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Dystopian debut

Literary icon Margaret Atwood will be in the house to see Oct. 16's world premiere of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's adaptation of her prophetic novel The Handmaid's Tale. New York-based choreographer Lila York has spent almost a decade on her ballet interpretation of the dystopian world of Gilead. The highly anticipated opening run at the Centennial Concert Hall will also represent the closing of the 12-year career of RWB soloist Alexander Gamayunov (right), who will play The Commander in his farewell performance.

RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES

The (absence of) horror! The (absence of) horror!

Writer-director Don Mancini was content to release the Winnipeg-lensed Curse of Chucky on DVD this Halloween season. But given the dearth of horror movies usually seen in abundance this time of year, he wondered if Curse might have had a shot as a theatrical release. "We're here in October and we haven't seen a new horror release since Insidious 2," Mancini says. "It seems to me we might have done well."

BRAD OSWALD Ñ TV

Bewitching stars bring prestige to American Horror Story

The FX-network drama American Horror Story can lay claim to the title of most Emmy-nominated drama of 2012-13 (with 17 nods), and in the Ryan Murphy-produced thriller's third season, American Horror Story: Coven (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on FX Canada) can also boast that it's the first TV drama to have two best-actress Oscar winners and a nominee in the same category in its cast. Jessica Lange, right, (1994, Blue Sky) and Kathy Bates (1990, Misery) have both claimed Hollywood's most coveted gold statuette, and Angela Bassett (What's Love Got to Do With It) was nominated in 1993. Simply put, that's a scary amount of talent in one TV series.

MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS

CanLit tortoise arrives at finish line

Nobody can accuse Canadian literature favourite Alistair Macleod of rushing into print. After a decade of silence, the revered 77-year-old author of the 1999 novel No Great Mischief has -- wait for it -- a new short story. Called Remembrance, and focusing on a Second World War vet in Cape Breton preparing to attend what is likely his last Remembrance Day ceremony, the 10,000-word story was commissioned for the Vancouver Writers' Festival and released as a chapbook there in 2012. But it is being re-released as e-book for the entire digital universe on Nov. 5.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 10, 2013 C2

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