Winnipeg International Writers Festival 2015





            Meira Cook (South African Winnipegger)              

Kitty Fitzgerald (Ireland)

 Ulrikka Gernes (Denmark)

Hosted by the University Women’s Club & The Friends of the Ralph Connor House

Sunday, September 20, 2015                               1:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Ralph Connor House                     54 West Gate

Tours will take place at 1:30, 1:45 and 2:00

Readings will take place in the living room and start at 2:30.

After the readings
Author Charlene Diehl, Director of Thin Air, will lead a question and answer period with the writers.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the Club in September and at the door on the day.


Winnipeg International Writers Festival 2014


                      THIN AIR READERS EVENT 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014  Ralph Connor House  54 West Gate

A collaboration of UWC, Friends of the Ralph Connor House and the Winnipeg International Writers

Festival which will feature short readings from Ralph Connor's books and the works of three other Manitoba authors. 

Tours of the house will be available. Tea, coffee and cookies will be served. SEE MORE DETAILS BELOW

mystery author Alison Gordon, granddaughter of "Ralph Connor", reads from his works at  THIN AIR,  2007

mystery author Alison Gordon, granddaughter of "Ralph Connor", reads from his works at THIN AIR, 2007

The Winnipeg International Writers Festival,

The University Women’s Club and The Friends of the Ralph Connor House



Sunday, September 21 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

At this special celebration of the

100th Anniversary of the Ralph Connor House

three outstanding authors, who are participating in

the Winnipeg International Writers Festival

18th Annual Thin Air Readers event

will be reading short excerpts from their books:

Margaret Sweatman from Fox,

John Nadler from his forthcoming publication Valour Road and

Tom Howell from The Rude History of English.

As a bonus The Rev. Dr. Jim Christie will read from Ralph Connor’s

Glengarry School Days.

The readings will take place in the Living, Wedgwood, Gold and

Ralph Connor Rooms at 2:40, 3:00 and 3:20 pm,

giving those present the opportunity to attend at least three presentations.

Guided 20 minute tours of the House will take place at 2:00 and 4:00 pm. 

Entrance Fee: $5.00 (paid at the door)

Coffee or tea and a cookie in the Dining Room: $2.00.

A wonderful afternoon for you to enjoy

at Ralph Connor House, 54 West Gate, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

September 21, 2014

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The House the Books Built. Featuring: Tom Howell, John Nadler, Margaret Sweatman, Rev Dr. James Christie

Ralph Connor, the pen name of Rev. Dr. Charles William Gordon, was born in 1860 and, after a stint as a Presbyterian minister in Alberta, moved to Winnipeg where he lived until his death in 1937. As well as his work as a clergyman, he was a prolific and wildly popular writer of frontier adventure novels. His second, Sky Pilot, was published in 1899 and sold over a million copies.

We are teaming up with the Friends of the Ralph Connor House and the University Women’s Club to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the West Gate home Charles and his wife Helen built with proceeds from his books—literally the house that books built!

Margaret Sweatman will read from her atmospheric novel, Fox, set in the turmoil of the Winnipeg Strike.

Journalist John Nadler will share his new book Valour Road, about three young Winnipeggers, all from the same street, who were awarded the Victoria Cross in WWI.

Lexicographer Tom Howell will give us a glimpse of the colourful history of the English language from his book, The Rude Story of English.

Reverend Dr James Christie will read work by Ralph Connor himself.

Explore the grand mansion with guided tours at 1:45 pm and 4:00 pm. Settle in for the 10-minute readings at 2:40 pm, 3:00 pm, and 3:20 pm. Have a cup of tea in the elegant dining room. Spend some time downstairs with old photos and records.

Pick up a copy of the featured books—and also The First Women of 54 West Gate, an inside look at Helen Gordon and her six daughters. Books for sale on-site. Refreshments for a toonie donation.