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August's Author of the Month: LINDEN MacINTYRE

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 3:54pm

Linden MacIntyre’s first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, won both the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Evelyn Richardson Award. He really hit his stride, however, with his second novel, The Bishop’s Man (2009). It was a number one national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award. His work has since gone on to dominate the bestseller lists, topping off an illustrious career in broadcast journalism where he won ten Gemini awards during the twenty-four years he spent as the co-host of the fifth estate.

MacIntyre returns with The Only Café, a moving mystery and an illuminating exploration of how the traumatic past, if left unexamined, shadows every moment of the present.

Pierre Cormier had secrets. Though he married twice, became a high-flying lawyer and a father, he didn’t let anyone really know him. And he was especially silent about what had happened to him in Lebanon, the country he fled during civil war to come to Canada as a refugee. When, in the midst of a corporate scandal, he goes missing after his boat explodes, his teenaged son Cyril doesn't know how to mourn him. But five years later, a single bone and a distinctive gold chain are recovered, and Pierre is at last declared dead. Which changes everything. (Hardcover. $34.00. Random House. August)

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

Renovations have begun

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jul 28, 2017 at 1:18pm

Our Winnipeg location is currently undergoing renovations. We're getting some cosmetic fixes to the front of our building, as well as an upgrade to the parking lot doorway, which will make the entrance and exit much more accessible.

The bookstore and restaurant will be open during construction, but note our parking lot doors may be inaccessible during this time. Please watch for signs and barriers, and of course you can always get to us through our mall entrance. The nearest doorway into the mall is just outside of Prairie Ink, towards Shoppers Drug Mart.

We apologize for any inconvenience the renovations may cause, but we assure you the end results will be worth it!

Categories: Store News, Winnipeg

The Man Booker Prize 2017 longlist

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 5:32pm

The nominees for this year's Man Booker Fiction Prize have been announced.

The Man Booker is one of the world's largest literary prizes, honouring the best original novel written in English and published in the UK. The winner receives £50,000.

The 2017 longlist does not, unfortunately, include any Canadian authors, however it nonetheless boasts impressive literary talent from across the world.

The longlist can be found after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

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July's Author of the Month: JULIA GLASS

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jul 05, 2017 at 7:36pm

Born in 1956, Julia Glass studied painting in Paris before working as a copy editor in New York. But she didn't begin to devote herself to fiction writing until her late 30s, following a series of devastating events in her private life: her first marriage ended, she discovered she had breast cancer and, soon after that, her younger sister committed suicide. Reeling from these misfortunes, Glass poured the emotions from these troubling times into her debut novel, Three Junes, which won the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction and established her as a sensitive chronicler of modern times.

Her sixth book of fiction, A House Among the Trees, is the story of an unusual bond between a revered children’s book author, Mort Lear, and his assistant, Tomasina Daulair.

When Mort dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated directives in his will. They have known each other for more than four decades, and by the end of his increasingly reclusive life, Tomasina found herself living in his house as confidante and helpmate, witness not just to his daily routines but to the emotional fallout of his strange boyhood. Now Tomasina must try to honour Mort's last wishes while grappling with their effects.

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

What To Read: July & August 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 2:42pm

A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.

The Noise of Time
by Julian Barnes
$19.95. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

This novel begins in 1936, with Dmitri Shostakovich fearing for his livelihood and even his life. He has just been denounced in an article that certainly reflects the opinion of Joseph Stalin himself. Every night as he waits to be arrested, Shostakovich reflects on his predicament and his own personal history. Barnes elegantly guides us through his life as he weighs the merits of appeasing those in power against the integrity of his music.

Pond
by Claire-Louise Bennett
$22.00. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

Capturing the interior reality of its unnamed protagonist, this novel focuses on a young woman living a mostly solitary existence on the outskirts of a small coastal village. Rather than using the usual conventions of narrative, it focuses on the details of her daily experience — from page long fragments on the best way to eat porridge or bananas to story-length stretches of narrative — always suffused with the immediacy of the physical world that we remember from childhood. Indeed, reading it reminded me of being a child, pleasantly lost on a summer day.

Find more What To Read picks after the jump...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, What To Read

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