Giller night offers plenty to chew on
LNow Manitoba outdoors writer Jake MacDonald has lined up a dozen of his peers to write essays on fishing and life. The essays — including work by MacDonald, Tom McGuane, David Adams Richards, David Carpenter and Marni Jackson — are published by Greystone Books as Casting Quiet Waters: Reflections on Life and Fishing. MacDonald launches the book Friday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson. OVERS of food and book chat can get their fix while supporting a good cause at the annual Scotiabank Giller Light Bash at Prairie Ink Restaurant. The Nov. 10 event involves a special menu created by chef Karen Nielsen and pitches by locals championing each of the six books on this year’s Giller Prize shortlist. Don Anderson, Patricia Bovey, Karen Busby, Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Al Rae and Joan Thomas will make the case for, respectively, shortlisted authors David Bezmozgis, Frances Itani, Heather O’Neill, Miriam Toews, Padma Viswanathan and Sean Michaels. Tickets are $40 and are available from the restaurant. Proceeds support Frontier College, a national, volunteerdriven literacy education organization. A month after a CBC interview in which he stated that laughter in literature is too easy, acclaimed novelist Rudy Wiebe ( A Discovery of Strangers, The Temptations of Big Bear) comes to town with his latest novel, Come Back. Wiebe’s answer to a question about humour — posted on the CBC website — set off a discussion of humour and heaviness in Canadian literature earlier in this fall and prompted a savage parody by Globe and Mail arts columnist Russell Smith. Come Back is the story of a retired professor who plunges into grief and guilt after he believes he sees the son he lost to suicide 25 years before. Wiebe reads from the novel Monday at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson. Saskatchewan writer Dave Margoshes has had a busy year. After publishing a book of short stories ( God Telling a Joke and Other Stories) with B.C.’s Oolichan Press in the spring, he’s back with his novel Wiseman’s Wager (Coteau Press) this fall. Margoshes reads from the novel — partially set in Winnipeg’s North End — at McNally Robinson on Thursday. The next night Margoshes, author of the award-winning poetry collection Dimensions of an Orchid, shares the stage with Winnipeg poet Ariel Gordon ( Stowaways) and fellow Saskatchewanite Allan Safarik (author of 18 poetry titles, including When Light Falls from the Sun). The triple bill starts at 7 p.m. at the Neighbourhood Bookstore and Café on Westminster. In the ’60s, it was common for a poet to seek inspiration from grass. Saskatchewan writer/illustrator/botanist Heather Peat Hamm has something else in mind with Blue Grama, a book of poetry, music and illustrations exploring the iconic tall grass of the Canadian Prairies. She launches the book Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at McNally Robinson. A literary thriller by Newfoundlander Lisa Moore is coming to CBC TV. Quill & Quire reports that Moore’s 2013 novel Caught, a Giller-shortlisted novel about an unlikely but goodnatured Newfoundland pot smuggler, is being adapted for television by Allan Hawco, the star of The Republic of Doyle, a Rockford Files- like crime series shot in and around St. John’s, N.L. Writers have been waxing poetic about tossing hooks into water bodies for at least five centuries, going back to the Prioress of St. Albans’ A Treatysse of Fyshynge wyth an Angle.