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This article was published 11/2/2017 (1475 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Four books with Manitoba connections are among those nominated for the Relit Awards, which honour excellence in novels, poetry and short fiction published by independent publishers in Canada.
In the poetry category, Méira Cook was nominated for Monologue Dogs (Brick Books) and Karen Press for Exquisite Monsters (Turnstone Press).
Donna Besel was nominated in the short fiction category for her collection Lessons From a Nude Man (Hagios Press). Alberta writer Richard Van Camp was nominated for his short fiction collection Night Moves, published by Manitoba’s Enfield & Wizenty.
While the prize may boost the profile of the winners, it doesn’t do much for their bank balances — winners receive a hand-crafted ring, but no cash.
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Two acclaimed women authors launch new novels this week at McNally Robinson Booksellers, in appearances co-sponsored by the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival.
Eden Robinson, shortlisted for the Giller Prize for her first novel, Monkey Beach, will read from and discuss her new novel, Son of a Trickster (see review on page D18). She visits the bookstore Sunday at 2 p.m.
On Monday at 7 p.m., two-time Giller shortlistee Heather O’Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, Daydreams of Angels) will launch her new novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel.
Set in Montreal and New York between the world wars, it’s the story of two orphans — a pianist and a dancer — who survive life in the underworld and dream of creating a magical and seductive circus.
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If you #LoveLocalBooks you can win yourself a great meal, a fun night out and some local reading material this month.
The Association of Manitoba Book Publishers is celebrating I Love to Read Month with a social media promotion and prizes.
During February, take a picture of yourself buying a Manitoba book or checking one out at the library and post the selfie on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #LoveLocalBooks to be entered for a prize draw.
The winning book lover gets a package of Manitoba books, a $100 Rae & Jerry’s Steakhouse gift certificate and two tickets to the Theatre By the River’s Wine and Words evening.
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Poet Jennifer Still is leading a unique architectural tour of the University of Manitoba campus this winter.
As this year’s writer-in-residence at the U of M’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, she’s leading a writing workshop in which participants meet each week in a different unique space on campus. Locations include labs, the observatory, a greenhouse, an art gallery and the library’s special collections area.
As writer-in-residence, Still is available to meet with writers on campus and in the community and can be reached through the CCWOC.
Katherena Vermette, the University of Winnipeg’s Carol Shields writer-in-residence, will do the same in March.
The winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for North End Love Songs and finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust and CBC’s Canada Reads for her novel The Break, Vermette will do a reading as part of her residency March 8 at 12:30 p.m. in room 1L07.
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When freelance writer Joanne Seiff learned that a reader had been clipping and keeping her Jewish Post & News columns, a book was born.
The Winnipeg newspaper urged Seiff to publish a collection of her columns in the form of a book, now available under the title From the Outside In. Covering life as a newcomer in Winnipeg, a mother and a community-minded thinker, the columns were published in 2015 and 2016.
Seiff also writes for other Jewish publications as well as online for CBC, Salon and Vogue Knitting. Her book is available in paperback and ebook format from Amazon.