Ver­mette shares bill with ris­ing nov­el­ist

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

WIN­NIPEG­GERS look­ing to cheer lo­cal Métis poet Kather­ena Ver­mette for her re­cent Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Award can also help to launch a novel by a ris­ing Métis and Ojib­way writer from On­tario. Ver­mette, hon­oured this week for her poetry de­but, North End Love Songs, shares the bill with nov­el­ist Cherie Di­ma­line, who launches The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Neechi Com­mons at 865 Main St. Di­ma­line’s novel, pub­lished by B.C.based They­tus Books, tells the story of “the smartest, most re­silient and most beau­ti­ful char­ac­ter ever cre­ated in In­dian Coun­try,” ac­cord­ing to poet, nov­el­ist and aca­demic Lee Mar­a­cle, who’s host­ing the celebration. In ad­di­tion to be­ing one of Canada’s lead­ing abo­rig­i­nal writ­ers, Mar­a­cle is also the mother of Winnipeg the­atre artist Columpa Bobb. While it’s a fact of eco­nomic life that ev­ery poet needs a day job, Thomas Lynch stands apart from his peers. The Amer­i­can Book Award win­ner has writ­ten 10 books of poetry, es­says and short fic­tion while work­ing as the lo­cal fu­neral di­rec­tor in Milford, Mich. Lynch’s most re­cent book is The Good Fu­neral: Death, Grief and the Com­mu­nity of Care. He will speak about poetry and cer­e­monies around grief and death Mon­day at 7 p.m. at St. Michael’s Angli­can Church, at West­min­ster and Ethel­bert in Wolse­ley, when he gives this year’s Slater Maguire Lec­ture. A Winnipeg teacher-li­brar­ian and one of her for­mer stu­dents have teamed up to cre­ate an il­lus­trated chil­dren’s book in­spired by the love of dogs. Daisy’s Big­gest Suc­cess tells the story of an en­thu­si­as­tic puppy who loves to jump up on the couch, to her own­ers’ con­ster­na­tion. It grew out of il­lus­tra­tions by Winnipeg artist and dog lover Sarah Neville. Her for­mer teacher, Har­riet Zaid­man, who also re­views books for the Free Press, pro­vided the text to cre­ate a story. The self-pub­lished book will be launched Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. at McNally Robin­son. Winnipeg Folk Fes­ti­val fans may re­call Van­cou­ver-based ac­cor­dion­ist Ge­off Berner im­pro­vis­ing an at­tack on fes­ti­val spon­sor Volk­swa­gen dur­ing his mainstage per­for­mance in 2008. Now they’ll want to know if the con­tro­versy has made it into Berner’s satir­i­cal novel Fes­ti­val Man (Dun­durn Press), de­scribed by Ma­clean’s as a story of “grifters and drifters, po­ets and per­for­mance artists” in­spired by the singer’s own ca­reer on the Cana­dian folk fest cir­cuit. Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful foot­ball man­ager is dom­i­nat­ing on another pitch: the na­tion’s book­stores. Sir Alex Fer­gu­son, who re­tired last year af­ter lead­ing Manch­ester United to yet another Pre­mier League ti­tle, now owns the record for the fastest­selling non-fic­tion book in Bri­tain. His book, My Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, sold more than 115,000 copies in the first week of re­lease, eas­ily beat­ing pre­vi­ous topselling mem­oirs by one-time pro­tégé David Beck­ham and for­mer prime min­is­ter Tony Blair. Fer­gu­son’s eclips­ing of Beck­ham’s sales to­tal adds in­jury to in­sult. Within his mem­oir, the ex-man­ager muses that the one-time wun­derkind of Bri­tish foot­ball be­gan to lose his touch af­ter mar­ry­ing the for­mer Posh Spice, Vic­to­ria Adams.

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