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Word On The Street Lethbridge with Daniel Poliquin
September 24, 2016
Headliner(s): Daniel Poliquin
Featured Titles: The Angel's Jig
11:00 am at Lethbridge Public Library, 810 5 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB

Come out to Word on the Street Lethbridge and meet tons of talented Canadian authors, including our very own Daniel Poliquin! 

Daniel Poliquin is one of Canada’s leading French writers. His novels and translations have won or been shortlisted for several major awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the Grand prix du Journal de Montréal, the Prix littéraire Le Droit, the Trillium Book Award, and the Giller Prize. He is also a Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et lettres and a Member of the Order of Canada.The Angel’s Jig was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2016.

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Thin Air Workshop with Debra Komar
September 24, 2016
Headliner(s): Debra Komar
Featured Titles: Black River Road
10:00 am at Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium, 251 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB

Interested in writing true crime or fictional murder mysteries? Debra Komar, world-renowned forensic anthropologist and successful crime fiction novelist, will walk you through the structure and flow of an investigation, the technical aspects of autopsies, and what to know about crime scenes. She’ll talk about research methods, legal issues, and narrative strategies too.

Debra Komar has worked as a forensic anthropologist for over twenty years, investigating human rights violations for the United Nations and testifying as an expert witness in The Hague and across North America. She has written an authoritative forensic anthropology text as well as several historical true crime books, including her latest, Black River Road, set in the bustling port city of Saint John in 1869.

Registration includes coffee & tea. Pick up a light snack beforehand at the Human Bean on the main floor.

The seminar is directed toward people with a strong interest in writing, but no publishing experience is required.

Information and pre-registration: thinairwinnipeg.ca or (204) 927-7323

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Word On The Street Toronto with Steve Patterson
September 25, 2016
Featured Titles: The Book of Letters I Didnít Know Where to Send
5:15 pm at Great Books Marquee, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON

Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Join Steve Patterson and participate in hundreds of author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. 

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Thin Air: A Pint of Bitter Murder with Debra Komar
September 25, 2016
Headliner(s): Debra Komar
Featured Titles: Black River Road
3:00 pm at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Shaw Performing Arts Centre, 2 Forks Market Road , Winnipeg, MB

World-renowned forensic anthropologist Debra Komar explores a true crime mystery with her latest book, Black River Road.

In 1869, a group of teenagers discovered two badly decomposed bodies outside of the bustling port city of Saint John. From the twists and turns of a coroner’s inquest, an unlikely suspect emerged: John Munroe, architect and family man. Could a pillar of the community commit such a heinous act?

Debra Komar has worked as a forensic anthropologist for over twenty years. She has investigated human-rights violations for the United Nations, testified as an expert witness in The Hague and across North America, and written an authoritative forensic anthropology text. Black River Road is one of several historical true crime books she has published.

Debra will delve into her book, and give readers a glimpse into the complex layers of research and reconstruction that went into creating it.

Cash bar.

Enter our door prize draw for the featured book. If you aren’t the lucky person, McNally Robinson will be on-site selling copies.

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Fog Lit Book Party for All The Things We Leave Behind
September 25, 2016
Featured Titles: All the Things We Leave Behind
2:00 pm at Saint John Free Public Library, Central Branch, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB

A teaser event for Saint John’s Fog Lit Festival, celebrating Riel’s new book All The Things We Leave Behind. Fog Lit Festival encourages reading and writing while recognizing the achievements of talented Atlantic Canadian writers.



Word Vancouver: Chalk Talk with Lynn Johnston
September 25, 2016
Featured Titles: For Better or For Worse
11:00 am at Peter Kaye Room, Library Square Conference Centre, 350 West Georgia Street , Vancouver, BC

Join For Better or For Worse creator Lynn Johsnton to discover how she creates facial expressions and how the For Better or For Worse characters were developed. Johsnton will also discuss the way she started her job, what happened during some of the controversial times, and the way the work affected her family. 



Word Vancouver: Distinguished Canadians
September 25, 2016
Featured Titles: Aloha Wanderwell
12:30 pm at Library Square Conference Centre, 350 West Georgia Street , Vancouver, BC

Join Christian Fink-Jensen and Randolph Eustace-Walden as they discuss their new book Aloha Wanderwell: The Border-Smashing, Record-Setting Life of the World’s Youngest Explorer. 

