Ice­landic writer Sjón to stop in Win­nipeg

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

AN Ice­landic poet, play­wright and nov­el­ist — who’s prob­a­bly best­known as a lyri­cist for Bjork — will meet Win­nipeg read­ers and sign books Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. at McNally Robin­son Book­sellers. Sjón’s nov­els The Blue Fox, From the Mouth of the Whale and The Whis­per­ing Muse have been trans­lated into 25 lan­guages. In ad­di­tion to writ­ing lyrics for Bjork’s Bio­philia al­bum, he was nom­i­nated for an Academy Award for lyrics he wrote with Lars von Trier for the film Dancer in the Dark. The Man­i­toba Writ­ers’ Guild’s monthly se­ries In Di­a­logue, which pairs vis­it­ing and lo­cal writ­ers for read­ings and dis­cus­sion, kicks off Mon­day with Canada’s young adult best­seller, Ken­neth Oppel, au­thor of the Sil­ver­wing and Airborn books, and Man­i­toba’s Colleen Nel­son ( The Fall). Each month’s of­fer­ing fo­cuses on a spe­cific genre, with nov­el­ists Ma­rina Endi­cott ( The Lit­tle Shad­ows) and Joan Thomas ( The Open­ing Sky) on tap for Nov. 24, and mem­oirists Iain Reid ( One Bird’s Choice) and Mau­rice Mierau ( De­tach­ment: An Adop­tion Mem­oir) sched­uled for Dec. 15. The se­ries con­tin­ues un­til April. This year’s se­ries takes place at Bai­ley’s Restau­rant, 7-9 p.m. Tick­ets are $10 and avail­able from the Man­i­toba Writ­ers’ Guild (info@mb­writer. mb.ca). One of the writ­ers re­spon­si­ble for New­found­land’s over­sized lit­er­ary shadow will visit McNally Robin­son Oct. 20 to launch his lat­est novel. Michael Crum­mey, who burst on the scene in 2001 with the Giller-short­listed The River Thieves, will read from Sweet­land, his new novel about the con­tin­u­ing move­ment to shut down the prov­ince’s small out­port towns. The event be­gins at 7 p.m. The au­thor of a mem­oir of trauma, heal­ing and lead­er­ship that was named re­cently to the short­list for the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Award for non-fic­tion will meet Man­i­toba read­ers at McNally Robin­son Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Ed­mund Me­tatawabin, a sur­vivor of the in­fa­mous St. Anne’s In­dian Res­i­den­tial School in north­ern On­tario, re­counts his ex­pe­ri­ence in Up Ghost River: a Chief’s Jour­ney Through the Tur­bu­lent Wa­ters of Na­tive His­tory, writ­ten with Alexan­dra Shimo. Win­nipeg lit­er­ary mag­a­zine Con­tem­po­rary Verse 2 is giv­ing lit­er­ary afi­ciona­dos the op­por­tu­nity to “Carpe Cere­bel­lum” at the sec­ond an­nual Un­dead Po­ets So­ci­ety So­cial. The fundrais­ing party prom­ises “read­ings from the re-an­i­mated corpses of Win­nipeg’s finest po­ets” plus a cos­tume contest for at­ten­dees who dress as their favourite liv­ing or un­dead lit­er­ary icon or lit­er­ary character. The fun starts at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Park The­atre. Do-it-your­self lit­er­ary cul­ture takes cen­tre stage Oct. 25 at the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg at Canzine 2014. The cel­e­bra­tion of ’zine cul­ture, pre­sented by Bro­ken Pen­cil mag­a­zine in part­ner­ship with the Win­nipeg An­ar­chist Book Fair, in­cludes an in­de­pen­dent press fair, pitch ses­sions for writ­ers, and read­ings from po­lit­i­cally charged writ­ers and artists in­clud­ing Roe­wan Crowe ( Quiv­er­ing Land), per­for­mance artist Shawna Dempsey, montage artist Rob Kovitz, and poet An­drew Vais­sius. The event runs from noon to 7 p.m. at Rid­dell Hall. The Friends of the Win­nipeg Pub­lic Li­brary are host­ing their an­nual Big Fall Book Sale Oct. 25-26 to support the li­brary. Sixty ta­bles of books, CDs, DVDs and even LPs will be on sale at Grant Park High School from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 25 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26. Re­main­ing items are re­duced to half price on the sec­ond day.

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