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June 6, 2014

Calgary Chick-fil-A Petition l Casey Plett and Trish Salah l Cee Fardoe l Patricia Bovey l Joanne Kelly’s Book Club l Sharon Hamilton l Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler) - Gardening with Children l Christopher Dafoe

Notoriously anti-gay restaurant Chick-fil-A has just opened its first Canadian branch at the Calgary International Airport.

The fervently Christian American company donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay organizations in 2010, with a particular focus on lobbying against equal marriage. In 2012 its CEO Dan T. Cathy owned up to being 'guilty as charged'. He openly condemned those who “have the audacity to define what marriage is about,” saying they were “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”

Chick-fil-A has been beset with boycotts and protests ever since, but this hasn't stopped it planning to expand into 108 new locations this year - including Canada.

Please click the petition to tell Chick-fil-A:
We don't want your bigoted views here. Please stay out of Canada.

The Calgary branch opened quietly with almost no publicity. Reporters who did cover the launch were told not to ask customers about the restaurant's anti-gay reputation.
Chick-fil-A is clearly worried about a backlash. So let's give it one!

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

June 20, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Launch of Casey Plett and Trish Salah’s
A Safe Girl to Love and Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1

Eleven short stories that stretch from rural Manitoba to a hipster gay bar in New York. 

Casey Plett wrote a column on transitioning for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and contributed to the anthology The Collection: Short Fiction From The Transgender Vanguard.

Trish Salah is the author of Wanting in Arabic, a Lamda Literary Award finalist. Recent writing in anthologies include: Féminisme électriques, Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. She is also co-editor of the 2014 special edition of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly on cultural production. 

June 22, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Winnipeg launch of Cee Fardoe’s After the Shot

By day Sophie Cassou is a student at La Sorbonne in Paris. By night she is Amaia Sagastizabal, second-in-command of The Organisation, a nationalist liberation group. 

Cee Fardoe is the winner of the silver Medal in the 2002 Scholastic National Art and Writing Awards and writes the blog Coco & Vera

June 23, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Launch of Pat Martin Bates: Balancing on a Thread by Patricia Bovey

Pat Martin Bates is a uniquely flamboyant and charismatic figure, whose life is marked by a thirst for adventure.

Patricia Bovey is one of Canada’s most prominent art historians and teachers, and is a former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

June 24, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Launch of David Perlmutter’s America Toons In: A History of Television Animation

A serious look at television animation, from early themes and practices to the present day. 

David Perlmutter will be presenting at the upcoming 26th International Society for Animation Studies Conference in Toronto.

June 24, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove
Joanne Kelly’s Book Club

The choice is Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo’s Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Call 453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.

June 25, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Winnipeg launch of Sharon Hamilton’s Fall of a Sparrow

The first of a series of crime fiction novels exploring how law-abiding people can commit horrific crimes.
Sharon Hamilton taught English at Churchill High School and J. H. Bruns Collegiate (as Sharon Wieler). 

June 25, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Gardening Presentation on “Gardening with Children”

Teaching children’s gardening is Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)’s passion! 
She has been able to teach children for the past 20 years through the East Kildonan Garden Club, Schriemer’s Home & Garden Showplace, Winnipeg Harvest and through Jensen Nursery & Garden Centre. 

June 26, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Launch of Christopher Dafoe’s 
In Search Of Canada: The Early Years of John Wesley Dafoe

The formative years of Canada's most famous newspaper editor, John Wesley Dafoe, written by his grandson. 

As a freelance writer Christopher Dafoe has contributed articles and criticism to a wide range of Canadian and British newspapers. From 1985 to 1997 he was editor of the Canadian history magazine The Beaver and vice-president of Canada's National History Society. His books include a history of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Dancing Through Time; a history of Winnipeg, Heart of the Continent; and a comic novel, The Molsheim Meadowlark.

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