Manitoba Book Jam (online)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

7 pm

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Join us August 12th, 7 pm for our inaugural live-streamed Manitoba Book Jam: A Celebration of New MB Literature. This event is made possible by the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council.

A selection of invited writers are each given five minutes to read from a new work that has in some way been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic shut down, with our musical guest providing “half-time” entertainment. Prepare a snack, pour a favourite bevvie and join us for a lively hour of entertainment.

Entrance is free (through preregistration) but please consider purchasing our guest authors’ books through the links provided.

Meet our Guest Authors!

Raye Anderson

Raye Anderson is a Scots Canadian who spent many enjoyable years running Theatre Schools and delivering creative learning programs for arts organizations, in Winnipeg, notably at Prairie Theatre Exchange, in Ottawa and Calgary. Her work has taken her across Canada, coast to coast, and up north as far as Churchill and Yellowknife. She’s also worked as far afield as the West Indies and her native Scotland. She has two daughters and one granddaughter.
Now, she lives in Manitoba’s beautiful Interlake and is part of a thriving arts community. She will read from “And We Shall Have Snow,” her first crime novel.

Purchase And We Shall Have Snow

GMB Chomichuk

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GMB Chomichuk is an award-winning writer and illustrator whose work has appeared in film, television, books, comics and graphic novels. His work ranges from the heartwarming to the blood-curdling with graphic novels like Cassie and TonkMidnight City, Will I See? and the forthcoming Arena Cityand Good Boys.He is the host of the Super Pulp Science, a podcast about how genre gets made.His full length graphic novel Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal was featured on The Hollywood Reporter, The Nerdist and Billboard Magazine. He will read from his new graphic novel, Automatic Age.

Purchase Automatic Age

Deborah L. Delaronde-Falk

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Deborah L. Delaronde-Falk lives in central Manitoba on a cattle ranch along the western shores of Lake Winnipegosis. She honours her Metis heritage by writing and publishing under her maiden name. Deborah’s twelve published stories (with the exception of Friendship Bay and The Rabbit’s Race) focus around Metis protagonists with story situations that she hopes will convey the way of life of the Metis people in both a historical and contemporary context. Deborah is the first recipient of the ‘Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award’ in 2015. She will read from Louis Riel Day: The Fur Trade Project, her soon to be published twelfth book.

Pre-purchase Louis Riel’s Day: The Fur Trade Project

Joel Robert Ferguson

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Joel Robert Ferguson holds an MA in English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications including ArcThe Columbia ReviewContemporary Verse 2, The Malahat Review and Prairie Fire. Originally from the Nova Scotian village of Bible Hill, he now lives in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory, with his partner Anne and their three cats. He will read from his poetry collection, The Lost Cafeteria (Signature Editions, 2020).

Purchase The Lost Cafeteria

Kyle Penner

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Kyle Penner, the author, is the son-in-law to the illustrator, Patti Enns. He loves to tell canoeing stories almost as much as he actually loves canoeing. As a child, he started solo-paddling around Star Lake at the family cottage, but has since expanded his paddling destinations. His favourite places to canoe are the Whiteshell Provincial Park and the Kasakeemeemisikak Islands, and his favourite people to paddle with are his wife, Ashley, and his kids, Arianna, Zachary, and Milo. He currently lives in Steinbach, Manitoba, and wishes his ancestors hadn’t turned the original creek that ran through town into a drainage ditch. He will read from his comic memoir, Who Goes Canoeing with their Mother-In-Law?

Purchase Who Goes Canoeing With Their Mother-in-Law?

Lara Rae

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Lara Rae is a TV and radio writer and producer, comedian and host. She was the creator of the CBC Radio series Monsoon House with Russell Peters, a 20 part half hour comedy drama. Lara was one of the developers of the international hit series Little Mosque on the Prairie for which she shared two Geminis, two Canadian Comedy Awards, and an Italian Prix Roma writing prize. Other TV series include Blackfly (Global) and Big Sound (Global) and the radio series Afghanada (CBC Radio). For theatre, she had written several shows. The show Unscheduled Stop with George Westerholm was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe (1989) and played at Hen and Chickens Pub Theatre (London, U.K. 1990) How Do You Know When You’re Done? with Dean Jenkinson, based on the creation of Unscheduled Stop played at Tim Sims Playhouse, Toronto (1999). Dragonfly begin life as One Man’s Show with Sarah Constible at Carol Shields Festival of New Works (TPM, 2010)  In 2016. Lara was the first transgender person to host a national CBC news program when she guest hosted The Current. Lara is the co-founder of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and a 30 year veteran of stand up comedy. She will read from her play, Dragonfly.

Purchase Dragonfly

Musical Guest

Michael Daher

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Michael Daher is a past president of the Winnipeg Classical guitar Society and teaches classical guitar at Saint John’s Ravenscourt and The University of Manitoba’s Preparatory Division. He has worked as an audio engineer since 1988 and owns and operates Goodfellas Productions where he engineers and produces numerous artists ranging from rock to classical genres, such as Skender Sefa, Ryszard Tyborowski, Willie Wiebe, The Milan Milosevic Trio, and Sid Robinovitch. He is also a renowned classical guitarist who has performed in numerous solo and ensemble concerts for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society in past seasons. 

And Your Host

Anita Daher

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Anita Daher is an author, screenwriter, producer, show host and actor based in Winnipeg, MB. She has been entrenched in the book publishing industry since 1995 and has fifteen (and counting) books published in print, audio and e-book format in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Anita presents at conferences and schools across Canada and is current Chair of the Writers Union of Canada (TWUC). When not word-wrangling she enjoys inhabiting characters on stage and screen. Her most recent novel, You Don’t Have to Die in the End, was virtually launched during the lockdown.

Purchase You Don’t Have to Die in the End

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