The longlist for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced this past week, comprising 12 Canadian writers all vying to win the $100,000 award. The list was selected by a panel of five judges, who will pare their selections down to a six-book shortlist to be announced on Monday Setpember 26th.
The 2016 Giller longlist is:
- Mona Awad for 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin Canada)
- Gary Barwin for Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada)
- Andrew Battershill for Pillow (Coach House Books)
- David Bergen for Stranger (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
- Emma Donoghue for The Wonder (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
- Catherine Leroux for The Party Wall (Biblioasis, translated by Lazer Lederhendler)
- Kathy Page for The Two of Us (Biblioasis)
- Susan Perly for Death Valley (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers)
- Kerry Lee Powell for Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
- Steven Price for By Gaslight (McClelland & Stewart)
- Madeleine Thien for Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)
- Zoe Whittall for The Best Kind of People (House of Anansi Press Inc.)
We had the pleasure of launching David Bergen's Stranger in front of a packed house on Tuesday September 6. Catherine Leroux will be reading from The Party Wall at Thin Air 2016: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival. You can also join us here at the store for an evening with Zoe Whittall on Saturday November 26.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Prairie Ink
On July 30th, 2016, McNally Robinson hosted midnight release parties for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two in both Winnipeg and Saskatoon. The parties were held to celebrate not only the release of Cursed Child but the fun and magic of the Harry Potter series as a whole. Many of our booksellers are fans of the series, and from past experiences we know there are many Potterheads in the Prairies — and at this year's parties, those fans came out in force.
Our Winnipeg celebration took place at the Lyric Theatre field in Assiniboine Park, and it's a good thing we had all of that open space. Based on previous parties and the response we had on social media, we anticipated around ten thousand guests at this year's party — but ended up with closer to 15,000. With so many Potterheads, many of whom were dressed up in their finest witch and wizard garb, the park was abuzz as guests took in the live entertainment and perused the activities and tents around the party grounds. Among the attractions were Quidditch lessons and scrimmages, a Tri-Wizard tournament, live animals in the Care of Magical Creatures station, a Diagon Alley shop tent, snacks and drinks from The Three Broomsticks, plus much more. All the while there were live performances by JP Hoe and The Mariachi Ghost from the Lyric Theatre stage. To see some photos of the party, explore #PotterPartyWPG on Twitter and Instagram.
Meanwhile, our Saskatoon location hosted a party at the bookstore and surrounding parking lot, which drew in a crowd of over 2000 fans of all ages. The event kept attendees on their toes with everything from high-spirited games of Quidditch to Dementors handing out demerits. A handful of furry (and not so furry) guests made an appearance, including live rats, snakes, and cats. Fans enjoyed frothy mugs of Butterbeer and sweet nibbles of Pumpkin Pasties in Prairie Ink, which was done up in Great Hall chic for the occasion with stars and Hogwarts letters strung from the ceiling. The more daring of the attendees tried their hand at competing in tasks such as the Tri-Wizard Tournament, complete with a series of nail-biting trivia questions. All guests were also invited to sit beneath the Sorting Hat and tremble in anticipation as it deliberated over which House they would be sorted into.
And of course at the stroke of midnight we began handing out copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Line-ups at both parties, as well as at our Grant Park bookstore, were filled with hundreds of eager fans, most of whom were beaming and some of whom were teary-eyed with joy, and all were on their way home with their new book in record time.
We thank all of the volunteers and organizations who helped us put our parties together, and a big thank you to all of the Potterheads who joined us for the evening. We had record turnouts at both parties, and — if we're fortunate enough to get another Harry Potter book someday — we hope to see you all at the next celebration.Categories: Fun, Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News
Sunday, June 14th at 10:00am, Prairie Ink welcomes any and all aspiring buccaneers to join us for breakfast. Big or small, short or tall, you are free to pillage our kitchen and loot our bakery! We provide the grog, Swashbuckling Bacon and Buccaneer Blueberry pancakes.
Dress up in your most piratical outfit, practice your pirate lingo, and enjoy a buffet too tasty for any landlubber!
Featuring shark-infested waters, plank walking, and the Pirate Tales of the Notorious Black Max!
$15 per person (excluding tax gratuity) by reservation only at the Prairie Ink Restaurant. No need to make a reservation for your parrot. Also, don't bring your parrot.Categories: Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon, Prairie Ink
SASKATOON - Dress up in your best costume and join us for a Boo-tiful brunch buffet on Sunday, October 26th at 9:30 am.
Enjoy Boo-berry pancakes and other Ghoooulish Goodies on our Boo Brunch Buffet and creep, crawl, hop, dance or walk through the store in our Costume Parade! Then, join us for some spooOOooOOooky stories in our story circle!
Tickets on sale now at Prairie Ink Restaurant. Buy in person or by calling (306)-955-3579. Tickets are $15Categories: Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon, Prairie Ink
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