Man Booker International Prize 2015 Winner: László Krasznahorkai

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:08pm

Hungarian novelist and screenwriter László Krasznahorkai has won the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.

His first novel, Satantango (1985), propelled him to fame in his native Hungary, and with 1989's The Melancholy of Resistance he began to find an international audience.

The Guardian quotes Susan Sontag describing him as the "contemporary Hungarian master of the apocalypse." Their article also has a handy guide to pronouncing his name!

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years for an achievement in fiction, and considers a living writer's entire body of work.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

May Long Weekend hours

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5:55pm

Happy May Long weekend!

Our regular hours apply for Saturday and Sunday, but in honour of the Queen we'll have some special holiday hours on Victoria Day, Monday, May 18th:

Winnipeg
The bookstore will be open 12 pm to 5 pm. Prairie Ink will have counter service available at the Patisserie from 12-5. Regular restaurant service will not be available due to reduced hours.

Saskatoon
Both the bookstore and Prairie Ink will be closed.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

The May & June Bookseller is now online

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5:55pm

The May & June 2015 issue of our newsletter, The Bookseller, is now available online. Read it here.

You can also subscribe to The Bookseller emailing list.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

Leacock Medal for Humour 2015 winner

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:34am

The winner of this year's Leacock Medal for Humour, named after Stephen Leacock with the intent of recognizing and "perpetuat[ing] comedic writing in Canada", is Terry Fallis for his most recent novel, No Relation. Along with the medal, Fallis will receive a $15,000 cash prize.

The runner-ups included Aaron Bushkowsky’s Curtains for Roy, Alan Doyle’s Where I Belong, Zarqa Nawaz’s Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, and Robert Wringham’s A Loose Egg.

Congratulations, Mr. Fallis! This is his second Leacock win, and third time on the shortlist. You can read more on the Leacock Medal website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Humour

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
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