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PAPER CHASE: Winnipegger adds 'novelist' to hat rack

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Winnipegger Samantha Beiko wears several hats in the Canadian publishing business -- including marketing and promotions director at Winnipeg's Signature Editions and managing editor at Toronto's ChiZine Publications. Now she has added "newly published novelist" to the list when she launches her young adult fantasy The Lake and the Library.

Beiko's novel, published by ECW Press in Toronto, tells the story of a 16-year-old prairie girl who discovers a mysterious library and its even more mysterious inhabitant.

In addition to launching the novel at several events in Winnipeg, Toronto and Kenora, Beiko is also editing the fantasy anthology Imaginarium 2013, to be published by ChiZine this summer. The Winnipeg launch of The Lake and the Library is 7 p.m. Wednesday at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

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As a teacher-librarian, Chris McMahen has first-hand insight into what kids actually like to read.

That may have helped the B.C.-based writer win the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards which, for 23 years, have given Manitoba kids from grades 5 to 8 the chance to vote on their favourite book from a shortlist. In April, McMahen's novel Box of Shocks, about the adventures of a daring boy whose exploits would shock his over-protective parents, won the top prize.

Honourable mentions went to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier, and Undergrounders by David Skuy.

The award organizers have also released an 18-book shortlist for next year's reading and voting.

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A Winnipeg branding firm has combined material from Cameron Dueck's book and documentary film The New Northwest Passage into an app for the iPad.

The app will combine text, photos and video, along with interactive material that allows users to get weather updates from the Northwest Passage or calculate their carbon footprint. Dueck's book and documentary were based on a sailboat trip in the north undertaken to examine the effect of climate change on the Arctic.

The app, developed by Winnipeg's Relish New Brand Experience, is being created in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, and 10 per cent of sales will go to the WWF's Global Arctic Program.

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Artist, singer, activist and b�te noir of Beatlemania Yoko Ono adds another title -- published poet -- to that list this spring with the publication of a book of poetry, entitled Acorn.

According to The Guardian, the book will be published in June by OR Press, a small firm that calls itself "a new type of publishing company." Acorn is filled with what Ono calls "instructional poetry" -- short poems containing commands or challenges for the reader. The illustrated poetry collection is described as "an extension" of Ono's 1964 art book Grapefruit.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 4, 2013 A1

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