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Colleen Nelson -- Book Launch

Saturday Sep 14 2019 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Join author Colleen Nelson as she launches her two newest books, middle grade Harvey Comes Home (Pajama Press) and young adult novel Spin (Dundurn Press). This event hosted by CBC Radio book reviewer Joanne Kelly.

A dog’s world is a world of scents, of adventure. When a runaway West Highland Terrier named Harvey wanders out of his old life guided only by his nose and his heart, lives begin to converge in Nelson’s middle grade novel Harvey Comes Home.

An aspiring teenage DJ must learn how to navigate life when people find out that she’s the daughter of a famous singer in Nelson’s new YA novel Spin.

Colleen Nelson earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba in her hometown of Winnipeg. Her previous novels include Blood Brothers, selected as the 2018 McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People, and Pulse Point, selected as one of the CBC’s Most Anticipated YA Books of 2018. Colleen writes daily in between appearances at hockey rinks and soccer fields in support of her two sports-loving sons.

Host Joanne Kelly is a broadcast journalism instructor at Red River College. She runs a book club at McNally Robinson and appears as a book columnist on the CBC Radio Weekend Morning Show.

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Harvey Comes Home

- by Colleen Nelson, Tara Anderson - The Harvey Stories (series)

Hardcover $21.95 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $19.76

The award-winning story of a lost West Highland Terrier warming hearts and bringing generations together A dog's world is a world of scents, of adventure. When a Harvey the West Highland Terrier wanders out of his old life guided only by his nose and his heart, lives begin to converge. Austin, a young volunteer at the Brayside retirement home, quickly finds that the audacious Harvey inspires Mr. Pickering, a bitter resident coping with memory loss, to tell stories of his childhood. Moved by the elderly man's Dust Bowl recollections of grinding poverty and the perseverance of his friends and family, Austin begins to trade his preconceived notions for empathy. But is it enough to give him the resolve to track down Harvey's original owner? Supported by warm graphite illustrations from acclaimed artist Tara Anderson, author Colleen Nelson immerses readers in a rich and unflinchingly human tale of struggle and hope--all inspired by one curious dog. ? STARRED REVIEW "[T]his gently paced, character-driven narrative captivates on every level, transforming a 'lost dog' story into a deeper reading experience. Present-day and historical time lines (with a few grim moments) are seamlessly interwoven and keep readers invested. Back matter reveals that the tale was inspired by Nelson's grandfather, accounting for the book's authentic, intimate feel. Nelson's first middle grade novel is heartwarming and inspirational; a first purchase."--School Library Journal Starred Review

Spin

- by Colleen Nelson

Young adult softcover $12.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $11.69

High Plains Book Award -- Finalist, Young Adult o MYRCA Northern Lights Award -- Shortlisted o SYRCA Snow Willow Award -- Shortlisted

An aspiring teenage DJ must learn how to navigate life when people find out that she's the daughter of a famous singer.


Fifteen-year-old Delilah "Dizzy" Doucette lives with her dad and brother above their vintage record store, The Vinyl Trap. She's learning how to spin records from her brother's best friend, and she's getting pretty good. But behind her bohemian life, Dizzy and her family have a secret: her mom is the megafamous singer Georgia Waters. When this secret is revealed to the world, Dizzy's life spins out of control. She must decide what is most important to her -- the family she has or the family she wants.