Thin Air News

January 22, 2015


Hi folks. We have some bad news. 

The loading dock door in our building broke late this afternoon, and after a lot of deliberation we decided that there is no safe alternative to loading and unloading 250+ heavy boxes of books out of Artspace. So we have decided to postpone the book sale.

We apologize for the last minute notice.

We're hoping to reschedule in February, and we'll let you know as soon as we know.

Thanks again to all the volunteers who signed up for shifts this weekend (they have been individually contacted with this news).


January 20, 2015

Used Book Sale Fundraiser - THIS WEEKEND!

Our next book sale is this weekend:

Where: At the Forks Market

Friday, January 23 (noon to 9:30pm)
Saturday, January 24 (9:30am to 6:30pm)
Sunday, January 25 (9:30am to 5:00pm)

We have a great selection of used books at great prices:
$5 hardcovers, $2 softcovers, $1 all kid's books

Drop on by, grab a new (to you!) book and help support our organization!


January 9, 2015

Join our team!

TERM POSITION:  Administrative Coordinator

We are seeking a team player who is organized, accurate, detail-oriented, and interested in being part of the non-profit cultural sector. Our new Administrative Coordinator will provide administrative and clerical support to facilitate our literary programming, including THIN AIR 2015, our off-season series, and our one-off events. Duties include basic office reception and correspondence, managing databases, and offering clerical and administrative support to all members of the team. (See detailed Schedule of Tasks below.)

Mastery of Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel, is essential; training will be available for Mailchimp, SurveyGizmo, and other online support programs. Our successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills, a team-oriented attitude, and an ability to thrive in a deadline-pressure work environment.

Since our festival is bi-lingual, the Administrative Coordinator must have written competence in both English and French.

Term: 16 February – 30 December 2015 (one term, with the possibility of renewal)
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 3:00pm (25 hours/week)
age: $16,500 ($15/hour)

The Winnipeg International Writers Festival is a registered non-profit organization which abides by all Canadian employment regulations. Taxes and other employee deductions are processed at source.

Electronic applications preferred. Send a cover letter and resume, along with contact information for three references, to:

Perry Grosshans, General Manager

APPLICATIONS CLOSE JANUARY 26. We will only contact candidates we select to interview.



The Administrative Coordinator will take primary responsibility for the sound operation of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival office, and will offer administrative support to ensure the successful delivery of all programming initiatives, including THIN AIR, the Spring and Fall Literary Series, the THIN AIR Used Book Sales, and other programming initiatives that might be implemented by the Festival Director.

NOTE: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival hosts events in both English and French; written competence in both languages is essential.

To that end, the Administrative Coordinator will:

                     manage the WIWF office, including general office filing, correspondence, and upkeep of office machinery and services (fax, phone, computers, internet, etc); and act as the office receptionist, answering or redirecting telephone, email, fax, and in-person queries;

                     offer administrative support to the Director, including but not limited to: managing information connected with featured or potential writers (contact data, schedule information, performance times/venues, travel and accommodation details); undertaking and tracking correspondence by mail, email, phone with featured and potential writers and publishers; managing email databases and survey sites; and preparing office documents (report submissions, business correspondence);

                     offer administrative support to the General Manager in connection with basic financial and production business, including but not limited to: maintaining database for donors, advertising clients, and vendors; managing database for box office information and ticket sales; coordinating volunteer support for off-season Used Book Sales;

                     offer administrative support to the Coordonnatrice du Livres en fête, including but not limited to: managing information connected with featured or potential writers (contact data, schedule information, performance times/venues, travel and accommodation details);

                     offer administrative support to the School Program Coordinator in connection with school registrations and writer schedules;

                     offer administrative support to the Publicist/Audience Development Coordinator (or designate) in connection with website and social media;

                     offer administrative support to other members of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival team as needed, and as deemed appropriate by the Director;

                     assume other duties as assigned.


The Administrative Coordinator works in close cooperation with the Director and General Manager and reports to the Director. 

Download a PDF copy of the Job Description HERE. 


January 5, 2015

THIN AIR Booksale - Jan 23, 24, 25

Save the Date!


Our next used booksale fundraiser is the weekend of January 23, 24, 25! We will once again be at the Forks Market, thanks to our wonderful friends at the Forks.

We have LOTS of new stock of used books from wonderful donors for you to purchase (cheap!) and give them new homes.

Spread the word! And we'll see you there.


December 23, 2014

Holiday Season is Upon Us!

Hi folks!

Just a quick FY and I that our office will be closed until Monday, January 5, 2015!

Feel free to send us an email at if you need to get a hold of us before then.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!


December 3, 2014

THIN AIR 2014 Audio Recordings are UP!

After a long delay, the audio recordings from THIN AIR 2014 are finally up. 

Click "Recordings" on the left-hand menu, and it will bring you to a list of those recordings availalbe for listening. 

Start with our Opening Night and the melodious voice of award winning writer Eleanor Catton, reading and in conversation with Festival director Charlene Diehl. During your lunch you can revisit the Millennium Library at the daily Nooners. Sit back with a cup of tea and soak in the lectures from the Big Ideas series. Grab a glass of wine and lounge while listening to the Mainstage events. You can even transport yourself to the Forks and the powerful words at the Voices from Oodena event. And make sure there are no children around when you blast the tunes from the raucous Forewords evening, which featured Winnipeg's Slam Team and Tom Howell going toe-to-word in our second Haiku Death Match! (seriously, not for children's ears - you've been warned!)

COMING SOON: Video! Yes, actual videos of many of these events! Thanks to funding from the Access Copyright Foundation, we are currently working on editing several videos, including Opening Night with Eleanor Catton, Forewords, Voices from Oodena, and all of our Mainstage events. Stay tuned to find out when they will be uploaded.