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What To Read: May/June 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 9:07pm

A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.

Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi
$21.00. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

In Gyasi's novel, two half sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Africa. Effia marries an English colonist and lives in comfort in the Cape Coast  Castle. Her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath Effia in the women's dungeon, before being shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. The horrors of their experiences echo through generations, as each descendant seeks freedom and healing. (Anchor. May)

By Gaslight
by Steven Price
$24.00. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

An old fashioned Victorian mystery set in the London of 1885. In this city of fog and darkness, the notorious thief Edward Shade exists only as a shadow. William Pinkerton, the son of a detective who died without ever tracing Shade, is determined to drag the thief into the daylight. What follows is a hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and séance halls while an unlikely bond is formed between Pinkerton, the greatest detective of his age, and Adam Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Shade. (McClelland & Stewart. May)

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2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 10:50am

The finalists for the 31st Arthur C. Clarke Award, which honours the best science fiction novel published in the United Kingdom during the previous year, have been announced.

The shortlist includes:

The winner will be announced on July 27th, 2017.

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2017 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour shortlist

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 5:19pm

The finalists for the 2017 Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour have been announced.

The award, named after famous Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock, honours the greatest Canadian literature of the past year, and comes with a $15,000 prize.

Down from a longlist of eleven nominees, the finalists for this year's Leacock Medal are:

The winner will be announced and celebrated at an awards gala on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

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May's Author of the Month: ELIZABETH STROUT

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 4:18pm

Despite growing up on a dirt road with no access to TV or newspapers, Elizabeth Strout was drawn to writing things down, and encouraged by her mother, she kept notebooks from an early age. Books were a miracle to her, and early on she knew she wanted to become a writer. She was in her forties, however, before her first book, the novel Amy & Isabelle, was published in 1998. Her third book, Olive Kitteridge, a collection of connected short stories won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Reverberating with the deep bonds of family and hope, her sixth book, a novel, Anything is Possible, explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of a cast of small-town characters struggling to understand themselves and each other. A woman trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while in the pages of a book her sister finds a kindred spirit who changes her life; the janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for her mother's love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of Strout's My Name Is Lucy Barton), returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.

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The Bookseller: May & June 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 3:40pm

20 years of Harry Potter magic, a new novel from Norwegian bestseller Jo Nesbø, a slew of fresh titles celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, our fiction picks for springtime, books on our very important friends the bees, and more.

Read about it all in the May & June 2017 edition of our newsletter, The Bookseller.

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