The winner of this year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction has been announced. Graeme Smith took home the honour, as well as the $60,000 prize, for his memoir, The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan.
Congratulations, Mr. Smith. You can learn more about the award and this year's winner by visiting the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
All Hallow's Eve approaches. A night of frolicking, costume-wearing, and merriment... and a night of unspeakable terror.
If you're planning on spending your Halloween with a haunting tale or two, we've got some recommendations of both new and old noteworthy fiction from our Horror section. Surely you'll find your self delightfully frightened with at least one of these books:
• Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
> Weird fiction
The sequel to King's infamous The Shining, Doctor Sleep returns to the now middle-aged character of Dan Torrance. Dan, who has finally managed to escape the demons brought to him during his childhood stay at the Outlook Hotel, has settled into a comfortable life in a New Hampshire town. This peaceful life ends, however, when Dan meets Abra Stone, a young girl who possesses the brightest shining ever known. Having to protect Abra from a roving band of quasi-immortals known as the True Knot, Dan will need to fight for their survival while also facing the return of his own personal demons.
• The Penguin Horror Series
Hand-selected by filmmaker, writer, and horror literature fan Guillermo de Toro, these classic tales of terror have been re-printed as gift editions with new and vibrant cover designs and black-edged leaf. Included in each is an introduction from de Toro. Available titles are The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Haunted Castles by Ray Russell, American Supernatural Tales edited by S. T. Joshi, The Thing on the Doorstep by H. P. Lovecraft, and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
• The Twelve by Justin Cronin
> Vampires / Post-apocalyptic
Taking place both in modern America and a post-apocalyptic Mid-West 100 years in the future, The Twelve follows a band of hardened survivors as they continue their struggle against the monstrous virals: humans corrupted into carnivorous, destructive terrors. While on the hunt for the remainder of the Twelve, the powerful leaders of the virals, the survivors fight against an unknown foe who is capturing and enslaving their friends and family.
Look after the jump for more horrific suggestions...Categories: buzz, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Horror
Colin Mochrie, a man known worldwide for working without a script, has penned a collection of stories destined to make its own mark in the literary community. In his new book, Not Quite the Classics, Mochrie borrows from a well-known improv game and takes the first and last lines from familiar classics and reimagines everything in between. Imagine A Tale of Two Cities in which Wile E. Coyote gets his revenge on the Road Runner, Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat with zombies, or The Night Before Christmas with a time travelling twist.
As part of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Colin Mochrie will be in town on October 29th for an evening of comedy and conversation. Tickets are still available at our Winnipeg store. Prices are $30 for one admission, and $40 for a pair. Each ticket price includes a single copy of Not Quite the Classics!
Red Green is celebrated as one of the handiest men in North America. As well as being a purveyor of practical advice, for example making a jetpack from two propane tanks, he is also noted for his insights into that most difficult of assembly jobs: human relationships.
In Red Green's Beginner's Guide to Women, the man who has already shared such morsels as "If you can't be handsome, be handy" now shares with other confused males a testosterone owner's manual to every aspect of finding a mate and then learning to deal with her growing disappointment in you.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Humour
What I hoped to highlight here were the Bergamot tarts running slanted in the middle. But those darn, delicious Fruit tarts and Mini Apple Pies snuck in there.
Now your choice is complicated. Which treat do you want this weekend?
Whatever your decision, get it at our Patisserie, an extension of Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery. All of our sweets are baked and prepared in-house.
Categories: Winnipeg, Prairie Ink, Patisserie
Here is another Friday, so let's recap the past seven days:
|NEW RELEASES from the past seven days||BESTSELLERS|
|> Fiction books||> Winnipeg Bestsellers based on this week's sales|
|> Non-Fiction books||> Saskatoon Bestsellers based on last week's sales|
|< < < Some highlights of the week < < <|
|• New Releases: Bobby Orr's new book, Orr: My Story, came out this week, much to the delight of the two dozen folks who'd placed pre-orders with us.||• New Releases: Just in time for Halloween, the paperback edition of horror novel N0S4A2 was released earlier in the week.|
|• Bestsellers: For the second week running, Carol Bowyer Shipley's Love, Loss, and Longing: Stories of Adoption is on our Paperback Non-Fiction Bestsellers list in Winnipeg.||• Bestsellers: The Luminaries jumped back onto our Winnipeg Hardcover Fiction bestsellers list for the week. I bet it had something to do with the author, Eleanor Catton, winning the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday.|
|• Bestsellers/Events: On Tuesday evening, Chadwick Ginther graced our Grant Park store with his presence for the launch of Tombstone Blues, his newest novel and book #2 of the Thunder Road trilogy. It was a grand event with a huge turnout -- our Atrium was packed! Because of the launch (and because Tombstone Blues simply rocks), the novel flew to the #1 spot for Paperback Fiction Bestsellers in Winnipeg.||• Events/Bestsellers: MaddAddam has lurched back up to #1 on our Hardcover Bestsellers in Winnipeg. Could that possibly be because Ms. Atwood was in our Grant Park store discussing the book and signing copies on Wednesday? Hmm.|
|• Events/Bestsellers: After a lovely event in our Winnipeg Prairie Ink Restaurant, the stones by author Dennis Cooley rose onto our Winnipeg Paperback Fiction bestsellers list, second only to Mr. Ginther's Tombstone Blues.||• Literary News: As mentioned, the Man Booker Prize for 2013 was awarded to Eleanor Catton this week. In other award news, the 2013 National Book Awards finalists were announced on Wednesday.|
|> > > Looking ahead... > > >|
|• Steve Benstead will be in our Grant Park store Saturday, October 19th, to sign copies of The Journey Prize: Stories #25, in which can be found Steve's story "Megan's Bus". That starts at 11 am, and all the details can be found here.|
|• Ken McGoogan, who was in our Grant Park store this past week to launch his new book, 50 Canadians Who Changed the World, will be in our Saskatoon store this coming Sunday, October 20th, at 1 pm. Can you guess what he'll be discussing there? And as with any of our in-store events, all are invited to attend! More details here.|
|• On Tuesday, October 20th, at 7 pm we will be having the launch of Louis Riel: Tenth Anniversary Edition in our Grant Park store. There will be a discussion with author Chester Brown, followed by a signing. We invite you and all your friends to come!|
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