Gimli author on book tour to heal

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Gimli author Victor Enns launched the last book in his series, a collection of poems called, “Love and Surgery” in Gimli on Oct. 27.

Gimli was the first stop on a book tour that included Gimli’s Johnson Hall on Oct.27, Altona on Nov.1, and two showings in Winnipeg, at McNally Robinson and at X-Cues’ Billiards and Cafe, performing the Last Victor Show for a jazz audience on Nov.6.

The three-part series began with “Lucky man” in 2005, a book nominated for the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year award, and “boy” in 2012.

His fictional works are about personal experiences in the prairies, from coffee, kites and courage to music for men over 50.

Enns took history and English at the University of Manitoba, has been a founding board member of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and an executive director of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild before working for different magazines and in administration.

He often uses humour to deal with the grim side of life.

He has severe arthritis, degenerating cartilage in his back and was diagnosed with Stage 4 flatfoot. “They couldn’t do ankle replacement,” he said. “They tried fusing it and it failed.”

They were going to operate again, but Enns said, “No.” He opted for amputation. Some kids asked him about his lost leg. “Did they use a chainsaw,” one child asked. “You should have them make you a pirate leg.” Enns laughed at their candour.

“First comes love, then comes surgery,” he wrote. “Bach is fugue-ing and I look at you in front of the window, full of September and Lake Winnipeg, wonder how long this can be true…”

Enns walks nearly every day and likes cooking. He dedicated “Love and Surgery” to his ex-wife, Lynn.

“All I want to do now,” Enns said, “is to spend time writing…to see what I can get done.”

Enns is currently working on prose. He is writing short stories and a novel called “Boundary Creek.” Though it is named after an actual town and not the area in the Interlake, the stories are still fictional.

The RM of Gimli has designated November as disability awareness month.

Enns will be facilitating journaling sessions at Evergreen Basic Needs every other Monday in 2020 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. called “Write for your Life.”

To register, contact EBN co-executive director, Elaine Gibbs at 204-642-9736.

For additional information, visit: http://www.victorenns9.ca.

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