Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Miracle at the Forks

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 1:39pm

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 will be available for purchase on the day of its launch within Prairie Ink Winnipeg, happening on September 23rd!

If you would like to pre-order a copy of the book, contact our Grant Park store anytime. There is no additional charge for pre-ordering -- we'll simply call you when the book arrives and set a copy aside for you.

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

The September/October Bookseller is now online

by Joel Rempel - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 5:52pm

The September/October issue of our newsletter The Bookseller is now available online.
Click here to view The Bookseller, Winnipeg.
Click here to view The Bookseller, Saskatoon.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

Man Booker Prize 2014: Shortlist

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 12:12pm

Announcing the 2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist, whittled down from the longlist of 13:

   > Joshua Ferris (US) - To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
   > Richard Flanagan (Australian) - The Narrow Road to the Deep North
   > Karen Joy Fowler (US) - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
   > Howard Jacobson (British) - J (due late September)
   > Neel Mukherjee (British) - The Lives of Others
   > Ali Smith (British) - How to be Both

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 14th, at a ceremony in London. We'll be updating as soon as we find out who that winner will be!

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

September's Author of the Month: THOMAS KING

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 10:24am

Canada's Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His bestselling fiction includes Medicine River, Truth and Bright Water, One Good Story, That One, and A Short History of Indians in Canada. In addition to its many award distinctions, Green Grass, Running Water was named to Quill & Quire's Best Canadian Fiction of the Century list.

The Back of the Turtle is King's first literary novel in 15 years and follows on the success of his nonfiction bestseller The Inconvenient Indian. When Gabriel returns to Smoke River, he knows he will find the reserve is deserted. An environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel's family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for DowSanto, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?

One of our most important writers returns with his trademark wit, wordplay and a thorough knowledge of native myth and story-telling.

Join us for An Evening with Thomas King!
Happening Tuesday, October 14th in our Winnipeg store. As with any of our in-store events, there is no charge for the Evening and all are invited to attend.

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month

Booksellers Read: August 2014

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 12:52pm

It goes without saying our booksellers love to read. And that we love to talk about what we read. And, as you can see in the links below, a number of us like to write about what we read, too.

Matthew has been writing extensively about LIFE AFTER LIFE, the forthcoming A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS, GOOD LORD BIRD, and the recent Hugo Award winner for Best Novel ANCILLARY JUSTICE.

Athena -- not as a bookseller but as a book lover-- encourages you buy ISLANDS OF DECOLONIAL LOVE.

Andrew likes books by funny people, including Rick Mercer's NATION WORTH RANTING ABOUT and Christopher Moore's THE SERPENT OF VENICE.

John C. took an adventure with INTO THE WILD and enjoyed every moment of it.

Dane doesn't joke around when talking about THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR.

Dante, judging from her in-depth analysis, really thought about her 4/5 rating of THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS.

Miranda clearly enjoyed both THE KITE RUNNER and THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.

And David K. composed a lovely treatise on THE SPECTRE OF ALEXANDER WOLF.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Booksellers Read
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