A/Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing is a generous overview and thorough exploration of a quarter century of Manitoba writing. The work offers a rich assortment of stories, poems, memoirs, excerpts from journal entries, novels and plays, essays, anecdotes and fables, with occasional forays into drama, fantasy, horror, humour, journalism, travel and young adult writing. This book is truly a representative cross section of writerly creativity in Manitoba. It has been lovingly edited and introduced by Katherine Bitney and Andris Taskans. This anthology is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild. It includes work by 92 contributors, many of whom are regarded as the finest Manitoba writers of the past three decades: David Bergen, Sandra Birdsell, Di Brandt, Marvin Francis, Patrick Friesen, Linda Holeman, Catherine Hunter, Sylvia Legris, Jake MacDonald, Sheldon Oberman, Carol Shields, Margaret Sweatman, Miriam Toews, Armin Wiebe and many more.
About the Editors
Katharine Bitney was born in England, grew up in Saskatchewan, and has lived in Winnipeg since 1971. A founder of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and Prairie Fire, Bitney is the author of Singing Bone, While You Were Out, and Heart and Stone.
Andris Taskans lived his whole life in his beloved city of Winnipeg, where he was born and raised. Son of Latvian post-war immigrants, he studied religion at the University of Winnipeg, but found himself swept into the world of writing and publishing. He was a founder of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild, Prairie Fire Magazine, and of what is now Thin Air, one of the premiere writers’ festivals in Canada. Andris died in 2019.