KYLE Prevost and Justin Bouchard have what they think is a great idea for a grad gift -- the book they've written on personal finance for students.
Their self-published book, More Money for Beer and Text Books, is a finance guide for college students and discusses student loans, summer jobs, managing credit, partying without breaking the bank and other student money-management subjects.
Prevost, a teacher at Birtle Collegiate, and Bouchard, dean of residence at the University of Manitoba's St. John's College, say high student debt loads and a changing job market are making it more and more important to students to know about financial planning.
For more details see their website, youngandthrifty.ca.
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The author of one of the most-talked-about Canadian memoirs this year will read from her story of addiction and motherhood, Drunk Mom, at McNally Robinson Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Jowita Bydlowska's story of baby, binges, blackouts has been featured in virtually every Canadian media outlet and prompted both praise for its prose and unease over the author's confessions.
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Stories of Hutterites in North America, a pioneer woman on a Manitoba homestead, and Winnipeg's old movie palaces won honours in this year's Margaret McWilliams awards for Manitoba historical writing
The awards, presented by the Manitoba Historical Society, are presented in three categories: scholarly, local and popular history.
The scholarly winner was Inside the Ark: the Hutterites in Canada and the United States (University of Regina Press), by Yossi Katz and John Lehr. The local history winner was For Elise: Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead by Oriole A. Van Veldhuis. The popular history winner was Russ Gourluck's Silver Screens on the Prairie: An Illustrated History of Motion Picture Theatres in Manitoba.
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The Manitoba Writers' Guild gets a new executive director June 17, when playwright, actor and puppeteer Carolyn Gray takes the helm of the organization.
Gray has also taught creative writing and theatre at Brandon University and served as a mentor in the guild's Sheldon Oberman Mentorship program. With the hiring of a new executive director, the organization will be able to expand its programming and hours of operation to serve its more than 350 members.
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For Winnipeg writer Jodi Carmichael, the launch of her children's book Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food is more than the fulfillment of a literary dream.
She's also using the experience as a way to build understanding of Asperger's Syndrome. Her local publisher, Little Pickle Press, has developed lesson plans for teachers who want to use the book as a way to increase children's understanding and acceptance. At the launch, May 25 at McNally Robinson at 2 p.m., Carmichael will sell posters as a fundraiser for Asperger Manitoba Inc.