Reporter releases true-crime collection
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.