Manitobans brought together through literature
By Wab Kinew, 273 pages, Penguin Canada, Released Sept 29
Words surround us everywhere, everyday.
This year, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, Thin Air, celebrates words and the stories they tell.
No matter your job or your gender, everyone seems to have an opinion about women working in the sex industry.
If you’re a local bookworm, odds are good you’ve attended one of the many McNally Robinson book launches, held regularly by Peg-city scribes at the flagship Grant Park location. Novelist Trevin Thomas’s Puppy + Prey began as a Creative Communications project for the current Red River student, but quickly snowballed into something much bigger.
Embarking on a career in the arts can be daunting. Scratch that.
Last May, the first ever Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism conference was held in Winnipeg. On Feb. 28, the organizers of the conference are continuing the work that started over that spring weekend with a one-day symposium.
The act of writing can be tackled in at least two ways. First, there’s the option of sitting and letting the mind spin tales of wonder and far-off lands, yet only venturing as far as the kitchen to make a new pot of coffee. Or the writer can hurl themselves into a story regardless of where in the world it may take them, or how little logic the plan contains.
Getting fiction published isn’t easy, but Samantha Beiko has managed to pull it off.
If you’ve ever wondered how your favourite book becomes your favourite (or least favourite) movie, you’ll want to add Cinematheque’s From Novel to Screen - The Writer’s Imagination to your calendar. The showcase series runs from Jan. 28 until May 27 and focuses on a selection of films featuring Canadian literary or cinematic connections.
Jim Silver has long provided a voice against the status quo.
Arthur Slade wants to help you bring your supernatural realm to life. The established Saskatoon-based horror/fantasy author is coming to Winnipeg to share his secrets in a workshop hosted by the Manitoba Writers’ Guild.
Alan Doyle went from handling cod tongues to fronting Canadian folk-rock legends Great Big Sea, a journey he details in Where I Belong. Doyle has previously written some blogs on the Great Big Sea website, which caught the attention of Random House Canada. The publishing company later suggested he write a book about his life growing up.
I realize that you were recently in Winnipeg for the receiving of an honorary doctorate from the U of W, and that is was the university that it was your father attended. How did the convocation go?
Despite the vast number of Canadian-made horror films out there, what exactly defines the genre can be difficult to pinpoint.
It’s been a slow burn. Saul’s long served as a thorn in the side of the neo-conservative and excessively rational: over a few decades, he’s authored dozens of works (most famously 1992’s Voltaire’s Bastards), delivered the 1995 Massey Lecture (later published as The Unconscious Civilization) and served as the president of PEN International. But now, his sights have fully swivelled to Indigenous issues. He’s calling Canada to account for its past and ongoing atrocities. Any niceties are gone. The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power And Influence is the result.
It’s an odd thought: while the boreal forest - the wondrous home of wood bison, spruce trees and 2.5 million Canadians - makes up over half of the country’s land mass, many southerners know very little about it. It’s Michele Genest’s mission to change that through food. The Boreal Feast, a new cookbook that features recipes to promote the use of northern foods, is the latest iteration in her quest, coming on the heels of her 2010 book The Boreal Gourmet.
Ghostly encounters in Room 202 of the Fort Garry Hotel, a deceased war veteran hanging out in the Burton Cummings Theatre, scandals and symbols in the Legislative Building: this is the supernatural history of our city, a history Matthew Komus is ready to share in his debut book, Haunted Winnipeg.
Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg is a coffee table book exploring the love-hate relationship some people have with our city, written by Bartley Kives, a Winnipeg Free Press journalist who wrote his first book, A Daytripper’s Guide to Manitoba, in 2006. All photos are by Bryan Scott, a local photographer best known for his Winnipeg Love Hate photo blog. There’s also a foreword written by Weakerthans front man John K. Samson.
Public speaking certainly isn’t a challenge for Frank Christopher Busch; over the years, he’s delivered many talks at conferences on the topic of Aboriginal business and finance. But the speaking tour that’s accompanying the release of his debut novel, Grey Eyes, is a whole different story. Now, it’s extremely personal. Nerves hit every time he presents.