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Three books in three days for torrid self-publisher

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Three book launches in three years would be a torrid pace for most writers, but Winnipeg writer/self-publisher A.P. (Adam) Fuchs plans to launch three books in three days next weekend at the Central Canada Comic Con (C4).

Fuchs, who has been publishing his own and other writers' monster and superhero fiction for nearly a decade through his company Coscom Entertainment, will start C4 Friday at 8 p.m. with a workshop based on his new book, Getting Down and Digital: How to Self-Publish Your Book.

The book, he says, grew out of the knowledge he's gained writing and publishing dozens of books, including the two new volumes in his Axiom Man superhero series, which he's launching from his booth at C4 on Saturday and Sunday.

"I wish I'd had something like that when I started," he says of his how-to guide. C4 runs Friday to Sunday at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, and features a variety of artists, writers and stars, including Ron Perlman of Sons of Anarchy and Hellboy fame, and Walter Koenig, the original non-playwright Chekov.

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If you've ever sung along to the "I hate Winnipeg" chorus of the Weakerthans song One Great City, this may be the book for you.

Photographer Bryan Scott, whose blog Winnipeg Love Hate features gorgeous images of the good, bad and ugly of our city, teams up with Free Press reporter Bartley Kives in the book Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg.

Scott's images and Kives's text "explore the geography, design and reputation of the only city they have every truly known, loved and hated," according to Great Plains Publications, which launches the book Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at McNally Robinson.

John K. Samson, lead singer of the Weakerthans and co-founder of Winnipeg's Arbeiter Ring Press, contributed the foreword.

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The annual used book/CD/DVD sale by the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library, which supports library programs, including the writer in residence, runs this weekend at Grant Park High School.

Sixty tables of material will be set up at the school today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m.

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Supporters of the Manitoba Writers' Guild will enjoy food for thought -- and more -- at the organization's Eat, Drink and be Literary fund-raising dinner at the Prairie Ink restaurant Nov. 10.

In addition to a four-course meal, the $45 event offers readings by novelists David Bergen and Chadwick Ginther, former Aqua Books owner Kelly Hughes and playwright and MWG executive director Carolyn Gray. Tickets can be booked through the guild's website (mbwriter.mb.ca).

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Somewhere out there, the four soon-to-be-fastest-selling children's authors in the world are living anonymous lives, thanks to a forthcoming promotion by McDonald's.

The fast food chain will distribute 20 million copies of four specially commissioned books in Happy Meals from Nov. 1 to 14. Advertising Age reports that the books, with no authors credited, were created by the advertising agency that handles the chain's family and child-oriented marketing.

The two-week, 20-million-book promotion amounts to five million more print copies than the Hunger Games trilogy sold in all of 2012.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 26, 2013 A1

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