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.


*Due to risk of infection from Covid-19 the Writing for Your Life Group has cancelled this reading, and will reschedule at a later date.*

CMHA Writing for Your Life Group Reading
Tuesday, March 17, 7:00

Please join us for a spring reading by members of the Prince Albert Canadian Mental Health Association’s Writing for Your Life Group!

The Prince Albert Writing for Your Life group is one of several creative writing groups across the province.  The Prince Albert group has been meeting every second Wednesday for going on ten years at The Nest, the local CMHA drop in center. We write about all kinds of things – about something that happened recently, about the seasons, about life and love and memories and so much more. Come join us for an evening of poetry and stories, to listen to and honour the voices of those living with mental illness.

Everyone is welcome!


*Due to risk of infection from Covid-19 the author has cancelled this reading, and will reschedule at a later date.*

Bernadette Wagner and Jim Mitchell present A Conversation in Poetry and Song
Saturday, March 21, 2:00
The Dry Valley

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.

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 board member for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and Sage Hill Writing Experience, Bernadette lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The Dry Valley is Bernadette’s second collection of poetry. When she asked Jim to provide cool guitar licks for a poem she planned to read at her launch, she had the bright idea to invite him to share his original songs, too. He said yes! Married 30 years, with two grown children, they’re now taking their conversation in poetry and song on the road.

Everyone welcome.  Books for sale.  A Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Reading.


National Poetry Month Event
Tuesday, April 7, 7:00
A World of Poetry
Presented by Laurie Muirhead, Beth Gobeil, and Lynda Monahan

Celebrate National Poetry Month in April!  Enjoy some great poetry by local writers Laurie Muirhead, Beth Gobeil and Lynda Monahan.

Lynda Monahan is the author of four collections of poetry, “a slow dance in the flames”1998(Coteau Books), “what my body knows”2003(Coteau Books), “Verge” 2015(Guernica Editions), and A Beautiful Stone: Poems and Ululations co-written with Rod Thompson (Radiant Press)2019. She has work published in many Canadian literary magazines, including Grain, Descant, Amethyst Review , Room of One’s Own, Event, Prairie Fire, Fiddlehead and Other Voices. Her work has appeared in several anthologies including Untying the Apron, Heartwood, Line Dance and Testimonies.  She is a member of the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild, the League of Canadian Poets and The Writers Union of Canada.

Beth Gobeil is a poet, health-care advocate, and the mother of three adult children. She lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Since her son Donovan received a lung transplant several years ago, she has been a strong promoter of the organ donor program.  Her first poetry collection is titled Breathing Room ( Hagios Press).

Laurie Lynn Muirhead is a Saskatchewan writer of both contemporary and cowboy poetry and of children’s literature. She is a member of The Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild, The League of Canadian Poets and Sans Nom Poetry Group. She holds a Diploma with the Institute of Children’s literature in Connecticut and works fulltime as a Library Clerk at Ecole Vickers School in Prince Albert.  Laurie makes her home northwest of Prince Albert on a ranch with her family. Her published books include Bone Sense (Thistledown Press) and Lullaby Lilly.

Books for sale.  Everyone welcome!