Author Readings

The JMCPL is proud to stage a variety of author readings in order to bring some literary panache to your day.  Whether the author on hand is your ultimate pen-wielding hero(ine) or whether you want to explore some hitherto uncharted literary territory, our author readings are sure to delight.  No registration is required and books by the author are often for sale.


Lynda Monahan, Rod Thompson, Bernadette Wagner and Victor Enns Book Launch
Tuesday, October 29, 7:00
A Beautiful Stone – Lynda Monahan and Rod Thompson

These poets experiment with various forms of collaborative poetry including tanka suites, three line repetitions and tapestry poems. Lynda and Rod exchanged stanzas as they built the poems. They build on various themes, often revolving around place – in particular, the lakes and forests of northern Saskatchewan play a significant role. They are also poems that examine universal themes of family, of love and loss and the passage of time. These are songs of sorrow, joy, celebration and reverence, like the rhythm of waves lapping against the shore.

Lynda Monahan is author of three collections of poetry, A Slow Dance in the Flames, What My Body Knows, (Coteau Books) and Verge (Guernica Editions). She facilitates creative writing workshops and has been writer-in-residence at St. Peter’s College facilitated retreat and the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She is editor of Second Chances: stories of brain injury survivors, Skating in the Exit Light, a poetry anthology, and With Just One Reach of Hands, an anthology of the writing of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Writing For Your Life group, which she also facilitates. She recently finished a term as writer in residence at the JM Cuelenaere Library in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Rod Thompson lives in the forest west of the city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He has had his poetry published in a number of literary magazines including Grain, Transition, Blue Jay and The Prairie Journal. He has long enjoyed writing tanka and haiku and his tanka have been published in American Tanka, Lynx, Tangled Hair, and most recently in in Atlas Poetica, an American tanka journal.


The Dry Valley – Bernadette Wagner

The Dry Valley encapsulates one woman’s relationship with herself, her alcoholic spouse, and the world, in three different Saskatchewan landscapes. The poems offer a fascinating interplay between mindful explorations of self and immersions in the challenging complexities of interpersonal relationships, social issues and meaningful engagement with the environment. The quiet, meditative quality of the longer lyrics rub up against the edgier narrative poems, contributing a wonderful tension to the manuscript. With figurative language kept to a minimum, the poems rely on detail, giving a real-time felt presence and the speaker a heightened reliability.

Bernadette Wagner, writer, editor, and community based educator, has recent work in Absent Mothers (DP: 2017) and Without Apology: Writings on Abortion in Canada (AUP: 2016). Her poetry and nonfiction have been broadcast on radio and TV, recorded on video and film, and published in magazines and anthologies. Shortlisted for the Saskatchewan First Book Award, she toured This hot place (Thistledown, 2010), her first poetry collection, across the country. An activist for social justice, a spokesperson for various feminist organizations, a founder of the Prairie Lily Feminist Society and Friends of Regina Public Library, a board member for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and Sage Hill Writing Experience, a past Literary Co-ordinator and two-time Chair of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival, and the inaugural literary artist-in-residence at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, Bernadette lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.


Love and Surgery – Victor Enns

First comes love, then comes surgery; complications ensue. The poet describes life events in three acts: the magical courtship and marriage to a woman he met by chance, the subsequent devastation following his third divorce and below-the -knee amputation of his left leg to ease the pain of a congenital deformity. What remains is an elegy to love, loss and letting go. The poems exist in a kaleidoscopic landscape before concluding with a beautiful homage to Mary Oliver and an acceptance of the existence of psychic and physical pain as a part of life. Love & Surgery is the poet’s third collection in his “Life Studies” including boy (2012) and Lucky Man (2005).

Victor Enns was born in Winnipeg in 1955 and raised in southern Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1979 with a History/English major including the advanced creative writing workshop with Robert Kroetsch which led to the publication of his first poetry collection, Jimmy Bang Poems (Turnstone 1979). A founding Board member of the Manitoba Writer’s Guild, he was the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild from 1982 – 1988 and founder of Windscript magazine featuring the literary and visual art of Saskatchewan high school students. Correct in this Culture (5th House) was published in 1985. He spent the next 20 years in arts administration and raising a family taking time out to found Rhubarb magazine, a literary and visual arts magazine for writers and artists of Mennonite descent in 1998, returning as executive editor in 2012. His most recent collection, boy, was published by Hagios Press in Regina in 2012. Lucky Man, (Hagios, 2005) was nominated for the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award. He lives in Winnipeg and works as Publishing & Arts Consultant for Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism.


Come and listen to readings from recently published works by Lynda, Rod, Bernadette and Victor.  Books for sale.  All welcome!


David McGrane, John Whyte, Roy Romanow, and Russell Isinger, EDS. Book Launch
Wednesday, November 13, 7:00
Back to Blakeney:  Revitalizing the Democratic State

Allan Blakeney believed in government as a force for good. As premier of Saskatchewan, he promoted social justice through government intervention in the economy and the welfare state. He created legal and constitutional structures that guaranteed strong human rights, and he safeguarded the integrity of the voting system to support a robust democracy. Blakeney encouraged excellence in public administration to deliver the best possible services and used taxes to help secure equality of opportunity.

In Back to Blakeney, a diverse set of scholars reflects on Blakeney’s achievements, as well as his constitutional legacy—namely, the notwithstanding clause—and explores the challenges facing democracy today.

David McGrane, Professor of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan and former Premier Roy Romanow will be in attendance to speak about the book.

Everyone is welcome!  Books for sale.