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Marlon James Wins the Man Booker

by Brock Peters - Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 4:47pm

The 2015 Man Booker Prize has been awarded to Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings. James, who now lives in Minneapolis, is the first Jamaican-born author to win or to be shortlisted for the prize. A Brief History of Seven Killings is a fictional account of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976 and spans three decades, 75 characters, and 686 pages.

James, 44, was awarded £50,000 (nearly $100,000 Canadian) for his win. According to Michael Wood, chair of the judges, A Brief History was unanimously chosen as "the most exciting book on the list." It was further touted in a New York Times review as "epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex." As if we needed more things to read...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Governor General's Literary Awards - 2015 Finalists

by Brock Peters - Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 at 1:30pm

The finalists for the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards were announced this week. The GG's have seven award categories for both English and French publications, and are selected from approximately 1600 submissions each year. It is Canada's oldest literary prize, awarding each winner $25,000.

Read after the jump (click Read More... below) for a list of the 2015 English language finalists.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg


Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Oct 07, 2015 at 5:40pm

You decide who will rise and who will fall… to the ashes

In our October Featured Game, Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, you are a Phoenixborn — a powerful magic wielder battling other Phoenixborn in a duel of wits and magical prowess. Cast spells and summon allies in an effort to destroy your opponents and win the game.

This new offering from Plaid Hat Games features a streamlined card combat system, allowing players to pick their starting hand and using custom dice to generate power for spells. Unbelievable artwork, speedy play (15 minutes per player) for up to four players and six unique Phoenixborn with all the cards necessary for their recommended decks make this a must buy for any strategy game lover.

Ages 14 & up, playing time 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Games

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2015 Shortlist

by Brock Peters - Tuesday, Oct 06, 2015 at 2:27pm

And now, the shortlist for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced! At an event hosted by Rick Mercer, judges announced five finalists who were selected from a longlist of 12 books. The 2015 finalists are:

The award, recognizing a work of Canadian fiction published in English, is worth $100,000. The winner will be announced on November 10.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

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
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