Drawing upon Aloha’s diaries and travel logs, as well as films, photographs, newspaper accounts, and previously classified government documents,Aloha Wanderwell reveals the astonishing story of one of the greatest — and most outrageous — explorers of the 1920s.



Word Vancouver: Dumb and Stoopid - A Drawing Workshop with Lynn Johnston
September 25, 2016
Featured Titles: For Better or For Worse
1:50 pm at The Quay, Library Square Conference Centre, 350 West Georgia Street , Vancouver, BC

Kids will learn how to create a goofy character, how to change expressions, and how to put acting into their work from For Better or For Worse creator Lynn Johnston! 



Daniel Poliquin at the University of Lethbridge
September 26, 2016
Featured Titles: The Angel's Jig
4:30 pm at University of Lethbridge, University Hall D630, Lethbridge, AB

Join Daniel Poliquin for a discussion of his work, including The Angel’s Jig, an unforgettable novel which revisits an all-but-forgotten era, when orphaned children and the elderly poor were auctioned into a form of indentured servitude.

Free Admission



Poetry Prťlude
September 30, 2016
Featured Titles: Dust or Fire
6:00 pm at Saint John Ale House, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB

Join poets Jennifer Houle, Alyda Faber, Philip Crymble, Sonia Cotten, Eric Kennedy, Joanie Duguay for a Foglit Poetry Prélude.



Launch of M. Travis Lane's Collected Long Poems
September 30, 2016
Featured Titles: The Witch of the Inner Wood
7:00 pm at Gallery on Queen, 406 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB

Join M. Travis Lane for the celebration of a new collection of long poems The Witch of the Inner Wood, edited by Shane Neilson at the Gallery on Queen on Friday September 30th, at 7PM. 

M. Travis Lane has long flown under the radar of Can Lit, crafting luminous poems and sharp literary criticism — much of it published in The Fiddlehead, one of Canada’s premier literary journals — but in recent years her work has been drawing the attention it deserves. Evidence of this recognition is her 2015 Governor General’s Award nomination forCrossover, a collection the still-vital poet published at the age of 81. 

Her poetry is modernist, dense, and highly allusive, drawing adeptly on classical and biblical sources, imbued with a feminist and ecocritical perspective. Her musical lines, vivid metaphors, and phenomenological acumen launch her into the company of such poetic luminaries as Don McKay, Jan Zwicky, and Tim Lilburn. In the long poetic form, these qualities reach their highest expression. This volume, an exquisite collection that brings together her long poems for the first time, constitutes an important addition to the canon of Canadian literature and to the canon of feminist literature in North America.



Steve Patterson at Pages on Kensington
October 1, 2016
Headliner(s): Steve Patterson
Featured Titles: The Book of Letters I Didnít Know Where to Send
1:30 pm at Pages on Kensington, 1135 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB

Join Steve Patterson for a reading and signing at Pages on Kensington.



Steve Patterson at The YYComedy Festival Gala
October 1, 2016
Headliner(s): Steve Patterson
Featured Titles: The Book of Letters I Didnít Know Where to Send
8:00 pm at Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB

For the fifth consecutive year, the Funny 1060 AM YYComedy Festival Gala will be presenting the strongest lineup of comedic talent to be seen on an Alberta stage this year. Along for the celebration will be Steve Patterson, host of CBC radio’s The Debaters. Click here for more details about the YYComedy Festival Gala.



Riel Nason at Chapters Moncton
October 8, 2016
Headliner(s): Riel Nason
Featured Titles: All the Things We Leave Behind
12:00 pm at Chapters Moncton, 1 Bass Pro Drive, Moncton, NB

Celebrate the publication of Riel Nason's new book All The Things We Leave Behind at Chapters in Moncton!

All the Things We Leave Behind is about remembrance and attachment, about what we collect and what we cast off. In this highly affecting novel, Nason explores the permeability of memory and the sometimes confusing bonds of human emotion.

