August 23, 2016

Let's Look at the Stars l Case of the Murder Oak l McNally Robinson: September Events l Prairie Fire Press Writing Contest l Modest Livelihood l The Harvest Moon Festival

Fort la Reine Museum, 2652 Saskatchewan Ave. E
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 3C2
Museum admission: $10 Adults | $8 Students/Seniors 
$5 Child (5-12) | $25 Family 

August 31 at 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Tickets  / Members are free
Let's Look at the Stars! -Meet-U
Ken Metcalfe, Royal Astronomical of Canada (RASC), takes us on a voyage through the evening celestial prairie sky. Roast marshmallows, craft a constellation model, and take part in our AlkaSeltzer Rocket Race! 
September 16, 17 and September 23, 24
Mystery at the Museum Case of the Murder Oak
The Fort La Reine Museum in partnership with Black Kite Entertainment present a compelling true story from Manitoba's dark history. Join Detective Buchanan and the crime ridden Town of Bloom to solve another Mystery at the Museum, an interactive theatrical night tour.
In 1945 a young girl is found dead in car near an ominous oak tree. 
Was it murder? Or an act of self defense?

McNally Robinson: September Events
Phone 204-475-0483  (Toll-Free 1-800561-1833)

Karen Hammarstrand
Friday September 2, 8:00 pm

Sarah-Lynne Otsuji
Saturday September 3, 8:00 pm

Grace Hrabi Trio
Friday September 9, 8:00 pm

Bob Watts Trio
Saturday September 10, 8:00 pm

Saturday September 17, 8:00 pm

Bill Hamilton
Friday September 23, 8:00 pm

Burton Trio
Saturday September 24, 8:00 pm

Lindsey White
Friday September 30, 8:00 pm
Groovy Folk Rock

September 1, 7:00 pm
Sheila Grover & Gregory Thomas   The Forks: A Meeting Place Transformed
Includes a self-guided tour of the buildings and landscapes at The Forks. They are also the authors of 100 Summers on Lake Winnipeg: A Resort History of Victoria Beach.
September 6, 7:00 pm
David Bergen   Stranger featuring a conversation hosted by Joan Thomas.
In 2005, Bergen won the Giller Prize for The Time in Between. Joan Thomas is the author of three novels; The Opening Sky, was a finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for fiction and the recipient of the 2015 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. 
September 7, 7:30 pm
Carmelo Militano   The Stone Mason’s Notebook with guest reader George Amabile.
Militano is the winner of the 2004 F.G. Bressani award for poetry for Ariadne’s Thread
September 8, 7:00 pm 
Sharron Arksey   The Waiting Place
For 25 years, Arksey wrote a weekly column about life in rural Manitoba, “Rural Routes”.
September 12, 7:30 pm 
James Ehnes  Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Pre-Concert Chat.
By his early 30s James Ehnes had been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, appointed to the Order of Canada, earned an honorary doctorate, and won a Grammy for one of over 40 CDs he’s recorded. Ehnes will be discussing his September 13 appearance with the MCO where he will both play and conduct three pieces.
September 13, 7:00 pm 
Keith David Watenpaugh  A guest lecture from the author of Bread from Stones: The Middle East and The Making of Modern Humanitarianism
Watenpaugh explores how organizations like Near East Relief and the rescue of trafficked Armenian children laid the foundations for Human Rights and Humanitarianism. 
September 13, 7:30 pm 
Melinda Friesen   One Bright Future: Subversion
Learn about Friesen and the One Bright Future Series
September 14, 7:00 pm 
Paul Redekop   Inner Peace Through Conflict Transformation
Redekop is a professor of conflict resolution studies with an interest in finding better ways of resolving conflict.
September 14, 7:30 pm 
Candida Rifkind   Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives, featuring chapters by University of Winnipeg English faculty Candida Rifkind, Kathleen Venema, and Doris Wolf. 
Critical essays on contemporary Canadian cartoonists working in graphic life narrative. 
September 17, 7:00 pm 
Barbara A. Davis  Winnipeg launch of Girls in STEM: Caprice Helps Design the Software
September 18, 12 noon
An Afternoon with Raina Telgemeier, at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre John Hirsch Mainstage, 174 Market Avenue. 
Tickets are $5.00 and available at McNally, or by calling 204-475-0483. 
Launch of Raina Telegemeier’s Ghosts! Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Sisters, and Drama, all #1 New York Times bestsellers.
September 19, 7:00 pm 
Eva Wiseman   Another Me
Wiseman has received numerous prizes, including the McNally Robinson Books for Young People Award (three times), the prestigious Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award. 
September 19, 7:30 pm
Elaine Sharfe   My Good Friend Grandpa
Her first book is There’s a Dinosaur in My Room
September 20, 7:00 pm 
Dahmer Detective: The Interrogation and Investigation that Shocked the World by Patrick Kennedy and Robyn Maharaj 
Goes inside the interrogation room where Kennedy spent six chaotic weeks with Dahmer. 
Robyn Maharaj is co-founder of Thin Air: the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. Her literary essay was published in The Winnipeg Connection: Writing Lives at Mid-Century. In 2014, published her feature article, Exorcising Dahmer’s Ghost.
September 20, 7:30 pm 
Karen Bate   Flood: A Murder Mystery
Flood events are based heavily on the actual “Flood of the Century” of 1997 that pushed its way through the northern States and Manitoba.
September 21, 7:00 pm
Bev Geddes & Sherry Peters  Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts
Hosted by Samantha M. Beiko and co-presented by the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. Visit Sherry’s website
September 21, 7:30 pm 
James Naylor   The Fate of Labour Socialism: The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and the Dream of a Working-Class Future. 
Naylor is a professor in the Department of History at Brandon University.
September 22, 7:00 pm
An Evening with Christie Blatchford  Speaking & Signing Life Sentence: Stories from Four Decades of Court Reporting -- or, How I Fell Out of Love with the Canadian Justice System (Especially Judges). In 2008 Blatchford won the Governor General’s Literary Award in non-fiction for her book Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army.
September 22, 7:30 pm 
Sally Ito   Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko
September 23, 7:00 pm
Ron Romanowski & Libby Simon   Coming Here, Being Here: A Canadian Migration Anthology and A Second Coming: Canadian Migration Fiction
These two new volumes, edited by author and reviewer Don Mulcahy, approach the migration experience in a variety of ways. Ron Romanowski’s A Reader’s Guide to the Unnameable made McNally Robinson’s bestseller list in the spring of 2015. 
Libby Simon, MSW, has published in academic journals, such as The Institute of Marriage & Family Canada, as well as producing a bestselling memoir, Life is Like a Pot of Soup in 2013.
September 24, 7:00 pm 
Carmen L. Robertson   Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau: Art and the Colonial Narrative in the Canadian Media
Robertson’s the co-author of Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers.
September 26, 7:00 pm 
Jenny Ellison, Deborah McPhail & Wendy Mitchinson  Obesity in Canada: Critical Perspectives
September 27, 7:00 pm 
Ron Blicq   Letter to Sydney
After a working life as a technical writer/editor, Blicq focused on novels and plays; many have been produced. Closure won the Samuel French Best Canadian Play award in 2008.
September 27, 7:00 pm 
Joanne Kelly’s Book Club
Bill Clegg’s Did You Ever Have a Family?, a magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places. 
Get in touch with John by calling 204-453-0424, ex 227.
September 28, 7:30 pm
Carol Rankmore   Polio Child
Journey with Carol Rankmore through six surgeries before the age of 12.  Unknown to the medical community, the after-effects, now known as Post-Polio Syndrome, would later challenge her life again. Carol is a volunteer with the Stratford Festival.
September 29, 7:00 pm 
An Evening with Kenneth Oppel  Speaking & Signing Every Hidden Thing
Kenneth Oppel is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing Saga. Twice nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Visit him at
September 29, 7:30 pm 
Thursday Knight   Making a Break
The novel is edited by members of Thursday Knight’s instructor, Dave Williamson.

