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send + receive Spring Talks: Pedro Oliveira

Saturday May 15 2021 2:00 pm - Online, Facebook Live, Virtual

As we stay home to protect each other during the third wave, send + receive is excited to present a series of readings, artist talks, and conversations, streaming on Facebook and through their website. Their spring series concludes this Saturday May 15th with a conversational and querying artist talk, 'on the spectral as a domain of (sonic) thought,' by artist and theorist Pedro Oliveira.

Pedro Oliveira is a researcher, sound artist and educator whose work advances a decolonizing inquiry of listening and the materiality of sound. His current artistic and academic research focuses on a historical, aesthetic, and material investigation on the deployment of so-called "accent recognition software" in the asylum system of Germany, with a focus on the limits of "machine listening". He holds a PhD from the University of the Arts Berlin, and is currently a PostDoctoral fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

Colin Harris Online Book Launch

Saturday May 15 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual, Winnipeg

McNally Robinson Booksellers and RMB | Rocky Mountain Books present Colin Harris and his new bestselling book Take Me Outside: Running Across the Canadian Landscape that Shapes Us. Hosted by Joanne Kelly.

Join us to hear about Colin's cross-Canada run to inspire students and teachers to get outside and experience the benefits and beauty of nature.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Take Me Outside is Colin’s story of spending nine months running from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, visiting over 80 schools along the way to engage with 20,000 students about the importance of spending time outside learning, playing, and exploring in the Canadian landscape. With one of the biggest and best backyards in the world, people across Canada are spending the vast majority of their time inside. Yet, our identity as Canadians has always been rooted in our relationship with the outdoors. This wildly entertaining book not only recounts what it’s like to run across the world’s second-largest country but also implores readers of all ages to reignite their connection with the natural world.

Host Joanne Kelly is a former broadcast journalist who now teaches journalism in the Creative Communications program at Red River College. She talks books on the Weekend Morning Show on CBC Manitoba and writes book reviews for the Winnipeg Free Press.

A Virtual Launch for Cliff Eyland & George Toles' Status Update

Wednesday May 19 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual, Winnipeg

Join George Toles and Alison Gillmor for the virtual launch of Status Update (At Bay Press), Toles' collaborative work with Cliff Eyland. Eyland's work will be celebrated this evening.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

A collection of mini-narratives that have been posted on Facebook every day since 2009. This book will collect posts from the entire collection in one cohesive volume of work. Award-winning artist Cliff Eyland and famed writer George Toles combine their unique talents in a book like no other, tackling apropos issues related to climate change, politics, relationships, death, and sex with wry humour and deft tone.

George Toles is a Distinguished Professor of Film and Literature at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of A House Made of Light: Essays on the Art of Film, Paul Thomas Anderson, and the forthcoming Curtains of Light: Essays on the Metaphysics of Theatrical Space on Film. He has been posting mini-narratives called Status Updates on Facebook every day since 2009. Two collections of these updates, with accompanying illustrations by artist collaborators, will be published in the next year. George has written or co-written the screenplays for numerous feature films made by Canadian director, Guy Maddin. These include Archangel, Careful, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, The Saddest Music in the World, Brand Upon the Brain, My Winnipeg, and Keyhole. He also wrote the story and original screenplay for Canada’s first stop-motion animated feature film, Edison and Leo.

Cliff Eyland was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Eyland was a curator at the Technical University of Nova Scotia School of Architecture (Daltech) and freelanced for the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg. From 1995 to 2005, Eyland was vice-president of the board of Plug In. In 1998 he was hired as an associate professor of painting at the University of Manitoba School of Art and was also director of Gallery One One One, both positions he held until 2010. Eyland was represented by Gurevich Fine Art in Winnipeg. His work is held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. In 2020, his alma mater, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, has set up the “Cliff Eyland Memorial Scholarship” for painting students and endowed by his family.

Host Alison Gillmor is a Winnipeg-based freelance journalist and educator. As well as being a pop culture columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press, she has written on art, design, books and film for The Walrus, Border Crossings, Canadian Notes & Queries, Canadian Geographic, Canada’s History, The Globe and Mail and The Winnipeg Review. She has taught in the History of Art program at the University of Winnipeg as a contract academic staff member, as well as in the University of Winnipeg’s 55+ program and the McNally Community Classroom.

