Giller night of­fers plenty to chew on

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

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.

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