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Ian Williams wins 2019 Giller Prize

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 at 12:09pm

The winner of this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize, the richest Canadian literary award that comes with a $100,000 prize, is Ian Williams.

Williams won for his debut novel Reproduction, the charming and surprising tale of Felicia and Edgar and the bizarre ways people become bonded, a story that insists family isn't a matter of blood.

Congratulations, Mr. Williams! A prestigious award to set off his career in fiction, one we shall watch with great interest.

Find out more about the Scotiabank Giller Prize on their website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

It's November - What's a Winnipeg Gardener To Do?

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 10:48am

Start planning for next season, of course! The ground outside may be frozen and covered with snow as we head into the winter months, but it's the perfect time to start planning for the spring. What annuals and perennials did well last year? Which varieties might do better in your garden's microclimate? Do you want to build new beds? What's the best way to start off next year's garden?

All of these questions will be looked at in detail in the Community Classroom's upcoming Winter Garden Design Workshop, next Tuesday, November 26 with Zach Loeks, a seasoned organic farmer and landscape designer. Zach's background in permaculture and soil science along with his recent focus on hardy northern garden solutions make him uniquely qualified to help you get the most out of Winnipeg's short growing season. 

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom

Making Canada's Food Guide Work for You

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 at 1:23pm

Canada's new food guide was released in January, getting rid of food groups and recommended servings to instead advocate eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain food and protein foods, and choosing protein foods that come from plants more often. It also encourages cooking more at home and avoiding added sugar. The advice sounds fairly straightforward, but the specifics raise a few more questions—how much is "plenty"? What plant-based foods are a good source of protein? How universal are the new guidelines? What is the best way to implement them at home? What is healthy versus saturated fat?

There is a lot to know about nutrition, and even more material and opinions to sift through, so it might be helpful to attend a class with a registered dietitian to start (especially with the holiday season fast approaching). In her upcoming class, Making the Most of Canada's New Food Guide, Maria Baranowski will discuss using the new food guide to promote health, prevent disease and learn about healthy eating recommendations. Register now to learn more about one of the key factors in overall health. 

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom, Health

Find Strategies for Living With Chronic Pain

Monday, Nov 04, 2019 at 4:27pm

Chronic pain comes from a variety of sources—disease, arthritis, nerve damage, injury and fatigue, to name just a few—and can have a significant impact on day-to-day life, both physically and emotionally, which can be very discouraging.

The good news is there are numerous strategies people who suffer from chronic pain can pursue to try and improve the quality of their life. 

On November 13, Erin Murray (BMR-RT) will explain some therapeutic management techniques for chronic pain, including traditional physiotherapy treatment, acupuncture and craniosacral therapy in her class, Managing Chronic Pain. With more than 27 years of experience, Erin uniquely combines traditional physiotherapy with acupuncture and craniosacral therapy for a holistic approach to help faciliate healing. Her goal is for participants to leave this class informed and hopeful. 

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom

November's Author of the Month: ROBERT HARRIS

Friday, Nov 01, 2019 at 11:23am

Robert Harris is the author of twelve bestselling novels. He is a former journalist and BBC television reporter. Harris was a columnist for the Sunday Times, but gave it up in 1997. He returned to journalism in 2001, writing for the Daily Telegraph. He was named “Columnist of the Year” at the 2003 British Press Awards. Although he began his career in non-fiction, his fame rests upon his works of historical fiction. Several of his books have been adapted to film, including The Ghost Writer, which starred Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Williams. Harris later shared a César Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Harris lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his wife, Gill Hornby, herself a writer and sister of best-selling novelist Nick Hornby. Harris contributed a short story, “PMQ”, to Hornby’s 2000 collection Speaking with the Angel.

In Harris’s new novel, The Second Sleep, it’s the year 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote English village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts — coins, fragments of glass, human bones — which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes — about himself, his faith and the history of his world — is tested to destruction.

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
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