My goal this season is to sample the nominated books for this year's Manitoba Book Awards, such a rich array of writing. I just completed This Hidden Thing by Dora Dueck (CMU Press), a wonderful illustration of how a work of fiction can document the deeper life of a particular community in a particular historical time through the life of one woman, even as that woman conceals life and remains emotionally muffled.
I am also re-reading, or more accurately, re-experiencing, Seven Sacred Teachings, Niizhwaaswi gagiikwewin by David Bouchard and Dr. Joseph Martin, published in 2009. They have spent a lifetime imbibing the Grandfather Teachings of Humility, Honesty, Respect, Courage, Wisdom, Truth, Love, each Teaching rooted in a plant, a tree, an animal, a direction, a season, a time in life. No abstraction here.
The book is written in both English and Ojibwe. An accompanying DVD adds a choice of French, Bush Cree, Chipewyan or South Slavey as well as the haunting music of Swamp Fox who created seven flutes of seven different woods, each in a key consistent with the particular Teaching, and then dreamed seven songs to accompany the Teaching. As a reader I seem to have no choice but to slow down. Sometimes I listen to the cadence of one of the languages unfamiliar to me while breathing in the exquisitely colourful paintings by artist, Kristy Cameron.
Dorothy Friesen, formerly of Winnipeg, partnered with Marilen Abesamis, Philippines, to collect and edit the writings of Dorothy's husband Gene Stolzfus, the founding director of Christian Peacemaker Teams in the book Create Space for Peace. Also filled with the poignant reflections of others impacted by his life, the book was designed to aid those who wish to travel further on the road to global peace and was recently launched on March 23rd at our Grant Park store.
Join Dorothy on May 16th at 7:30 pm in the Art Alcove in our Saskatoon store where she will be speaking on Gene's work and his legacy. Click here for more information.Categories: Reviews, Discussions, Saskatoon, Night Table Recommendations
The Griffin Trust was founded in 2000 by ChairmanThe Griffin Poetry Prize Canadian Shortlist , along with Trustees , , , and . The Griffin Poetry Prize awards a Canadian award and an international award. Each award winner receive $65,000 each, shortlisted poets receive $10,000.
The Irrationalist by .
The Griffin Poetry Prize International Shortlist
Human Chain by
Adonis: Selected Poems, by , Translator:
The Book of the Snow by , Translator: .
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The Leacock Medal for Humour is the most prestigious Canadian award for humour. It was first awarded in 1947. Past Leacock winners include W.O. Mitchell, Pierre Berton, Farley Mowat, Stuart Mclean, Mordecai Richler, Terry Fallis, Dan Needles and Robertson Davies. This year's winning author will be announced on Thursday April 28. The 2010 shortlist is;Practical Jean by
Toby: A Man by
Half Empty by
How to do Everything by
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A Homeopathic Perspective on Spring Detox. Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 pm.
launching Completing the Century. Wednesday, April 6, 7:30 pm.
, Free Live Music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Friday, April 8, 8:00 pm.
. Join host and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Guest Conductor as they discuss Boreality. Saturday, April 9, 2:00 pm.
launching Got 'Em, Got 'Em, Need 'Em: A Fan's Guide to Collecting the Top 100 Sports Cards of All Time. Sunday, April 10, 2:00 pm.
Deathless... is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei's beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology and of love and death. It brings Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.
I've always been a sucker for fairy tale retellings, and the prospect of reading one in Valente's lush prose makes me so excited. As a bonus, this is not a tale that is widely known in the West, much less retold. You can read the first three chapters for free here. It looks as though young adults would enjoy this as well, but from some reviews that I've seen, this might be more suitable for ages 15+.
Deathless should arrive at McNally Robinson any day now. Just remember: in Soviet Russia, the fairy tale reads YOU.Categories: Reviews, New Releases
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