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A locally based charity that has built seven community libraries in Ghana is profiled in a new book from Winnipeg's Great Plains Publishers.

The Library Tree, by Ottawa author Deborah Cowley, tells how Winnipegger Kathy Knowles went from reading to a group of children one afternoon while in Ghana to founding the Osu Children's Library Fund.

The fund, which Knowles runs from her River Heights home, also supports an English and Swahili publishing venture and 200 smaller literacy ventures in various African countries.

The launch is Thursday at McNally Robinson Booksellers at 7 p.m.

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A boundary-pushing gay Jewish poet and literary critic will be delivering the University of Manitoba's annual Warhaft lecture next week at the Plug In gallery downtown.

American Wayne Koestenbaum, who teaches English at City University of New York, is best known for his books Humiliation and The Queen's Throat.

For his Plug In talk, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., Koestenbaum "will present new work in a multi-modal format in between lecture, reading and performance," according to info on the U of M website.

The annual event honours the memory of English professor Sidney Warhaft, the late husband of Free Press restaurant critic Marion Warhaft.

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A collection of profiles of African refugees to Manitoba has been selected as this year's featured book in the On the Same Page initiative, the city has announced.

The Lucky Ones by Anne Mahon was published earlier this year by Great Plains Publications of Winnipeg.

On the Same Page, now in its sixth year, is jointly sponsored by the Winnipeg Foundation and the Winnipeg Public Library.

The program encourages all Manitobans to read, and talk about, the same book at the same time. The program includes book giveaways, author appearances and special events taking place in early 2014.

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University of Manitoba native studies professor Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, editor of Manitowapow: Aboriginal Stories From the Land of Water, discusses "Traditions of Anishinaabeg Storytelling" Thursday in a presentation at the Millennium Library.

Sinclair will talk about traditional and contemporary storytelling and the various forms it comes in, from political tales to humorous anecdotes to stories that convey the and world view of the storyteller and audience.

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Lovers of mystery and mayhem will converge next Saturday on the Millennium Library for a day of sessions on their favourite genre.

Doug Whiteway, a.k.a. C.C. Benison, will lead a two-hour session on writing and editing mysteries, starting at 10 a.m., and will preview his new Father Christmas mystery, Ten Lords A-Leaping.

Jack Bumsted, owner of the bookstore Whodunit?, will talk about some of his favourite lesser-known mysteries at 1:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m., local writers Alison Preston and Catherine Macdonald will discuss the art and business of writing mysteries.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 28, 2013 A1

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