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Winnipeg writer Paul Boge won three awards, including book of the year, at the 2019 Word Guild awards for his book The True Story of Canadian Human Trafficking.
The book focuses on the story of a teenage girl who was lured online into trafficking and on former MP Joy Smith’s fight to pass a new law against human trafficking. Boge plans to donate all royalties from the book to the Joy Smith Foundation for victims of trafficking.
In addition to the best-book award, it won the awards for best life story and for writing about social justice.
Boge’s other eight books include The Urban Saint: The Harry Lehotsky Story, which focuses on the founding of New Life Ministries to serve Winnipeg’s West End community.
The Word Guild is an organization of Christian writers, editors and publishers.
The hedge fund that owns Waterstones, the largest bookstore chain in the U.K., has purchased Barnes & Noble, the largest bookstore chain in the U.S.
Owner Elliott Management will make the CEO of Waterstones, James Daunt, the CEO of both chains, which will remain separate but share "best practices," according to the Guardian.
Waterstones has 293 stores in the U.K., Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands. Barnes & Noble has 627 stores across the U.S. and recorded sales of US$3.7 billion last year.
Northern Manitoba-based Goldrock Press is publishing four new children’s book that will teach words and counting in Cree and Ojibwa, and which the publisher will launch July 6 at 7 p.m. at the McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Grant Park location.
Entawi Kiskinomakawayan (I Go to School), by Pauline Apetagon, teaches Cree words associated with school.
Akihtasowina, by Ann-Margaret Day-Osborne, introduces young children to numbers in Cree, English and syllabics.
Sekwan (It is Spring), by Brenda Fontaine, introduces children to Cree phrases related to melting ice, returning birds and other signs of spring.
Nimaajaa Agwajing (I Go Outside), by Susan Johnston, introduces children to Ojibwa words about weather, plants, animals and other aspects of nature.
The publisher is also launching the new book by Dorene Meyer, Bannock and Sweet Tea, which follows one woman’s journey from the residential school era, through the ’60s Scoop and to the current foster-care system.
Two years after a controversy over an all-white long list, the U.K.’s top award for children’s writing has gone to a writer of colour for the first time.
Elizabeth Acevedo won this year’s Carnegie Medal for her novel in verse The Poet X, the story of a Dominican girl who finds her voice after joining her school’s slam poetry club.
Acevedo, a Dominican-American former Grade 8 teacher, has said she was inspired to write the novel because students told her there weren’t any books that spoke to their own lives.
The medal was founded in 1936 and previously awarded to C.S. Lewis and Neil Gaiman.
In his debut novel Paper Boy Chronicles, Garwood Robb, a retired teacher and current Canstar newspaper St. Norbert community correspondent, tells the story of a young man who finds himself when he goes to work for a small prairie newspaper.
Robb, originally from Grandview, has his protagonist leave his dysfunctional family in the city and find love and mystery in the small town.
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