Teacher Appreciation Day!

by Events Saskatoon - Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 6:15pm

SASKATOON -- On Thursday, October 16, McNally Robinson Saskatoon celebrates teachers with a day of special treats! Teachers will receive 25% off all day on in-store stock, which is an extra 5% above the regular discount. There will be giveaways such as advanced reading copies and other publisher goodies, and from 6-8 pm we will offer refreshments. We will also feature new releases for all grades.

To set up a new account, a current STF card must be presented.

For more details, please contact the Kids Desk at (306) 955-1477.

Fandom Fridays!

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 7:43pm

SASKATOON- Hey there Fans of all things Fandom! If you're a middle and/or teen reader with a thirst for following the things you love, this is for you! Whether a seasoned fandom veteran or a novice looking for a place to get their fandom feet wet, this is the place to discuss all things Fandom**!

**Fandom: (consisting of fan [fanatic] plus the suffix -dom, as in kingdom) is a term that refers to a microcosm of people who are fans of a fiction genre. Apparently Fandom can be traced back to the 1930's! Who knew? It can also be characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. If you are an avid fan and follower of books, movies, television shows, comics, and/or anime, (etc.), chances are, you may already be a part of Fandom culture!

Hosted by our very own Fandom Guru, Tressa, you can expect an excellent evening and a chance to meet, hang out, play games, and participate in Fandom-related activities! We will be discussing a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to, fanfiction, cosplay, fan subculture, fan-created meta, and all things fandom related!

So feel free to join us every Friday at 7:00pm. Groups are always welcome!

Check out our excellent new Tumblr page, mcnallyfandomfridays.tumblr.com

For more info, call the kids desk (306)-955-1477

There is a $5.00 drop in charge to help cover the cost of refreshments/goodies (Mmmmmm! nom nom nom)

Categories: Discussions, Fun, Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon

A letter from David Bergen

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 6:56pm

Last week we received the following letter from Winnipeg author and local favourite David Bergen, giving us some insight into his writing and about his new novel, Leaving Tomorrow.

" I don't set out to write 'prairie' novels, though my upbringing in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta has certainly influenced my sensibilities. Leaving Tomorrow started out with stories a friend told me of growing up in southern Alberta (stories of horses and bulls and brothers). Last spring I went up to High River and drove the back roads, looking at ranches and talking to folks, hearing the vernacular, taking notes in my head and scribbling down the words later. Little things I saw fell into my brain, like how cows bunch together in a storm and turn their rumps against the wind and rain.

I grew up reading Zane Grey, aware that I was reading pulp but loving it. I wanted to be a cowboy until a horse nearly bit my finger off when he mistook it for a carrot. And so I went back to books. With this novel I wanted to capture the longing a young boy has when he is stuck on the prairies and he knows that there is life elsewhere, a life of books and conversation and ideas, only he doesn't know how to get to that other life.

I have no interest in getting sentimental about the prairies and animals and the wide-open spaces. Though I cannot deny that the sparseness of my own writing comes from the sparseness of my place. No lush, bucolic language, but rather a hard sensuality that runs beneath things. There is an inevitability to my settings. I didn't choose to be raised here in Manitoba, but I did choose to stay. I like to see this as being faithful to the place I come from.

I am very pleased to be launching Leaving Tomorrow at McNally Robinson, not only a prairie bookstore, and one of the finest bookstores in Canada. See you at the end of September. "

As Mr. Bergen writes, he will indeed be launching Leaving Tomorrow in our Winnipeg Prairie Ink on Tuesday, September 30th, at 8:00 pm! The event is free and open to any one who would like to attend. We simply encourage you to contact the restaurant ahead of time to reserve a table.

Meanwhile, Leaving Tomorrow is available now in hardcover! Find it in our Prairie Writers section, or grab a copy at the launch on the 30th.

Categories: Authors, Winnipeg, New Releases

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize: 2014 shortlist

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 4:11pm

The shortlist for this year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize, which honours literary excellence in the category of nonfiction and includes an award of $60,000 for the winner, was announced this morning. The finalists include:

   > Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them by Susan Delacourt
   > This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
   > Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery
   > Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies, and Predators Online by Paula Todd
   > Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage by Kathleen Winter

The winner will be announced on October 14, 2014.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Giller Prize 2014: Longlist

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 5:51pm

The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize, recognizing excellence in Canadian fiction, unveiled its longlist earlier today:

   > Waiting for the Man by Arjun Basu (ECW Press)
   > The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis (HarperCollins Canada)
   > American Innovations by Rivka Galchen (HarperCollins Canada)
   > Tell by Frances Itani (HarperCollins Canada)
   > Watch How We Walk by Jennifer LoveGrove (ECW Press)
   > Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (Random House Canada)
   > Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo (Doubleday Canada)
   > The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill (HarperCollins Canada)
   > Paradise and Elsewhere by Kathy Page (John Metcalf Books/Biblioasis)
   > My October by Claire Holden Rothman (Penguin Canada)
   > All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Knopf Canada)
   > The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan (Random House Canada)

The shortlist will be announced on October 6th, and the winner presented on November 10th.

Celebrate the Giller Prize and the winner with us inside of Prairie Ink! On November 10th we'll be hosting our annual Giller Light Bash, with a live feed of the awards showing inside the restaurant.

Tickets be will available for purchase at Prairie Ink Restaurant starting on September 17th. They are $40 each. Call (204-975-2659) or visit the restaurant to purchase. Proceeds from the dinner will go to support literacy programs at Frontier College.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Prairie Ink
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