The Globe and Mail and The New York Times have unveiled their lists of the top 100 books of 2013. And you know what? They've made some great choices.
Access the lists here:
> The Globe and Mail: The Globe 100 guide to the year's best books
> The New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2013
Then contact or visit your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to find the books that catch your eye! To make things easier, either print the list or write down some of the titles and authors you're interested in, then ask one of our booksellers in-store for help finding them. Or, as always, you can search for and order books right here on the website.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News, Book Lists
Imagine your favourite book, or one of your favourite books.
Now think of how you'd feel if you were banned from reading that title again. Or try to think how your life might be different if you'd never been given the chance to read it in the first place.
Terrifying, no? But believe it or not, books are banned from certain establishments, most often schools and libraries, all the time.
To bring awareness to such unfortunate censorship, there is the annual Banned Books Week, otherwise known as Freedom to Read Week. During this event, which this year runs from September 22nd to the 28th, libraries and bookstores, ourselves included, strive to draw attention to the problem of literary censorship. We believe that all books deserve a fair chance, and that no title should be held back from an audience, possibly an adoring audience.
See how we're promoting Banned Books Week after the jump...Categories: buzz, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book Lists
It seems that summer is already coming to a close this year. (Long winter, short summer... aren't we lucky?) But there is still some nice weather ahead of us, so the summer fun doesn't have to end yet! Plenty of time to pack yourself up and head out of town for a few days of camping. Besides, a true, die-hard camper wouldn't balk at a little chilly weather.
To get yourself prepared for your wilderness adventure, we've got a massive collection of camping literature filled with tips and techniques to make the most of your excursion. Don't forget your knife, don't forget your tent, and don't forget to read through at least one of these books (better yet, take one with you!).
Honing your survival skills...
> How To Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier
> Field & Stream Skills Guide: Camping by Edward T. Nickens
> Field & Stream: The Total Outdoorsman Manual by Edward T. Nickens
> Essential Bushcraft: Handbook of Survival Skills by Ray Mears
> Camping Bible: From Tents to Troubleshooting by Bob Holtzman
> Expert Companions: Outdoor Skills and Tips by Lachlan McLaine
> Adventurer's Guide to the Outdoors: 100 Essential Skills for Surviving in the Wild by Guy Grieve
> Total Fishing Manual by Joe Cermere
> New Trailside Cookbook by Kevin Callan
> Camping Cooking in the Wild: The Black Feather Guide to Eating Well in the Great Outdoors by Mark Scriver
> Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Cooking Outdoors by Robin Donovan
Camping with kids...
> The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature by Helen Olsson
> Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt
> Spooky Campfire Stories, 2nd Edition by Amy K. Hoitsma
If you're in Winnipeg, you can find all of the above books in our camping display near the mall entrance to our store. Call or email ahead and we can put one (or several) of the books on hold for you. Or you can always order them right here on our website.
Even if you've already had your share of the great outdoors this summer, keep in mind there's always next year. And the year after that, and the year after that... Read up now to prepare for next summer's adventures!Categories: Fun, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book Lists
Now that it's beach season, it's important to be well-stocked with good literature to read while you relax on the sand. You don't want to let a bad book spoil your fun under the sun.
So take one of these award winning titles along for the trip, and be assured you'll have a good read to soak up while you soak up some rays.
-> Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith by Andrew Preston
Winner of the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
From the first colonists to the presidents of the 21st Century, Preston shows how religion has shaped America's international relations.
-> Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Winner of the 2013 Costa Book Award
Mantel's novel about the destruction of Anne Boleyn was also the winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize.
-> A Geography of Blood by Candace Savage
Winner of the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction
and the 2013 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award
A profound and dramatic journey through the eloquent landscape of south western Saskatchewan.
-> Dance, Gladys, Dance by Cassie Stocks
Winner of the 2013 Leacock Medal for Humour
Saskatchewan's Cassie Stocks tells the uplifting story of a woman whose uncanny connection with a kindred spirit changes her life.
-> City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
Winner of the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Set in a fictional city in the west of Ireland sometime in the future, this rollicking debut is a work of mesmerising imagination and vaulting linguistic invention.
-> The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction
Illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a masterpiece of literary fiction.
-> Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland
Winner of the 2013 National Business Book Award
In the last few decades what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Forget the 1%; it's the wealthiest .01% who are fast outpacing the rest of us.
-> Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Award
Eight surviving men of Bravo Squad are shipped back to America from Iraq to serve on a media-intensive nationwide tour to reinvigorate support for the war.
-> The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize
A riveting portrait of North Korea -- a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.
-> The Black Count by Tom Reiss
Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
he true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo is a feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Three Musketeers.
Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book Lists, Literature
Summer's the best time to get out on the open road, to get away and explore the world, and to have an adventure or two along the way. Summer's the best time for a road trip.
Fortunately that you don't even need to get into a car to enjoy a road trip. Books are a perfect medium to face the thrill and adventure of riding the open road - and you don't have to leave home! You don't even need to get out of your chair.
To add to Bookish's list, there is also local favourite (a particular favourite among our booksellers) and award-winning Thunder Road to dive into. An urban fantasy set in Manitoba, Thunder Road will take you on a dwarf-hunting, serpent-battling, giant-bashing adventure from Winnipeg to Gimli and all the way up to Thompson. Winner of of the 2013 Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher, Thunder Road is a supernatural thrill-ride riddled with Norse mythology that'll make you want to get out and mount your mighty Goat -- er, car -- and hit the open road.
All of the titles are either available in-store or to order. Contact your nearest McNally Robinson Booksellers to check availability. We'd be happy to place a special order just for you!Categories: Fun, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book Lists
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