Four in the running for aboriginal lit awards
FWinnipeg teacher and volleyball coach Cam Johnson has written a Wealthy Barber- style book about sport psychology and coaching. The book, entitled Parenthesis in Eternity, uses characters to tell a story that also illustrates concepts in sport psychology. The book, written for coaches, players and spectators, touches on fear of failure, the role of practice and performance anxiety. Johnson, currently a teacher and coach at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé, was a member of the University of Winnipeg volleyball team that won a national title in 1997-98 and completed a master’s degree in sport psychology in 2008. Now that one of Sir John Franklin’s ships has been discovered, B.C. historian Anthony Dalton has the next item on Stephen Harper’s to-do list. Dalton, who published a biography of Franklin in 2012 with B.C.-based Heritage House, has just published Henry Hudson: Doomed Navigator and Explorer, about the Dutch explorer who was last seen after being abandoned by mutineers in 1610 in the bay that now bears his name. Winnipeg poet and novelist Carmelo Militano launches his second book of the year Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers. Militano, whose novel Sebastiano’s Vine came out at the beginning of 2014, will launch a new poetry collection, Morning After You. The collection includes a variety of poetry styles — confessional, free verse, prose poem, lyric and more — and is described in part as an attempt “to capture the complicated dual reality of being and seeing between two cultures.” Dennis Maione’s memoir/primer What I Learned From Cancer is partially a message written to his 27-yearold self about the life-changing experience he’s about to go through. Maione, who first encountered the disease as a student and newlywed, thought he had cancer beaten until he discovered he carried a cancer gene and had a second round of the illness 10 years later. He tells his story in a book published by his company Prompters to Life, which provides publishing and marketing support for other authors looking to tell stories of hope and inspiration. He launches the book Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers. The outspoken, astonishingly hirsute comic-book creator Alan Moore ( The Watchmen, V for Vendetta) has apparently made good use of the time he doesn’t spend grooming. Moore has completed a long-awaited, million-word novel that combines history, fantasy, gothic, noir and literary pastiche elements, including a mock Samuel Beckett play and a chapter written in what the Guardian calls a “completely incomprehensible sub-Joycean text.” The novel, called Jerusalem, is nearly twice the length of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. OUR books are up for the secondannual Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, which will be announced Sept. 27 at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. The award, established by the Canadian charitable organization CODE (Canadian Organization for Development through Education) and administered by the Canada Council, includes prizes of $12,000, $8,000 and $5,000 for the first, second and third-place books. As well, the winning books are guaranteed an order of 2,500 copies each for distribution across Canada. This year’s finalists are The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy, by Cherie Dimaline; The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, by Thomas King; They Called Me Number One, by Bev Sellars; and Tilly, a Story of Hope and Resilience by Monique Gray Smith.