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Lambda Literary Award winners for 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 5:34pm

The winners of this year's Lambda Literary Awards have been announced.

The "Lammys" identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year, and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world. They are awarded annually, and 2017 marks their 29th year.

Congratulations to all of the winners! You can find a complete list of them after the jump.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, LGBTQ

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David Grossman wins the 2017 Man Booker International Prize

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 4:30pm

Israeli author David Grossman and translator Jessica Cohen have been awarded the Man Booker International Prize for Grossman's darkly comic novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar, which tells the life story of a standup comedian as revealed through the course of one night's performance.

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded annually to a work of fiction translated into English, and its £50,000 prize (approximately $84k Canadian) is shared between author and translator.

So congratulations to Mr. Grossman and Ms. Cohen!

Learn more about the 2017 Man Booker International Prize on the award's website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature

Griffin Poetry Prize winners for 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 at 5:35pm

The winners of this year's Griffin Poetry Prize – "the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English" – were announced last week.

The Canadian winner was Jordan Abel for his collection, Injun, and the International prize went to Alice Oswald for her book, Falling Awake. Each of them took home a prize of C$65,000.

Congratulations, Mr. Abel and Ms. Oswald!

To learn more about the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize, please visit the Prize's website.

Categories: Awards, Poetry, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Naomi Alderman wins the 2017 Baileys Prize

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 4:37pm

British author Naomi Alderman has won the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel, The Power.

The Power is described as dystopian and feminist science fiction. It is a speculative tale that begins in a world that is very much like our own... until a vital new force takes root. Teenage girls develop immense power: the ability to cause pain and even death with as little as a touch — which causes a dramatic reset of society. It is an ambitious and thrilling story, touching on many major concerns of our time: censorship, religion, and of course gender politics.

This is the first time the prize has been awarded for a science fiction title, and the second time Alderman has won the women's prize  the first instance was in 2006, when the award was known as the Orange Prize, for her debut novel, Disobedience.

Congratulations, Ms. Alderman! You can read more about her win and the prize on the Baileys Women's Prize website.

Please note: The Power is, unfortunately, currently only available in the UK. A North American edition is scheduled for a Fall 2017 release. Please contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to arrange for a no-charge pre-order.

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

June's Author of the Month: JOSEPH KANON

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 4:24pm

Joseph Kanon is the internationally bestselling author of seven novels, which have been published in twenty-four languages. They include Los Alamos (1997), which won the Edgar Award for best first novel; The Good German (2001), which was made into a film starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett; Alibi (2005) which earned Kanon the Hammett Award of the International Association of Crime Writers; and Leaving Berlin (2014). Set in the early stages of the Cold War, his work is known for its rich, atmospheric details and well-drawn characters, all rendered in a distinctive, staccato prose.

His latest, Defectors, is a fast-paced novel about an American spy, the Cold War’s most notorious defector, who gives up his country for the safety of Moscow. In 1949, Frank Weeks, fair-haired boy of the newly formed CIA, is exposed as a Communist spy and seeks sanctuary behind the Iron Curtain. Now, twelve years later, he has written his memoirs, a KGB- approved project almost certain to be an international bestseller, and has asked his brother Simon, a publisher, to come to Moscow to edit the manuscript. It’s a reunion Simon both dreads and longs for. Defectors is the story of one family torn apart by divided loyalties, but it's also a revealing look at the wider community of defectors, American and British, who have escaped one prison only to find themselves trapped in another.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
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