October 16, 2019
Join celebrated nature photographer Mike Grandmaison on his journey to Churchill as he ventures into the homeland of the polar bear. Combining photographs with enlightening facts on these animals and their environment, The Polar Bear: Lord of the Great North is intended to captivate anyone eager to take a closer look at these fascinating creatures.
Mike Grandmaison is undisputedly one of Canada’s true masters of fine nature photography. An alumnus of Sudbury, Ontario’s Laurentian University, Mike studied biology, graduating in 1976. For the two subsequent decades, he worked in water quality, as well as forest entomology and pathology, before turning his attention to professional photography. Camera steadfastly in hand, he has explored the breadth of Canada, his beloved country, and Manitoba, the province he has called home for the last thirty-three years. Mike owns and manages a full-service stock photography agency, and produces assignment photography specializing in architecture and nature for clients worldwide.
Friend, graphic designer 'extraordinaire' and co-author Robert L. Peters and I are extremely proud and very excited to launch our book 'Natural Reflections' on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at McNally Robinson Booksellers. The launch begins at 7:00 PM in the Atrium of the Winnipeg store in Grant Park Mall. We invite you to check out the Facebook Page called 'Natural Reflections' to read more about the book as well as browse some sample pages.
Rob and I met back in 1990 when he joined the young enterprise called 'Praxis Photographic Workshops' along with commercial photographer Paul Martens, Naturalist/Photographer Celes Davar and I, Forestry Technician/Photographer. Together we provided photographic instruction to the local community for a couple of years before our full-time jobs and family responsibilities made it simply unsustainable to continue. Celes and I had young families and challenging positions with the Federal Government while Paul serviced commercial clients in Winnipeg and abroad and Rob managed a small team of graphic designers at Circle (Design) designing work for clients around the world.
Early on, Rob and I recognized that we had similar publishing interests and we began working on the framework that would become 'Natural Reflections'. Through a number of all-night stands after busy work days, we drafted the outline of five chapters and made extensive notes that became the ideas for each chapter. On and off, as time permitted, we reviewed the draft documents, made revisions and edited images. We pledged that some day we would see this project to fruition. Finally, in the summer of 2016, I met publisher Don Gorman of Rocky Mountain Books at an American Writer's Conference in Missoula, Montana and, after some brief communication, he commissioned 'Natural Reflections' for a future publication.
We are both looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible to the upcoming launch on June 21, also coinciding with the Summer Solstice (First Day of Summer) and the National Indigenous Peoples Day. Mark your calendar!
October 28, 2016
This coming Thursday, November 3 (2016) at 7 PM, I will be launching my new book 'MANITOBA - LAND OF THE UNEXPECTED’ in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers store in Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Ave) in Winnipeg, MB. This book was published by Les Editions des Plaines in Winnipeg and printed in Altona, Manitoba, making this another great 'Made In Manitoba' project, at least in my mind! This book is the result of some 30 years of exploring one of Canada's best kept secrets! I look forward to sharing it with you.
November 3, 2015
This coming Friday at 7 PM, I will be launching my latest book 'Beautiful Alberta' (Firefly Books) at McNally Robinson Booksellers (Winnipeg). Alberta is a place I lived in for nearly seven years and the place that I have returned to over and over during the last 30 years to photograph and capture its magnificent beauty. I look forward to seeing some of you Friday evening and perhaps I can autograph a book for you as a gift to your loved one for this coming Xmas.
I wish to thank ALL who attended last evening's Winnipeg launch of my new ONTARIO book. It was delightful to be surrounded by family, friends, colleagues and guests. It was a sweet moment to have my little grandson and granddaughter present me with a bouquet of flowers at the event. I enjoyed chatting with folks and mingling afterwards. And that chocolate cake was sumptuous! Thank you to Jamis Paulson, Sharon Caseburg and Michelle Palansky of Turnstone Press (my publisher) for that wonderful evening. McNally Robinson Booksellers know how to launch a book with class. Than you John Toews! Once again, thank you all for the support, for purchasing a book and hope you enjoy 'Ontario' for years to come!