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MORE than 200 local Manitoba history books are only a mouse click away, thanks to a project headed by the Manitoba Library Consortium and Manitoba Historical Society, with funding from the Winnipeg Foundation.

The local histories, covering Manitoba communities from Altona to Zbaraz, bring 100,000 pages' worth of digitized Manitoba history to the website manitobia.ca.

Also included on the site, designed as a resource for students, teachers and researchers, are digital copies of dozens of Manitoba newspapers going back to 1871, as well as historical photos and maps.

The site will be launched Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Manitoba Legislature Reading Room.

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The American online literary magazine The Millions has produced millions of words on great art.

But for its first foray into the ebook business, the magazine has decided to look in the opposite direction. Epic Fail, by Dublin-based staff writer Mark O'Connell, examines viral fame and the surprising, and surprisingly old, allure of terrible art.

An excerpt from the ebook, posted recently on Slate, tells the story of the novelist Amanda McKittric Ros, whose epic terribleness became a literary in-joke in late 19th and early 20th century Britain and Ireland. The full essay is available for $1.99 from themillions.com

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A British anarchist bookstore co-founded in the 19th century by Peter Kropotkin -- and connected in the 20th century to George Orwell and Emma Goldman -- was damaged Feb. 1 in a fire bombing.

Freedom Press, which also houses a variety of leftist activist groups, had protective shutters on the windows following a firebombing in the 1990s carried out by a neo-fascist group, notes The Guardian newspaper.

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A lecture series honouring Saskatchewan poet Anne Szumigalski -- who wrote a play, two memoirs and a dozen books of poetry after emigrating from Britain to the Canadian Prairies -- is bringing another acclaimed Saskatchewan poet to Winnipeg.

Robert Currie, a former poet laureate of Riderland and author of nine books of poetry and fiction, will deliver the Anne Szumigalski Memorial Lecture at the University of Winnipeg Friday, Feb. 15, at 2:30 p.m.

He will be joined that evening at 7 p.m. by Brandon's Di Brandt and Winnipeg's Sue Sorensen at McNally Robinson.

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Winnipeg poet Jennifer Still is the first Manitoban to win Prairie Fire magazine's Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award.

In addition to winning a $1,250 cash prize, next fall at the Thin Air literary festival she will receive a replica of a ring worn by Carman, an important Canadian poet of the 20th century.

Winning entries in the literary competition, which also included short fiction and literary non-fiction categories, also sponsored by McNally Robinson, will be published in the July 2013 issue of Prairie Fire.

 

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 9, 2013 J8

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