Got any odd, edible green stuff growing in your yard?
Winnipeg poet Ariel Gordon would like to trade you a fresh, original poem for it as part of her Poetry Barter Project. She’s asking for people interested in the trade to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and give her five words to use in the poem. A week later, she’ll deliver the poem and pick a handful of whatever you’re offering in exchange.
Gordon began the project last summer, when she traded poetry for such traditionally eaten items as cherries and apples as well as less commonly consumed edibles such as hyssop and nasturtiums, among other foods. This year, she’d particularly like to trade for fiddleheads, spruce bud tips, nettles, burdock, caragana and chicken of the woods (a kind of mushroom, not a grouse). Read more about her project at her blog, janedayreader.blogspot.ca.
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Writer and rocker Dave Bidini has secured support from a group of Canadian literary heavyweights for his newest project: a non-profit, ad-free newspaper in the west end of Toronto.
The West End Phoenix will begin publishing in October.
Bidini, author of more than a dozen books on sports and music, has lined up Margaret Atwood, Guy Gavriel Kay, Yann Martel, Michael Healey and Jeff Lemire as patrons, among others.
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When Bob Dylan declined to pick up his Nobel Prize for Literature in person last fall, many observers concluded that the pride of Hibbing, Minn., didn’t think much of the prize or the question of whether his songs could be considered literature. But it seems Dylan’s been thinking a lot about big-L literature and his place in it ever since the Swedish Academy took the book world by surprise with its announcement.
After a long delay, Dylan released his Nobel Prize lecture this month, and it’s a perfectly Dylanesque meander through the history of American music, his early musical mentors (Buddy Holly and Lead Belly), and three great literary influences (Moby Dick, The Odyssey and All Quiet on the Western Front). Pour a shot of something amber, lean back and listen to the lecture at wfp.to/EiQ.
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Two indigenous writers and a Mennonite novelist known for his books about Canada’s original cultural chasm are providing an alternative literary take on this year’s Canada 150 celebrations at Oh Kanata, a Thursday event at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church.
Rudy Wiebe, an Edmonton-based former Winnipegger, won the Governor General’s Award for fiction for his novels A Discovery of Strangers and The Temptations of Big Bear. Louise Bernice Halfe, who grew up on the Saddle Lake Reserve, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for her collection Bear Bones and Feathers and provides an unflinching look at the effects of residential schools in several of her books. Garry Thomas Morse, a two-time Governor-General’s Award poetry nominee (Discovery Passages and Prairie Harbour) who combines parody, experimentation and explorations of history, has recently relocated from the West Coast to Winnipeg. The evening is organized by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival in conjunction with the church’s Artsfest. Tickets are $15- $20; the event begins at 7:30 p.m.
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A University of Manitoba political studies professor and a legal scholar are launching an edited collection of essays Tuesday at McNally Robinson Booksellers, reflecting on the relationship of indigenous people to Canada.
Keira Ladner, U of M’s Canada Research Chair in indigenous politics and governance, and Myra Tait, a master’s student in law who works with the university’s Mamawipawin Comparative Indigenous Constitutional Project, bring together a wide range of topics in Surviving Canada: Indigenous People Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal. The launch starts at 7 p.m.
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A poet, performance artist and member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation in northern Minnesota unveils her first murder mystery at McNally Robinson Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Marcie Rendon’s novel Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) brings together a tough-as-nails young woman named Cash and the sheriff who rescued her from a wrecked car as they search for the killer of an indigenous man found dead in a field. The launch is co-presented with the agency New Directions.