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August 21, 2014

Prairie Barge Festival l Rural & Northern Art Show l McNally’s September Music l All-About Travel Presentations l Brenda Hasiuk l Maurice Mierau l Margaret Sweatman l On the Same Page Readings l Kim Thúy and Méira Cook l Karina Gauvin l Peter May l Brenda Sciberras l THIN AIR

August 29 - 31 Labour Day Weekend at The Forks

Manitoba and Saskatchewan artists team up for Prairie Barge Festival, three days of music, art and culture.

The family-friendly free weekend will offer Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers & School of Contemporary Dance, an installation from PO-MO Project, the improv comedy stylings of Hot Thespian Action, blues and folk jams, and a special projection of the Labour Day Classic: Winnipeg Blue Bombers  vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Also performances from JUNO Award-winning soul/pop outfit Chic Gamine, alt-country favourites The Deep Dark Woods, 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nominee marijosée, singer/songwriter and former Waltons front man Jason Plumb, and an outdoor performance from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

An outdoor art market will include: Saskatchewan’s Larry Trask (soapstone sculpting), Sherri Hrycay (milliner), Gwen Fehr (beeswax candles), and Manitoba’s Boomerang 360 (clothing), Blokland Pottery, One Plus One Designs, and 129 Designs (jewelry).

September 7, 4 pm - Opening Reception
Assiniboine Park's Pavilion Gallery Museum, 55 Pavilion Crescent
This event is open to the public.
The venue is wheelchair accessible and parking is free.

The 12th Annual Rural and Northern Art Show will run from September 6 to 28, 2014.
Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm (Wednesday until 9 pm)

The annual Rural & Northern Art Show features award-winning artworks in a variety of media by artists from throughout rural and northern Manitoba.

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

Saturday September 6, 8:00 pm

Matchstalk Men
Friday September 12, 8:00 pm
Easy Listening

Michelle Anseeuw/John Einarson
Saturday September 13, 8:00 pm
60s/70s Favourites

Helen White Trio
Friday September 19, 8:00 pm

The Tims
Saturday September 20, 8:00 pm
Acoustic Blues Rock

Grace Hrabi Trio
Friday September 21, 8:00 pm

Zzajazz Trio
Saturday September 27, 8:00 pm
All-About Travel Presentations - RSVP to or call 204-736-4000.
September 2, 7:00 pm  
Four group departures All-About Travel is offering: cooking classes in Tuscany, see the
blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos & experience the grandeur of Machu Picchu, tour the wonders of the South Pacific or be awed by the inspiring landscapes in Iceland.
September 3, 7:00 pm
Connie Szczerba will explain how a river cruise can differ from a ocean cruises.  All-About Travel has two European itineraries - The Magnificent Europe and The Romantic.

September 4, 7:00 pm 
Boy Lost in Wild: Stories

We may be lost but we are never alone. Hasiuk’s stories ring true, cutting through our culture of alienation and lighting the threads that bind us to one another. 

Brenda Hasiuk’s short stories have appeared in Canada’s top literary journals. Her novels have received much critical acclaim. This is Brenda’s first collection of short stories. 

September 5, 7:00 pm
Detachment: An Adoption Memoir

Maurice and his wife travelled to Ukraine to adopt two small boys.  Maurice’s Mennonite father, born in Ukraine, has a traumatic and mysterious past. If he can understand his father’s life, perhaps he can make sense of his sons. 

Maurice Mierau is the author of several books of poetry, including Fear Not, which won the ReLit Award in 2009. 

September 8, 7:00 pm 
Mr. Jones

This novel explores a past where world governments threaten annihilation while training housewives in the proper techniques for sweeping up radioactive dust. 

Margaret Sweatman teaches and performs with the Broken Songs Band.  Her previous novels garnered the McNally Robinson Prize for the Manitoba Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Award. 

September 11, 7:00 pm 
On the Same Page Shortlist Readings 

Titles include Imagining Winnipeg: History Through the Photographs of L.B. Foote by Esyllt W. Jones, Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg by Bartley Kives and Bryan Scott, The Wittenbergs by Sarah Klassen, and North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette.  The contributors will read and discuss their work. 
Vote online, in store or at any Winnipeg Public Library by September 15.

September 12, 7:00 pm
Kim Thúy in conversation with Méira Cook & signing her latest novel Mãn

Following on the Governor General’s Literary Award-winning success of Ru, Kim Thúy’s latest novel is a triumph of poetic beauty and a moving meditation on how love and food are inextricably entwined. 

Kim Thúy has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer and restaurant owner. 
Méira Cook’s The House on Sugarbush Road won the 2013 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award.

September 15, 7:30 pm
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Pre-Concert Chat hosted by MCO Music Director Anne Manson.

Cana­dian sop­rano Karina Gau­vin will discuss her performance from Alcina and Giulio Cesare before her September 16 MCO appearance.

September 16, 7:00 pm
Peter May in conversation with Terry MacLeod and signing the Fin MacLeod crime thrillers The Black House and The Lewis Man.

Peter May is the multi award-winning author of numerous crime thrillers, including the internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy. May started his career as a journalist and went on to become of Scotland’s most prolific television writers.

September 18, 7:00 pm
Magpie Days 

Like the black and white plumage of the magpie, Sciberras’ poems balance the exquisite tension between joy and misery.

Brenda Sciberras’ poetry has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines, as well as the anthologies A/Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing, and I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems.

In September the Winnipeg International Writers Festival welcomes writers from Canada and around the world to THIN AIR, a week of readings, interviews, conversations, book launches, and other events for adults and children, in English and French.

The Writers Festival also coordinates events and projects throughout the year, contributing to the dynamic literary culture of this province.

THIN AIR Afternoon Book Chat -  in the Atrium, 2:30-3:30 pm
 Audrey Thomas & Miriam Toews, Tuesday September 23
André Alexis & Martha Baillie, Wednesday September 24
Denise Roig & Kathleen Winter, Thursday September 25
Jordan Abel & Ken Babstock, Friday September 26
An Evening with Dionne Brand, Thursday October 9, 7:00 pm in the Atrium.
In conversation and signing her new novel Love Enough
An Evening with Michael Crummey, Monday October 20, 7:00 pm in the Atrium.
In conversation and signing his new novel Sweetland

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