Ian Rankin re­turn­ing for sign­ing in Novem­ber

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS & LIFE - By Bob Arm­strong

SMan­i­toba ER physi­cian Dono­van Gray is join­ing the ranks of the suc­cess sto­ries of lit­er­ary self-pub­lish­ing with his comic mem­oir Dude, Where’s My Stetho­scope?

The book, which tells be­hind-the­cur­tain sto­ries from his ca­reer in Win­nipeg, ru­ral Man­i­toba and north­ern On­tario, has spent more than four months on McNally Robin­son’s Top 5 list and sold out its en­tire ini­tial press run of 1,500 — con­sid­er­ably out­selling most books from re­gional trade pub­lish­ers.

Gray is now sell­ing his se­cond 1,500copy press run and still do­ing read­ings to pro­mote the book, which is also avail­able from his web­site and the Vic­to­ria Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal gift shop. COTTISH de­tec­tive master Ian Rankin is re­turn­ing to Win­nipeg for a book sign­ing in Novem­ber. His North Amer­i­can pub­lisher, Ha­chette Books, has an­nounced that Rankin will be in at McNally Robin­son Book­sellers on Nov. 29 to pro­mote his new In­spec­tor Rebus novel, Saints of the Shadow Bi­ble, which comes out Nov. 7.

Rankin is do­ing sev­eral Cana­dian dates. He has done read­ings in Win­nipeg at least twice, in 2001 and 2004, and al­ways draws a crowd.

A 400-year-old Cree woman is imag­i­na­tively brought to life in an il­lus­trated book be­ing launched this Thurs­day at 7 p.m. at the Man­i­toba Mu­seum.

Pisim Finds Her Miskanow, by Wil­liam Du­mas with il­lus­tra­tions by Leonard Paul, imag­ines a week in the life of a young Cree woman from the 1600s who finds her miskanow, or des­tiny. The book, pub­lished by Win­nipeg’s High­wa­ter Press, in­cludes side­bars on Cree lan­guage and cul­ture, his­tory and ar­chae­ol­ogy.

The project fol­lows the dis­cov­ery in 1993 at South In­dian Lake of a young woman’s burial site, ex­posed as a re­sult of flood­ing caused by Man­i­toba Hy­dro.

Lo­cal writer Sarah Klassen’s po­etry and short fic­tion have won her a shelf’sworth of awards in the last 25 years, in­clud­ing the High Plains Award for fic­tion from the Prairie prov­inces and states, and the Cana­dian Au­thor’s As­so­ci­a­tion Award for Po­etry.

Now as she launches her first novel — the story of a Men­non­ite fam­ily deal­ing with trou­bles at home, work and school — ex­pec­ta­tions are high among Man­i­toba’s lit­er­ary com­mu­nity.

Klassen launches The Wit­ten­bergs (Turn­stone Press) Thurs­day at 7 p.m. at McNally Robin­son.

If you as­sume that aca­demics and po­lice of­fi­cers will have very dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives on law and or­der is­sues, a new book from McGill-Queen’s Univer­sity Press may come as a sur­prise.

Cana­dian Polic­ing in the 21st Cen­tury is writ­ten by Robert Chris­mas, a doc­toral stu­dent in peace and con­flict stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba and a Win­nipeg po­lice of­fi­cer with 28 years of ex­pe­ri­ence.

The book, be­ing launched Wed­nes­day at 7 p.m. at McNally Robin­son, looks at po­lice cul­ture, chang­ing de­mo­graph­ics and the need for greater co-op­er­a­tion be­tween po­lice ser­vices and other agen­cies. It also pro­poses strate­gies for gang and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, In­ter­net child ex­ploita­tion and other con­cerns.

Game of Thrones ap­pears to be on the minds of a num­ber of new par­ents in the U.K.

A re­cent item on Slate points out that the U.K.’s Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics re­port for 2012 shows a num­ber of ba­bies named af­ter char­ac­ters from Ge­orge R.R. Martin’s fan­tasy books and the HBO hit se­ries.

There were 104 girls named Arya, 68 Neds, eight Brans and four chil­dren each with the names Sansa and Tyrion. Ad­di­tion­ally, there were 15 ba­bies named Theon, whose par­ents ob­vi­ously haven’t made it to Sea­son 3.

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