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Dianne Brydon -- Book Launch

Tuesday Jun 06 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of The Stalwart Brydons: From Scotland to Galt to Portage la Prairie, A Family History of 100 Years in Canada.

Robert Brydon and Janet Young scraped together the fare for their family to escape poverty in the Scotland Borders and came to Canada in the 1820s in search of a better life. Today Robert and Janet’s descendants number over 1000 in North America. Many of their grandchildren, some of whom came to be known as the stalwart Brydons, heeded the call of rich farmland in Manitoba and began the settlement process once more, in the Beautiful Plains of Neepawa and Portage La Prairie during the 1870s to the 1920s. This is the story of their struggles and their successes.

This is a family history from Dianne Brydon and her father James Brydon, PhD. Jim grew up in Portage La Prairie and attended the U of M before moving to Ottawa to work as a soil chemist. He applied a scientist’s rigour to his family history research. When Dianne retired in 2013, after 25 years overseeing public outreach on Parliament Hill, Jim asked her to put her MA in Historical Geography to use and help him finish the book. Dianne subsequently found documentary evidence that refuted many of the stories in family lore and fleshed out others that were unknown.

At the launch, Dianne will speak about the detective work she and Jim completed to compile some of the more poignant stories across the generations, and read aloud a selection from the book.

Jeannine Carrière & Catherine Richardson -- Dual Book Launch

Thursday Jun 08 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Calling Our Families Home: Metis Peoples’ Experiences with Child Welfare and Belonging Métis (JCharlton Publishing Ltd).

Calling Our Famlies Home is dedicated to informing social workers and other helping professionals in how Métis people are affected in the child welfare system. Métis peoples today negotiate a form of displacement that has occurred over generations although most Canadians are unaware of this history. There is scant literature on Métis experiences in child welfare systems, no national data is collected on the number of Métis children involved with child welfare systems, and there has never been a national study of these realities.

Belonging Métis tells a story of what it means to be Métis through various voices and experiences. In the Indigenous spirit of inter-connectedness, these accounts are woven together through the various common threads and intersecting life experiences. Author Catherine Richardson assumes the task of weaving together the experiences of the Métis people who have aligned themselves with this project, shared their experiences and stories related to “being Métis”.

Jeannine Carrière PhD, is a Métis scholar and Professor of Social Work at the University of Victoria. Dr. Carrière recieved the 2017 Provost’s Advocacy and Activism Award for her work with Métis and First Nation’s People at the Provost’s Diversity Research Conference, A Decade of Critical Conversations: Re-imaging Identities, Power and Privilege on Jan 26th 2017 at the First Peoples House.

Catherine Richardson PhD, is a Métis scholar and Associate Professor at the Université de Montreal. Dr. Richardson spent the past seven years as an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria. In 2013, she was the Chair of the Indigenous Specializations Program.

Grant Guy -- Book Launch

Thursday Jun 08 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Bus Stop Bus Stop.

"These are exquisite, achey, whimsical songs to the heartbroken and ever hopeful, the gritty bus-riding world citizens of North America. Pitch perfect." - Di Brandt, author of Walking to Mojácar

Bus Stop Bus Stop is a rolling confessional and an offbeat and most unusual travelogue of prose poems and portraits of saints and sinners, of human compassion and human intolerance seen through the eyes of a singular transcontinental bus passenger. The prose poems cross borders and souls. They are sad songs rising up into joyful songs. They possess love of the human existence and the men and women who reside in and out of beauty. They possess rage against the foes of our existence. It is a testament of our current condition.

Grant Guy is a long standing member of Winnipeg's art community, crossing over artistic practices and active in the various artist-run-centres. He is a Winnipeg writer, poet, essayist, stage director and designer, puppeteer, performance artist, arts commentator, Inline image programmer, editor and producer. He is the 2004 recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council’s Award of Distinction. His writings have appeared in Prairie Journal, Canadian Dimension, The Peeking Cat, Lexica, Paper Wait, Midcontinental, Babbling of The Irrational, The Banner, Unbridled and Northern Lights. He has two books published, On The Bright Side of Down and Open Fragments.

