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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

Excerpts from Ted Barris' Fire Canoe

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 at 4:00pm

Ted Barris' Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited tells the history of Canadian steamboats, captained by seafaring skippers who'd moved inland and piloted by indigenous peoples who knew the intricacies and dangers of the waterways. These boats, named "fire canoes" by aboriginal people, helped to form the Canadian West, and Barris brings the tales of them alive in this new book.

We will have the pleasure of hosting Barris for a book launch in both our Saskatoon and Winnipeg stores. The Winnipeg launch will take place on October 13th, 2015, followed by the Saskatoon launch the next day.

After the jump you will find two excerpts from Fire Canoe, the first featuring a Winnipeg angle and the second with a touch of Saskatoon.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases, History


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