Weekly Roundup (July 26-Aug 1)

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 1:18pm

> NEW RELEASES
> WINNIPEG BESTSELLERS
> SASKATOON BESTSELLERS

> New in paperback this week is THE LUMINARIES by Eleanor Catton! An international bestseller and award winner (of the Man Book Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award in 2013), the book is also our Featured Paperback of August - which means you can get it for 30% off all month long!

> With a new month comes a new AUTHOR OF THE MONTH, and in August we're honouring Deborah Harkness, the name behind the recently released novel The Book of Life. Read more about Ms. Harkness and her books here.

> And while we're on the subject of Ms. Harkness, we should mention her visit! On August 19th, she'll be launching her novel inside of our store at 7:00 pm. The event is free, and all are encouraged to attend. Details can be found here.

> For the FOURTH week in a row, Daniel Wilson's A GUIDED TOUR OF THE BIBLE is on our bestsellers list! As I type this, our self-publishing staff are busy printing more copies to put on the shelf.

> Coming up TOMORROW, August 2nd, both of our Prairie Ink locations will be participating in Food Day Canada! In Winnipeg, we'll be featuring a three-course meal made ENTIRELY of Manitoban ingredients. Details on the event here.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

August's Author of the Month: DEBORAH HARKNESS

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 1:08pm

A scholar specializing in the history of science and medicine, Harkness's career in fiction began in September 2008 when she began to wonder "if there really are vampires, what do they do for a living?" Her first novel, A Discovery of Witches (2011), was the unexpected answer. The book debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to be a bestseller in the UK, France and Germany.

In The Book of Life, the third novel in the All Souls Trilogy (after Shadow of Night), witch historian Diana Bishop and her vampiric husband, Matthew Clairmont, freshly returned to the present from their sojourn in Elizabethan England, have ample challenges to contend with. They still seek the missing pages of Ashmole 782, the mystical manuscript known as the Book of Life and the key to the origin of all supernatural beings. But now they must negotiate the internal politics of Matthew's extended vampire family. With more than a million copies sold in North America and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists. This eagerly awaited finale brings a superbly written series to a satisfying close.


Deborah Harkness will be in our Winnipeg store on August 19th! Join us at 7:00 pm that evening to hear Ms. Harkness in conversation with Joanne Kelly, then meet and greet and get a signature after the discussion. Free and open to everyone!


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

Classical Recording of the Week: Karajan's Mozart/Bizet/Respighi

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 10:05am

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

Herbert von Karajan's Mozart/Bizet/Respighi (3 Classic Albums)


CD 1 MOZART: Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Grieg: Holberg Suite / Prokofiev: "Classical" Symphony

CD 2 BIZET: L'Arlésienne Suites nos. 1 & 2 / Carmen Suite no. 1

CD 3 RESPIGHI: Fontane di Roma / Pini di Roma / Antiche danze et arie, Suite no. 3


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 (July 19-25)

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:59pm

> NEW RELEASES
> WINNIPEG BESTSELLERS
> SASKATOON BESTSELLERS

> Danielle Steele's newest, A PERFECT LIFE, is now available in hardback.

> Yet again on the bestsellers list is Michael Wilson's A GUIDED TOUR OF THE BIBLE IN 25 STOPS. Amazing success for one of our self-published authors!

> On Tuesday in Winnipeg we hosted The Minimalists as part of their tour for their two books, EVERYTHING THAT REMAINS and MINIMALISM: LIVING A MEANINGFUL LIFE, guides for -- you guessed it -- living a minimalist lifestyle. And no surprise that BOTH books are on our Paperback Non-Fiction bestsellers list this week.

> Don't forget to VOTE for your favourite book in Winnipeg's On The Same Page program! Get all of the details and cast your vote here.

> The MAN BOOKER PRIZE longlist was announced this week. See it and get all the details here.

> It's a busy time for Prairie Ink in Winnipeg! Tonight we'll be hosting our second "AL FRESCOLIO" dinner, details of which can be found here.

> And then on Sunday in Winnipeg we're holding our ICELANDIC FEAST, a buffet of modern Icelandic cuisine to prepare you for next weekend's Icelandic Fest in Gimli! Get all of the details on our feast here.

> And THEN, coming up on August 2nd, both of our Prairie Ink locations will be participating in Food Day Canada!

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Man Booker Prize 2014: Longlist

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 2:16pm

The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize was just unveiled earlier today! And it's a particularly notable list this year because for the first time ever the prize has been opened to writers from outside of the UK and Commonwealth.

For the first time in its 46 year history, the £50,000 prize has, in 2014, been opened up to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.

And now for the list:
  > To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
  > The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  > We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  > The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
  > J by Howard Jacobson
  > The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth
  > The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  > The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
  > Us by David Nicholls
  > The Dog by Joseph O'Neill
  > Orfeo by Richard Powers
  > How to be Both by Ali Smith
  > History of the Rain by Niall Williams

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday, September 9th, and the winner decided on Tuesday, October 14th.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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