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Holly Luhning -- Night Table Recommendations

by Events Winnipeg - Thursday, Jun 09, 2011 at 2:49pm

Now that we're seeing some sun and warmer temperatures, I aim to do my reading outdoors; here's four recommendations for the park, lake, beach (or night table, on those rainy evenings):

Slammerkin, by Emma Donoghue (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd).

Donoghue has most recently received wide attention for her novel Room, but her 2000 novel Slammerkin (the word is eighteenth-century vernacular, a noun that refers to both a loose gown, and a loose woman) is also definitely worth putting on your reading list. Donoghue, who holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature, employs her expertise in this era to create a vivid, breathing account of late 1740's London, and the often-vicious circumstances faced by young women who lacked fortune, titles, or family. Our heroine, Mary, whose poor family casts her out once they deem her "unvirtuous," survives and adapts to the violent, dehumanizing world of mid-century London; the brutalities of Mary's life are simultaneously mitigated and exacerbated by her attraction to luxurious clothing, fabrics, accessories, and the liberty and status that these beautiful things symbolize.

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Categories: Reviews, Discussions, Authors, Night Table Recommendations


Téa Obreht has won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction with The Tiger's Wife.

by D - Wednesday, Jun 08, 2011 at 2:11pm

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Téa Obreht has won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction with her debut novel The Tiger's Wife. At 25, Obreht is the youngest-ever author to take the Prize.

The Orange Prize for Fiction was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction written by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible. The Orange Prize is awarded to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman.

Categories: Awards

Susie Moloney will be in our Winnipeg store tomorrow.

by D - Wednesday, Jun 08, 2011 at 9:44am

This is the trailer for Susie Moloney's Thirteen. Join Susie for the launch of The Thirteen, tomorrow, Thursday, June 9, 8:00 pm, in our Winnipeg store.

Categories: Winnipeg, Event News

Book of the Day, David Adams Richards' Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul

by D - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 9:53am

David Adams Richards' work has been nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his 2006 novel, The Friends of Meager Fortune, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Canada and the Caribbean). His new novel, Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul, tells an intricate story about the miscarriage of justice in the case of one man's death in a New Brunswick shipping yard in 1985. Searing and tension-filled, this is a foreboding tale about truth, lies and justice.

Categories: Reviews

Our events this week in our Winnipeg store.

by D - Monday, Jun 06, 2011 at 11:05am

Matthew Barber & Oh Susanna, Special Musical Performance, Monday, June 6, 5:30 pm.
David Lesters signing The Listener, Tuesday, June 7, 5:00 pm.
The Art of Jazz with Owen Clark featuring Jimmy Greene, Wednesday, June 8, 7:30 pm.
Susie Moloney launching The Thirteen, Thursday, June 9, 8:00 pm.
Robert Burton Trio, Free Live Music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Friday June 10, 8:00 pm.
Bob Watts Trio, Free Live Music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Saturday June 11, 8:00 pm.
Gordon W. Dale launching Fool's Republic, Sunday June 12, 2:00 pm.
International Cello Festival of Canada Preview, Join Don Anderson for an afternoon presentation with assistance from cellists Paul Marleyn and Minna Chung. Sunday, June 12, 2:30 pm.


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