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Ian Rankin returning for signing in November

Ian Rankin returning for signing in November

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Scottish detective master Ian Rankin is returning to Winnipeg for a book signing in November.

His North American publisher, Hachette Books, has announced that Rankin will be in at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Nov. 29 to promote his new Inspector Rebus novel, Saints of the Shadow Bible, which comes out Nov. 7.

Rankin is doing several Canadian dates. He has done readings in Winnipeg at least twice, in 2001 and 2004, and always draws a crowd.

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Manitoba ER physician Donovan Gray is joining the ranks of the success stories of literary self-publishing with his comic memoir Dude, Where's My Stethoscope?

The book, which tells behind-the-curtain stories from his career in Winnipeg, rural Manitoba and northern Ontario, has spent more than four months on McNally Robinson's Top 5 list and sold out its entire initial press run of 1,500 -- considerably outselling most books from regional trade publishers.

Gray is now selling his second 1,500-copy press run and still doing readings to promote the book, which is also available from his website and the Victoria General Hospital gift shop.

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A 400-year-old Cree woman is imaginatively brought to life in an illustrated book being launched this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Manitoba Museum.

Pisim Finds Her Miskanow, by William Dumas with illustrations by Leonard Paul, imagines a week in the life of a young Cree woman from the 1600s who finds her miskanow, or destiny. The book, published by Winnipeg's Highwater Press, includes sidebars on Cree language and culture, history and archaeology.

The project follows the discovery in 1993 at South Indian Lake of a young woman's burial site, exposed as a result of flooding caused by Manitoba Hydro.

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Local writer Sarah Klassen's poetry and short fiction have won her a shelf's-worth of awards in the last 25 years, including the High Plains Award for fiction from the Prairie provinces and states, and the Canadian Author's Association Award for Poetry.

Now as she launches her first novel -- the story of a Mennonite family dealing with troubles at home, work and school -- expectations are high among Manitoba's literary community.

Klassen launches The Wittenbergs (Turnstone Press) Thursday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson.

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If you assume that academics and police officers will have very different perspectives on law and order issues, a new book from McGill-Queen's University Press may come as a surprise.

Canadian Policing in the 21st Century is written by Robert Chrismas, a doctoral student in peace and conflict studies at the University of Manitoba and a Winnipeg police officer with 28 years of experience.

The book, being launched Wednesday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson, looks at police culture, changing demographics and the need for greater co-operation between police services and other agencies. It also proposes strategies for gang and domestic violence, Internet child exploitation and other concerns.

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Game of Thrones appears to be on the minds of a number of new parents in the U.K.

A recent item on Slate points out that the U.K.'s Office of National Statistics report for 2012 shows a number of babies named after characters from George R.R. Martin's fantasy books and the HBO hit series.

There were 104 girls named Arya, 68 Neds, eight Brans and four children each with the names Sansa and Tyrion. Additionally, there were 15 babies named Theon, whose parents obviously haven't made it to Season 3.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 14, 2013 A1

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