Books November 9, 2011
Winter's Coming Early... In Story Form

Well, the weather outside's delightful - which mean winter hasn't arrived yet. But it's never too early for some excellent stories about the snowy season. Especially if those stories are written by former Governor General's Literary Award winners...

Over the next five weeks, the CANADA WRITES website will feature works of fiction on the theme of winter from some great Canadian authors who have won the GG's Award: Kate Pullinger, Dianne Warren, Jack Hodgins, Diane Schoemperlen, Gerg Hollingshead, David Gilmour, Douglas Glover, Peter Behrens, Judith Thompson, and George Elliott Clarke. And if you're a writer (even if you don't have a GG Award on the mantelpiece yet), you can enter your own non-fiction winter-themed stories for a chance to be featured on the site. Head here to submit your story - the deadline's November 20th.

So why the wintery theme? Well, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the CBC Massey Lectures, and New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik is the featured author. His Massey Lecture is called 'Winter, Five Windows on the Season', and it's all about the history and artistic representation of the season. Part three of the lecture is on CBC Radio One's Ideas tonight at 9pm. 2011 is also the 75th anniversary of the Governor-General's Literary Awards, so it seemed like a good opportunity to share the theme. There's nothing more Canadian, after all, than talking about the weather.



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