Parton helps Indigenous kids get books


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Children on 38 First Nations in Manitoba will receive books this year through a partnership between the Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre and Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation.

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Children on 38 First Nations in Manitoba will receive books this year through a partnership between the Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre and Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation.

The country singer’s Imagination Library program offers books to young children in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Ireland and Australia. Enrolled children receive a book each month up to age five. The goal of the program is to support home reading, which in turn supports academic, social and emotional development.

The resource centre hopes to include books that depict First Nations cultures as an addition to those currently in the Imagination Library.

For details on the program and how to enrol, see

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The Manitoba Writers’ Guild, the Winnipeg Public Library and Creative Manitoba are teaming up with a roster of established writers to introduce aspiring teen writers to creating fiction.

A workshop, entitled Exploring Elements of Fiction, will run Wednesdays from 5:45 to 8 p.m. March 8 to May 10 at the Millennium Library.

Developed by the MWG’s director of youth programming, Carrie Hatland, the program will feature guest appearances by Manitoba writers including Michael Redhead Champagne, Michael Hutchinson, Rowan McCandless, Donna Besel, Zilla Jones, Jen Robinson, Frances Koncan and Bob Armstrong, plus American author and fiction editor Dawn Raffel. The registration deadline is Friday.

For more information or to register, see

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Manitoba Opposition leader Wab Kinew is keeping up his side hustle with the Wednesday launch of his second young adult fantasy novel, The Everlasting Road (Penguin Teen Canada).

The new book is a sequel to his Aurora Award-winning fantasy debut, Walking in Two Worlds. The books focus on a young gamer who finds the boundaries between the real and virtual world becoming increasingly blurred.

He launches the novel at McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Grant Park location starting at 7 p.m. in conversation with Tasha Spillett-Sumner, author of the Surviving the City graphic novel series.

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Last fall’s winner of the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize visits McNally Robinson’s Grant Park location on Friday to discuss his award-winning story of anguish and salvation, addiction and fear and the life of a Prince Edward Island lobsterman.

Nicholas Herring, who won the annual prize for his debut novel, Some Hellish (Goose Lane Editions), will read from his work and be joined by Winnipeg’s David Bergen for a discussion, starting at 7 p.m., in a Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival presentation.

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Three of the creators behind the anthology Gothic Tales of Haunted Futures will launch the new comic anthology Friday at 7 p.m. at Willow Press (214 Osborne St.).

Editor S.M. Beiko and contributors Merissa Mayhew and Jamie Isfeld will discuss the process and their own contributions to the book, which features 17 original stories taking the themes of gothic romance forward into various futures.

The event is sponsored by the Prairie Comics Festival; masks are required to attend. For more information, see

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The CBC will unveil this year’s Canada Reads line-up Wednesday, along with the guests who will debate the finalists.

The five titles, which will be featured from March 27-30 on CBC radio and television, will be chosen from a list of 15 books that includes high-profile national and international bestsellers, titles that were nominated for the Governor-General’s or Giller awards and books that flew under the radar.

Among the most familiar books that may end up on the show are Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic novel, which was made into an HBO miniseries; Moon of the Crusted Snow, a post-apocalyptic novel by Waubgeshig Rice that has been a fixture on Canadian bestseller lists for years; Ducks, Kate Beaton’s bestselling graphic novel memoir, which was praised by the New York Times and Barack Obama, among others; and Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic, which is being made into a series for Hulu.

The full list can be seen at

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