• My First Literary Event as a Speaker

    I cannot express how much I enjoyed my experiences at the Winnipeg International Writers Festival – the Thin Air Festival – and in Winnipeg in general. It was my first time in Manitoba, and I was amazed at how friendly and kind were the people in Winnipeg. There are also some beautiful sights, including the […]

  • THIN AIR is Alive and Well

    Last week, I was one of many authors involved in the school side of THIN AIR, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.  For two days, I barreled down Winnipeg roads and dipped into schools like Oak Bluff Community School, John de Graff and John Pritchard to visit students from K to Grade 6.  On the third […]

  • The Winnipeg readers festival

    I was thrilled when I was invited to participate in Thin Air, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. Few things give me greater pleasure than reading to an attentive, engaged audience—okay, that’s not entirely true. I would read to three birds, if they perched on my windowsill. I just love reading my stories aloud. Bonus if […]

  • Overnight in a haunted house

    When the Winnipeg International Writers Festival selected me as one of four dark-fiction authors to stay overnight at a haunted house, I was excited, but I didn’t have any expectations–at least not on the haunted side of things. Still, it was an amazing opportunity. Dalnavert is far from your average house. A national historic site […]

  • A Pint of Bitter Murder With Sam Wiebe and Michael J. Clark

    by Alison Wong “Every city has their dirty laundry. I’m the laundry man.” ~Michael J. Clark Michael J. Clark’s first novel, Clean Sweep, was on display in today’s reading at the Good Will Social Club. He presented the audience with a gripping excerpt from the book, taking us down the familiar streets of Winnipeg in […]

  • A Lesson in Character Creation

    by Ariel Beynon Jim Nason begins by introducing the three main characters in his latest poetry collection, Rooster, Dog, Crow, all of whom embody individuals who appear in the second half of the narrative living on the streets. As he starts to read, the characters cease to be as transparent.  They begin to gain personalities. With […]

  • Chelene Knight and Jim Nason’s (Writing) Advice Surrounding Trauma, Home, and Parenting

    by Sylvie Côté I attended the Afternoon Book Chat at McNally Robinson today, listening to the discussion between the director of Thin Air, Charlene Diehl, and authors Chelene Knight and Jim Nason. Knight wrote a memoir entitled Dear Current Occupant, which focuses on her experience growing up in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, in which she, her […]

  • When Connections Fall Apart

    by Ariel Beynon Interaction between loved ones—between a father and a son for example—are always a part of growing up, something that Bill Gaston tackles in his autobiographical book, Just Let Me Look at You, a successful attempt to tell the story of his father’s upbringing that he never heard as a child. The reading […]

  • Laughter and Reconcilliation

    by Ariel Beynon Might as Well Laugh—one of the talks from Voices in the Circle—is about to begin.  The room is filled with people as Tenille K. Campbell and Darrel J. McLeod are introduced.  Within the first few minutes everybody is laughing. The boisterous feeling doesn’t let up when heavier questions are posed, merely retreating […]