Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 6/8/2016 (351 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Two decades of life on a farm near Lake Manitoba Narrows provided Karen Emilson with the inspiration for her first novel, Be Still the Water, which she launches Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Emilson, who earlier published two bestselling creative nonfiction books about siblings who endured horrific child abuse, says she was inspired to think of the stories of the land she lived on when former residents would visit the farm to relive memories. Those ideas gained urgency for her with the record Lake Manitoba floods of 2011 and 2013.
The novel focuses on an Icelandic family that loses a daughter along the lake in 1906 and the quest undertaken by her sister to bring her home.
● ● ●
Bestselling Canadian mystery writer Linwood Barclay (The Promise Falls trilogy) branches out into the children’s market next year with a novel about a computer-enhanced dog.
The novel, Chase, is aimed at middle-grade readers and is inspired in part by the dog Barclay had in his youth, a stray that wandered into the cottage resort his parents ran. Both Barclay’s real-life dog and the dog in his novel bear the name Chipper — though only the fictional dog is implanted with computer chips for carrying out secret missions.
● ● ●
The monthly ChiSeries of readings and discussions on speculative literature continues Wednesday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson.
Host Chadwick Ginther welcomes David Perlmutter, a Winnipeg freelance writer, animation fan and author of short fiction and essays on topics such as the history of television animation, and Corey Redekop, a former Winnipegger known for his novels Shelf Monkey and Husk who has also contributed to several anthologies of short fiction in the spy, noir and monster genres.
● ● ●
Imagine Twilight with fewer shiny vampires and more shadowy government agents and you might have an idea of the first adult thriller by mega-selling Stephenie Meyer.
Meyer, who launches The Chemist worldwide in November, describes the book as "the love child of my romantic sensibilities and my obsession with Jason Bourne."
The novel is the story of a woman — a former agent for a government agency so secretive it doesn’t even have a name — forced to take one more case to clear her name.
● ● ●
Winnipeg poet Sally Ito brings the work of a beloved Japanese poet to English-language readers in a book for children and adults being launched in September.
Are You an Echo: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko is an illustrated book that tells the story of the poet’s life and incorporates poems, translated by Ito and Japanese writer Michiko Tsuboi, by the early 20th-century author.
Kaneko’s work reached millions of Japanese following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, when it was used in public service announcements on Japanese television. Montreal poet Erin Mouré, discussing the illustrations and the beauty and hope of the story and words, describes the book as "almost a companion book to (Antoine de) Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince." Are You an Echo is published by Seattle’s Chin Music Press.
● ● ●
Manitoba writer Donna Besel is wasting no time in following up on her debut book, last year’s short story collection Lessons From a Nude Man. She’s using a two-week residency this month at the Deep Bay Cabin at Clear Lake, courtesy of the Manitoba Arts Council, to work on a collection of 17 linked short stories titled Stories From Lost Lake, in which each of the stories deals with loss.
As part of her residency, she’ll read from her new work Aug. 25 at the Clear Lake Bowling Green, starting at 7:30 p.m., and hold a free creative writing workshop at the Deep Bay Cabin Aug. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.