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John Paskievich -- Book Launch

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

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Launch of The North End Revisited (University of Manitoba Press).

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.

Janis Thiessen -- Book Launch

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

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Launch of Snacks: A Canadian Food History (University of Manitoba Press).

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 of History and Associate Director of the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.

An Evening with Frances Itani

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

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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

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

An Evening with Payam Akhavan

Monday Oct 16 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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In conversation and signing In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey (House of Anansi). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

S.M. Beiko -- Book Launch

Wednesday Oct 18 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Scion of the Fox: The Realms of Ancient, Book 1 (ECW Press).

Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power...and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.

S.M. Beiko has been writing and drawing strange, fantastical things since before she can remember. She currently works as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and consultant and is the co-publisher of ChiZine Publications and ChiGraphic. Her first novel, The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Scion of the Fox is the first book of the Realms of Ancient trilogy. Samantha lives in Winnipeg.

Nightfall (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Oct 21 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Anne Mahon -- Book Launch

Thursday Oct 26 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Redemption: Stories of Hope, Resilience and Life After Gangs (Great Plains Publications).

Why do people join gangs? Once entrenched in a life of crime with its realities of incarceration, addiction, power, and money, is it possible to ever walk away? This triumphant collection of ten personal life stories from ex-gang members enlightens, surprises and inspires. These first-person accounts illuminate the harsh reality of living as a marginalized person, often neglected and in poverty. Unexpectedly, their stories share heartfelt commentary on topics such as peace, joy, forgiveness and hope. This book covers territory that often doesn’t get into the news media and creates connection through our shared humanity.

Anne Mahon is fascinated by people and their stories, focusing her writing on the marginalized. Her books are philanthropic efforts, with all author proceeds donated back to the communities each book represents. Her first book The Lucky Ones won the On The Same Page Manitoba Library Award. She is a committed 30- year volunteer, contributing her time to many local organizations. Anne lives in Winnipeg with her husband and three children.

An Evening with Martine Delvaux

Friday Oct 27 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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In conversation with Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis and signing Serial Girls: From Barbie to Pussy Riot (Between the Lines Press). Co-presented by the Faculty of Arts Speaker Series, the Gender & Women’s Studies Program and the Department of Classical & Modern Languagues (French) Department at Brandon University.

Everywhere you look patriarchal society reduces women to a series of repeating symbols: serial girls.

On TV and in film, on the internet and in magazines, pop culture and ancient architecture, serial girls are all around us, moving in perfect sync—as dolls, as dancers, as statues. From Tiller Girls to Barbie dolls, Playboy bunnies to Pussy Riot, Martine Delvaux produces a provocative analysis of the many gendered assumptions that underlie modern culture. Delvaux draws on the works of Barthes, Foucault, de Beauvoir, Woolf, and more to argue that serial girls are not just the ubiquitous symbols of patriarchal domination but also offer the possibility of liberation.

Martine Delvaux is a professor of literature at the Université du Québec à Montréal, specializing in feminist theory, and is the author of four novels, including The Last Bullet is for You.

Kathryn A. Young & Sarah M. McKinnon -- Book Launch

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

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Launch of No Man’s Land: The Life and Art of Mary Riter Hamilton (University of Manitoba Press).

What force of will and circumstance drove a woman with a burgeoning art career following years of study in European art schools from a comfortable life to one of hardship and loneliness in the battle zones of France and Belgium following the Great War?

For western Canadian artist Mary Riter Hamilton (1868–1954), art was her life’s passion. Her tale is one of tragedy and adventure, from homestead beginnings, to genteel drawing rooms in Winnipeg, Victoria, and Vancouver, to Berlin and Parisian art schools, to Vimy and Ypres, and finally to illness and poverty in old age. No Man’s Land by Kathryn A. Young and Sarah M. McKinnon is the first biographical study of Hamilton, whose work can be found in galleries and art museums throughout Canada.

