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Winnipeg artist Robert Pasternak will be among the comic creators collected in a massive 720-page anthology, covering the genre from the 1960s to the present.

The Treasury of Mini Comix (Fantagraphics) will be published in two volumes starting this June and feature many of the artists who were pioneers of the form. Pasternak's first mini-comic, Holy Crow (Dark Horse Comix, 1986), will be one of two by the Winnipeg artist included in the collection.

The two-volume anthology follows the surprise success of a collection called Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s, published by Fantagraphics in 2010.

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Fans of fantasy, science fiction, horror and related genres are some of the most loyal readers in the literary world.

They'll get the chance to meet local authors of young adult, fantasy, science fiction and horror and graphic novels, as well as bestselling author Kelley Armstrong (author of the Otherworld, Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising series) at the inaugural Central Canada Lit Fest today and Sunday.

The event, held at Place Louis Riel, features panel discussions such as Realistic Magic vs. Fictional Magic and Werewolves, and Vampires and Zombies, Oh My! as well as advice for aspiring writers. For more information visit c4litfest.com.

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The Manitoba Book Awards turn 25 this year and will begin the celebrations Monday with an evening of readings featuring a slate of multiple award winners from the annual event's first quarter century.

Poet Ariel Gordon will host the evening, starting at 7 p.m. at aceartinc, featuring Lori Cayer, Simone Chaput, Faith Johnston, J.R. Léveillé, Chandra Mayor, Larry Verstraete and Armin Wiebe.

The awards gala follows April 28 at the West End Cultural Centre at 8 p.m.

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A new book by a University of Winnipeg history professor will provide a unique view of the history of Mennonites in Manitoba by looking behind the scenes at three of the province's most successful businesses.

Manufacturing Mennonites, by Janis Thiessen, makes use of unprecedented access to company records, as well as interviews with mangers, workers and owners at Friesens Corporation, Loewen Windows and Palliser Furniture.

The book, to be launched April 27 at 2 p.m. at McNally Robinson, examines ethno-religious identity, class relations and the influence of religion on business and business on religion.

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If you've ever wondered if your own life story could make a book, a workshop offered by the Manitoba Writers' Guild April 27 may give you the answer.

Jake MacDonald, author of 10 books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Houseboat Chronicles and Grizzlyville, will lead the day-long session, Writing Your Life.

To register, call the guild at 944-8013. Enrolment is $100 for members and $150 for non-members.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 20, 2013 J8

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