Detail from "Manitowapow" by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (Portage & Main Press)
"Manitoba writers show readers, whether they're from Manitoba, Canada, or well beyond our borders, our place in the world."
—Victor Enns, Event organizer
The Manitoba Writers' Guild is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a
landmark Symposium of Manitoba Writing from May 9-12. Over the four days, they will be featuring keynote
speakers, readings, panels, papers and presentations examining the last
100 years of Manitoba writing. The celebration ends with a words &
"We want to invite writers and the reading public into the same room to be informed and inspired by the talent we have in this province," says writer Dennis Cooley, Symposium organizer, and past-president of the MWG. "And we want to have a bit of fun while we're at it."
So mark May 9 - 12 on your calendar. In the meantime (until end of March), have your say as to which books stand out. The Manitoba Writers' Guild is inviting you to help narrow down the ten most remarkable books, written by Manitobans in the last 100 years.
You can choose one book per writer. The main criteria is that you've read the book and that it has transformed you. By visiting the site, you can vote for your favourite Manitoba book, or nominate your own.
The Manitoba McNally Robinson's People's Choice List of Manitoba's top 30 books of the last 100 years will show which books have the early lead in the May/June McNally Robinson's Newsletter with the final list unveiled at the Symposium of Manitoba Writing May 10, 2012.