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Poetry will be in the air this week when Winnipeg hosts the semifinals and finals of Poetry in Voice, a national competition that encourages students to read and recite poetry.
Established by Scott Griffin, founder of the Griffin Prize for Poetry, Poetry in Voice offers cash prizes for high-school students who memorize and perform poetry. Twenty-four semifinalists from across Canada in the English, French and bilingual streams of the competition will compete to be among the nine finalists in the public performance Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium. Tickets for the event are $10 general admission or $5 for a poet, senior or student.
In addition to the competitive events, students will take part in a poetry workshop, an open mic night and a poetry-themed scavenger hunt through the city.
Two Manitoba students are among the semifinalists: Nawal Semir (Glenlawn Collegiate) and Nina Thach (Kildonan-East Collegiate).
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Several of the poets featured in the National Poetry Month section in today’s Free Press will read from their work tonight — the fourth year in a row in which the newspaper and the League of Canadian Poets have teamed up to celebrate the art form.
The poetry party begins at 7 p.m. at the Grant Park location of McNally Robinson Booksellers.
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Winnipeg veterinarian Philipp Schott takes readers into the examination room in The Accidental Veterinarian: Tales From a Pet Practice.
Schott, who manages a large pet hospital, includes potentially useful tips such as how to give a cat a pill, how to keep a clever dog from opening the fridge and what to do when one of your pet fish has partially swallowed another.
He launches the book on Thursday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson’s Grant Park location.
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Winnipeg library users who have been following the controversy over security screening at the Millennium Library will be intrigued by The Public, a movie that dramatizes how libraries have become de facto refuges for the homeless.
Emilio Estevez, who wrote and directed the film, plays a librarian in Cincinnati, Ohio, whose library is occupied by a group of homeless people, led by The Wire’s Michael Kenneth Williams, seeking refuge from a cold snap.
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Award-winning Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan has teamed up with top Hollywood talent to create a television series based on her novel Washington Black.
The story of an 11-year-old boy who escapes slavery in Barbados for a travelling life with a scientist, Washington Black won last year’s Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Edugyan is producing the series, along with Anthony Hemingway, who directed episodes of Orange Is the New Black, Shameless and American Crime Story, and Sterling K. Brown, a star of This Is Us and Black Panther.
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Winnipeg poets Lori Cayer and Jason Stefanik are in the running for awards offered by the League of Canadian Poets.
Cayer, editor of the journal Contemporary Verse 2, is nominated for the Raymond Souster Award for best book of poetry for her book Mrs. Romanov, a poetic exploration of the last Czarina of Russia. She’s also longlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for the best book of poetry by a woman.
Stefanik is long-listed for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for the best first book of poetry for Night Became Years, which brings together a vision of contemporary innercity life with Elizabethan language.
Winnipeg publisher Signature Editions also has one book nominated, Body Work by Emilia Nielsen.
Short lists for the three awards will be announced on Tuesday.