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Shirley Camia & Phoebe Wang -- Reading & Signing

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

Reading and signing of Camia's Children Shouldn’t Use Knives and Other Tales (At Bay Press) and Wang's Admission Requirements (McClelland & Stewart).

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.

The poems in Phoebe Wang’s debut collection Admission Requirements attempt to discover what is required of us when we cut across our material and psychic geographies. Simultaneously full and empty of its origins, the self is continually taxed of any certainties and ways of being. The speaker in these poems is engaged in a kind of fieldwork, surveying gardens, communities, and the haphazard cityscape, where the reader is presented with the paradoxes of subsumed histories. With understated irony and unsettling imagery, the poems address the internal conflicts inherent in contemporary living.

Phoebe Wang was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies and Hanging Exhibits, and was the 2015 winner of PRISM international's Poetry Contest.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, and the financial assistance of the Canada Council through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Ty Dilello -- Book Launch

Wednesday Nov 22 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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.

Kristi Heather Kenyon -- Book Launch

Wednesday Nov 22 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

Launch of Resilience and Contagion: Invoking Human Rights in African HIV Advocacy (McGill-Queen's University Press).

HIV represents not only an unprecedented pandemic but also a site of civil society innovation. In the midst of devastation, activists in sub-Saharan Africa are progressing from traditional forms of health advocacy to strategies that engage human rights principles, techniques, and language.

Employing a comparative case-study approach, Resilience and Contagion considers the efforts of nine local civil society organizations in Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, and Botswana. Kristi Heather Kenyon examines who adopts rights-based discourse and why, arguing that leadership, individual beliefs, and structure all play a critical role in framing ADVOCACY. Beyond changing laws or policies, the most important impact of promoting the rights of people living with HIV, she attests, is that it enables individuals to interact with health services from a position of resilience, strength, and empowerment. This book delves into discourse at the juncture of human rights, social theory, and global health, prompting significant and relevant discussion on advocacy’s evolution in the region of the world hit hardest by the HIV pandemic.

Kristi Heather Kenyon is assistant professor in the human rights program of the University of Winnipeg’s Global College.

An Evening with Alan Doyle

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

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.

An Evening with Lee Maracle

Friday Nov 24 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Discussing & Signing My Conversations with Canadians (BookThug). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

On her first book tour at the age of 26, Lee Maracle was asked a question from the audience, one she couldn’t possibly answer at that moment. But she has been thinking about it ever since. As time has passed, she has been asked countless similar questions, all of them too big to answer, but not too large to contemplate. These questions, which touch upon subjects such as citizenship, segregation, labour, law, prejudice and reconciliation (to name a few), are the heart of My Conversations with Canadians.

North Vancouver–born Lee Maracle is the author of numerous critically acclaimed literary works and coeditor of a number of anthologies. A member of the Sto: Loh nation, Maracle is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the JT Stewart Award, and the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for 2014. Maracle is currently an instructor in the Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Toronto, where she teaches Oral Tradition. She is also the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House and an instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington, and received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University in 2009.

Donna Chubaty -- Book Launch

Friday Nov 24 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

Launch of Thistlewood (Grasmere Publishing).

When Signy’s oddball aunt tries to conjure up the spirit of their hat-making ancestor, Allistair Marshall, Signy discovers that her family was to blame for the devastating fire that destroyed their town of Thistlewood a hundred years earlier. But when Signy and her cousin Abigail return to the abandoned Marshall home, they are mysteriously transported back in time. Next thing Signy knows, she and Abigail are helping out in the Marshall’s hat shop where they witness the true powers of their magical hats. Even with such powers in their family’s possession, however, it seems like history is going to repeat itself. Can Signy uncover Thistlewood’s darkest secret in time? Or is she doomed to always live under the shadow of her most notorious ancestor?

Donna Chubaty lives in Winnipeg with her husband, two daughters and their two canine fur-babies, Izzy and Pippa. She is a Clinical Psychologist who has previously worked in the federal prison system, in adolescent/young adult mental health, and with the Canadian Armed Forces. She is currently in private practice. Thistlewood was inspired by life with her family and experiences in her work.

Brian Chipney / Tim Cummings Trio (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Nov 24 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

Event type: Live Musical Performance

Live Music

Mainstream Jazz

An Evening with Adam Shoalts

Saturday Nov 25 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Discussing and signing his new book A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land (Penguin Canada). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

Every map tells a story. And every map has a purpose--it invites us to go somewhere we’ve never been. It’s an account of what we know, but also a trace of what we long for. Ten Maps conjures the world as it appeared to those who were called upon to map it.

