Hole­man’s global tale to land in Win­nipeg

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

FOR­MER Win­nipeg­ger Linda Hole­man, who found in­ter­na­tional suc­cess with a se­ries of his­tor­i­cal nov­els set in In­dia, Eng­land, Rus­sia and else­where, is launch­ing an­other novel with a big world-span­ning plot this sum­mer. Hole­man, who now di­vides her time be­tween Toronto and Santa Mon­ica, Calif., will launch The Devil on Her Tongue July 17 at McNally Robin­son Book­sellers. The novel tells the story of the young daugh­ter of a Dutch sailor and African mother liv­ing in 18th century Por­tu­gal. The au­thor, whose works have been trans­lated into 18 lan­guages, will read from her new book at 8 p.m. Nine young men and women who wrote a mem­oir about leav­ing the Hut­terite com­mu­ni­ties in Man­i­toba and North Dakota in which they were raised are re­leas­ing a fol­lowup this month to their first self-pub­lished book, which be­came a sen­sa­tion on both sides of the Canada-U.S. bor­der. The group, known as The Nine, will be in Win­nipeg July 19 and 20 to pro­mote Since We Told the Truth, which fol­lows their ear­lier book, Hut­terites. They will launch the new book at McNally Robin­son Book­sellers July 19 at 3 p.m. and do a book sign­ing at the St. Vi­tal Chap­ters on July 20 at 1 p.m. The first book gen­er­ated na­tional at­ten­tion for the au­thors as well as rais­ing the ire of Hut­terites who felt it un­fairly gen­er­al­ized about abuse of power in Hut­terite colonies. TED Talks, those in­spir­ing/an­noy­ing lec­tures that cir­cu­late widely on Face­book, will be com­ing to book­shelves this fall. Pub­lisher Si­mon and Shus­ter plans to pub­lish a se­ries of 12 short (up to 20,000 words) TED books be­gin­ning in Septem­ber. Au­thors lined up so far, ac­cord­ing to Pub­lish­ers Weekly, in­clude travel writer Pico Iyer (au­thor of The Virtue of Still­ness), New Yorker web­site edi­tor Ni­cholas Thomp­son (au­thor of Sto­ry­telling in the Age of Dis­trac­tion), and non-vi­o­lence ad­vo­cate Ebrahim Zak (au­thor of The Ter­ror­ist’s Son: Es­cap­ing Ji­had). Clip and save this for the next time you read about the male dom­i­na­tion of the lit­er­ary world. Scratch, an on­line mag­a­zine about the eco­nom­ics of writ­ing, re­cently un­veiled re­sults of a study of de­but-novel ad­vances in the U.S. that in­di­cates sub­stan­tially more women than men re­ceiv­ing big-money ad­vances for de­but nov­els over the last half decade. Us­ing the Pub­lish­ers’ Mar­ket­place data­base, the mag­a­zine found that about 70 per cent of first-novel deals re­ported to the data­base were for books writ­ten by women, and about 2.5 times as many women re­ceived ad­vances over $50,000. “Take two sto­ries and call me in the morn­ing.” The Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics has is­sued a pol­icy state­ment rec­om­mend­ing that all pe­di­a­tri­cians pro­mote daily read­ing to chil­dren, start­ing from in­fancy. Ac­cord­ing to Pub­lish­ers’ Weekly, the of­fi­cial state­ment is part of a part­ner­ship with sev­eral child-de­vel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions. The AAP will de­velop an in­for­ma­tion kit about the ben­e­fits of read­ing to chil­dren and make it avail­able to pe­di­a­tri­cians across the U.S. so they can pass it on to par­ents. The pol­icy state­ment is the re­sult of five years of draft­ing and dis­cus­sion by the AAP.

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