JILL WILSON Ñ WEB
The late David Rakoff's final book, set for publication on July 16, is Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die; Cherish, Perish. Written in verse, it's the Canadian-born, New York-based essayist's debut novel; he died on Aug. 9, 2012, shortly after its completion. Rakoff's publisher, Random House, has assembled a group of folks that includes CBC's Stuart McLean, Rick Mercer and George Stroumboulopoulos, comedian Jackie Hoffman and This American Life's Ira Glass, plus many others, to read the fable of the scorpion and the tortoise from the chapter entitled Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace. See it on YouTube at http://wfp.to/ZdZ.
BRAD OSWALD / TV
Winnipeg as Siberia?
It's pretty safe to say that there isn't a Manitoba winter that goes by without someone comparing our fast-frozen chunk of the Canadian Prairies to Siberia. But it turns out that some folks -- in the TV-production biz -- think Winnipeg is a good stand-in for summertime Siberia, as well. The new NBC drama series Siberia, which premi®res Monday, July 1, at 9 p.m. and follows the harrowing misadventures of contestants on a fictional reality-TV survival show set in the oft-maligned Russian wasteland, was actually shot here last year.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
The show Be a Man will go on at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival despite its cancellation in Ottawa on the weekend, after cast member Antony Hall (second from right) was hit by a car only hours after its opening night performance. Hall, a member of Edmonton's Ribbitrepublic Theatre (BoyGroove, Grimmer Than Grim), needed surgery to attach a metal bar to his broken leg. The troupe promises to cast a replacement for Hall in the celebration of manhood in time for its Winnipeg opening on July 18.
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
Penguin wants lawsuit thrown out
Penguin and its subsidiary Author Solutions have filed a motion to dismiss a $5-million lawsuit against them by three clients which alleges fraudulent business practices, according to the U.S. trade journal Publishers Weekly. Author Solutions' business model is to charge writers (or anyone who thinks they are a writer) to publish and print their books. The standard publishing model is to pay authors and recoup the investment by selling books. Now owned by the legit house Penguin, Author Solutions is also the parent of the self-publishing imprints AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, Xlibris, Palibrio, and Booktango.