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One of the most prominent writers on the American left has been caught in what looks like a pattern of serial plagiarism.

An article in The New Republic focuses on Chris Hedges, a former New York Times correspondent and author of 12 books (including American Fascists), and cites numerous examples of similar or identical language in pieces by Hedges and a variety of other writers.

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The author of the accusatory piece, Christopher Ketchum, says Hedges used large blocks of writing by a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter for a story on the decline of Camden, N.J., and used chunks of an article by Ketchum's wife, Petra Bartosiewicz, in another article.

Ketchum also describes instances in which Hedges' published works echo writings by Naomi Klein, Neil Postman and Ernest Hemingway.

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University of Winnipeg assistant professor Trish Salah's 2013 poetry book, Wanting in Arabic, has won an award from the Lambda Literary Foundation in the transgender fiction category.

The Lammies are presented in 24 categories for books by LGBT writers, and this year more than 700 books from Canada and the U.S. were submitted to the competition.

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A novel about a tumultuous year in the life of a Manitoba family has won this year's Margaret McWilliams Award for Popular History, presented at Dalnavert House by the Manitoba Historical Society earlier this month.

Sarah Klassen's The Wittenbergs (Turnstone Press), in which the title family explores its roots in a Ukrainian Mennonite village, was also nominated for several Manitoba Book Awards earlier this year.

In the scholarly history category, lawyer and author Aimée Craft won for Breathing Life Into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One. Her book won the award for best first book this spring at the Manitoba Book Awards.

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Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has donated £1 million to the anti-independence side in the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence, taking the opposite side of Scottish celebrities ranging from Sean Connery to the Proclaimers.

Rowling is quoted in The Independent, saying that nationalists who focus on purity of Scots heritage are "a bit Death Eaterish for my taste." (Death Eaters were the Nazis of her fantasy septology, obsessed with cleansing the world of impure magical blood.)

One author supporting the other side in the Sept. 18 referendum is Irvine Welsh, who wrote in Trainspotting that Scotland's problem is that it's "colonized by wankers."

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The Winnipeg Free Press and the Writers' Collective of Manitoba have announced the winners of the 2014 short fiction competition and the Marie Barton Postcard Fiction competition. Prizes will be awarded Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at the Millennium Library's Carol Shields Auditorium.

Winners in the adult category are: Judy Major (first), Alexander Kapkey (second) and Russell Dew (third). Winners in the senior student category are: Evan MacNeil (first), Bryanne Dewitt (second) and Janessa Wanders (third), with Ali Stansfield receiving an honourable mention. Winners in the junior student category are: Sarah Freund (first) and Jenna Latimer (second). Jonah Dewitt won the Human Spirit Award.

Winners in the Marie Barton Postcard Fiction competition are: Donna Gamache (first), Eleanor Penner (second) and Rees Buck (third). Honorable mentions go to Adam Peleshaty and Carol Ann Morris.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 21, 2014 G7

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Updated on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 8:12 AM CDT: Formatting.

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