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Ariel Gordon wins prize, publication

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Winnipeg poet Ariel Gordon has won the inaugural John Lent Poetry Prose Award from British Columbia-based Kalamalka Press.

Kalamalka Press will now publish Gordon's manuscript, How to Prepare a Collage. Her manuscript was selected from 36 entries.

Gordon, author of Hump (Palimpsest Press) and How to Prepare for Flooding (JackPine Press), is a past recipient of the John Hirsch Award for most promising Manitoba writer and the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for poetry.

This fall she will lead a series of reading and writing workshops, through the Winnipeg School Division's Lifelong Learning program, intended to inspire writers of all genres.

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The dean of Canadian editorial cartoonists is calling on the Canada Council to support the publication of cartoons and include cartooning in the annual Governor General's Literary Awards.

Terry Mosher, better known as the Montreal Gazette's cartoonist Aislin, has placed a petition on the website change.org on behalf of the Associaton of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists.

In the preamble to the petition, Mosher notes that the Canada Council supports publication of many literary forms, including graphic novels, but currently a publisher seeking support for a collection of cartoons is not eligible.

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Winnipeg writer Talia Pura travels to Sweden in August for a reading of her play Cry After Midnight, at the Women Playwrights' International Conference.

The play grew out of a trip Pura, an actor and frequent Winnipeg Fringe Festival participant, took to Afghanistan in 2010 as a Canadian Forces war artist.

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If you like to check the website Rotten Tomatoes before choosing what movie to see, you may soon start visiting a similar website before trips to the bookstore.

I Dream Books, which launched last month as idreambooks.com, assigns scores to books based on the percentage of positive reviews they've received.

So far, a glance at the site reveals a great deal about the culture of reviewing and the non-literary nature of the U.S. book market. Books are arranged by genre, but not broken into fiction and non-fiction categories and there's no category for literary fiction.

Scores for books with political implications, left or right, tend to be low -- Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers scored 42 per cent positive, while Charles Murray's Coming Apart scored 30.

Romance novels, especially those with shirtless men on the cover, tend to score in the 70s and 80s.

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The long-form television series, especially in its premium cable form, inspires fans to dissect episodes for meaning and clues. Now the AV Club, the non-satirical pop-culture arm of The Onion, has published an e-book all about one of the most acclaimed series ever: AMC's Breaking Bad.

The e-book, selling for $2.99 and available for the Kindle, combines interviews with writer-creator Vince Gilligan and stars, as well as episode-by-episode reviews of the series as it follows the transition of a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher into the crystal meth king of the American Southwest. The online magazine has announced that if the book, called Buy the RV, We Start Tomorrow, does well with readers, other similar e-books will follow.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 28, 2012 J8

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