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Jodi Carmichael Hybrid Book Launch

Wednesday Sep 28 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Jodi Carmichael for the launch of her new middle grade novel The U-nique Lou Fox (Pajama Press) featuring special guest hosts Colleen Nelson, Deb Froese, and Candice Sareen.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

It isn’t easy being Louisa Elizabeth Fitzhenry-O’Shaughnessy—especially with dyslexia. She prefers Lou Fox, the dream name she’ll use one day as a famous Broadway playwright. In the meantime, Lou is stuck in fifth grade with Mrs. Snyder, a total Shadow Phantom of a teacher who can spot a daydream from across the room but doesn’t know anything about ADHD. Mrs. Snyder’s constant attention is ex-cru-ci-a-ting. If only she would disappear. Fortunately, life isn’t all a-tro-cious. There’s The Haunting at Lakeside School, the play Lou is writing and directing for her two best friends. And soon she’ll be a big sister at last. Nothing could ruin the joy of those things…right?

Jodi Carmichael is a multi-award-winning author and a champion for the underdog and for kids who think differently. Like Lou in The U-nique Lou Fox, Jodi has ADHD and celebrates the creativity, empathy, and adventurousness it brings to her life. Her other books include the YA novel Forever Julia which won The Manitoba Book Award and the Bronze Moonbeam Award, the middle-grade novel Family of Spies: Paris, and the chapter book Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food and Other Life Lessons, which won the Silver Moonbeam Award and the Silver Benjamin Franklin Award. Jodi lives in Winnipeg with her family.

Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition in Canada Panel Discussion

Thursday Sep 29 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition in Canada (Between the Lines) anthology editor Kevin Walby and a panel of local organizers for a discussion of abolitionist campaigns and successes on Treaty 1 territory and beyond, with contributions from members of Winnipeg Police Cause Harm, Justice 4 Black Lives Winnipeg, and the Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Kevin Walby is associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Winnipeg. He has authored or co-authored articles in British Journal of Criminology, Qualitative Inquiry, Qualitative Research, Punishment & Society, Antipode, Policing and Society, Urban Studies, Surveillance and Society, Media, Culture, and Society, Sociology, Current Sociology, International Sociology, Social Movement Studies, and more. He is author of Touching Encounters: Sex, Work, and Male-for-Male Internet Escorting (University of Chicago Press) and co-editor of a number of other titles.

Leon Laidlaw (he/they) is a Ph.D. Candidate at Carleton University and part-time contract instructor. His work weaves together the fields of trans studies, critical criminology (abolition), and settler colonial studies. He is a white settler, queer and trans man born and currently residing on Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg). He is a captain with the Mama Bear Clan Patrol and a member of the Winnipeg Police Cause Harm.

Ella Taylor (she/they) is a Criminal Justice honours student at the University of Winnipeg. She has worked in a variety of Winnipeg non-profit organizations, and has organized with Justice4BlackLivesWinnipeg and the Abolitionist Futures Collective. They are Gurage, born and raised on Treaty 1 territory, with familial connections in Treaty 5 Territory. She is passionate about harm reduction, the liberation of all marginalized peoples, and horror movies!

The Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition (SWWAC) is made up of very careful and responsible drivers. SWWAC’s goal is to make things safer for sex workers in Winnipeg. They are a cat-loving, awesome bunch who first came together to fight against Bill C-36 in 2014. From 2014 to early 2017, they were known as the Winnipeg Working Group for Sex Workers’ Rights.

 

Niizhotay Stories: A Virtual Evening with Bomgiizhik Isaac Murdoch

Friday Sep 30 2022 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Virtual

On this second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we once again honour treasured Elder and tireless community-builder Theodore Niizhotay Fontaine with Niizhotay Stories, an annual event which calls on us all to forge a healing path in the spirit of “two hearts." This event will be hosted by David McLeod.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube. Presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of THIN AIR 2022.

This year we are thrilled to welcome Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch), celebrated Ojibwe storyteller, artist, and musician from Nimkii Aazhibikoong First Nation. He currently lives in the forest at Nimkii Aazhibikoong, an Indigenous community that focuses on Indigenous language, art, and land-based activities. His paintings have become recognized worldwide, and he is in demand as a storyteller whose work is rooted deeply in traditional teachings. A second collection of his stories, Serpents and Other Spiritual Beings, is being released this fall by Kegedonce Press. The stories appear in both English and Anishinaabemowin, and are accompanied by his vibrant art work.

