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PAPER CHASE: Larsson eyed Canada for Book 4

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THE girl with the dragon tattoo who played with fire and kicked a hornet's nest may yet visit Canada.

John-Henri Holmberg, friend of posthumous bestselling author Stieg Larsson, told the Associated Press that plot details of Book 4 in Larsson's Millennium series were revealed to him in a 2004 email, shortly before the writer's death that year at age 50.

The unfinished book's setting is Sachs Harbour, in the Northwest Territories. The email reflected Larsson's fascination with the remote location.

Larsson's Millennium novels have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

The film version of the second book, The Girl Who Played with Fire, opened last weekend in Winnipeg.

A legal deadlock continues meanwhile between Larsson's partner, Eva Gabrielsson, and Larsson's family over rights to the fourth novel.

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Celebrated writer, scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki will sum up his life experience and lessons learned in The Legacy, being published in September by Greystone Books, an imprint of Douglas & McIntyre.

The book is an expanded version of a December 2009 lecture that is to be released as a film this year.

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Distinguished Saskatchewan journalist and columnist Dale Eisler has a new self-published novel, Anton: A Young Boy, His Friend and the Russian Revolution.

A blurb from fellow journalist Roy MacGregor, author of Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People, declares the novel a "story of simple and lasting friendship that moves from the Black Sea through the Russian Revolution and horrors of the Great War to the mud huts of Saskatchewan."

The novel has been a bestseller at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon.

Eisler has written two previous non-fiction books; this is his first novel. He lives in Denver, Colo., where he is now Consul General for Canada.

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Canadian cartoonists were well represented in nominations for this year's Harvey Awards, announced this week.

Ontario-based Seth was nominated for multiple awards for his 2009 book, George Sprott. Also nominated were Jeff Lemire (Essex County) and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O'Malley.

Named for Mad magazine creator Harvey Kurtzman, the awards will be presented Aug. 28 in Baltimore.

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The Canada Council for the Arts has announced that it will organize a translation rights fair to encourage "ongoing relationships" between English- and French-language publishers.

The initiative is part of part of the $5-million National Translation Program for Book Publishing.

The date and location of the fair have yet to be announced but will reportedly take place before March 31, 2011.

In 2009-10, the Canada Council allocated $1.15 million in translation grants.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 17, 2010 F6

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