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January's Author of the Month: ARAVIND ADIGA

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 11:44am

Aravind Adiga, who wanted to be a novelist since he was a boy, was born in Madras and now lives in Mumbai. His debut, The White Tiger, which has been described as a "compelling, angry and darkly humorous" novel about a man's journey from Indian village life to entrepreneurial success, won the 2008 Man Booker Prize when he was thirty-three.

In his new novel, Selection Day, Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket, if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn’t know.

Filled with characters from across India’s social strata — the old scout everyone calls Tommy Sir; Anand Mehta, the big-dreaming investor; Sofia, a wealthy, beautiful girl and the boys’ biggest fan — Selection Day is a moving story of adolescence and ambition, fathers, sons, and two brothers whose coming of age threatens their relationship, future, and sense of themselves. (Hardcover. $32.00. Simon & Schuster. January)

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

The January & February 2017 Bookseller

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 at 1:25pm

Celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, the best books of 2016, the art of hygge, Maurice Sendak in board book format, I Love to Read Month, and more:

The January and February 2017 edition of our newsletter, The Bookseller, is now available.

You can pick up a free copy in either of our bookstores, or you can read it online.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

Our 2016 Holiday Hours

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016 at 8:42pm

Happy holidays from McNally Robinson!

Please note our special hours and closures for the season. Aside from the days listed below, our regular hours apply.

Christmas Eve: 9 am - 5 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 10 am - 5 pm
New Year's Eve: 9 am - 5 pm
New Year's Day: Closed

Christmas Eve: 9 am - 5 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 11 am - 6 pm
New Year's Eve: 9 am - 5 pm
New Year's Day: Closed

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

The NYT's 100 Notable Books of 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 5:13pm

The New York Times has published their annual list of "100 Notable Books" for 2016.

The list, which includes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, is curated by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. It features titles that have been reviewed by The NYT since December 2015, with links to the full review of each title. 

Read the list here.

You can also explore The NYT's list of "Notable Children's Books" of 2016.

Most of the titles are stocked regularly in our bookstores, and those not currently in stock can almost certainly be ordered. You can search individual titles here on our website to see a live stock-check, or you can contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to inquire about stock or ordering.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News, Book Lists

Madeleine Thien wins the 2016 Giller Prize

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Nov 08, 2016 at 10:40am

Madeleine Thien has won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Do Not Say We Have Nothing, a novel set in China before, during, and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

The Giller Prize is considered Canada's most prestigious literary award, and comes with a $100,000 cash prize.

This comes after Thien's win of the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction earlier this autumn, as well as a finalist nomination for the Man Booker Prize.

A highly regarded book, indeed! Congratulations to Ms. Thien for all of the honours.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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