Bombgiizhik perfectly exemplifies Theodore Fontaine’s belief in working together to tackle the intense challenges in our communities, our country, and our land:

“We are in special times. Never in the History of Humanity have we been faced with the challenges that we are now. Climate change is here and the World is changing fast. I truly believe that when we put our hearts together and unite for the Earth and people, we can achieve anything. When we lift up our people and recognize the strengths and gifts of others, we can be a force of nature. Together we will win!” – Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch)

Host David McLeod works in media at NCI-FM (a provincial radio network), he is also the Executive Producer of the Indigenous Music Countdown, which is syndicated across Canada (including SiriusXM). He is a board member with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival & APTN. David’s writing has appeared in various anthologies such as CV2, Prairie Fire and Manitowapow. He is a member of the Pine Creek First Nation (MB).

An Evening with Marie Annharte Baker

Saturday Oct 01 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for an evening with acclaimed poet Marie Annharte Baker as she reads and discusses her latest collection Miskwagoode (New Star Books). Presented by Our Line in the Sand Manitoba, the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition, and co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of THIN AIR 2022. Featuring a conversation hosted by Diane Driedger.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Taken from the Anishinaabe for “woman wearing red,” Miskwagoode is an unsettling portrayal of unreconciled Indigenous experience under colonialism, past and present.

Miskwagoode, the woman in the red dress, is Annharte, and she is Annharte's mother, who disappeared when the poet was a girl. Miskwagoode is Annharte's new book about her mother loss, her “mothermiss”, about all the women “buried in common enough / cross-generational graves”.

Marked with her characteristic sharp eye and humour, and hard earned wisdom about the “ominous progress ahead”, Annharte's fifth collection encompasses the poet's experiences as an Anishinaabe Elder, “witness not survivor”, writing of the weight of a present and persisting colonialism.

Annharte (Marie Baker) is Anishinaabe (Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Manitoba). She is the author of four previous books of poetry: Being On the Moon, Columbus Coyote Cafe, Exercises in Lip Pointing, and Indigena Awry. Her book of essays, a/k/a, was published in 2012 by Capilano University Editions. She lives in Gypsumville, Manitoba.

Speaking on behalf of Our Line in the Sand, a group of concerned citizens advocating to protect the Watershed in Eastern Manitoba, will be one of its founders, Janine Gibson.

Diane Driedger is a poet who has published two poetry collections. Her latest poetry book is Red with Living: Poems and Art (Inanna, 2016). Her edited book, Still Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader was published by Inanna Publications in 2021. She teaches in the Interdisciplinary Master’s Programme in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba.

An Evening with Ben Macintyre

Tuesday Oct 04 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for an evening with Ben Macintyre as he visits Winnipeg to discuss his new book Prisoners of the Castle: An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis' Fortress Prison (McClelland & Stewart) with host Robert J. Young. Co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of THIN AIR 2022.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube streamBefore arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

From the bestselling author of The Spy and the Traitor, a definitive and surprising new narrative of one of history's most famous prisons--and the remarkable cast of POWs who tried to relentlessly escape their Nazi captors.

The myth of Colditz, the most infamous prison in history, has stood unchallenged for 70 years: prisoners of war, mustaches firmly set on stiff upper lips, defying the Nazis by tunnelling out of a grim Gothic castle on a German hilltop. Like all legends, that story contains only part of the truth. In Ben Macintyre's cliche-smashing new history, he offers a vision of Colditz previously unimagined, a story of much more than an escape, just as the prison's inmates were far more complicated than the cardboard saints depicted in post-war pop culture.

Bringing together the wartime intrigue of his acclaimed Operation Mincemeat and keen psychological portraits of his bestselling true-life spy stories, Macintyre has breathed stunning new life into one of the greatest war stories ever told.

Ben Macintyre is a writer-at-large for The Times (UK) and the international bestselling author of thirteen books including Agent Sonya, The Spy and the Traitor, A Spy Among Friends and Operation Mincemeat, which was the basis for a feature film starring Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.

The host for this evening, Saskatchewan-born, Robert J. Young, received his doctorate from the London School of Economics, and is currently Emeritus Professor of History and Fellow of United College at the University of Winnipeg. He is a recipient of the University’s principal award for Excellence in Teaching, and its principal award for Excellence in Research. He was also named Canadian Professor of the Year by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education. The first of his 10 books was published by Harvard University Press, the most recent by the Winnipeg Free Press. His biography of one 20th century French statesman was awarded the Canadian Historical Association’s Ferguson Prize for the best book in non-Canadian history; and another biography of a French diplomat and historian received the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction at the Manitoba Book Awards. His debut novel, Another Spy for Paris, was published in 2018 by Signature Editions. His second novel, Murder and Music in a Minor Key, will appear in 2023 with At Bay Press.

