Michael Christie at NOWW banquet

Michael Christie at NOWW banquet
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Poem Travesty by Patricia Laster mourns the random cutting of park trees.

Travesty

The walking trail through Wyndham Park, with oaks
and willows, maples, sycamores and gums:
a splashy autumn show for city folks
in step with robin songs, cicada hums.
One day, sweet woodsmoke in the air, they came:
a droning, giant buzz, like screaming knives
with swishing crashes following. The lame
excuse: obliterate what threatens lives.
They cut two hundred-plus: the young, the old,
the stately, vivid trees. Mimosas spared,
their listless beanpods left to hang like cold
and desiccated tears; but trailside’s bared.
The robins, mockingbirds have taken wing
but I am safe amidst this awful thing.


LABELS: RANDOM CUTTING OF PARK'S TREES --FOR SAFETY OF THE WALKERS

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Night Stages, by Jane Urquart. A Review by poet Margaret Rose Cunningham

The   Night  Stages. A review by Margaret Rose Cunningham
 
                     Jane Urquhart writes with assurance.  Her imagery is elegant:  Her sense  of time and place authentic. Her characters ring true.   A sadness, however, like a fog,blows through the book,  tinting the tale at almost every turn.   

                     “Night Stages “, set in the remote area of County Kerry, Ireland explores the meaning of separation , and the sorrows of broken families. You will be struck  by the emotional depth of the novel and will not easily forget the problems and agony suffered by the characters. 
 
                        Each of the main characters, Tam ,Niall and Niall’s brother  Kieran suffer from deep traumas. Tam , because her love for Niall is not returned;  Niall because he failed to help his brother Kieran, and Kieran because of his mother’s suicide at a vulnerable time in his life.  The situation is not helped  when the two brothers fall in love with the same woman. Only Annie , a countrywoman ,and her friends,  are a redeeming presence in Kieran’s life when she takes him into her home.
 
                          At the conclusion of the book ,we are left  with some hope that the suffering of all of them will be mitigated. Tam has left Ireland only to be stopped in Gander , NFL. by the fog. There she meditates  on Canadian Ken Lochhead’s  mural  for three days.   When the fog dissipates,  the plane can take off.Hope replaces the sadness.   
       Jane Urquhart

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Me-nee Chacaby's Book Launch Coming to Thunder Bay



Hi Joan. 
My book launch is for real. May 17th in my home city Thunder Bay at Lakehead University and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. 

Stay tuned for exact times. I have waited for this memoir for so long and I can hardly wait to read it. .

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Waiting for the Greening by Elizabeth Kouhi

Brown, grey
   Spring world
When will greening
   come?
Your cousin Autumn
   At least
Flies colours for us
   to enjoy

But you. YOU, are as dull
as dishwater, and
one of your months
already gone.

True, you’ve lengthened
our days but where
IS YOUR COLOUR GREEN?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Wow. Lots on tap!

Good afternoon Joan
April is shaping up to be a wonderful month for NOWW events! Grab your calendars and read more about them below!
1)  Thursday, April 7th, 7pm @ The Foundry: A NOWW Mix & Mingle
* Come out and meet other NOWW members, have a drink and some food and relax for the evening! Nothing like some time spent with your fellow writers! * This is a 'no-host' event (you are responsible for your own bill)

2)  Tuesday, April 19th, 7pm Brodie St. Library, Fire Side Room: "Novel Experiences" Reading. All welcome and it is free. 
* We are still looking for another reader! If you are interested and have a novel excerpt ready please email me as soon as possible!
Readers Include: Tessa Soderberg and Doug Diaczuk

3) Saturday, April 23rd, 2pm Kenora Public Library: "Warming Up the Pen" Workshop with Charles Wagamese
* Be sure to check out this fantastic workshop at the Kenora Public Library. You can find more information here: http://www.nowwwriters.ca/workshops.html


4)  Saturday, May 7th, The Prince Arthur Hotel: The Literary Awards Party 
* Be sure to get your tickets for our Literary Awards Party as it is coming up soon! You can find more information and purchase tickets here: http://www.nowwwriters.ca/literary-awards-party.html

5) Saturday, May 7th, Mary J.L. Black Library: Michael Christie Workshop
*  There are only a few spots left for the Michael Christie Workshop! Be sure to register soon as you won't want to miss this! http://www.nowwwriters.ca/workshops.html
Hope everyone has a wonderful day and I look forward to seeing you next week at the Foundry! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Joan Thomas

Good morning Literary Blogsters, 

As you'll see in the note below, Joan Thomas has an excellent writing workshop lined up for this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mary J.L. Black Library.  

We'll break for an hour during the workshop: you can either go out or bring your own lunch.  Tea and coffee are provided.

