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Two Winnipeggers are still sinking into new publishing jobs, with a national publisher of fantasy fiction and a Winnipeg publisher of fiction and non-fiction from left of centre.
Samantha Beiko, who writes fantasy fiction (The Lake and the Library) and co-hosts the Winnipeg Chiaroscuro Reading Series, has been named co-publisher of the fantasy publisher ChiZine Publications.
Beiko, who had already been working as managing editor of the company, takes over from co-founder Brett Savoury, who is stepping down to focus on his own writing. Savoury will remain as co-owner and editor at large.
Winnipeg’s ARP Books announced its new executive editor in September. Todd Besant, a former managing editor at Turnstone Press, will oversee the publishing program, strategic direction and day-to-day operations at the 20-year-old company.
ARP, originally known as Arbeiter Ring, has published fiction, poetry, books on film and history and a large selection of works on indigenous issues.
After releasing his new novel, The Archaeologists, chapter by chapter online through several Canadian literary magazines, Toronto writer Hal Niedzviecki launches it in person in Winnipeg Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. at the Millennium Library. He’ll be joined by Vancouver writer and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee, reading from her new novel The Conjoined (ECW Press), a story of secrets and lies set in motion by the discovery of two dead children.
Niedzviecki’s novel, a social satire set in an Ontario bedroom community, is published by ARP Books.
After a long career as an award-winning journalist, humourist and broadcaster, Marni Jackson launches her first book of fiction Monday at 7:30 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Don’t I Know You? is a collection of linked stories about a woman’s string of encounters with celebrities, from early meetings with John Updike, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell to an unlikely trio of Taylor Swift, Leonard Cohen and Karl Ove Knausgaard, whom she meets on a canoe trip.
Canadian biographer and historian Charlotte Gray kicks of what will likely be a year of Canada 150-themed books with a Thursday launch at McNally Robinson.
Gray, author of nine biographies, including Mrs. King and Sisters in the Wilderness, examines nine people — including George-Etienne Cartier, Emily Carr, Tommy Douglas, Margaret Atwood and Elijah Harper — who’ve shaped Canada in The Promise of Canada: 150 Years. The reading starts at 7 p.m.
David Bezmozgis’s 2014 novel The Betrayers is one of five winners of the 2016 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.
The Betrayers, the story of an embattled Israeli politician who flees his country for Crimea, won the fiction category, while Mark Celinscak won the non-fiction award with Distance From the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Nazi Concentration Camp. The history award went to Beverley Chalmers for Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women’s Voices Under Nazi Rule. Daniel Goodwin won the poetry award for Catullus’s Soldiers and Emil Sher won the young adult award for Young Man With Camera.
The awards, worth $10,000 each, are presented every year by the Koffler Centre for the Arts, except for the poetry prize, which is offered every third year.
Nearly simultaneously with the Vine Awards announcement, the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards announced their winners for 2016.
Sigal Samuel won the fiction prize for The Mystics of Mile End, Agata Tuszynska won the Holocaust literary prize for A Family History of Fear, Howard Akler won the memoir/biography prize for Men of Action and Michael Marrus won the history prize for Lessons of the Holocaust.
The awards are hosted by the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University.