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PAPER CHASE: Urban 'book mall' expands

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Used booksellers seem to be multiplying downtown at 424 Graham Ave.

The Bison Books shop welcomed a fourth proprietor to its premises earlier this week. Veteran used bookseller Jim Anderson joins current co-operators Greenfield Books and The Bookman.

The result is a "book mall" downtown, says Bison owner Aimee Peake, "a tried and true concept elsewhere which is new to Winnipeg."

"We find it edifying to explore creative ways to co-operate with other booksellers in our community," Peak said in an email.

"Collaboration with our respected colleagues allows us an opportunity to share opinions about the evolution of bookselling, diversify, and learn from each other."

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Winnipeg writer Carol Matas explores the Holocaust from the perspective of a child survivor in a book being launched Tuesday as part of Scholastic Canada's Dear Canada series.

Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past, the Holocaust Diaries of Rose Rabinowitz tells the story of a traumatized war orphan who is brought to Canada and who begins recounting her experiences in a diary as she attempts to come to terms with her pain and loss.

Matas will read from the novel, inspired by a group of Holocaust who were brought to Winnipeg, at a public launch and two school events at the Berney Theatre, at 123 Doncaster St. The free public launch is at 7 p.m. and is part of Holocaust Awareness Week.

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A pair of new releases offering perspectives on Anishinaabe storytelling and creativity will be launched Wednesday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson.

University of Manitoba native studies scholar Nigaanwewidam James Sinclair launches Centring Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories, an anthology he has edited as a followup to Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water. Al Hunter, a poet and spoken-word performer from Rainy River First Nation, will launch his third book of poetry, Beautiful Razor.

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Like animals? Like Sharpies? Then you're going to love Animals With Sharpies, a collection of paintings by Winnipeg artists Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber, being published this June by the comics and graphic arts publisher Drawn and Quarterly.

The artists were founding members of Winnipeg's influential, and internationally exhibited, art group the Royal Art Lodge. They previously published an art book with Drawn and Quarterly entitled Constructive Abandonment.

The book is a collection of paintings of animals writing fanciful, thought-provoking and often hilarious messages using Sharpies held in their mouths.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 6, 2013 J8

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