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Winnipeg writers' festival's spring series a literary bounty

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This article was published 9/5/2015 (806 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

From historical romance to the future of Canadian-aboriginal relations to lyrical literary fiction, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival's Spring Literary Series is nothing if not eclectic.

The series presents Susana Kearsley and Genevieve Graham reading from their novels A Desperate Fortune and Tides of Honour Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Kearsley's novel focuses on a historian working in Paris to crack the code of a diary written by an exile from the 18th-century Jacobite rebellion in Scotland, while Graham's is a love story set in First World War France.

On Thursday at 7 p.m. Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson discuss their book Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call. The two authors bring their perspectives to bear on the political and economic future of aboriginal people within Canada.

On May 22 at 7 p.m. multiple-award-winning author of lyrical historical novels Jane Urquhart (The Underpainter, The Stone Carvers) reads from her new novel The Night Steps, set in Ireland in the 1940s and '50s.

May 26 at 7:30 p.m. is a tag team of B.C. novelist Angie Abdou, discussing her new novel Between, which deals with motherhood, work, desire and international nannies, and Toronto writer Andy Sinclair, whose novel Breathing Lessons tells the story of "a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the limitations or abuses his predecessors experienced." All events take place at McNally Robinson.


A Winnipeg-born husband-and-wife team, known for poetry as well as work in the movement for redress for the wartime internment of Japanese Canadians, unveils an children's book about a real-life aquatic rescue Friday at McNally Robinson.

Roy Miki, whose books include the Governor General's Award-winning poetry collection Surrender and Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice, and Slavia Miki, a life coach and former teacher, team up for Dolphin SOS, inspired by the story of three dolphins trapped in an iced-over cove in Newfoundland. The reading, part of Asian Heritage Month, starts at 7:30 p.m.


Canada's prominence in the short fiction genre is confirmed in the recently announced long list for the biggest international prize for short-story collections, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.

Of the 88 books on this year's long list, 18 were written by Canadians, including Margaret Atwood, Russell Smith, Heather O'Neill, Kathleen Winter and Diane Schoemperlen. The Ireland-based prize is worth 25,000 euros and is open to books published in English anywhere in the world.

The winning collection will be announced in the fall.


Winnipeg literary magazine Prairie Fire and outdoor writer/memoirist Jake MacDonald (The Houseboat Chronicles) are nominated for a total of eight awards in this year's National Magazine Awards, to be announced June 5.

Prairie Fire, which has grown into one of the country's leading literary journals since its founding in 1978, has two nominations in the fiction category, for Mark Jordan Manner's story The House Is Outside and Guy Vanderhaeghe's Tick Tock. A.F. Moritz is nominated in the poetry category for a selection of three poems published in the magazine: Oxalis, Song of a Branch and Root of Loveliness.

MacDonald is nominated for four awards based on three articles (one nominated in two categories) published in the Report on Business magazine and another published in Outdoor Canada.



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Updated on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8:25 AM CDT: Formatting.

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