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Manitoba Book Awards 2016 winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 1:26pm

The winners of this year's Manitoba Book Awards were announced at a gala this Saturday, April 30th.

2015 and 2016 saw plenty of wonderful new Manitoba literature, and competition was fierce for this year's awards. Congratulations to all of the recipients, as well as those who made it onto the shortlist.

Of particular note are the recipients of the 2016 McNally Robinson Book Awards. Writer Julia Schettler and illustrator Sarah Neville won the McNally Robinson Books for Young People Award in the "younger" category for their book Fur Is Only Fur Deep, and in the "older" category the award went to Jodi Carmichael for her novel, Forever Julia. Meanwhile, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award went to Wab Kinew for his memoir, The Reason You Walk.

The full list of winners can be found below, after the jump.


Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg, Prairie Writing, Regional Interest


May's Author of the Month: GUY GAVRIEL KAY

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 at 3:19pm

Born in Weyburn and raised in Winnipeg, Guy Gavriel Kay is a master of historical fantasy. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages with global sales approaching three million copies. Kay is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic, and in 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada for his “outstanding contributions to the field of speculative fiction.”

In his latest novel, Children of Earth and Sky, Kay evokes a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe.

With clouds of war looming on the horizon, a young woman sets out from a small coastal town to find vengeance for her lost family, while two very different people — a young artist purportedly on his way to paint the grand khalif at his request and a fiercely intelligent woman posing as a doctor's wife — set out from the wealthy city-state of Seressa.

Against a background of uncertainty and tumult, their fates — and the fates of many others — unfold on the borderlands where empires and faiths collide in Kay's latest spell-binding epic of historical fantasy.

Join us for the launch of Children of Earth and Sky, happening in Saskatoon on May 12 and in Winnipeg on May 15.

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

The May & June Bookseller is now online

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 at 3:03pm

Literary "amusements", books on Canada's First Nations, our upcoming themed parties, and more in the May & June 2016 issue of our newsletter, The Bookseller.

Read it online.

You can also subscribe to The Bookseller emailing list and have the next issue sent directly to your inbox.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

Authors for Indies Day 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 5:46pm

Authors for Indies, taking place on April 30th, 2016, is a day when authors show their appreciation for Canadian independent bookstores. We’re thrilled to be participating once again — this year with a special twist.

Rather than have authors wander through our shelves to recommend books we will have them on stage reading selections from some of their long time favourites.

These readings will commence at 2:00 PM in both our Winnipeg and Saskatoon bookstores.

In our Winnipeg bookstore, participating authors include David BergenErna BuffieMéira CookRoewan CroweAnita DaherJeffrey John EyamieAriel GordonMaurice Mierau, and Joan Thomas. Hand-selling books in our Kids / YA Section this year will be Melanie Matheson and Scarlett Kol from 11:00-noon, Deborah Froese and Gabriele Goldstone from noon-1:00 PM, and Larry Verstraete and Melinda Friesen from 1:00-2:00 PM.

Meanwhile, in Saskatoon participating authors include: Amy Jo Ehman, Dave Glaze, Louise Bernice Halfe, dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Robin & Arlene Karpan, Alice Kuipers, Katherine Lawrence, Ernie Louttit, Daniel Macdonald, Yann Martel, Glen Sorestad and Bill Waiser. There will be a meet and greet with some of the authors starting at noon (Saskatoon only).

Come and join us!

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News

Pulitzer Prizes 2016 winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 at 12:10pm

The winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday.

In the Letters, Drama & Music category, the winners are:

You can see the full list of winners, including those in the Journalism category, on the Pulitzer Prizes website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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