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September 24, 2014

McNally’s October Events: Joan Thomas l Catherine Gildiner l Thomas King l Martha Brooks l Meet the Composer Sid Robinovitch l Ted Wyman l Alison Preston l Elizabeth May l Sjón l Karen Messing and more!

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

October 7, 7:00 pm
The Opening Sky

Liz, Aiden, and Sylvie are an urban, progressive family. Things seem to be going according to plan. Then the present and the past collide in a crisis. 

Joan Thomas’s novel, Reading By Lightning, won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Canada/Caribbean) and the Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award. Curiosity, was a Quill & Quire Book of the Year.  

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October 7, 7:30 pm
Woman: An Anthology hosted by Dahlia Kurtz from 680 CJOB (CJOB AM) 
and featuring contributors Anders Homenick, MC Joudrey, and Van Kunder.

Featuring work by writers such as Stephen King, Alice Munro and Lynn Coady and local authors. All proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

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October 8, 7:00 pm
The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause: Folk Dance, Film, and the Life of Vasile Avramenko

Vasile Avramenko used folk dance and film in a life-long crusade to promote Ukraine’s struggle for independence to North American audiences. 
Orest T. Martynowych also wrote Ukrainians in Canada: The Formative Years, 1891-1924.

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October 8, 7:30 pm 
Carbon Finds His Family

Carbon is hurt when his cousins tell him he is different and doesn’t belong to their family. Sad and confused, he sets out to find his family. 
Author Laurie Zubert is a member of the Grindstone Art Group.

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October 9, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant 
Coming Ashore: A Memoir

Picking up Cathy's story in the late ’60s at age 21, through 7 years and 3 countries. 

Catherine Gildiner’s childhood memoir Too Close to the Falls was a New York Times and Globe and Mail bestseller. In 2009, she published the sequel, After the Falls, also a bestseller. Her novel, Seduction, was an international bestseller.

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October 11, 7:00 pm 
The Other “R” in Education: Relationships

The importance of teachers building positive connections with their students and families. Patricia Trottier, M.Ed., has 32 years experience as an administrator, student services specialist and teacher. 
$1.00 from each book sold will be donated to Connect Employment Services.

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October 12, 2:00 pm 
That’s My Story: Moving Down a Courageous Path (Book 2 of a Trilogy)

Estelle Reder leads the reader down a spiritual path towards inner peace. She is a life coach, a public speaker, a Reiki Master/Teacher, certified in CranioSacral, Body Reading and Tarot. She hosts meditation groups and seminars.

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October 14, 7:00 pm
Thomas King in conversation with Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair 
and signing The Back of the Turtle  

A member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of an award from the National Aboriginal Foundation, Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer. His work includes Medicine River; Truth and Bright Water; One Good Story, That One; and A Short History of Indians in Canada. Green Grass, Running Water was named to Quill & Quire’s Best Canadian Fiction of the Century list.  

Sinclair is an award-winning editor and writer. He is co-editor of the collection The Winter We Danced: Voices of the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement.

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October 15, 7:00 pm  
Winter Moon Song

Have you ever seen the rabbit-in-the-moon? Folktales from many cultures explain how the rabbit came to be there. With illustrations by Leticia Ruifernandez. 

Martha Brooks is a novelist, playwright and jazz singer. She is a three-time winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Governor General’s Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award. 

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October 15, 7:30 pm 

Composer Sid Robinovitch will talk about Jewish influences on his music and about a recent work entitled Songs in a Time of War, which will be performed by the Winnipeg Singers under the direction of Yuri Klaz at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on October 19. 

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October 16, 7:00 pm 
Ice Gold: Canada’s Curling Champions

The women’s team, from Winnipeg, and the men’s team, from Sault Ste. Marie, dominated the Sochi Olympic curling events. Winnipeg Sun sports editor Ted Wyman shares the stories of Canada’s favourite curlers, with exclusive interviews and in-depth profiles. 
Ted has 20 years of sports writing experience. He was in Sochi for the 2014 Olympics and has followed both teams through their journey.

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October 16, 8:00 pm 
Blue Vengeance

In 1964 troubled teenager Cookie Blue dies in the Red River. Her younger brother, Danny, holds her despised gym teacher, Miss Hartley, responsible and plots to kill her.  

Alison Preston has written seven novels. Her last book, The Girl in the Wall, won the Margaret Laurence Award for fiction in 2012. 

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October 17, 7:00 pm 
The Raven Sonata hosted by Ariel Gordon

Elyse is attracted to Finn, her piano instructor. Accepting Caellum’s proposal gets Elyse more than she bargained for, putting her relationship with Finn to the test. 
Author Kittie Wong, a member of the Manitoba Writers Guild, recently passed her Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 piano exam.

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October 18, 7:00 pm 
Accommodating A Broken Soul

With an alcoholic father and barely any life left worth living, how will Vivietta survive?  A story of love and appreciating who you are, written by 14 year old Sage Dahl. 

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October 19, 2:00 pm 
The Chair By the Side of the Road

Every year Luka doubled in height, and the villagers worried that he would destroy his village. A story about how it feels to be on the outside looking in, by Adrian Hawaleshka, Assistant Professor at University of Manitoba.

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October 19, 3:00 pm
Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada

Party leader Elizabeth May reflects on her extraordinary life, providing personal perspectives on her approach to politics, policy, and what it means to be Canadian. 

May is the first elected Green Party Member of Parliament. She worked at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and helped to found the Canadian Environmental Defence Fund. She was executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1986 to 2006.  

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October 19, 5:00 pm 
The Blue Fox, From the Belly of a Whale, and The Whispering Muse

Award-winning novelist, poet, and playwright Sjón has written songs for Björk, and was nominated for an Oscar for the lyrics he cowrote for Dancer in the Dark

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October 20, 7:30 pm
Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It

When workers at a phosphate refinery learned that the ore they processed was contaminated with radioactive dust, Karen Messing was called in. She went from looking at test tubes to listening to workers. 

An award-winning and internationally recognized expert on occupational health, Karen Messing is the author of the book One-eyed Science: Occupational Health and Working Women. She is the editor of Integrating Gender in Ergonomic Analysis.

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