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An Evening with Robert J. Sawyer

Tuesday May 21 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us as we welcome acclaimed science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer back to Winnipeg to discuss and sign his new novel, The Downloaded (Shadowpaw Press).

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

In 2059 two very different groups have their minds uploaded into a quantum computer in Waterloo, Ontario. One group consists of astronauts preparing for Earth’s first interstellar voyage. The other? Convicted murderers, serving their sentences in a virtual-reality prison. But when the astronauts and prisoners download back into physical reality, they’re shocked to find that 500 years have passed, technological civilization has fallen, and the only other survivors are the members of the local Mennonite community.

Robert J. Sawyer has won both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards for best science-fiction novel of the year as well as more Canadian Aurora Awards than anyone else in history. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name. Rob is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The Downloaded is his 25th novel, following such previous bestsellers as Quantum Night and The Oppenheimer Alternative.

An Evening with Jeff Rubin

Wednesday May 22 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join economist and bestselling author Jeff Rubin as he returns to Winnipeg to discuss and sign his new book A Map of the New Normal: How Inflation, War, and Sanctions Will Change Your World Forever (Penguin Canada). Featuring a conversation hosted by Temur Durrani of The Globe & Mail.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

Bestselling economist Jeff Rubin warns that the shock inflation of 2021 is the front of a perfect storm of war, supply-chain disruption, geopolitical realignment, domestic upheaval, and energy scarcity that will change everything.

Tracking trade wars and kinetic wars, central banks and runs on banks, pipelines blown up and startups knocked down, A Map of the New Normal gives us a glimpse of a near future that will look very different from the recent past. It reminds us that our mortgage rates and job security, our grocery bills and investments, are all tied to events set in motion by governments, corporations, and black swans around the world.

Jeff Rubin is a Canadian economist and bestselling author. A world-leading expert on trade and energy, and former chief economist and chief strategist at CIBC World Markets, he recently served as a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance founded by Jim Balsillie. His first book, Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, was an international bestseller, and was favourably reviewed in both TIME and Newsweek. It was the number-one-selling non-fiction book in Canada and won the National Business Book Award, and was longlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Since then, he has written multiple bestsellers, including The End of Growth, The Carbon Bubble, and The Expendables.

Host Temur Durrani is a national reporter for The Globe and Mail, focusing on Manitoba. He is also the host of Better For It, a Globe podcast about how failures shape Canadian business leaders. Previously, he was a technology reporter for The Globe’s Report on Business, based in Toronto. A globe-trotting newshound, Mr. Durrani has covered protests in Hong Kong, graffiti art in India and Pakistan, crashes in Alaska, crime in the GTA, federal politics in Ottawa, small business in the Maritimes, finance on the Prairies, and even the Raptors’ historic run to the NBA final. Before joining The Globe, he worked at BNN Bloomberg, where he reported investigative stories and business features for broadcast and digital audiences. Prior to that, Mr. Durrani was a staff reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, the Toronto Star, iPolitics, and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. He is now stationed in Winnipeg.

An Evening with Billy-Ray Belcourt

Thursday May 23 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for a special evening with Billy-Ray Belcourt as he returns to Winnipeg to discuss and sign his new collection Coexistence: Stories (Penguin Canada). Featuring a reading and a conversation hosted by katherena vermette, followed by a book signing. Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

Across the prairies and Canada’s west coast, on reserves and university campuses, at literary festivals and existential crossroads, the characters in Coexistence are searching for connection. They’re learning to live with and understand one another, to see beauty and terror side by side, and to accept that the past, present, and future can inhabit a single moment.

Bearing the compression, crystalline sentences, and emotional potency that have characterized his earlier books, Coexistence is a testament to Belcourt’s mastery of and playfulness in any literary form. A vital addition to an already rich catalogue, this is a must-read collection and the work of an author at the height of his powers.

Billy-Ray Belcourt (he/him) is a writer from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut collection, This Wound Is a World, which was also a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. His bestselling memoir, A History of My Brief Body, won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Governor General's Literary Award. A recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and an Indspire Award, Belcourt is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Creative Writing at UBC.

