Geneviève Montcombroux signing her novel Northern Skies after her reading at the South Interlake Regional Library’s Teulon Branch. (Katelyn Boulanger)
Many events in the Interlake took place to celebrate Culture days a pan-Canadian volunteer movement with the aim to raise awareness, accessibly, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the areas and cultural life of their communities.
Among the culture day events, that took place between Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, was a literary walkabout at the South Interlake Regional Library’s Teulon branch where authors from around the region came to read sections of their books.
One of the authors was Geneviève Montcombroux, from Inwood, who gave a reading of her novel Northern Skies.
“All together (I’ve written) 22 books. There are some children books mixed in and I have two more on the go,” she said.
Her most recent novel, and the one she read from, Northern Skies is about an Indigenous woman who struggles to find balance between her roots, her career where she is a scientist working in northern Manitoba and a possible new love interest. There is also an adventure element as the protagonist along with the helicopter pilot who was helping her do an aerial caribou survey end up getting flee into the wilderness.
Montcombroux also had her husband, Michael Montcombroux’s novel, The Cannington Episode, with her which she described as a historical fiction involving a small town that was slowly disappearing after the railway was built elsewhere and the local farmers no longer had a way to get their grain to market.
Other authors who read at the event include Grace Riley a Teulon Collegiate student who read from her published short story, Ruth Ashern from Matlock who read some of her poems and Karen Wardle a Winnipeg fabric artist and illustrator.
Culture Days Events
Gimli hosted their annual Nuit Blanche event along with an exhibit from Marlene Van Helden which was presented by the Wave Tour and the New Iceland Heritage Museum.
Selkirk residents were able to enjoy a Members Art Show at the Gwen Fox Gallery.
Stonewall’s Oak Hammock Marsh had a bird banding event where birds where caught measured banded and then released.
Teulon along with the literary walkabout had the Teulon & District Museum open and the Green Acres Art Centre had dancing.