Catherine Owen & Katherine Bitney -- Book Launch

Friday Jun 09 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Owen's Dear Ghost (Wolsak & Wynn) featuring special guest reader Katherine Bitney.

Catherine Owen’s latest collection is an extended love letter to her poetic influences and to the real-world objects, people, places and situations that fascinate her. Inspired by the work of John Ashbery, among others, in Dear Ghost, Owen returns to the kooky imagery and humorous style she last visited with her award-winning collection Frenzy. These poems entertain immensities of sound while plumbing the depths of the psyche’s surrealities, content to enter a dreamlike realm where meaning is found in the nonsensical, the utterly human and the everyday. While Owen gathers her subjects from the mundane - work, sex, acquaintances and art - she imbues them with the extraordinary quirks and uncertainties that only language can create.

Catherine Owen lives in downtown New Westminster, BC, with a view of the Fraser River. She is the author of ten collections of poetry, and three of prose, including essays, interviews and stories. Her work has been nominated for a range of awards and won the Alberta Book Prize in 2010. When she’s not writing poetry, Owen works in the props department for the TV show Arrow and plays metal bass, often in collaboration with filmmakers, photographers and other artists.

Katherine Bitney is author of four books of poetry: While You Were Out, Heart and Stone, Singing Bone, and Firewalk. She has worked as editor, mentor, creative writing instructor, arts juror and literary creative director for over 30 years in Manitoba. Bitney co-developed the concept and wrote the text for Cantus Borealis, a choral piece on the Boreal with composer Sid Robinovitch. A collection of essays and meditations on nature, The Boreal Dragon: Encounters with a Northern Land, was published in 2013. She is currently working on a new manuscript of poetry under the working title Utiseta: Sitting Out.

Sean Trinder -- Book Launch

Saturday Jun 10 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Die Like a Leaf.

Derek Hennessy is dying...sort of. He isn’t sick, he doesn’t have a disease, but he’s going to die just the same. His family is cursed. His grandfather and his father both died before they turned 40, so now, at 35, Derek is preparing for his premature dirt nap by trying to find a woman to have a child with so that he’ll have someone to carry on his DNA. Makes sense. He finally finds a potential co-parent in Claire, but will Derek’s ultra close friendship with his neighbor, Lydia, muck things up? And how much time does he really have, exactly?

Sean Trinder is an author from Oakbank, Manitoba. He currently lives in Winnipeg. His first novel The Guy Who Pumps Your Gas Hates You was released by Edmonton’s NeWest Press in 2015. Sean has been writing seriously since 1999 and has been self-publishing mostly for fun since 2010.

Bob Watts Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Jun 10 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Superhero Party

Sunday Jun 11 2017 9:30 am - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Our annual Pirate Party has been taken over by your favourite superheroes!

Join us in Prairie Ink Restaurant for a powerful breakfast of pancakes, eggs and more! Listen to an exciting story, make your own superhero mask, and take pictures with a real visiting comic book superhero! We encourage you to dress like your favourite hero (or villain!) but costumes are not mandatory.

Tickets* are $23.00 (plus tax and gratuity) per person, and go on sale Tuesday, May 9th. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling 204-975-2659.

(*The Reader Reward Card discount does not apply to ticket purchases, and all ticket sales are final.)

Prairie Fire Magazine -- Issue Launch

Wednesday Jun 14 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Please join Prairie Fire Press for the celebratory launch of its spring issue (38,1), featuring "ndncity," a special supplement of new work by some of Winnipeg's best Indigenous and Metis writers.

