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THIN AIR 2008
September, 21 - 27, 2008

THIN AIR 2008 SCHEDULE
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September 22, 2008

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

THE NOONER: Andrew Davidson

The unconventional lovers in Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle measures their relationship in weeks - and centuries.
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September 22, 2008

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

SCHOOL STAGE: Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel, masterful writer and brilliant inventor of fantasy worlds, introduces his newest work, Starclimber. This writing will grab even the most reluctant reader!
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September 22, 2008

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT: Andrew Davidson and Elyse Friedman

Andrew Davidson and Elyse Friedman share a predilection for quirky characters and extreme situations.
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September 22, 2008

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

READING: Genni Gunn

Poet, musician, and performer Genni Gunn brings her multi-media experience into a broader conversation about the creative process.
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September 23, 2008

9:00 am - 10:00 am

TALK: Kerry Ryan

Join Winnipeg poet Kerry Ryan speaking to creative writing students about the writer’s craft and her new collection, The Sleeping Life.
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September 23, 2008

10:00 am - 11:15 am

SCHOOL STAGE: Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel, masterful writer and brilliant inventor of fantasy worlds, introduces his newest work, Starclimber. This writing will grab even the most reluctant reader!
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September 23, 2008

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

READING: Daria Salamon and Duncan Thornton

Daria Salamon and Duncan Thornton are both great story-tellers—one takes you into the hyper-reality of relationship struggles, the other into a magical reality of fantasy worlds.
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September 23, 2008

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

THE NOONER: Joan Thomas

Joan Thomas takes us from parched prairies to England preparing for the Second World War in her debut novel, Reading by Lightning.
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September 23, 2008

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

SCHOOL STAGE: Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel, masterful writer and brilliant inventor of fantasy worlds, introduces his newest work, Starclimber. This writing will grab even the most reluctant reader!
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September 23, 2008

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT: David Bergen and Mary Swan

David Bergen and Mary Swan are master stylists who capture the subtle nuances of the most ordinary gestures.
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September 24, 2008

9:30 am - 10:15 am

READING: Nicole Markotić and Saleema Nawaz

Both Nicole Markotić and Saleema Nawaz are alumni of the Creative M.A. at U of M and have since gone on to make an impact on the writing world.
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September 24, 2008

10:00 am - 11:15 am

SCÈNE SCOLAIRE: René Ammann et Daniel Marchildon

Les histoires et les poèmes de René Amman plaisent aux jeunes lecteurs aux intérêts divers. Son dernier livre, Les perles dorées, allie l’aventure et la science pour proposer une histoire au rythme rapide située dans l’univers du sirop d’érable au Québec. Dans les livres de Marchildon, on suit des jumeaux, Roxanne et Yannick, dans leurs aventures dans le monde de l’archéologie en Ontario et dans celui de la Ligue nationale de hockey.
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September 24, 2008

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

READING: Rosanna Deerchild and Andrew Hood

Both Rosanna Deerchild and Andrew Hood offer unflinching and highly-charged versions of lives which are often startlingly familiar.
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September 24, 2008

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

READING: David Waltner-Toews

Acclaimed writer—and veterinarian/environmental advocate—David Waltner-Toews reads from his debut mystery novel, Fear of Landing. A Mennonite veterinarian traveling in Bali investigates a dead cow…
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September 24, 2008

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

THE NOONER: Miriam Toews

Miriam Toews' The Flying Troutmans has all her signature qualities: speed, depth, poignancy and devastating wit.
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September 24, 2008

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

SCÈNE SCOLAIRE: René Ammann et Daniel Marchildon

Les histoires et les poèmes de René Amman plaisent aux jeunes lecteurs aux intérêts divers. Son dernier livre, Les perles dorées, allie l’aventure et la science pour proposer une histoire au rythme rapide située dans l’univers du sirop d’érable au Québec. Dans les livres de Marchildon, on suit des jumeaux, Roxanne et Yannick, dans leurs aventures dans le monde de l’archéologie en Ontario et dans celui de la Ligue nationale de hockey.
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September 24, 2008

