The book-discussion site Good- reads is offering readers a chance to win free copies of one of the most highly anticipated Manitoba titles of the year: Margaret Sweatman's Cold War-era literary spy novel Mr. Jones.
Readers can request one of the five free copies until Sept. 14, just before the book's Sept. 16 publication date.
Mr. Jones, described as evoking John le Carré or Graham Greene, is the story of a diplomat and haunted former Second World War bomber pilot who comes under investigation for his past relationship with a charismatic communist. The novel, Sweatman's fifth, is published by Goose Lane Editions.
Sweatman offers a musical taste of her novel at McNally Robinson Booksellers Sept. 8, starting at 7 p.m., when she and her musician-composer husband Glenn Buhr put on a performance billed as Cold Wars and Crooning. She's a featured reader at this year's Winnipeg International Writers' Festival.
A nature guide by a Manitoba author and visual artist is one of three finalists for a lucrative Canadian science-writing prize.
Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide, by Simone Hébert Allard, is in the running for the $10,000 Lane Anderson Award, which will be presented in September in Toronto. Her book, published by Turnstone Press, won this year's Mary Scorer Award for the Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher.
Winnipeg poet and publisher Maurice Mierau gets personal in a creative non-fiction book about his family's experience with an international adoption.
Detachment: An Adoption Memoir (Freehand Books) tells the story of the challenges involved in adopting two young boys from Ukraine, andMierau's efforts to better understand his father's Mennonite roots in that country.
Mierau, who also edits the online literary journal The Winnipeg Review, will launch the book Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers and later in the month will be a featured reader at the Winnipeg International Writers' Festival. Watch for a review of Detachment in nex week's Winnipeg Free Press books section.
If the lineup for next week's Toronto International Film Festival is an indication, this year's grown-up film season is going to be a very literary one.
Quill & Quire lists 14 literary adaptations at this year's TIFF, including two treatments of Gustave Flaubert's classic Madame Bovary. One of the most anticipated book-to-film screenings may be the Reese Witherspoon vehicle Wild, based on the hiking/healing memoir of the same name by Cheryl Strayed, with a script by British novelist/screenwriter Nick Hornby and directed by Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée.
Other films with Canadian connections include The Underground, a short film based on Rawi Hage's Giller-nominated novel Cockroach.
Perhaps the most literary film on the agenda is The Fifty Year Argument, a document about The New York Review of Books, co-directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi.
Stories of characters who find themselves lost in some way are featured in the Boy Lost in Wild, the first short story collection by Winnipeg author Brenda Hasiuk.
The collection, which features short stories that were published in several of Canada's leading literary journals, is Hasiuk's second book of 2014. Her young adult novel, Young Constant Star, was published earlier this year by Orca Books. The new book is published by Winnipeg's Turnstone Press.
Hasiuk launches her story collection Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers. She's also scheduled to read at this year's Winnipeg International Writers' Festival.