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100 reasons or more to visit Winnipeg

thinair1.jpgIt’s a little difficult to read, but, the following is the link to a pdf file of a brochure I recently picked up about Winnipeg.  It’s essentially a list of a 100 interesting people, places and things that have put our fair city on the map.

If you need a 100 more book-related reasons to consider a visit, you can check out this list prepared by the people putting together this year’s version of “Thin Air” otherwise known as the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival set for September 23-30, 2007. Hope to see you there!

Don’t Like Bats? You’ll Like This Book

darkwing1.jpgIf I ever had to spend any time in a cave I’m sure one of the things that would make it uncomfortable, besides the dampness,  would be worrying if a bat was about to land in my hair.   I don’t like mice. Bats are mice-like creatures with wings.  So, I don’t like bats. Even on my list of favourite superheroes, Batman – - a big bat lover - would be third, behind Spiderman, and of course, my favourite, Superman.  I won’t get into the whole “who is the best superhero” debate here. Suffice to say, Superman is a mild-mannered reporter like me (when I’m not wearing my librarian cape of course).  Batman likes bats.

So, we’ve established that I don’t like bats.  That’s why I was glad when my son was just old enough that it wasn’t cool to read books aloud with his mom any more when he decided to read the Silverwing series about bats by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel.  I like Kenneth Oppel (see earlier post about Airborn and Skybreaker.) I just don’t like bats. 

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Your Favourite Children’s Book?

tomsawyer.jpgWhen a teacher friend of mine was wondering out loud which classic children’s books he should introduce to his students, we realized we listed a number of the same books as childhood favourites.  While I at first found this surprising based on the difference in our ages, it became obvious that truly good books stand the test of time, especially when you consider the first four books on our combined list were also childhood favourites of my 83-year-old grandmother.

  Here is our combined list:

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Anne of Green Gables (one of my desert island picks) by L.M. Montgomery
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton

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5 Books I’d Want to Be Stranded With On A Desert Island

Problems with our internet kept us off and on-line for a few days.  When it was more off than on, I spent some time reading and re-watching the DVD version of The OfficeOne of my favourite episodes is The Fire from Season 2.  When a fire starts in the kitchen, the office staff evacuate to the parking lot. While waiting for the fire department to investigate, Jim suggests a game of “Desert Island” and asks his fellow office mates to list which five books they would want to have with them if they were stranded on a desert or uninhabited island, sometimes also referred to as a deserted island although technically that would only be the correct term if the island had once been inhabited.

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This Is Your Brain on Music…

practicingA friend recently celebrated her birthday, and, although I won’t disclose here which birthday it was, the event was special enough that her husband decided to rent a place, hire a band and celebrate in style.  The location of choice was the Academy Bar and Eatery in Winnipeg, and, the band of choice, The Dust Poets, an entertaining, bluesy, folk group, who amongst their members include the best man of the aforementioned husband of my friend.

My friend has a degree in music, and, with three kids under 5 at home, spends her limited free time teaching piano lessons.  Her husband, who works in the computer field, is also a trained and accomplished musician, in his case, specializing in trombone. As a result, amongst the friends and family in attendance were some musical types, including a band teacher who performs with my friend’s husband in a wind ensemble group.  Next to us was another guest who had spent some time as a librarian.  We got to talking about youth and musical education.

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