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Bridget Jones set to make a comeback

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YEARS after the genre she established has lost its lustre, the awkward, insecure, alcohol-unit counting Bridget Jones is set to make a comeback.

According to The Bookseller, Jonathan Cape will publish British writer Helen Fielding's third Bridget Jones novel next fall.

Bridget Jones' Diary and its sequel, published in 1997 and 1999, sold more than 15 million copies in 40 countries and led to an international wave of plucky young women shopping and searching for suitable men while working in media jobs in London or New York.

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With the Grassy Narrows anti-logging blockade approaching its 10th anniversary in December, the University of Manitoba Press is teaming up with the scholarly press at the State University of New York to publish an anthropological study of the cultural and political context of the protest.

Strong Hearts, Native Lands: Anti-clearcutting Activism at Grassy Narrows by Ohio State University anthropology professor Anna J. Willow is part of a series on "American Indian nation-building," according to the SUNY Press website.

The book tells the story of the Grassy Narrows community's decade-long fight against Abitibi and the clear-cutting of forests in northwest Ontario.

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Competitive curler and recent graduate of the creative communications journalism program Sean Grassie is launching a history of the MCA Men's Bonspiel to celebrate the event's upcoming 125th anniversary.

Grassie has first-hand experience to go with the research that went into Kings of the Rings: 125 Years of the World's Biggest Bonspiel. He reached the final of this year's MCA and won the 2009 Canadian mixed curling title and a bronze medal at the world mixed doubles championship.

He launches the book, published by Winnipeg's Great Plains Publications, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

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Surreal, pop-culture-soaked tales of existential inquiry featuring Miley Cyrus, Matthew McConaughey and porn stars aren't what comes to mind first when you think of Thompson But that's where former Thompsonite Spencer Gordon's muse takes him in his short-story collection, Cosmo, which he launches Sunday at McNally Robinson at 2 p.m.

Gordon, whose book is being described as "Camus meets Chamillionaire," teaches at Humber College in Toronto and is co-editor of the micro press Ferno House. Cosmo is published by Coach House Books.

He'll be joined tomorrow by Winnipeg writers Chandra Mayor and poet Jonathan Ball.

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Two writers in residence will share the stage Tuesday at the Millennium Library's Carol Shields Auditorium for a noon-hour event.

Poet Sally Ito, this year's writer in residence at the University of Manitoba, will join novelist Joan Thomas, the public library's current resident, for the free event at 12:10 p.m.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 24, 2012 J8

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