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

TALK: Kerry Ryan

Join Winnipeg poet Kerry Ryan speaking to creative writing students about the writer’s craft and her new collection, The Sleeping Life.
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September 24, 2008

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT: Pasha Malla and Rebecca Rosenblum

Curious about who's coming up? Pasha Malla and Rebecca Rosenblum are two of the sharpest writers you'll encounter this year.
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September 24, 2008

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

L'eau de Vie

Daniel Marchildon a écrit un roman qui vous mettra l’eau (de vie) à la bouche. Il parlera de sa découverte des whiskies écossais et la lecture de son roman « scotch » sera accompagnée d’une dégustation de scotches. Tout cela pour le prix d’entrée.
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September 25, 2008

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

RENCONTRE avec Éric Charlebois

Une rencontre avec un jeune poète franco-ontarien qui renouvelle la forme poétique et son expression publique.
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September 25, 2008

10:00 am - 11:15 am

SCHOOL STAGE: Susin Nielsen and Arthur Slade

The struggle to belong is one of the central stories of childhood. Susin Nielsen’s Word Nerd and Arthur Slade’s Jolted tell that story with rollicking good humour.
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September 25, 2008

10:00 am - 11:00 am

READING/EXHIBIT: Irene Gammel

Irene Gammel is marking the centenary of Anne of Green Gables with a book and exhibit, both entitled Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic.
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September 25, 2008

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

READING: Larry Krotz

Writer, journalist, and acclaimed documentary film-maker, Larry Krotz has been active in many projects in Africa and gathers his challenging observations in The Uncertain Business of Doing Good.
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September 25, 2008

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

READING: Steven Galloway and Gerald Hill

Novelist Steven Galloway and poet Gerald Hill consider the challenges of living responsibility and responsively in our contemporary world.
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September 25, 2008

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

THE NOONER: Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor is making waves with The Night Wanderer, an adventure into "native gothic."
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September 25, 2008

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

SCHOOL STAGE: Susin Nielsen and Arthur Slade

The struggle to belong is one of the central stories of childhood. Susin Nielsen’s Word Nerd and Arthur Slade’s Jolted tell that story with rollicking good humour.
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September 25, 2008

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT: Joseph Boyden and Marilyn Dumont

Marilyn Dumont and Joseph Boyden are helping to define Canada's burgeoning aboriginal literature scene.
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September 25, 2008

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

READING: Austin Clarke

Award-winning novelist Austin Clarke trains his eye and empathy on a Barbadian immigrant mother in Toronto watching her son get drawn into the city’s gang culture.
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September 25, 2008

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

AROUND THE CITY: David Waltner-Toews

Writer-veterinarian David Waltner-Toews combines his passions with a new murder mystery, Fear of Landing, which features a Mennonite veterinarian-sleuth....
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September 25, 2008

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

LA PLUME ET LE PINCEAU

Joignez-vous aux improvisations littéraires et visuelles et flashes instantanés jumelant quatre écrivains et quatre artistes. Revivez les 4 premières années de La Plume et le Pinceau avec Le soleil est la première machine, un recueil en couleur regroupant des textes et tableaux de tous les auteurs ayant participé aux improvisations précédentes.
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September 25, 2008

10:30 pm - 11:30 pm

AFTER WORDS: Paul Quarrington

You probably know Paul Quarrington the acclaimed writer, but you should also know Paul Quarrington the lead singer/guitarist with “northern blues” band Porkbelly Futures. We get to hear him on his own—he’s a self-deprecating and sharp-witted lyricist with a voice to match.
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September 26, 2008

10:00 am - 11:15 am

SCHOOL STAGE: Susin Nielsen and Arthur Slade

The struggle to belong is one of the central stories of childhood. Susin Nielsen’s Word Nerd and Arthur Slade’s Jolted tell that story with rollicking good humour.
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September 26, 2008

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

THE NOONER: Charles Wilkins

Charles Wilkins' In the Land of Long Fingernails is a devastatingly funny memoir of his short stint as a gravedigger.
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September 26, 2008

