Giller winner Mayr hosting virtual workshop


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Manitoba writers will be able to learn from this year’s winner of the Giller Prize for Fiction when Calgary novelist Suzette Mayr leads a virtual workshop on creating characters.

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Manitoba writers will be able to learn from this year’s winner of the Giller Prize for Fiction when Calgary novelist Suzette Mayr leads a virtual workshop on creating characters.

Mayr, a University of Calgary creative writing professor who won the $100,000 prize for her sixth novel, The Sleeping Car Porter, will lead the session Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. It’s billed as a pay-what-you-can workshop, though with a suggested payment of $30.

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Winnipeg popular historian and historical novelist Allan Levine delves into medical history in his new book Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences in Manitoba: A History (Heartland Associates).

Levine launches the new book, which covers 150 years of advances in women’s health, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Grant Park location. While best known for books on Jewish history, historical crime and political history, Levine has previously written histories of anaesthesia and radiology in Manitoba.

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After doing play-by-play for more than 2,400 NHL games, Winnipeg broadcaster Curt Keilback tells stories from his days with the original Winnipeg Jets and the Phoenix Coyotes in his first book, Two Minutes for Talking to Myself: Jets, Coyotes, Tales, Opinions.

The Brandon-born announcer will launch the book and discuss it with his son Luke, a sport psychology consultant, at McNally Robinson’s Grant Park location on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Manitoba fans of Miriam Toews can get some new insights into her work on Friday with the launch of Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Landscapes of Resilience in the Works of Miriam Toews (University of Manitoba Press), by Sabrina Reed, an English professor at Calgary’s Mount Royal University.

Described as the first such book to cover Toews’ entire body of work, Reed’s work looks at how the author “exposes and resists oppressive systems” and employs auto-fiction as a “reparative gesture in the face of trauma.”

Reed will be joined by U of M English professor Alison Calder at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson’s Grant Park location.

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Author Julia Schettler and illustrator Sarah Neville are back together after winning a Manitoba Book Award for their previous collaboration Fur is Only Fur Deep, a children’s book about international adoption and multi-racial families.

In their new book, they tell a story of foster families in For as Long as Zebras Are Striped (Peasantry Press). They launch the book Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson’s Grant Park location.

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Helen Olsen Agger has won another award for her book Dadibaajim: Returning Home Through Narrative (U of M Press), to go along with top non-fiction prize, which she won this spring at the Manitoba Book Awards.

The book, which examines the worldview of the Anishinaabe of Trout Lake, Ont., has won the Indigenous History Award from the Ontario Historical Society. Agger is a PhD graduate from the U of M’s Native Studies program.

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Winnipeg author-illustrator Rae St. Clair Bridgman won two prizes at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, one in for preteen fiction and the other in children’s picture books.

Amber Ambrosia, the second book in her MiddleGate series set in a secret, magical city in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, won gold in the fiction ebook category. Good Night, Good Night, Victoria Beach, a dreamy story of a jackrabbit visiting a child at bedtime in the Lake Winnipeg community, won bronze in the category for picture books for kids four to eight.

The U.S.-based awards have a number of categories for various genres, ages and formats of independently published books for young readers.

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Two local poets made the long list for this year’s CBC Poetry Prize, meaning their work was selected from more than 2,200 entries.

Shelley Ringland of Headingley writes of loss and letting go in The Long Goodbye — a triptych, while Kerry Ryan of Winnipeg reflects on a friend’s death in Grief white.

The winner, who will receive $6,000 and a residency at the Banff Centre, will be announced Thursday.

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Updated on Saturday, November 19, 2022 9:55 PM CST: Corrects spelling of Kerry Ryan.

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