"Filled with strong characters and objects of forgotten desire — perfume bottles, tintypes, rabbit-eared chairs — Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind subtly unravels the mind’s delusions and the past’s seduction. Haunting, bittersweet." — Beth Powning, author of A Measure of Light

This event is free and open to the public.
Books will be available for purchase.



Riel Nason at the R.E.A.D Saint John Literacy Fundraiser Tea & Tales
October 15, 2016
Headliner(s): Riel Nason
Featured Titles: All the Things We Leave Behind
7:00 pm at TBA, Saint John, NB

R.E.A.D. Saint John was established in 1976 as the Saint John Area Literacy Council due to the high rate of illiteracy in the city. In 1988 the council was renamed as READ Saint John to give the public a better understanding of its purpose: "Reading Education for Adult Development". Read Saint John is a council of Laubach Literacy New Brunswick.

Riel Nason will be participating in this years Tea & Tales in the support of literacy in the city! Come and join her for tea, hear a tale, and support a great cause.

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Daniel Scott Tysdal at the International Festival of Authors!
October 20, 2016 - October 30, 2016
Headliner(s): Daniel Scott Tysdal
Featured Titles: Fauxccasional Poems
1:00 pm - 12:00 am at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON

In 2016 IFOA welcomes over 200 Canadian and international participants to Toronto. The Festival brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, artist talks, round table discussions, public book signings and a number of special events. The IFOA takes place at the Harbourfront Centre, where the city meets the lake, from October 20th to the 30th.

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Panel and Reading at Vancouver International Writers Festival with Riel Nason
October 21, 2016
Headliner(s): Riel Nason
Featured Titles: All the Things We Leave Behind
1:00 pm at Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Join the panel discussion and reading of Riel Nason's All The Things We Leave Behind at Vancouver International Writers Festival!

All the Things We Leave Behind is about remembrance and attachment, about what we collect and what we cast off. In this highly affecting novel, Nason explores the permeability of memory and the sometimes confusing bonds of human emotion.

Filled with strong characters and objects of forgotten desire — perfume bottles, tintypes, rabbit-eared chairs — Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind subtly unravels the mind’s delusions and the past’s seduction. Haunting, bittersweet. — Beth Powning, author of A Measure of Light



Reception for Beyond the Crease: Ken Danby & Last Folio: Yuri Dojc
October 23, 2016
Headliner(s): Ihor Holubizky
Featured Titles: Ken Danby
5:00 pm at Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON

Come celebrate the exhibition opening of Beyong the Crease: Ken Dandy & Last Folio: Yuri Dojc at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. 

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Sunday Brunch at the Vancouver International Writers Festival with Riel Nason
October 23, 2016
Headliner(s): Riel Nason
Featured Titles: All the Things We Leave Behind
11:00 am at Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Join the Sunday Brunch and enjoy a reading of Riel Nason's All The Things We Leave Behind at Vancouver International Writers Festival!

All the Things We Leave Behind is about remembrance and attachment, about what we collect and what we cast off. In this highly affecting novel, Nason explores the permeability of memory and the sometimes confusing bonds of human emotion.

Filled with strong characters and objects of forgotten desire — perfume bottles, tintypes, rabbit-eared chairs — Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind subtly unravels the mind’s delusions and the past’s seduction. Haunting, bittersweet. — Beth Powning, author of A Measure of Light



Steve Patterson at Titles @ Table 40
October 26, 2016
Featured Titles: The Book of Letters I Didnít Know Where to Send
5:30 pm at Table 40, 7 Springfield Road, Ottawa, ON

Join us for a Titles@Table40 evening of fun and laughter with the host of CBC’s The DebatersSteve Patterson!

The evening starts at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Attendees must reserve their spot at the bookstore with a non-refundable deposit of $20.00 which will go towards the cost of the meal (a set menu with a vegetarian option). The total cost of the meal is $40.00, which includes a three course meal (family-style). No substitutions will be allowed.

Tax, 18% gratuity, and refreshments are not included.

Tickets are are going fast, so call or visit us to reserve your spot today!



The Heliconian Literary Lecture Series with Pauline Holdstock
October 27, 2016
Headliner(s): Pauline Holdstock
Featured Titles: The Hunter and the Wild Girl
7:30 pm at Toronto Heliconian Club 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, ON

This popular series has been described as a cross between a traditional book club and a university course without exams. 

