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An olfactory hallucination during a family trip to Clear Lake was the first sign of trouble for former Manitoban Allison Woyiwada, whose inspiring story of recovery from a brain injury is told in a self-published book written with her husband, Robert McMechan.

Woyiwada, a retired and beloved Ottawa-area music teacher, was discovered to have a brain aneurysm, which required complex, invasive surgery. Her experience and long recovery, during which her lifelong love of music played an important role, are recounted in Allison's Brain.


The couple will share their story with the medical community, and launch the book, at the Canadian Brain Injury Association annual conference in September, in Gatineau, Que.


A Manitoba writer's fable about a deal with the devil is being transferred from page to stage and screen Aug. 30 at the Berney Theatre, at 123 Doncaster St.

Craig Russell's award-winning young adult novel Black Bottle Man (Great Plains Publications) is being produced for a two-show run, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., with the production filmed for an MTS documentary. Advance tickets are available for $15 at McNally Robinson Booksellers.


Love books? Hate manipulative Upworthy-style headlines? You're Paper Chase's kind of person.

And you'll love a clever piece on the website The Millions that reimagines a number of literary classics (plus Twilight) with clickbait titles, including Fyodor Dostoyevsky's masterpiece Here's One Weird Trick to Get Out of Paying Your Rent Forever. See them all at:


The first book by a Weyburn, Sask.-based writer-farmer has won an American literary award named for Willa Cather, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the classic My Antonia.

Anne Lazurko was recently named the winner of the 2014 Willa Award for historical fiction for her novel Dollybird (Coteau Press), about a young woman who is "banished to 1906 Saskatchewan because of her unwed pregnancy" and must work as a housekeeper or "dollybird." With the American award to her credit, Lazurko is hoping that Regina-based Coteau can land a U.S. distribution deal.

The Willa Awards, now in their 16th year, are for writing about women and girls in the North American West.


If you really want to hear about J.D. Salinger's old house near Cornish, N.H., and how the five-hectare property with mountain views just went on the market, and the list price is $679,000 and all... you could ask the real estate agent, but she's probably a phoney. You might as well just read the article on the New Lebanon, N.H.'s Valley News website, but it's probably a crummy newspaper anyway and the article doesn't even mention if old Salinger had a duck pond on the property.


U.S. author Audrey Niffenegger is writing a sequel to her bestselling 2003 debut The Time Traveller's Wife.

Niffennegger, whose first novel sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide, made the announcement this month at the World Science Fiction Convention in London. She is also writing a novel called The Chinchilla Girl in Exile, the story of a girl with hypertrichosis (excessive body hair).


Paper Chase recently referred to Monia Mazigh, one of the authors speaking at the Winnipeg International Writers' Festival, as a physician. In fact, any fool capable of reading a Wikipedia would know her doctorate is a PhD in financial economics. Sorry.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 23, 2014 G7


Updated on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM CDT: Formatting.

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