Comic nov­el­ists to grace fest stage

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Bob Arm­strong

TWO comic takes on fam­ily and life are among the high­lights in the main­stage events at this year’s Thin Air Win­nipeg In­ter­na­tional Writ­ers’ Fes­ti­val.

The an­nual event kicked off Fri­day night and runs through Sept. 28 at var­i­ous venues.

The Tues­day evening event at Man­i­toba Theatre for Young Peo­ple fea­tures Cassie Stocks, who won this year’s Stephen Lea­cock Medal for Hu­mour with her de­but novel Dance, Gla­dys, Dance, the story of a per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally frus­trated young woman who be­friends a ghost. The Ed­mon­ton-based Stocks is the first woman since 1996, and only the sixth in 66 years, to win the national hu­mour award.

One of the run­ners-up in this year’s Lea­cock, On­tario nov­el­ist An­drew Kauf­man, will also read Tues­day evening from his re­cent fam­ily com­edy Born Weird. Main­stage events run Mon­day to Fri­day at 8 p.m. and fea­ture four or five writ­ers read­ing and dis­cussing their writ­ing.

Thin Air or­ga­niz­ers also re­ceived a boost on Mon­day when the Giller Prize long list was an­nounced and in­cluded one of the fes­ti­val’s un­known names.

Elis­a­beth de Mari­affi, first-time author of the story col­lec­tion How to Get Along With Women, pub­lished by Hal­i­fax bou­tique house In­vis­i­ble Pub­lish­ing, will read at the main­stage event this Thurs­day at MTYP.

The fes­ti­val also in­cludes a wide range of day­time pro­gram­ming as well as the free Sun­day evening Voices from the Oo­dena read­ing by lo­cal au­thors at The Forks. by Aus­tralian writer Tiffany Bev­eridge, con­sists of overly art-di­rected pho­tos from fash­ion shoots for chil­dren, with hi­lar­i­ous cap­tions de­scrib­ing the life of the author’s “daugh­ter,” Quinoa. Sam­ple cap­tion: “And now, Quinoa will re­veal this sea­son’s hot new facial ex­pres­sion: the semi-sneer.”

Bev­eridge told her site’s 75,000 fol­low­ers about the book deal this month, with­out men­tion­ing a pub­lisher.

The Man­i­toba Writ­ers’ Guild launches the sixth sea­son of its In Dia­logue se­ries of read­ings and dis­cus­sions with au­thors from Man­i­toba and across Canada Sept. 30.

In Dia­logue events typ­i­cally take place on Mon­days, once per month, at the Free Press News Café, start­ing at 7:30 p.m. This year’s sea­son has two ex­tra events at dif­fer­ent venues. On Oct. 17, fic­tion writ­ers Patti Grayson and Dora Dueck will read and dis­cuss their work at the New Ice­land Her­itage Mu­seum in Gimli at 8:30 p.m.

In Jan­uary, the se­ries moves to the Gas Sta­tion Theatre in Os­borne Vil­lage for a fundraiser fea­tur­ing sib­lings Jian Ghome­shi, the Toronto host of CBC’s cul­ture talk show Q, and Jila Ghome­shi, a Univer­sity of Man­i­toba lin­guis­tics pro­fes­sor and author of the book Gram­mar Mat­ters: The So­cial Sig­nif­i­cance of How We Use Lan­guage.

For more de­tails, see mb­writer.mb.ca.

In yet an­other so­cial me­dia-to-pa­per tran­si­tion, a pop­u­lar Pin­ter­est site that skew­ers trendy par­ent­ing and the fash­ion in­dus­try will be adapted as a book next year.

My Imag­i­nary Well-Dressed Tod­dler,

If you’ve ever said, “Please, please, please let me get an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Mor­ris­sey for Christ­mas,” heaven knows you’ll be mis­er­able now.

The Guardian quotes an an­nounce­ment from the “semi-of­fi­cial” fan club of for­mer Smiths singer Mor­ris­sey that a last-minute dis­agree­ment about con­tent caused the deal be­tween the leg­endary veg­e­tar­ian mis­an­thropist and Pen­guin Books to col­lapse prior to a Sept. 16 pub­lish­ing date.

In 2011, Mor­ris­sey said he’d com­pleted a 600-page au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and wanted it to be pub­lished by Pen­guin Classics.

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