Friends to hon­our late au­thor Wayne Tefs

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

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.

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