Author taking book launch to the dogs

Winnipeg mystery writer Sharon Hamilton has come up with a one-of-a-kind event to launch her latest novel.

thenovel, Better Dead Than Bred, is set in the world of show dogs and rescue dogs, so she’ll be holding the Saturday, March 19 launch at a dog-training facility, where the four-legged stars of the evening will perform some of the scenes in the book . The launch will also include a reading, Q&A and wine and cheese.

Hamilton’s other mysteries include Manitoba MAID (a novel that explores the issue of medical assistance in death), and a trilogy of mysteries (The Doolally Gang, Chapel on the Moor and Fall of a Sparrow) set in a village in Devon, England.

To attend the event, which starts at 7 pm at 884 Bradford St., call Don Bergen at 204-805-1547.

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Ontario’s Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is partnering with McNally Robinson Booksellers to present an online discussion with award-winning novelist, poet and creative non-fiction writer Helen Humphreys on Friday at 6 pm

Humphreys, who won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for her 2000 novel after image and the 1998 Toronto Book Prize for her novel Leaving Earthwill be launching And a Dog Called Fig: Solitude, Connection, the Writing Life. It’s a book on the solitude of a writer’s life and on the joys of sharing it with a canine companion.

To register for the event, hosted by Susan G. Colesee

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Last year’s winner of the Booker Prize shares a spot with another of last year’s Booker Prize finalists on the short list for the Rathbones Folio Prize, worth £30,000 (C$51,000).

Damon Galgut won the Booker last year for his novel The Promisewhich spans four decades in the life of South African families. Sunjeev Sahota was also nominated for last year’s Booker for his novel China Roomwhich alternates between India in 1929 and Britain in 1999.

The Folio Prize is for a book from any genre. Other novelists on this year’s list for the Folio Prize are Colm Toibina past winner of the Dublin International Prize and frequent Booker nominee, for the Magicianinspired by the life of German author Thomas Mann; Natasha Brown for her debut novel, Assembly; claire keeganfor Small Things Like These; and Gwendoline Rileyfor My Phantoms. As well, Philip Hoare is nominated for Albert and the Whalea book that blends memoir with a discussion of the painter Albrecht Dürer, and Selima Hill is nominated for the poetry collection Men Who Feed Pigeons.

The winner will be announced March 23.

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This year’s PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction — one of the leading literary prizes in the US — has come up with a short list dominated by foreign-born authors, including Mbue symbola Cameroon-born author who won the prize for her best-selling 2016 debut novel Behold the Dreamers and is nominated this year for her novel How Beautiful We Were.

The other writers on the short list, all nominated for novels, are India-born nawaaz ahmednominated for Radiant Fugitives; Jordan-born Rabih Alameddinenominated for The Wrong End of the Telescope; Caroline de Robertisborn in London to Uruguayan parents, nominated for The President and the Frog; and New York-born Carolyn Ferrellnominated for Dear Miss Metropolitan.

The winner of the US$15,000 prize will be announced May 2. Details on the books and authors can be found at

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Turnstone Press has announced plans for a timely work of fiction by Winnipeg writer Jason Pchajek. His recently signed novel bountydescribed as cli-fi (climate fiction), is set in Winnipeg in 2120 and focuses on a bounty hunter whose job is to try to hold back climate and environmental collapse.

It will be published next year under Turnstone’s genre imprint, Ravenstone.

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