Kazim Ali Online Book Event

Friday May 21 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual, Winnipeg

Join us as Kazim Ali explores the questions of land, power, and justice and reads from his latest book, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water (Goose Lane Editions). Featuring a conversation hosted by Michael Hutchinson.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

The child of South Asian migrants, Kazim Ali lived as a child in Manitoba before making a life in the United States. Finding himself recalling the boreal forests of his childhood home of Jenpeg, a community thrown up around the building of a hydroelectric dam, Ali wondered: Does the town still exist? Is the dam still operational?

When Ali goes searching, however, he finds not news of Jenpeg, but of the local Pimicikamak community facing environmental destruction and broken promises from the Canadian government. Troubled, Ali returns north, looking to understand his place in this story and eager to listen.

A celebrated poet, editor, and prose writer, Kazim Ali is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, and three works of non-fiction. He teaches at the University of California, San Diego.

Michael Hutchinson is a citizen of the Misipawistik Cree Nation in the Treaty 5 territory. He has worked with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, and as host of APTN National News. He is currently a co-host on CTV Morning Live Winnipeg.

Marjorie (M.M.) DeLuca Online Book Launch

Wednesday May 26 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual, Winnipeg

To celebrate the release of Marjorie (M.M.) DeLuca's historical thriller The Savage Instinct (Inkshares), please join us for a lively discussion on the myth of female hysteria—both its historical underpinnings and its hold on modern-day society—and how defiant women have subverted its power through the ages.

Joining us in conversation with author DeLuca will be Rachel Vorona Cote, author of Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today (Grand Central), and Terri Kapsalis, writer and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

The Savage Instinct is a taut psychological thriller that offers a delicious take on deviant and defiant Victorian women in a time when marriage itself was its own prison.

Marjorie (M.M) DeLuca is a screenwriter and novelist who writes historical fiction, suspense and YA sci-fi. She was born in England but now lives in Winnipeg where she previously taught at several Winnipeg high schools. She now writes full time for publishers in the US and UK.

Rachel Vorona Cote is the author of Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today (Grand Central). Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Nation, Jezebel, The Poetry Foundation, and various other places. She teaches a nonfiction writing course through Catapult.

Terri Kapsalis is a writer and performer. She is the author of Jane Addams' Travel Medicine Kit, The Hysterical Alphabet, and Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum. Her writings have appeared on Lit Hub and in various edited volumes and journals including Short Fiction, The Baffler, Denver Quarterly, New Formations, Public, and Parakeet. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Swoon Worthy Reads: Christina Lauren, Martha Waters, Georgia Clark

Thursday May 27 2021 11:00 am - Facebook Live, Virtual

Join Simon & Schuster Canada for a very special Facebook Live featuring the authors of some of the most anticipated rom coms of the year! Pick up copies of the books in-store or online and join the event via Facebook. 10 am SK // 11 am MB.

Christina Lauren - The Soulmate Equation
Martha Waters -To Love and to Loathe
Georgia Clark - It Had to Be You
This event will be moderated by Jen Kirsh.

Anna Sale and Aminatou Sow Live on Hot Docs at Home

Thursday May 27 2021 6:30 pm - Online, Virtual

Join Anna Sale and Aminatou Sow at their live Hot Docs event Talking About Hard Things.

Tickets are free for Hot Docs Members or $6.99 for non-members. 6:30 PM (MB) // 5:30 PM (SK).

As the host of WNYC’s award-winning podcast Death, Sex, & Money, Anna Sale leads mind-expanding interviews with cultural luminaries and tells intimate, life-affirming stories about the topics that most of us are too squeamish, polite, or nervous to bring up. To her millions of listeners, she’s a source of both comfort and delight— “a therapist at happy hour,” as The New York Times dubbed her. Join Anna as she sits down with Aminatou Sow, host of the equally beloved Call Your Girlfriend podcast and co-author of the bestselling book Big Friendship, to discuss her anticipated new book Let’s Talk About Hard Things. A stirring blend of memoir and reporting from Anna’s podcast, the book is a touching meditation on the growth that can come from discussing life’s most difficult subjects. Don’t miss this meeting of brilliant minds, as Anna and Aminatou discuss what we can all learn about ourselves, and each other, when we really get personal.

Presented in partnership with Simon & Schuster Canada and Flying Books, as well as McNally Robinson Booksellers and other select independent booksellers across Canada.

Tasha Spillett-Sumner & Michaela Goade Online Book Launch

Thursday May 27 2021 6:30 pm - Online, Zoom, Winnipeg

Celebrate the New York Times and CBC bestseller I Sang You Down from the Stars with the book’s Canadian publisher, Owlkids Books, and McNally Robinson Booksellers!