Adam Shoalts, one of Canada’s foremost explorers, tells the stories behind these centuries old maps, and how they came to shape what became “Canada.”

It’s a story that will surprise readers, and reveal the Canada we never knew was hidden. It brings to life the characters and the bloody disputes that forged our history, by showing us what the world looked like before it entered the history books. Combining storytelling, cartography, geography, archaeology and of course history, this book shows us Canada in a way we’ve never seen it before.

Adam Shoalts, called "Canada's Indiana Jones" by the Toronto Star, has proven that the age of exploration is far from over. His expeditions into Canada's wilderness have generated new geographic knowledge and garnered international headlines. Focusing on the vast Hudson Bay Lowlands, this area, one and a half times larger than the United Kingdom, remains partly unexplored to this day. Shoalts is currently completing a Ph.D. at McMaster University.

Ed & Rhea (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Nov 25 2017 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

Event type: Live Musical Performance

Live Music


Ed and Rhea is a father daughter duo from Portage la Prairie. Ed has been weaving his way through the Manitoba music scene for many years and has established himself as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. Rhea is now 12 years old and has started to find her own voice as a singer and instrumentalist. Together they have an obvious musical connection that blends classic with contemporary while sticking to their roots.

Joanne Kelly's Book Club

Tuesday Nov 28 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 November 2017 is Shanthi Sekaran’s Lucky Boy (G.P. Putnam's Sons), a gripping tale of adventure and searing reality that gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy.

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.

Isabelle Ronin -- Book Launch

Tuesday Nov 28 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Launch of Chasing Red and Always Red (Sourcebooks).

Isabelle Ronin is the Winnipeg author of the Wattpad reader phenomenon Chasing Red. With over 150 million reads, Chasing Red was Wattpad’s top-read story of 2016. The story continues to attract over one million reads per week.

Join us to celebrate the publication in book form of Chasing Red and the sequel Always Red. Together they tell the story of passion and seduction between Caleb Lockart and the unforgettable stranger he dubs Red. Anna Todd says; “a sexy, refreshing romance unlike any other.”

Eleanor Chornoboy -- Book Launch

Wednesday Nov 29 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Launch of Katarina: Mennonite Girl from Russia.

This book is inspired by the first wave of Mennonite migration from Russia to Canada in 1874. The story of heroic fortitude illuminates the lives and deep character of the people who helped shaped the prairie land.

The story’s universal themes of unspeakable hardships and forgiveness are timeless and pulse with resonances of every woman’s life.

Fourteen-year-old Katarina’s entire Mennonite community leaves their farms and homes in Russia for a foreign land. The characters reveal a bird’s eye view of women persevering unthinkable odds in a culture of the unspoken - marriages of convenience, forbidden loves, taboo conversations and stoic practices carried in their lifeblood.

This is Eleanor Chornoboy’s first novel. She has previously published two collections of Mennonite vignettes, Faspa, and Faspa with Jast. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband Larry.

Neil McArthur -- Book Launch

Wednesday Nov 29 2017 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

Launch of Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (The MIT Press).

Sexbots are coming. Given the pace of technological advances, it is inevitable that realistic robots specifically designed for people’s sexual gratification will be developed in the not-too-distant future. Despite popular culture’s fascination with the topic, and the emergence of the much-publicized Campaign Against Sex Robots, there has been little academic research on the social, philosophical, moral, and legal implications of robot sex. This book fills the gap, offering perspectives from philosophy, psychology, religious studies, economics, and law on the possible future of robot-human sexual relationships.

Co-editor Neil McArthur is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular contributor to VICE and the author of David Hume’s Political Theory.

David Alexander Robertson -- Book Launch

Thursday Nov 30 2017 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

Launch of Strangers (Highwater Press).

When Cole Harper is compelled to return to Wounded Sky First Nation, he finds his community in chaos: a series of shocking murders, a mysterious illness ravaging the residents, and reemerging questions about Cole’s role in the tragedy that drove him away 10 years ago. With the aid of an unhelpful spirit, a disfigured ghost, and his two oldest friends, Cole tries to figure out his purpose, and unravel the mysteries he left behind a decade ago. Will he find the answers in time to save his community?

Award-winning author David Alexander Robertson has written several bestselling books, including the graphic novels Sugar Falls, Will I See?, and the Tales From Big Spirit series, the novel The Evolution of Alice, and the critically acclaimed children’s book When We Were Alone (with Julie Flett). David lives in Winnipeg with his wife and five children, where he works in the field of Indigenous education.

Manuel Matas -- Book Launch

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

Launch of The Borders of Normal: A Clinical Psychiatrist De-Stigmatizes Paranormal Phenomena.

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