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Wayne Tefs -- Book Launch

Wednesday May 25 2011 8:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant

Launch of Bandit (Turnstone Press).

Wayne Tefs was born in Winnipeg and grew up in northwestern Ontario. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction for Moon Lake and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award for Be Wolf. He is the author of nine novels, one non-fiction memoir, Rollercoaster: a Cancer Journey, and a collection of short fiction, Meteor Storm. This last collection was short listed for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. Wayne Tefs lives in Winnipeg with his wife and son.

In Bandit, Tefs once again presents another fictionalized version of a tremendous true story, turning his focus on the life of Canada’s “flying bandit” Ken Leishman. In 1966, Leishman stepped onto the Winnipeg Airport tarmac and into the pages of Canadian history as the mastermind behind the country's largest gold theft. He had already gained Dillinger-esque notoriety as a bank robber, when he stole the public's imagination with his last great exploit: brazenly - and politely - holding up a bank in Toronto.

Wayne Tefs imagines what happened behind the "Flying Bandit" headlines, inter-mingling the full-on action of the gold heist with the story of a smart but troubled kid growing up in a stifling small prairie town who, as a man, is conflicted by his wife’s tears and guilt ridden with his failed promises to go straight as he plans the greatest caper in Canada.

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Bandit

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In 1966, Ken Leishman stepped onto the Winnipeg Airport tarmac and into the pages of Canadian history as the mastermind behind the country’s largest gold theft. Known as the “flying bandit” or the “gentleman bandit,” Leishman had already gained Dillinger-esque notoriety as a bank robber, when he stole the public’s imagination with his last great exploit: brazenly – and politely – holding up a bank in Toronto. Regarded as a Robin Hood-like figure at the height of his exploits, Leishman had humble beginnings in Holland, Manitoba. Master story-teller Wayne Tefs imagines what happened behind the "Flying Bandit" headlines, inter-mingling the full-on action of the gold heist with the story of a smart but troubled kid growing up in a stifling small prairie town. Raised by ultra-strict grandparents, young Ken thrived on Bowery Boys, Gary Cooper and James Cagney movies. As a married man and father of seven, Tefs’ Leishman dreams of greatness, and a good life for his family free from poverty and worry. Even as he plots the greatest caper in Canada, he is conflicted by his wife’s tears and guilt-ridden with his failed promises to go straight. Once again, Tefs presents another fictionalized version of a tremendous true story. Readers will be hard-pressed to judge the life of this “gentleman bandit” and Canadian folk-hero who dared to fly far out of bounds. By the author of Be Wolf.

4 x 4

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Winner of the 2004 Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year Award.The Dokic family, like any other, has its problems. Brothers Clint and Darryl are constantly at odds and just similar enough not to cut each other any slack or let past feuds slide. Darryl sees real-estate salesman Clint as a slick boor, overly fond of himself and his achievements. Clint sees Darryl as an over-educated underachiever who flaunts his smarts to belittle others. Their mother, Meg, referees their sniping with more knowledge than either of them imagines. When a snowstorm cancels Clint's flight from Winnipeg to Thompson, where his pregnant wife Katy waits, Clintforces Darryl and Meg into an ill-advised road trip. As the three leave for Thompson, they think the worst they'll face is low visibility and icy roads. What rests between them and Darryl's 4x4, however, is much harsher than the weather, and it will force them to face what they know and what they think they know about each other and themselves.

Moon Lake

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LaFlamme is an abusive and explosive man who hurts everyone around him. When he meets a violent end, no one mourns his passing. But that does not end the pain that he has brought to his family and the community of Moon Lake. Twenty-five years later another death summons his children back to Moon Lake and the wounds of the past are reopened. A powerful work of fiction driven forward by its characters and the place they cannot escape.

Meteor Storm

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Meteor Storm is populated with menfathers, brothers, uncleswho struggle with the missteps in their pasts and endure, sometimes with resignation, sometimes with a puzzled and angry dissatisfaction, their present lives.Set in the 1960s and 70s, many of the stories in Meteor Storm revolve around Red Rock, Ontario, a mining town where it is never easy come and easy go. The narrators of these 14 tales are in transition to adulthood, where the questions of what masculinity is, or needs to be, in the modern world are at are presented, in stark and often violent ways.In Sunrise the calm of an early morning is disturbed by distraught young man bringing news of two horrible deaths. Walleyes recounts how a lazy vacation afternoon among friends can devolve to the cusp of violence. And in Red Rock and After (winner of a Canadian Magazine Fiction Prize and a Journey Prize finalist) a family suffers through a string of bankruptcies, but retains their optimism about the future.Tefss writing style is spare, direct, and reflective and he offers a unique view of where hard-edged men crash into the limits of their power.

Be Wolf

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Winner of the 2008 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award.In Be Wolf: A True Account of the Survival of Reinhold Kaletsch, novelist and editor Wayne Tefs delivers a thrilling novel based on a real-life experience. Whenever possible, Reinhold Kaletsch, a German doctor and inventor with a passion for the Canadian Shield, escapes to his farm in northern Manitoba, relishing its severe beauty. Kaletsch has a taste for adventure, fulfilling his creed: a life without risks is one not worth living. One spring, Kaletsch sets out on a month-long camping trip accompanied solely by his two dogs, Blondie and Simba. But a moment of carelessness leads to a serious accident that thrusts the trio into a deadly situation. With debilitating injuries, including a fractured spine, Kaletsch must rely on his intelligence, his knowledge of bushcraft, his medical training, and his devoted canine companions, in a desperate struggle for survival. Be Wolf is "docu-fiction"; a gripping and heart-wrenching tale of courage, endurance, perseverance, loyalty, and love set in the wilderness of northern Manitoba.

Rollercoaster

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Seven years ago, Wayne Tefs -- teacher, author, husband and father -- was diagnosed with a relatively unknown form of cancer called carcinoid syndrome. Rollercoaster is an account of his journey from the onset of the disease, his initial shock at diagnosis, his spiritual struggle throughout the experience and of eventually learning to live with it. Throughout, Tefs encountered a wide spectrum of people whose actions ranged from compassionate to lazily indifferent -- all fueling him with the necessary combination of hope and anger to carry on. Short-listed for the 2002 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award.