Russell Wangersky Hybrid Book Launch

Wednesday Oct 05 2022 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove + YouTube, Saskatoon

Join Russell Wangersky for the hybrid launch (in-person + streaming) of Same Ground: Chasing Family Down the California Gold Rush Trail (ECW Press). With in-conversation host Marina Endicott.

The launch will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

An award-winning author goes looking for the meaning of family and belonging on a glorious wild-goose-chase road trip across middle America.

Wangersky’s great-great-grandfather crossed the continent in search of gold in 1849. William Castle Dodge was his name, and he was 22 years old. He wrote a diary of that eventful journey that comes into the author’s hands 160 years later. And typically, quixotically, Wangersky and his wife, author Leslie Vryenhoek, decide to follow Dodge’s westward trail across the great bulging middle of America, not in search of gold but something even less likely: that elusive thing called family.

What ensues becomes this story, by turns hilarious and profound, about a very long trip — by car, in Wangersky and Vryenhoek’s case, and on mule and foot in Dodge’s. Interweaving experiences on the road with Dodge’s diary, the author contemplates the human need to hunt for roots and meaning as he — and Dodge — encounter immigrants who risk everything to be somewhere else, while only glimpsing those who are there already and who want to hold onto their claim in the stream of human migration.

Same Ground is a story about what time washes away and what persists — and what we might find, unexpectedly, if we go looking.

Russell Wangersky is the multiple-award-winning author of seven books of fiction and non-fiction, including Burning Down the HouseWhirl Away, and The Hour of Bad Decisions. Formerly a columnist with the SaltWire newspaper chain, he is currently editor-in-chief of the Saskatchewan Postmedia newspapers. He and Vryenhoek live in Saskatoon, SK.

Marina Endicott is the author of Good to a Fault, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; The Little Shadows, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award; Close to Hugh, which was also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; and The Difference, which won the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Endicott has been an actor, director, playwright and editor, and now lives in Saskatoon, SK.

Sally Ito Hybrid Book Launch

Wednesday Oct 05 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Sally Ito's new poetry collection Heart's Hydrography (Turnstone Press). This event features a reading and a discussion of the book. Hosted by Joanne Epp.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

In her fourth book of poetry, Sally Ito traverses the complex channels and tributaries of a heart mapped by the ineffable pull of family and faith. In Ito’s careful hands, this same heart becomes ocean and cathedral, a hallowed space in which poetic organ-song crystalizes into poems resonant with hope, love, doubt, and longing. Heart's Hydrography charts the vital ebb and flow between the personal and the divine.

Born in Taber, Alberta, Sally Ito is the author of a memoir, a short fiction collection, and four books of poetry including Heart's Hydrography. She is a translator of Japanese poetry. Ito teaches creative writing in Winnipeg, where she lives with her husband.

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. Her second book, Cattail Skyline, was shortlisted for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry.

Dr. Michael Bueckert Hybrid Event

Thursday Oct 06 2022 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove & YouTube, Saskatoon

Join editor Dr. Michael Bueckert for the hybrid launch (in-person + streaming) of Advocating for Palestine in Canada: Histories, Movements, Action (Fernwood Publishing). Co-presented by the Saskatoon chapter of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME).

The launch will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Michael Bueckert is both an editor and a contributor to the new book, Advocating for Palestine in Canada. The book discusses why is it so difficult to advocate for Palestine in Canada and what can be learned from the movement’s challenges and successes. The different chapters of the book provide a wide-ranging exploration of the movement’s different actors, approaches and fields of engagement, along with its connections to different national and transnational struggles against racism, imperialism and colonialism.

​Michael Bueckert is Vice President of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME). He has a PhD in Sociology with a specialization in Political Economy from Carleton University in Ottawa. His dissertation explored the Canadian opposition to boycott movements, and this research involved travel to Palestine and South Africa.

He has published in Radical History Review and Studies in Political Economy, and has written for publications including Africa Is A Country, Jacobin, and Briarpatch. His research has been cited by the Washington Post, Buzzfeed News, CBC Ottawa, the South African Broadcast Corporation, the Electronic Intifada, +972 Magazine, and Mondoweiss.

