Giller Short List

Giller Short List
French Exit by Patrick deWitt, Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan,Motherhood by Sheila Heti and An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

Writing Guild Call for a New Member

Wanted: one new member for the Thunder Bay Writers Guild. The Guild is a well-established writing group of 12 members who meet monthly to critique each other’s work and to support and encourage each other in the writing process.

Requirements: to be actively writing and able to produce a polished piece of work (fiction or non-fiction, not poetry) to be critiqued every few months. Able to attend meetings at the college on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Interested? Please send 2 pieces of your work (fiction or non-fiction—between 1,500 - 3,000 words, no poetry) to Jack Shedden at

Deadline: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Right to be Cold, a hot Item in Thunder Bay

The books were flying off the Chapters Table at Waverley library as the large audience lined up to buy 'The Right to be Cold" by environmental activist, Shelia Watt-Cloutier.  The book is on the short list for Canada Reads.

The author was introduced by Cathy Alex who talked about her own adventures in the arctic. Watt-Cloutier discussed her childhood growing up in the arctic living a traditional Inuit life until she was sent down south to school at an early age. She outlined the problems faced by the northern peoples caused by global warming and her work with various organizations including the UN to press the message that global warming is a human rights issue for the people who live there. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize for her work She noted that climate change does not only affect the animals of the north but also the people who live there. For many years the local people have noticed the changes caused by global warming: the thinning of the ice, the changes in marine animals, the arrival of new species.

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