This workshop is full, with a waiting list. If you can't make it, please let us know right away so that someone else can participate.

Here's a note from Joan Thomas about what to expect:

Hi everyone,
I’m really looking forward to meeting all of you and spending next Saturday talking about our shared passion for writing. 

This won’t be a workshop in the sense of reading and commenting on each others’ work; it’s a “master class”—direct instruction with examples and discussion. I hope both emerging and experienced writers will find the material thought-provoking and relevant to their work.

 Bring a notebook and pen, and any questions you have about our two subjects: Narrative Voice and Point of View in the morning, and Pace in the afternoon. 

We’ll be talking about things like . . . How do we decide whether the 1st or 3rd person is more appropriate for a story? Why do editors get so worked up about lapses in point of view? What does “voice” mean in the 3rd person, and how do we create it? Has fiction speeded up in our lifetime? How do we create suspense and a sense of movement in character-driven (as opposed to plot-based) fiction?  
See you soon,
Joan


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fifteen Dogs - Mini Review by John Pringle


Fifteen Dogs, An Apologue

An Apologue: a fable, using animals or inanimate objects to convey a moral lesson.

If you like fables  and enjoy the company of dogs I suggest you read Scotia Bank Giller Prize Winner, Fifteen Dogs, by Andre Alexis. However, if you are expecting a feel-good story of loyal, cuddly canine companions, you better pass on this one. 

This is a pointed fable, similar to Orwell's Animal Farm, although Alexis delves deeper than the political, exposing the darker (and at times the lighter) side of the human animal's psyche. Based on the premise of a divine bet, dogs take on human consciousness, endowed with everything from appreciating beauty and poetry to grim survivalist instinct, pack mentality, intolerance and domination. 

The book is a thinly veiled poke at mankind's pretensions of moral evolution. To borrow H.G. Well's phrase, humans are often still "shambling toward the light."

  This an important work and I'm really happy it won. It is clever, beautifully imagined, and graced with an ending that leaves the reader redeemed with hope.

Sunday, March 27, 2016


Nora Webster by Colm Toibin. I loved this book. From the first sentence , it moves at a pleasant  leisurely pace. Set in Ireland, Toibin introduces Nora Webster, a widow who has just lost her husband. Her four children have lost their father. Nora is destabilized by grief and yet she has to look after her family in spite of little money. Her extended family both helps and hinders her search for an independent life now that her husband is gone.  Love to hear from anyone who has also read it. Send your thoughts and opinions to joanbaril@gmail.com.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Illegal, by Lawrence Hill wins Canada Read 
"The Illegal asks Canadians to imagine the humanity of one refugee, and thus all refugees," said Hughes in her final defence of the novel.
The Canada Reads finale ended with a dramatic vote, which forced panellist Adam "Edge" Copeland to break a 2-2 split with The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami. Copeland reluctantly voted to eliminate The Hero's Walk.
Once the winner was declared, Hill came out to surprise the panellists. The author was full of praise for Canada Reads.
"If you win a literary prize, that prize will be discussed for a day or so, and then fade. With Canada Reads, people are discussing five Canadian books for months," said Hill.
Panellists also praised actor Vinay Virmani for passionately defending The Hero's Walk, which came in second.
"He truly shone a light on corners of this book that I didn't see," said Copeland.
Virmani recently purchased the film rights to the book.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Canada Reads - It's easy to tune into the debates.

5 books. 4 days of debate. 1 winner.
Five prominent Canadians chose a book they believe is the one novel all of Canada should read. Over four days of live debate, they narrow the list down until only one remains.
Canada Reads takes place March 21-24, 2016. Here's how you can tune in:
ONLINE:
  • 10 a.m. ET. video livestream on CBCbooks.ca
  • On-demand video will be available each afternoon
ON RADIO:
ON TELEVISION:
  • 4 p.m. local time on CBC Television (4:30 in NFLD), except Tues.  March 22, when it will air at 3 p.m. local time
  • 7 p.m. ET on documentary Channel
  • 9 p.m. PT on documentary Channel

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hello  Literary Thunder Bay,
I am sure many of you have enjoyed attending the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) readings that the library has held over the past few years.  Many great authors have graced the stage.  Here is your chance to submit names of authors you would like to see!  Please send 2-3 names of authors - Canadian - who you would like to see at this year's event.
Send to  - bphilp@tbpl.ca by April 15th.

Thanks for your input!

-- 
Helen Cimone
Public Services Assistant

Mary J.L. Black Library
901 Edward Street South, Thunder Bay, On P7E 6R2
TEL: (807)-345-8275
FAX: (807)-475-7855
EMAIL: hcimone@tbpl.ca: