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Thin Air News

August 29, 2014

It's here!

Get your copy of our new program book at McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park this weekend and other locations all over the place starting next week.


August 26, 2014

September Book Sale


Hey folks! Our next book sale is right around the corner!

September 5, 6 and 7 at the Forks Market.

Come browse a great selection of second-hand books, pick up some new treasures, and help support the Festival. Prices are $5 for hardcovers, $2 for paperbacks, and $1 for childrens titles.

Plus, we'll have stacks of the new THIN AIR 2014 program guide hot off the presses for pickup - and it's FREE!

We hope to see you down there!




August 20, 2014



We're very happy to welcome Martha Baillie to THIN AIR 2014. Poet, novelist, story-teller, Martha was born in Toronto and at the University of Edinburgh, the Sorbonne, and University of Toronto. Her previous novels include My Sister Esther, Madame Balashovskaya’s Apartment, The Shape I Gave You, and The Incident Report, which was long-listed for the Giller Prize.

Her dreamlike new novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, follows a young student who leaves his claustrophobic German town for a twoweek wilderness hike in Canada's north, only to discover on his return that thirty years have passed although he himself has not aged. It's mysterious, beautiful, and compelling. 

Martha has constructed a website to accompany the novel, The Schlögel Archive, full of images and imagined postcards. Martha calls it "A Novel Redistributed." It's fascinating. There's so much to explore, someone could get lost in it...


June 3, 2014

Calling All Teachers!

Every September, our THIN AIR School Program/Programme scolaire connects top-level writers with over 3,000 kids in Winnipeg and surrounding areas!

We've rolled out yet another great roster of writers performing in our schools and on our School Stage at MTYP. From September 22 - 26, students from kindergarten throgh grade 12, in English, French and Immersion, will have an up close and personal experience with some of Canada's finest writers.

Registration is first-come-first-served. 

Whether you're a teacher or a parent, check out School Program/Programme scolaire and get registered today!

Click HERE for more information about the English School Program.

Click HERE for more information about the Frecnh Programme scolaire.


June 3, 2014

Photos & Video from Governor General's Literary Awards Gala

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the fantastic poetry of Katherena Vermette, Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane at our Governor General's Literary Awards Gala on April 11, 2014 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

We've put ogether some great photos (courtesy of Grant Goss) and a four part video (thanks to Katy Slimmon) of the entire evening. So, if you missed it, or want to relive that wonderful evening, check them out!

Click HERE to read more, and see the photos and videos.


June 2, 2014

Used Book Sale Fundrasier - Thank you!


Our latest used book sale funderaiser was held at the Forks Market from May 23 to May 25. We were able to find new homes for lots of great books, and make a little money in the process.

Thanks so much to our army of volunteers who helped sort the books, move the books to and from the Forks, and help sell them over the weekend. Thanks to the Forks again for their generous sponsorship, and allowing us to use the space.

Don't despair though if you missed us. We still have plenty of great books, and will get more, by the time of our next sale: September 5 to 7.

And if you have books you would like to donate, please give us a call at 204-927-7323, or email us at