"ndncity" features writing by both established and emerging writers, including Duncan Mercredi, David A. Robinson, Beatrice Mosionier, Garry Thomas Morse, Joshua Whitehead, Ryan McMahon, Marie Annharte Baker, Jason Stefanik, Lance Guilbault, Trevor Greyeyes, Emma LaRocque, Michelle Lietz, Tabitha Martens, Lynnel Sinclair, Jordyn Pepin, Shayla Elizabeth, Lindsey Olver and Jeremy Botelho, as well as by the editors, Warren Cariou and Katherena Vermette. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Scott Henderson are represented by a short graphic story. All of the "ndncity" writers have been photographed by KC Adams, who also contributes cover art.

The evening will feature readings followed by cake and coffee or tea.

Thea Wortley -- Book Launch

Friday Jun 16 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Max Lastname.

Chenoa McKelvey Duo (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Jun 17 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Chenoa McKelvey is a local singer/songwriter and jazz guitarist who draws musical ideas from a wide variety of artists such as Tom Waits, Bjork, Billie Holiday, Grant Green and Thelonious Monk. She has been performing around Winnipeg for the past four years whilst attending the University of Manitoba's jazz studies program. Her jazz-influenced guitar style is complimented by a smooth, smokey voice; singing dark, haunting themes and quirky, playful tunes, along with memorable jazz favourites.

Marcie Rendon -- Book Launch

Friday Jun 23 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg launch of Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) co-presented by Opikihiwawin of New Directions.

Cash and Sheriff Wheaton make for a strange partnership. He pulled her from her mother’s wrecked car when she was three. He’s kept an eye out for her ever since. It’s a tough place to live—that part of the world where the Red River divides Minnesota and North Dakota. She’s tough as nails. Wheaton is a big lawman type.

So there they are, staring at the dead Indian lying in the field. Soon Cash was dreaming the dead man’s HUD house on the Red Lake Reservation, mother and kids waiting. She has that kind of knowing. That’s the place to start looking. There’s a long and dangerous way to go to find the men who killed him.

Marcie R. Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation. She is a mother, grandmother, writer, and sometimes performance artist. A former recipient of the Loft’s Inroads Writers of Color Award for Native Americans, she studied poetry under Anishinabe author Jim Northrup. Her first children’s book, Pow Wow Summer was reprinted by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2014. Murder on the Red River is her first mystery.

Brian Chipney/Tim Cummings Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Jun 24 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Bruce Masterman -- Speaking & Signing

Sunday Jun 25 2017 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Speaking & Signing One Last Cast: Reflections of an Outdoor Life (Rocky Mountain Books).

Bruce Masterman has been a passionate outdoors enthusiast for more than five decades and has explored the province’s natural world while fishing, hiking, hunting, snowshoeing, camping or just sitting on an old weathered stump watching the river flow. This book features a collection of soul-touching and evocative stories about experiences in wild places and with wild critters, about place and landscape, intertwined with the people the author encountered along the way. It is a literary journey that speaks to outdoor aficionados of all stripes who enjoy and take comfort in being involved in nature, whether in an urban park or deep in the wilderness or even while dreaming about it from the comfort of an armchair.

After a 26-year career reporting and writing for daily newspapers in Western Canada, including 21 years at the Calgary Herald, Bruce Masterman started freelancing full time in 2000 for magazines including Reader's Digest, explore and Outdoor Canada. He specializes in writing about conservation and the outdoors and is the author of two books – Heading Out: A Celebration of the Great Outdoors in Calgary and Southern Alberta, and Paradise Preserved: The Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area. Bruce has earned many conservation and writing awards, including 10 National Magazine Awards and the Andy Russell Nature Writing Award. In 1998 he became the first print journalist to receive an Alberta Order of the Bighorn Award for “outstanding contributions to the conservation of Alberta's fish and wildlife heritage.” Bruce has taught journalism part time at SAIT in Calgary since 2006 and serves as a town councillor for High River in southern Alberta. He and his wife, Karen, live in High River, Alberta.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Jun 27 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 June 2017 is Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing (Random House of Canada), an unforgettable New York Times bestseller of exceptional scope and sweeping vision that traces the descendants of two sisters across three hundred years in Ghana and America.

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.

Brandi Vezina -- Book Launch

Thursday Jun 29 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Raising Your Consciousness.

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