Kathryn A. Young is a retired assistant professor of History at the University of Manitoba.

Sarah M. McKinnon is a former Vice-President, Academic at OCAD University, a former Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and a former faculty member and Curator at the University of Winnipeg. Currently, she is a consultant in higher education.

Bryan Scott & Bartley Kives -- Book Launch

Wednesday Nov 15 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Stuck in the Middle 2: Defining Views of Manitoba (Great Plains Publications).

Stuck In The Middle 2 finds photographer Bryan Scott and journalist Bartley Kives venturing beyond the Perimeter Highway to explore the architecture, landscapes and waterways of a province they know and love but, like most Manitobans, may never truly understand. This is the follow up to their 2013 Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award winning Stuck In The Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg photographer Bryan Scott has been documenting the city’s architecture and streetscapes since 2005. He works in advertising while making daily contributions to his photo website Winnipeg Love Hate. A collection of photos from the site was published in 2010.

Journalist and author Bartley Kives has been writing about politics, pop culture, politics, food and travel in Winnipeg since the 1990s. He worked as a reporter for The Winnipeg Free Press for 18 years and now works for CBC Manitoba. He is the author of A Daytripper’s Guide To Manitoba: Exploring Canada’s Undiscovered Province, a Canadian bestseller first published in 2006 and revised in 2015.

Shirley Camia -- Book Launch

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

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Launch of Children Shouldn’t Use Knives and Other Tales (At Bay Press).

The blue skies of childhood exist in the warmest of our memories, but what chases us all through the rest of our lives are the storm clouds. This is the premise of Children Shouldn’t Use Knives, a harrowing but exhilarating examination of life before adolescence by Canadian poet Shirley Camia.

In a series of razor-sharp sketches, Camia’s piercing observations are offered as a perfectly balanced counter-weight to the sing-song melody of innocence. Camia and Vancouver illustrator Cindy Mochizuki offer an individual reckoning that unpacks for the reader the universal truth that fear and danger respect no age and ignore all boundaries.

Shirley Camia is a Winnipeg born, Toronto based poet and journalist. She is the author of two previous works of poetry: The Significance of Moths and Calliope. Her work can be seen online.

An Evening with Alan Doyle

Thursday Nov 23 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Discussing & Signing A Newfoundlander in Canada: Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home (Doubleday Canada).

Following the success of his bestselling memoir, Where I Belong, Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle returns with a hilarious, heartwarming account of leaving Newfoundland and discovering Canada for the first time. Armed with the same personable, candid style found in his first book, Doyle turns his perspective outward from Petty Harbour toward mainland Canada, reflecting on what it was like to venture away from the comforts of home and the familiarity of the island.

The stories in this book tap into the complexities of community and Canadianness, forming the portrait of a young man from a tiny fishing village trying to define and hold on to his sense of home while navigating a vast and diverse and wonder-filled country.

Alan Doyle is a Canadian musician and actor. His first book, Where I Belong, published in 2014, was a national bestseller, and in 2015, Doyle released his second solo album, So Let’s Go. Doyle lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Ty Dilello -- Book Launch

Wednesday Dec 06 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Golden Boys: The Top 50 Manitoba Hockey Players of All Time (Great Plains Publications).

Jonathan Toews, Andy Bathgate, Ron Hextall, Bobby Clarke, Terry Sawchuk...who is the greatest of all time?

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the NHL, Golden Boys looks at fifty players that have shaped the history of hockey in Manitoba. Featuring detailed biographies, rare photographs and never-been-told-before stories, Golden Boys is sure to delight, surprise and cause arguments among hockey fans young and old.

Ty Dilello is an accredited writer with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR). He has been a hockey fan since Peter Bondra led the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998. Ty plays extensively on the World Curling Tour in the winter and can probably be found on a tennis court during the summer months.

An Evening with Tom Wilson

Friday Dec 08 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Discussing & Signing Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers and the Road Home (Doubleday Canada).

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