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Prairie Art Book Fair 2020 Presentations

September 11-13, 2020

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present our first digital Prairie Art Book Fair. The fair will take place in two parts; as a series of online readings, workshops and events taking place during the weekend of September 11-13 and as web pages compiling a selection of artists, writers, and publishers from the prairies and beyond. Explore the work of the 2020 Prairie Art Book Fair online exhibitors here.

The 2020 Prairie Art Book Fair online programming schedule includes Art Book Show + Tell with Cason Sharpe, a self publishing workshop with Carnation, a reading of Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies featuring music from the Noopiming Sessions by Leanne Betasamosake Simpsona writing workshop with Yaniya Lee and Fan Wu exploring revolution in monogamy, and a screening and discussion about Dafe Oboro’s A beautiful struggle led by Patterns Collective. Check out the links below for information about where to watch the online programs, how to register for workshops and for details on each presenter.

2020 PABF Programming

Friday, September 11, 2020

Cason Sharpe | Art Book Show + Tell | 6 pm CT

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Carnation | Self Publishing Workshop | 2 pm CT

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson | Reading of Noopiming: The Cure For White Ladies | 5 pm CT

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Yaniya Lee and Fan Wu | Revolution in Monogamy? | 2 pm CT

Patterns Collective | A beautiful struggle: screening and discussion | 7:30 pm CT

Registration is required to participate in the workshops with Carnation and Yaniya Lee & Fan Wu. Participation is limited and is on a first come first serve basis. Email to confirm your spot. Registration deadline: September 10, 11:59pm


We are on Treaty 1 Territory. Plug In ICA is located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

We offer our sincere thanks to Red River Co-op for their generous support of our 2020 book fair. Thank You!

We are grateful to artists Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber for the Prairie Art Book Fair logo designed for our first fair in 2018.

Thank you to Colby Richardson, Scott Fitzpatrick and Aaron Zeghers of Collective Broadcast Company for coordinating all of our PABF livestreamed events.

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

We would like to The Winnipeg Foundation for their ongoing support of Plug In ICA.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at or by contacting Erin Josephson-Laidlaw at

For more information about the Prairie Art Book Fair, contact Erin Josephson-Laidlaw at or Luther Konadu at
For more information about our programming, contact Nasrin Himada at

For general information, please contact: or call 1.204.942.1043.