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April 9, 2014

Speaking Volumes 2014 l Luann Hiebert l The Scribbler l Brenda Hasiuk l Brenda Barrie l Catherine Owen & Katherine Bitney l Parvin Shere

May 10
Fort Gibraltar, 866 rue St. Joseph in old St. Boniface

Hatchet throwing and cocktails start at 6 pm
Dinner at 7 pm and readings at 8 pm, rainbow and silent auction to follow.
Hear readings by special guests Méira Cook and Kristian Enright!
Meet Katherine Bitney and this year’s practicum students!

Speaking Volumes – Prairie Fire’s benefit event to support their practicum program. 
Tickets are $70 (a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price) 
and are available through McNally Robinson Booksellers and from 
Prairie Fire Press at 423-100 Arthur Street / call (204) 943-9066, or email

McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park,  1120 Grant Ave.
Phone 204-475-0483    (Toll-Free 1-800561-1833)

April 23, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
What Lies Behind

Luann Hiebert uncovers the undercurrents of family and relationships, exposing the the facades we maintain in our daily lives. 

Hiebert’s work has previously appeared in Rhubarb magazine. 

April 24, 7:00 pm in the Atrium

April 24, 7:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Your Constant Star

April 24, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
An Unorthodox Romance

Faye is the “good” adopted Chinese daughter. Bev is the wild child. Mannie is the unambitious stoner. What brings them together, and tears them apart, is a need to move beyond the clichés and commit to something that will bring joy to their lives. 

Brenda Hasiuk is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her first novel Where the Rocks Say Your Name was nominated for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year.

April 25, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Designated Mourner with special guest Katherine Bitney

A collection of elegies for an unconventional spouse and artistic collaborator, lost to addiction at a young age, tracing tenderness and sorrow while raging against his night. 

Catherine Owen is the author of nine collections of poetry and one collection of memoirs and essays. Frenzy won the Alberta Book Prize. Katherine Bitney, author of four acclaimed books of poetry and one collection of essays, has worked as editor, mentor, creative writing instructor, arts juror and literary creative director for over thirty years. 

April 27, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Pearls from the Ocean

Parvin Shere’s new publication, based on her recent travel to South Africa, Swaziland and Peru, is focused on Apartheid and Inca civilization, included with related poetry and oil paintings of those places. Featured speakers include: 
Ray Dirks: Writer, Curator of exhibits featuring art from around the world
Professor Dr. Jon Gerrard: Medical doctor, MP from 1993 to 1997, Ex-Secretary of State and former leader of Manitoba Liberal Party 
Professor Catherine Hunter: Poet, Novelist, Critic, Professor of Creative Writing and former Chair Department of English (UofW) 

Poet, writer, painter and musician Parvin Shere has received many awards, including a UNICEF award for helping the needy, and was nominated for the prestigious Woman of Distinction Award in Winnipeg.
The proceeds will be donated to the education of underprivileged children.

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