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A comic with a lineage that includes Dante’s Inferno and slasher films will be coming to life following the successful attainment of the Winnipeg author’s Kickstarter goal.
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A comic with a lineage that includes Dante’s Inferno and slasher films will be coming to life following the successful attainment of the Winnipeg author’s Kickstarter goal.
Novelist, poet and comic book author Jonathan Ball was seeking support via the crowd-funding platform to have local artists GMB Chomichuk and Lyndon Radchenka create the visuals for She Wolf, a story of a woman serial killer possessed by the spirit of the mythological predator. Ball passed his initial goal and was pushing toward his stretch goals when the Kickstarter campaign wrapped up late last month.
In his Kickstarter project description, Ball notes that the protagonist of Dante’s Inferno seeks refuge in hell at the beginning of that allegorical story to escape from a she-wolf stalking the dark woods.
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The story of a mother and daughter separated in the 1850s in South Carolina as a result of a slave sale is the winner of this year’s Cundill Prize for History.
Harvard history professor Tiya Miles won the award for All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake (Random House), inspired by the story of an enslaved woman who packed up all her nine-year-old daughter’s belongings in a cotton sack when she was told the girl was about to be sold. The book traces the lives of three generations of women.
The US$75,000 Cundill Prize is an international award for history books and is administered by McGill University.
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It’s been 15 years since the last of the Harry Potter books hit the shelves but the phenomenon of the boy wizard continues to pass milestones.
The latest is that as of the end of the November, the Harry Potter audiobooks available over Audible have been listened to for more than one billion hours — meaning just over 7.5 minutes of listening for each person on the planet.
J.K. Rowling’s series became available over the service seven years ago, before the planet’s population hit the eight billion mark.
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Former Degrassi Junior High cast member Anais Granofsky has won the Ontario Speaker’s Book Award for her memoir The Girl in the Middle: Growing Up Between Black and White, Rich and Poor (HarperCollins).
Granofsky, who played Lucy Fernandez in the junior high and high school variations of the TV show, writes of growing up in two worlds: that of her wealthy white grandparents and that of her of her mother, a descendant of freed slaves, where she shared a mattress in a single inner city room.
The Ontario Speaker’s Book Award was established in 2012 to recognize books that reflect the province’s history, culture and diversity.
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Poet, performer and editor Chimwemwe Undi has been selected as Winnipeg’s third poet laureate, following the end of the term of Duncan Mercredi.
The Winnipeg Arts Council funds the position, in which a poet creates work reflecting the life of the city, commemorates official functions, and develops their own body of writing and performance.
Undi, who won the John Hirsch Award for emerging writers at the Manitoba Book Awards this year, has been published in Prairie Fire, CV2, Border Crossings, the Walrus and other literary journals. She was also the founder of Voices, Ink. Youth Poetry Slam and has performed at festivals across Canada as well as at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Undi is also lawyer who specializes in labour, employment and intellectual property law.
“I am honored to be Winnipeg Poet Laureate,” says Undi, “Winnipeg’s arts community has welcomed, encouraged, and inspired me since I began writing and performing poetry as a teenager. In this position, I hope to amplify and advocate for that community, and to encourage more people to read and write themselves into those spaces.”
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