Red River College Instructor a Textbook Pioneer

By Armstrong, Bob | Winnipeg Free Press, August 25, 2012 | Go to article overview

Red River College Instructor a Textbook Pioneer


Armstrong, Bob, Winnipeg Free Press


Red River College business instructor Murray Moman is co-author of the first free online textbook for the Canadian market to be made available through the U.S.-based company Flat World Knowledge.

Moman co-authored the Canadian edition of the text Business Communication for Success with Scott McLean of Arizona Western College.

Flat World Knowledge makes textbooks available free online. They can also be downloaded to e-readers for a fee of approximately $35.

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Former Manitoban Corey Redekop has fun with our current pop-cultural zombie mania in his forthcoming novel Husk, to be published in October by ECW Press.

Husk tells the story of a struggling actor who dies in a bus restroom, wakes up during his autopsy and develops a taste for human flesh as he tries to keep both his body and his career from decomposing.

Redekop, who works as a publicist for Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton, previously published Shelf Monkey (ECW Press, 2007), a comic novel about a group of defenders of literature who gather to burn badly written but bestselling books.

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People who enjoy clever putdowns of deluded souls ought to go to hell. Slushpile hell, that is.

The blog Slushpilehell.tumblr.com collects examples of letters sent to "one grumpy literary agent" and publishes them, followed by frequently sarcastic responses. The slush pile, by the way, is where the hundreds or thousands of unsolicited manuscripts received every year by a publisher or literary agent end up.

In a typical Slushpilehell exchange, a would-be author writes, "My compelling story raises the bar in human literature," prompting the response "I don't know about raising the bar, but it certainly makes me want to go to a bar. …

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