Books & Brunch

The Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library is evolving to serve the needs of our community. As a volunteer-led fundraising organization, we must be nimble and strategic to achieve our goals.

Society is changing and so are we. We have a revitalized board of directors with fresh perspectives and the energy to transform our organization.

Our events and programs are changing.

After 15 years of offering the Friends’ Books & Brunch, the Board of Directors has decided to discontinue this fundraising event.  We have so appreciated your support over the years, as attendees, volunteers or donors. Thank you!

Planning is ongoing to develop events that will align with our values of being community focused and committed to literacy and learning. We look forward to seeing you at the next event.  Stay tuned!


Books & Brunch was held annually in early May at The Gates on Roblin., a lovely location with delicious food, and charming and inspiring speakers who shared “Books I Have Known and Loved”.

For a list of past speakers and the books that have influenced them, scroll down

2019 Books & Brunch

Speakers:  John Einarson – author, musicologist, broadcaster and educator and Kathy Knowles – author, director of the Osu Children’s Library Fund

Check out their lists of Books Books That I Have Known and Loved.


  • Anonymous
  • Best of Friends Gift Shop
  • Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery
  • Camerata Nova
  • Canadian Museum of Human Rights
  • Children’s Museum
  • CVS – Midwest Tape
  • d.a. Niels Gourmet Kitchenware
  • Deb Radi
  • Edward Carriere Salon
  • Gordon Goldsborough
  • Great Plains Publishing
  • Harriet Zaidman
  • Heather Graham
  • John Einarson
  • Kathy Knowles
  • Lori Ebbitt
  • Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
  • Manitoba Gardener
  • McNally Robinson Booksellers
  • Mordens of Winnipeg
  • Overdrive
  • Pat Stanton
  • Prairie Theatre Exchange
  • Recorded Books Inc,
  • Reesa Cohen
  • Rorie Bruce Agencies
  • Sage Garden Greenhouses
  • Sarasvati Theatre Production
  • Shakespeare in the Ruins
  • Shelmerdine Garden Center
  • Susan and Luba Harasym
  • Sylvia & Miriam Flam
  • The Forks Partnership
  • The Gates on Roblin
  • The Oakwood Café
  • United Library Services
  • Whitehots Inc.
  • Winnipeg Comedy Festival
  • Winnipeg Folk Festival
  • Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival
  • Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra
  • Winnipeg Jewish Theatre
  • Winnipeg Studio Theatre
  • Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

2018 Books & Brunch

Speakers: author and historian Gordon Goldsborough, and media personality Laurie Mustard.

Check out their lists of  Books That I Have Known and Loved.

2017 Books & Brunch
Speakers: Retired CBC radio host Terry MacLeod, and author and actress Anita Daher.

See the 2017 Books That I Have Known and Loved, as shared by Anita and Terry.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Speakers: Lara Rae and Catherine Hunter

Read review of the event.

See the 2016 Books that I have Loved, as shared by Lara Rae and Catherine Hunter.

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Speakers:  Ron Robinson and Charlene Diehl
Read the review of the event.
See the Books I have loved 2015 by Ron Robinson and Charlene Diehl

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Speakers: Dave Courchene Jr. and Alison Gillmor
See the 2014 Books & Brunch book lists by Dave Courchene Jr. and Alison Gillmor

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Speakers: Jila Ghomeshi and Doug Speirs
See the 2013 Books & Brunch book lists by Jila Ghomeshi and Doug Speirs