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Irene Ternier Gordon -- Book Launch

Monday Oct 23 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

Launch of Letitia Hargrave: Mistress of York Factory.

Many people know about the North American fur trade; some also know about the important role that Aboriginal women played in that trade. But few people know about the fur trade from the viewpoint of the first white woman to live at the remote northern post of York Factory on Hudson Bay. Letitia MacTavish met Hudson’s Bay Company fur trader James Hargrave in 1838 when he arrived in the Highlands of Scotland to seek a wife. Within two weeks of their meeting, Hargrave had decided that the intelligent, outspoken Letitia was the woman for him.

Letitia Hargrave: Mistress of York Factory describes the life Letitia, her husband and their children led at York Factory for over ten years. Courtship, sex scandals and childbirth; operations of the HBC; the people she met; race, education and religion; medical care and murders—all are subjected to Letitia’s tart tongue and incisive observations.

Irene Ternier Gordon was raised on a grain farm in Saskatchewan and has lived along the historic Assiniboine River just west of Winnipeg since 1989. She has always been interested in Canadian history but only started writing history books in 2003 after a career as a junior high teacher-librarian. For more information about her work visit Irene Ternier Gordon online.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Oct 24 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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 October 2017 is Nora McInerny Purmort’s It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) (HarperCollins Canada), a fierce, hysterically funny memoir that reminds us that comedy equals tragedy plus time.

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.

An Evening with Will Ferguson

Tuesday Oct 24 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

In conversation with Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson and signing his new book The Shoe on the Roof: A Novel (Simon & Schuster Canada). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

Imagine...meeting someone with the same name, the same history, the same family, the same identity as you. Now, imagine meeting another person making the same exact claim. What would that do to you?

From the Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning novelist of 419 comes the startling, funny, and heartbreaking story of a psychological experiment gone wrong.

Gifted med student Thomas Rosanoff has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. Thomas lived his entire young life as the “Boy in the Box,” watched by researchers behind two-way glass. But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs. Thomas is determined to “cure” the three men of their delusions, and in so doing save his career—and maybe even his love life. But when Thomas’s father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control.

Will Ferguson is the author of sixteen books. He has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour a record-tying three times and has been nominated for both the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He lives in Calgary. Visit him online.

Ben MacPhee-SigurdsonHost Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson is the literary editor at the Winnipeg Free Press. He graduated with a Master of Arts degree in English (writing stream) from the University of Manitoba in 2005, eventually joining the Free Press as a copy editor in 2012 before taking over one of Canada’s few remaining books sections in 2014. He also has written about wine, beer and spirits for the Free Press since 2005, and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship from the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.

Café Scientifique

Wednesday Oct 25 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

The University of Manitoba Café Scientifique presents “In The Pink: 50 Years of Breast Cancer Research,” an interactive panel discussion for non-researchers (you, me, neighbours, friends). In a relaxed atmosphere, specialists will talk about their work and the questions raised.

Further informaton and speakers TBA.

Please join us for a lively discussion, debate, and refreshments. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to: research_communications (at) or 204.474.6689.

Anne Mahon -- Book Launch

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

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

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.

Voyageur Storytelling - Stephen Leacock: Stirring the Occurring

Saturday Oct 28 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

Stephen Leacock famously said, “Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself—it is the occurring which is difficult.” He also spoke often—sometimes humorously, sometimes seriously—about readers, showing that he was well aware of their importance and variety. He had his own ideas for how to bring the two parts of the writer-reader dyad together on mutually satisfactory terms.

Voyageur Storytelling’s Talk-and-Tell presentation, Stirring the Occurring, will bring all this to life. Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway will tell stories by and about Stephen Leacock, using his own fables and pronouncements on writing, reading, and literature to evoke lively conversation with the audience. Visit them online for more details.

Doug Edmond (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Oct 28 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

Event type: Live Musical Performance

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Doug Edmond, singer, songwriter, pianist and flutist is an independent jazz roots/alternative artist. Doug performs solo or with his trio or five piece band in many local and festival venues across the province and north west Ontario. His previous two CDs and over 25 live performances per year over the past 8 years reflect diverse musical influences and styles. He has performed at the past five TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival paying tribute to Tom Waits in 2012.

Skipping Stones is his third album produced by juno award winner Mitch Dorge of Crash Test Dummies fame. The new tunes reflect personal experiences that connect with listeners demonstrating a soulful approach to song writing and a true understanding of the relationship of his audience. Doug’s lyrics and singing talent continues to draw in his audience be it a small intimate lounge or a large outdoor festival stage.

Rosanna Deerchild -- Book Launch

Sunday Oct 29 2017 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Launch of î-nitotamahk kîsik, the Cree edition of calling down the sky (BookLand Press).

