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A rising Manitoba comedian consults with a trio of authors from the Mennonite community in a short film that explodes the humourless image of Mennonites.
Matt Falk’s film, That Mennonite Joke, includes segments with authors including Governor General Award-winning novelist/memoirist Miriam Toews, novelist/playwright Armin Wiebe (The Salvation of Yasch Siemens) and prose poet Nathan Dueck (author of the oddly punctuated king’s(mere) and he’ll).
The film, which premièred in February in Steinbach and at the Winnipeg Reel to Reel Film Festival, also includes segments with Mennonite comedians Corny Rempel and Leland Klassen.
That Mennonite Joke is available to watch on MTS’s video on demand service.
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The author of the bestselling Canadian book since Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale — if not since Anne of Green Gables — will discuss his latest blend of philosophy, fantasy and world travel Monday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Saskatoon-based novelist Yann Martel, author of the 10-million-plus-selling Life of Pi, is back with The High Mountains of Portugal, a three-part novel described as part quest, part ghost story and part fable.
His visit is presented by the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival. For more on Martel, see page D3 of this weekend’s 49.8 section.
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Winnipeg writer and IT professional Gerald Brandt dives into cyberpunk waters with his debut novel, The Courier, to be launched Wednesday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson.
The novel, published by Penguin science fiction and fantasy imprint DAW Books, is the story of a motorcycle courier in a gritty and highly stratified city that extends from San Francisco to the Mexican border.
American book chain Barnes and Noble has placed Brandt’s book on its "booksellers’ pick" list of sci-fi and fantasy books to watch for.
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A recent ruling by the Copyright Board of Canada appears to redefine the three Rs in Canadian schools: Reading, ’Riting and Robbery.
That’s the gist of the complaint by Access Copyright and the Writers’ Union of Canada, which say the recent ruling on the rate education systems must pay for copying copyrighted works allows schools to get out of paying for nearly 90 per cent of the intellectual property they copy.
The board recently set a rate of $2.41 per student per year (just over half of the rate a decade ago) for copying of material used by schools. In setting that rate, the board estimated Canada’s schools copy about 195 million pages per year, but also estimated 179 million of those pages constitute "fair use" for which compensation is not required.
Not only does the decision harm writers and publishers, Writers’ Union chair Heather Menzies says, "the students of this country will also pay a heavy price as the source of this cultural work dries up. Authors cannot afford to work for free."
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An award-winning poetry collection from 1987 by Manitoba’s Di Brandt is being re-released and will be the focus of a panel discussion at the University of Winnipeg Friday at 2:30 p.m. (Room 1L04).
Brandt’s questions i asked my mother is described as a "bold vision of the feminine that confronts centuries of patriarchal culture" and won the Gerald Lampert Award of the League of Canadian Poets, as well as being shortlisted for national and international honours.
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