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Keeping True

Brook Jones
Howard Pawley, former Premier of Manitoba looks up from signing copies of his book for those in attendance at his book launch in Selkirk to have his photo taken on Sunday April 3, 2011.

Howard Pawley, former Premier of Manitoba looks up from signing copies of his book for those in attendance at his book launch in Selkirk to have his photo taken on Sunday April 3, 2011.

Evergreen Gate Bed and Breakfast was the venue where Howard Pawley, former Premier of Manitoba, returned to Selkirk on April 3 to launch his book, Keep True: A Life in Politics.

"Selkirk should have been the capital of Manitoba," said Pawley with a chuckle from the piano room at the bed and breakfast. "It's a friendly city."

It was fitting that Pawley launched his book at the bed and breakfast - it was Pawley who turned the sod to official opening the business for the Sarginson family back in 1987.

Rob Sarginson and his wife Laurel, who own the Evergreen Gate located at 1138 River Road explained that Pawley and his wife Adele were once their neighbours on River Road.

"He's been a real influence on us and is a positive person," said Sarginson. "He was a regular participant with our lives and our young children's lives."

Pawley returned to Manitoba in late March to launch his book in Winnipeg on March 31, and then in Selkirk on Sunday. The 77-year-old will be involved in one more book launch before he returns back to his home in Windsor, Ontario with his wife Adele.

The final book launch of his book tour takes place today in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law. The event gets underway at 12:00 p.m.

"The book tour has been wonderful and a tremendous experience," exclaimed Pawley, who admits the book has been in the making for the past 15 years. "It's been very energizing for me."

Launching the book in Selkirk - and the Interlake - was also a fitting move for Pawley. Ten chapters of the book's 256 pages takes readers on a historical journey with the man who began his professional life as a lawyer in the Interlake, then proceeded to become a member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly with the New Democratic Party and represented the constituency of Selkirk, and would eventually become the Premier of Manitoba from 1981 to 1988.

"The book talks about our years in government," said Pawley. "It can be subjective but people reading the book will also notice that it's objective as well.

"I wrote this book as I wanted people to understand the history of Manitoba by sharing my experiences," he noted.

Twenty people gathered at the Evergreen Gate Bed and Breakfast for the book launch in an informal setting that encouraged plenty of casual conversation with the former Premier.

"I enjoy people as people have always energized me," laughed Pawley.

In attendance was Cheryl Miki from the University of Manitoba Press, who has been marketing the book on behalf of the publisher. Miki admitted that this was the first time that she has been involved with a book launch at a bed and breakfast and noted that it proved to be successful as it provided an intimate setting.

"As an author he has been fantastic to work with," said Miki. "Howard's a bit of a mystical figure to me as he was first elected before I was born. The book has been selling heavily in Manitoba."



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