Friends to honour late author Wayne Tefs
WTHE launch of the last novel by the late Wayne Tefs will be a gathering of some of the many people whose lives were touched by the prolific writer, editor and teacher. Barker (Turnstone Press) is the story of a carnival barker travelling the Prairies during the Depression. The book launch, starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at McNally Robinson Booksellers, will include readings from friends and colleagues, including David Arnason and Dennis Cooley. Tefs, who died this month after living many years with cancer, wrote novels, short stories, memoirs and hybrid fact-based novels during a career in which he also edited several anthologies of short stories and helped many of Turnstone’s writers get their manuscripts ready for publication. Several Winnipeg poets will gather at McNally Robinson Booksellers Sept. 29 to help writer, editor and university English instructor Jonathan Ball demonstrate “Why Poetry Sucks.” That’s title of a new anthology of humorous experimental poetry coedited by Ball, recipient of the 2013 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry for his book The Politics of Knives. Ball and contributors Annharte, Maurice Mierau and Colin Smith will read at the launch, starting at 7:30 p.m. An acclaimed Minnesota-born writer and member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians — located just across the Medicine Line from Manitoba’s Turtle Mountain Provincial Park — is this year’s recipient of the PEN Saul Bellow Award for sustained career achievement in American literature. Louise Erdrich is known for her novels set in aboriginal communities, such as The Plague of Doves and Round House, winner of the National Book Award. She is also the owner of Birchbark Books, a Minneapolis store focusing on aboriginal literature. Winnipeg literary couple Carol Matas and Per Brask are teaming up for a joint launch of new books published by a B.C.-based press founded by a childhood friend of Matas. Matas is launching Tucson Jo, a historical young adult novel set on the Arizona frontier — her 45th book. Brask is launching his translation of Andreas Simonsen’s Foundational Thoughts in Judaism, introducing the work of the Danish philosopher to English-language audiences. Both books are published by Fictive Press, founded by ex-Winnipegger Morri Mostow. The joint launch starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 at McNally Robinson. The City of Detroit has announced the first winner in its much-talkedabout plan to give a writer a renovated abandoned house. Brooklyn-based poet Casey Rocheteau won the Write a House residency national competition and plans to move into her new digs in the troubled city’s No-Ham neighbourhood in November. A second running of the program will be offered next year. Manitoba’s magazine industry honours its best Oct. 2 at the Maggies, the Manitoba Magazine Publishers’ Association annual awards ceremony. Eighteen magazines have nominated 86 individual pieces in the Maggies’ 15 categories, including a People’s Choice award selected by online voting. Nominated magazines include everything from industry titles such as Carwash and Convenience Canada and Canadian Mining to arts and literary magazines such as Border Crossings and Prairie Fire.