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Three writers will offer Winnipeggers a tasters' pack of speculative fiction.

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Three writers will offer Winnipeggers a tasters’ pack of speculative fiction.

Local writers Shen Braun, David J. Fortier and Patrick Johanneson will read at Winnipeg’s first Chiaroscuro reading of 2016 at McNally Robinson on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The ChiSeries is a Canadian speculative fiction reading series in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver that showcases authors of fantasy, science fiction and horror. It seeks to “provide a casual environment for fans of genre material to discover new authors and meet with old favourites.”

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A new children’s book seeks to tell the real-life story behind A.A. Milne’s character Winnie the Pooh.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear (Little, Brown) is written by Lindsay Mattick, the great-grandaughter of Harry Colebourn, who rescued a baby bear, naming him after his hometown, Winnipeg — and then took Winnie to war.

Using archived photos of Colebourn with Winnie, Mattick partnered with illustrator Sophie Blackall to tell Winnie’s story. “I thought a picture book would be an amazing way to share my incredible family story with my child,” said Mattick in an interview.

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“Yeah, don’t bother, I didn’t write anything.” If you remember Saturday Night Live‘s Celebrity Jeopardy, you remember Norm MacDonald‘s Burt Reynolds send-up, with oversized hat.

Well, the Canadian comedian and former SNL Weekend Update anchor will release his first memoir with publisher HarperCollins this fall. Based on a True Story will recount major events of MacDonald’s life in a series of tales — some true, some invented.

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The Canadian book industry is doing its part to give Syrian refugees to Canada a warm welcome.

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Canada and Groundwood Books are partnering to offer refugee families 5,000 copies of the Governor General’s Literary Award winning wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers.

Sidewalk Flowers‘ author JonArno Lawson and illustrator Sydney Smith will donate royalties from the special distribution, while publisher Groundwood Books will forego revenues.

In pictures, the book tells the story of a father-daughter walk through a city, and the flowers the girl gathers.

Each book will include a card in English, French and Arabic introducing refugee families to Canada’s public libraries.

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