Win­nipeg au­thor signed for YA tril­ogy

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - BOOKS - By Bob Arm­strong

WIN­NIPEG’S Sa­man­tha Mary Beiko is cel­e­brat­ing a three­book deal with Toronto-based ECW Press for a young-adult fan­tasy se­ries, with the first vol­ume sched­uled to ap­pear in 2017.

Beiko, who was nom­i­nated for the Eileen Sykes McTav­ish Best First Book award at the 2014 Man­i­toba Book Awards and the 2014 Aurora Awards Best YA Award for her novel The Lake and the Li­brary, de­scribes the planned se­ries as “Amer­i­can Gods meets Princess Mononoke.” The first book, Scion of the Fox, takes place in Win­nipeg, and will also fea­ture Beiko’s art­work.

If you know what Spy mag­a­zine was im­ply­ing back in the ’80s and ’90s when it called Don­ald Trump a “short­fin­gered vul­gar­ian,” it might come as a sur­prise to learn that, in the world of gay on­line erot­ica, he’s big.

The Los An­ge­les Times re­cently re­ported an ebook called Trump Temp­ta­tions: The Bil­lion­aire and the Bell­boy, was No. 1 on Ama­zon in the gay erot­ica and hu­mor­ous erot­ica cat­e­gories.

Steamy ex­cerpts are avail­able on­line on Cos­mopoli­tan’s web­site.

The growth of on­line re­tail­ing hasn’t just hurt bricks-and-mor­tar book­stores. Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Book­sell­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Ama­zon and other on­line re­tail­ers are de­priv­ing gov­ern­ments in the U.S. of a for­tune in sales- and prop­erty-tax rev­enue.

The ABA re­leased a study in Jan­uary by con­sult­ing firm Civic Eco­nom­ics show­ing lost sales taxes from Ama­zon re­sulted in US$625 mil­lion (C$877 mil­lion) less tax rev­enue for cities and states in 2014 alone. Empty retail space re­sult­ing from the growth of on­line sales re­sulted in lost prop­er­ty­tax rev­enue of US$420 mil­lion (C$590 mil­lion) in 2014.

A Saskatchewan writer, sto­ry­teller, vis­ual artist and for­mer CBC jour­nal­ist tells the story of the Six­ties Scoop in her novel Bearskin Di­ary, launch­ing Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at McNally Robin­son.

Carol Daniels, who be­came the first abo­rig­i­nal woman in Canada to an­chor a na­tional news broad­cast when she worked at CBC News­world in 1989, tells the story of Sandy, a girl taken from her fam­ily and raised as the only abo­rig­i­nal per­son in a small town. She over­comes bul­ly­ing and racism to be­come a jour­nal­ist, then em­barks on a strug­gle to dis­cover the cul­ture she was taken from as a child.

Two Man­i­toba lit­er­ary in­sti­tu­tions come to­gether Wed­nes­day to build a bridge of words across the Red River when Prairie Fire launches a spe­cial bilin­gual edi­tion fea­tur­ing the work of the prov­ince’s fran­co­phone writ­ers.

The edi­tion, ti­tled Rendez-vous, cel­e­brates the 40th an­niver­sary of Win­nipeg pub­lish­ing com­pany Les Edi­tions du Blé. It’s edited by J.R. Léveillé and Ros­marin Hei­den­re­ich, who are among the mag­a­zine’s 15 con­trib­u­tors.

The launch party starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Cen­tre cul­turel franco-man­i­to­bain on Provencher Boule­vard.

Men­non­ite lit­er­ary mag­a­zine Rhubarb un­veils a new edi­tion and editor at a launch party Thurs­day.

The mag­a­zine’s 38th edi­tion, fo­cus­ing on gen­der, is ded­i­cated to Saskatchewan writer Wes Funk, who died last year at age 46 af­ter pub­lish­ing four books, in­clud­ing a mem­oir of grow­ing up gay and Men­non­ite in a small town.

New editor Ber­nice Friesen, from Saskatchewan and new book re­viewer Susie Fisher, from Vic­to­ria, will join Saskatchewan poet Ted Dyck and con­trib­u­tors from Texas, On­tario and Man­i­toba in what pub­lisher Vic­tor Enns calls a “satel­lite launch.” The party starts at 7:30 p.m. at Sam’s Place, 159 Hen­der­son High­way.

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