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Fiction

David Annandale (Collegiate 85) published The Valedictorians in 2010 through Turnstone Press, as part of a series of an epic-action thriller series featuring rogue warrior Jen Blaylock.

Karen Bate (BA 76)  launches new book Ice. It’s a murder-mystery set in the fictional city of Mayfair and featuring detective Emily Starr and her new partner Iain Webster.

Patti Grayson (BA 79) Autumn, One Spring was published in 2010 by Turnstone Press. It was nominated for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher & the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction at the 2011 Manitoba Book Awards.

Frances Greenslade (BA 86) Author Frances Greenslade is one of the "New Faces of Fiction" for Random House of Canada, and was in Winnipeg to launch her book Shelter.

Angele Gougeon (BA 2005) releases Sticks and Stones, a gritty, gothic paranormal about a girl who has premonitions of the dead. Sandra Daron is determined to save her family, even if that means saving them from themselves. Sticks and Stones is Angele Gougeon's debut novel.

Miriam Kalb (BA 77, BED 81) Miriam Kalb was recently published under her pen name, K. C. Konrad. Her first book is entitled Lead me not onto temptation; I can find it myself: Grandma Goes Online. Kalb maintains an ongoing blog about this book at www.miriamkalb.blogspot.com/ .

Alison Preston (Colleg. 67, BA 88) Blue Vengeance (Signature Editions, 2014) is Alison's seventh novel. Previous titles, also from Signature Editions, include: The Girl in the Wall (2011) (won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction), Sunny Dreams (2007), Cherry Bites (2004), The Geranium Girls (2002), and The Rain Barrel Baby (2000). A Blue and Golden Year (Turnstone Press, 1997) was Alison's first novel. Visit her website at: www.alisonpreston.com

Corey Paul Redekop (BAH 95) Corey recently published his second novel HUSK (ECW Press, 2012) to great reviews, including raves in The Toronto Star (a Best Read of Fall 2012), Quill & Quire, and BookList. He has appeared at Winnipeg's THIN AIR Festival and Toronto's International Festival of Authors.

Daria Salamon (BA 99) published The Prairie Bridesmaid, a spectacularly fun debut novel about the bonds that break and make family, friendship, and love.

Jonny Symons (BA 2007) published his first digital book which explores the fascinating and urban lifestyles of millennials

Linda Szyszkowski (BA, BED 2009) and her husband Dan Clement who authored 'Secret Adventures of Tiny Toba', a prize winning children's book.

Bill Valgardson (BA 61, DLITT 95) Valgardson read with none other than W.P. Kinsella (a former student) in Vancouver, where their event, Bears and Butterflies: New Stories from Two Masters was held. Valgardson’s What The Bear Said: Skald tales from New Iceland folk tales from Lake Winnipeg was published in 2011 by Turnstone Press.

Katherena Vermette (BA4 2012) has been shortlisted for a Governor General's Award for her debut novel, The Break, about a young Métis mother in Winnipeg’s North End.

Armin Wiebe (BA 69) published Armin's Shorts, a series of short stories written over his 30 year writing career. Each of his tales stem from the familiarly fictitious Mennonite community of Gutenthal, re-imagined origin stories from the Tlįchǫ of the subarctic, and flights of pure fantasy set in modern day Winnipeg.

Non-Fiction

Alumnus Michael Izen (BAH '91) has written a book about his journey with Prostrate Cancer. It should be published Fall 2016.

Alumna Janis Thiessen (MA '97), Associate Professor of History, launches her book Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour at McNally Robinson on Wednesday May 18 2016 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium.

Barbara Davis (BA 07) Managing Business Analysis Services: A Framework for Sustainable Projects and Corporate Strategy Success provides information on how to maximize efficiency and productivity of technology projects, obtain higher returns, and reduce operating costs.

Glen Johnson (BA '93 Classics) who has made the longlist for the 2016 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize.

Esyllt Jones (MA 97) Imagining Winnipeg: History through the Photographs of L.B. Foote won the Best Illustrated Book of the Year in 2013.

Janet Lewis-Anderson (BA 78) In The Arms of The Angels ‑ Our Journey Through The Darkness of Dementia documents the struggles that come with the progress of dementia and the effect the disease has on people’s lives.

Alexander Loudon (BAH 94) Could Have Been Me (pen name Alexander London), her fourth book, is about her time behind the scenes with U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush at Camp David and the White House. Alexander is President and CEO of Sonic Omnimedia, Inc. in North Carolina, a full-service digital media company in its 6th year. She was awarded the 2011 Maryland Women in Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2014, she was awarded a scholarship to pursue graduate studies at Harvard to become a technology educator. Her other books include: Body Music: Diary of a Black Belt in Asia; "Hey, Stinky Feet!" The Complete Guide to Running Your First Marathon by Michael P. Dyer and Alexander Loudon; and 2019 (contributing author) by J.H. She has just released a music single with the help of Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Sambora, under the Alexander London Band.

Robin MacDonald (BA '95) made the longlist for the 2016 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize for her work "Undercurrent".

Maurice Mierau (BAH 84) In 2005, Maurice Mierau and his wife, Betsy, travelled to Ukraine to adopt two small boys, age three and five. After weeks of delays while navigating a tangled bureaucracy, they returned to Canada as a proud new family of four. Now what? In Detachment, Mierau probes not only the process of adoption but what comes after—the challenges of becoming a family, the strain on his marriage. While his son acts out and gets in trouble at school, Mierau feels removed, detached, thinking instead about his own emotionally distant father. Also born in Ukraine, Mierau’s Mennonite father has a traumatic and mysterious past of his own. If Mierau can come to understand his father’s life, perhaps he can start to make sense of his new sons. Detachment is a moving, darkly funny, and searingly unsentimental memoir about learning to become a father and a son.

