How much do Winnipeggers love to hear about their city’s musical history?
Enough to sell the first draw of John einarson?? s new self-published book Heart of Gold: A History of Winnipeg Music in 24 hours.
Einarson, who launched the book in December after decades of writing books and articles on rock music history, said a second print would be available in January.
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Following an attack by a member of the Texas Legislature, which focused on school libraries with titles on sex, gender and racism, a group of state librarians from Lone Star has launched a social media campaign to fight back.
The campaign, known as #Freadom, aims to get supporters to write to their own school board or school boards in districts where books are contested. Supporters will highlight the value of reading for all and existing policies that aim to protect the freedom to read.
The campaign follows a year in which the American Library Association recorded a record number of book challenges.
Meanwhile, just across the state-Texas border, the response to Texas’ attack on freedom to read appears to be “hold my beer.”
A bill introduced by Oklahoma State Senator Rob Standridge would, if passed, require school libraries to remove any books about sex or sexual orientation from circulation within 30 days of the parents’ request. According to an article by News week, if the school refuses to do so, the plaintiff parent could sue for damages of up to $ 10,000 per day.
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Score one for the motherland. A recent survey of 1,000 authors, publishers and booksellers indicates that the UK-based Booker Prize has a greater impact than the US-based Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
The investigation, undertaken on behalf of an unnamed international book prize, ?? asked respondents to rate the importance of a number of rewards on a 10-point scale. The Booker averaged 7.7 points, the Pulitzer an average of 7.0 and the Prix Goncourt de France placed third at 5.4.
Other prizes included in the survey included the British Costa and British Book Awards, the American National Book Awards and the John Newberry Medal. Canada’s Giller Prize, writers ?? Confidence and the Governor General’s Awards do not appear to have been included in the survey.
More details can be found at wfp.to/bookprizes.
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Irish author Colm ToibÃn is the recipient of the 2021 David Cohen Prize for Literature in recognition of his professional achievements, including novels The master, Brooklyn and his last, The magician.
The prize is awarded every two years to a writer from the UK or Ireland and has a value of Â£ 40,000.
Hermoine Lee, president of the judges, described TÃ³ibÃn like a Renaissance man who can do almost everything with the same brilliance: he is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist, travel writer, critic, teacher, journalist and activist for gay rights.
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Schools have until Friday, January 14 to request virtual tours of Canadian writers, illustrators and storytellers as part of Canadian Children’s Book Week, which runs May 1-7.
The annual event is organized by the non-profit Canadian Children’s Book Center. Last year, 28,000 children, teachers and others participated in more than 400 readings and presentations with Canadian book creators.
The organization has a list of writers, illustrators and storytellers available for virtual tours in every province and territory, and gives young readers the chance to connect with creators from other parts of Canada. Manitobans who will be giving virtual presentations in other provinces this year include Anita daher, Michel hutchinson and storyteller Rob malo.
Those who present for Manitoba schools include former Manitobans Raziel reid, who became the youngest Canadian recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2014 with her novel for young adults When everything looks like the cinema, as good as Charis cotter, Isabelle Groc, Nancy Vo, Rowena rae, Ginalina, Lee edward fodi and Sara Florence Davidson.
For more information, visit bookweek.ca/apply-to-host.