Anne Mahon Hybrid Book Launch

Thursday Oct 06 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for the launch of Overcome: Stories of Women Who Grew up in the Child Welfare System (Great Plains Publications), the third book from Winnipeg author Anne Mahon. This event will include excerpts from book participants, followed by an audience Q and A session and a book signing. Co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of THIN AIR 2022.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Abandonment, loss, instability, self-reliance, persistence, and fierce beauty all coexist in this compelling collection of stories of ten women who journey from victims of the child welfare system to survivors, and beyond. Despite facing endless challenges, oppression, and trauma these women discover their power through creativity, advocacy, cultural exploration, self-awareness, education, motherhood, and extreme empathy. These deeply personal stories are generously shared and powerfully told.

Anne Mahon is an oral history writer interested in people, their stories and making meaningful connections. She is the 14th chancellor of the University of Manitoba. All author proceeds from her books are donated back to the community each book is about. 

Michael Hutchinson Hybrid Book Launch

Friday Oct 07 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Michael Hutchinson for the launch of The Case of the Rigged Race: A Mighty Muskrats Mystery (Second Story Press) featuring a reading, conversation and Q&A, followed by a book signing. Hosted by Melissa Ridgen of APTN.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

The Mighty Muskrats are back with a chilly new mystery! Windy Lake First Nation is hosting the annual Trappers Festival, and the four Mighty Muskrats are excited about the sled-dog races and the chance to visit with family and friends from far and wide. But during the Teen Sled Race, the lead dog is the victim of a frightening accident that may be more than it seems.

Between mysterious strangers seen lurking by the trail and a loud group of animal rights protestors, the Muskrats have a lot of suspects. Despite the chill of winter, the case is heating up for Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee!

Michael Hutchinson is Swampy Cree from the Treaty 5 area and a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation. He wrote the Mighty Muskrats Mystery series to educate young Canadians, build pride in First Nation and impoverished youth, and create a better Canadian and First Nations relationship.

Host Melissa Ridgen is a proud Red River Métis and award-winning journalist who has spent more than 24 years covering crime, courts, politics, business and entertainment for newspapers in four provinces. She then joined APTN Investigates in 2009 and APTN National News in 2018 and in that time has garnered numerous awards and nominations including from the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (2013), Canadian Association of Journalists (2016, 2019) and Canadian Screen Awards (2018, 2019).

An Evening in Honour of Harold R. Johnson, with Joan Johnson (Hybrid Event)

Wednesday Oct 12 2022 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove & YouTube, Saskatoon

Join us for an evening with Joan Johnson, as she reads from the late Harold R. Johnson's The Power of Story: On Truth, the Trickster, and New Fictions for a New Era (Biblioasis).

The launch will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Award-winning Indigenous author Harold R. Johnson discusses the promise and potential of storytelling.

Approached by an ecumenical society representing many faiths, from Judeo-Christians to fellow members of First Nations, Harold R. Johnson agreed to host a group who wanted to hear him speak about the power of storytelling. This book is the outcome of that gathering. In The Power of Story, Johnson explains the role of storytelling in every aspect of human life, from personal identity to history and the social contracts that structure our societies, and illustrates how we can direct its potential to re-create and reform not only our own lives, but the life we share. Companionable, clear-eyed, and, above all, optimistic, Johnson’s message is both a dire warning and a direct invitation to each of us to imagine and create, together, the world we want to live in.

Harold R. Johnson (1954-2022) was the author of six works of fiction and six works of nonfiction, including Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours), which was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction. Born and raised in northern Saskatchewan to a Swedish father and a Cree mother, Johnson served in the Canadian Navy and worked as a miner, logger, mechanic, trapper, fisherman, tree planter, and heavy-equipment operator. He graduated from Harvard Law School and managed a private practice for several years before becoming a Crown prosecutor. He was a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation.

David Carpenter in-conversation with Dave Margoshes

Thursday Oct 13 2022 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove + YouTube, Saskatoon

Join David Carpenter for the hybrid launch of I Never Met a Rattlesnake I Didn't Like (Thistledown Press). With in-conversation host Dave Margoshes.

The launch will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

David Carpenter’s collection of essays I Never Met a Rattlesnake I Didn't Like explores a city boy’s love of the wild, a passion that has enriched his life from boyhood. At 80, this irrepressible Saskatchewan raconteur examines his intense fascination with predators large and small, and his awe in the face of the variety of creatures that may be out to get us—or who are out to get one another.

David Carpenter is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Gold and Welcome to Canada. He has received several Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year for the essay collection Courting Saskatchewan, as well as National and Western Magazine Awards for his magazine writing. He is an avid fly fisherman and nature-obsessed hiker and conservationist. He lives in Saskatoon.

