As­pir­ing north­ern writ­ers get a hand

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

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 thi­nair­win­ 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.

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