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U of M grad wins non-fiction prize

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AUniversity of Manitoba PhD graduate has won the inaugural RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award, a $10,000 prize for a non-fiction writer that also includes mentoring by this year's RBC Taylor Prize winner, Thomas King.

Leanne Simpson, an instructor in the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge at Alberta's Athabasca University, was named by King for the prize in recognition of her work in scholarly writing, poetry, short fiction, storytelling and activism.

Her books include a short fiction collection published by Winnipeg's Arbeiter Ring Publications, called Islands of Decolonial Love.


Three winners of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry will take the stage April 11 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in the Winnipeg Writers' Festival's first-ever Governor General's Gala.

Last fall's recipient, Winnipeg Katherena Vermette (North End Love Songs) joins past winners Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane, who won in 1992 and 1978, respectively.

Tickets for the event, which starts at 7:30 p.m., are $10 and are available from McNally Robinson Booksellers or the festival office (204-927-7323).


It's an annual tradition for Manitobans stocking up on beach books or cottage reads. And this year, it's going to be a little more competitive.

This year's Children's Hospital Book Sale, which typically brings hordes of budget-conscious readers to St. Vital Centre, has been shortened from an eight-day event to a Wednesday-to-Sunday sale. The sale begins April 30. People with books to donate can drop them off at Winnipeg fire halls.


"And God cleared His throat and spake: 'Oops, one more. Thou shalt not spend $200,000 of thy church's money in order to corrupt the New York Times Bestseller List. Trust me, this one will make sense someday.'"

A Seattle pastor is under fire for reportedly using his church's money to inflate the bestseller ranking of his book Real Marriage. In a letter to his congregation, quoted by Publishers Weekly, Mark Driscoll admits that he signed a deal with a marketing company to manipulate book sales rankings. After the scheme came to light Driscoll reportedly told his publisher not to use the phrase "No. 1 New York Times bestseller" in promoting the book.


Miriam Toews returns to Manitoba to launch her eagerly awaited new novel April 16 at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

All My Puny Sorrows, Toews's seventh book and sixth novel, is very much in the former Winnipegger's wheelhouse. A bittersweet comic novel about family and depression, it's the story of two sisters: Elfrieda, a glamorous but suicidal pianist, and Yolandi, the messed-up younger sister who desperately wants to keep her big sister alive.

Toews will read from the novel starting at 7 p.m.


A U of W conference this spring will bring together writers and academics to discuss what is and how to read trans literature.

Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism is hosted by the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies and the department of women's and gender studies and will focus on "critical contexts for reading and discussing transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers."

Conference organizers are looking for proposals for papers and performances for the event, which runs May 22-24.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 29, 2014 G7


Updated on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:55 AM CDT: Tweaks formatting.

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