Weekly Roundup (Apr. 12-18)

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 11:57am

Happy Easter! Because of Good Friday this Roundup is a day late, but I'm sure you're not terribly disappointed. Let's catch up, shall we?

NEW RELEASES from the past seven days BESTSELLERS
     > Fiction books      > Winnipeg Bestsellers based on this week's sales
     > Non-Fiction books      > Saskatoon Bestsellers based on last week's sales

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NEW RELEASES: The hummingbirds have arrived! Specifically, Michael Fogden's Hummingbirds: A Life-size Guide to Every Species has now arrived in hardback. This is the book featured on page 3 of our March/April newsletter.     NEW RELEASES: Learn the secrets of the Hutterites -- well, their cooking secrets, anyway -- with Mary-Ann Kirkby's The Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen, which was released this week.
EVENTS/BESTSELLERS: Of the five titles on our Winnipeg Non-Fiction Paperback bestsellers list, two have had events this past week. Which two? Wanda Koop's Wanda Koop and Gord Bruyere's Prayer Songs. Two great books, two great events, and now two bestsellers!     EVENTS/BESTSELLERS: A number of titles in our Winnipeg Books for Young People bestsellers category were also connected with in-store events this week. C.J. Putnam's Apparitions, Beetlemilk & Cooties, Larry Verstraete's Life or Death: Surviving the Impossible, and Sandi Sellen's This Happy Old House were all launched in our Winnipeg store within the past seven days, and now they're all on the bestsellers list.
NEW RELEASES/EVENTS/BESTSELLERS: On Wednesday in our Winnipeg store, we welcomed home former-bookseller and renowned author Miriam Toews for the launch of her new novel, All My Puny Sorrows. Simply put, the event was incredible. Our store was packed as Ms. Toews spoke and read from our staircase, and then she kindly signed several hundred copies of her novel for waiting fans. In the few hours she was present, we sold over two hundred copies of All My Puny Sorrows, which launched the novel high up to #1 in Winnipeg Hardcover Fiction bestsellers.    

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     • Please note that we will be closed tomorrow, Sunday April 20th, because of Easter! We'll be open again at 9 am on Monday.
     • Coming up on Wednesday, April 23rd, we'll be launching What Lies Behind, a collection of poetry by Luann Hiebert. If you're looking for a way to partake in International Poetry Month, here's a fantastic suggestion!

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases, Bestsellers

Happy Easter!

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 7:04pm

Happy Easter for those who celebrate it, and for all the rest -- happy long weekend!

Our holiday hours are:
> Friday, April 18th: CLOSED
> Saturday, April 19th: 9 am - 11 pm (normal hours)
> Sunday, April 20th: CLOSED

Our normal hours will resume on Monday the 21st.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Grade 5/6 Writing Contest - It Seemed Impossible - Results

by Megan Larose - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 5:53pm

We received so many wonderful entries for our It Seemed Impossible writing contest! We were overwhelmed and thrilled with the excellent writing. The stories were interesting and clever, and we truly congratulate all the young writers on their compositions.

The winners of the It Seemed Impossible writing contest are:

First Place: Alexandria Martin from Linden Meadows School

Second Place: Anthony Zuniga from Marion School

Third Place: Rebecca Adams from Montrose School

Honourable Mention: Kaiden Cancilla from ecole St. Germain

Please join us for our awards evening on Thursday, May 1st at 7:00 in the Atrium. The winners will read their stories, and you will be able to meet our special guest judge Larry Verstraete, author of Life or Death: Surviving the Impossible.

Categories: Site News, Winnipeg

Welcome home, Ms. Toews

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 9:05pm

Tonight we hosted the launch of Miriam Toews' new novel, All My Puny Sorrows, inside of our Winnipeg store.

And it was a spectacular event. From the emotional introduction and reading given by Ms. Toews as well as the massive crowd that clung to each of her words, to the winding lineup and the eager fans waiting for their turn to say hi and get a signature, the launch was incredible for all involved -- we the booksellers, our guests, and perhaps most of all Ms. Toews herself.

Thanks to everyone who came out, and thank you, Miriam, for coming home. It was fun.

All My Puny Sorrows is now available in hardcover. We've got a limited supply of signed copies left over from the event so contact us as soon as possible to get one set aside.

You can see some photos of the event on our Pinterest board, Canada's Most Eventful Bookstore.

Categories: buzz, Store News, Winnipeg, Event News

Pulitzer Prize 2014 winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 4:15pm

This year's Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced!

The Drama, Books, and Music winners are as follows:

> FICTION - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
> DRAMA - The Flick by Annie Baker
> HISTORY - The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
> BIOGRAPHY - Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall
> POETRY - 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri
> GENERAL NON-FICTION - Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
> MUSIC - Become Ocean by John Luther Adams

Visit the Pulitzer Prizes website for more details, including the list of Journalism winners.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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