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Karin Adams -- Book Launch

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

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

Launch of Once More with Feeling (House of Anansi Press) featuring a conversation with Alison Gillmor.

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.

Alison GillmorHost Alison Gillmor is a Winnipeg freelance journalist and educator. She has written on art and design, film, television, books and food for The Walrus, Border Crossings, Canada's History, The Winnipeg Review, Azure and Canadian Notes & Queries. She is currently a film reviewer and pop culture columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and a contract lecturer in the Art History program at the University of Winnipeg.

An Evening with Ben Hatke & Justin Currie

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

Winnipeg launch of Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (First Second Books) Winnipeg launch of Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (First Second Books) featuring a conversation with graphic novelists Ben Hatke and Justin Currie.

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.

Justin CurrieJustin Currie is an internationally-recognized artist who has worked with Blizzard, Warhammer, Nickelodeon, Disney, and is a regular guest of comic conventions across Canada and the United States. His first creator-owned project, Cassie and Tonk, won the Manitoba Book Award for graphic novels. Visit him online.

John Paskievich -- Book Launch

Wednesday Oct 04 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Launch of The North End Revisited (University of Manitoba Press) featuring a conversation with Alison Gillmor.

Cities and the people who live in them are enduring subjects of photography. Winnipeg’s North End is one of North America’s iconic neighbourhoods, a place where the city’s unique character and politics have been forged. First built when Winnipeg was the “Chicago of the North,” the North End is the great Canadian melting pot, where Indigenous peoples and Old World immigrants cross the boundaries of ethnicity, class, and culture.

Award-winning filmmaker John Paskievich grew up in the North End, and for the last forty years he has photographed its people and captured its spirit. The North End Revisited brings together many of the photographs from Paskievich’s now-classic book The North End with eighty additional images to present a deep and poignant picture of a special community.

John Paskievich was born in Austria of Ukrainian parents and immigrated to Canada as a young child. He graduated from the University of Winnipeg and studied photography and film at Ryerson University. His photographs have been widely exhibited and published in various periodicals and in several books. His documentary films have garnered critical praise and won numerous awards. Paskievich lives in Winnipeg.

Alison GillmorHost Alison Gillmor is a Winnipeg-based freelance journalist and educator. As well as being a pop culture columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press, she has written on art, design, books and film for The Walrus, Border Crossings, Canadian Notes & Queries, Canadian Geographic, Canada’s History, Herizons, The Globe and Mail and The Winnipeg Review. She has also taught in the History of Art program at the University of Winnipeg as a contract academic staff member.

Steven Kohm, Sonia Bookman & Pauline Greenhill (Eds.) -- Book Launch

Wednesday Oct 04 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

Launch of Screening Justice: Canadian Crime Films, Culture and Society (Fernwood Publishing).

What do Canadian films say about crime and justice in Canada? What purpose to Canadian crime films serve politically and culturally?

Screening Justice is a scholarly exploration of films that focus on crime and justice in Canada. Crime films are pivotal for understanding and shaping Canadian sensibilities by setting out widely available templates for thinking about crime and justice in Canadian society.

Spanning disciplines and examining films from across Canada, Screening Justice is the first comprehensive Canadian volume on crime films that takes up cultural criminology’s call for more critical scholarly analyses of the interplay between crime, culture and society.

Steven Kohm is a professor at the University of Winnipeg.

Sonia Bookman is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba.

Pauline Greenhill is a professor at the University of Winnipeg.

Matthew Flisfeder -- Book Launch

Thursday Oct 05 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Launch of Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner (Bloomsbury Academic).

Matthew Flisfeder introduces readers to key concepts in postmodern theory and demonstrates how it can be used for a critical interpretation and analysis of Blade Runner, arguably ‘the greatest science fiction film’. By contextualizing the film within the culture of late 20th and early 21st-century capitalism, Flisfeder provides a valuable guide for both students and scholars interested in learning more about one of the most significant, influential, and controversial concepts in film and cultural studies of the past 40 years.

