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September 9, 2014

McNally’s September Events: Meet the Composer Neil Weisensel l Allan Levine & Peter C. Newman: Asper’s Museum l Gardening Presentation: Butterflies l Book Club l An Evening with David Bergen and more!

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

September 19, 7:00 pm 
Lights! Camera! Dissatisfaction...

Alice Kumplunkem is overweight, has a bad haircut, and a plus-sized chest. She wants to be a movie star. In her quest, and through her determination, things go from bad to worse. 

While working for The Winnipeg Police Department, Kim Cayer caught the acting bug when K-Tel’s “The Bird Dance” commercial featured her prominently. Kim wrote and starred in a play called Memories of Marilyn which toured Western Canada. Last year she published an e-book called Dirty Numbers.

September 21, 2:00 pm 
Christmas in Bug Town

Christmas and bugs! What pleasure they have in decorating, cooking, and getting presents. But these little bugs soon discover something else about Christmas. This gift of love fills their bug hearts with so much joy that they start to sing. 

Fredrika Vander Graaf White and her husband Terence’s two children have blessed their parents with four precious grandchildren. 

September 21, 2:00
Jungle Flame: The Search Begins and Jungle Flame: The Truth Revealed

The McAllister kids risk their lives in the search for four element jewels that can help them replace the inheritance their uncle Fredrick stole from them, all the while trying to find a way off the strange island. 

Tope Babalola is hard at work on the next book in the Jungle Flame series.

September 22, 7:30 pm
Meet the Composer featuring Neil Weisensel

Vancouver Opera will premiere Neil Weisensel ’s newest opera, Stickboy in October of 2014. Weisensel’s six operas have seen 124 total performances across Canada. Mr. Weisensel also had an exclusive engagement performing solo piano at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. His music has opened for Oscar winner Al Gore and Justin Trudeau, and his big band collaboration with superstar Michael Bublé earned him a Genie nomination.

September 23, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Miracle at the Forks: The Museum that Dares Make a Difference 

On July 18, 2000, Israel “Izzy” Asper, the renowned Canadian businessman and philanthropist, first discussed his idea of building a human rights centre in Winnipeg. Miracle recounts the 14-year ordeal of making Izzy Asper’s dream a reality. 

Peter C. Newman and Allan Levine also tell the story of the international competition to find an architect, and of Antoine Predock who dared build an audacious museum.

September 24, 7:00 pm 
Burning Daylight

A poetry collection and song cycle drawing together the Yukon Gold Rush and modern Arctic iron ore mining mega-projects. Through a feminist lens, it examines dislocation, isolation, family and frailty, reflected in our relationship with the northern landscape. 

Christine Fellows’ songs are filled with fully-formed characters and wondrous locations, lashed together with the spirit of collaboration and feminist intervention. Burning Daylight is her first poetry collection and her sixth studio album. 

September 24, 7:30 pm 
Gardening Presentation on “Conservation of Endangered Butterflies in Manitoba”

Richard Westwood’s current research focuses on a wide variety of projects including conservation and protection of threatened and endangered butterflies and plants in prairie ecosystems. He is an author of The Butterflies of Manitoba and is currently working on a sequel, The Moths of Manitoba

September 26, 7:00 pm
Out of the Doubles Kitchen: A Memoir of the First Family of Doubles - The Number One Street Food of Trinidad & Tobago

The evolution of this business from “poor-people-food” to a multimillion-dollar industry. The family’s struggles in introducing this new ethnic food are narrated as are their experiences with the social hurdles. 

Badru Deen followed a career path in Banking, Human Resource management, Marketing and Sales, and eventually became an entrepreneur.

September 27, 7:00 pm 
What I Learned from Cancer

Diagnosed with a colorectal tumour as a student and young newly-wed, he thought his subsequent victory would set him up for a straight run at life. A decade later he found out he carried a cancer gene. Fifteen years after his first diagnosis, he faced a recurrence.

Dennis Maione is an author, speaker, and para-publisher living in Winnipeg. Not willing to be held back by age or cancer, he has recently completed two Ironman triathlons.

September 30, 7:00 pm
Joanne Kelly’s Book Club

The choice for September 2014 is Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name: a love story. Get in touch with John at 453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.

September 30, 7:00 pm 
Bittersweet Sands: 24 Days in Fort McMurray

Rick Ranson has collected stories from the DEW Line and the drill ships of Working North to the raging waters of the Mississippi in Paddling South. Join this engaging raconteur as he ventures to one of Canada’s Fort McMurray, home of the oilsands.

Ranson has worked as a longshoreman, drill ship’s welder, boilermaker, farm equipment salesman, editor for McGraw Hill, and forklift operator. Bittersweet Sands is his third book.

September 30, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
An Evening with David Bergen, launching Leaving Tomorrow: A Novel

In the small town of Tomorrow, young Arthur yearns for a larger life. His father prefers horses and good books, his mother is guided by practicality and her faith, while his brother Bev chooses action over thinking. Solitary Arthur has one ally, his adopted cousin, Isobel.  

David Bergen is an award-winning author of five previous novels and a collection of short stories. A Year of Lesser was a New York Times Notable Book and The Case of Lena S. was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. In 2005, Bergen won the Giller Prize for The Time in Between.

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