Pauline HoldstockThe Hunter and the Wild Girl is the story of a feral girl and a bereaved father who lives in self-imposed exile in rural 19th century France. Possibly the most arresting aspect of the novel, apart from the exquisite sense of place, is Holdstock’s implied invitation to consider the essence of a human being. Freedom and connection are essential, the novel suggests, and the bonds that hold us together can also destroy us.

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Steve Patterson at Mosaic Books
November 2, 2016
Headliner(s): Steve Patterson
Featured Titles: The Book of Letters I Didnít Know Where to Send
12:00 am at Mosaic books, 411 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC

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On exhibit until November 2016: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British
November 13, 2016
9:00 am at Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Art Gallery's upcoming exhibit, I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia, will be on display between July 1 to November 13, 2016.

This first pairing of the Modernist painters Wolfgang Paalen (1905–1959) and Emily Carr (1871–1945) will tell the story of how the artists met in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1939, and how the creative vision of each expanded in reaction to the majestic landscape of British Columbia and the monumental art of the Northwest Coast First Nations. With artworks assembled from public and private collections internationally, the exhibition will present early works, ancillary archival materials and the audacious later work of both artists as they moved toward their transcendent visions. 

Please visit the Vancouver Art Gallery's website here for more information.



Elle Adapted from Douglas Gloverís novel by Severn Thompson
February 7, 2017
Headliner(s): Douglas Glover
Featured Titles: Elle (Reader's Guide Edition)
12:00 pm at Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto, ON

A Firehall Arts Centre presentation.

Elle is the story of Marguerite de La Rocque de Roberval, a French noblewoman who set out in 1542 for Canada with her uncle, Jacques Cartier to colonize the new-found country.   However, she finds herself abandoned on the deserted Isle of Demons (off the coast of Newfoundland) as punishment for taking a lover during the voyage.  In the lead role, Thompson “holds the audience’s attention in a vice grip with her precision, depth and hilarity. Her script is beautifully poetic, and is a master of delivery”. -Mooney on Theatre

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Elle Adapted from Douglas Gloverís novel by Severn Thompson
February 22, 2017
Featured Titles: Elle (Reader's Guide Edition)
12:00 pm at Prairie Theatre Exchange, Unit Y300 Ė 393 Portage Avenue 3rd Floor, Portage Place, Winnipeg, MB

A Firehall Arts Centre presentation.

Elle is the story of Marguerite de La Rocque de Roberval, a French noblewoman who set out in 1542 for Canada with her uncle, Jacques Cartier to colonize the new-found country.   However, she finds herself abandoned on the deserted Isle of Demons (off the coast of Newfoundland) as punishment for taking a lover during the voyage.  In the lead role, Thompson “holds the audience’s attention in a vice grip with her precision, depth and hilarity. Her script is beautifully poetic, and is a master of delivery”. -Mooney on Theatre

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Lorenzo Reading Series with Riel Nason
February 23, 2017
Headliner(s): Riel Nason
Featured Titles: All the Things We Leave Behind
7:00 pm at UNB Saint John Campus, 100 Tucker Park Road, Saint John, NB

Join Riel Nason at the Lorenzo Reading Series at UNB Saint John.

All the Things We Leave Behind is about remembrance and attachment, about what we collect and what we cast off. In this highly affecting novel, Nason explores the permeability of memory and the sometimes confusing bonds of human emotion.

Filled with strong characters and objects of forgotten desire — perfume bottles, tintypes, rabbit-eared chairs — Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind subtly unravels the mind’s delusions and the past’s seduction. Haunting, bittersweet. — Beth Powning, author of A Measure of Light

This event is free and open to the public.



Planet Earth Poetry reading with Ali Blythe
March 3, 2017
Headliner(s): Ali Blythe
Featured Titles: Twoism
7:30 pm at Hillside Coffee and Tea, 103- 1633 Hillside Avenue , Victoria, BC

Join Ali Blythe for a reading, hosted by Planet Earth Poetry at Hillside Coffee and Tea. 

“Blythe’s stark, deft poems build a spectacular debut.” – Johnathan Ball,Winnipeg Free Press

Details soon to follow at Planet Earth Poetry.

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