Whirl­wind book tour has plenty of pit stops

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

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.

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