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For many Manitobans, this is the season for picking up a paddle and exploring the beauty of the Canadian Shield’s lakes and rivers.
For those who like the idea, but not the exertion, Ontario author and canoeist Hap Wilson has written Lake Superior to Manitoba By Canoe, his account of his work establishing a 1,200-kilometre water portion of the Trans Canada Trail.
Wilson provides maps and GPS co-ordinates for readers interested in tracing his route themselves. The book, from Firefly Press, also includes stories of bear confrontations, being struck by lightning and enduring ticks, blackflies and mosquitoes, which might be better experienced second-hand.
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A different take on Canada’s iconic small boat will be presented this fall in Phyllis Rudin’s coming-of-age humour novel My True and Complete Adventures as a Wannabe Voyageur.
The novel, from Alberta-based NeWest Press, is the story of a young man in present-day Montreal who becomes obsessed with the fur trade. His job at an in-store fur-trade museum at the Bay in Montreal has him convinced he was born in the wrong century, an obsession that comes to a head when the store announces it’s planning to close the museum.
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Rudin’s novel is one of five books in NeWest’s fall lineup.
Also on tap in September-October are: Matanzas, the latest in Gerry Ryan’s Detective Lane mystery series, this one involving Lane in the investigation of the murder of a Canadian tourist in Cuba; What is Going to Happen Next, by Karen Hofmann, a drama about a family coming to terms with the death of one parent and hospitalization of another; To Me You Seem Giant, by Greg Rhyno, a first novel about a wannabe rock star in Thunder Bay in the grunge-ridden ’90s who ends up stuck in his hometown teaching high school a decade later; and Darwin’s Moving, a memoir by Taylor Lambert about working in a moving company, which explores the class divides of Calgary, where ex-cons and drug addicts pick up occasional work packing up the belongings of oil company executives moving to larger McMansions.
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Portage la Prairie novelist Terrie Todd launches her third novel Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson.
Bleak Landing is the story of Irish immigrant Bridget O’Sullivan, who grows up poor and bullied in a dead-end prairie town in the Depression, runs away to the city and returns as an adult to claim her inheritance. The novel is published by Waterfall Press, a Christian publishing house acquired by Amazon.
It’s her third novel to revisit the 1930s or ’40s for an inspirational story, and her second with Waterfall Press, following her earlier books Maggie’s War and The Silver Suitcase.
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Winnipeg science fiction, fantasy and horror writer Den Valdron explores a current buzzword in genre fiction during a workshop for the Manitoba Writers’ Guild Aug. 19.
The workshop focuses on "world-building," techniques for making past, future or fantasy worlds lifelike and believable. He’ll talk history, physics, economics, geology and human nature and discuss ways writers can insert context and background into stories without inserting excess exposition.
The workshop runs 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Guild’s Artspace office. Tickets are available at wfp.to/fX2.
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In today’s business environment, a Canadian bookstore chain expanding into the U.S. is definitely news. Indigo Books will expand into the U.S. market next year following a three-year turnaround that saw the chain go from losing $31 million in 2013-14 to earning $21 million in 2016-17.
Publishers Weekly reports that the firm topped $1 billion in gross sales in the last fiscal year for the first time ever. The turnaround comes as Indigo shifts its focus to being a "gifting" store that also sells books.