Host katherena vermette (she/her) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis Nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. vermette received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs. Her first novel, The Break, won several awards including the Amazon First Novel Award, and was a bestseller in Canada. Her second novel, The Strangers, won the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, named Indigo’s 2021 Book of the Year, and was a #1 national bestseller. Her work in children’s literature includes the graphic novel series A Girl Called Echo. vermette lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River.

An Evening with Susan Blacklin

Friday May 24 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for an evening with Susan Blacklin, author of Water Confidential: Witnessing Justice Denied-The Fight for Safe Drinking Water (Caitlin Press). All royalties from Susan's memoir will be donated equally to The Safe Drinking Water Foundation and Keepers of the Water.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream

In Water Confidential, Susan Blacklin recounts her decades-long dedication alongside her late ex-husband, Dr. Hans Peterson, to secure safe drinking water for First Nations and rural communities in Canada. Beginning with Peterson's pioneering research in 1996, they established the Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF), developing innovative water treatment technology and educational programs. Despite progress, many communities still lack access to safe water. Blacklin advocates for federal regulations and transparent science-based policies to address the ongoing crisis. In this timely memoir, Blacklin reflects on her fundraising, activism, and negotiations with governments, while underscoring the urgent need for equitable access to clean water.

“Dr. Hans Peterson was an ally to the nation. Our message to other First Nations Leaders is to search for those allies, not just consultants, but experts that care because they will go the distance for your people. Our message to Canadians is to be those allies because if First Nations communities thrive, so does Canada." —Chief John Machiskinic, Yellow Quill First Nation

“That Hans and Sue had to undertake what they did is an indictment of Canada’s attitude to Indigenous communities, even when it comes to basic human rights.” —Dr. John O’Connor, family physician, and health advocate, Northern Alberta

Susan Blacklin was born near London, UK, and later moved to Canada. She supported her late ex-husband, Dr. Hans Peterson, in founding the Safe Drinking Water Foundation; they devoted fifteen years of their lives to bringing safe drinking water to First Nations and rural communities.

Jenna Boholij Book Launch

Tuesday May 28 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for the launch of Jenna Boholij’s debut novel, Lucid (Dreamsphere Books), a psychological thriller, featuring a reading and conversation hosted by award-winning film writer, producer, and director, Norma Bailey. A book signing will follow.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream

Charlotte Marin leads an outwardly conventional life. She lives in a comfortable suburban neighbourhood, has a caring and devoted boyfriend, and a job she enjoys at a local airline. No one would suspect that Charlotte has been hiding a web of lies and secrets that are in danger of coming undone.

Following a tragic death, Charlotte develops a dangerous coping mechanism for her grief. She seems to have her dark ritual under control until she meets Abel Moretti on a flight to Seattle. Plagued with chilling lucid dreams that worsen as her situation and wellbeing deteriorates, she’s faced with a tough decision and left wondering if she’ll ever wake up from this nightmare.

Jenna Boholij grew up in a small town in North-Western Ontario, on the shores of Lake Superior, and spent her summers in a small town in rural Manitoba, on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. She currently lives in Winnipeg. She is a published writer with more than a decade of experience in marketing and communications. She is of Ukrainian and Icelandic descent and very involved with the Icelandic-Canadian community.

Host Norma Bailey has produced and directed many documentaries and movies and has adapted the works of David Adams Richards, Margaret Atwood, and Alice Munro. She has won numerous awards including Geminis, Blizzards, the New York American Film and Television Award, the Los Angeles Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, best film from the San Francisco Native American Film Festival, the Banff Rockie Award for best movie. She was a recipient of the YWCA Woman of the Year Award and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for significant contribution to Canadian Culture.

Philipp Schott Book Launch

Wednesday May 29 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Philipp Schott for the launch of Eleven Huskies: A Dr. Bannerman Vet Mystery (ECW Press) featuring a conversation hosted by Joanne Kelly.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

Peter Bannerman, veterinarian and amateur detective, deserves a summer vacation. Peter and his family head to a remote fishing lodge in northern Manitoba for a canoeing trip with his champion sniffer dog, Pippin. But a series of incidents color their plans. The lodge’s sled team of huskies has been poisoned and, at the same time, a floatplane crashes into the lake, killing the pilot and both passengers. While Peter works to save the huskies, it is discovered that the plane crash wasn’t an accident. It was murder.

