Host of Manitoba History Books Mouse Click Away Paper Chase

By Armstrong, Bob | Winnipeg Free Press, February 9, 2013 | Go to article overview

Host of Manitoba History Books Mouse Click Away Paper Chase


Armstrong, Bob, Winnipeg Free Press


MORE than 200 local Manitoba history books are only a mouse click away, thanks to a project headed by the Manitoba Library Consortium and Manitoba Historical Society, with funding from the Winnipeg Foundation.

The local histories, covering Manitoba communities from Altona to Zbaraz, bring 100,000 pages' worth of digitized Manitoba history to the website manitobia.ca.

Also included on the site, designed as a resource for students, teachers and researchers, are digital copies of dozens of Manitoba newspapers going back to 1871, as well as historical photos and maps.

The site will be launched Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Manitoba Legislature Reading Room.

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The American online literary magazine The Millions has produced millions of words on great art.

But for its first foray into the ebook business, the magazine has decided to look in the opposite direction. Epic Fail, by Dublin-based staff writer Mark O'Connell, examines viral fame and the surprising, and surprisingly old, allure of terrible art.

An excerpt from the ebook, posted recently on Slate, tells the story of the novelist Amanda McKittric Ros, whose epic terribleness became a literary in-joke in late 19th and early 20th century Britain and Ireland. The full essay is available for $1.99 from themillions.com

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A British anarchist bookstore co-founded in the 19th century by Peter Kropotkin -- and connected in the 20th century to George Orwell and Emma Goldman -- was damaged Feb. …

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