Re­porter re­leases true-crime col­lec­tion

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

AWin­nipeg poet Vic­tor Enns is trav­el­ling the Prairies to launch a sea­son­ally ap­pro­pri­ate book of po­etry. Afghanistan Col­lec­tions grew out of a re­search trip to Kabul in 2008, as well as in­ter­views with mem­bers of Princess Pa­tri­cia’s Cana­dian Light In­fantry who had just re­turned from duty in the coun­try’s war zones. After read­ings in Regina, Saska­toon, Cal­gary and Ed­mon­ton, Enns will end his tour Nov. 12 at 7:30 with a Win­nipeg book launch at the Elm­wood café and used book­store Sam’s Place (159 Hen­der­son Hwy.) What kind of book­store has a month­long 21st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion? The kind that for­got to cel­e­brate its 20th an­niver­sary. Who­dunit, Win­nipeg’s mys­tery book­store, is cel­e­brat­ing the mile­stone year Nov. 9 with cake, and a 21 per cent off sale all week. The store, just off the Co­ry­don strip, also marks its birth­day with a month of Win­nipeg mys­teryau­thor ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing C.C. Beni­son (the Fa­ther Christ­mas mys­ter­ies) Nov. 16, Michael D. Hart­ley ( Dead Fall) on Nov. 30 and Cather­ine MacDon­ald ( Put on the Ar­mour of Light) on Dec. 7, all at 3 p.m. Fans of the CBC se­ries Lit­tle Mosque on the Prairie can get a glimpse at the fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ences that made the ha­lal-fish-out-of-wa­ter story pos­si­ble. Se­ries cre­ator Zarqa Nawaz has writ­ten a mem­oir of her child­hood, Laugh­ing All the Way to the Mosque (HarperCollins), de­scribed as a “por­trait of grow­ing up in a house­hold where, ac­cord­ing to her fa­ther, the Qu­ran says it’s OK to eat at McDon­ald’s, but only if you or­der the McFish.” Nawaz will read from the book at McNally Robin­son Mon­day at 7 p.m. The Man­i­toba Writ­ers’ Guild has rounded up a team of prairie writ­ers — in­clud­ing Saska­toon-based Yann Mar­tel — for its an­nual Eat, Drink and Be Lit­er­ary fundrais­ing din­ner. Join­ing the Life of Pi scribe at the Nov. 16 event will be young adult writer Alice Kuipers, nov­el­ist Joan Thomas ( The Open­ing Sky), John Toone ( Fishin’ for Dum­b­asses) and lawyer/au­thor Aimeé Craft, as well as MC Terry MacLeod. Mar­tel and Kuipers will also lead writ­ing work­shops for the Guild on Nov. 15 and 16. The din­ner, at the Prairie Ink Restau­rant, costs $50. Tick­ets are avail­able at the restau­rant or by call­ing 204-975-2659. FTER 20 years of cov­er­ing crime in Win­nipeg, Free Press re­porter Mike McIn­tyre has heard just about ev­ery­thing. He col­lects his most mem­o­rable sto­ries from Win­nipeg’s po­lice and court beat in Mike on Crime, pub­lished by Great Plains Pub­li­ca­tions. McIn­tyre launches the book Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at McNally Robin­son Book­sellers. Be­gin­ning with the mur­der of 13-year-old Joseph (Beeper) Spence in 1995, the book re­counts and up­dates a num­ber of high-pro­file cases from Win­nipeg court­rooms, in­clud­ing the deaths of Phoenix Sinclair and Crys­tal Ta­man and the bizarre story of the Blan­chard Crim­i­nal Or­ga­ni­za­tion group of con artists. Win­nipeg screen­writer George Toles ( My Win­nipeg, The Sad­dest Mu­sic in the World) is known to more than 2,400 Face­book friends for writ­ing in a trun­cated genre: the sta­tus-up­date story. The new­est edi­tion of the lit­er­ary mag­a­zine Prairie Fire in­cludes 16 of the hun­dreds of mi­cro-fic­tions Toles has writ­ten on Face­book, with il­lus­tra­tions by Cliff Ey­land. The new edi­tion of the mag­a­zine launches at McNally Robin­son Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., with many guests and the screen­ing of a Toles/Ey­land video fea­tur­ing ad­di­tional sta­tus-up­date tales.

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