The book describes deep personal experiences and post-generational effects of the residential school confinements when thousands of Indigenous children were placed in these schools against their parents’ wishes. Rosanna Deerchild exposes how the residential schools systematically undermined Indigenous culture across Canada and disrupted families for generations. Cree translation by Solomon Ratt.

Rosanna Deerchild is an award-winning Cree author and broadcaster. She has worked for a variety of Indigenous newspapers and major networks for over 15 years, including APTN, CBC Radio and Global. Her latest poetry collection, calling down the sky, published by BookLand Press was shortlisted for the 2015 League of Canadian Poets’ Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Manitoba Book Award - Lansdowne Prize for Poetry, and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year award. She works as the host of Unreserved on CBC Radio One.

An Evening with Martha Baillie and Camilla Grudova

Monday Oct 30 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

In conversation, reading, and signing Baillie’s If Clara and Grudova’s The Doll’s Alphabet (Coach House Books).

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

In If Clara, nobody stands on firm ground. Daisy, an author confined to her home, her leg in a cast from hip to ankle, receives a parcel containing the manuscript of a novel about a Syrian refugee, and is asked to pose as its writer. Julia, a curator of installation art, has no idea that her sister, Clara, has written a novel. However, she does know that Clara suffers from a debilitating mental illness that renders her wildly unpredictable. And Maurice’s life is changed by a pair of binoculars welded to the wall of Julia’s gallery. These stories collide in a most unexpected way.

Martha Baillie’s most recent novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, received wide acclaim and was an O Magazine editors’ pick. She lives in Toronto.

Short stories from an unholy marriage of Angela Carter, Sheila Heti, and H. P. Lovecraft. Dolls, sewing machines, tinned foods, mirrors, malfunctioning bodies – by constantly reinventing ways to engage with her obsessions and motifs, Camilla Grudova has built a universe that’s highly imaginative, incredibly original, and absolutely discomfiting. The stories in The Doll’s Alphabet are simultaneously childlike and naive, grotesque and very dark.

Camilla Grudova lives in Toronto. She holds a degree in Art History and German from McGill University. Her fiction has appeared in The White Review and Granta.

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

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

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.

Dorothy Dobbie -- Book Launch

Wednesday Nov 01 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Launch of The Book of 10 Neat Things 2 (Pegasus Publications Inc.).

The Book of 10 Neat Things 2 is an amusing, fun and fascinating, fact-filled book that will have you looking like the smartest guy in the room.

Author Dorothy Dobbie has been a gardener for 30 years. She is the founder and president of Pegasus Publications Inc., publisher of the Local Gardener magazines.

A former member of Parliament, Dorothy has a long record of community involvement. She has served on countless community and national boards, including Tree Canada and the International Peace Garden. Dorothy hosted a radio show, The Gardener, on 680 CJOB radio for 20 years, recently moving to 93.7 CJNU at 8 a.m. Sundays.

Dorothy is the co-author of the best-selling Book of 10 Neat Things and produces a weekly e-newsletter of the same name which has an audience of more than 30,000.

Jane McAlevey -- Book Launch

Friday Nov 03 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Winnipeg launch of No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age (Oxford University Press).

The Winnipeg Labour Council is excited to host Dr. Jane McAlevey for the launch of her latest book.

"McAlevey is a veteran organizer and current postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard University Labor and Work Life Program. Her book provides powerful studies of campaigns that have won unprecedented gains in recent years by doing the difficult work of building high-participation organizations, even where cynics have declared unions to be hopeless or irrelevant. Key to these successes are ordinary workers able to direct their own struggles, and unions that challenge divisions between workplace struggles and broader concerns in workers’ lives.

"McAlevey’s book is not just inspiring -- it offers tools for community and union activists who want to build a better world for all.”

Casati (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Nov 04 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

Event type: Live Musical Performance

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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.

Matt Moskal (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Nov 10 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

Event type: Live Musical Performance

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Matt Moskal plays a fresh form of Manitoban folk. The Ontario-born troubadour mixes tried-and-true finger plucking and evocative storytelling with lively yet smoky vocal melodies. He delivers confused and compassionate truths with tact. Brutal honesty feels so sweet when it’s cushioned between soft, sentimental acoustic tones. Suited for coffee time after Sunday family meals, a waning August afternoon or those late night moments after your worst breakup.

Matt Moskal has played alongside the likes of Julie Doiron, Wax Mannequin, Spookey Ruben and Fred Penner. In 2010, he played the main stage of the 40th annual Northern Lights Festival Boreal. The festival also featured headliners Broken Social Scene and The Weakerthans. In 2014, he spearheaded Folk & Word at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg, MB, combining slam poetry with folk music. In 2017, he curated, hosted and performed at Don’t Be Scared: A Tribute to Daniel Johnston at the Good Will Social Club in Winnipeg. The event was a fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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