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Looking for an afternoon bookclub?

by Events Winnipeg - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 at 1:14pm

Here at McNally Robinson Booksellers we are proud to have a variety of evening book clubs, three run by community facilitators in the store and one run in association with Shaw TV. We have also partnered with Breakfast Television on an on-air monthly book club.

For those without the time to attend a meeting in the evenings, another option is our afternoon book club hosted by Wendy MacDonald. This club meets at 1:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month - the perfect time for those with a busy schedule.

For more information about this club, get in touch with Wendy at wjohns (at) cc.umanitoba.ca.

Categories: Book Clubs, Winnipeg

Manitoba Book Award Shortlist

by D - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011 at 3:33pm

The Manitoba Writers' Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers are pleased to announce the Manitoba Book Awards shortlists for 2011. The awards will be presented at the Manitoba Book Awards gala, on Sunday April 17th at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain and hosted by Catherine Hunter. Cocktails are at 7:00 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The shortlists and recipients are selected by a variety of juries, comprised of writers, publishers and other book industry personnel from across Canada.

And the nominees are

McNally Robinson Book of the Year
A Cycle of the Moon by Uma Parameswaran
Curiosity by Joan Thomas
Out of Grief, Singing: A Memoir of Motherhood and Loss by Charlene Diehl
This Hidden Thing by Dora Dueck
Walking to Mojācar by Di Brandt

The complete shortlist is available by clicking the more button.


Categories: Awards, Winnipeg

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Prairie Ink's Sunday Brunch receives a great review in Winnipeg Free Press

by D - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 12:00pm

Yes, Prairie Ink has a Sunday brunch, and it was reviewed in the the Winnipeg Free Press this weekend. Click here to read it.

Categories: Winnipeg

Events in our Winnipeg store this week.

by D - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 11:35am

Experience Europe Travel Talk, with Travel Cuts. Monday March 14, 7:00 pm.
Hugh Skinner launching Gardening, Naturally: A Chemical-Free Handbook for the Prairies. Monday March 14, 8:00 pm.
Meet the Composer featuring Sid Robinovitch, Tuesday March 15, 7:30 pm.
Georgia Nicols launching You and Your Future: Your Signs, Your In-Depth Personality Patterns, Your 40-Year Horoscopes, Tuesday March 15, 8:00 pm.
Dr. Debbie Kelly, as part of The University of Manitoba Bringing Research to Life Speaker Series, presents "A Bird's Eye View of Spatial Cognition."
Kyle Borely, Cathy Rayner and David Strang, Free Live Music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Traditional Irish. Thursday March 17, 6:30 pm.
Rick Burt, Free Live Music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Friday March 18, 8:00 pm.
The Bronze Branch, Free Live Music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Saturday March 19, 8:00 pm.
Kim Malchuk presents Tasting Rain, Sunday March 20, 2:00 pm.

Categories: Winnipeg, Event News

David Annandale -- Night Table Recommendations

by Events Winnipeg - Friday, Mar 11, 2011 at 3:05pm

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.

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Categories: Reviews, Discussions, Authors, SciFi & Fantasy, Winnipeg, Horror, Night Table Recommendations

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