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Alzheimer's author to give two readings

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First-time author Tom Pearson tells a love story and lets readers into the world of a family dealing with Alzheimer's in Please Don't Forget Me (Pegasus Books).

The book, which topped the McNally Robinson local non-fiction bestseller list when it was launched in the spring, tells the story of his wife Lynne, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at age 50 and who died 13 years later in 2011.

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Since the launch, Pearson has been vigorously promoting the book online and in person, and donating half of the proceeds to Alzheimer's research. He will read from the book Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at the River Heights Library and Oct. 14 at the Steinbach Library.

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Two women whose literary works straddle both sides of the divide between fiction and memoir will appear at the Thin Air Winnipeg International Writers' Festival Sept. 19-27.

Alison Pick's memoir Between Gods explores the results of her discovery that her grandparents, who had escaped from Czechoslovakia during the Second World War, were Jewish and that other members of that side of the family were killed in the Holocaust. Pick recounts her journey to convert to Judaism as well as her experience with depression in the book. Pick told a fictionalized version of her grandparents' story in her debut novel, Far to Go, which was longlisted for 2011 Man Booker Prize.

Monia Mazigh is best-known to Canadians as the physician wife of Maher Arar, who was intercepted at the U.S. airport and deported to Syria, where he was imprisoned and tortured, on the groundless suspicion that he had terrorist links.

Mazigh described her campaign to free her husband in her memoir Hope and Despair. Her new book is a novel, entitled Mirrors and Mirages, that tells a story of immigrant mothers and young women who become rivals and mirror images of one another. Originally published in French in 2011, it was a finalist in Ontario's Trillium book awards.

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If you're still trying to figure out who the Yellow King was, publisher Little, Brown is coming to your aid in time for the second season of the HBO hit True Detective.

The scripts for the first season, in which Matthew McConaghey and Woody Harrelson played Louisiana detectives unravelling a gothic mystery, will be published in book form next year.

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A bestselling history professor turned fantasy novelist visits Winnipeg this week to promote the finale of her massive hit trilogy.

Deborah Harkness will read from The Book of Life, the third volume in a series that began in 2011 with The Discovery of Witches. The Los Angeles-based author, who drew on her academic study of the history of alchemy to create the story of an alchemy professor in a relationship with a charming vampire, will be at McNally Robinson Booksellers Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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The barbarians are at the gates. And they're wearing lace.

Future historians charting the decline and fall of civilization may note the exact date this fall when the Chapters bookstore in the heart of downtown Montreal closes and is replaced by the world's second-largest Victoria's Secret.

According to CBC, the new lingerie superstore at St. Catherine's and Stanley streets will be directly opposite a La Senza lingerie store.

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Speaking of the decline and fall of civilization, People magazine reports that Kim Kardashian is publishing a book of her selfies.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2014 G7

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Updated on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8:25 AM CDT: Formatting.

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