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Celebrating the Prairies: Saskatchewan Book Awards 2017 Shortlist Announced

by Madison Taylor - Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 2:19pm

The shortlist for the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards has been announced. This is the 24th anniversary of the awards, which strive to promote the work of the province's talented writers and publishers. It is the only Saskatchewan-focused awards ceremony of its kind, providing invaluable support and publicity for the literary community.

The offical awards ceremony will take place on April 29 at the Conexus Arts Center in Regina. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please click on this link.

This year's shortlist is comprised of the following works:

Categories: Awards, Site News, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book Lists, Prairie Writing, Regional Interest

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Canada Reads 2017 contenders

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 4:17pm

The five panelists — an actor, a musician, a comedian, a performer, and a veteran — and the five final books for CBC's 2017 Canada Reads competition have been announced.

The contenders and their selected books are:

Between March 27 and 30, 2017, the contenders will debate and defend their chosen books live on CBC-TV, CBC Radio One, and online at CBCbooks.ca. The debates will be hosted by Ali Hassan from CBC's Laugh Out Loud.

Get all of the details, including biographies of each contender, on CBC's website.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature, Canadian Lit

February's Author of the Month: HEATHER O'NEILL

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 9:49pm

Heather O’Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter and essayist. Lullabies for Little Criminals, her debut novel, was published in 2006 to international critical acclaim and won Canada Reads. It was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has since published the novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and the short story collection Daydreams of Angels, both of which were shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in consecutive years.

In her new novel,  The Lonely Hearts Hotel, two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their true talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing for the rich, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose fortune hinges on the price of a kiss. (Hardcover. $29.99. HarperCollins. February)

 E  Winnipeg Event Feb. 13 & Saskatoon Event Feb. 14

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

What To Read: Winter 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 at 3:35pm

A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.

The Mare 
by Mary Gaitskill 
$22.95. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

Velveteen Vargas is eleven years old, a Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn, hosted by a liberal couple in upstate New York. Gaitskill gradually reveals Velvet’s shifting relationship with Ginger and Paul over several years, as well as her encounter with the horses at the stable down the road — especially with an abused, unruly mare called Fugly Girl. In Gaitskill's hands, the timeless story of a girl and a horse is joined with a timely story of people from different races and classes trying to meet one another honestly. (Vintage. October)

Stranger Than We Can Imagine 
by John Higgs 
$22.00. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

How can we truly understand the twentieth century if we don’t understand the ideas that drove its innovations and discoveries? The trouble is these ideas include quantum entanglement, cubism, relativity, psychedelics, postmodernism, chaos theory, and the Somme. What hope do we have? Enter John Higgs who explores, with clarity and wit, the extremes of twentieth century thought, and in doing so shows how a world of empires became a world of individuals. (McClelland & Stewart. November)

The Little Red Chairs 
by Edna O'brien 
$20.99. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

One winter night, a charismatic stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the monotony of village life. Fidelma McBride falls under his spell and turns to him to cure her deepest pains. Then, one morning, Dr. Vlad is arrested and revealed to be a notorious war criminal. The community is devastated, particularly Fidelma. In disgrace and alone, she struggles through profound hardship before finding the prospect of redemption. This is an unflinching exploration of humanity's capacity for evil and artifice as well as the bravest kind of love. (Little, Brown. December)

Read more What To Read picks after the jump...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, What To Read

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Stick to Reading and "I Love to Read" Month

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 4:55pm

This winter, McNally Robinson Booksellers is teaming up with the Manitoba Moose and the Saskatoon Blades to celebrate "I Love to Read" Month!

Students and teachers in Winnipeg and Saskatoon can enter their classroom into a draw for a chance to win a visit from players of their local team.

Read all about the contests after the jump...

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

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