January 12, 2010

Goodbye McNally Robinson, Hello Aqua Books, the U of W and Winnipeg libraries

Who knew McNally Robinson was having problems?

Okay... We Winnipegers have lost one of the 2 McNally Robinsons. It was a great place in which to browse books and to hear local authors read.

But, it was not the only game in town.

Aqua Books has it all - film series, music, idea exchanges and readings. Come on down on January 15 at 7:30 pm to see Kelly Hughes Live! The Women of Churchill Fest featuring host Kelly Hughes, Chickie Hughes and Virgil Pauls.

David Bergen is the writer-in-residence at the University of Winnipeg. Come to the University's Convocation Hall and hear him read on January 13 at 12:30 pm.

On January 18 Jan Braun and Deborah Schnitzer will be reading at the Yellow Dog Tavern as part of the Manitoba Writers' Guild Reading Series.

Local Winnipeg libraries are also places in which to meet local writers. Paul Boge will be reading from his book The Urban Saint: Harry Lehotsky on January 26 at 7:00 pm at the West End Library, 999 Sargent.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival will be presenting In Someone Else's Shoes: Writing from an outside point of view, with Romi Mayes, Ridley Bent and JP Hoe on January 23, 1:30 pm. Free admission.

Missing the music? No problem.

Manitoba Film & Music Showcase will be hosting a free event at the Centennial Concert Hall on January 31 at 2:00 pm.

Come hear Astrocoven, Kingdom of Sleep, and Hell and Malfunction at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church on February 6 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $3 at the door. It's a show for all ages.

Time flies. The 13th Annual Live Music Is Better Coffee House in Support of Winnipeg Harvest will be held at the St. James Anglican Church Hall, 195 Collegiate Street, on February 13 at 8:00 pm. Admission is $2 plus a tin for the bin. Come out and hear Baltimore Road, Still Standing, James Van Norman, Marcel Desilets and Prairie Jewel.

Shed a tear for McNally. But don't forget - Winnipeg still rocks!

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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