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.


W. Quill Poetry Reading
Tuesday, April 24, 7:00

Join Saskatchewan poet ‘W. Quill’ reading a selection of his poems – lighthearted, lyrical, romantic, thought provoking, enigmatic and more!

We’ll see you there!

April is National Poetry Month.


Sans Nom Poetry Group Reading – National Poetry Month Celebration
Monday, April 30, 7:00

April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. Learn more about the National Poetry Month, get to know some of our local poets and listen to a sharing of their poems!

Laurie Muirhead
Veryl Coghill
Beth Gobeil
Melanie Mirasty
Shauna Eveleigh Harris
Lynda Monahan
Sharon Bird
Carrie Schemenauer

Carla Braidek
Kim Kuzak

Books will be for sale.  Everyone welcome!


Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Brenda Schmidt Reading
Thursday, May 10, 7:00

A Northern Spring Celebration – Poetry and Conversation with readings by Beth Gobeil, Laurie Muirhead, and Brenda Schmidt. Host Lynda Monahan will spring questions on the poets and conversation will bloom!

Brenda Schmidt is a naturalist, visual artist, reviewer for Quill & Quire, and serves on the Sage Hill Writing board of directors. Her work is included in The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English: The Tenth Anniversary Edition. Her sixth book Culverts Beneath the Narrow Road is forthcoming from Thistledown Press in May 2018. Based in Creighton, a mining town in northern Saskatchewan, she brings her love of road trips to her role as Saskatchewan Poet Laureate.

Meet our province’s Poet Laureate and enjoy an evening of poetry and discussion!  Books for sale.

A Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Reading.


Kelley Byrne Book Launch
Saturday, May 12, 2:00
Bull Rider Billy

Billy Buck the boy with dreams who was just waiting to grow into them!  Follow Billy as he grows up riding a beaten up old plastic Brahma bull on the trampoline.  Billy jumps up and down getting higher with each trampoline jump, the toy bull spinning and turning underneath him.  Each time at a different town, on a different bull.  Billy slips his hand into the bull rope, pulls his old cowboy hat down so it’s snug on his head and nods for the chute gate to open.

Kelley Byrne is a Prince Albert area writer and author who educates and entertains through her words. She has 20 years of writing, editing and research experience.  Her writing credentials are wide ranging from newspaper editing, journalist reporting, blogging and short story fiction.

Kelley was born in Edmonton, Alberta, raised in Polson, Montana and is a graduate of the Ronan High School.  She was accepted to University of Montana in Dillon on a rodeo scholarship.  She remains a competitor, competing in rodeo as a barrel racer, training horses and hosting horsemanship schools for everyone to enjoy.

Kelley has been fortunate enough to live the privileged perspective of what it takes to build a family from start to finish within a sport. She is the mother of three boys, Bo, Jesse and Tanner Byrne.
The boys’ are professional athletes.  Bo and Jesse are two of the best bull fighters in the world and Tanner is a bull rider, both Tanner and Jesse compete at the highest level of their sport within the Built Ford Tough Series of the Professional Bull Riders, Inc.

She uses story-telling and exceptional word crafting to bring life to her characters. Kelley Byrne’s character Billy Buck inspires children of all ages to dream and believe in themselves.

Come and check out the latest installment in Kelley’s Billy Buck series!  Books for sale.  Everyone welcome!


Darcy Blahut and Michael Bowden Poetry Reading
Thursday, May 17, 7:00
Poems for a New Earth / Poemès pour une nouvelle Terre

Please join us for an evening of the poetic word as Darcy Blahut reads from new and unpublished work.  In addition, Michael Bowden will offer a reading of select verses in translation from Darcy’s English language poems.  A chapbook produced by Michael and Darcy will be available for purchase, with a small meet and greet to follow.  All are welcome!

Darcy Blahut resides in Prince Albert with his wife and daughters.  He has previously published two books of poetry, as well as two narrated audio books for children.

Michael Bowden is an educator from Prince Albert.  Michael’s mainstay is science fiction, of which he has a collection of unpublished shorts and a trilogy of full length works.

Veuillez nous rejoindre pour une soirée de poésie, un nouvel oeuvre non publié présenté par Darcy Blahut.  En plus, Michael Bowden fera une lecture de certains poèmes comme traduits des pièces anglaises à Darcy.  Un chapbook produit par Michael et Darcy sera disponible, avec une rencontre d’auteur à suivre.  Vous êtes tous les bienvenues!

Darcy Blahut vit actuellement à Prince Albert avec sa femme et ses deux filles.  Il est auteur de deux recueils de poésie ainsi que de deux livres audio pour les enfants.

Michael Bowden est un éducateur à Prince Albert où il vit avec sa femme et ses enfants.  Son intérêt principal est la science fiction dont il a une collection non publiée de nouvelles et une trilogie.