May 3, 2010

Prairie Fire's Speaking Volumes

Prairie Fire Press invites you to join them as they celebrate 31 years of publishing with a special event called Speaking Volumes.

The festivities are on Saturday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m., at Fort Gibraltar, 866 rue St. Joseph in St. Boniface. There'll be Rainbow and Silent Auction prizes, including the work of renowned artist Aganetha Dyck.

Tickets, available through McNally Robinson Booksellers, Aqua Books and Prairie Fire Press, are $65 (a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the price).

This benefit supports Prairie Fire's student practicum program through which they hire students for hands-on internships.

The evening starts with cocktails and voyageur-style hatchet throwing. Dinner will be followed by readings by special guests, Michael Van Rooy and Joan Thomas.

Michael Van Rooy's first novel, An Ordinary Decent Criminal, won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Writer. His second novel, Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal, was published in 2008. In 2009 Michael won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. A third book, A Criminal to Remember, will be published this spring.

Joan Thomas began her literary career as a book reviewer. In 1999, she and Heidi Harms edited Turn of the Story, an anthology of Canadian short fiction. Joan's first novel, Reading by Lightning, was published in 2008. It won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book in Canada and the Caribbean and the First Novel  Award. Her second novel, Curiosity, has just been released.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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