Friend.Follow.Text garnering media buzz
Enfield & Wizenty’s Friend.Follow.Text. #storiesFromLivingOnline is a short fiction anthology that explores the intersection between social media and literature. Edited by Shawn Syms, the collection features writers from across Canada and the United States. Released just last month, Friend. Follow. Text. has already grabbed the attention of literary critics and readers. The book is available at fine book stores everywhere, and (of course!) as an ebook.
The Chicago Tribune printed a review in their weekend edition, which you can check out here!
“The use of social media allows for interesting structural choices with pieces using message board posts, IM conversations or Instagram photos to push the stories forward.” — Courtney Crowder, Chicago Tribune
“An impressive collection, with a number of stunning stories.” — Robert J. Wiersma,Quill & Quire
“A comprehensive exploration of all things online… For anyone striving to make sense of the experiences of ‘living online,’ Friend Follow Text is worth picking up.”
— Andrea Routley, Plenitude Magazine
“Stories inspired by… social media — tweets, emails, blogs, Facebook updates and the like…There is fun and novelty to be had.”
— Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star
“The inventive forms share experiences a majority of people relate to today… For those of us who use social media all the time, and those who would rather stay away, there is at least one piece to strike anyone’s chord.”
— Kristen Nathan, Chicago Literati
Stuck in the Middle launches November 3rd!
A new book featuring photographs from Bryan Scott (Winnipeg Love Hate) and text by Bartley Kives (Winnipeg Free Press, A Daytripper’s Guide to Manitoba) launches on Sunday, November 3rd in the McNally Robinson Atrium.
Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg finds Bryan and Bartley exploring the geography, design and reputation of the only city they have ever truly known, loved and hated! Be sure to attend the launch to get signed copies of the book just in time for the holiday season.
Bryan and Bartley are in the midst of a media blitz: see them on Breakfast Television here!
Forest of Reading
Following on the heels of Jan Andrews’ Gold Medal Moonbeam win, Colleen Nelson’s The Fall has been shortlisted for the prestigious Forest of Reading White Pine Award.
Ontario teens will vote for the winning title, which will be announced in November. Congratulations Colleen!
Silent Summer wins Moonbeam Gold Medal
The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley by Jan Andrews has been selected as a Gold Medal winner by the Moonbeam Awards. Launched in 2007, the awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading.
Kyle McGinley doesn’t say a word. Fed up with being shuttled from one foster care home to another, he has stopped speaking. But at the home of Scott and Jill Wardman, with the help of a crow, a swamp, and an excess of black paint, he begins to think that maybe, just maybe, life could be better.
As long as his frigging dad doesn’t mess things up.
The Lucky Ones selected for On the Same Page
Anne Mahon’s The Lucky Ones has been selected as the feature title in the On The Same Page initiative.
On The Same Page, a program sponsored by The Winnipeg Foundation and the Winnipeg Public Library, encourages all Manitobans to read and talk about the same book at the same time. Congratulations Anne!
We also send congratulations out to our own Méira Cook as well as Eva Wiseman, David Robertson and Scott B. Henderson whose books were also shortlisted.
The Winnipeg International Writers Festival is 9 days of readings, discussions, performances, panels and – of course – great conversation. You’ve probably seen the paperback guide around town in coffee shops, bookstores, universities and other places. Pick one up!
Two of our Great Plains Teen Fiction authors will be taking part – Jan Andrews and Colleen Nelson. Jan and Colleen both released books this spring and are eager to connect with audiences and writers from around the world. Both Jan and Colleen will be reading from their books (The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley and The Fall) on Monday, September 23rd at the North Y Youth Centre. Find out more here.
On Tuesday, Jan will be part of two events. At 10 am she can be found at MTYP as part of the School Stage, and then at 4:30 she will be at the Millennium Library to speak about foster parenting as part of the Big Ideas series.
Aside from reading with Jan on Monday, Colleen Nelson will be part of the Voices from Oodena event on Sunday, September 22nd along with Robert Malo, David McLeod, John K Samson and John Weirer.
Be sure to catch Jan and Colleen at this year’s THIN AIR festival!
Teen Fiction Authors in the news
Our Great Plains Teen Fiction authors are keeping busy!
Colleen Nelson was interviewed by Shaw TV here in Winnipeg about her new novel, The Fall. The clip will be airing on the station shortly, but you can get a sneak-peek here!
The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley continues to garner great reviews. The latest praise comes from Canadian Children’s Book News: “With his well-placed sarcasm and keen observations, Kyle is an authentic teen character that we immediately identify with.”
Gail Sidonie Sobat’s Chance to Dance for You was part of Heather Milne’s review essay Isolation, Exploration, Affirmation: Dominant Patterns in Four Books for Gay Teens in the latest edition of Jeunesse. She states “Chance to Dance for You is a timely book in its focus on social media and technology as sites of bullying for gay teens, a topic that has been in the news of late due to a proliferation of highly publicized teen suicides and the popularity of the “It Gets Better” campaign, which attempts to offer a sense of hope to depressed and isolated teenagers.”
Visit a bookstore near you to pick up copies of these titles today!
New for Kindle
Naomi Lewis’ I Know Who You Remind Me Of is now available on Kindle! This celebrated collection of short stories was the winner of the 2012 Colophon Prize and Finalist for the 2013 Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction.
“Flowing seamlessly from the tragic to the hilarious, the nine unusual tales set mainly in Canadian cities, are eccentric and original.” – Winnipeg Free Press
Anita Daher on CBC
Listen to the Anita Daher interview now!