Book Launch

Applications for Fall 2024 series now open.

The Manitoba Writers’ Guild is thrilled to offer a this program whereby members with a recently published book may launch their literary achievement in the artistic surroundings of Winnipeg’s thriving Exchange District. 

All of our members, whether self-published, indie press published, or traditionally published are eligible.

If you are interested in learning more about the program or launching your book with MWG, please email .

How to Apply

  1. All MWG members who have published a book within the current and previous year are eligible to apply for a book launch.
  2. A Call for Applications will be sent to all members in mid-November and mid-May every year.
  3. These applications will request information about the book, a brief author bio, and a photo of the author, and the book cover, front and back, as well as your preferences about the launch: refreshments, format, technology, etc.
  4. Within a week of the deadline, dates for the launches will be negotiated between authors and the book launch coordinator.
  5. After the date has been agreed, you will be asked to sign an author’s agreement with the MWG and to pay an administrative fee of $25. 

If you have any questions, please contact  and put Book Launch in the subject line.

Applications open until July 31, 2024.

Program News

Alison York

June 5, 2024

Alison M. York – A Serendipitous Book Launch

By Stacey Lupky Warm, inviting energy greeted the standing-room-only crowd gathered for the book launch of Alison York’s novel, Tartan Threads: Serendipity In Scotland. Throughout the event, hosted by the Manitoba Writer’s Guild, of which Alison is a member, Scotland played a welcoming role in bringing the crowd together. Scottish-themed dainties such as shortbread, scones and jam were on offer, while Scottish music gently lilted in the background. At the front of the room at …

Spenser Smith book launch

June 4, 2024


By barb janes This is the last time, I promise. Maybe you’ve heard those words, heard them with hope, heard them with cynicism. Maybe you’ve spoken those words aloud, or in your head full of self-recrimination, meaning it, knowing you are lying. These prose words spoken and heard by many, were turned into poetry by Spenser Smith. A glorious spring afternoon found twenty-some folks gathered in Art Space in Winnipeg’s Exchange to listen to well-chosen …

Death at the Point cover

April 7, 2024

An Enchanting Book Launch

By Steve Oetting

The energy in the room was palpable. In spite of the bitter March wind that whistled through the streets of the Exchange District, the room reserved at ArtSpace on March 17 was well-populated by members of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild with a shared fondness for the book’s author. It was the book launch of Andy Dutfield’s Death at the Point.

Upcoming Events


Bill Massey - November 12, 2023

Bill Massey – November 12, 2023

Bob Chrismas - October 28, 2023

Bob Chrismas – October 28, 2023

Videos created by MWG Volunteer Aidan Billard Dooley.


Yes. Applicants must have an active Membership with the Manitoba Writers’ Guild when they apply to the Book Launch program.

An administration fee of $25 is applicable for approved applicants, and is due when the agreed launch date is scheduled.

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