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Saturday, August 4, 2012
Melvin Goes to Dinner
Sex, religion, fetishes, ghosts - what's not to like. The dinner guest let it all hang out in this play by Michael Blieden playing at the Paramount August 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets 10 bucks at The Growing Season, Steepers, High Time Tattoo and the Paramount.
A comedy that takes wicked turns, Melvin Goes to Dinner should be a fun evening.
A Thunder Bay weekend workshop sas part of International Festival of Authors and in cooperation with Humber College
The workshop will take place in Thunder Bay (November 2-3) with Humber School of Writers' founder, Joe Kertes.
Register at humber.ca or call Hilary Higgins at 416-675-6622 ext. 3449.
Stay tuned to this blog for more info.
On writing one's memoirs by Hillary Mantel
Memoir’s not an easy form. It’s not for beginners, which is unfortunate, as it is where many people do begin. It’s hard for beginners to accept that unmediated truth often sounds unlikely and unconvincing. If other people are to care about your life, art must intervene. The writer has to negotiate with her memories, and with her reader, and find a way, without interrupting the flow, to caution that this cannot be a true record: this is a version, seen from a single viewpoint. But she has to make it as true as she can. Writing a memoir is a process of facing yourself, so you must do it when you are ready.
Hello Joan, Good news! We have just added 5 new titles to our Book Club in a Bag collection. All of these were generously donated by Aids Thunder Bay. If you would like to reserve any of these titles for your group, please email or call me at the Mary J.L. Black Branch Library. Thank You Helen
Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson Acqua Calda by Keith McDermott--
Helen Cimone Mary J.L. Black Library 901 Edward Street South, Thunder Bay, On P7E 6R2 TEL: (807)-345-8275 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poet Rona Saffran
Launching her new book, "Ignite."
Rona Saffran in the greatest poet I know. Her work is accesible, strong, erotic, honest, polished. Her new book, Ignite, dealswith a middle-aged woman's angst over the loss of love as a romantic or platonic pastime. And it also takes ribald pleasure as love is re-ignited.
A letter from the book bag lady
I am happy to let you know that we have recently added three new titles to our Book Club in a Bag collection
Inside by Alix Ohlin, a Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist, donated by the Wordy Dozen Book Club
Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, 2012 Canada Reads Winner, donated by the Chic Lit Book Club
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards, also generously donated by a local book club.If anyone wishes to reserve one of these titles, please call or email me.
Thanks Helen Mary J.L. Black Library TEL: (807)-345-8275
Mark Schacter, Photographer
Presenting his book on the Great Lakes at Waverley
Everything is So Political including a story by Joan Baril
Available for pre-order at Chapters or Amazon
Keeping the Peace: stories by the wonderful Colette Maitland
Available for pre-order at both Chapters and Amazon
Judge of local mystery short fiction
Launch for Outworld Apocalypse
Book Launch: Thunder Bay author Bonnie Tittaferrante writing as Bonnie Ferrante will be sharing her third novel, Dawn's End: OUTWORLD APOCALYPSE. What if the May 2012 flood was just the beginning?
Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 pm at Waverley Library.Reading – Prizes – Cake
.Paperback copies will be available.
Launch "Outward Apocalypse
Waverley, March 20, 7pm
Grants for Playwrights!
Grant Writing Info Session For Playwrights and Theatre Artists
Pat Bradley, Theatre Officer of the Ontario Arts Council, will share information,perspective and tips about project grants, particularly the OAC’s three theatre project programs – Theatre Projects, Playwright Residency and Theatre Creators’ Reserve.
There will be time for Q & A. 6:30pm, Wednesday February 27, 2013 Magnus Theatre 10 South Algoma Street
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Brit book seller gets 250,000 downloads
Hachette’s United Kingdom division has seen a copious amount of digital downloads on Christmas and Boxing Day. They sold over 250,000 eBooks from their website and various resellers. This marks a 86% increase over the same period last year and is a testament to the dramatic surge of digital publishing.
The head of Digital Marketing at Hachette UK George Walkley told the Book Seller that these numbers should increase further, as more stores report in. Bestselling titles included The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart, Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin and The CasualVacancy by JK Rowling.
Leaves and Fishes: A Superior Childhood
Memoir by Thunder Bay native Margaret Rose Cunningham
Buy Leaves and Fishes by mail
This delightful Thunder Bay memoir can be ordered from Margaret R. Cunningham, 3008 McCarthy Road, Ottawa, ON, K1V 8K8 Cheque of money order. The cost is 20$ and that includes postage.
Nipigon, December 2012
"The thing is not to write what no one else could have written, but to write what only you could have written." Nam Le, "The Boat."
Lake Superior in December
photo by Lise Vaugeois
Outside the Lines
Playing and singing at Women's Literature Night
Reader at Woman's Literature Night
Writing in Depth
Every good short story has to be underpinned by some human truth. Kevin Barry in the New Yorker
New Book Club Titles
Helen Cimone, the Book Bag Lady, sends us the following update. Your book club can check out a bag of books, one book for each member of your club and return much later.
