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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


The Pyschopath Test by Jon Ronson

by D - Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 at 9:47am

This is the trailer for the The Pyschopath Test by Jon Ronson. Jon Ronson is also the author of Men Who Stare at Goats.

Categories: Fun

Community Vibes Theatre present a preview of Not an Interview.

by D - Wednesday, Mar 09, 2011 at 10:22am

On Saturday Feb 26, Community Vibes Theatre presented a staged reading and discussion of an excerpt from their new play Not an Interview. Here is the video.

Categories: Fun, Winnipeg, Live at McNally Robinson

Winners of the 2nd Annual Freedom to Read Photo Contest!

by Nicole Berard - Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 5:51pm

Congratulations to the Winner of McNally Robinson Booksellers - Saskatoon's 2nd Annual Freedom to Read Photo Contest: Allison Rawlings! Her photo "The Woods Are Alive" submitted on this year's theme "Reading Can Be Done Anywhere" won the public vote in a landslide!

Categories: Awards, Fun, Saskatoon, Event News, Contests and Giveaways


Events in our Winnipeg store this week.

by D - Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 10:28am

Winnipeg Health Region's Ethics Services presents "Tangled Webs: The Sticky, Silken Threads of Truth Telling", an informal, interactive panel event in celebration of Manitoba?s 2nd Annual Health Ethics Week. Monday March 7, 7:00 pm.
Keith Wood, Small Works Gallery Opening of Recall. Monday March 7, 7:30 pm.
Café Politique, Understanding Women in Manitoba Politics, Tuesday March 8, 7:00 pm.
Fred Redekop & Jay Taylor, Special Musical Performance of their latest CD, Still Life with Mandolin and Bass Wednesday March 9, 7:00 pm.
Pauline Greenhill launching Make the Night Hideous: Four English-Canadian Charivaris, 1881-1940, Thursday March 10, 7:00 pm.
Yvonne Raymond launching Lockout: Exploring the rich history and uncertain future of Powerview-Pine Falls, Manitoba. Thursday March 10, 8:00 pm.
Bog River, free music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Friday March 11, 8:00 pm.
Bolero Dance Theatre preview of Matador, Saturday March 12, 2:00 pm.
Writers' Union of Canada Group Signing, with Deborah Froese signing Out of the Fire, Armin Wiebe signing Tatsea, Sarah Klassen signing A Feast of Longing, Steve Benstead signing Driving Blind, Anita Daher signing On the Trail of the Bushman, Sally Ito signing Frogs in the Rainbarrel, Patti Grayson signing Autumn, One Spring, Susan Rocan signing Spirit Quest, Victor Enns signing Lucky Man, Dave Williamson signing Accountable Advances and Doreen Pendgracs signing Before You Say Yes...A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards. Saturday March 12, 2:00 pm.
Lindsey White, free music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Saturday March 12, 8:00 pm.
Manitoba Storytelling Guild. This special afternoon of Storytelling features accomplished storytellers Ron Robinson, Mary Louise Chown, Wayne Drury, Dave Clement, and Jane Cahill. Sunday March 13, 2:00 pm.

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