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October's Author of the Month: NINO RICCI

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Oct 01, 2015 at 11:28am

Nino Ricci’s novels have been published to critical acclaim around the world. They include the Lives of the SaintsTrilogy, adapted as a miniseries starring Kris Kristofferson and Sophia Loren, and Testament, a fictional re-imagining of the life of Jesus. His 2008 novel, The Origin of Species, earned him the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award and his second Governor General’s Award for Fiction. In 2006 Ricci was the winner of the Alistair MacLeod Award for Literary Achievement and in 2011 he was appointed to the Order of Canada.

His new novel, Sleep, is the story of one man’s descent into sleeplessness. David Pace has it all: a successful career, a wonderful family, a lovely home. But his brain has begun to misfire. It shuts off when he is meant to be awake, but otherwise denies him any rest. Popping pills at an increasingly alarming rate, David’s sense of what is real and what he is capable of slip terrifyingly out of reach until he finds himself with a loaded gun in his hands, and is suddenly gloriously and powerfully awake. (Hardcover. $30.00. Doubleday. September)

Join us in Winnipeg for AN EVENING WITH NINO RICCI on November 4th

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Excerpts from Ted Barris' Fire Canoe

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 at 4:00pm

Ted Barris' Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited tells the history of Canadian steamboats, captained by seafaring skippers who'd moved inland and piloted by indigenous peoples who knew the intricacies and dangers of the waterways. These boats, named "fire canoes" by aboriginal people, helped to form the Canadian West, and Barris brings the tales of them alive in this new book.

We will have the pleasure of hosting Barris for a book launch in both our Saskatoon and Winnipeg stores. The Winnipeg launch will take place on October 13th, 2015, followed by the Saskatoon launch the next day.

After the jump you will find two excerpts from Fire Canoe, the first featuring a Winnipeg angle and the second with a touch of Saskatoon.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases, History


2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize - The Shortlist

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 at 1:41pm

The Writers' Trust of Canada has announced the five finalists for the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. The jury, consisting of Aislinn Hunter, Shani Mootoo, and Richard Wagamese, made their selections from a pool of 127 entrants. The finalists are:

The winner of the $25,000 prize will be announced on November 3.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Shortlist: 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 at 8:31pm

The shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced yesterday, for just the second year that the award has been open to writers of any nationality writing in English. It includes debut novelist Chigozie Obioma, Marlon James, who is the first ever shortlisted author from Jamaica, and Anne Tyler,  Pulitzer-winner and author of twenty novels. The full shortlist is:

The winner will be announced at a black-tie dinner in London on Tuesday, October 13.


Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2015 Longlist

by Brock Peters - Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 11:55am

The longlist for the 2015 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 October 5th.

The 2015 Giller longlist is:

You can see the official announcement here, and don't forget to join us for our Giller Light Bash on November 10!

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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