May's Author of the Month: SUSANNA KEARSLEY

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, May 01, 2015 at 11:13am

After studying politics and international development at University, Canadian author Susanna Kearsley worked as a museum curator before turning her hand to writing. Winner of the UK’s Catherine Cookson Fiction prize, Kearsley’s writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne DuMaurier and Diana Gabaldon. Her novels — which include Mariana (1995), Named of the Dragon (1998), Season of Storms (2001), The Winter Sea (2008), The Rose Garden (2011), The Firebird (2013) and The Splendour Falls (2014) — have been translated into several languages, selected for the Mystery Guild, condensed for Reader’s Digest, and optioned for film. She also writes classic thrillers under the name of Emma Cole.

Her latest novel, A Desperate Fortune, is another well-crafted combination of modern-day and historical intrigue. For nearly 300 years, the encrypted journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread, its secrets hidden from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired to crack the journal’s cipher. But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged by complications from all sides: the journal’s reclusive owner, her charming Parisian neighbour, and Mary, whose journal turns out to be a first-hand account of her part in a dangerous intrigue in the first wintry months of 1732.

Join Susanna Kearsley and special guest Genevieve Graham, author of Tides of Honour, at oue Winnipeg store on May 12, 7:30 pm in a co-presentation with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, hosted by Maureen Fergus.

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

Manitoba Book Awards: 2014/15 winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 at 11:52am

The Manitoba Book Awards gala was held this past Saturday at the Marlborough Hotel, during which this year's winners were announced and honoured. As usual it was a splendid event with guests from across Manitoba's entire literary spectrum, and McNally Robinson was proud to a part of it.

Below is a list of this year's winners.

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Prairie Writing

2015 Pulitzer Prize winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 at 12:35pm

The winners of the 2015 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. Those winners include:

For a complete list of all the 2015 Prize winners, visit the Pulitzer Prize website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Saskatchewan Travel Media Award 2015 winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 at 12:25pm

Last week at a gala in Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatchewan honoured the winners of the 2015 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence.

Among the winners were Robin and Arlene Karpan, who won the Travel Media Award for their book, The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List: 50 Unforgettable Natural Wonders To See Before You “Kick the Bucket”.

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Karpan!

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon

National Business Book Award 2015 winner

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 5:36pm

The winner of this year's National Business Book Award is Alfred Hermida, an associate professor at UBC’s Graduate School of Journalism.

He won for his book Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters, which explores how technology has affected the ways we socialize and share information.

Along with the honour of the award, Hermida will take home a $20,000 prize.

You can read more about Hermida's book and his win in this article by the Globe & Mail.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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