Manitoba Book Jam (online)

Next event: Thursday, March 18, 2021

7 pm

Register to join our live Zoomed audience HERE.

Join us March18, 7 pm for our live-streamed Manitoba Book Jam: A Celebration of MB Literature.

Our selection of invited writers are each given five minutes to read with our musical guest providing “half-time” entertainment. Prepare a snack, pour a favourite bevvy and join us for a lively hour of entertainment.

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

The event will be broadcast on Facebook Live on our Manitoba Book Jam page . Our registered Zoom audience members will be entered in a draw for a McNally Robinson Booksellers gift certificate.

Made possible by a #SafeAtHome grant from the Manitoba Government

Meet our Guest Authors!

Lori Cayer     

Born in Saskatchewan, Lori Cayer has made Manitoba her home since the third grade. She is the author of five volumes of poetry: the forthcoming Searching for Signal (Signature Editions, 2021),  Mrs Romanov (The Porcupine’s Quill, 2017) Dopamine Blunder (Tightrope Books, 2016), Attenuations of Force (Frontenac House, 2010) and Stealing Mercury (The Muses’ Company, 2004), which won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book in Manitoba in 2004. In 2005 Lori won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. She is co-founder of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie, part of the Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards. By day Lori is a virtual editorial assistant for two scientific research journals. 

Preorder Searching for Signal

Maureen Flynn  

Maureen Flynn is a mystery writer, columnist, and short story author. Pick Up Sticks is the third installment of her Manitoba mystery series, whose titles follow the popular nursery rhyme, One, Two Buckle My Shoe. The first in the series was Buckle My Shoe and the second, Shut the Door. The settings for her stories are Winnipeg, Manitoba; past and present. The Burton Cummings Theatre is the location for Pick Up Sticks and it takes place in two era’s, 1914 and present day.  Writing is her passion, yet she always finds new avenues to channel her creativity, including painting local landscapes. When not immersed in creative pursuits she is host to family and friends who know a cup of coffee and stories of her latest adventures are always on hand. 

Purchase Pick Up Sticks

Will George  

Born on the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba in 1965 and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Will George has been a professional writer for most of his adult life. He studied radio broadcasting at Robertson College in Winnipeg and graduated in 1996. From there he went on from contract to contract as writer and journalist. In the summer of 1998 he worked for Macleans Magazine in Toronto as a researcher/reporter. He also wrote, sold and produced a television pilot for APTN – Aboriginal People’s Television Network, Canada’s fourth national network and the only network focused on Canada’s indigenous population. Those Who Walk the Road is his first novel.

Purchase Those Who Walk the Road

Errol Ranville    

With his band, C-Weed, Errol Ranville has written over 150 songs, recorded 20 albums and is now working on the band’s 21st album, Spirit Rising. If Covid allows, the C-Weed Band will open a concert for Toby Keith at the Bell MTS Place on July 24th of this year. Errol’s memoir, Run As One; My Story will soon be released. He is also co-writing a screenplay based on memoir. 2021 will be a busy year for Errol with a new album, a screenplay for a new movie, a book tour and—fingers crossed—a live music concert tour to support the new album.

Pre-purchase Run As One; My Story

James Scoles  

James Scoles holds degrees from Arizona State, North Dakota & Southern Illinois Universities & he has lived, traveled & worked in over 90 countries. The title poem of his debut collection–The Trailer–won the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize & his short stories are featured in Coming Attractions 13 (Oberon Press). His writing has appeared in ArcCarouselCV2DescantPrairie Fire The Malahat Review, among other journals, and has been nominated for The Journey Prize, the Pushcart Prize & both the Western & National Magazine Awards. He lives in Winnipeg, where he teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Winnipeg & also helps run a small, 120-year-old family farm.

Pre-purchase The Trailer.

Andrew Unger  

Andrew Unger is best known as the author and founder of the satirical news website The Daily Bonnet. An educator based in southern Manitoba, his work has appeared in Geez, Rhubarb, Ballast,, the Winnipeg Free Press, and elsewhere. If you go back far enough, he’s probably related to you. Once Removed is his first novel.

Purchase Once Removed

Musical Guest

Errol Ranville

In addition to reading from his upcoming memoirs, multitalented Errol Ranville is also this month’s musical guest! 

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And Your Host

Anita Daher

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 first Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown, April 2020.

Purchase You Don’t Have to Die in the End



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Manitoba Book Jam


February, 2020: David Elias, Jenny Heijun Wills, Barbara Lange, Allan Levine, David A. Robertson, Daria Salamon & Rob Krause , and musical guest, Cory Wojcik. With thanks to Mcnally Robinson and the Manitoba Government #SafeAtHome.

January, 2020: Jonathan Ball, S.M. Beiko, David Jón Fuller, Adam Petrash, Darren Ridgley, Craig Russell, and musical guest, Alana Levandoski. With thanks to Mcnally Robinson and the Manitoba Government #SafeAtHome.       

December, 2020: Jodi Carmichael, MaryLou Driedger, Gabriel Goldstone, Melanie Matheson, Pat Trottier, Larry Verstraete, with musical guest, Allan Palmer. With thanks to Mcnally Robinson and the Manitoba Government #SafeAtHome.       

August, 2020: Raye Anderson, GMB Chomichuk, Deborah L. Delaronde-Falk, Joel Robert Ferguson, Kyle Penner, Lara Rae, with musical guest, Michael Daher. With thanks to the Manitoba Arts Council!

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