Brenda McKenzie (BED 90) Brenda self-published Loving You, a novel based on her experiences going through the trauma of helping a family member diagnosed with dementia. By using both factual and fictional elements, the novel tells a story that becomes both entertaining and informative.

Susan Misner (BA 93) It’s Your Money, Honey encourages women of all ages to take a greater interest and role in financial issues that affect their everyday lives and financial futures. This guide to wealth creation, wealth management, and financial protection provides advice that smart women need to know to take charge of their finances.

Bill Redekop (AA 81)  Noted Winnipeg Free Press writer Bill Redekop has released Made in Manitoba: The Best of Open Road Stories, through MacIntyre Purcell Publishing in Lunenburg (2011).

Jessica L. Scott-Reid (BA 05) and her husband, professional hockey player Brandon Reid, have created and published, The New Dry Land Workout, Practical Writing Exercises for Professional Hockey Players, in the 25th volume of the Journal of Poetry Therapy (JPT).

Susan Thompson (Collegiate '67, BA '71) is launched her new book: His Her Worship: Moments in History, Moments in Time, an autobiography with Terry Létienne

Gunars Tomsons (Collegiate 57, BA 61) To Be Fed (McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, 2012) follows the early years of a young Latvian refugee during the Second World War who flees his native country that is being invaded by the Soviet army and eventually immigrates to Canada. 

Gunars tells the real-life story of his journey to freedom. In Seeing the Sun (McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, 2014), Gunārs picks up his life story where To Be Fed left off, his arrival in Winnipeg. In this book, he chronicles his journey from music to professional philosophy and his experiences in Canada, the United States and post-Soviet Latvia.

Oriole (Vane) Veldhuis (BED 85, MDiv 92) In 2012 Oriole published FOR ELISE: Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead, a work of creative non-fiction about her great-grandmother who grew up in Heidelberg and toiled from 1882-1903 on the Criddle Homestead near Shilo, Manitoba.

Academic

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov's (BA 93) book, Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days, has received the 2012 Prose Award for Clinical Medicine. The Prose Awards are the American publishers' awards for professional and scholarly excellence.

Peter Denton (BAH 80) launched his new book Live Close to Home (Rocky Mountain Books) on Sunday, November 27, 2016

Daniel W. Doerksen (BA 57) At the age of 80 Daniel published Picturing Religious Experience: George Herbert, Calvin, and the Scriptures (University of Delaware Press, 2011) and has also published Conforming to the Word: Herbert, Donne, and the English Church before Laud.

Ryan Eyford (BAH 2001) launched his new book, White Settler Reserve: New Iceland and the Colonization of the Canadian West.

Niki Gomez-Perales (BA 94) wrote Attachment Focused Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents: Phase Oriented Strategies for Addressing Complex Trauma Disorders. Gomez-Perales brings together two powerful treatment directions that expand the knowledge and skills available to child and adolescent trauma therapists.

Gordon Thomas Hart (BSC 82) 's latest book is a technical dictionary of botany, Plants in Literature and Life: a wide‑ranging dictionary of botanical terms.

Linda Huebert Hecht (BA 65) Linda’s book Women in Early Austrian Anabaptism, Their Days, Their Stories was published in 2009 by Pandora Press in Kitchener, Ontario.

Jamie Howison (BA 83) God's Mind in That Music will be of interest to those concerned with the intersection of music and religion, and also to John Coltrane fans, students of jazz studies, and anyone who believes music matters. Jamie draws the worlds of theology and jazz into an active and vibrant conversation.

Jonathon Ullyot (Collegiate 96) The Medieval Presence in Modernist Literature rethinks the influence that early medieval studies and Grail narratives had on modernist literature. Through examining several canonical works, from Henry James' The Golden Bowl to Samuel Beckett's Molloy, Ullyot argues that these texts serve as a continuation of the Grail legend inspired by medieval scholarship of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Poetry

Kristian Enright (BAH 06) 's book Sonar won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book and the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer in 2013.

Katherena Vermette (BA4 2012) won the Governor General's Award for English-language poetry in 2013 for her collection North End Love Songs.

Marianne (Forsyth) Vespry (BA 57) Marianne recently published a poetry anthology Celebrating Poets Over 70, which she co-edited with Ellen B. Ryan. It can be found at http://www.celebratingpoetsover70.ca/ and she generously donated a copy to The University of Winnipeg Library.

Children/Young Adult

Sharon Chisvin (BA 80) & Carol Leszcz (BA 82) The Girl Who Cannot Eat Peanut Butter (2012) is a rhyming story for young children coping with food allergies. Sharon wrote the story and her friend Carol illustrated it, shortly before passing away.

Kevin Fournier (Collegiate 92) won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award for his dark, supernatural novel The Green-Eyed Queen of Suicide City. It's set both in Winnipeg and the afterlife and tackles the issue of teen suicide.

Linda Szyszkowski (BA & BED 2009, PACE 2012) co-authored The Secret Adventures of Tiny Toba: Gold Star Gratitude — First Journey. Written and illustrated by Linda and designed by her husband, Daniel Clement, the book features the couple — who are both teachers — their dog June and protagonist Tiny Toba, a teeny-tiny teddy bear. Based on a true story for all ages, Tiny Toba travels the world, teaching the importance of sprinkling gratitude into every area of your life.

News

Congratulations to the following UWinnipeg Alumni at the 2016 Manitoba Book Awards!

McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award: The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew (Collegiate '99)

Beatrice Mosionier Award for Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award: 2nd Place David Alexander Robertson (BA '99)

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. Book: Winnipeg Cooks: Signature Recipes from the City’s Top Chefs by Robin Summerfield (BA '95)

Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction Book: Put on the Armour of Light by Catherine Macdonald (BAH '71)



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