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2017 Poetry Awards shortlists

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 at 1:53pm

Last week, the League of Canadian Poets announced the 2017 Poetry Awards shortlists for the Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, the Raymond Souster Award, and the finalists for the 2017 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award, each of which honours a specific form of Canadian poetry published last year.

Details on each award and their shortlists can be found after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Poetry, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit


The McNally Robinson Story Bar

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 12:12pm

McNally Robinson Booksellers is pleased to announce a partnership with various like-minded Winnipeg entrepreneurs to feature a carefully chosen selection of rotating titles (fiction, memoirs, graphic novels, science, history) to create a small bookshop, or Story Bar, within the partner business.

Look for our Story Bars at The Strong Badger Coffeehouse (679 Sargent Avenue) in the West End, and at Bouchée Boucher Restaurant and Butcher Shop (101-300 Tache Avenue) in St. Boniface.

More locations are also in the works, so check back soon or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Categories: Store News, Winnipeg

Hugo Award 2017 shortlists

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017 at 6:05pm

The 2017 shortlists for the Hugo Awards have been unveiled.

The awards honour the greatest science fiction writing of the past year, and winners are decided by popular vote. These winners will be announced on August 11th, 2017, at the Hugo Awards Ceremony in Helsinki.

The full collection of shortlists can be found on the Hugo Awards website, but look after the jump for a selection of finalists from some of the top categories.

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg


Baileys Women's Prize 2017 shortlist

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017 at 5:31pm

The finalists for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize, have been chosen.

The award, which "celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from throughout the world", comes with a £30,000 prize.

The shortlist includes:

Stay With Me by Ayobámi Adébáyo
The Power by Naomi Alderman
• The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

The winner will be announced on June 3rd, 2017, in London.

Please note that some of the titles on the shortlist have not yet been published in North America. View each book listing to check publishing date and availability.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

April's Author of the Month: SHARON BUTALA

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Apr 01, 2017 at 9:50am

Born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Sharon Butala is a bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. A personal and spiritual exploration of the roots of creativity, her classic book The Perfection of the Morning (1994) was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her latest novel, Wild Rose, was published in 2015 and has been shortlisted for the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Butala is a recipient of the Marian Engel Award, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and the 2012 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence.

In the tradition of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Butala's new book, Where I Live Now, is profound in its understanding of the many homes women must build for themselves in a lifetime. When her husband, Peter, died unexpectedly, she found herself with no place to call home. Torn by grief and loss, she fled the ranchlands of southwest Saskatchewan and moved to the city. A lifetime of possessions was reduced to a few boxes of books, clothes, and keepsakes. Reinventing herself in an urban landscape was painful, and facing her new life as a widow tested her very being. Yet out of this hard-won new existence comes an astonishingly frank, compassionate and moving memoir that offers not only solace and hope but inspiration to those who endure profound loss. (Hardcover. $26.99. Simon & Schuster. April)

Winnipeg EVENT APRIL 11

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
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