The Millennium Library has a busier-than-usual lineup of events for book lovers this week.
The long-running poetry open-mike reading series Speaking Crow runs Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Carol Shields Auditorium. The featured poet is Clarice Foster.
On Thursday, Anne Mahon, author of The Lucky Ones, will read and discuss her book as part of the annual On the Same Page promotion, which focuses on one book to recommend to all Winnipeggers. Mahon will appear along with some of the people featured in her book, which tells the story of African immigrants to Manitoba.
Next Saturday, writer in residence Meira Cook hosts a public forum on the art and joy of reading, sharing the stage with several book lovers who will discuss reading and the role it plays in their lives. Presenters at 11 a.m. will be Free Press columnist and reviewer Allison Gilmor and graphic novelist David Robertson; 1 p.m. presenters include native studies professor Peter Kulchyski, art curator Christabel Wiebe and the library's Danielle Pilon.
Genderfest 2014 gets literary Thursday when three Winnipeg authors are featured at Consensual Word Play: a Celebration of Queer Culture, at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Two members of the University of Winnipeg's women's and gender studies department will read at the event: Roewan Crowe, whose illustrated novel Quivering Land was published last fall by Arbeiter Ring, and Trish Salah, whose new book of poetry Lyric Sexology Vol. 1 comes out later this year. Casey Plett, whose writing includes a contribution to The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, rounds out the panel.
The readings begin at 7 p.m.
Alberta poet Paul Zits uses montages and historical documents to create poetry out of one of the bloodiest incidents in Western Canada's history in Massacre Street (University of Alberta Press). Zits will read from his poetic exploration of the Frog Lake Massacre Feb. 13 at McNally Robinson.
Joining the Albertan -- who has been serving as writer-in-residence at a Calgary high school -- will be Jonathan Ball, who won last year's Aqua Lansdowne Prize for Poetry at the Manitoba Book Awards for The Politics of Knives, and Lori Cayer, co-editor of Contemporary Verse 2 and author of two poetry collections, Stealing Mercury and Attentuations of Force.
The event begins at 7 p.m.
A children's book about a musical experiment by renowned violinist Joshua Bell has won the best ebook award at the Digital Book Awards in New York.
The Man with the Violin, written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Serbian-born, Ontario-based Dusan Petricic, depicts the day the master musician played in the Washington D.C. subway while most people walked by without a thought. Published by Canada's Annick Press, it includes recordings of Bell in performance.
Luke Harding, the British journalist whose 2011 book on Wikileaks was adapted into last year's film The Fifth Estate, returns this month with a book on Edward Snowden, the intelligence contractor who unveiled the scope of electronic snooping by the U.S. National Security Administration.
The Snowden Files is due to be published Feb. 11 in paperback and ebook formats by Vintage Books.