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The art of hygge

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 at 3:36pm

The centuries-old Danish tradition of hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”) comes from a country voted to be the happiest on Earth, and its special custom of emotional warmth, slowness and appreciation, is becoming increasingly familiar to an international audience. To hygge means to enjoy the good things in life with good people.

Look after the jump for a selection of our favourite books on hygge, Scandinavian cooking, and the joys of living like a Dane...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Cooking

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Excerpts from Ted Barris' Fire Canoe

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 at 4:10pm

Ted Barris' Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited tells the history of Canadian steamboats, captained by seafaring skippers who'd moved inland and piloted by indigenous peoples who knew the intricacies and dangers of the waterways. These boats, named "fire canoes" by aboriginal people, helped to form the Canadian West, and Barris brings the tales of them alive in this new book.

We will have the pleasure of hosting Barris for a book launch in both our Saskatoon and Winnipeg stores. The Winnipeg launch will take place on October 13th, 2015, followed by the Saskatoon launch the next day.

After the jump you will find two excerpts from Fire Canoe, the first featuring a Winnipeg angle and the second with a touch of Saskatoon.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases, History

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A long time ago, in a wardrobe far far away...

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 5:34pm

Are you a Star Wars geek? Do you know one? If yes to either, you'll certainly want to check out the brand new book Star Wars: Costumes, now in stock

Here's a preview:

Categories: SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Book Trailer

A letter from David Bergen

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:46pm

Last week we received the following letter from Winnipeg author and local favourite David Bergen, giving us some insight into his writing and about his new novel, Leaving Tomorrow.


" I don't set out to write 'prairie' novels, though my upbringing in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta has certainly influenced my sensibilities. Leaving Tomorrow started out with stories a friend told me of growing up in southern Alberta (stories of horses and bulls and brothers). Last spring I went up to High River and drove the back roads, looking at ranches and talking to folks, hearing the vernacular, taking notes in my head and scribbling down the words later. Little things I saw fell into my brain, like how cows bunch together in a storm and turn their rumps against the wind and rain.

I grew up reading Zane Grey, aware that I was reading pulp but loving it. I wanted to be a cowboy until a horse nearly bit my finger off when he mistook it for a carrot. And so I went back to books. With this novel I wanted to capture the longing a young boy has when he is stuck on the prairies and he knows that there is life elsewhere, a life of books and conversation and ideas, only he doesn't know how to get to that other life.

I have no interest in getting sentimental about the prairies and animals and the wide-open spaces. Though I cannot deny that the sparseness of my own writing comes from the sparseness of my place. No lush, bucolic language, but rather a hard sensuality that runs beneath things. There is an inevitability to my settings. I didn't choose to be raised here in Manitoba, but I did choose to stay. I like to see this as being faithful to the place I come from.

I am very pleased to be launching Leaving Tomorrow at McNally Robinson, not only a prairie bookstore, and one of the finest bookstores in Canada. See you at the end of September. "


As Mr. Bergen writes, he will indeed be launching Leaving Tomorrow in our Winnipeg Prairie Ink on Tuesday, September 30th, at 8:00 pm! The event is free and open to any one who would like to attend. We simply encourage you to contact the restaurant ahead of time to reserve a table.

Meanwhile, Leaving Tomorrow is available now in hardcover! Find it in our Prairie Writers section, or grab a copy at the launch on the 30th.

Categories: Authors, Winnipeg, New Releases

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Miracle at the Forks

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Sep 06, 2014 at 12:26pm

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first national museum to open outside of Ottawa. New Mexico architect Antoine Predock's design includes an illuminated alabaster ramp that takes visitors to the 11 themed galleries and a basalt rock Garden of Contemplation inspired by the Giant's Causeway in Ireland.

On July 18, 2000, Israel (Izzy) Asper, the renowned Canadian businessman and philanthropist, first discussed his idea of building a human rights centre in Winnipeg. He wanted to build a museum that would make a difference, that would help educate visitors to the museum about human rights, all with the aim of making the world a better, more humane place.

Miracle at the Forks by Peter C. Newman and Allan Levine recounts the financial and political challenges of building a world class museum in Winnipeg, an objective that was made all the more difficult by Asper's death not six months after the public unveiling of plans for a national museum at The Forks in 2003. It is a story of passion and sheer will, about the determination of Moe Levy, the Executive Director of the Asper Foundation, to see Asper's grand idea come true, of Gail Asper's fortitude and unflagging drive to make sure her father's most cherished project became real, and of the countless others who lobbied, donated money, volunteered time, and fought to make the museum happen.


Miracle at the Forks is available now in hardcover for $45.00. And be sure to join us for the launch of the book, happening on September 23rd in Prairie Ink Winnipeg!

Categories: Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases, Regional Interest
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