Aspiring northern writers get a hand
THE Pas Regional Library is offering northern Manitoba writers the chance to get feedback from local poet and novelist Lauren Carter, who begins a term this month as writer in residence. Carter’s novel Swarm was published by Brindle and Glass in 2013 and was one of the 40 books nominated for this year’s CBC Canada Reads competition. She’s also the author of a poetry collection, published in 2005. Before 9/11, there was an earlier 9/11 with long-term global implications: the coup that toppled Chile’s socialist president Salvador Allende in 1973. A new release from University of Manitoba Press this fall focuses on the 6,000-strong Chilean exile community that came to Canada in the wake of the coup and the executions and torture that followed. Francie Peddie’s book Young, WellEducated and Adaptable: Chilean Exiles in Ontario and Quebec 1973-2010 examines how the exiles adapted to their new home and how their arrival changed Canadian immigration policy. Peddie is a historian who currently teaches in Japan.
It’s a literary world truism that to become a better writer you need to be a better reader. Eleanor Catton, the Canadian-born New Zealander who won last year’s Man Booker Prize, is using her latest literary prize to help a group of writers find time to read, according to The Guardian. After winning the New Zealand Post best fiction award, worth about $13,650, Catton has said she plans to fund writers so they can take time off to read. Those who are funded will be required to write a short nonfiction piece on what they’ve read. Catton, meanwhile, will read from The Luminaries, her latest novel, on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain. Tickets are $10 and are available via thinairwinnipeg.ca or at the door. Winnipeg readers can meet a Canadian writer who’s had resounding success in both official languages when Kim Thúy reads at McNally Robinson Booksellers Sept. 12, starting at 7 p.m. Thúy’s first novel, Ru, won the Governor General’s Award for Frenchlanguage fiction in 2010 and was then shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2012 when it was translated into English. Her second novel, Mãn, is the story of a woman born in Vietnam in wartime who eventually becomes a chef in Paris. Book lovers have a few days in which to vote for the book they recommend to all other Manitobans in this year’s On the Same Page promotion, organized by the Winnipeg Public Library. The event, supported by the Winnipeg Foundation, will crown one title, which will be the focus of readings and promotional events later in the year. This year’s finalists are Imagining Winnipeg: History Through the Photographs of L.B. Foote, by Esyllt Jones; North End Long Songs, by Katherena Vermette; Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg, by Bartley Kives and Bryan Scott; and The Wittenbergs, by Sarah Klassen. The authors will discuss and read from their books Sept. 11 at McNally Robinson Booksellers, starting at 7 p.m. and voting, on the Winnipeg Public Library website, closes Sept. 15. Starting Sept. 15, the Literary Press Group of Canada will offer a guilt-free way to buy a wide range of Canadian books online when it debuts its service called All Lit Up. The Literary Press Group represents more than 50 Canadian publishers, from the mid-size (Coach House, Goose Lane) to the tiny, and includes Winnipeg publishers ARP Press, J. Gordon Shillingford, Signature Editions and Turnstone.