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

READING: Marilyn Dumont and Jane Munro

Poets Marilyn Dumont and Jane Munro bring their spell-binding language and astute vision to the task of speaking their worlds.
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September 26, 2008

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

PANEL: Issues in Contemporary Aboriginal Writing

Canadian literature has been energized over the past few years with a surge of accomplished aboriginal writing. Rosanna Deerchild, Drew Hayden Taylor, and Richard Van Camp represent the cutting edge of contemporary aboriginal writing, and they’ll share their observations about the challenges and gifts of being part of this new renaissance.
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September 26, 2008

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT: André Alexis and Maggie Helwig

Masters of mood, André Alexis and Maggie Helwig pay attention to the smallest details to create a whole fabric of experience.
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September 26, 2008

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

TALK: Kerry Ryan

Join Winnipeg poet Kerry Ryan speaking to creative writing students about the writer’s craft and her new collection, The Sleeping Life.
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September 26, 2008

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

READINGS: A Sip of Juice

The U of W’s talented writing students share new work to kick off the school year.
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September 26, 2008

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

PAROLES PIQUANTES

Un poète québécois et un poète franco-ontarien : un mélange stimulant pour le coeur et l’esprit. Les éditions l’Harmattan (France) présentent Laurent Poliquin et Lise Gaboury-Diallo, plus un extrait de Fort Mac, la pièce cinglée et cinglante de Marc Prescott.
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September 26, 2008

10:30 pm - 11:30 pm

AFTER WORDS: Shane Koyczan

One of the world’s spoken word masters, Shane Koyczan will take you over with his energy, intelligence, wit, and searing honesty. His new book, Stickboy, is a remarkable portrait of bullying.
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September 27, 2008

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

SATURDAY SEMINAR: Words on Screen

BookShorts Executive Director Judith Keenan and celebrated writers Paul Quarrington and Susin Nielsen represent a wealth of experience writing, adapting, and editing for film and television. Short or long, the best adaptations go beyond merely lifting a segment of dialogue and acting out a scene. Susin Nielsen and Paul Quarrington share tips and techniques in the creative process. Judith Keenan shows how to translate that experience into viable production processes. Come prepared to share your ideas and participate in this interactive workshop! We’ll premiere “Pavane,” the BookShort adaptation from Quarrington’s new novel The Ravine.
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September 27, 2008

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

AROUND THE CITY: David Bouchard : PARTOUT EN VILLE

David Bouchard secured his position as one of western Canada’s most beloved writers with If you’re not from the prairie. His new book, Qu’Appelle, explores a deep-rooted aboriginal prairie myth, and his bilingual presentation will delight children and parents—and grandparents! David Bouchard is also an impassioned literacy advocate. Please consider bringing a gently-used kids’ book to support literacy initiatives in Winnipeg.

David Bouchard a démontré qu’il était un des écrivains les plus aimés de l’Ouest canadien avec If you’re not from the prairie. Son nouveau livre, Qu’Appelle, explore un mythe autochtone aux racines profondes et sa présentation bilingue divertira les enfants, les parents et même les grands-parents! David Bouchard est également un promoteur enthousiaste de la littératie. Examinez la possibilité d’apporter un livre légèrement usagé pour soutenir la littératie à Winnipeg.
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September 27, 2008

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

AROUND THE CITY: Out Loud

Taking the beat to the street is one of Canada's powerhouse spoken word performers. Shane Koyczan has turned heads all over the world.
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September 27, 2008

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

AFTERNOON BOOK CHAT: JonArno Lawson and Douglas Smith

Is poetic language a way of thinking? Join two accomplished practitioners, JonArno Lawson and Douglas Burnet Smith, as they explore the process.
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September 27, 2008

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

A PINT OF BITTER MURDER

Take your mysteries neat with a late afternoon pint - or a cool glass of water. These mystery mavens will set you up with great stories seasoned with plenty of wit. Stay afterward for a meal at the new EAT! bistro.
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