The “Film Theory in Practice” series fills a gaping hole in the world of film theory. By marrying the explanation of film theory with interpretation of a film, the volumes provide discrete examples of how film theory can serve as the basis for textual analysis. Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner offers a concise introduction to Postmodernism in jargon-free language and shows how this theory can be deployed to interpret Ridley Scott’s cult film Blade Runner.

Matthew Flisfeder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of The Symbolic, The Sublime, and Slavoj Žižek’s Theory of Film and co-editor of Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader.

Myrl Coulter & Norma Dunning -- Dual Book Launch

Thursday Oct 05 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

Winnipeg launch of Myrl Coulter’s The Left Handed Dinner Party and Other Stories and Norma Dunning’s Annie Muktuk and Other Stories (University of Alberta Press).

In The Left-Handed Dinner Party and Other Stories, everyone is missing something or someone; every family is riven by secrets and absences. From “The Remedy,” a tale of revenge and justice, to “The Smart Sisters,” a story of tricky family dynamics, Coulter’s narratives portray relationships, loss, and what we learn in the aftermath of death. Ghosts, echoes, memories, regrets...Coulter’s characters are haunted in many ways. With style and sweep that hints at Lynn Coady and Alice Munro, Coulter is a strong, fresh voice in contemporary Canadian fiction.

Myrl Coulter is the author of two award-winning books: A Year of Days (UAP) and The House With the Broken Two (Anvil Press). She lives in Edmonton.

“I woke up with Moses Henry’s boot holding open my jaw and my right eye was looking into his gun barrel. I know one thing about Moses Henry; he means business when he means business.”

Norma Dunning’s short stories are raucous and funny and resonate with raw honesty. Each eye-opening narrative twist in Annie Muktuk and Other Stories challenges readers’ perceptions of who Inuit people are.

Norma Dunning is an Inuit writer, scholar, researcher, and grandmother who grew up experiencing a silenced form of Aboriginality in the southern areas of Canada. When she began to write about her own ancestors, her Inukness became evident. Her creative work keeps her most grounded in the traditional Inuit ways of knowing and being. She lives in Edmonton.

Benjamin Hertwig -- Book Launch

Friday Oct 06 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

Winnipeg launch of Slow War (McGill-Queen's University Press).

Benjamin Hertwig’s debut collection of poetry is at once an account of contemporary warfare and a personal journey of loss and the search for healing. It stands in the tradition of Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” and Kevin Powers’s “Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting.”

A century after the First World War, Hertwig presents both the personal cost of war and the potential for healing in unlikely places in the pages of this work. This collection provides no easy answers - Hertwig looks at the war in Afghanistan with the unflinching gaze of a soldier and the sustained attention of a poet. Hertwig reminds us that remembering war is a political act and that writing about war is a way we remember.

Benjamin Hertwig is a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, a painter, and a PhD student at the University of British Columbia whose writing has recently appeared on NPR, in the New York Times, and won a National Magazine Award in 2017.

Carlos and the Suspiroes (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Oct 06 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

Event type: Live Musical Performance

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After a lifetime of writing songs, Chuck Kroeker (aka Carlos) decided to go into the studio and record twelve of his favourites. The result is Carlos and the Suspiroes, an eclectic singer-songwriter album ranging from banjo-pickin' country to Latin jazz.

Carlos is ably supported by some of the brightest lights in Winnipeg's jazz and indie music scenes, including Daniel Roy on drums, Quintin Bart on bass, and Shannon Kristjanson on sax and flute, with a special guest appearance by Rayannah on vocals.

At Prairie Ink, Carlos will be joined by Ken Gold on flute and sax and Liam Allan on upright bass.

Bob Watts Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Oct 07 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

Event type: Live Musical Performance

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Janis Thiessen -- Book Launch

Tuesday Oct 10 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Launch of Snacks: A Canadian Food History (University of Manitoba Press) featuring special guest Sarah Elvins.

Snacks is a history of Canadian snack foods, the independent producers and workers who make them, and the consumers who can’t put them down.

