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.


CMHA Writing for Your Life Group Reading
Tuesday, September 10, 7:00
The Heart Remembers Brightly

Join us for readings from this brave new collection of poems and stories titled The Heart Remembers Brightly, written by members of the Prince Albert Canadian Mental Health Association Writing for Your Life group! Books for sale and refreshments served!

The PA CMHA Writing for Your Life group has been meeting for the last seven years, has given several public readings of their work, published a previous anthology, With Just One Reach of Hands, as well as several individual members’ chapbooks.

All welcome!


Robert Currie Author Reading
Monday, September 16, 7:00
One-Way Ticket

Robert Currie is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where he taught for thirty years at Central Collegiate. His books have been finalists for the (now defunct) Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award, the Poetry, Fiction, and Book of the Year Awards at the Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the High Plains Book Award for Poetry. A group of his poems was a winner in the 1980 CBC Literary Competition.

A founding board member of the Saskatchewan Festival of Words and a former chairman of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, Currie once edited and published Salt, a little magazine of contemporary writing. Highlights of his career include teaching creative writing at the Saskatchewan School of the Arts in Fort San and the Sage Hill Writing Experience in Lumsden, delivering the Anne Szumigalsaki Memorial Lecture for the League of Canadian poets, and serving two terms as Saskatchewan Poet Laureate. Currie is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

Enjoy a relaxing evening listening to readings from this award winning Saskatchewan author!  Books for sale.  All welcome!

Funded by the Canada Council through the Writers’ Union of Canada.


gillian harding-russell Book Launch
Tuesday, October 8, 7:00
In Another Air

This stunning collection of poetry by gillian harding-russell describes the magical and transitory world of the north, particularly in and around Yellowknife. It is an eloquent and personal exploration of the history, the harsh darkness, and legends of the north viewed through an imaginative lens, from the failed Franklin expeditions to the Mad Trapper. These are abundant and imaginative poems about quests, migrations, northern spirits and vanished populations.

gillian harding-russell is a Regina poet who has been visiting her daughter in Yellowknife for the past four years. She has three previous poetry collections and several chapbooks published. In 2015, the sequence “Proud Men do not Listen” from In Another Air was shortlisted for Exile’s Gwendolyn MacEwen Chapbook Award.

Come and meet gillian and enjoy readings from her newest work of poetry.  Books for sale.  All welcome!

Funded by The Saskatchewan Writers’Guild.


Lynda Monahan and Rod Thompson Book Launch
Tuesday, October 29, 7:00
A Beautiful Stone

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 Culenaere 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.

Come and listen to poetry from this recently published collaborative work by local writers Lynda and Rod.  Books for sale.  All welcome!