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Winnipeg’s Great Plains Publications has created a new imprint for books for middle-years readers, and is planning a slate of three new books from Manitoba writers next spring to kick it off.
"We had been focused primarily on books for teens under our Great Plains Teen Fiction imprint. However, we were often turning away excellent books because they were geared towards a younger age group," publisher Gregg Shilliday says. "We decided to publish Tyler Enfield’s Hannah and the Magic Eye under our teen imprint, despite being for younger readers, as we loved the book and had published Tyler’s Madder Carmine previously. Its success encouraged us to rebrand to create a space for middle-years fiction alongside our books for teens."
The Yellow Dog imprint (named after the late Scout, the publisher’s popular resident canine) will feature novels from Jodi Carmichael, Anita Daher and Colleen Nelson.
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After a family trip to First World War battlefields, a Calgary-raised, Netherlands-based financial analyst was inspired to create a series of historical novels about Canada’s role in the conflict.
Darrell Duthie’s first novel, Malcolm MacPhail’s Great War, begins just before the battle of Passchendaele is about to start. It tells the story through the eyes of an intelligence captain in the Canadian Army; the Winnipeg-based Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders play a significant role.
Duthie’s working on a sequel focusing on the Hundred Days battles in 1918, when the Canadians played a key role in breaking the back of the German army.
Malcolm MacPhail’s Great War is available on Amazon.
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An annual dinner at the Prairie Ink restaurant at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Monday gets participants in on the excitement around the Giller Prize while supporting a Canadian literary-education institution.
The Giller Light dinner sees local (and former local) notables Ismaila Alfa, Tricia Cooper, Wab Kinew, Margo Goodhand and Angela Torgerson advocating for each of the five authors/books on this year’s Giller short list, respectively: Rachel Cusk’s Transit; Michelle Winters’ I Am a Truck; Eden Robinson’s Son of a Trickster; Michael Redhill’s Bellevue Square; and Ed O’Loughlin’s Minds of Winter.
Tickets are $60 plus tax, and are available by calling 204-475-0483 or visiting the McNally Robinson website. Proceeds from the Giller Light event benefit Frontier College.
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The Winnipeg Public Library is putting together a day to help you get through the long, dark season ahead.
BookFest, at the Millennium Library, includes a series of panels, discussions and presentations to provide you or your book club with enough reading recommendations to get through the long Manitoba winter.
The free event, taking place Nov. 25, includes a panel discussion, a do-it-yourself "poetry station" with writer-in-residence Jennifer Still, presentations of new books and a Manitoba Book Expo featuring 11 local publishing houses.
Events run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The schedule is at wfp.to/sY7.
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B.C. author Lee Maracle, one of Canada’s most influential Indigenous literary voices, explores questions that have arisen over the years in My Conversations With Canadians.
The award-winning writer and educator explores questions on citizenship, segregation, labour, law, prejudice and reconciliation in the new book.
Maracle will discuss the new book on Friday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson, with Winnipeg poet and host of CBC’s Unreserved Rosanna Deerchild.