Join acclaimed author Tasha Spillett-Sumner and Caldecott medal-winning illustrator Michaela Goade for a discussion about their moving picture book tribute to new motherhood and Indigenous traditions, moderated by award-winning writer David A. Robertson.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Tasha Spillett-Sumner is a Cree and Trinidadian award-winning poet and author who is also working on her doctoral degree in Indigenous land–based education. She makes her home in Treaty 1 territory, Manitoba, where she raises her daughter, Isabella, with her husband.

Michaela Goade is a Tlingit illustrator, and winner of the 2021 Caldecott medal for We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom. She grew up in the rainforests and on the beaches of Juneau, Alaska, and still makes her home on traditional Tlingit territory today.

David A. Robertson (he, him, his) is a Swampy Cree author based in Winnipeg. He has published more than 20 books including novels, children’s books and memoir, and also hosts the CBC Manitoba podcast Kiwew.

Warming Huts Celebratory Online Book Launch

Friday May 28 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual, Winnipeg

Join us for the virtual launch of Warming Huts: a decade + of art and architecture on ice (Dalhousie Architectural Press).

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

The Warming Huts are public art and architecture installations that have adorned the wintertime rivers of Winnipeg since 2010. Selected annually through an international design competition, and via the invitation of select designers or artists, the huts contribute to the cultural and social vitality of the city in our coldest – but warmest-hearted – season.

This book has been published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the design competition. It celebrates and discusses the annual project as a critical body of work foregrounding the poetics and politics of public space, while highlighting the variety of architectural narratives expressed in the Huts. The book also includes a comparative analysis of the more than one thousand entries to the design competition, and maps the origins of the huts from around the world.

Contributors include journalist and professor Niigaan Sinclair, urbanist Hazel Borys, and architectural critic Lisa Rochon. Past-President of the RAIC Michael Cox and Senator Patricia Bovey provide forwards, with an introduction by Christine Macy, Chair of Dalhousie Architectural Press.

The launch will be attended by the book’s editors: Lawrence Bird – architect and planner; Peter Hargraves – whose firm Sputnik Architecture conceived the Warming Huts; and Sharon Wohl – professor of architecture and urbanism at Iowa State University. They will present an overview of the Warming Huts, the book and its development.

Lee Murray, Kori Upshall & Emily Johnson Virtual Launch

Monday May 31 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Saskatoon

Please join co-authors Dr. Lee Murray and Kori Upshall for the virtual launch of their children's picture book I Will Always Love You ... No Matter What! They'll be joined by the book's illustrator Emily Johnson.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

A grandma's love cannot be broken ... no matter what! A funny, poignant exploration of a child's quest to understand the meaning of a grandma's love. I Will Always Love You ... No Matter What! will resonate with today's grandmas as they negotiate their role in an ever-changing family dynamic.

Dr. Lee Murray (co-author) is an Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. She uses Autoethnography (story telling) to explore the experiences of Moms and Grandmas. Writing a book with her grand daughter Kori was a real joy.

Kori Upshall (co-author) was 4 years old when she asked her Grandma Lee the thoughtful questions reiterated in this book. Kori keeps busy with school, art, writing stories and creating songs.

Emily Johnson (illustrator) is a visual artist based in Saskatoon and is a first-time children’s book illustrator. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Saskatchewan in 2020.

Keith Cadieux Online Book Launch

Tuesday Jun 01 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual, Winnipeg

Please join Keith Cadieux as he celebrates the virtual launch of Signal Decay (At Bay Press), featuring a conversation hosted by Seyward Goodhand.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Tim has recently passed away and left Lori with piles of expensive recording equipment and mountains of debt. Tim’s family wants to move on from the loss but Lori can’t let go, not while she can still hear Tim’s laugh as though he’s still there beside her. That is, until she begins to hear his laugh in odd places, like old recordings Tim never worked on.

Can love transcend to keep us connected through death? Or do we just create our own reality when we’re not ready to let go?

Keith Cadieux is a Winnipeg-based writer and editor. His debut, the novella Gaze was shortlisted for a Manitoba Book Award and a ReLit award. He co-edited the horror anthology The Shadow Over Portage and Main, which was also shortlisted for a Manitoba Book Award, as well as the ‘Fantasmagoriana Series’ published by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. His short fiction has appeared in various Canadian fiction venues, including Grain, Prairie Fire, and ELQ and has been translated into French. Two short stories of his (“Stuck” and “Donner Parties”) have appeared on the Honourable Mentions list of ‘The Best Horror of the Year’ series, edited by Ellen Datlow. He lives with his partner Lindsey and a big dog named Bear.

