The Knife Sharpener’s Bell on Manitoba Reads long list

Manitoba Reads long list: 12 books for summer reading

Tuesday July 24, 2012

In the spirit of Canada Reads, Canada’s biggest battle of the books, CBC Manitoba is proud to present Manitoba Reads, in partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Winnipeg International Writers  Festival.
Our panel of experts has selected these 12 books – including some  familiar favourites and a couple local gems waiting to be discovered -  to vote on, to help decide what is the best Manitoba book for your summer reading pleasure.


The Knife Sharpener’s Bell, by Rhea Tregebov

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Ten-year old Annette Gershon is content enough growing up in her father’s delicatessen in Winnipeg’s Jewish North End, but for immigrant families scratching out a living in the Dirty Thirties, even subsistence is a delicate balance. Everything changes when her parents decide to take the family “home” to the Soviet Union to escape the devastation of the collapsing capitalist economy. The Knife Sharpener’s Bell is the seldom-told story of a doomed return, and a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit.
Rhea Tregebov is an award-winning poet and picture book author who has proven just as adept at writing fiction. Rhea grew up in Winnipeg, wrote and taught in Toronto for several years, and now lives in Vancouver where she teaches creative writing at UBC.

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