Sasquatch is group’s latest muse


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A Winnipeg writers' group is betting -- perhaps with tongue in cheek -- that once vampires, werewolves and zombies have had their day in the sun, the next monster du jour will be the sasquatch.

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A Winnipeg writers’ group is betting — perhaps with tongue in cheek — that once vampires, werewolves and zombies have had their day in the sun, the next monster du jour will be the sasquatch.

The Off the Wall Writers’ Group will launch their sasquatch-themed book, In the Woods, Sunday at McNally Robinson Booksellers at 2 p.m. Group member Susan Rocan says some of the half-dozen writers already had sasquatch-related pieces when they first broached the subject.

Group member Chris Rutkowski, who has written several books on UFO sightings, contributed some research on sasquatch sightings to go along with short stories, poetry, sketches and photos on the subject by other group members.


The Winnipeg Public Library kicks off the TD Summer Reading Club today with two “story mobs” involving crafts, costumes and a participatory public reading of children’s story The Busy Beaver.

A French-language story mob runs this morning at the St. Boniface library from 10:30 a.m. to noon, while the English story mob is scheduled for the Millennium Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Participating families are asked to call the appropriate branch to register.

Today’s event is also the launch for the nationwide TD Summer Reading Program, supported by a $5-million donation from the TD Bank. The program provides participating young readers with a magazine, stickers and a storybook, and will be offered at libraries across Canada.


Toronto playwright Hannah Moscovitch won this year’s $20,000 Trillium Book Prize for English language work for her play This Is War (published by Playwrights Canada Press and Banff Centre Press).

The play, about Canadian soldiers in the Afghan war, premièred at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre in 2013 and subsequently played in Winnipeg at Prairie Theatre Exchange. The Trillium Awards have been Ontario’s top literary awards since they were established in 1987.


Wab Kinew, a former CBC radio reporter and current director of indigenous inclusion at the University of Winnipeg, has signed a two-book deal with Penguin Canada.

Penguin will publish Kinew’s memoir about “family reconciliation and spiritual rebirth” in fall 2015, according to book industry magazine Quill & Quire. The second title is to be an illustrated children’s book.

Kinew hosted the CBC television documentary 8th Fire, about aboriginal issues in Canada, and championed Joseph Boyden‘s novel The Orenda to victory in the Canada Reads book competition.


While many publishers are cutting back titles, Toronto’s ChiZine is embarking on an ambitious expansion.

Launched in 2008 as a fantasy, horror and science-fiction publisher, ChiZine publishes a healthy 25 titles per year and this year will add a YA imprint called ChiTeen that will put out another four titles per year, according to Publishers Weekly.

The publishing house doesn’t plan to stop there. A graphic novel imprint, ChiGraphic, is planned for next year and a mystery imprint, ChiDunnit, is in the works for 2017.

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