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PAPER CHASE: Five fables expected out of Thin Air

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This article was published 21/9/2012 (1763 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

This year's Thin Air Winnipeg International Writers' Festival has an answer for critics who say that Canadian literature is too focused on realism, domestic issues or history: a panel called Fables for Our Times, featuring writers of magical and fantastic fiction, including Rawi Hage, the 2008 winner of the 100,000 Euro IMPAC Dublin literary award.

The five-author event, which starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, is one of five mainstage presentations at this year's festival. Love, poetry, the Prairies and Life Lessons are the themes of the other mainstage events, all at MTYP at 8 p.m.

While tickets for the Monday-Friday mainstage events sell for $12 ($10 for students and seniors), the festival's traditional Sunday night readings by Manitoba writers at the Oodena (the round brick amphitheatre at The Forks) are free.

For more information, visit thinairwinnipeg.ca.

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The University of Manitoba is unveiling a time machine this week, but that doesn't mean their physics geniuses are in line for a Nobel Prize.

This time machine is the product of the University of Manitoba Press, author Esyllt Jones and photographer L.B. Foote. Jones' book on the photographer, whose images of early Winnipeg captured the Winnipeg General Strike, the building of the Hotel Fort Garry and the essence of an early-20th-century Canadian city, is illustrated with 150 of Foote's photographs.

In addition to publishing the book, University of Manitoba Press has also put out a call for lost Foote photos and documented the effort to rediscover this piece of our past on a blog at lostfootephotos.blogspot.ca.

The book launch, at McNally Robinson, Wednesday at 7 p.m., includes a slide presentation and lecture on Foote and his work.

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A childhood and youth in The Pas and a poetic life of an everywoman are among the subjects in a double book launch Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson.

Winnipeg poet and psychologist Joan-Dianne Smith launches All Things Considered: Stella and Other Poems, which includes a section following the life cycle of the title character, as well as a "potpourri" of poems on other themes.

Calgary-based social worker and therapist Sandra Hays Gardiner writes about growing up in The Pas, and living above her parents' funeral home business, in One Life: Growing up in The Pas.

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Authors frequently use acknowledgements to thank librarians, archivists and interview subjects for providing information that helped in the writing of their books.

In her acknowledgements for her new novel NW, British literary star Zadie Smith thanks software designers for preventing access to information.

In a recent article in the Telegraph, journalist Carl Wilkinson discusses Smith's use of Freedom and SelfControl, computer applications that can be downloaded to block access to the Internet. Smith, Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers and Naomi Klein are among the well-known writers who use such applications to keep the flow of Tweets, status updates and cat photos from overwhelming their concentration.

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