Three books in three days for tor­rid self-publisher

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

TIf you’ve ever sung along to the “I hate Winnipeg” cho­rus of the Weak­erthans song One Great City, this may be the book for you.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Bryan Scott, whose blog Winnipeg Love Hate fea­tures gor­geous im­ages of the good, bad and ugly of our city, teams up with Free Press reporter Bart­ley Kives in the book Stuck in the Mid­dle: Dis­sent­ing Views of Winnipeg.

Scott’s im­ages and Kives’s text “ex­plore the ge­og­ra­phy, de­sign and rep­u­ta­tion of the only city they have ev­ery truly known, loved and hated,” ac­cord­ing to Great Plains Pub­li­ca­tions, which launches the book Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at McNally Robin­son.

John K. Sam­son, lead singer of the Weak­erthans and co-founder of Winnipeg’s Ar­beiter Ring Press, con­trib­uted the fore­word.

Sup­port­ers of the Manitoba Writ­ers’ Guild will en­joy food for thought — and more — at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Eat, Drink and be Literary fund-rais­ing din­ner at the Prairie Ink restau­rant Nov. 10.

In ad­di­tion to a four-course meal, the $45 event of­fers read­ings by nov­el­ists David Ber­gen and Chad­wick Ginther, for­mer Aqua Books owner Kelly Hughes and play­wright and MWG ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Carolyn Gray. Tick­ets can be booked through the guild’s web­site (mb­writer.mb.ca). HREE book launches in three years would be a tor­rid pace for most writ­ers, but Winnipeg writer/self-publisher A.P. (Adam) Fuchs plans to launch three books in three days next weekend at the Cen­tral Canada Comic Con (C4).

Fuchs, who has been pub­lish­ing his own and other writ­ers’ mon­ster and su­per­hero fic­tion for nearly a decade through his com­pany Coscom En­ter­tain­ment, will start C4 Fri­day at 8 p.m. with a workshop based on his new book, Get­ting Down and Dig­i­tal: How to Self-Pub­lish Your Book.

The book, he says, grew out of the knowl­edge he’s gained writ­ing and pub­lish­ing dozens of books, in­clud­ing the two new vol­umes in his Ax­iom Man su­per­hero se­ries, which he’s launch­ing from his booth at C4 on Satur­day and Sun­day.

“I wish I’d had some­thing like that when I started,” he says of his how-to guide. C4 runs Fri­day to Sun­day at the Winnipeg Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, and fea­tures a va­ri­ety of artists, writ­ers and stars, in­clud­ing Ron Perl­man of Sons of Anarchy and Hell­boy fame, and Wal­ter Koenig, the orig­i­nal non­play­wright Chekov.

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The an­nual used book/CD/DVD sale by the Friends of the Winnipeg Pub­lic Li­brary, which supports li­brary pro­grams, in­clud­ing the writer in res­i­dence, runs this weekend at Grant Park High School.

Sixty ta­bles of ma­te­rial will be set up at the school to­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m.

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Some­where out there, the four soonto-be-fastest-sell­ing chil­dren’s au­thors in the world are liv­ing anony­mous lives, thanks to a forth­com­ing pro­mo­tion by McDon­ald’s.

The fast food chain will dis­trib­ute 20 mil­lion copies of four spe­cially com­mis­sioned books in Happy Meals from Nov. 1 to 14. Ad­ver­tis­ing Age re­ports that the books, with no au­thors credited, were cre­ated by the ad­ver­tis­ing agency that han­dles the chain’s fam­ily and child-ori­ented mar­ket­ing.

The two-week, 20-mil­lion-book pro­mo­tion amounts to five mil­lion more print copies than the Hunger Games tril­ogy sold in all of 2012.

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