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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

The Manitoba Book Awards 2017 shortlists

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Mar 24, 2017 at 2:35pm

The finalists for the 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards — which honours books by Manitoba authors, about Manitoba, and/or published within Manitoba in 2016 — have been unveiled.

The Awards, an annual project of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild produced with the assistance of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers and various Manitoban sponsors, celebrate literary excellence, originality and diverse talent, and provide over $30,000 in prizes to Manitoba writers each year. Past winners include Carol Shields, Miriam Toews, David Bergen, and Wab Kinew.

This year's winners will be announced and celebrated at a gala dinner on Saturday, April 22nd, at The Fort Garry Hotel. All are welcome to attend, and tickets can be purchased online or by phone. Visit this page for more details.

The 2016/2017 shortlists can be found after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Literature, Canadian Lit

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Baileys Women's Prize 2017 longlist

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Mar 09, 2017 at 10:41am

To coincide with International Women's Day, the longlist for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) was announced yesterday. The award honours the best novel published in English in the past year by a female author, and comes with a £30,000 ($49,000) prize.

Of the 16 authors on the list, we're thrilled to see that three are Canadians: Margaret Atwood, Madeleine Thien, and Heather O'Neill.

The complete longlist can be found after the jump...

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What To Read: Spring 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 at 11:45am

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

Listen, Liberal
by Thomas Frank
$25.00. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

Originally published before the 2016 American election, Listen, Liberal describes what ailed the Democratic Party even before their weaknesses became obvious. It is the story of how the "Party of the People" detached itself from its historic constituency among average Americans and chose instead to line up with the winners of the new economic order. Now with a new afterword, Frank's analysis offers a powerful diagnosis of the liberal malady and is essential reading for anyone who still values liberal ideals. (Picador. March)

The Memoirs of a Polar Bear
by Yoko Tawada.
Translated by Susan Bernofsky.
$22.95. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

Three generations of polar bears are famous as both circus performers and writers in East Germany: they are bears who move as humans, doing human things and thinking human thoughts. The grandmother, in the Soviet Union, accidentally writes a bestselling autobiography; Tosca, her daughter (born in Canada, where her mother had emigrated) takes a job in the circus. Her son, Knut, is born in a Leipzig zoo but raised by a human keeper. Happy or sad, each bear writes a story in this delightfully strange novel. (New Directions. November)

Read more What To Read suggestions after the jump...

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Canada Reads 2017 contenders

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 3:37pm

The five panelists — an actor, a musician, a comedian, a performer, and a veteran — and the five final books for CBC's 2017 Canada Reads competition have been announced.

The contenders and their selected books are:

Between March 27 and 30, 2017, the contenders will debate and defend their chosen books live on CBC-TV, CBC Radio One, and online at CBCbooks.ca. The debates will be hosted by Ali Hassan from CBC's Laugh Out Loud.

Get all of the details, including biographies of each contender, on CBC's website.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature, Canadian Lit
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