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.

Categories: buzz, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News, Literature

Our Talented Booksellers

by Brock Peters - Saturday, Jul 04, 2015 at 3:56pm

Some would claim that it's impossible to be a supporter and purveyor of the arts unless you are, on some level, engaged in the creation of art yourself. And while it's rather rude to take credit for someone else's success, it's perfectly fine to be immensely proud of your friends and co-workers!

Therefore, congratulations are in order for two of our staffers. First, hot on the heels of her win at the Lambda Awards, Casey Plett was awarded an Honours of Distinction at the Writers' Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. Congrats again, Casey!

Then, our beloved events coordinator John Toews has been decorated with the League of Canadian Poets Honorary Life Membership Award in recognition of the countless poetry launches, readings, and events he's hosted at our Winnipeg store.

Congratulations, Casey and John!

Categories: Awards, Authors, Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

The July & August Bookseller is now online

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jul 02, 2015 at 11:07am

The July & August 2015 issue of our newsletter, The Bookseller, is now available online. Read it here.

You can also subscribe to The Bookseller emailing list.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

July's Author of the Month: TATIANA DE ROSNAY

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jul 02, 2015 at 11:07am

Tatiana de Rosnay was born in the suburbs of Paris and is of English, French and Russian descent. She is the author of more than ten novels, including the bestselling novel Sarah’s Key, an international sensation with over four million copies sold in thirty-five countries worldwide. In 2009, she was named one of the top ten fiction writers in Europe.

Does a fruit taste its sweetest when it is forbidden? In A Paris Affair, her first short story collection, infidelity is a given, particularly for the male. Retribution, however, is women’s work. With passion and a clear eye, de Rosnay paints a portrait of the most forbidden of loves, in many different shades, sometimes tragic, sometimes humorous, sometimes heartfelt, always with a dry wit and an unflinching authenticity. Technology is the downfall of many of her straying spouses. In “The Texts,” a wife feigns ignorance of her husband’s escapades, if only she can resist the temptation to hack his cellphone; in “The Baby Phone,” a baby monitor permits a hitherto trusting wife to overhear hanky-panky; and in “The Answering Machine,” an unerased message is the harbinger of betrayal. A Paris Affair is an enjoyable “undressing” of intimate delights, where laughter mingles with compassion and the heartbeats of illicit desire. (Hardcover. $22.99. St. Martin’s. July 7)

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