Dave Margoshes is a Saskatoon-area poet and fiction writer. Most of his adult life has been in western Canada, for 35 years, in Saskatchewan. He has published twenty books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. His work has appeared widely in Canadian literary magazines and anthologies. An active member of the literary community in Saskatchewan and beyond, he’s served on a number of boards, been writer-in-residence in Saskatoon and Winnipeg, been a mentor to a number of younger writers, and has served on several literary juries.

Artbeat Studio Hybrid Annual Launch

Thursday Oct 13 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for the launch of Impact: Artbeat Annual 17.

This edition features contributions from Amber Logan, Daniel Caneda (Kuya), Genie (Kiara-Chiara), Logan Powell, Marcia Nuytten, Paul Suszka, Tracey McCorrister (Tray), Chris Roznowsky, Keitlin Okell, Lani Zastre (L), Liv Olfert, Marnie Lidstone, Meagan Hoskins, and Tyler Genaille.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store. All are welcome.

The latest installment of the Artbeat Annual publication profiles 14 diverse artists from the studio's 32nd and 33rd biannual residency cohort. Impact: Artbeat Annual 17 features a beautiful collection of artworks including acrylics, sculpture, illustration, watercolours and more.

The evening will include speakers Leah Gazan - MP for Winnipeg Centre, Ron Hogue - Director of Development from the Victoria Hospital Foundation, and an artist panel where guests can interact with the artists through a Q&A. Artbeat Studio emphasizes the role that creativity and art-making can play in mental healing and recovery. Each artist brings with them a unique background as they come together with the unified intention to create, heal, and grow.

An Evening with Bob McDonald

Friday Oct 14 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks, as he returns to Winnipeg with his new book The Future Is Now: Solving the Climate Crisis with Today's Technologies (Viking Books). Co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of THIN AIR 2022.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Is a global pandemic what it took to show us that saving our planet is possible?

In this book, Bob McDonald turns his focus to global energy sources, and shows how the global shutdowns may have been exactly what we needed to show us that a greener future is achievable. This is not another “wake-up call,” and not another plea to heed the climate science. This is an exploration of the incredible technologies that our species can use to get out of the mess we’ve made for ourselves. It is a work of immense optimism, to counteract the sense of doom that hangs over most discussions of the environment.

Green technology is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, and will only continue to skyrocket as current products improve their performance and new products emerge. A new green age is upon us--let this book be your guide to the future.

Bob McDonald has been the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks since 1992. He is a regular science commentator on CBC's News Network and a science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National. His book Measuring the Earth with a Stick was shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers Association Book Award. He has been honoured with the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; the 2002 Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute; and the 2005 McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada. In November 2011, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Daniel Scott Tysdal & Jim Johnstone Hybrid Book Launch

Tuesday Oct 18 2022 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove & YouTube, Saskatoon

Join Daniel Scott Tysdal and Jim Johnstone for the joint hybrid launch of The End Is in the Middle (Goose Lane Editions) & Infinity Network (Vehicule Press). 

The launch will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

About The End Is in the Middle:

Daring in form and unflinching in its gaze, Daniel Scott Tysdal’s The End Is in the Middle examines madness as lived experience and artistic method. Taking inspiration from Al Jaffee’s illustrated fold-ins in MAD magazine, Tysdal explores living with mental illness through a new kind of poetry: the fold-in poem.

Daniel Scott Tysdal is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and teacher. He is the author of three poetry collections, including the ReLit Award-winning Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method and the widely acclaimed Fauxccasional Poems. He is also the author of the poetry textbook The Writing Moment and gave a viral-trending TEDx talk, “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life).” Tysdal teaches at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

About Infinity Network:

Infinity Network completes Jim Johnstone’s ambitious trilogy which began with Dog Ear (2014) and continued with The Chemical Life (2017). Central to each volume is the struggle with identity at a time of great social change. Justifiably acclaimed for his exquisite rendering of acute states of mind, Johnstone explores pressing questions about the ubiquity of surveillance and social media, and evokes, with a powerful intelligence, the neurosis of living in a consumerism-obsessed era. Infinity Network not only attempts to capture the changing ideas of personhood, but also tries to create a new kind of verse to track it—a complex, bold, stark style able to give uncanny interiority to our digital dreads. As our lives descend further into disinformation and algorithmic control, Johnstone has emerged as the laureate of, in Keats’s words, truth “proved upon our pulses.”

Jim Johnstone is the author of five collections of poetry. He is the recipient of a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and Poetry's Editors Prize for Book Reviewing. He curates the Anstruther Books imprint at Palimpsest Press, where he published The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry (2018). He lives in Toronto.

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