A Winnipeg-based literary journal is bringing this city’s arts scene to the world with its latest issue.
Contemporary Verse 2 (a.k.a. CV2) features 30 Winnipeg poets, essayists and visual artists in its current edition, titled No Place Like Home: A Winnipeg Issue.
The tone of the issue is set by poet/novelist Catherine Hunter in an essay entitled Making Art in Winnipeg. In addition to poems and a section on visual arts, the issue features interviews with singer/songwriter/ publisher/poet John K. Samson of the Weakerthans, whose face adorns the cover, and poet and novelist Méira Cook, who won the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize this fall.
The special issue will be launched Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts.
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Toronto playwright, actress and conflict-resolution facilitator Niki Landau will share her experiences adapting Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone With the Wind to the stage Tuesday at the Millennium Library.
Landau’s stage version will have its world première Thursday at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, where it will run until Feb. 2.
Landau will speak at noon at the library’s Carol Shields Auditorium.
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The new year is bringing new life to one of the last remaining independent bookstores in the Ottawa area.
Books on Beechwood had been slated to close at the end of January, which would have made it the fourth Ottawa indie in one year to go out of business. But according to the Ottawa Citizen, a customer came forward just before Christmas to buy the store and keep all five staff members employed.
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Gillian Flynn will follow up her dark thriller Gone Girl, a critically acclaimed bestseller, with a new novel for adults and a young adult novel, according to the New York Times.
Random House announced recently that Flynn’s next novel, her fourth, will be published in 2015, but didn’t specify whether the adult or the young adult book will be the first of the two new books.
Gone Girl sold more than two million copies in 2012.
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If you have a true story that you’re itching to tell, a proposed new master’s program at University of King’s College in Halifax may help you tell it.
The Atlantic university plans to offer Canada’s first master’s degree in creative non-fiction. In an interview in Canadian publishing magazine Quill & Quire, professor Stephen Kimber, author of seven works on non-fiction, including Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War, describes the vision for the program.
The program will require two years of study, much of it by distance education, during which students will create a book proposal and a 200-page manuscript.