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Students at Warren Collegiate are among the first participants in a pilot project to launch a national book club to use Twitter to share their thoughts on a memoir by a Toronto Holocaust survivor.

Students at five schools across the country will read and discuss Zuzana Sermer's memoir Survival Kit in the one-month project, supported by the Azraeli Foundation.

Sermer's story tells of her struggle to survive as a teenager in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, meeting her future husband in Hungary, surviving the 1945 siege of Budapest and her later life in Communist Czechoslovakia, up to the 1968 Soviet invasion.

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Life of Pi(e) could be a winner. The Edible Woman might have a chance. And given this year's European meat-packing scandal, All the Pretty Horses could be a tender contender.

The Winnipeg Public Library is inviting book lovers, foodies, chefs and artists to create book and food-related displays, using edible materials, as part of its Books 2 Eat event.

Prizes will be given out for most creative and book-oriented projects submitted by kids, adults and professionals or culinary school students. Entries will be displayed April 6, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Millennium Library. There will also be literary goodies at the event.

Information on the event is available at the Winnipeg Public Library website. Register by April 1 to submit an entry.

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One of the most popular innovations at this year's Oscars was the use of the ominous shark-attack music from Jaws to tell award winners to quit reciting their laundry-list thank-yous.

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg might have saved herself some embarrassment if she'd cued up that music when she was writing the seven-page acknowledgement section to her new memoir/manifesto Lean In.

Sandberg was cited recently in The New Republic as the latest, and perhaps most egregious, example of name-dropping and fulsome gratitude for thanking some 140 people by name, including Arianna Huffington, Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey.

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The Manitoba Writers' Guild's monthly In Dialogue series of readings takes a novel turn for the final two events of the season

Saskatchewan novelist and playwright Dianne Warren, winner of the 2010 Governor General's Award for Fiction for her novel Cool Water and a runner-up in 1992 in the drama category, joins Winnipeg novelist Joan Thomas March 25.

Thomas, author of the evolutionary drama Curiosity, is currently working on a third novel, tentatively titled Help Island, while serving as Winnipeg Public Library writer-in-residence.

On April 8, the final event of the season will celebrate the annual Manitoba Book Awards with readings by two of last year's winners. Sue Sorensen, who won the Eileen McTavish Sykes first book prize for her comic novel A Large Harmonium, will be joined by Esmé Claire Keith, whose dark satire Not Being on a Boat won the McNally Robinson book of the year award last year.

Both events start at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Press Café. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by calling the Guild at 944-8013.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 16, 2013 J8

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