Saturday, June 13, 2009

Northwords Writers Festival- Day 2 + Saturday Word Play

Before getting to today's Saturday Word Play, a few highlights from Day 2 of the Northwords Writers Festival:

1. A bunch of events that I unfortunately couldn't make it to because of work: Jay Ingram and Jamie Bastedo discussed writing about climate change, Richard Van Camp, Joseph Boyden and Anita Daher read at Sir John Franklin High School, Richard and Jim Green also had mentorships with local up-and-coming authors.

2. Blush: An Evening of Erotica and Sensuality-
I can't believe I forgot to bring my camera to this one. I'm such a lousy fake-reporter/ syncophant. Anyway, Joseph Boyden, Annelies Pool, Jim Green and Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm led the way with some sensual, erotic, funny, and ocassionally pornographic poetry. The mike was then open to plenty of other brave souls. I wasn't one of them. Have I mentioned how quickly I'm becomming a fan of Kateri? It doesn't hurt that she's insanely sweet, but her poetry is also amazing. I've read a little of hers before in the Jeanette Armstrong and Larry Grauer edited anthology Native Poetry In Canada, but tonight I broke down and bought a couple more. Also tonight, and to my surprise, world reknown throat singer Tanya Tagak came to the mike to read one of her poems.

Now, onto today's game. Below is a collage of "Northern Words." I've given you titles from this week's Northwords performing authors. To figure out who wrote what, all you need to do is remove the letters that correspond to one of the northern words.

Feel free to do all ten at home, but please only answer one in the comment section. That way, at least nine more people can play along.

1. Lesser Blessed, What's The Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses- JROICHHANFRRDAVANNCKLAMPIN

2. Tracking Triple Seven, On Thin Ice- JSNAMOWIMEOBBASITLEEDO

3. The Science of Everyday Life, The Daily Planet Book of Cool Ideas- MUJASYKINGORAXM

4. Spider's Song, Flight From Bear Canyon- AINNUITAKDASHERUK

5. Three Day Road, Through Black Spruce- JNOORSTEPHHERBONLIGYDHTENS

6. Without Reservations: Indigenous Erotica (as editor and contributor), My heart is a stray bullet- KAARTECTRIICACKIWHENZIEDAARMM

7. Beyond Here, North Book- JYIMUGREKEONN

8. Like Water In The Desert, Defining Diana- HAKYADYENTRENHAKOLM

9. The Delta Is My Home, Living Stories- POMILANDRYWIBLLEETART

10. The Ugly Truck and Dog Contest- CANTHAHAYJENWINSONI


Wanda said...

#6 is Arctic Char
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm as editor of
Without Reservations: Indigenous Erotica.

I loved 'Sturgeon' but now I have a craving for creamed 'peas' on toast.

raidergirl3 said...

#3: Muskox
Jay Ingram wrote the sciency book.

Anita Daher said...

John...I think you have given me a Klingon name! Perhaps that will be my pseudonym if I ever find the nerve to write erotica ;-)

p.s. My word verification to post this is "grabisms." Cool, huh?

John Mutford said...

Wanda: I just picked up a copy of that book yesterday.

Raidergirl: That's it.

Anita: If you do start with the erotica, I'd double check those speaking engagements you've booked. Those junior highschool kids could be in for an unexpected treat!

And yes, Grabisms are great. Mine is Jackste. Not quite as good as grabisms, but I'm thinking there's a "word verification poem" on the horizon.

Sandra said...

#5 is Northern Lights

I have Three Day Road high on my tbr list since reading Through Black Spruce.

John Mutford said...

Sandra: Correct, and the author is, of course, Joseph Boyden.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Jay Ingram and Tanya Tagak were both there? You are rubbing shoulders with some seriously awesome people, my friend.

gypsysmom said...

#1 is Richard Van Camp and the North word is John Franklin.

I've read 2 more Canadian books and I am planning on reading at least one more before the end of the month. I'll post the links on the last update post.

John Mutford said...

Barbara: I heard afterward that Tanya is going to be based out of Yellowknife now. I imagine that means we'll see much more of her.

Gypsysmom: That's fantastic!

Susan said...

I had a copy of Native Poetry in Canada, gave it to a friend when I moved to England, and now I find I want to read it again! Isn't it an awesome, beautiful collection of sometimes powerful poetry?
I can't believe Jay Ingram and Joseph Boyden and Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm were all there! what a wonderful book fest!