Winnipeg author signed for YA trilogy
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.