Please join us in the Atrium at McNally Robinson Booksellers Winnipeg as we celebrate the launch of 'Dinosaurs' of the Deep: Discover Prehistoric Marine Life by Larry Verstraete featuring a panel discussion hosted by Terry MacLeod of The Weekend Morning Show - CBC Radio, a three foot fossil display, and the opportunity to win Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre passes for the whole family. Co-presented by the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC).
DATE: Tuesday, June 28
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: The Atrium, McNally Robinson
ADDRESS: 1120 Grant Avenue
Driving across the North American Heartland, surrounded by prairie as far as the eye can see, it is almost impossible to imagine that once this was a huge inland sea. The Western Interior Seaway, which split the entire continent of North America in half, once teemed with predatory creatures - fanged fish and turtles the size of small cars; prowling sharks and giant squid; hungry plesiosaurs and immense crocodiles. At the top of this prehistoric food chain, stretching up to nearly 15 metres (50 feet) and weighing a hefty 50,000 kilograms (50 tonnes), ruled the mighty mosasaur, the T-Rex of the sea. Through a cooperative partnership with the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC), home to ‘Bruce’, the world’s largest mosasaur skeleton, author Larry Verstraete and illustrator Julius Csotonyi combine fascinating facts, astonishing discoveries, and the latest paleontological information to bring the ancient marine creatures of the Seaway to vivid life.
In his more than 20 years with CBC Manitoba panel host Terry MacLeod has established himself as a respected, informed, inquisitive and compassionate presence on the Winnipeg scene. Now, he is waking up with Winnipeggers and helping to get their weekends started at the host of The Weekend Morning Show on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM/990 AM.
Writer and educator Larry Verstraete is the award-winning author of 13 books of non-fiction, many of which focus on scientific or historical themes. An active promoter of literacy, Larry is a frequent visitor to schools and libraries where he shares his enthusiasm for science, history, and writing with students, teachers and parents. Verstraete lives and writes in Winnipeg.
Panelist Peter Cantelon brings to the CFDC a wealth of board and management experience in the fields of business development, marketing and communications. With no formal education in palaeontology Peter draws on his extensive background in journalism and research to act as a spokesperson for the CFDC (not to mention a lifelong enthusiasm for fossils and geology). His passion is people and this is brought to bear in every aspect of his role where he is focused on working with staff to grow the CFDC into a national and international centre for fossil exhibition, education and research. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his family and writing.
Panelist and field and collection manager of the CFDC Victoria Markstrom has always been very interested in palaeontology, specifically cretaceous vertebrates. She has gained experience in fossil preparation through volunteering as a lab technician at the Manitoba Museum. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in geology at the University of Manitoba. Victoria is thrilled to be working at the CFDC with such an amazing team.
About the illustrator:
Julius T. Csotonyi is a freelance scientific illustrator. His reconstructions of prehistoric life have appeared as murals in museums, as figures in scientific publications describing novel species, as press release artwork to support scientific research, on both coins and stamps of Canada, and in the book “The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi” by S. White and J. Csotonyi.