C.C. Benison will be signing his new Father Christmas mystery, Eleven Pipers Piping.
November 4, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Whodunit Mystery Bookstore, 165 Lilac Street
November 8, 7:00 pm in the Atrium, McNally Robinson
The annual Burns dinner at Thornford Regis is an occasion for bagpipes, haggis and scotch. It ends up an occasion for tragedy when Will Moir, one of the pipers, is found dead.
Father Tom Christmas, the vicar of the town, is one of the first to find out that Will Moir was poisoned. Brimming with wit, laced with genuine surprise and featuring a memorable detective, Eleven Pipers Piping mines the rich history of a small town to solve the crime.
C.C. Benison worked as a writer for the Winnipeg Free Press in the 1980s. He has contributed to numerous magazines, newspapers, and corporate communications. Currently associate editor of Canada’s History magazine, he also writes award-winning mystery novels. He is at work on his next mystery, Ten Lords A-Leaping.
November 8, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Adventures with Spirit: The Healing Journey
Sue Ostapowich tells how Spirit made its first connections with her, offering her a new way of relating to the world. Her career as a psychiatric nurse focused on the support, care and protection of those affected with severe disabilities.
In retirement, she studied the scientific aspects of the environment and answered a spirit call to service. She is an avid cyclist and treasures time spent alone listening to nature.
November 8, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Why Canada’s Health Care System Needs to Be Dragged into the 21st Century
Medicare is the third rail of Canadian politics.
Jeffrey Simpson explores the only four options we have to end this growing crisis: cuts in spending, tax increases, privatization, and reaping savings through increased efficiency. He finds that other countries have more extensive public health systems, and Canadian health care produces only average value for money. In fact, our rigid system for some health care needs and a costly system for other needs is really the worst of both worlds.
Jeffrey Simpson has been The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist for more than twenty-five years. He is also an award-winning author of eight previous books, including Discipline of Power, which won a Governor General’s Award, and is an officer of the Order of Canada. He lives in Ottawa with his family.