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Canadian literary event roundup: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Here are just a few of the literary events happening across the country in the next week:

  • Richard Gwyn discusses Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times, Atwater Library, Montreal (Jan. 27, 12:30 p.m., free)
  • Tribute to poet Peggy Fletcher with readings, Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, Sarnia, Ontario (Jan. 27, 8 p.m., free)
  • Alison Griffiths signs Count On Yourself and shares financial tips, Chapters Granville, Vancouver (Jan. 28, 12 p.m., free)
  • Barbara Reid reads from Picture a Tree and demonstrates plasticine art, Museum of Civilization, Ottawa (Jan. 28, 2 p.m., free)
  • Inaugural women’s poetry slam championship, Arts Court, Ottawa (Jan. 28, 7 p.m., free)
  • Introduction to ebooks and e-readers, Munroe Library, Winnipeg (Jan. 30, 1:30 p.m., free. Call 204-986-3736 to register)
  • Charlotte Gill discusses Eating Dirt, World Art Centre, Vancouver (Jan. 30, 7 p.m., free)
  • Nikki Jabbour reads from The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, Keshen Goodman Public Library, Halifax (Feb. 1, 7 p.m., free)

Quillblog is looking for photos from literary events across Canada. Send your photos to scflinn@quillandquire.com.

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Naomi K. Lewis wins Colophon Prize

Winnipeg publisher Enfield & Wizenty has awarded its third annual Colophon Prize for Fiction to Naomi K. Lewis for her short story collection, I Know Who You Remind Me Of.

Awarded for the best unpublished manuscript with “literary and commercial appeal,” the prize includes publication and a $5,000 advance. I Know Who You Remind Me Of will be released in September.

The author of the novel Cricket in a Fist (Goose Lane Editions), Lewis lives in Calgary, where she teaches creative writing and was the Calgary Public Library’s writer-in-residence in fall 2011.

Two runners-up were also granted publishing contracts with E&W: Méira Cook’s The House on Sugarbush Road, a novel set in post-apartheid South Africa, and Richard Van Camp’s short story collection, Godless but Devoted to Heaven, which explores contemporary aboriginal life in Canada.

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    Canadian literary event roundup: Jan. 20-26

    It’s a busy week for literary events. Here’s a sample of what’s going on across the country:

    • Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild presents “Writing North: Writing the Extraordinary,” University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (Jan. 20–21, free, www.skwriter.com)
    • Poet Tanya Davis leads Stanzas in the Stacks: Poetry in the Library after Dark, Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library, Halifax (Jan. 20, 8 p.m., free)
    • Dragnet literary magazine launches its fourth issue, Academy of the Impossible, Toronto (Jan. 21, 9 p.m., pay what you can)
    • Third annual Sparks Literary Festival, Memorial University, St. John’s (Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free)
    • William Gibson discusses his new book, Distrust that Particular Flavor, Bolen Books, Victoria (Jan. 23, 7 p.m., free)
    • Robbie Burns marathon poetry reading with haggis and shortbread, Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver (Jan. 25, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., free)
    • CBC Radio and McNally Robinson host 5 Readers, 5 Writers, 5 Minutes, Winnipeg (Jan. 25, 8 p.m., free)
    • Brian Brennan, author of Writing My Way From Ireland to Canada, and Frances Hern, author of Yip Sang and the First Chinese Canadians, read from their work and discuss the Canadian immigrant experience, Central branch, Calgary Public Library (Jan. 26, 12 to 1 p.m., free. Call 403-260-2620 to register)
    • Ottawa Independent Writers presents “How to Write a Winning ‘How-To’ Book” with business author Dr. Denis Cauvier, Library & Archives Canada (Jan. 26, 7 p.m., $10, www.oiw.ca)
    • Reading and book signing with UPEI writer-in-residence Michael Crummey, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown (Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., free)

    Quillblog is looking for photos from literary events across Canada. Send your photos to scflinn@quillandquire.com.

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