July 31, 2015


Books

Essays examine issues of motherhood

Toronto book blogger Kerry Clare had already interviewed a pretty hefty percentage of Canada's female writers for her popular blog, Pickle Me This, when she began work on her new book, The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood. So it's not surprising that so many of them chose to contribute to the just-launched collection of essays on the subject.

The book covers a wide range of motherhood experiences, including adoption, in-vitro fertilization, miscarriage, death, having twins and the decision not to become a mother.

Clare will read from the collection, published by Goose Lane, during a Winnipeg book tour stop, alongside two of the book's Winnipeg-based contributors: poets Ariel Gordon and Kerry Ryan. The event takes place at McNally Robinson Booksellers Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Books may not be the first thing to come to mind when the name Moose Jaw comes up, but this week might just change that.

The southern Saskatchewan city of 35,000 has been named the first-ever Reading Town Canada as part of a partnership between the National Reading Campaign and the annual Saskatchewan Festival of Words, and will host a variety of reading events until May 10.

The Reading Town Canada promotion celebrates reading in one community in Canada, with a week of readings, book giveaways and a promotion in which every pizza delivered in the city will also come with a poem.

Moose Jaw is already host to the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, a summertime festival that draws an impressive array of writers from all genres.

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A 700-page academic treatise on economics called Capital in the Twenty-First Century is generating plenty of capital and even more publicity.

Harvard University Press announced in late April that it was ordering six more printings of the book, which had sold 78,000 copies since its March 10 release. Two printings each are bound for the U.S., Europe and India, where it's being launched this month.

The product of extensive research by French economist Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century examines rising wealth inequality and the tendency of economies as they mature to reward owners of capital rather than the workers they employ. Its sales have grown steadily following high-profile reviews in the New York Times, the New Yorker and other major media.

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Fall has traditionally been the season for literary festivals in Canada, but as more publishers are launching books in the spring, more literary celebrations have been popping up at this time of year.

The Winnipeg International Writers' Festival is partnering with McNally Robinson Booksellers this month to launch a season of readings and conversations about writing, entitled the Spring Literary Series.

The first event in the series runs Wednesday at 7 p.m. It's the Winnipeg stop on the Brick Books Cross Canada Poetry Tour, featuring launches of new books by four West Coast-based poets: Karen Enns, Joanna Lilley, Jane Munro and Arleen Paré.

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Winnipeg literary magazine Prairie Fire celebrates 35 years of publishing fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and criticism this year at its annual Speaking Volumes fundraising dinner.

The event, held at Fort Gibraltar (866 rue St Joseph) at the Festival du Voyageur grounds, features the expected (readings by poets Méira Cook and Kristian Enright) and the unexpected (a hatchet-throwing contest).

The fun begins at 6 p.m., May 10. Tickets are available from Prairie Fire, at 204-943-9066 or through the website (prairiefire.ca).

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 3, 2014 G6

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Updated on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM CDT: Tweaks formatting.

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