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A Good Year for The Evolution of Alice

Hello all, It’s been a long time since my last post. No excuse. I’ll be better at this. But now seems like a good time to do an update, because there’ve been some amazing things happening for “The Evolution of Alice.” Earlier this year, at the Manitoba Book Awards, after being nominated for four awards, […]

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Finding the Stories in Tales from Big Spirit

At first glance, it might seem easier to write a graphic novel based on something that has happened rather than to create an original story. You don’t have to make up characters or incidents or create worlds. When writing nonfiction, the people and places and events are all laid out like a tantalizing Sunday brunch […]

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“Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story” is here!

Well, after a lot of hard work, and not just by me but the entire team, including my man Scott B. Henderson, Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story launched on June 2, 2015 at McNally Robinson Booksellers (which is the best bookstore in the world). I was honoured to have my friends, Rosanna Deerchild and Katherena […]

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Dust to Dust

Last week I attended an event called “Wine & Words,” an annual event that supports Theatre By The River. For the last three years, I’ve been asked to submit a new piece of writing as one of the event’s featured writers. The last two years I submitted excerpts from “The Evolution of Alice,” my first […]

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A Great Night at the Manitoba Book Awards!

The last time I attended the Manitoba Book Awards, in 2013 at the West End Cultural Centre, I’d been nominated for three awards, including Best Book for Young People. It was a fantastic experience. And I learned that the cliches associated with awards ceremonies were true. It was just an honour to get nominated, for example. […]

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The Importance of School Visits

Yesterday I visited a school in Winnipeg called Ecole Leila North Community School. It was their “treaty days” and they’d had a number of great speakers like my friend Kevin Lamoureux. I had the opportunity to speak to two groups of students, and in each group there were around thirty or so students. One of […]

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2015 Manitoba Book Awards Shortlist Announced!

I was so excited and humbled to learn that I’d been shortlisted for four awards for the 2015 Manitoba Book Awards. I’m still in a bit of shock from this amazing honour. You never write for awards. For me, I write to try and make a difference (and because I love it). But to receive […]

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Manitoba Book Awards 2015!

More to come, but I’ve just found out that I’ve been nominated in the following categories for the 2015 Manitoba Book Awards. Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award The Margeret Laurence Award for Fiction (Evolution of Alice) Manuela Dias Book Illustration Award (The Peacemaker) John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer I’m […]

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Coming Soon. Betty: The Story of Helen Betty Osborne

Early in the morning on a bitterly cold day, a teenage boy who had been following rabbit tracks found Helen Betty Osborne’s body. She’d been stabbed 57 times, and beaten so badly that her face was unrecognizable. It was November 13, 1971.

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Out With the Old…

So that’s it for 2014. The year was an amazing year, a difficult year, a beautiful year. First and foremost, my wife and I welcomed our fifth child into the world, James Willie Robertson (I’m not allowed to call him J-Dubs, even though he has already been called Jimmy James, Willie, Doctor J, and so […]

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