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Mary Anne Appleby -- Special Presentation

Wednesday Aug 20 2014 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
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Five Things You May Not Know About Winnie the Bear.

Winnie the Bear, named after our city, is 100 years old! Harry Colebourn bought Winnie on August 24, 1914 and that was the beginning of a series of events that would forever alter the landscape of children's literature. She was the original Winnie-the-Pooh.

"Five Things You May Not Know About Winnie" is a presentation by Mary Anne Appleby, a bestselling author with an historic connection to the Colebourn Family. You will have a chance to listen to the presentation, ask some questions, view film footage of Winnie from 1915 and have a piece of birthday cake in her honour.

A book signing of Winnie the Bear will follow the event.

Mary Anne Appleby grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in anthropology and psychology at the University of Winnipeg in 1980. After moving to Detroit in 1983, she completed a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, and has spent 27 years working in that field. M. A. and her family currently reside in the old Wolseley neighbourhood in the heart of Winnipeg. Winnie the Bear is her first book and was the recipient of the Gold medal in the Canada West Non-Fiction category of the Independent Publishers' Book Awards.


Winnie the Bear

- M A Appleby, P R Hayes (Illustrator)

Hardcover $34.95
Reader Reward Price: $31.46

An historic Canadian story, Winnie the Bear contains revolutionary new ideas regarding the origin of A. A. Milne's most famous creation.

"Only one bear at present in residence would I trust completely. That is Winnie, who is the original 'Winnie-the-Pooh.' She is quite the tamest and best behaved bear we have ever had at the Zoo."

The Evening News, September 27th, 1933

A true story, Winnie the Bear is the biography of a Canadian black bear named after the city of Winnipeg and adopted by Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, a kind veterinarian, who was en route overseas at the beginning of World War One. Colebourn nurtured the young cub at training camps in Valcartier, Quebec and on the Salisbury Plains.

Appleby takes us through Winnie and Harry's journey and through the story of her research, all the more fascinating for her family's connection to Harry Colebourn. Appleby's insights into the remarkable chain of events in Winnie the Bear's life reveal the bear's truly inspirational role in the creation of A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books.

Winner of the Gold Medal in the Canada West Non-Fiction category at the Independent Publishers Book Awards in 2012