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Calgary novelist nominated for fiction award, Edmonton jazzes it up, and Winnipeg hip hop artist charged


 Infrared nominated for Bad Sex in Fiction award

While there is no award for bad sex between the sheets there is one for sex between the covers. Calgary-born novelist Nancy Huston has been nominated for this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award for her latest novel Infrared.

Britain’s Literary Review puts on this annual contest with a goal of drawing attention to the train wreck that is  crude, badly written perfunctory passages that are sexually descriptive.  There are six other shortlisted novelists that Huston is competing with, none of them being E.L. James Fifty Shades of Grey because the prize excludes pornographic and erotic literature.

Huston’s Infrared was originally Infrarouge and written in French until she translated it to English. It follows a free-spirited photographer who feels disconnected while on a holiday with her elderly father and his wife.

Passages you can expect to read are as follows: The offending passage: “This is when I take my picture, from deep inside the loving. The Canon is part of my body. I myself am the ultrasensitive film — capturing invisible reality, capturing heat.”

The winner for best Bad Sex Fiction will be announced on Dec 4.




 Edmonton show combines jazz and gospel

Before people shook their heads at Eminem’s baggy pants, and scorned Elvis’s hips, jazz was referred to as devil’s music, and the thought of blending jazz with gospel would be blasphemy.

Frank Tirro composed the American Jazz Mass in 1959. This was something Duke Wellington explored in the 1960s but only with mild success.

At 7:30 p.m. November 24, the 110-member Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus will play Tirro’s American Jazz Mass in the Myer Horowitz Theatre at the University of Alberta.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, an extra $5 will be charged if purchased at the door.

Tirro, long retired, will be flying out for the concert.




 Jon C of Winnipeg’s Most charged with drug possession

William Pierson (aka Jon C) of hip-hop group Winnipeg’s Most won’t be beating the rap for drug charges after being arrested last Friday.

Pierson’s band mate feels they are being unfairly targeted because police don’t want to see them succeed.

“We just had a tour, generated $90,000 plus merchandise. We made over $20,000 in merch and they’re saying there was $2,200 in drugs in there. We made over $90,000 — do you think we need to do that?” he said.

The award-winning, Aboriginal musicians pride themselves on building successful music careers after having grown up surrounded by poverty, crime, and drugs.

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