I shall attend and applaud the Manitoba Book Awards! You should come too. My book  John Paizs’s Crime Wave (U of Toronto P, 2014) is shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award/ Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg, so you can sit on the edge of your seat! The full list of shortlisted books is here. A 1920s theme, if you want to dress up (not necessary). Free, but RSVP.

effe189e-108e-43db-842c-607c86920a9e

Date: April 25, 2015
Time: 6:00 (cocktails) / 7:00 (event)
Event: Manitoba Book Awards
Sponsor: Manitoba Book Awards
Venue: Marlborough Hotel
Location: 331 Smith St.
Winnipeg, MB
Canada

Winnipeg! Important stuff afoot! The digitally restored version of Crime Wave will screen in Winnipeg, prefaced by a panel that I shall moderate, all part of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Winnipeg Film Group!

At 5 p.m., I will moderate a panel featuring Dave Barber, Steve Gravestock, Midi Onodera, John Paizs, and Geoff Pevere about 1980s Canadian cinema. Here’s the rundown:

The 1980s were a frontier of new opportunity for Canadian filmmaking. This period saw the rise of an unprecedented number of acclaimed Canadian filmmakers whose stature remains uncontested today. The vast majority of them have their roots within the film production centre system.

The Toronto New Wave and Prairie Post Modernism were two filmmaking movements of the 1980s and early ’90s that characterize this era in Anglo-Canadian cinema. New funding and programming initiatives promoted the trajectories of these independent Canadian directors, many of whom remained working in Canada.

This panel will consider the unique conditions that existed at the time to foster the talents of the independent Anglo-Canadian directors of the 1980s and early ’90s, as well as their collective influence on the generations of filmmakers that came after them.

At 7 p.m., the restored Crime Wave will screen, with filmmaker John Paizs in attendance. It’s going to be great! Don’t miss out. I literally wrote the book on this film, and even if you have seen it a hundred times like I have, the newly restored version is a revelation.

 

 

Date: May 6, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m. (panel) / 7:00 (Crime Wave screening)
Event: Crime Wave, Prairie Post Modernists & New Wave Pioneers: 1980s Cinema
Sponsor: Winnipeg Film Group
Venue: Winnipeg Cinematheque
Location: 100 Arthur St.
Winnipeg, MB
Canada

John Paizs’s Crime Wave shortlisted for a Manitoba Book Award!

Startled and thrilled to be nominated for a Manitoba Book Award! John Paizs’s Crime Wave (U of Toronto P, 2014) is shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award/ Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg. Always thrilled to draw more attention toward this wonderful film.

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors (here’s the full list):

 

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction/ Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essais
Detachment: An Adoption Memoir by Maurice Mierau, published by Freehand Books

Indigenous Women, Work, and History: 1940–1980 by Mary Jane Logan McCallum, published by University of Manitoba Press

The Patriotic Consensus: Unity, Morale, and the Second World War in Winnipeg by Jody Perrun, published by University of Manitoba Press

The Showman and the The Ukrainian Cause: Folk Dance, Film, and the Life of Vasile Avramenko by Orest T. Martynowych, published by University of Manitoba Press

Toronto: Biography of a City by Allan Levine, published by Douglas & McIntyre

Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award / Prix Beatrice-Mosionier pour l’écrivain/e autochtone de l’année

Deborah L. Delaronde

David Alexander Robertson

Katherena Vermette

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award/ Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg

Barker by Wayne Tefs, published by Turnstone Press

John Paizs’s Crime Wave by Jonathan Ball, published by University of Toronto Press

The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas, published by McClelland & Stewart

The Patriotic Consensus: Unity, Morale, and the Second World War in Winnipeg by Jody Perrun, published by University of Manitoba Press

Put on the Armour of Light by Catherine Macdonald, published by Dundurn Press

The Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright / Prix Chris-Johnson pour la meilleure pièce par un dramaturge manitobain

Fort Mac, by Marc Prescott, published by Les Éditions du Blé, Winnipeg

Sargent & Victor & Me by Deborah Patterson, produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba

The Miser of Middlegate by Carolyn Gray, published by Scirocco Drama, an imprint of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing

The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe, published by Playwrights Canada Press, Toronto

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

Indigenous Women, Work, and History by Mary Jane Logan McCallum, published by University of Manitoba Press

Magpie Days by Brenda Sciberras, published by Turnstone Press

The Patriotic Consensus by Jody Perrun, published by University of Manitoba Press

What Lies Behind by Luann Hiebert, published by Turnstone Press

John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer / Prix John-Hirsch pour l’écrivain manitobain le plus prometteur

MC Joudrey

David Alexander Robertson

Brenda Sciberras

Lansdowne Prize for Poetry / Prix Lansdowne de poésie

De l’amuïssement des certitudes by Laurent Poliquin, published by Jacques André Editeur

In the Tiger Park by Alison Calder, published by Coteau Books

Stowaways by Ariel Gordon, published by Palimpsest Press

What Lies Behind by Luann Hiebert, published by Turnstone Press

Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault

Confessions sans pénitence par Lise Gaboury-Diallo avec illustrations de Denis Devigne, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

