Man Booker Prize 2014: Longlist

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 2:16pm

The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize was just unveiled earlier today! And it's a particularly notable list this year because for the first time ever the prize has been opened to writers from outside of the UK and Commonwealth.

For the first time in its 46 year history, the 50,000 prize has, in 2014, been opened up to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.

And now for the list:
  > To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
  > The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  > We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  > The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
  > J by Howard Jacobson
  > The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth
  > The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  > The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
  > Us by David Nicholls
  > The Dog by Joseph O'Neill
  > Orfeo by Richard Powers
  > How to be Both by Ali Smith
  > History of the Rain by Niall Williams

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday, September 9th, and the winner decided on Tuesday, October 14th.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

DK Eyewitness: New paperback series

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:59pm

For over 25 years, DK's Eyewitness books have been one of the most trusted non-fiction series in classrooms, libraries and homes around the world. This summer the award-winning series gets a fresh look both inside and out. The introduction of paperback editions, eye-catching jackets, and updated interiors ensure that the Eyewitness series will continue to be relevant in our ever-changing world to satisfy the minds of curious kids.

The first twelve titles to be re-issued in the new-look softcover editions at only $10.99 (about half the cost of the hardbacks!) include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaur, Hurricane and Tornado, Titanic, and World War I with more to follow.

Brand new to the series is Wonders of the World. Highlighting the seven wonders of the world -- the Pyramids of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria -- this book showcases the architectural feats and the marvels of engineering behind these timeless treasures.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases

Classical Recording of the Week: Nicola Benedetti's Homecoming

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 10:06am

In partnership with Winnipeg's Classic 107, we're proud to present our Classical CD of the Week...

Nicola Benedetti's Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy

Nicola Benedetti explores her Scottish roots in an album combining the traditions of classical and Scottish folk music.

Click here to see and hear a preview on YouTube.

Look for our Classical CD of the Week display in the Music section of our Grant Park store to pick up a copy!

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Classic107

Weekly Roundup (July 12-18)

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:04pm


> Deborah Harkness' newest book in her All Souls Trilogy, THE BOOK OF LIFE, was released just this week? and already it's on the bestsellers list: #4 in Hardcover Fiction.

> The newest from Veronica Roth, FOUR: A DIVERGENT COLLECTION, is also on this week's bestsellers: #2 in Books For Young People.

> After a successful launch in late June and much publicity on the book, Michael Wilson's A GUIDED TOUR OF THE BIBLE jumped up to the #1 spot in Paperback Non-Fiction bestsellers this week.

> And after a great event last night inside of Prairie Ink, Linda Holeman's new novel THE DEVIL ON HER TONGUE is at #1 under Paperback Fiction bestsellers!

> The newest Gurevich @ MRB exhibit opened this week inside of Prairie Ink Restaurant. The show, entitled "Between Earth and Sky", runs from now until October 5, and features the artwork of Edward Becenko, Andrew Beck, Miriam Rudolph, Tim Schouten, Robert Sim, and Bette Woodland. For details visit this page.

> COMING UP: Tomorrow, Saturday the 19th, we'll be hosting the launch of the second book by "The Nine", a group of nine individuals who each made the choice to leave their respective Hutterite colonies. For details on their new book as well as the event, click here.

> ALSO COMING UP: Prairie Ink's Icelandic Feast is happening on July 27th! Modern Icelandic cuisine survived all afternoon and evening in buffet style. For details, visit this page.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Classical Recording of the Week: Parry's Music For Heart & Breath

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 1:46pm

In partnership with Winnipeg's Classic 107, we're proud to present our Classical CD of the Week...

Richard Reed Parry's Music For Heart & Breath

The debut of Richard Reed Parry, who is mostly known from the Grammy Nominated Uber band Arcade Fire, as a classical composer. Richard is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, drawing his influences from classical music, folk and electronica. This is his first core classical release that will find his home at Deutsche Grammophon!

Look for our Classical CD of the Week display in the Music section of our Grant Park store to pick up a copy!

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Classic107
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