The July & August Bookseller is now online

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jul 02, 2015 at 11:07am

The July & August 2015 issue of our newsletter, The Bookseller, is now available online. Read it here.

You can also subscribe to The Bookseller emailing list.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

July's Author of the Month: TATIANA DE ROSNAY

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jul 02, 2015 at 11:07am

Tatiana de Rosnay was born in the suburbs of Paris and is of English, French and Russian descent. She is the author of more than ten novels, including the bestselling novel Sarah’s Key, an international sensation with over four million copies sold in thirty-five countries worldwide. In 2009, she was named one of the top ten fiction writers in Europe.

Does a fruit taste its sweetest when it is forbidden? In A Paris Affair, her first short story collection, infidelity is a given, particularly for the male. Retribution, however, is women’s work. With passion and a clear eye, de Rosnay paints a portrait of the most forbidden of loves, in many different shades, sometimes tragic, sometimes humorous, sometimes heartfelt, always with a dry wit and an unflinching authenticity. Technology is the downfall of many of her straying spouses. In “The Texts,” a wife feigns ignorance of her husband’s escapades, if only she can resist the temptation to hack his cellphone; in “The Baby Phone,” a baby monitor permits a hitherto trusting wife to overhear hanky-panky; and in “The Answering Machine,” an unerased message is the harbinger of betrayal. A Paris Affair is an enjoyable “undressing” of intimate delights, where laughter mingles with compassion and the heartbeats of illicit desire. (Hardcover. $22.99. St. Martin’s. July 7)

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

Happy Canada Day!

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:36am

McNally Robinson Booksellers is a Canadian company, and we're proud of it. That's why we're always excited when July 1st rolls around, because we're all too happy to celebrate our wonderful nation.

So from Canada's largest independent bookstore: Happy Canada Day!

Please note that in honour of our fine country, we will be closed on July 1st.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Jim Crace Wins 2015 Impac Dublin

by Brock Peters - Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 9:44am

One of the world's most lavish literary awards, the Impac Dublin, has been awarded to British author Jim Crace for his novel Harvest (2013). Nominations for the €100,000 (~$140,000) award were put forth by libraries from 39 countries, and the 2015 award was chosen from 142 entries.

Harvest is the "timeless and unsettling" tale of a small village in England whose very survival is threatened by the sudden and ominous arrival of a series of strangers. It had previously been shortlisted for a number of literary prizes, including the Man Booker and the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize.

You can see the shortlist here, and if you've got some time to spare you can peruse all 142 nominees here.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Jazz Fest: Part Three

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 at 7:05pm

We're well into a week of excellent jazz, and I'm looking forward to taking in as much as possible this weekend! Below are five more Winnipeg acts you can enjoy and support. So much of Winnipeg's talent is being showcased this Saturday, it'd be impossible to see them all without a time turner!

Chic Gamine - Saturday June 20, 7:30 pm, Maw's Beer Hall
With Motown souls, French pop spirits, and rock and roll hearts, [Chic Gamine] has enchanted fans and critics alike with their close harmonies and infectious tunes. In 2009 they picked up a JUNO for Roots Album of the Year for their self-titled debut; in 2011, their follow-up City City was nominated in the same category.

Lucas Sader Project - Saturday June 20, 10:00 pm, Cinematheque
At 24 years of age, Winnipeg-based drummer Lucas Sader has established himself internationally as a recording artist, composer, bandleader, and educator. Sader released his critically acclaimed debut album Apollo in 2012. Upon its release, Apollo was the #1 jazz album in Canada.

Jeff Preslaff Septet - Saturday June 20, 10:45 pm, The Cube Lounge
Jeff Presslaff has been writing compelling works for large and small jazz bands for decades. This show features compositions for four horns and rhythm section from the early 90’s to the present. Jeff will be on piano for this show and brings together an all-star band for the occasion.

Rosemarie Todaschuk Quintet - Saturday June 20, 8:00 pm, Winnipeg Free Press Cafe
Rosemarie’s velvety voice and dynamic stage presence kick things up with favourite jazz standards mixed with Latin, funk, blues, popular songs and — after a trip last summer to Tennessee — a focus on jazz-influenced country tunes.

Amber Epp - Saturday June 20, 7:30 pm, Cinematheque
Amber Epp’s lively music is filled with irresistible joy; “like bottled enthusiasm with an undertone of joy — her music is absolutely contagious” (Heather Bishop). Amber’s tunes combine familiar melodies with international rhythms.Amber’s album, Inside Outside, shares her magical way of carrying the elements of music that we all love — rhythm, beauty, and community — from across the globe right to your doorstep.

Descriptions courtesy of www.jazzwinnipeg.com.

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Event News
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