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Manitoba report: Collene Ferguson, regional officer.

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The 2007 Brave New Words: Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards Gala, held in Winnipeg at the end of April, was an occasion to celebrate the literary achievements in the province. Congratulations to:

* Larry Verstraete who won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, in the older category, for Lost Treasures: True Stories of Discovery.

* Colleen Sydor, who won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, in the younger category for her picture book, Raising a Little Stink.

* Anita Daher, for winning the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Her books include the recently-published Racing for Diamonds and Spider's Song.

I'm pretty sure I've never written a regional report that didn't include news of at least a couple of hot-off-the-press books from Manitoba writers, and this report is no exception. Here are two newly-launched books to run out and read. Mistik Lake, by Martha Brooks, is the latest young adult novel from the award-winning Winnipeg writer. Secrets Revealed, is the third in the Captain Sox series for young readers, by Orion Alexander. A dollar from the sale of each copy goes to the Winnipeg Humane Society.

And if that's not quite enough to keep you reading through the summer, here are the titles under consideration for the 2008 MYRCA (Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award).

Almost Eden written by Anita Horrocks (Tundra Books)

The Blue Helmet written by William Bell (Doubleday Canada)

The Devil, the Banshee and Me written by L.M. Falcone (Kids Can Press)

Domenic's War: A Story of the Battle of Monte Cassino written by Curtis Parkinson (Tundra Books)

Gemini Summer written by Ian Lawrence (Random House of Canada)

Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates written by Sean Cullen (Penguin Group Canada)

I Am a Taxi written by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books)

Keturah and Lord Death written by Martine Leavitt (Red Deer Press)

Magnifico written by Victoria Miles (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul written by Marty Chan (Thistledown Press)

Odd Man Out written by Sarah Ellis (Groundwood Books)

Pirate's Passage written by William Gilkerson (Trumpeter Books for Young Readers)

Ready to Run written by Beverly Scudamore (James Lorimer & Company)

Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen written by Glen Huser (Groundwood Books)

Stealing Home written by Ellen Schwartz (Tundra Books)

Strange Times at Western High written by Emily Pohl-Weary (Annick Press)

The Uncle Duncle Chronicles: Escape from Treasure Island written by Darren Krill (Lobster Press)

We All Fall Down written by Eric Walters (Doubleday Canada)

For more information on the MYRCA program, visit www.myrca.ca.

And this just in! Storyteller Aaron Bell and author Barbara Haworth-Attard will be touring Manitoba schools and libraries in November as part of this year's TD Canadian Children's Book Week.

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