Spring sunshine flooded the room at the Gates on Roblin on Sunday morning, May 3rd, for the Tenth Anniversary Books & Brunch, a Friends’ signature fundraiser. Guests were greeted by a gorgeous Gates’ Brunch, a great Rainbow Auction and some very entertaining speakers.

The highlight of Books & Brunch is always “Books I Have Known and Loved”. First we welcomed Charlene Diehl, Director of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, poet, and extreme book-lover. “Loving Canadian Kids Books” was her title. She reminded us these books aren’t just for children and that the books we love as children stay with us all our lives.

Ron Robinson followed, with an eclectic list that ranged from The Poky Little Puppy to The Short Stories of Raymond Chandler, interspersed with the particular humour for which Ron is “known and loved”. Hear more of Ron and Books as host of Pages on CKUW FM 95.9 Saturday mornings. MC Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson , Winnipeg Free Press Books Editor & Wine Columnist, kept the proceedings moving nicely. The three were a great team and we hope to have them back.

To top it all off, there was cake.the cake from the 10th anniversary Books and Brunch

A big thank you to all the volunteers who, over the past ten years, have made Books & Brunch the wonderful event it is.

For the complete “Books I Have Known and Loved” lists from Charlene and Ron, see below.
Books I have loved 2015

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