De l’amuïssement des certitudes par Laurent Poliquin, publié par Jacques André éditeur

Jean Riel, fils de Louis Riel : sous une mauvaise étoile par Annette Saint-Pierre, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

soubresauts par Charles Leblanc, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

Un vent prodigue par Simone Chaput, publié par Leméac

Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards/ Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition

Design Category (emphasis on cover design and typography):

Devil in Deerskins: My Life with Grey Owl by Anahareo, edited and with an afterword by Sophie McCall, published by University of Manitoba Press, cover design by Mike Carroll, interior design by Jessica Koroscil

Kraken Bake: An Epikurean Epic by Karen Dudley, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press, cover and interior design by Jamis Paulson

Text Me / Dimmelo per SMS by Corrado Calabrò, translated by Genni Gunn, published by Signature Editions, cover and interior design by Terry Gallagher of Doowah Design

Children’s Books/Graphic Novels Category:

Cassie and Tonk, created and illustrated by Justin Currie, written by GMB Chomichuk, robotic reference by Will Liddle, published by Chasing Artwork

The Chair by the Side of the Road
by Adrian Hawaleshka, self-published/Friesen Press, illustrated by Natasha Boone

The Peacemaker: Thanadelthur (Tales from Big Spirit Series)
by David Alexander Robertson, published by HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press), design by Relish New Brand Experience, illustrated by Wai Tien

General Illustration Category:

City Beautiful: How Architecture Shaped Winnipeg’s DNA by Randy Turner, art director Gordon Preece, published by the Winnipeg Free Press

Exploring Old Highway No. 1 West: Canada’s Route 66 by J. Clark Saunders, design by Bergdís Sigurðardóttir, maps by Dawn Huck, published by Heartland Associates

Warehouse Journal Volume 23, edited and designed by Liane Lanzar and Kevin Complido, published by University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture

Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

Blue Vengeance by Alison Preston, published by Signature Editions

The Evolution of Alice by David A. Robertson, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press

Kraken Bake: An Epikurean Epic by Karen Dudley, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press

Leaving Tomorrow by David Bergen, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Mr. Jones by Margaret Sweatman, published by Goose Lane Editions

The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas, published by McClelland & Stewart

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher/ Prix Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba

Boy Lost in Wild by Brenda Hasiuk, published by Turnstone Press

Kraken Bake: An Epikurean Epic by Karen Dudley, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press

Jean Riel, fils de Louis Riel : sous une mauvaise étoile par Annette Saint-Pierre, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk, transliterated and translated by Bernard Saladin d’Anglure, translated from French by Peter Frost, published by University of Manitoba Press

The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement, edited by The Kino-nda-niimi Collective, published by ARP Books

McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards

Younger category

The Chair by the Side of the Road by Adrian Hawaleshka, self-published/Friesen Press

The Firewalker by Shezza Ansloos, published by Pemmican Publications

Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl by M.J. Matheson, published by Peanut Butter Press

Mr. Jacobson’s Window by Deborah Froese, published by Peanut Butter Press

Princess by Dennis Fast, published by Heartland Associates

Older category

Empty Cup by Suzanne Costigan, published by Rebelight Publishing

Missing in Paradise by Larry Verstraete, published by Rebelight Publishing

Tucson Jo by Carol Matas, published by Fictive Press

The World Outside by Eva Wiseman, published by Tundra Books

Your Constant Star by Brenda Hasiuk, published by Orca Book Publishers

McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award

Detachment by Maurice Mierau, published by Freehand Books

Leaving Tomorrow by David Bergen, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Mr. Jones by Margaret Sweatman, published by Goose Lane Editions

The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas, published by McClelland & Stewart

Toronto by Allan Levine, published by Douglas & McIntyre

CRIME WAVE is on iTunes Canada!

This glorious masterpiece has finally gotten its digital due! Be sure to watch CRIME WAVE, the only film that I wrote a whole book about! It’s featured on iTunes and is a comic masterpiece, a true cult classic! This is the RESTORED version that screened at TIFF! A VAST improvement of its colour and sound! If only I had this version available to me when I wrote the book! I would have written another 100 pages!

Loyal film fans should make every effort to buy this film from iTunes. The only hope this film has for a DVD or Blu-ray release is probably a surprising performance digitally, and there is SO MUCH STUFF that could end up on an AMAZING DVD or Blu-ray … like an entirely different ending to the film, the outstanding shorts films Paizs made, and a documentary about the making-of the film that Bravo! made years ago (I’ve got a cameo in it).

If anyone reading this works at Criterion or another releaser and happens to have the ear of a DVD/Blu-ray releaser, maybe put them in touch with eOne and/or Paizs and skip this whole iTunes thing … but short of that, the best thing you can do for CRIME WAVE appears to be to buy it off iTunes, or tell somebody else to buy it off iTunes, or offer it a review on iTunes.

CRIME WAVE! iTunes! Capitalism!!!!