On October 10th, Canadian author Alice Munro was announced as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
This is a historic event because Ms. Munro is the first Canadian ever to have won a Nobel Prize in literature. On a more personal level, the win is notable for Ms. Munro because this year, at the age of 82, she announced her retirement from writing. Dear Life, according to the author, will be her last book.
As with any Canadian award-winning author, we are exceptionally proud of Ms. Munro and her recent honour. Ms. Munro is a wise and magnificent writer, and her award was well deserved.
If you're curious to read any of Munro's books, McNally Robinson proudly carries them all. Please contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to check availability or to request a copy.
Also be sure to check out some videos of Ms. Munro, including this rare candid interview:
Categories: Awards, Interview, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author Videos, Literature
Fresh from the presses, the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize is New Zealand author Eleanor Catton!
Catton was nominated and won the prize for her novel, The Luminaries, which came out in September. Along with the honour of the award, Catton will receive a £50,000 prize, a cheque for £2,500 (along with all of the other shortlisted authors), as well as a designer bound copy of The Luminaries.
Congratulations, Ms. Catton!
McNally Robinson Booksellers proudly carries The Luminaries, as well as Catton's first novel, The Rehearsal. Contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to check availability.Categories: Awards, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
A bestselling author of espionage and military fiction, Tom Clancy passed away yesterday in a Baltimore hospital. No confirmed details on the cause of death have been released.
Clancy is best known for the novels that launched his career, including The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games, both of which topped bestsellers lists and were made into highly successful blockbuster films. He also penned over a dozen other bestselling novels, and his name is credited to several prolific videogame series such as the Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six franchises.
To read more about Clancy, CBC News has published this article on the life and career of the author.
For those interested in reading some of Clancy's work, we have a number of his novels readily available in both of our stores. Also watch for Clancy's new novel, Command Authority, coming out in December. Contact us to make a pre-order.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
During the course of a 50-year career the reclusive author of such contemporary classics as V., The Crying of Lot 49, and Gravity's Rainbow, has been at the forefront of America's engagement with postmodern literary possibilities. As such, his work tends to be self-reflexive, fragmented, and his forms in constant flux, but his reputation as a "difficult" author is more often a perception than a reality.
His latest novel, the very approachable Bleeding Edge, continues to employ his playful use of genres and his fascination with the undercurrents of American history. The book opens in 2001 during the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left. Maxine Tarnow is a working mom happily running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down small-scale con artists. Life is as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood -- till she starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and a billionaire geek CEO.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
This is an annual award that honours a Saskatchewan writer who has written a substantial body of acclaimed literary work, and includes a $10,000 cash prize. This is the fourth year for the award. Past winners were Guy Vanderhaeghe, Lorna Crozer, and Sharon Butala.
This is not the first literary award for Warren. The Saskatchewan author has won numerous others, including the Governor General's Award for Fiction for her novel Cool Water.Categories: Awards, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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