Poetry month reading tackles intimacy theme

Winnipeggers will celebrate National Poetry Month next Saturday (April 23) with the seventh annual Writes of Spring poetry spread in that day’s Winnipeg Free Press and a reading at McNally Robinson Booksellers by poets featured in the paper.

Co-ordinated by poet-essayist Ariel Gordonthis winter’s writer-in-residence at the U of M’s Center for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, and Duncan MercrediWinnipeg’s poet laureate, the project is a joint venture of the Free Press and the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival.

The Writes of Spring event will feature writing on the theme of “intimacy” by poets Katherine Bitney, Anne Claros, Roewan Crowe, brigette depape, Denise Duguay, Laurie Fisher, Bryanne Lamoureux, megan ronald, Lynn Sinclair, cam scott, Jeanette Timmermann and Shannon Joy Wazny. The event starts at 2 pm

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Winnipeg teacher/administrator Nancy Chislet launches her first novel Friday at McNally Robinson Booksellers and online.

Bombing the Moon (Now or Never Publishing) is a story of promises, hopes and tough love, focusing on a young man who dreams of becoming a songwriter, his parents who fear that he’ll be dependent on them for life and a trip to Kenya that pushes the family to the edge.

Chislett will be joined by Winnipeg comedian lara rae, a lifelong bibliophile who is currently working on a book about how reading has shaped her. The launch starts at 7 pm

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A prairie prodigal son returns in K. R. Byggdin‘s wonderworld (Great Plains Publications), being launched Saturday, April 23 at 7 pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers and online.

In Byggdin’s debut novel, 27-year-old Isaac Funk flees his conservative rural town in Manitoba to study music and embrace queer culture in Halifax, then returns a decade later after receiving an inheritance.

The author will be joined by Winnipeg writer Sam MacKinnon.

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The final poetry collection by the late patrick lane will be launched online Friday 22 in an event in his hometown of Victoria.

The Quiet in Me (Harbour Publishing), edited by his widow, the poet lorna crozier, is filled with lyrical reflections on nature and mortality. Crozier, novelists esi edugyen and Steven Price and others will read at the launch.

In a 50-year writing career, Lane published 25 collections of poetry, as well as novels and works of non-fiction, and influenced generations of Canadian writers.

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For details about the launch and to register, see wfp.to/patricklane.

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Kildonan East Collegiate student Al Gilbert is one of three finalists in the English-language category competing in the national Poetry In Voice event on Thursday.

The national competition this year saw more than 10,000 students across Canada learn two poems by heart and perform them in front of an audience. Ultimately, three finalists in each of the three categories (English, French and bilingual) will compete for cash prizes for themselves and their school libraries.

Poetry in Voice was established in 2010 by Scott Griffin, creator of the Griffin Poetry Prize, to encourage students across Canada to experience poetry. The Finals can be watched online at poetryinvoice.com.

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Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladiesby Anishinaabe author Leanne Betasamosake Simpsonis one of six books on the shortlist of this year’s Dublin Literary Award, one of the world’s richest book prizes, worth €100,000 ($139,000).

to join Susanna’sMoodie‘s 19th-century non-fiction work Roughing it in the Bushthe novel is told in narrative and poetic fragments and Anishinaabe esthetics.

It’s joined on the short list by two novels translated from French, both of which have won major prizes. At Night All Blood Is Blackbye David Diopwon last year’s Booker International Prize. The Art of Losingbye Alice Zeniterwon the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens.

The other novels on the short list are Remote Sympathybye Catherine Chedgey of New Zealand; The Death of Vivek Ojibye Akwaeke Emeze ofNigeria; and The Art of Fallingbye Danielle McLaughlin of Ireland.

The winner will be announced May 19.

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