As this year’s Manitoba Book Award winners will be announced online on Thursday, one of the talking points has been the range of genres competing in the top categories.
The McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award shortlist features an intriguing mix of titles: two books of poetry (Gibbous Moonby Denis Cooleywith pictures of Michael Matthews; Signal search by Lori Cayer), two memories (Life in the Dirty Water City by Clayton Thomas-Muller and We’re All Perfectly Well: A Memoir of Love, Medicine, and Healing by Jillian Horton) and two novels (out of mind by David Bergen and The foreigners by Catherine Vermette).
The Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, which recognizes books about or set in Winnipeg, includes a memoir about a residential school (Have you seen us? by survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School), a newcomer’s poetic reflections on arriving in Winnipeg from France (Mountain White-Winnipeg Express by Seream), a hockey biography (Mosienko: The Man Who Caught Lightning in a Bottle by Ty Dilello), a long poem on language and colonialism (scofflaw by GarryThomas Morse) and Vermette The foreigners.
The shortlist for the Eileen MacTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book includes a mid-level contemporary novel (Lessons in Fusionby Primrose Madayag Knasan); an average historical novel (Lost in the meadowby MaryLou Driedger), a memoir of abuse, trauma and healing told through essays (by Persephone Childrenby Rowan McCandless), an autobiography of an Aboriginal musician (To run like aby Errol Ranville), and a memoir on the stress of medical life (Horton’s We’re all perfectly fine).
Shortlists for the 12 awards are available at wfp.to/bookawards22.
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Several historians from the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg will join forces on Tuesday to launch a new book from the University of Manitoba Press examining the history of public health care in Canada.
The History of Medicare: Origins, Omissions and Possibilities in Canada contains essays on the strengths and weaknesses of Canada’s health care system and the possibilities for the future.
Publishers will participate in the launch Esyllt Jones, James Hanley and Delia Graves and contributor Mary Jane Logan McCallumwith Community Health Science Teacher Nathan Nickel accommodation. The event begins at 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Grant Park location and will also be streamed on their YouTube channel.
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Professor of theology and author at Duke University, born in Winnipeg Kate Bowler is in town on Wednesday with his latest book Good enough: 40 devotions for a life of imperfection.
Bowler is the best-selling author Everything Happens For A Reason (And Other Lies I Loved). Her latest book is a book of meditations to help readers stop feeling guilty for not “living their best life”. She will discuss with Free press faith reporter John Longhurst at McNally Robinson’s Grant Park at 7 p.m., which will be broadcast on YouTube.
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Winnipeg-born Toronto writer Georgia Toews launches her first novel on Thursday, June 9 at McNally Robinson’s Grant Park.
Hey, good luck there is a comic novel about addiction and recovery and about a young woman in search of herself. The daughter of Miriam Toews, Georgia will discuss with Free press journalist Jen Zoratti to 19h. The event will be streamed on YouTube.
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Long-time English teacher and scholar at the U of W Neil Besner launches Friday to McNally Robinson a fleeting memoir of a life spent in Winnipeg, Montreal and Brazil.
Fishing with Tardelli: family memories in lost time is a story of marriages and remarriages, of families forming and taking on new configurations, with settings spanning decades and continents.
He will discuss the book with the poet Denis Cooley and English teacher at U de M Warren Cariou at 7 p.m., the event will also be streamed on YouTube.