Literary Marathon to Raise Funds for HIV/AIDS Housing
Takes place September 25 at Canadian Mennonite University
How long can you listen to a book reading? Thirty minutes? Forty-five? An
What about all night?
Maybe you could go that long if you knew it was for a good cause. In this
case, it’s the CMU Literary Marathon to raise funds for the House of Hesed,
Manitoba’s only transitional housing for people with HIV/AIDS.
“I don’t think we’ll go all night, but I hope we can provide enough good
readings for a couple of hours,” says CMU English professor Sue Sorensen, who is
organizing the event.
The marathon is part of Thin Air, the Winnipeg International Writers
Festival. It takes place Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. at CMU’s Great Hall. It will
feature a reading by Lois Braun, author of The Penance Drummer and Other
Stories, and include readings by students, staff, faculty, and special guests as
they read favourite literary excerpts (or their own work) for ten minutes each.
Admission to the come and go event is by donation. Coffee and tea will be
available for purchase.
About Lois Braun: Lois was born on a grain farm in southern Manitoba
and studied at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. She
has been nominated for numerous literary prizes, including the Governor
General's Award (for A Stone Watermelon), the Journey Prize, and the Manitoba
Book of the Year Award. Her short story collections include The Pumpkin-Eaters
and Montreal Cats. Her unsentimental, passionate stories of modern rural life
have been praised for their finely-tuned sense of irony and wry humour. Her
latest book is The Penance Drummer and Other Stories, published by Turnstone
Press. She lives in Altona, Manitoba.
About the House of Hesed: The House of Hesed is Manitoba’s only
transitional home for those living with HIV/AIDS. It has been home to over 50
people since it was established in 1998. It takes its name from an Old Testament
word that is translated as unconditional love and mercy. The goal of the House
of Hesed is to be a home where individuals have the opportunity to experience
that kind of love, no matter where they have come from or where they feel they
are going. The House of Hesed relies on private donations and grants for its
For more information about the Literary Marathon, contact Sue Sorensen at CMU
Posted September 21, 2007
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