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Manitoba Writers

Last week I was in Winnipeg, Manitoba visiting family. Poking through my mom’s bookshelf reminded me of how many literary greats have called Winnipeg or Manitoba home, at least for part of their lives. Carol Shields is one of my most beloved; I just reread Larry’s Party with great enjoyment this summer. Of course Margaret Laurence and Gabrielle Roy are part of the established Can-lit cannon taught to all high school students. My first-year University professor, Dennis Cooley, became one of my favourite poets with his clear images and tantalizing play on words. More recently, I found A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews a compelling novel; her characters’ decisions in heart-wrenching circumstances stayed with me months after finishing the book. Of course, this is a quick skim of the long list of great Manitoba writers. Do you have a favourite?

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