Hello Joan, I would like to let everyone know that we have 2 new Book Club in a Bag titles:
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (This item was generously donated in memory of Verna Cameron) Thank You!
If you would like to reserve any of these titles for your group please email or call me at the Mary J.L. Black Branch Library. Thank You, Helen Cimone 345 8275
Dear Joan, This is an invitation to a meet and greet with our new Chief Librarian,John Pateman.
Please drop in to meet John on Saturday, November 24 anytime from 2-4 pm at the Mary J.L. Black Branch Library (Community Program Room). RSVPs not necessary. Hope to see you there.
I have read from this list only "Bring up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel, a great book but I preferred the first in the series "Wolf Hall." Swimming Home, Umbrella, and The Lighthouse may not be available yet in Canada.
Now in bookstores
Stories by Joan Baril, Ivan Coyote etc.
Book Club Picks South of the Border
From the Drury Lane Books' Newsletter in Grand Marias
Benny and the Shrimp by Kathy Mazetti Summer by Edith Wharton Seven Houses by Alev Lytle Croutier The History of Love by Nicole Krauss Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand State of Wonder by Ann Patchett Crow Lake by Mary Lawson The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umigar Turnip Blues by Helen Campbell The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Wall Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel Making It by Penelope Lively Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys Visitors by Anita Brookner
More Advice on Writing
There are three rules to writing a novel; unfortunately no one know what they are. Sommerset Maugham.
LONDON—Maeve Binchy, one of Ireland’s most beloved writers, has died in Dublin after a short illness at the age of 72, Irish media reported on Tuesday.
Binchy was revered by countless fans around the world for such novels as Light a Penny Candle, Tara Road and Circle of Friends, which was adapted for the screen in 1995 starring Chris O’Donnell and Minnie Driver. She sold more than 40 million books worldwide.Her novels and short stories often examined the friction between tradition and modern life in Ireland. Her works have been translated into 37 languages.
In fiction, E books surpass paper
According to the New York Times, book buyers now prefer fiction in the e book format. Why fiction? Unlike non-fiction books, e books have no (or few) pictures and few charts, recipes or sidebars which require jumping back and forth among pages, a task which can be frustrating on an e book. Romance readers have really taken to e books and have led the move from paper to e. Romance readers are often adicts who whizz through book after book. When the romance reader turns the last page she may find a trip to the box store inconvenient. But a download can be done at home in the middle of the night. Also when fiction readers in general find an author they like, they often want to read that author's back list, easier to acess on the Kobo (Kindle etc) than from the shelves in Chapters.
The e books stomp!
On the ebooks front, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) released a new report in May showing that ebook net sales revenue in the US for 2011 was $21.5 million, up 332.6% over 2010.
In Britain the major book sellers are featuring the Kobo (the Chapters entry to e book land). I saw the display in London. Yet when I finished my e book book (Patrick Melrose by Edmund St. Aubyn) could I pass the copy on to my travelling companion as I could a print copy. Not unless I handed over my Kobo. The e reader is great for travelling but more and more, I prefer the print stuff. And today, in Thunder Bay, at Chapters I note the sales on the printed books. Cheaper and cheaper. As for the poor author - one can only whince.
A Great Book
Available for Book Clubs
New Book Bag Titles
Hello Everyone! There are 4 new titles available in the Book Club in a Bag Collection. Crank by Ellen Hopkins Glass by Ellen Hopkins Stolen Life:The Journey of a Cree Woman by Rudy Wiebe and Yvonne Johnson Jack Holmes & His Friend by Edmund White All 4 titles were generously donated by Aids Thunder Bay.If anyone is interested in reserving these titles for their club, please email or call me at the Mary J.L. Black Library 345-8275. Ask for Helen!!
KISS ME (I'm a Prince!)
by Heather McLeod
Congrats to Heather McLeod
Congratulations to Heather McLeod, whose wonderful children's book KISS ME (I'm a Prince!) was chosen as HONOUR BOOK in the recent Blue Spruce competition.
In Thunder Bay Thursday May 17
Michael Christie Reading
Waverley Auditorium, 7 pm, April 23
International Women's Day, 2012
Dusty Miller (1928 - 2012)
Champion of the Arts
Winner of Canada Reads
Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre
Carmen Aguirre wins Canada Reads
Carmen Aguirre came out victorious at this year’s CBC Canada Reads. The B.C.-based author and playwright’s memoir, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (Douglas & McIntyre), about growing up in the underground among South American revolutionaries during the 1970s, beat out Ken Dryden’s The Game (Wiley Canada), the former Habs goalie’s recollections of pro hockey and a very different version of the ’70s
author of Underground.
On the Road, a classic
by Jaock Kerouac
“Always remember, there is no city in the world which has erected a statue to a critic.” Jan Sibelius
Popular British Canadian author's best selling work
Twopence to Cross the Mersy, based on the author's early years.
Popular writer Helen Forrester, British born who lived in Canada, died November 24, at 92
Her Liverpool books created the genre of gritty working class memoirs. Her books are in all the local libraries.
