Plynn Gutman launches The Work of Her Hands on Thursday, September 16

by D - Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010 at 1:22pm

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Marie Anne Lacaille would have said she was an ordinary woman, but to her granddaughter and her family, she was an inspiration, the source of her family's strength, and an incredible cook. The Work of Her Hands: A Prairie Woman's Life in Remembrances and Recipes is Plynn Gutman?s effort to capture her grandmother's stories. From her move to Saskatchewan from Quebec in the early 1900s, to raising a family through the '30s, Marie Anne Lacaille lived her life with style, humour and an ability to create spectacular meals. This work features many historic photos and a recipe index. Join Plynn Gutman as she launches The Work of Her Hands on Thursday, September 16 at McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park in Winnipeg at 7:00 and on Tuesday, September 28 at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon at 7:30.

Joseph Boyden and John Ralston Saul in Winnipeg

by D - Sunday, Sep 12, 2010 at 11:03am

Joseph Boyden and John Ralston Saul -- Extraordinary Canadians Tour Wednesday, Oct 20, 7:00 pm - Westminster United Church, Winnipeg. Tickets are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers for $6. Net proceeds go to Rossbrook House. The ticket price also includes 10% off books on sale that evening. This event is co-presented, Penguin Group Canada, CBC Manitoba and The Walrus Magazine.

In Extraordinary Canadians - Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont, Joseph Boyden focuses on two warriors in an earlier battle for recognition of Aboriginal integrity: one a messianic Métis as much concerned with God as with protecting his people, the other a canny military strategist.

As the Extraordinary Canadians editor, John Ralston Saul's vision for the series and passion for Canada have made the books an unprecedented success. His own volume, Extraordinary Canadians - Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin shines a light on two men - polar opposites in temperament - united behind a set of principles and programs that formed modern Canada.

2010 World Fantasy Award Nominations

by Chadwick Ginther - Thursday, Sep 09, 2010 at 10:11am

The judges of the World Fantasy Awards have released the shortlists for the 2010 awards. This year's nominees for best novel include:

A complete list of nominees in all categories may be found here.

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy, Horror

2010 Hugo Awards Announced

by Chadwick Ginther - Thursday, Sep 09, 2010 at 9:49am

For only the third time, the Hugo Award for Best Novel was awarded to two books: China Miéville's The City & The City and Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl. Both books have been dominating science fiction and fantasy awards lists all year. This year's winners join good company, 1993's shared best novel went to Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep and Connie Willis's Doomsday Book and in 1966, Frank Herbert's Dune and Roger Zelazny's ... And Call Me Conrad also deadlocked the voters.

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer went to Seanan McGuire, author of Rosemary and Rue.

A complete list of this year's winners in all categories may be found here.

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy

Edward Rutherfurd's New York

by D - Wednesday, Sep 08, 2010 at 9:46am

Edward Rutherfurd's novel, New York, is a brilliant mix of battle, romance, family struggles, and personal triumphs, New York gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of America's history.

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