It’s been a hot and dry summer, and one morning the Bannerman family wakes up to find a forest fire spreading quickly. They manage to dodge the conflagration, making it back to the lodge before it becomes cut off from the outside world. Peter soon figures out that the murderer, who probably also poisoned the huskies, must be among the other guests or staff trapped with them at the lodge. The power fails. The now-enormous fire draws nearer. Can Peter discover the culprit in time?

Philipp Schott lives in Winnipeg where he practices veterinary medicine, writes, and shares a creaky old house on the river with his wife, kids, cats, and dog. His first book, The Accidental Veterinarian, was a bestseller and was translated into five languages. Six other books have followed. This is his third Dr. Bannerman Vet Mystery.

Joanne Kelly is a journalism instructor in the Creative Communications program at Red River Polytechnic, talks books on CBC radio, and writes book reviews for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Niigaan Sinclair Book Launch

Thursday May 30 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Niigaan Sinclair for the launch of Wînipêk: Visions of Canada from an Indigenous Centre (McClelland & Stewart). Featuring a conversation hosted by Shelagh Rogers followed by a book signing.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

Niigaan Sinclair has been called provocative, revolutionary, and one of this country's most influential thinkers on the issues impacting Indigenous cultures, communities, and reconciliation in Canada. In his debut collection of stories, observations, and thoughts about Winnipeg, the place he calls "ground zero" of Canada's future, read about the complex history and contributions of this place alongside the radical solutions to injustice and violence found here, presenting solutions for a country that has forgotten principles of treaty and inclusivity. It is here, in the place where Canada began—where the land, water, people, and animals meet— that a path "from the centre" is happening for all to see.

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Book of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (HighWater Press) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press), and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press. Niigan obtained his BA in Education at the University of Winnipeg, before completing an MA in Native- and African-American literatures at the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in First Nations and American Literatures from the University of British Columbia.

Host Shelagh Rogers is a long-time broadcast-journalist, who made a home at CBC Radio for 4 decades. From 2008 to 2023, she was host and co-producer of The Next Chapter, devoted to writing in Canada. She even got to interview Niigaan Sinclair, in 2011, about the explosion of Indigenous writing being published... and this was before the tsunami that was to come and keep coming! Last June, she stepped down from CBC Radio to pursue adventures of her own devising, including moving to Winnipeg, a place where she has deep roots on her Metis father’s side. In 2011, she was named an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was there she connected with The Honourable Murray Sinclair, and learned that they were, in fact, cousins sharing a common ancestor whose biography, Nahoway: A Distant Voice, is available in this very store! Niigan Sinclair is also a cousin and Shelagh could not be more delighted to be interviewing Niigaan for the launch of Winipek: Visions of Canada from an Indigenous Centre. She is ecstatic to be back at McNally Robinson for this wonderful occasion.

An Evening with Nahlah Ayed

Friday May 31 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for an evening with Nahlah Ayed, journalist and host of CBC’s Ideas, as she returns to Winnipeg to celebrate her new book The War We Won Apart: The Untold Story of Two Elite Agents Who Became One of the Most Decorated Couples of WWII (Viking Canada). Featuring a conversation hosted by Reg Sherren followed by a book signing.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

Love, betrayal, and a secret war: the untold story of two elite agents, one Canadian, one British, who became one of the most decorated couples of WWII.

On opposite sides of the pond, Sonia Butt, an adventurous young British woman, and Guy d’Artois, a French-Canadian soldier and thunderstorm of a man, are preparing for war. From different worlds, their lives first intersect during clandestine training to become agents with Winston Churchill’s secret army, the Special Operations Executive. Not long after their hasty marriage, their love is tested by separation, by a titanic invasion—and by indiscretion.

Reconstructed from hours of unpublished interviews and hundreds of archival and personal documents, the story Ayed tells is about the ravaging costs of war paid for disproportionately by the young. But more than anything, The War We Won Apart is a story about love: two secret agents who were supposed to land in enemy territory together, but were fated to fight the war apart.

