bridged her into imaginative theatre workshops across the country. In theatre Ruth used all her hand skills to develop new structures and illusions. Ruth’s inventiveness found a further outlet in a collaborative home design with her husband Mark Smyth. In Wellesley, Ontario they built a home with a studio. While nurturing two sons at “The Flats”, Ruth created sculptures that present droll commentary on the human condition. The bronze portraits she developed are iconic figures in streetscapes across Canada.

Craig Terlson -- Book Launch

Thursday May 25 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Fall In One Day (Blue Moon Publishers).

In the summer of 1973, fifteen-year-old Joe Beck lives in a small Canadian city near the U.S. border where he watches politicians lie on TV during something called Watergate. When his best friend Brian goes missing, Joe has a hard time believing that adults ever tell the truth.

Joe knows that if Brian is going to be found, it’s up to him. He launches his own investigation, using a tape recorder to help sift through the clues with the help of his older brother and their DJ stoner friend.

Joe embarks on a perilous journey to decipher a mental institution diary full of secrets about a drug called LSD, uncover the truth about Brian’s father, and save his best friend.

Craig Terlson’s fiction has appeared in many literary journals in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa. He is the author of the novels Correction Line, Surf City Acid Drop, and the story collection, Ethical Aspects of Animal Husbandry. His prose possesses a cinematic quality and an eye for detail stemming from his years as a professional illustrator for clients across North America.

Lloyd Kahn -- Speaking & Signing

Thursday May 25 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing Small Homes: The Right Size (Shelter Publications).

This is the newest in a series of building books which began with the classic book, Shelter, in 1973. Following the success of Tiny Homes and Tiny Homes on the Move, Small Homes concentrates on living quarters that defy typical trends in modern home building.

Small homes are typically less expensive, use less resources, are more efficient to heat and cool, as well as being cheaper to maintain and repair. "Small" is the right size for many people who are interested in living comfortably within their financial means, and with sensitivity to the environment.

Lloyd Kahn is a writer, photographer and publisher based in Bolinas, California. He is the former "Shelter" editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, and he has been interested in home building since the late 1960's when he constructed his first home. Visit him online.

The Burton Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday May 27 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Jazz

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Ixtapa Travel -- Travel Presentation

Tuesday May 30 2017 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Community Classroom, Winnipeg

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Hosts Connie Szczerba of the Globus Family of Brands and Christine Ward of Ixtapa Travel will discuss two distinct tours this afternoon.

The Best of Britain & Ireland tour covers a 15-day journey in September 2017 that takes in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland with their beaches, mountain ranges and hillsides, lakes, canals and rivers, parks and nature reserves. The tour includes many historic buildings and structures, cottages, castles and forts, enchanted woodlands and forests.

The second tour under discussion is a Biblical Israel tour that takes in such sights as the Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and Mount Carmel. This October 2018 tour begins in Tel Aviv and ends in Jerusalem taking in such sights as Jaffa, Megiddo, Muhraqa, Haifa, Nazareth Church of the Annunication, Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and many other destinations.

Space at this travel presentation is limited. Please RSVP Christine@IxtapaTravel.ca, 204-885-7261 or 204-806-6335 by May 26 to attend.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday May 30 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 May 2017 is Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs, an expansive and deeply humane novel about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators.

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.

Angela Lopes -- Book Launch

Tuesday May 30 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Bridge Retakes (BookThug).

This debut novel by Angela Lopes is a whirlwind millennial tale of love and family and the distances that people will (or won’t) go to secure what they want.

A Bahian man and a Brazilian-Canadian woman meet on an online dating site. They come from very different worlds—geographically, economically, religiously—and yet, their connection is undeniable. When these long-distance lovers run up against their own belief systems and those of their families and communities, it’s their desire to build a life anew that keeps them moving forward. But all the while, issues of money, class, gender, and corruption threaten to tear them apart.

Winnipeg-based Angela Lopes is a writer, and editor, and academic tutor of writing and philosophy. She divides her time between Săo Paulo, Brazil and Winnipeg, where she is an active member in the arts scene and recently worked with the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Creative Placemaking Challenge—an art installation project displayed in the alleys of the city’s West Exchange District. Lopes’s essays and poems have appeared in an array of publications.

Bob Haverluck -- Book Launch

Wednesday May 31 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of When God Was Flesh and Wild: Stories in Defense of the Earth (Liturgical Press).

With a fierce whimsy, Haverluck's When God was Flesh and Wild: Stories in Defense of the Earth retells biblical narratives seeking the well being of the watery, animally earth. Sometimes harsh, always hopeful, this book joins in the good troublemaking that opposes the wounding of the earth.

Fifty coloured drawings illustrate and tease out the four stories: "The King of Bigger and More"; "God is Flesh and Wild"; "Little Sparrows See God Fall"; "Jailbird John and the Choirs of the Creatures".

Storyteller Bob Haverluck's comic art has appeared in Harper's, Border Crossings, Prairie Fire, New Statesman, etc. as well as in his earlier books including Love Your Enemies and Other Neighbours. Haverluck has long shared leadership in conferences on the themes of art, social change, and comedy in Cape Town, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Dauphin, and beyond. He'll be launching this book tonight with the help of musician and actor friends.

J.H. Moncrieff -- Book Launch

Thursday Jun 01 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of the first two novels in her GhostWriters series (DeathZone books).

The GhostWriters Series features Jackson Stone, a disgruntled IT worker with dreams of writing books about the supernatural, and Kate, a gifted medium. In City of Ghosts, Jackson and Kate meet on a tour of China, where they work together to reveal a dark and sinister secret about what happened to the women who vanished from a Chinese village. In The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts, our heroes team up again to retrieve the soul of a 12-year-old girl who was kidnapped by the spirit of an evil doctor and taken to Venice. Both novels release May 16, 2017.

J.H. Moncrieff won Harlequin's international search for "the next Gillian Flynn" in 2016, and her novella The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave (2015) stayed on Samhain’s horror bestsellers list for over a year. She’s worked in just about every literary job you can imagine, from journalist to book doctor to professional ghostwriter.

Nightfall (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Jun 03 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Jazz

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