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Made in Manitoba: Best of the Open Road Stories (Paperback)
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From the slow-motion collapse of a trapezoid farm building to the discovery of a rusted vintage car on the edge of a field, the sights and stories chronicled in this provincial travelogue convey the idiosyncrasy of daily life in Manitoba. When Bill Redekop was offered the position of rural reporter with the Winnipeg Free Press, he was hesitant until his editor gave him one rule: if his editor ever saw him in the office, he would kick Redekop out. So the reporter took to exploring the far corners of Manitoba and recounting his experiences in a weekly column. This book is a collection of those columns, bearing witness to the incredible diversity of the region’s landscape, and characterizing the people of the area, who give life to Redekop’s columns just as they give life to the sprawling farm fields and freshwater lakes.
About the Author
"The Best of Open Road will introduce you to bootleggers, to POW camps in Riding Mountain, to a dog that lives on its own by choice after the family up and left . . . and tons more. Great little stories. Great province." —Ace Burpee, The Ace Burpee Show
"Bill Redekop has a knack for ferreting out great characters and stories in little places - in this case rural Manitoba. We enter the world of donkey-raising and drive-in theaters, bootleggers and home-grown movie stars. These stories, told in Bill's laconic, easy-going style, are bighearted and full of curiosity" —David Bergen, Giller Prize-winning author, The Matter with Morris
"Bill not only captures the flavour of rural Manitoba's landscape and history, but the flavour of the people who built it and who keep it alive and vital today." —John Morris, Associate Publisher and editorial director, Farm Business Communications