Born in Winnipeg, Nahlah Ayed is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and currently producer and host of CBC’s Ideas. For two decades, Ayed worked in hot zones around the globe—from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Her first book, A Thousand Farewells, was a finalist for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Host Reg Sherren has been introducing Canadians to the people and stories they care about for over four decades. Known for his unique story-telling abilities, this award-winning journalist and author has reported around the world, from the Persian Gulf, Europe, Japan and across the United States of America. A veteran broadcaster, in his career, Sherren has worked as an investigative consumer journalist, foreign correspondent, network host (Country Canada), and documentary filmmaker. Sherren has also been the recipient of numerous journalism awards from the New York and Columbus International Film and Video Festivals, as well as the Radio and Television News Directors Association. His first book, That Wasn’t the Plan (Douglas & McIntyre) was chosen by the Globe and Mail as a best fall read. His second book, Four Seasons (Flanker Press) was released this spring. Reg and his family reside in Winnipeg.

Sarah Klassen & Hildi Froese Tiessen Dual Book Launch

Saturday Jun 01 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Please join us as CMU Press presents the launch of two new books: New & Selected Poems (Lyrik Poetry Series 1) by Sarah Klassen and On Mennonite/s Writing: Selected Essays by Hildi Froese Tiessen. Hosted by Sue Sorensen and John Weier.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream

In this inaugural volume of the Lyrik Poetry Series, honouring Canada’s foremost Mennonite poets, CMU Press presents the finest work, past and present, of Manitoba’s wonderful Sarah Klassen, who has been publishing poetry since her award-winning first collection in 1988, Journey to Yalta. Including an introduction by editor Nathan Dueck and an afterword by the poet, this volume presents new and uncollected poems as well as a generous selection from Sarah Klassen’s eight books of poetry. 

Sarah Klassen was born in Manitoba in 1932. A Winnipeg English teacher for many years, she also taught in Lithuania and Ukraine. Her first book, Journey to Yalta, received the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 1989. In the years since, her poetry has received acclaim and multiple awards. In 2023 she collaborated with Joanne Epp and Sally Ito on the poetic translations in Wonder-Work: Selected Sonnets of Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg, which has been awarded the silver medal for poetry in the 2024 Illumination Book Awards. In addition, Klassen has published two novels and two books of short stories. Her fiction has won the Margaret McWilliams Award from the Manitoba Historical Society as well as the High Plains Book Award.

In 1973 Hildi Froese Tiessen published one of the earliest essays about Rudy Wiebe’s “Mennonite novels.” Over the next fifty years, Dr. Froese Tiessen would go on to author some eighty additional contributions to the field of Mennonite/s writing, including over sixty essays and book chapters, more than a dozen edited collections and special issues of journals, and a host of scholarly introductions, reviews, and encyclopedia articles. On Mennonite/s Writing is the first collection of Dr. Froese Tiessen’s work, gathering eighteen essays that reflect a half-century of critical engagement.

Raised in Winnipeg, Hildi Froese Tiessen earned her BA at University of Winnipeg and an MA and PhD at University of Alberta. She taught English and Peace & Conflict Studies (1987-2012) at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, where she also served as academic dean. She is the editor of Liars and Rascals, an anthology of short fiction by Mennonite authors, and also 11 Encounters with Mennonite Fiction. With Paul Tiessen, she is the editor of After Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery's Letters to Ephraim Weber. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

Host Sue Sorensen is a Winnipeg poet, novelist, professor, and director of CMU Press.

Host John Weier, a past president of the League of Canadian Poets, is an author of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; he is also a therapist, enthusiastic birder, and retired luthier.

Diane Morrisseau & Elisabeth Brannigan Book Launch

Wednesday Jun 05 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Diane Morrisseau and Elisabeth Brannigan for the launch of One Second at a Time: My Story of Pain and Reclamation (UBC Press / Purich Books). Featuring a conversation hosted by Darren Courchene.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

For almost two decades, Diane Morrisseau was chained to a brutal husband who abused not only her, but their children. By threatening Diane with their death and hers should she ever try to leave, he ensured that she would continue to endure his cruelty. Despite this, Diane found the strength to walk away. This book is the story of how she did so, and how she rebuilt a life beyond her abuser. Through Al-Anon, Anishinabe traditional healing ceremonies, counselling, and care for others, Diane found a new path illuminated by compassion and purpose.

Diane Morrisseau recounts her traumatic history with one aim: to help other victims of violence know they are not alone, and that escape is possible. The author’s entire career, and this book, testify to her desire to extend to others the hope that eluded her in the depths of her desperate circumstances.

