The Manitoba Book Awards are coming

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 2:51pm

The 2013 Manitoba Book Awards are almost upon us!

This Sunday, April 27th, the awards will be given out and celebrated at the Book Awards Gala in the West End Cultural Centre. Doors open at 6:30 pm, the ceremonies begin at 7:00 pm, and admission is FREE.

To see the 2013 nominees, click here. Or to read more details on the Manitoba Book Awards, you can visit their website.

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg

The Hugo Awards: 2014 and 1939 nominees

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:23pm

The nominees of this year's Hugo Awards were announced over the weekend. Of particular note is the Best Novel category:

    > Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
    > Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross
    > Parasite by Mira Grant
    > Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia
    > The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Note: The Wheel of Time series was nominated as and ruled to be a multi-part serialized single work, as defined in Section 3.2.4 of the WSFS constitution.

But of course there are more than just novels involved with the Hugo Awards. You can see the complete list of 2014 categories and nominees here.

Also announced on the weekend were the 1939 Retro-Hugo Awards nominees, which are (as you can see) honouring science-fiction work from 75 years ago. This is only the fourth time that Retro-Hugo Awards have been honoured.

Stay tuned in mid-August as the winners of all the award categories are announced!

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Classical Recording of the Week: Schumann: The Symphonies by Yannick Nezet-Seguin

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:02am

In partnership with Winnipeg's Classic 107, we're proud to present our Classical CD of the Week...

Yannick Nezet-Seguin's Schumann: The Symphonies

For these revelatory performances -- captured live at acclaimed concerts in Paris -- Yannick conducts the superb Chamber Orchestra of Europe, one of the world's preeminent chamber orchestras.

This new cycle includes the second, revised version of Schumann's second symphony, published as his Symphony No.4.

Look for our Classical CD of the Week display in the Music section of our Grant Park store to pick up a copy!

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Classic107

Weekly Roundup (Apr. 12-18)

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 11:57am

Happy Easter! Because of Good Friday this Roundup is a day late, but I'm sure you're not terribly disappointed. Let's catch up, shall we?

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: The hummingbirds have arrived! Specifically, Michael Fogden's Hummingbirds: A Life-size Guide to Every Species has now arrived in hardback. This is the book featured on page 3 of our March/April newsletter.     NEW RELEASES: Learn the secrets of the Hutterites -- well, their cooking secrets, anyway -- with Mary-Ann Kirkby's The Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen, which was released this week.
EVENTS/BESTSELLERS: Of the five titles on our Winnipeg Non-Fiction Paperback bestsellers list, two have had events this past week. Which two? Wanda Koop's Wanda Koop and Gord Bruyere's Prayer Songs. Two great books, two great events, and now two bestsellers!     EVENTS/BESTSELLERS: A number of titles in our Winnipeg Books for Young People bestsellers category were also connected with in-store events this week. C.J. Putnam's Apparitions, Beetlemilk & Cooties, Larry Verstraete's Life or Death: Surviving the Impossible, and Sandi Sellen's This Happy Old House were all launched in our Winnipeg store within the past seven days, and now they're all on the bestsellers list.
NEW RELEASES/EVENTS/BESTSELLERS: On Wednesday in our Winnipeg store, we welcomed home former-bookseller and renowned author Miriam Toews for the launch of her new novel, All My Puny Sorrows. Simply put, the event was incredible. Our store was packed as Ms. Toews spoke and read from our staircase, and then she kindly signed several hundred copies of her novel for waiting fans. In the few hours she was present, we sold over two hundred copies of All My Puny Sorrows, which launched the novel high up to #1 in Winnipeg Hardcover Fiction bestsellers.    

> > >   Our most recent Instagram shots   < < <

> > >   Looking ahead...   > > >
     • Please note that we will be closed tomorrow, Sunday April 20th, because of Easter! We'll be open again at 9 am on Monday.
     • Coming up on Wednesday, April 23rd, we'll be launching What Lies Behind, a collection of poetry by Luann Hiebert. If you're looking for a way to partake in International Poetry Month, here's a fantastic suggestion!

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases, Bestsellers

Happy Easter!

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 7:04pm

Happy Easter for those who celebrate it, and for all the rest -- happy long weekend!

Our holiday hours are:
> Friday, April 18th: CLOSED
> Saturday, April 19th: 9 am - 11 pm (normal hours)
> Sunday, April 20th: CLOSED

Our normal hours will resume on Monday the 21st.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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