McNally Robinson will host a number of events in the coming weeks. There’s something of interest for almost everyone.
International Year of Pulses Manitoba Launch, Wednesday January 6, noon in the Atrium. The International Year of Pulses in Manitoba is a year-long initiative to raise awareness and consumption of nutritious, provincially-grown pulse crops. Sample delicious foods made from high-fibre, high-protein pulses, including beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils and learn why the United Nations sees pulses as key in eradicating hunger world-wide and addressing chronic health conditions including heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
ChiSeries Winnipeg, Wednesday January 6, 7 pm in the Atrium. Featuring readings from Shaun Braun, David J. Fortier, and Patrick Johanneson. Hosted by SM Beiko.
The Chiaroscuro Reading Series is an award-winning Canadian speculative fiction series taking place in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Shen Braun is a fantasy writer who can’t convince himself not to dabble in science fiction. He has had his short fiction published in the Aurora-winning On Spec Magazine and the Aurora-nominated anthologies Tesseracts 15 and Shanghai Steam. Raised in small-town Manitoba, he currently resides in Brandon with his family and far too many plants. David J. Fortier grew up in Winnipeg, reading adventure classics and epic fantasies over the long winters. He writes sword & sorcery, heroic fantasy, and a touch of other speculative fiction. Patrick Johanneson writes science fiction & fantasy. His work has been published in InterText, Ecclectica , On Spec, Tesseracts 14, and Daily Science Fiction. He won the Manitoba Short Fiction contest in ‘04.
An Evening with Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Monday January 11, 7 pm in the Atrium. Speaking & Signing Money Talks: When To Say Yes And How To Say No.
Gail Vaz-Oxlade is one of Canada’s most successful and respected financial writers and has authored several bestselling books, including Money Rules, Never Too Late, Money-Smart Kids, It’s Your Money and the #1 bestseller Debt-Free Forever. She doles out her no-nonsense financial advice as host of the television shows Money Moron, Princess and Til Debt Do Us Part, as a radio host on NewsTalk 1010 and as a columnist for Metro.
Sid Robinovitch & Alain Trudel, Monday January 11, 7 pm in the Travel Alcove. Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Pre-Concert Chat presented as part of the ongoing Meet the Composer series.
Composer Sid Robinovitch joins MCO guest conductor Alain Trudel to discuss the pieces that will be played at the Tuesday January 12 MCO concert at Westminster United Church.
Dr. John Wortley, Thursday January 14, 7 pm in the Atrium. Launch of Dr. Wortley’s new translation of Palladius of Aspuna: The Lausiac History.
John Wortley is professor emeritus (History) at the University of Manitoba and an Anglican priest. His previous publications include The Book of the Elders, Paul of Monembasia, and The Spiritual Meadow (all from Cistercian Publications) as well as Skylitzes’ Synopsis of Byzantine History and The Anonymous Sayings of the Desert Fathers, both from Cambridge University Press.
Michael Czuboka, Friday January 15, 7 pm in the Atrium. Launch of Manifest Destiny: A Novel. Co-presented by The Korea Times.
Michael “Mike” Czuboka, served as a 19-year-old private with the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry in the Korean War. He was present at the Battle of Kapyong in April, 1951, where 2 PPCLI was surrounded by the Chinese communist army, and for which 2 PPCLI was awarded a U.S. Presidential Unit Citation for “extraordinary heroism.” He has published five books: An Examination of Tenure; Why It’s Hard to Fire Johnny’s Teacher; Juba; They Stopped at A Good Place; and the best selling Ukrainian Canadian, Eh?
Matthew Patton, Tuesday January 19, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove. A special installment of Meet the Composer.
Café Scientifique, Wednesday January 20, 7 pm in the Atrium.
The University of Manitoba Café Scientifique presents “Gut Instinct: The science behind the brain-gut connection,” an interactive panel discussion for non-researchers). In a relaxed atmosphere, specialists will talk about their work and the questions raised. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to: research_communications (at) umanitoba.ca or 204.474.6689.
Barry Greenberg, Thursday January 21, 7 pm in the Atrium. Launch of 28 Secrets the Dog Knew by Friday Poodle.
Friday Poodle, Manitoba’s elite K9 has penned a book about his life as a St. Boniface hospital therapy dog on the palliative ward. This evening will include a reading from his novel, followed by a signing with his co-writer Barry Greenberg.
Joanne Kelly’s Book Club, Tuesday January 26, 7 pm in the Travel Alcove.
Want to talk books with other book lovers – but without the commitment of a regular book club? Joanne Kelly and McNally Robinson Booksellers are pleased to continue their free bookclub, which is open to all readers in Winnipeg. The choice for January 2016 is Lissa Evan’s Crooked Heart, an original black comedy set in World War II England. It chronicles an unlikely alliance between a small time con artist and a young orphan evacuee. Get in touch with Joanne through e-mail at jmkelly (at) rrc.ca or with John at McNally Robinson at events (at) grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca or by calling 204-453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.
Philippe Erhard, Thursday January 28, 7 pm in the Atrium. Launch of The Ladders of Death.
Philippe Erhard, physician and writer, was born in France and studied in the city of Besançon. He has had the privilege of helping many people or more than 30 years, first in family practice and now in sports medicine. After many years he decided it was time to follow his own advice by ‘doing’ less and ‘being’ more. This led to unexpected discoveries and the birth of a book called Being. A Hiking Guide through Life. This is his second book.
Russell Field & Bruce Kidd, Thursday February 4, 7 pm in the Atrium. Launch of Playing for Change: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation.
Bringing together an internationally recognized group of sports studies scholars, Playing for Change examines the prominent place held by sport and recreation in popular culture. Russell Field is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba. Professor Bruce Kidd is a renowned athlete, scholar, and activist, and currently the Principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Grant Guy, Friday February 5, 7 pm in the Atrium. Launch of On the Bright Side of Down.
Grant Guy is a Winnipeg writer, playwright, theatre director and designer who has designed and directed productions across Canada. Grant’s writings have been published widely and he has written responses to several art exhibits. In 2004 he was selected for the Manitoba Arts Council’s Award of Distinction.
Cameron McKenzie, Saturday February 6, 7-8:30 pm in the Travel Alcove.
Cameron McKenzie, Ph.D. (Cand.), Associate Professor of Old Testament, presenting “God is My Running Mate: The Bible in Contemporary Politics.” Part of the Providence University College Public Lecture Series 2016.
– MCNALLY ROBINSON