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Short-story award short list revealed

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When Irish writer Gerard Beirne moved to Canada in 1999, the first place he and his wife lived was Norway House, a Cree community on the east channel of the Nelson River.

That experience was the inspiration for Beirne’s short-story collection In a Time of Drought and Hunger, one of five books contending for this year’s Danuta Gleed Literary Award, presented by the Writers’ Union of Canada to the book judged to be the best first English-language short-story collection of the previous year.

One of the stories in the collection deals with a protest at the site of Manitoba Hydro’s Jenpeg Control Structure on the Nelson River and is published in the literary magazine Numero Cinq, available at wfp.to/eYV.

Montreal novelist Heather O’Neill (Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night), nominated for her collection Daydreams of Angels, is the best-known writer on the Danuta Gleed shortlist and the only one with a book from a major publisher.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 11/6/2016 (862 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

When Irish writer Gerard Beirne moved to Canada in 1999, the first place he and his wife lived was Norway House, a Cree community on the east channel of the Nelson River.

That experience was the inspiration for Beirne’s short-story collection In a Time of Drought and Hunger, one of five books contending for this year’s Danuta Gleed Literary Award, presented by the Writers’ Union of Canada to the book judged to be the best first English-language short-story collection of the previous year.

One of the stories in the collection deals with a protest at the site of Manitoba Hydro’s Jenpeg Control Structure on the Nelson River and is published in the literary magazine Numero Cinq, available at wfp.to/eYV.

Montreal novelist Heather O’Neill (Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night), nominated for her collection Daydreams of Angels, is the best-known writer on the Danuta Gleed shortlist and the only one with a book from a major publisher.

Others on the list are Andrew Forbes for What You Need, Hugh Graham for Last Words and Kevin Hardcastle for Debris.

The winner will be announced in Toronto next week at the Canadian Writers’ Summit, a gathering of Canada’s national writers’ organizations.

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After winning the 2012 Canada Reads debate on CBC with her first memoir, Something Fierce, Chilean-born Carmen Aguirre is back with a book of her life experiences in Canada, entitled Mexican Hooker #1 And My Other Roles Since the Revolution.

The book draws on her life in Canada since arriving at age six as a refugee from Augusto Pinochet’s Chile, and examines experiences ranging from her life as an actress to her encounter as an adult with the rapist who attacked her when she was 13.

Aguirre discusses the book Monday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson.

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Alberta poet Jenna Butler tells stories from nine years of work she and her partner have spent building an organic market garden on a quarter section of northern Alberta bush in A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail.

Butler, who teaches at Red Deer College and spends summers working on the property north of Edmonton, will discuss the book Tuesday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson.

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Morden’s most famous monster comes to life along with his contemporaries in a new illustrated book about the creatures of Manitoba’s ancient past.

Author Larry Verstraete launches Dinosaurs of the Deep: Discover Prehistoric Marine Life June 28 at McNally Robinson at 7 p.m., in an event that includes a panel discussion on ancient creatures and a fossil display from the Morden-based Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.

The star of the new book is the mosasaur, the giant predator that grew up to 15 metres long. But the book, illustrated by Julius Csotonyi, also looks at the fanged fish and car-sized turtles that swam in the Western Interior Seaway, which once covered the prairies.

The launch will also include the chance to win tickets for free admission to the CFDC and to a fossil dig.

The first Paper Chase reader to email the name of the longest dinosaur on public display in the world (hint — it’s on display in Morden) wins a family pass.

Send your answer to the email address below.

booknewsbob@gmail.com

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