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August's Author of the Month: ELIZABETH HAY

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:22am

For Elizabeth Hay, writing is a physical act. Her admission that she prefers to write her first drafts with a pen or pencil on paper rather than directly on a computer says much about her connection and commitment to her craft. It speaks to a willingness to take the necessary time to fashion tales at the pace they require, to pause and listen to those inner voices, and capture them in a physical act of writing. It is a method of working that has served Hay well. Her graceful prose takes us across the Canadian landscape and across generations, and her work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her 2007 novel Late Nights on Air, as well as the Marian Engel Award which recognizes a body of work.

Set in the mid-1990s, when Quebec is on the verge of leaving Canada, her new novel, His Whole Life, is set in a richly intimate world where everything is at risk: family, nature, home. The story opens with ten-year-old Jim and his Canadian mother and American father on a journey from New York City to a lake in eastern Ontario during the last hot days of August. Over the span of a few pivotal years of his youth, moving from city to country, summer to winter, wellbeing to illness, the novel charts the deepening bond between mother and son even as the family comes apart. An irresistible novel of family, hurt, love and forgiveness. (Hardcover. $32.00. McClelland & Stewart. August 11)

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

Now offering bicycle delivery in Winnipeg

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 5:39pm

McNally Robinson is proud to announce that we've partnered with Natural Cycle Couriers to offer bicycle delivery for orders within Winnipeg!

Whether you place the order by phone or here on our website, we can arrange to have a courier bring your package via bike. Rain or shine, snow or wind, Natural Cycle's couriers will get your package to you safely and quickly -- even within a few hours of ordering.

For more details, including pricing and delivery guidelines, please visit this page.

Categories: Site News, Store News, Winnipeg

Man Booker 2015 Longlist

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 1:59pm

Drawing from a pool of 156 entries, the 13-book longlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize was announced today. A panel of five judges found themselves "struck by the international spectrum of the novels," and consequently the longlist features three British writers, five U.S. writers, and one each from the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, India, Nigeria, and Jamaica.

2007 winner Anne Enright made the list with her novel The Green Road, as did US author Marilynne Robinson (for Lila), who's previously been shortlisted twice. With A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James becomes the first Jamaican-born author to appear on the longlist.

The complete longlist is as follows:

The shorlist of six titles will be announced on September 15, and the winner will subsequently be announced on October 13.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

E.L. Doctorow Dies at Age 84

by Brock Peters - Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 at 12:01pm

Born in 1931 in New York, E.L. Doctorow came to be renowned as the author of historical novels set in the USA. Novels like Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and World's Fair became commercial and critical successes and saw Doctorow recognized with the National Book Award, the PEN Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, among many other honours.

Doctorow passed away on Tuesday, July 21.

(Photo Credit to Phillip Friedman)

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Harper Lee Returns

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jul 17, 2015 at 12:02pm

After a lifetime of maintaining that she would never publish another novel, the media-shy Harper Lee finds herself in a place she traditionally has avoided for most of her career: the news. That’s because this summer her heretofore only published novel, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), is being joined by its sequel, Go Set a Watchman. In a statement delivered through her publisher, the book’s long-lost manuscript was discovered by her lawyer, “in a secure location where it had been affixed to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Lee submitted Go Set a Watchman to her publisher before To Kill a Mockingbird. It features many of the characters from the iconic novel some twenty years later as they find themselves adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch — Scout — struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Exploring the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird in a time of evolving social flux, Go Set a Watchman casts a new light on Lee’s enduring classic, while at the same time standing as a powerful novel in its own right.

Go Set a Watchman is available now in hardcover. Purchase online, or contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to place an in-store hold.

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