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2015 Hugo Awards

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 6:29pm

The winners of the 2015 Hugo Awards were announced this past Saturday, amidst a storm of controversy surrounding the nominations and voting that resulted in No Award given in five categories.

Cixin Liu's The Three Body Problem was awarded Best Novel, and Wesley Chu, author of Time Salvager, won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. No Award was given in Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal was named Best Graphic Story, beating out Saga Vol. 3 and Rat Queens Vol 1: Sass and Sorcery.

Other contenders for Best Novel included The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison and Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie. You can see the complete list of winners here, and a complete breakdown of the voting and nominees here.

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Magna Carta and Its Gift to Canada: An excerpt

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Aug 06, 2015 at 5:21pm

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, one of history's most important documents and one that set the groundwork for many concepts that continue to define democratic life today. To commemorate this anniversary, and to spread knowledge of the Magna Carta's impact on the world, the document is being toured across Canada over the course of 2015.

Between August 15th and September 18th, 2015, the Magna Carta will be in Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Along with the exhibition, Magna Carta expert and author Carolyn Harris will be in town for events at the Museum, as well as a discussion and signing of her book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, at our store on Friday, August 14th.

For a preview of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada, look after the jump. The book is available now in our Canadian History section for $24.99 -- and don't forget to mark the August 14th discussion and signing on your calendar!

Categories: Winnipeg, History

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August's Author of the Month: ELIZABETH HAY

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:22am

For Elizabeth Hay, writing is a physical act. Her admission that she prefers to write her first drafts with a pen or pencil on paper rather than directly on a computer says much about her connection and commitment to her craft. It speaks to a willingness to take the necessary time to fashion tales at the pace they require, to pause and listen to those inner voices, and capture them in a physical act of writing. It is a method of working that has served Hay well. Her graceful prose takes us across the Canadian landscape and across generations, and her work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her 2007 novel Late Nights on Air, as well as the Marian Engel Award which recognizes a body of work.

Set in the mid-1990s, when Quebec is on the verge of leaving Canada, her new novel, His Whole Life, is set in a richly intimate world where everything is at risk: family, nature, home. The story opens with ten-year-old Jim and his Canadian mother and American father on a journey from New York City to a lake in eastern Ontario during the last hot days of August. Over the span of a few pivotal years of his youth, moving from city to country, summer to winter, wellbeing to illness, the novel charts the deepening bond between mother and son even as the family comes apart. An irresistible novel of family, hurt, love and forgiveness. (Hardcover. $32.00. McClelland & Stewart. August 11)

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

Now offering bicycle delivery in Winnipeg

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 5:39pm

McNally Robinson is proud to announce that we've partnered with Natural Cycle Couriers to offer bicycle delivery for orders within Winnipeg!

Whether you place the order by phone or here on our website, we can arrange to have a courier bring your package via bike. Rain or shine, snow or wind, Natural Cycle's couriers will get your package to you safely and quickly -- even within a few hours of ordering.

For more details, including pricing and delivery guidelines, please visit this page.

Categories: Site News, Store News, Winnipeg

Man Booker 2015 Longlist

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 1:59pm

Drawing from a pool of 156 entries, the 13-book longlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize was announced today. A panel of five judges found themselves "struck by the international spectrum of the novels," and consequently the longlist features three British writers, five U.S. writers, and one each from the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, India, Nigeria, and Jamaica.

2007 winner Anne Enright made the list with her novel The Green Road, as did US author Marilynne Robinson (for Lila), who's previously been shortlisted twice. With A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James becomes the first Jamaican-born author to appear on the longlist.

The complete longlist is as follows:

The shorlist of six titles will be announced on September 15, and the winner will subsequently be announced on October 13.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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