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Join Lesley Belleau, author of Sweat, on October 21 for Dreaming the Story: An Evening of Readings with Armand Garnet Ruffo, Lesley Belleau, and Gregory Scofield, 6-9:30 p.m. at the Living with Lakes Centre, Laurentian University.
Throughout this October Suzanne F. Charron, author of Wolf Man Joe LaFLamme: Tamer Untamed, will be making a series of presentations on Joe LaFlamme, the Wolf Man of Gogama, at various branches of the Greater Sudbury Public Library. For locations, dates and times follow the link here.
The Wintermen, by Brit Griffin
Johnny Slaught and his Algonquin buddy Chumboy Commando didn’t set out to lead a band of rebels. But after the world descended into climate change chaos, the government did some serious triage, forcing wide-scale evacuations and abandoning rural areas to the non-stop snow. Brit Griffin's The Wintermen is a modern western, with snow machines riding into town and a showdown in the snow.
Upsidoon, poems from Roger Nash
Lyrical poems at play with the rhythms of regular speech savour the rich feel of everyday events (taking a shower, making coffee), pulling them back from routine. Nash experiences the span of experiences over a lifetime, and the patterns – and lives – these make.
Squall, by Sean Costello
Bush pilot Tom Stokes is returning from a remote camp when a sudden squall forces him down – literally in the lap of fugitive criminal Dale Knight. Squall is a fast-paced, darkly comic tale of murder, kidnapping and retribution that grabs the reader on page one and simply does not let go.
Solo, Yet Never Alone: Swimming the Great Lakes, by Laura E. Young
Those who challenge Canada's freshwater seas know that the lake can turn on you in an instant. For the 60th anniversary of Marilyn Bell's Lake Ontario crossing, Young has interviewed over 40 swimmers who have challenged a Great Lake.
by Lesley Belleau
Belleau blends myth, collective memory, and harsh social realism in a narrative that braids together the lives of Jolene and Beth, two Indigenous women linked by shared children, history, trauma, and healing.
Wolf Man Joe LaFlamme,
by Suzanne F. Charron
The true story of Northern Ontario trapper (and bootlegger) Joe LaFlamme, who raised timber wolves to pull his sleigh, and then traveled with wolves and moose across North America.
Dark Enough to Dance
by Colin Hayward
In these tales, each traveller arrives with expectations, but in the intricate dance with local cultures, the path veers in unanticipated directions. Not until they begin to feel the local rhythms do travellers discover that it is dark enough to dance.
Squall on its way:
Northern Life's Heidi Ulrichsen has done a nice write-up of Sean Costello's Squall, here.
Some very sad news:
Alanna F. Bondar, author of There are many ways to die while travelling in Peru (Scrivener, 2011), passed away on August 8, after a recurrence of cancer. She was 46. Alanna was an ecopoet and specialist in Canadian Literature. She taught English at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She will be missed.
Congratulations to Colleen Shields, who at 62(!) is the oldest swimmer to cross Lake Ontario. She completed her crossing from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto at 7:02 p.m. on August 9, 2014. Read about Colleen's earlier crossings and attempts in Solo, Yet Never Alone, by Laura E. Young.
Congratulations to Trinity Arsenault, youngest swimmer to cross Lake Ontario on Marilyn Bell's traditional route! Trinity completed her swim at about 6:08 p.m. on August 4, 2014. Trinity and her mother Christine Arsenault are the first mother and daughter to have both crossed the lake, Christine in 2011. Read about Christine's crossing and Marilyn Bell's iconic crossing 60 years ago in Solo, Yet Never Alone, by Laura E. Young.
Shortlisted for the Northern "Lit" Awards:
Finding Grace by Mary-Lynn Murphy, and Dark Enough to Dance by Colin Hayward for the Adult Fiction Award, and From Homestead to Community by Paula Mallea, and
Wolf Man Joe LaFlamme: Tamer Untamed by Suzanne F. Charron for the Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award for Non-fiction!
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