Host Seyward Goodhand's stories have been shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and a National Magazine Award, and longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize. Her first collection of stories, Even That Wildest Hope, was a finalist for the Manitoba Book Awards' Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, and longlisted for the 2020 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She has a PhD in English from the University of Toronto.

Jordan Abel Online Event

Wednesday Jun 02 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual, Virtual

Join Griffin Poetry Prize winner Jordan Abel as he discusses his powerful new memoir NISHGA with host Warren Cariou. This event presented by McClelland & Stewart, Penguin Random House Canada, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, and McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

NISHGA is a groundbreaking, deeply personal, and devastating autobiographical meditation that attempts to address the complicated legacies of Canada's residential school system and contemporary Indigenous existence.

Drawing on autobiography and a series of interconnected documents (including pieces of memoir, transcriptions of talks, and photography), NISHGA is a book about confronting difficult truths and it is about how both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples engage with a history of colonial violence that is quite often rendered invisible.

Jordan Abel is a Nisga'a writer from Vancouver. He is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize). Abel's work, including his visual poetry, has recently been widely anthologized, published in numerous journals and, exhibited broadly. Abel recently completed a Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University, and is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta where he teaches Indigenous Literatures and Creative Writing.

Host Warren Cariou was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, into a family of mixed Métis and European heritage. He teaches in the Department of English, Film and Theatre and directs the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba.

Thomas King w/ host Shelagh Rogers Virtual Event

Wednesday Jun 02 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual

Purchase a copy of Sufferance and receive access to the exclusive virtual launch with Thomas King and CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers. Register with proof of purchase at

6 PM SK // 7 PM MB

This event is organized by HarperCollinsCanada as part of IndieBookFest.

Lovern Kindzierski Online Book Launch

Thursday Jun 03 2021 7:00 pm - Online, Zoom, Winnipeg

Join Winnipeg author Lovern Kindzierski for the virtual launch of the 5th book in the Shame graphic novel series, Hell's Flaw (Renegade Arts Entertainment). Featuring a conversation hosted by Holly Halftone.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Illustrated by legendary artist John Bolton in beautiful watercolour, Hell's Flaw continues the epic fantasy saga. In Cradle, Shame’s gateway to Hell stands poised to pour forth its demonic legions upon the world. Hope, Merritt and Grace know they must close it before it is too late.

Lovern will discuss the latest book, working with a legendary illustrator, and the recent announcement that there will be 9 books in the series.

Lovern Kindzierski is a successful writer, colorist and illustrator based in Winnipeg. He has been nominated as best colorist for the Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards, and Schuster Awards. As a writer, he has worked on titles including Spiderman, Wolverine, and The Victorian. His writing on Tarzan garnered him a Harvey Award Best Writer nomination. 

Host Holly Halftone is a varied artist, author and product manager residing in Montreal. Born in Winnipeg, she grew up spending most of her time hiding indoors avoiding colder-than-Mars temperatures and tearing through packs of printer paper and multitudes of sketch books constantly creating. In the vein of other artists hailing from this city, she attributes much of her skill to regular hibernation and introvert tendencies.

Joanne Epp Online Book Launch

Friday Jun 04 2021 7:00 pm - Online, Zoom, Winnipeg

Please join Joanne Epp in conversation with Angeline Schellenberg as we celebrate the launch of Joanne’s new collection Cattail Skyline (Turnstone Press).

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. The event will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

In Cattail Skyline Joanne ventures from open prairie roads into little creek beds, down onto the warm earth of strawberry patches and far afield to the busy markets of Cambodia to examine the intimate ways we come to know and experience place. With vivid detail and a sense of quiet reverence, Cattail Skyline captures a myriad of landscapes where every change of season and slant of light reveals something previously unnoticed, and where even the most well- trodden paths hold the potential for new discovery.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Joanne Epp has published poetry in literary journals including The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, and Canadian Literature. Her first book, Eigenheim, earned her a nomination for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Married with two sons, she spent several years in Ontario and now makes her home in Winnipeg. Cattail Skyline is Joanne’s second book.

Host Angeline Schellenberg wrote Tell Them It Was Mozart (Brick Books), a collection about raising children on the autism spectrum, which won three Manitoba Book Awards. In 2019, she published three chapbooks and was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. The host of Speaking Crow—Winnipeg’s longest-running poetry open mic, Angeline recently launched Fields of Light and Stone (University of Alberta Press).

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