Whirlwind book tour has plenty of pit stops
SELF-PUBLISHED novelist and retired teacher Kenneth Budd is teaching his fellow writers a thing or two this fall about marketing. Budd embarked Sept. 4 on a threemonth book tour, with more than 60 signing stops in cities and towns throughout Western Canada, to promote the fourth volume in his Adventures of Buddy Williams series about a boy growing up in rural Western Canada in the 1950s. Budd will sign copies of SpringRush, the final volume in a series that includes SummerWild, FallGently and WinterFree, Sept. 16-18 at Manitoba stores. He’ll be at the Brandon Shoppers Mall Coles Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the St. Vital Centre Chapters Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Kenaston Indigo Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Polo Festival Chapters Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
selling one million copies in his native Japan, Haruki Murakami isn’t resting on his laurels. The international sensation (who also wrote the massive 1Q84) returns to bookstores this December with an illustrated children’s book entitled The Strange Library. Publishers’ Weekly reports the book will have full-colour art throughout and an inventive design by famed book designer Chip Kidd. And the Nobel prize for Not Getting the Point goes to: the judges for the Sciasco-Racalmare Prize, who bestowed this year’s honour, named for one of the first Sicilian writers to oppose the Mafia, on an autobiography by imprisoned Sicilian Mafia boss Guiseppe Grassonelli. The Guardian reports that friends of the late Leonardo Sciasco denounced Grassonelli’s winning of the prize, noting that the Mob boss is serving time for a series of murders. Adding to the insult, Grassonelli’s book beat out a memoir by the daughter of a judge murdered by the Mafia. The story of the writing of Alice in Wonderland gets a new workout next year in a novel by the greatgranddaughter of Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. Vanessa Tait’s novel The Looking Glass House will be published by Corvus. According to the website The Bookseller, the book is inspired by family stories about Charles Dodgson (Carroll’s non-literary name) and the Liddell family. After hitting the No. 1 spot on the bestseller lists this summer with Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, The Millennium Library offers a week of noon-hour fiction and poetry and late-afternoon non-fiction Sept. 22-26 as part of the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival. The Nooner series of donation-optional readings and talks runs Monday to Friday, presenting fiction writers Peter Norman, Joan Thomas, Doretta Lau and Nicholas Ruddock as well as poet and songwriter C.R. Avery, in that order, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the second-floor Carol Shields Auditorium. The afternoon Big Ideas series, also donation optional, runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Featured writers are: John Nadler, discussing the three Valour Road residents who received the Victoria Cross in the First World War; Leanne Simpson, part of the team that assembled The Winter We Danced, a book about Idle No More; Else Poulsen, discussing her book about the rescue and rehabilitation of a polar bear from a Caribbean circus; Monia Mazigh, novelist and wife of the wrongly imprisoned Maher Arar; and Peter Midgley, author of Counting Teeth, a memoir of his return to his native Namibia.