Little Shadows by Marina Endicott
Eye Lake by Tristam Hughes
Launch Oct. 19. 7 p.m at the art gallery
Ten Good Seconds of Silence
by Elizabeth Ruth
by Bonnie Ferrante
And we can change the world.
Eddie's Desert Rose
It is the 1980's and everyone is trying to get ahead. Dave and Eddie Bates seek their fortune in Saudi Arabia but one day, Eddie turns up dead. Great thriller available at Amazon.com.
Canadian on Man Booker Longlist
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Canadian writer on 2011 Man Booker longlist
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Canadian on Man Booker long list
Far to Go by Alison Pick
Poet Margaret R. Cunningham
The Freak Brothers
Paying For It
by Chester Brown
by Marjane Satrapi
by Guy DeLisle
by Art Speigelman
Strength and Struggle
by Rachel Michenene and Jody Porter
Sharon Dale Stone
Author of A Change of Plans
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us.
by Kate Bornstien
Michael Van Rooy
Cool Water by Diane Warren
A Heart-warming Novel
A rockin' good book
Thunder Bay's Paul Shaffer
Poet Rona Shaffran
Cistern of My Body
author: First Wives Club Coast Salish Style
Inspiration for ghost stories
Short Story Maven
Terry Fallis, Author of The Best Laid Plans
In the Great Hall at Fort William Historical Park
The Book Limo (note hood ornament)
Limo for presenters at the Sleeping Giant Literary Festival
Visitor to the Sleeping Giant Literary Festival
Ottawa writer Megan Findlay
Vistitor to the Sleeping Gaint Literary Festival
Ottawa poet, Margaret Cunningham
Bagpipes and Dancers
Historical reenactors dance for festival participants.
short story maven and author of Lullabies for Little Criminals.
A Good Motto for Writers
THE MORE YOU GARDEN; THE MORE YOU GROW.
Sent to us by San Francisco literary agent Michael Larsen.
Winner of J.J. Talman Award
Author of A Good House, Suddenly, Casino.
The Sheila Burnford Award
Cynthia Cooper, Dorothy Colby, Aldo Roberto
Bonnie Tittaferante with Marion Agnew, James Arthur
NOWW Awards Dinner
One of Canada's Best
One of our Best Canadian Magazines
And Baby Makes More
by Susan Goldberg
Artist and writer, Ma-nee Chacaby
A Northern Tee Shirt
Wegnesh Nanaboozhoo Gezhichigipa?
(translation: What Would Nanabijou Do?)
Poet Ulrich Wendt
Thunder Bay Writer
Charlie Wilkins, writing teacher
Sunset of Lake Superior
photo: Charles Faust
Just Another Story
Storytelling at the Northern Women's Bookstore
ready to read her story at Brodie on Tuesday
Josephine Mandaman walks for the Earth
A Space Between
by J.P. Rodriguez
Author, The Jade Peony, at Canada Reads
Head of the Giant and Lighthouse in Winter
Photo by Rodney Brown
The Northern Lights
A Poem by Margaret R. Cunningham
Author of The Wives Tale
Jean Morrison of Thunder Bay
History Author Extrordinaire
A Superb Graphic novel
Charles Wilkins and Crew in training
Firekeepers of the Twenty-First Century: First Nation Women Chiefs
by Cora Voyageur
Cora Voyageur, author
by Bonnie Burnard
The Last Best Places
by Tania Saj
One Native Life
by Richard Wagamese
The Time in Between
by Canadian novelist, David Bergen
High on the Big Stone Heart
bt Charles Wilkins
Thunder Bay writer
Thunder Bay Garden
photo by Joan Baril
Joan's Jungle, after lots of rain
photo by Joan Baril
Scott Pound, poetry maven
At the Festival, poet Sue Blott, Joan Baril
photo: Peter Fergus Moore
Rodney Brown at the festival
The Great Karoo
by Fred Stenson
speaker at the Writers Festival
Barbara Philp from the library, Fred Stenson
photo by Deborah DeBakker
Winner in the costume parade
Thunder Bay Writer
Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
One of the best animal stories ever written
Novel by Mark Munger
photo by Joan Baril
Poet Margaret Rose Cunningham
BY JUDY REBICK
Wayson Choy, Author
Instructor at Humber School for Writers
A Beaver is Eating My Canoe
True Tales to make you Laugh etc
Heart of Ice
photo by John Izatt
Poet Ulrich Wendt and Writer Laura Atkinson
photo by Joan Baril
Glen Ponka, local writer, He runs NOWW's wonderful Blue Pencil program.
See below for Blue Pencil information
In the Land of Long Fingernails
Pow wow Old Fort
photo by John Izatt
Rendezvous, Old Fort
photo by John Izatt
photo by John Izatt
photo by John Izatt
Photo by John Izatt
Our Lake, Superior
Writers' Group, Rock Island Resort, July 2008,
Collette Maitland, Ted Fryia, Peggy Lauzon, Joan Baril, Earl Blaney, Barbara Bennett