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Winnipegger hopes self-published book makes it to Antarctica

The collection of travel stories first became available in early December and has already been read on five continents.

Murat Ates taking a look over the first volume of Life. Fire. Prose.

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Murat Ates taking a look over the first volume of Life. Fire. Prose.

Winnipegger Murat Ates’ book, Life. Fire. Prose., has made it’s way around (most of) the world.

Now the author is hoping to see the book make it to the least hospitable place on Earth.

The collection of travel stories first became available in early December and has already been read on five continents, said Ates.

“It’s not like I have a following of thousands of people, but the hundred people who do read my stuff are so supportive,” said Ates. “It’s special.”

He said friends have ordered the book from other countries, and friends within Canada buy them to take along on their own journeys overseas.

Through his faraway and traveling friends, Life. Fire. Prose. has been to North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Ates’ connections dry up in Australia and Antarctica.

“I don’t know how I’m going to get that last one, but I’m going to try,” said Ates. He has a few possibilities for Australia that he is actively pursuing.

Life. Fire. Prose. is just a side project to Ates’ larger passion project.

“I’m big on sharing appreciation to people while they can sort of enjoy it,” said Ates.

That’s why he decided to quit his job last year to write a collection of stories about Manitobans who he finds courageous, inspiring or interesting.

Life. Fire. Prose. isn’t entirely separate from that; in it are some of his own stories about the path that led him to being a full time writer.

He also said he’s not done with Life. Fire. Prose.

“I’m going to turn that into a serial publication sort of thing,” said Ates. He still has travel stories to tell and expects to stumble upon more.

“When I’m overseas and I meet someone who turns out to be a photographer who met JFK, I have to write about that,” Ates said.

Life. Fire. Prose. is available at lifefireprose.etsy.com.

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