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April 17, 2014

The Gondoliers l Writing Contest Awards l Patrick Mahon & Robert Enright l Leah Kostamo l Heidi Loewen l Mayworks 2014: Cinco de Mayo Poetry l Glenlawn Collegiate’s Ignite l Eva Wiseman l Kerry Clare, Ariel Gordon & Kerry Ryan l Denise Chong

Pantages Playhouse Theatre, 180 Market Avenue East
April 30 and May 2 - 7:30 pm
May 3 - 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Tickets: the Manitoba Opera Association, or 204.957.7842, or e mail
Adults $39. Students $15. (plus fees)

Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers

Marco: Wes Rambo
Giuseppe: Sam Plett
Gianetta: Isabel Davis
Tessa: Susanne Reimer
The Duke of Plaza-Toro: Fred Cross
The Duchess: Cathryn Harrison
Casilda: Deanna Smith
Luiz: Michael Dueck
Don Alhambra: Scott Braun

Director: Reid Harrison                      Music Director: Michelle Mourre
Choreographer: Cathryn Harrison       Set Design: Sheldon Johnson
Lighting Design: Bill Williams

McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park,  1120 Grant Ave.
Phone 204-475-0483  (Toll-Free 1-800-561-1833)

May 1, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Grade 5/6 Writing Contest Award Ceremony

McNally Robinson Booksellers and Scholastic Canada present the Winnipeg winners of our grade 5/6 “It Seemed Impossible” Writing Contest! This year’s judge was acclaimed children’s author Larry Verstraete.

The winners are Alexandria Martin from Linden Meadows School (First Place), Anthony Zuniga from Marion School (Second Place), and Rebecca Adams from Montrose School (Third Place). Honourable Mention goes to Kaiden Cancilla from ecole St. Germain. Winners will receive McNally Robinson gift cards, and the first place winner’s school library will also receive as a set of Larry Verstraete books provided by Scholastic.

May 2, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Water Structures: Printed Sculptural Works, 2012-2014
featuring catalogue contributor Robert Enright

This publication documents three recent exhibitions presented in Winnipeg, Waterloo, and Hamilton by Winnipeg-born artist Patrick Mahon. Mahon’s printed sculptural works reference towers and shipwrecks, and act as metaphors regarding human/nature relationships concerning water in a time of global transition. Water Structures includes an interview with Robert Enright, and essays by Anne Brydon and Ihor Holubizky.

Robert Enright is a critic and curator. He is senior contributing editor and film critic for Border Crossings magazine. In 2005 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

May 3, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community

The reader is invited to travel on the wild ride of salmon saving, stranger welcoming and God worshiping as Leah and her husband Markku help establish the first Christian environmental center in Canada.

Leah Kostamo is co-founder of A Rocha Canada, a Christian conservation organization.

May 4, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Aftermath of a Psychopath

Following the publication of her bestselling autobiography, Mennonite is the Name - Evil and Deception are the Game, Heidi Loewen stumbled across old cassette tapes featuring recordings of family conversations which document decades of lying, cheating, and psychological intimidation. Released from the burden of keeping secrets, Heidi decided to make the tapes public in this sequel.

May 5, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove
Cinco de Mayo Poetry - part of Mayworks 2014: Festival of Labour and the Arts

Mexican Poetry read in Spanish by Liliana Romanowski and in English by John H. Baillie and featuring new and selected poetry by Winnipeg activist poet Ron Romanowski.

John H. Baillie is a voice actor, the author of the poetry collection Destination Mutable, and the creator of the literary game show Reality Fiction. He also explores the writer’s life.
Liliana Romanowski is a multi-language singer.
Ron Romanowski’s latest collection of poetry is Incantations from the Republic of Fire.

May 5, 7:00 pm in the Atrium

Glenlawn Collegiate Institute’s launch of Ignite.

May 5, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
The World Outside

Chanie Altman lives the protected life of a Lubavitcher Hasidic girl in New York in 1991. When she meets David, a non-Hasidic Jewish boy, he opens the portals to the world outside her community. The Crown Heights riots break out, and the Lubavitchers are put under siege by their African-American neighbours.

Eva Wiseman’s Kanada was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her most recent novel, The Last Song, received critical acclaim.

May 6, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood

Kerry Clare has assembled essays that face down motherhood from the other side of the picket fence by some of Canada’s finest young writers, including Winnipeg locals Ariel Gordon and Kerry Ryan.  They will be joined by local photographer, Lindsey Bond.

May 6, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance.
Presented as part of Asian Heritage Month 2014

A collection of evocative tales of Chinese immigrants in Ottawa in the middle of the 20th century. By detailing their experiences alongside the outright horrors endured by family members in China, Chong conveys historical information in compelling narrative tales.

Denise Chong is the author of the family memoir The Concubine’s Children; The Girl in the Picture, a story of the napalm girl from the Vietnam War; and Egg on Mao, a portrayal of human rights in China.

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