Janis Thiessen profiles several iconic Canadian snack food companies, including Old Dutch Potato Chips, Hawkins Cheezies, and chocolatier Ganong. These companies have developed in distinctive ways, reflecting the unique stories of their founders and their intense connection to specific places.

These stories of salty or sweet confections also reveal a history that is at odds with popular notions of ‘junk food.’ Through extensive oral history and archival research, Thiessen uncovers the roots of our deep loyalties to different snack foods, what it means to be an independent snack food producer, and the often-quirky ways snacks have been created and marketed.

Janis Thiessen is an Associate Professor in History and the Associate Director of the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg. She is the author of two previous books, Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour and Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba. Her favourite snack food is dill pickle potato chips.

Sarah ElvinsGuest Sarah Elvins is Associate Professor of History at the University of Manitoba. Her research involves the study of consumption and culture in modern America, particularly consumer identity and local cultures. She is the author of Sales and Celebrations: Retailing and Regional Identity in Western New York State, 1920-1940 and various articles on the Great Depression and alternative currency, consumption, retailing, and cross-border shopping.

An Evening with Frances Itani

Wednesday Oct 11 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

In conversation with Sally Ito and signing That’s My Baby (HarperCollins Canada). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

At the end of Frances Itani’s Scotiabank Giller Prize—shortlisted Tell, a baby is adopted by a young Deseronto couple who are coming to terms with the end of the Great War. Eighteen years on, the baby, Hanora, now a young woman, is told about her adoption, but given no details. As a second world war looms, Hanora is determined to uncover the mysteries of her identity. This quest will take her across the ocean with her cousin, Billie, and headlong into the tumult of Europe.

Frances Itani has written sixteen books. Her novels include Tell, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; Requiem, chosen by the Washington Post as one of the top fiction titles of 2012; Remembering the Bones, published internationally and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; and the #1 bestseller Deafening, which won a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, selected for CBC’s Canada Reads and published in seventeen territories. A Member of the Order of Canada and a three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award, Itani lives in Ottawa.

Sally ItoHost Sally Ito is a writer and translator. Her most recent book is Are You an Echo: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko for which she translated the poetry with co-translator Michiko Tsuboi.

At Bay Press -- Book Launch

Thursday Oct 12 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Launch of Secrets and Lies: The 2017 At Bay Press Fiction Annual (At Bay Press).

An Evening with Linden MacIntyre

Friday Oct 13 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

In conversation with Terry MacLeod and signing his new book The Only Café (Random House of Canada). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

Scotiabank Giller prize-winner Linden MacIntyre is back with a timely and gripping novel in which a son tries to solve the mystery of his father’s death--a man who tried but could not forget a troubled past in his native Lebanon.

Linden MacIntyre’s bestselling first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, won both the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Evelyn Richardson Award. His second novel, The Bishop’s Man, was a #1 national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award, among other honours. The third book in the loose-knit trilogy, Why Men Lie, was also a #1 national bestseller as well as a Globe and Mail “Can’t Miss” Book. His previous novel, Punishment, was a Globe and Mail national bestseller. MacIntyre, who spent twenty-four years as the co-host of the fifth estate, is a distinguished broadcast journalist who has won ten Gemini awards for his work. The author lives in Toronto.

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.

An Evening with Eli Clare

Friday Oct 13 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

Discussing & Signing Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure (Duke University Press).

In Brilliant Imperfection Eli Clare uses memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss. Clare grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds. The stories he tells range widely, stretching from disability stereotypes to weight loss surgery, gender transition to skin lightening creams. At each turn, Clare weaves race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender together, insisting on the nonnegotiable value of body-mind difference. Into this mix, he adds environmental politics, thinking about ecosystem loss and restoration as a way of delving more deeply into cure. Ultimately Brilliant Imperfection reveals cure to be an ideology grounded in the twin notions of normal and natural, slippery and powerful, necessary and damaging all at the same time.

Eli Clare is a poet, essayist, activist, and the author of Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, also published by Duke University Press, and The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion. He speaks regularly at conferences, community events, and colleges across the United States and Canada about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice, and his writing has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. Clare lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont and can be found online.

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