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.
Winnipeg folk-pop musician Christine Fellows can now add the role of poet to her resume.
If only every university project turned out as successfully as Cockroach Zine.
Mennonites began to arrive in southern Manitoba in 1873. With an enforced distinction from what they perceived as the corrupt world, Mennonite culture historically eschewed various artistic pursuits, but in the last half century, Mennonite literature has been growing.
Ariel Gordon is one of the most down-to-earth people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. She’s funny, insightful and has an affinity for nature, like taking “macro photographs of mushrooms.”
Winnipeg writer Jonathan Ball’s work blurs “poetry, prose, fiction and essay” into a voice and form that’s only his.
Winnipeg is teeming with writers. We tend to focus, however, on the authors who’ve published books when there are in fact many writers out there actively publishing great pieces online, in newspapers, literary journals and anthologies, too.
On March 3, Winnipeg political activist Nick Ternette died at the age of 68. Now, his memoirs have surfaced in an autobiography called Rebel Without a Pause.
Writer and illustrator GMB Chomichuk has been communicating through words and pictures for as long as he can remember. He’s spent years and countless hours perfecting his craft and it’s paying off in spades.
David Annandale is a literary force to be reckoned with. This year alone he’s published three books. Although he’s been writing science-fiction as of late, it’s Annandale’s absolute love of horror that started it all.
Anita Daher is one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. She’s charming, funny and strongly supportive of the Winnipeg writing community.
Winnipeg writer S.M. Beiko’s Young Adult novel The Lake and the Library (ECW Press) has been receiving positive reviews since its release last May.
Charlene Diehl – director of Thin Air 2013 – is determined to change people’s perceptions of what the festival actually is.
Be it tuition or textbooks, post-secondary school expenses seem to climb every year, but two Winnipeg bloggers are helping students get through university without being swallowed up by debt.
Jon Paul Fiorentino’s new collection of poetry Needs Improvement (Coach House Books) contains some of his best and most important work yet.
Local writer Chadwick Ginther is en route to becoming a literary giant in the sci-fi and fantasy community.