The Manitoba Writers' Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers have announced the Manitoba Book Awards shortlists. Winners will be announced at the Manitoba Book Awards Gala on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, 340 boulevard Provencher. A pre-awards reception will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the ceremony will run from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. This year's ceremony will be hosted by Neil Besner, Vice President and former Dean of Arts of the University of Winnipeg. Since the event's inception in 1989, during which a single award (the McNally Robinson Book of the Year) was presented, The Manitoba Book Awards has grown to feature 13 categories. Nominees and winners are selected by jurors drawn from across Manitoba and Canada.Categories: Awards
Independent booksellers in the United States each year choose what they think are the best books published for children. The list is big, as is the American Booksellers Association that sponsors these awards. The reason this list is of interest to us is because we wonder if these choices will appeal to Canadian readers as well.Categories: Reviews
The Next Chapter is one of our favourite CBC Radio One shows, you can hear it on Mondays at 1pm or Sundays at 4pm. On March 8th, The Next Chapter featured Winnipeg author , talking about, Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal with on The Amazing Absorbing Boy, on "Decaf" from her book For and Against and on Lonely: Learning to Live With Solitude.
"For the last 20 years, Wall Street has been increasingly taken over by a breed of math and science whizzes known as quants. By applying math to markets, they were able to predict and price risk, down to the penny. Or so they said. This is the story of their rise and fall, of how they turbocharged finance, and then drove it off a cliff to the detriment of the entire world.
What's the big deal? Well, for starters, the global financial crisis. Along with subprime mortgages and overleveraged banks, these quants are the folks we can thank for it. They're a notoriously reclusive bunch, but author gets extraordinary access to their lives, complete with the luxury cars, the private jets, and the high-stakes poker in their hotel suites. Wonder why all the big news these days is about what banks and hedge funds should and shouldn't be able to do? Read this book."- Matthew Philips, Newsday, March 8, 2010.
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