This Has Nothing to Do with You by Lauren Carter. A few hours after Mel and her older brother Matt drive by a crime scene the police arrive at their door, it turns out the two siblings had witnessed the aftermath of a murder committed by their mother. This is the story of how Mel and her brother come to terms with their mother's destruction of their family and the past which fuelled her actions. Manitoban author.
Adult Short Story
Here the Dark by David Bergen. From the streets of Danang, where a boy falls in with an American missionary, to the Canadian prairies, where an aging rancher finds himself smitten and a teenage boy's infatuation reveals his naiveté, and a young woman in a cloistered Mennonite community is torn between faith and doubt, Here the Dark deftly renders moral complexities and asks what it means to be lost - and how, through grace, we can be found. Manitoban author.
Sunny Days: The Children’s Television Revolution That Changed America by David Kamp. David Kamp takes readers behind the scenes to show how ... programs [such as Mister Rogers' Neighboorhood, Sesame Street, and Schoolhouse Rock] made it on air, ... [explaining] how ... like-minded individuals found their way into television, not as fame- or money-hungry would-be auteurs and stars, but as people who wanted to use TV to help children ... [The book] captures a period in children's television where enlightened progressivism prevailed, and shows how this period changed the lives of millions.
The Crow’s Call by Wanda E. Brunstetter. When Vernon King, his son, and son-in-law are involved in a terrible accident, three women are left to cope with their deaths, as they become the sole providers of the family they have left. The women's only income must come from the family greenhouse, but someone seems to be trying to force them out of business. Amy King has just lost her father and brother, and her mother needs her to help run the family's greenhouse. It doesn't seem fair to ask her to leave a job she loves, when there is still a sister and brother to help. But Sylvia is also grieving for her husband while left to raise three children, and Henry, just out of school, is saddled with all the jobs his father and older brother used to do. As Amy assumes her new role, she also asks Jared Riehl to put their courtship on hold. When things become even more stressful at the greenhouse, will Amy crumble under the pressure?
The Promise Basket by Bill Richardson, illustrated by Slavka Kolesar. "A stone when it's thrown can damage, can break, but nothing can shatter the promise I make." So begins the poem a mother writes on a scrap of paper. She wraps the paper around a stone and places it in a basket to give to her daughter on her first birthday, continuing the tradition every time a gift is to be given.