The 100-mile book diet

I envy my friends in Vancouver who can savour the “locavore” lifestyle to the full; it’s not difficult to eat local, in-season produce when you live close to sources of fresh seafood, juicy orchard fruit, and fine wine. We prairie folk might be reduced to gnawing on potatoes & turnips in the winter.

100 mile book diet signFortunately, being a “loca-lector” and consuming fresh, high-quality local books is much, much easier! Manitoba is blessed with such a fertile writing & publishing climate that you never have to go hungry for a good read. A (very) few of my favourite Manitoba-grown authors include Margaret LaurenceMiriam Toews, and Michael van Rooy.

Last Sunday, April 17, the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers presented the 23rd annual Manitoba Book Awards. If you haven’t sampled a local book in a while, why not try one of the winners or nominees? The full list is up on the MWG’s website.

Some of this year’s winners were:

Need another way to discover local books to your taste? You can find past winners of the MBA in the Library catalogue; browse through the latest Prairie Books Now newsletter online or at a local library or bookstore; or ask your local library staff to recommend a satisfying read.

2 responses to “The 100-mile book diet

  1. Sloawnrivalka Sloane

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    I was crying and laughing with delight while pouring through the contents of the fine books you ? perhaps recommended such as how to become a literary genius in a non-leap year.
    Felicitations! Je suis fier de vous.

  2. I can’t seem to look at this site from my smartphone!!!

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