Four in the run­ning for abo­rig­i­nal lit awards

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

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.