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The NYT's 100 Notable Books of 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 5:13pm

The New York Times has published their annual list of "100 Notable Books" for 2016.

The list, which includes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, is curated by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. It features titles that have been reviewed by The NYT since December 2015, with links to the full review of each title. 

Read the list here.

You can also explore The NYT's list of "Notable Children's Books" of 2016.

Most of the titles are stocked regularly in our bookstores, and those not currently in stock can almost certainly be ordered. You can search individual titles here on our website to see a live stock-check, or you can contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to inquire about stock or ordering.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News, Book Lists

Madeleine Thien wins the 2016 Giller Prize

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Nov 08, 2016 at 10:40am

Madeleine Thien has won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Do Not Say We Have Nothing, a novel set in China before, during, and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

The Giller Prize is considered Canada's most prestigious literary award, and comes with a $100,000 cash prize.

This comes after Thien's win of the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction earlier this autumn, as well as a finalist nomination for the Man Booker Prize.

A highly regarded book, indeed! Congratulations to Ms. Thien for all of the honours.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Books of the Season 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Nov 04, 2016 at 4:21pm

Our annual holiday catalogue, Books of the Season, has arrived for 2016.

In it you will find all of the latest and greatest books, media, and gifts to get you ready for the holidays.

You may pick up a free copy of the catalogue in any of our bookstores, or you can browse it right now in your browser.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

What To Read: Fall 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Nov 04, 2016 at 4:20pm

A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall.

Human Acts by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith. Softcover. $25.95. We sometimes forget that not too long ago South Korea was under a repressive dictatorship. Kang, who won the Booker International Prize last year for The Vegetarian, hails from Gwangju, which, in the 1980s, became a centre for the painful uprisings that eventually led to democracy. In a sequence of interconnected chapters the victims and the bereaved encounter censorship, denial, forgiveness and the echoing agony of the original trauma. Kang has written a moving novel that reminds us that collective pain takes generations to overcome. (PGC. September)

In Another Country by David Constantine. Softcover. $19.95. Known for their emotional clarity and their fearless exposures of the heart in moments of defiance, change, resistance, flight, isolation, and redemption, these are the best of Constantine's thirty years’ of short stories. Included is the title story, made into the movie 45 Years with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Common to all the stories is a quiet wisdom, often with a pause the characters take from the hectic modern world, that allows a reader to reflect on the unconsidered aspects of our own lives. (Biblioasis. October)

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk. Softcover. $23.00. It is the 1990s in Istanbul, and although there were once thousands of boza vendors walking the frozen streets of the city, Mevlut now cuts a lonely figure on snowy winter nights. The dangers of Istanbul's underbelly eventually catch up with Mevlut, and he is beaten and threatened at every turn. Pamuk is one of my favourites, writing from the dividing line between East and West, Christian and Muslim, Religious and Secular. He offers no easy answers but an attentive reader will be left with the sense of how complex the world can be. (Vintage. September)

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November's Author of the Month: AMI McKAY

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Nov 01, 2016 at 11:58am

Ami McKay is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Virgin Cure and The Birth House, which was a #1 bestseller in Canada, winner of three CBA Libris Awards, and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Born and raised in Indiana, Ami now lives in Nova Scotia.

Her newest novel is The Witches of New York, which takes place in 1880 New York while the city is fast becoming the “city of wonders.” Telegraph lines crisscross Manhattan, elevated trains race above the streets, the Brooklyn Bridge is nearing completion, and work is underway to fit Broadway with electric lights. As enterprising men chase after their ambitions, the ladies of Manhattan’s high society pursue their dreams by enlisting the help of two women who run a teashop near Madison Square. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, the pair dares to declare themselves witches.

Enter Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair. At their humble teashop, Tea and Sympathy, they provide a place for whispered confessions, secret cures, and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies, who speak the right words and ask the right questions. But the profile of Tea and Sympathy is about to change with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice Dunn.

When seventeen-year-old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads “Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply,” she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her. Beatrice doesn’t know it yet, but she is no ordinary small-town girl; she has astounding spiritual gifts—ones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger. Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor, Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers, but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face them. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?

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