Diane Morrisseau is a proud Anishinabe woman from Sagkeeng First Nation. She is a mother and a grandmother and is looked up to by many in the community as a respected Elder, dedicated to helping others. She began her career in Health Sciences by advocating passionately for First Nations patients. In the early eighties, Diane returned to school for diplomas in addictions and social work. During her employment as a youth worker, she helped formerly homeless, vulnerable, and at-risk youth who had grown up in the child welfare system. Diane worked as a counsellor for several treatment centres until her retirement in 2011. She continues to be asked to counsel clients, speak at events, facilitate sharing and healing circles, and participate in traditional ceremonies. She also continues to work in the field of domestic violence in an abuse shelter as a counsellor to First Nations women and their children. For the past thirty-five years, Diane has dedicated herself to the well-being of Anishinabe women, children, and men. She resides in Winnipeg.

Elisabeth Brannigan is a mother and elementary school teacher. She holds a bachelor of arts in Indigenous studies and a bachelor of education. Elisabeth began her career teaching at Sagkeeng Mino Pimatiziwin Treatment Centre (now the Mikaaming Mino Pimatiziwin Healing Lodge) in Sagkeeng First Nation. Inspired by Diane’s story of resilience and strength, Elisabeth was determined to help Diane achieve her vision of seeing her story written and published for the world to read. It has been her great honour to work with Diane in telling her story. Elisabeth lives with her husband and children in Toronto, Ontario.

Sidura Ludwig Book Launch

Thursday Jun 06 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Sidura Ludwig for the Winnipeg launch of Rising (Candlewick Press). Featuring a conversation hosted by John Longhurst, followed by a book signing.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

Rising is a quiet, joyful story celebrating a Jewish mother’s tradition of making challah with her child. This picture book merges a lyrical text with stunning illustrations from Sophia Vincent Guy  - and includes the author’s favorite recipe.

Sidura Ludwig is an award-winning author of books for adults and children. Her short-story collection You Are Not What We Expected won the Vine Literary Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award. Her novel Holding My Breath was shortlisted for the Winnipeg Book Award. She has two books for kids out in 2024: her debut picture book, Rising, and her debut middle grade novel, Swan, in the fall.

Sidura holds a Master of Journalism from Carleton University, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Originally from Winnipeg, Sidura has lived in Toronto, Ottawa and Birmingham, UK. She currently lives in Thornhill, ON with her husband, three children and a geriatric Havanese dog.

Host John Longhurst has carved out an impressive career in journalism, media relations, and marketing & communications (especially from a non-profit perspective), working for organizations such as Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Mennonite Central Committee, and Mennonite Disaster Services. Longhurst organized Canada’s first major conference on faith and the media in Ottawa in 1998, and in 2021 received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding in Manitoba. His book Making the News: An Essential Guide to Effective Media Relations was published in 2006. He has written over 900 columns and over 600 articles about faith for the Winnipeg Free Press over the past two decades and continues to cover the faith beat for the Free Press and many other publications.

Treena Orchard Book Event

Friday Jun 07 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Treena Orchard for the Winnipeg launch of Sticky, Sexy, Sad: Swipe Culture and the Darker Side of Dating Apps (AEVO / University of Toronto Press). 

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

Lifelong luddite Treena Orchard was a newly sober woman coming off a much-needed break from relationships, reluctantly taking the digital plunge by downloading a dating app. Instead of the fun, easy experiences advertised on swiping platforms, she discovered endless upkeep, ghosting, fleeting moments of sexual connection, and a steady flow of misogyny.

In Sticky, Sexy, Sad, Orchard uses her skills as both an anthropologist who studies sexuality and a sex-positive feminist to explore what it feels like to want love while also resisting the addictive pull of platforms designed to make us swipe-dependent. Revealing how dating apps are powerful social and sexual technologies that are radically transforming sexuality, relationships, and how we think about ourselves, this remarkable book cracks the code of modern romance. Told with humor and vulnerability, Sticky, Sexy, Sad is a riveting and inspiring guide to staying true to ourselves amid the digitization of love in the twenty-first century.

Treena Orchard is an anthropologist and associate professor in the School of Health Studies at Western University. She researches and engages in activist debates about sexuality, gender, and health among diverse cultural and digital communities. Deeply committed to public scholarship, she regularly writes for and is featured in leading online publications, including Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, and The Conversation.

