The finalists for the 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards — which honours books by Manitoba authors, about Manitoba, and/or published within Manitoba in 2016 — have been unveiled.
The Awards, an annual project of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild produced with the assistance of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers and various Manitoban sponsors, celebrate literary excellence, originality and diverse talent, and provide over $30,000 in prizes to Manitoba writers each year. Past winners include Carol Shields, Miriam Toews, David Bergen, and Wab Kinew.
This year's winners will be announced and celebrated at a gala dinner on Saturday, April 22nd, at The Fort Garry Hotel. All are welcome to attend, and tickets can be purchased online or by phone. Visit this page for more details.
The 2016/2017 shortlists can be found after the jump...Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Literature, Canadian Lit
To coincide with International Women's Day, the longlist for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) was announced yesterday. The award honours the best novel published in English in the past year by a female author, and comes with a £30,000 ($49,000) prize.
Of the 16 authors on the list, we're thrilled to see that three are Canadians: Margaret Atwood, Madeleine Thien, and Heather O'Neill.
The complete longlist can be found after the jump...Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature
A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.
Originally published before the 2016 American election, Listen, Liberal describes what ailed the Democratic Party even before their weaknesses became obvious. It is the story of how the "Party of the People" detached itself from its historic constituency among average Americans and chose instead to line up with the winners of the new economic order. Now with a new afterword, Frank's analysis offers a powerful diagnosis of the liberal malady and is essential reading for anyone who still values liberal ideals. (Picador. March)
Three generations of polar bears are famous as both circus performers and writers in East Germany: they are bears who move as humans, doing human things and thinking human thoughts. The grandmother, in the Soviet Union, accidentally writes a bestselling autobiography; Tosca, her daughter (born in Canada, where her mother had emigrated) takes a job in the circus. Her son, Knut, is born in a Leipzig zoo but raised by a human keeper. Happy or sad, each bear writes a story in this delightfully strange novel. (New Directions. November)
Read more What To Read suggestions after the jump...Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature, What To Read
Tim Cook is a historian at the Canadian War Museum (CWM), an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, and a former director for Canada’s History Society. He is the author of several authoritative yet accessible award-winning books on Canadian military history in which he illuminates the inner lives of military men and women on the front lines. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian history, and in 2013 he received the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Burton Award.
In his new book, Vimy, Cook returns to the First World War, the subject upon which he built his name, with books such as At the Sharp End and Shock Troops, winner of the RBC Taylor Prize. The Vimy battle that began April 9, 1917, was unlike any other battle in Canadian history. It was the first time the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together. 10,600 men were killed or injured over four days. It has been described as the “birth of the nation.” But the meaning of that phrase has never been explored, nor has any writer — until now —explained why the battle continues to resonate with Canadians 150 years later. (Hardcover. $38.00. Allen Lane. March)Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
Read all about Barbara Gowdy's new novel, discover the abundance of fresh poetry that's due this season, get the scoop on the upcoming Manitoba and Saskatchewan Book Awards, find out what springtime fun we're planning at Prairie Ink, and more.Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter
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