Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Flin Flon's Sproxton to be feted at McNally

  • Print

It's Northern Manitoba Week for the province's literary community.

Next Friday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers, the literary community will pay tribute to the late Flin Flon-born poet and novelist Birk Sproxton, when the journal Prairie Fire launches a special edition at a celebration featuring family members Lorraine and Mark Sproxton and readings by contributors Kimmy Beach, Alison Calder and Dennis Cooley.

Sproxton, who taught at Alberta's Red Deer College, wrote the novel The Red Headed Woman with the Black Black Heart, as well as writing books on Manitoba literature, editing collections of western Canadian fiction, and teaching creative writing for three decades. He died in 2006 at age 63.

At the same time that evening, three books by Flin Flon-based Goldrock Press will be launched in a different part of the bookstore.

Author and company owner Dorene Meyer launches Where Was God?, the story of a young woman's escape from the sex trade. As well, Goldrock will debut an illustrated version (with art by Steve Meyer) of Dorene Meyer's young adult novel Get Lost!, about a newcomer to a northern town who gets lost in the woods in winter.

David Yerex Williamson launches an illustrated children's book on coming to terms with loss, entitled Lion in Lost. Williamson's book tells the story of a girl who loses both her favourite stuffed toy and her grandmother.

-- -- --

Also with the northern Manitoba theme, a recent import from Ontario to The Pas will find out this week if her novel will make the Top 10 in this season's Canada Reads competition on CBC Radio One.

When the top 40 contenders in the annual book debate, which is focusing on "the one novel that could change Canada," were announced recently, Lauren Carter's "post-peak oil" story of scarcity and environmental crisis, Swarm, was the only Manitoba book on the list. Carter, who moved to The Pas last winter, joins such CanLit mainstays as Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Robertson Davies and Jane Urquhart in the running to be part of the live discussion early in 2014.

The Top 10 books will be announced Nov. 12 on the Radio One show Q. The 10 will be whittled down to the final five on Nov. 27.

-- -- --

A Winnipeg-based educational publisher launches a rhyming children's book that uses imagery from powwows to introduce children to counting and the Cree language.

Powwow Counting in Cree features text by Penny Thomas, a Fisher River Cree Nation-born master's student in family therapy, and illustrations by Toronto artist Melinda Josie.

Portage and Main Press launches the book Monday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson.

-- -- --

The annual Tarbut Festival of Jewish Culture is bringing two novelists to the Rady Jewish Community Centre this month.

Martin Fletcher, who spent three decades as the NBC News Middle East correspondent and Tel Aviv bureau chief, will discuss his new novel, Jacob's Oath, as well as his previous works of fiction and non-fiction Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

On Nov. 21 at 7:30, Nancy Richler, whose Giller-shortlisted novel The Imposter Bride won the 2013 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will read from her work and be interviewed on stage by Charlene Diehl of the Winnipeg International Writers' Festival.

Tickets ($15 for non-members, $10 for members) are available from the Rady Centre.

booknewsbob@gmail.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 9, 2013 A1

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Mayor Bowman reacts to Caspian investigation

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 070619 LIGHTNING ILLUMINATES AN ABANDONED GRAIN ELEVATOR IN THE VILLAGE OF SANFORD ABOUT 10PM TUESDAY NIGHT AS A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS PASSED NEAR WINNIPEG JUST TO THE NORTH OF THIS  SITE.
  • Geese fly in the morning light over Selkirk Ave Wednesday morning- Day 22– June 13, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Will you watch The Interview?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google