Rogue war­rior gets new lease on life

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

YThe Win­nipeg Pub­lic Li­brary is host­ing a cel­e­bra­tion of free ex­pres­sion that will get you think­ing about some of the many ways people have strug­gled to speak freely or been de­prived of the abil­ity to ex­press them­selves. Writ­ers, schol­ars and film­mak­ers will look at the sub­ject from a va­ri­ety of per­spec­tives start­ing at 2 p.m. March 1 at the Mil­len­nium Li­brary. The af­ter­noon’s talks in­clude Meira Cook, this year’s WPL writer-in-res­i­dence, on the Soweto Re­bel­lion against apartheid, and co­me­dian Al Rae on the right to crack a joke. Also on tap is a marathon of vol­un­teers to read from works that have been chal­lenged or banned. To vol­un­teer for a place in the read­ing lineup, call the li­brary at 204-986-6779. Win­nipeg poet (and monthly Free Press po­etry colum­nist) Jonathan Ball hopes his new book on an in­de­pen­dent Win­nipeg film from 1985 helps fo­cus some at­ten­tion on a work he con­sid­ers an awe-in­spir­ing but al­most un­seen land­mark in Canada’s film his­tory. Ball dis­cov­ered the John Paizs film Crime Wave in the early 2000s when he bor­rowed a VHS copy from the Win­nipeg Film Group. He was blown away by what he calls a faster, fun­nier and more ex­per­i­men­tal pre­cur­sor to the big-budget, main­stream post­mod­ernism of later films such as Char­lie Kauf­man’s Adap­ta­tion. In Crime Wave, Paizs plays a blocked screen­writer who can write be­gin­nings and end­ings but not the stuff in be­tween. The film par­o­dies the style of ear­lier 1940s and ’50s B movies, ed­u­ca­tional films and sit­coms. Ball launches John Paizs’s Crime Wave Feb. 28 at Cine­math­eque, which will of­fer a rare free screen­ing of Paizs’s film. OU can’t keep a good rogue war­rior down. Jen Blay­lock, the ex-spe­cial forces avenger in three nov­els by Univer­sity of Man­i­toba English prof and thriller writer David An­nan­dale, is get­ting a new lease on life in re­cently re­leased ebook edi­tions by An­nan­dale’s pub­lisher, Raven­stone, an im­print of Win­nipeg’s Turn­stone Press. Blay­lock bat­tles Amer­i­can cor­po­rate evil­do­ers and the CIA in An­nan­dale’s nov­els Crown Fire, Kor­nukopia and The Vale­dic­to­ri­ans, which have just been dig­i­tized, along with A Crim­i­nal to Re­mem­ber, by the late Michael van Rooy. “It’s a chance to in­tro­duce Jen Blay­lock to a new au­di­ence,” says An­nan­dale. “I am very fond of the char­ac­ter.” A Cana­dian botanist, au­thor and self­de­scribed “rogue sci­en­tist” uses ideas she learned in the world’s forests and from her Ir­ish grand­par­ents to ad­vise read­ers on liv­ing a health­ier, hap­pier and sim­pler life. Diana Beres­ford-Kroeger, whose pre­vi­ous book, The Global For­est, was an in­ter­na­tional best­seller, will meet Win­nipeg au­di­ences and talk about the ideas in her new book, The Sweet­ness of a Sim­pler Life. The new book com­bines sci­ence and sto­ry­telling with ideas on food, stay­ing healthy and liv­ing sim­ply. She speaks at McNally Robin­son Book­sellers Feb. 24 start­ing at 7 p.m. Pulitzer Prize-win­ning jour­nal­ist Michael Moss will be in Win­nipeg as part of the Grow­ing Lo­cal Con­fer­ence to dis­cuss his book Salt Su­gar Fat: How the Food Gi­ants Hooked Us. Moss will be ap­pear­ing Thurs­day, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ma­sonic Cen­tre at 420 Co­ry­don Ave. The event is be­ing co-pre­sented by the Win­nipeg Foun­da­tion and Food Mat­ters Man­i­toba. Tick­ets are $30, or $15 for con­fer­ence at­ten­dees — visit the Win­nipeg Foun­da­tion’s web­site to pur­chase tick­ets.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.