BookFest: Great Reads Uncovered & Discovered
BookFest returns to the Millennium Library on Saturday, November 25 for a full-day event showcasing the best in prairie publishing with a book expo, “book tastings”, and a panel talk. Great books for readers of all genres will be uncovered and discovered!
Panel Talk: The Book Starts Here: 11 a.m. to noon
Take a literary walk through Winnipeg as panelists discuss iconic Winnipeg locations found in books. Charlene Diehl of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival moderates the discussion with the University of Manitoba Press’ Ariel Gordon, Winnipeg author Allan Levine and librarians from Winnipeg Public Library.
Book Tastings: Drop in for 30-minute seatings of delicious must-reads. This fun, quick-fire appetizer pairs librarians and avid readers showcasing the best in publishing.
- 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Life & Death: notable new memoirs & mysteries
- 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Canada 150+: great reads about our past and present
- 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Genre-bending titles: the best in mixed-genre reads
Book Expo: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Local publishers and authors allow you to explore the best of prairie fiction and non-fiction, featuring the following publishers: ARP Books At Bay Press, Les Éditions des Plaines, Fernwood Publishing, Great Plains Publications, J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing, Peanut Butter Press, Rebelight Publishing Inc., Signature Editions, Turnstone Press, and University of Manitoba Press.
Poetry Station: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Try your hand at building a poem by blacking out words on a page. Poet Jennifer Still, the Library’s current Writer-in-Residence, will demonstrate and assist.
Book Club Corner: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A showcase of titles your book club will love, tips for discussion, and information about the Library’s book club kits.
The Librarian is In!: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In a reading slump? Need help finding your next great read? Visit the desk where library staff will be on hand to diagnose your literary condition and prescribe a few titles.
Public Program Registration Guidelines
All program rooms have a maximum capacity to ensure safety. We reserve the right to limit the number of program attendees.
An email address is required for public online self-registration. If you do not have an email address, you can register by calling the branch at the phone number provided, or by visiting any Winnipeg Public Library branch in person.
For Family programs, please only register the children who will be attending. Parents/Caregivers who will be attending with their children can be noted in the "Notes" field of the child's registration, but do not need to submit a registration of their own.
For programs with children ages 11 and younger, a parent or caregiver must remain in the library during the program.
If you are interested in registering more than 5 people for a program, please contact staff.