THIN AIR Afternoon Book Chats
Pick up a tea or coffee, then settle in at the tables in the Atrium. Books available.

September 26, 2:30-3:30 pm 
Liam Durcan & Kevin Patterson - Two accomplished novelists write of trauma and recovery from Quebec country roads to Afghanistan battlegrounds.
September 27, 2:30-3:30 pm 
Jim Lynch & Teri Vlassopoulos - The complications of family history, relations, and loss are rich subjects for these two thoughtful novelists. 
September 28, 2:30-3:30 pm 
Laurie D. Graham & Myrna Kostash - A poet and a cultural historian, compelled by the past, confront history, landscape, memory and the necessity of settler education. 
September 29, 2:30-3:30 pm 
Susan Holbrook & Sylvia Legris - Two accomplished poets give the English language a workout with their prize-winning work.
September 30, 2:30-3:30 pm 
Liam Card & Cordelia Strube - depict teenagers in crisis in compelling and sometimes heart-stopping novels. 

Prairie Fire Press & McNally Robinson Booksellers 2016 Writing Contest
First prize in each category is $1,250, second prize $500, and 3rd prize is $250. 
FICTION judge is Greg Hollingshead
CREATIVE NON-FICTION judge is Helen Humphreys
Deadline is November 30, 2016
For full contest rules, check out, or contact us at 

September 9 - October 8
PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, 121-100 Arthur St, Wpg, MB R3B 1H3

Opening reception is scheduled for September 23:
7 pm - in conversation - Duane Linklater and Jenny Western
8 pm - Duane Linklater will speak about the work 
This event is free and is open to the public.

PLATFORM in collaboration with WNDX is pleased to announce Modest Livelihood, an exhibition featuring the work of Duane Linklater (ON) and Brian Jungen (BC). The show features a written response from Jenny Western (MB). 
Modest Livelihood was created from over 50 hours of footage shot during two hunting trips in the Dane-zaa Territory in Northern BC. The title is in reference to the 1999 Supreme Court of Canada ruling that confirmed First Nations' rights but limited their earning to a "moderate livelihood”. 

The 50-minute film begins every hour, on the hour, and will encompass the entire gallery to create a unique cinematic spectacle.

September 16 – September 18
Clearwater, Manitoba
Great Music, Local Food, Fair Trade Fair, Workshops, Camping, Kid’s Fun and More!
Special 15th anniversary celebrations!

Tickets online, Clearwater Country Market (Clearwater), Music Trader & Organic Planet (Winnipeg), Two Farm Kids (Brandon)  Early Bird prices until August 26

This year's line up includes Bubba B The MC, Joey Landreth Trio, Riel Gentleman's Choir,
Kieran West & His Buffalo Band, The Roger Miller Lites and Those Memories: Tribute to Dolly, Linda & Emmylou - featuring Vanessa Kuzina, Jess Reimer & Keri Latimer 

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