Pulitzer Prize 2014 winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 4:15pm

This year's Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced!

The Drama, Books, and Music winners are as follows:

> FICTION - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
> DRAMA - The Flick by Annie Baker
> HISTORY - The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
> BIOGRAPHY - Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall
> POETRY - 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri
> GENERAL NON-FICTION - Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
> MUSIC - Become Ocean by John Luther Adams

Visit the Pulitzer Prizes website for more details, including the list of Journalism winners.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Classical Recording of the Week: CHASING PIANOS by Lisitsa & Nyman

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:05am

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

Lisitsa & Nyman's Chasing Pianos

A coming together of two artists with enormous followings: Valentina Lisitsa, with her dazzling artistry and hundreds of thousands of followers on YouTube, and Michael Nyman, with his hugely popular film soundtracks.

This release, in the year of Nyman's 70th birthday, features tracks from his multi-award-winning score for the 1993 smash hit film The Piano.

Acclaimed for his music's innovation, punchy simplicity and universal appeal, Nyman, during his career as a music critic, coined the term 'minimalism' for an emergent musical genre -- one to which he would make extensive contributions in many of his early scores and inspire a vast global audience.

The disc is packed full with 77 minutes of material, full of irresistible energy. The album includes all ten solo piano transcriptions from The Piano, together on one album for the first time.

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

Record Store Day 2014 is approaching!

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:26pm

Record Store Day is almost here! And again our Winnipeg store is proud to be participating in the festivities.

In just a week, on Saturday April 19th, we'll be selling plenty of unique, rare, and collectible LPs that are only available to independent retailers such as ourselves.

We'll be open at 9:00 am that morning, and if previous years are any indication we're expecting a lineup outside! So if you're hoping to snag something in particular, be sure to get here extra early.

If you're wondering what stock we'll be getting for the 19th, feel free to contact our store at 1-800-561-1833 and ask for our Music department.

Please note: All items received specially for Record Store Day will be available on a first-come-first-claim basis. This means that we cannot place holds or pre-orders on any Record Store Day albums before April 19th.

Categories: buzz, Music, Store News, Winnipeg

Web Wandering: Essential poetry, concentrated Shakespeare, and Darth Pooh

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 11:42am

In Winnipeg today it's cold, it's snowing and raining... So let these links distract you from the misery of Winter's last stand.

   >  Happy Poetry Month! If you're looking for new poetry or poets to read, this list from Flavorwire can help:
        » "50 Essential Books of Poetry That Everyone Should Read"

   >  I think I might need to start watching this show... From BuzzFeed:
        » "61 Things That Happen On Every Episode Of Game Of Thrones"

   >  Look, I know reading Shakespeare can be difficult. So at least read these mini comics and get the super-concentrated version of each play:
        » "All of Shakespeare's Plays, Converted to 3-Panel Webcomics"

   >  And we're happy that it all starts right here in our stores.
        » "The 8 Stages of Becoming Obsessed With a New Book"

   >  Do not underestimate the hilarity of Darth Pooh:
        » "Jim Cummings Reads Star Wars as Darth Pooh"

Watch next weekend for more links! Or click here to look back at our earlier Web Wandering posts.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Weekly Web Wandering

International IMPAC Dublin Award: 2014 shortlist

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 5:58pm

Ten novels have been shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Libraries. The list includes five novels in translation from Argentina, Colombia, France, Norway, and The Netherlands, as well as novels from Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, the UK, and the USA, making the award truly international in its span.

The IMPAC DUBLIN Award comes with a 100,000 euro prize, making it the world's most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English.

See the shortlist after the jump . . .

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg


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