The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW Books)
On my night table at the moment is The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. It's the first installment of The Kingkiller Chronicles, with the second book of the fantasy trilogy due out in August. The protagonist is Kvothe (pronounced "Quothe"), and we first meet him as the owner of a middle-of-nowhere tavern. He is, it transpires, a legend, trying to live out his days quietly. Tracked down by a historian, he reluctantly agrees to tell his story, and the bulk of the novel then consists of his narration, beginning with his childhood as part of family of travelling players, and moving to his life at University, now a student Arcanist of precocious talent.
My bare-bones synopsis here cannot possibly do justice to the richness of Rothfuss' novel. His world-building is meticulous, with every detail in place, from the monetary system to the names of the days of the ten-day week, and he unveils this bustling, living, breathing world so naturally to the reader that one's first encounter with it feels like a journey home. His prose, meanwhile, is elegant and literate without being pretentious, and his storytelling moving and grave without forgetting to be funny. The book is a triumph, and the wait for the next two volumes is going to be a long one.Click *More* to read further... Categories: Reviews, Discussions, Authors, SciFi & Fantasy, Winnipeg, Horror, Night Table Recommendations
On Saturday Feb 26, presented a staged reading and discussion of an excerpt from their new play Not an Interview. Here is the video.
Congratulations to the Winner of McNally Robinson Booksellers - Saskatoon's 2nd Annual Freedom to Read Photo Contest: "The Woods Are Alive" submitted on this year's theme "Reading Can Be Done Anywhere" won the public vote in a landslide!Her photo Categories: Awards, Fun, Saskatoon, Event News, Contests and Giveaways
, Small Works Gallery Opening of Recall. Monday March 7, 7:30 pm.
, Understanding Women in Manitoba Politics, Tuesday March 8, 7:00 pm.
& , Special Musical Performance of their latest CD, Still Life with Mandolin and Bass Wednesday March 9, 7:00 pm.
launching Make the Night Hideous: Four English-Canadian Charivaris, 1881-1940, Thursday March 10, 7:00 pm.
launching Lockout: Exploring the rich history and uncertain future of Powerview-Pine Falls, Manitoba. Thursday March 10, 8:00 pm.
, free music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Friday March 11, 8:00 pm.
preview of Matador, Saturday March 12, 2:00 pm.
, with signing Out of the Fire, signing Tatsea, signing A Feast of Longing, signing Driving Blind, signing On the Trail of the Bushman, signing Frogs in the Rainbarrel, signing Autumn, One Spring, signing Spirit Quest, signing Lucky Man, signing Accountable Advances and signing Before You Say Yes...A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards. Saturday March 12, 2:00 pm.
, free music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Saturday March 12, 8:00 pm.
This special afternoon of Storytelling features accomplished storytellers , and . Sunday March 13, 2:00 pm.
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