If you’re looking for some Christmas reading for yourself, or for gifts for family and friends, here’s a sample of 2010 releases published by rural Manitoba writers plus a few additional titles you’re certain to enjoy.
By Bill Stilwell
Bill Stilwell shares his firsthand knowledge of Manitoba’s best-kept scenic secrets with his newest book encouraging readers to visit this province’s lesser-known spots of natural beauty with spectacular wildlife and nature-viewing opportunities. Available at: McNally Robinson Bookstore, Chapters, Coles and other Manitoba bookstores and pharmacies, and online at www.manitobawild.com.
SARAH: A NEW BEGINNINGby Donna Gamache
Retired MacGregor teacher and writer has penned a fictional story of 12-year-old Sarah emigrating from England to Manitoba and keeping a journal because it will be a “year full of many changes.” The book is partly based on the story of the author’s great-grandparents, the Woodcock family of the Bethany/Minnedosa area. bookstores including Mil-Jeanne and at: Access Gladstone direct pharmacies Most Portage 2 from Flowers Books Arts and the in Centre; in in Minnedosa, Carberry author Available Portage, Neepawa, at
[email protected] or tel.: 204-685-2574.
COOKING THROUGH PRAIRIE SEASONSby Doris Penner
A 215-page comb-bound cookbook containing more than 400 recipes and photos that will take you through a year of eating tasty and wholesome, locally grown nutritous foods of the Prairies. Penner holds a masters degree in community nutrition.
Available at: McNally Robinson Booksellers. Price: $34.95.
UNITY IN AGRICULTURE: 25 YEARS AS THE VOICE OF MANITOBA FARMERS by Les Kletke and Bonnie Baltessen
Manitoba farm policy comes to life through the stories of members and leaders during the past 25 years of Keystone Agricultural Producers. Available at: McNally Robinson Booksellers or by contacting the KAP office (204) 697-1140.
TRAVELLING LIGHTby Wanda Ryder
At age 45, recently widowed Lorna sets off on a camping trip across Canada. A story with light moments, this is also a coming-of-age tale about a woman who has never been allowed to grow up. Ryder is a Portage la Prairie author and this is her second book. Available at: From the author directly (phone 204-857-5217), Pennywise Books in Brandon and Mc-Nally Robinson Booksellers.
MY LANE TO MEMORIESby Ida Sanderson
This Baldur writer’s newly released book of non-fiction includes 71 lively local stories – from a short history of the O’Leary Brick Factory at Roseisle to the 86-year-old man who wears his wedding suit to his 60th anniversary! Just out in time for Christmas, this book was published with the help and encouragement of Sanderson’s local writing group Country Quills. Available at: Treherne Co-Op, Adam Lee Financial, Tiger Hills Art Gallery at Holland, Holland Medical Clinic, Baldur Museum,Baldur Gazetteoffice, Portage la Prairie and St. Lupicin Art Galleries and Roseisle Community Grocery Co-op.
JERONIMUS VETTER UND ONDRA TSCHICHTLENby Dora Maendel
A storytelling CD (available in Hutterisch only) featuring Hutterite storyteller Dora Maendel sharing more stories rich in detail about Hutterite life. Stories accompanied with traditional playing. Available at: Hutterian Brethren Book Centre in MacGregor. Tel.: 204-272-5132 or email [email protected]
THE LONG TRAIL: MY LIFE IN THE WEST by Ian Tyson
The Canadian icon writes of his long-standing love of the West and his life in “one of the last true cowboy countries on either side of the border.” Available at:
Most bookstores. Price: $29.95.
SASKATCHEWAN BOOK OF MUSTS
A “must have” book for any visitor searching for Saskatchewan’s must-see sights ‘from festivals and spas to cherry orchards and out-of-the-way places of natural beauty. Available at: Most bookstores.
KING OF THE ROAD by Alex Debogorski
Debogorski (star of the reality show “Ice Road Truckers”) shares tales of his adventures, and misadventures, in the North, and in his own entertaining voice, describes how he became a working class hero and celebrity. Available at: Most bookstores. Price: $34.
LAKELAND: JOURNEYS INTO THE SOUL OF CANADA
by Allan Casey
Saskatchewan author and journalist and winner of the 2010 Governor General’s Award for non-fiction, Casey blends nature writing with travel and science in his exploration of how the country’s history and culture originates at the lakeshore. Available at: Most bookstores. Price: $29.95.
COOL WATER by Dianne Warren
Saskatchewan winner of the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, Warren pens a tale of the struggles of life in small-town Juliet, Sask. Available: Most book stores. Price $19.99.
BALDUR’S SONG by David Arnason
A new novel by this U of M English professor, Arnason has written a modern Icelandic saga that tells the story of how love leads the book’s main character from his small Manitoba community of New Iceland to 19th century Winnipeg. Available: Most bookstores Price: $19.