John Longhurst Book Launch

Wednesday Jun 12 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join John Longhurst for the launch of Can Robots Love God and Be Saved? A Journalist Reports on Faith (CMU Press)Featuring guests Christine Baronins (Director of public affairs, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manitoba & member of the Manitoba Multifaith Council executive), and Paul Samyn, (Editor, Winnipeg Free Press) John Longhurst. Hosted by Rev. Dr. Michael Wilson of Charleswood United Church.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream

In columns and reporting for the Winnipeg Free Press over two decades, journalist John Longhurst has covered faith from a multitude of perspectives. Can Robots Love God and Be Saved? A Journalist Reports on Faith is a collection of his most stimulating reflections on faith is also a series of reports on culture, politics, technology, and just about anything else that intersects with religion. Longhurst is perennially curious about religious faith in its various expressions. Whether writing about Holocaust survivors, residential schools, religious relics, interreligious misunderstandings, assisted dying, or how women religious leaders are treated, John Longhurst has something thought-provoking to say about the way faith touches all aspects of our lives.

John Longhurst has carved out an impressive career in journalism, media relations, and marketing & communications (especially from a non-profit perspective), working for organizations such as Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Mennonite Central Committee, and Mennonite Disaster Services. Longhurst organized Canada’s first major conference on faith and the media in Ottawa in 1998, and in 2021 received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding in Manitoba. His book Making the News: An Essential Guide to Effective Media Relations was published in 2006. He has written over 900 columns and over 600 articles about faith for the Winnipeg Free Press over the past two decades and continues to cover the faith beat for the Free Press and many other publications.

Ariel Gordon Book Launch

Thursday Jun 13 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Ariel Gordon as she celebrates the Winnipeg launch of Fungal: Foraging in the Urban Forest (Wolsak & Wynn). There will be a conversation hosted by Kerry Ryan, an opportunity for audience Q&A, and a book signing with the author. The event will also feature a display by Tom Nagy of River City Mushrooms.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

Fungal is a wide-ranging collection from Ariel Gordon where she explores her fascination with all mushrooms, not just those you can eat. In these engaging essays she takes the reader through ditches and puddles in search of morels, through the hallways of a mushroom factory, down city sidewalks and beside riverbanks as she considers things found and fungal. Smart, funny and poetic, Gordon moves seamlessly from the natural world to the personal in these essays, examining the interconnectedness of all things and delighting in the rich variety of the world around her.

Ariel Gordon (she/her) is a Winnipeg/Treaty 1 Territory-based writer, editor, and enthusiast. In 2019, Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests, a collection of essays that combines science writing and the personal essay, was published by Hamilton’s Wolsak & Wynn. It received a honourable mention for 2020 Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize for Environmental Humanities and Creative Writing from ALECC. Gordon’s essays have recently appeared in Canadian Notes and Queries, FreeFall, Canthius, and the Winnipeg Free Press. Fungal is her sixth book.

Host Kerry Ryan is the author of three poetry collections: The Sleeping Life (The Muses’ Company), Vs. (Anvil), and Diagnosing Minor Illness in Children (Frontenac House). Her poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada. She lives and writes in Winnipeg.

An Evening with Marie Wilson

Monday Jun 17 2024 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for an evening of reflection and dialogue with Dr. Marie Wilson, a former Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, now author of a new memoir, North of Nowhere: Song of a Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner (House of Anansi Press).

This event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

Award winning actor, creative producer, former MP and TRC Honorary Witness Tina Keeper will host the gathering. Jennifer Moore Rattray, the former ED of the National Inquiry, and COO of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization will lead a conversation with Dr. Wilson. The event follows the 16th anniversary of the Statement of Apology issued by Canada to former residential school students.

Marie Wilson, author and former commissioner, is an award-winning journalist and program trainer, and prominent public speaker throughout Canada and internationally. She brings acknowledged expertise on the successes and challenges of advancing reconciliation.

Tina Keeper is best known for her work on the hit television series North of 60, her service as a member of Parliament for the federal riding of Churchill, and her development and production of Indigenous content for film and television. She served as an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Jennifer Moore Rattray is a proud citizen of Peepeekisis Cree Nation, an award-winning journalist, and former Executive Director of the historic National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

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