February's Author of the Month: MO YAN

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 at 12:33pm

Winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, Mo Yan’s writings cover a wide span, from short stories to novels and essays. He has been a member of the Communist Party since 1979. He had a career in the army and is today the deputy chairman of the party-aligned China Writer’s Association. His readers have long been puzzled by the disconnect between his unequivocal criticism of the state in his work and the conformity of his public persona.

His new novel, Frog, alludes to this contraction but does nothing to resolve it. It opens with a playwright nicknamed Tadpole who plans to write about his aunt. In her youth, Gugu — the beautiful daughter of a famous doctor and staunch Communist — is revered for her skill as a midwife. But when her lover defects, Gugu’s own loyalty to the Party is questioned. She decides to prove her allegiance by strictly enforcing the one-child policy, keeping tabs on the number of children in the village, and performing abortions on women as many as eight months pregnant.

In sharply personal prose, Mo Yan depicts a world of desperate families, illegal surrogates, forced abortions, and the guilt of those who must enforce the policy. At once illuminating and devastating, it shines a light into the heart of communist China.

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

Canada Reads 2015 finalists

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 3:03pm

The 2015 Canada Reads finalists have been announced, and are:

The debates, hosted by Wab Kinew, take place March 16-19th on CBC Radio.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

2015 RBC Taylor Prize shortlist

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jan 16, 2015 at 11:52am

The finalists for the RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction have been announced:

The winner of this year's prize will be announced on Monday, March 2nd.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Profess your Love... with customized lit

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 5:05pm

Wondering what to get that special someone for Valentine's Day?

Why not profess your love with a customized book . . .

Have your letter, proclamation of affection, or declaration of romantic intent printed and bound into a timeless anthology of poetry, prose, or both.

Choose from one of three romantic anthologies of (i) poetry $19.99; (ii) prose $24.99; or (iii) poetry and prose $29.99; and then have your personalized message bound into the front of the book as the perfect Valentine's gift for your sweetheart.

Consult one of our Espresso Book Machine representatives for details, or to get started making your customized book.

Contact us by phone at 204-453-0424, or by email: bookmachine@grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca

Please note that this service is only available at our Winnipeg location.

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Categories: Store News, Winnipeg, EBM, Espresso Book Machine


The January/February Bookseller is now online

by Joel Rempel - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 4:09pm

The January/February issue of our newsletter The Bookseller is now available online.
Click here to view The Bookseller, Winnipeg.
Click here to view The Bookseller, Saskatoon.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter
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