May 25, 2015


Books

Holeman's global tale to land in Winnipeg

Former Winnipegger Linda Holeman, who found international success with a series of historical novels set in India, England, Russia and elsewhere, is launching another novel with a big world-spanning plot this summer.

Holeman, who now divides her time between Toronto and Santa Monica, Calif., will launch The Devil on Her Tongue July 17 at McNally Robinson Booksellers. The novel tells the story of the young daughter of a Dutch sailor and African mother living in 18th century Portugal.

The author, whose works have been translated into 18 languages, will read from her new book at 8 p.m.

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Nine young men and women who wrote a memoir about leaving the Hutterite communities in Manitoba and North Dakota in which they were raised are releasing a followup this month to their first self-published book, which became a sensation on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

The group, known as The Nine, will be in Winnipeg July 19 and 20 to promote Since We Told the Truth, which follows their earlier book, Hutterites. They will launch the new book at McNally Robinson Booksellers July 19 at 3 p.m. and do a book signing at the St. Vital Chapters on July 20 at 1 p.m.

The first book generated national attention for the authors as well as raising the ire of Hutterites who felt it unfairly generalized about abuse of power in Hutterite colonies.

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"Take two stories and call me in the morning."

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement recommending that all pediatricians promote daily reading to children, starting from infancy.

According to Publishers' Weekly, the official statement is part of a partnership with several child-development organizations. The AAP will develop an information kit about the benefits of reading to children and make it available to pediatricians across the U.S. so they can pass it on to parents.

The policy statement is the result of five years of drafting and discussion by the AAP.

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TED Talks, those inspiring/annoying lectures that circulate widely on Facebook, will be coming to bookshelves this fall.

Publisher Simon and Shuster plans to publish a series of 12 short (up to 20,000 words) TED books beginning in September. Authors lined up so far, according to Publishers Weekly, include travel writer Pico Iyer (author of The Virtue of Stillness), New Yorker website editor Nicholas Thompson (author of Storytelling in the Age of Distraction), and non-violence advocate Ebrahim Zak (author of The Terrorist's Son: Escaping Jihad).

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Clip and save this for the next time you read about the male domination of the literary world.

Scratch, an online magazine about the economics of writing, recently unveiled results of a study of debut-novel advances in the U.S. that indicates substantially more women than men receiving big-money advances for debut novels over the last half decade.

Using the Publishers' Marketplace database, the magazine found that about 70 per cent of first-novel deals reported to the database were for books written by women, and about 2.5 times as many women received advances over $50,000.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 12, 2014 G8

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Updated on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:01 AM CDT: Formatting.

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