October 4, 7:00 pm
One Life: Growing Up in the Pas
All Things Considered: Stella and Other Poems
One Life gives a glimpse, both humorous and sobering, into growing up in a small northern Manitoba town while living above her parents’ business - a funeral home.
Sandra Hayes-Gardiner was born raised in The Pas. She is a social worker and a mental health consultant in First Nations communities and organizations.
She has been published in How Then Shall I Live?, Writing the Sacred, The Globe and Mail and Cottage North.
The humourous poems contained within All Things Considered offer little vignettes of life, encompassing courtship, marriage, parenting and growing older.
In ‘Stella on Motherhood’ Smith reflects comically on the challenges of domestic life, Maybe Goldfish would have been a better idea.
Joan-Dianne Smith is a Winnipeg psychotherapist. She has been published in The Globe and Mail, Cahoots Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, Transition Magazine, and in two anthologies.
October 4, 8:00 pm
Henry's Game: A Novella
The darkly humorous tale of Henry, a chess columnist who finds himself under attack by realities he would rather not think about. An alcoholic friend has died and his wife has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. When Henry’s family insists the situation calls for a road trip to Disneyland, he must learn to adapt or perish in life beyond the chess board.
David Elias is the author of four books of fiction. His short stories and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies and his work has been nominated for a number of awards. He also spends time as an editor, writer-in-residence, mentor and creative writing instructor, and lives in Winnipeg with his wife, poet Brenda Sciberras.