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After talking about aboriginal masculinity with authors, activists and elders across Canada, Queen's University English professor offers Sam McKegney readers the fruits of these discussions in his book Masculindians: Conversations About Indigenous Manhood.

McKegney edited his interviews, including those with writers Tomson Highway and Joseph Boyden, into a volume for University of Manitoba Press that has been called the first of its kind. The interviews "speak of possibility and strength, of beauty and vulnerability. They speak of sensuality, eroticism and warriorhood, and of the corrosive influence of shame, racism and violence."

McKegney launches the book, with U of M English profs Warren Cariou and Nigaanwewidam James Sinclair as well as poet Duncan Mercredi, March 6 and 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers.


The biologist who built the recently disbanded library at Winnipeg's Freshwater Institute is one of two recipients of this year's Freedom to Read Award, presented by the Writers' Union of Canada.

Eric Marshall built the Eric Marshall Aquatic Research Library into a collection of 200,000 volumes, which were dispersed last fall when the federal government closed five federal research libraries. Honoured along with Marshall was Calgary author Chris Turner, whose recent book The War Against Science exposes the federal government's crackdown on federally funded scientists.

The two received their award in Toronto this week as part of Freedom to Read Week.


An award-winning children's author and storyteller will be appearing Sunday morning at the Asper Jewish Campus (123 Doncaster St.) as part of the Limmud Festival of Jewish Learning.

Aubrey David, author of A Hen for Izzy Pippik, Bagels From Benny and Kishka for Koppel, will be featured at 11:15 a.m. at an event billed as a "PJ Library Program." The rest of the festival, which runs this evening and all day tomorrow features a variety of visiting and local speakers on topics including art, Israel, Judaism, the media and social justice. Details are available at


A multimedia art project is collecting memories of and reflections on feminist and gay and lesbian bookstores.

Ghost Launch, co-ordinated by Steven Leyden Cochrane, is looking for photos, personal accounts, works of art or memorabilia of these mostly vanished cultural institutions. The Ghost Launch website notes that, like bookstores in general, feminist and gay and lesbian bookstores have been vanishing from the landscape. The online project isn't just about remembrance. It's also intended to become a platform for virtual launches.

The Ghost Launch project runs in conjunction with an exhibit by author Roewan Crowe (Quivering Land), visual artist Paul Robles and Cochrane called My Monument at the U of W's Gallery 1C03, which runs March 6 to April 5. The deadline to submit items to the website is March 6.


Owners of a Seattle watering hole have discovered a way of filling the joint on a weeknight that probably also allows them to save on bouncers.

Every first Wednesday of the month, the Sorrento Hotel bar hosts a Silent Reading Party, in which customers sit on comfy sofas, order drinks and read whatever they want, silently, while enjoying $5 Manhattans.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 1, 2014 A1


Updated on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8:25 AM CST: Tweaks formatting, adds book cover.

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