The finalists of the 2013 National Book Awards, presented by the National Book Foundation, have been announced:
> Jill Lepore for Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
> Wendy Lower for Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
> George Packer for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
> Alan Taylor for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
> Lawrence Wright for Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief
> Frank Bidart for Metaphysical Dog
> Lucie Brock-Broido for Stay, Illusion
> Adrian Matejka for The Big Smoke
> Matt Rasmussen for Black Aperture
> Mary Szybist for Incarnadine: Poems
Titles highlighted in orange are books currently in stock. If you're curious about any of the others, please contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to request a copy.
The winners of the National Book Awards will be announced on November 20th, 2013.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
Fresh from the presses, the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize is New Zealand author Eleanor Catton!
Catton was nominated and won the prize for her novel, The Luminaries, which came out in September. Along with the honour of the award, Catton will receive a £50,000 prize, a cheque for £2,500 (along with all of the other shortlisted authors), as well as a designer bound copy of The Luminaries.
Congratulations, Ms. Catton!
McNally Robinson Booksellers proudly carries The Luminaries, as well as Catton's first novel, The Rehearsal. Contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to check availability.Categories: Awards, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
A limited-edition reprint of Chester Brown's celebrated biography in comic book form, Louis Riel tells the story of the charismatic, and perhaps mad, nineteenth-century Métis leader whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on the nation's western frontier. Brown's carefully researched, exquisitely illustrated, and much-lauded biography goes deep into the myths and the facts about this man, whose place in Canadian history is troubled. His involvement in the Red River Rebellion and the subsequent North-West Rebellion are laid out in a finely etched style, as are the Canadian government's responses to the Métis people's demands.
When the collected book appeared in 2003, Brown won widespread acclaim for Louis Riel, including two Harvey Awards and inclusion on countless best-of lists. Beyond that, it single-handedly revitalized the biography genre of comics, paving the way for a new generation of artists. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Louis Riel's publication, Drawn and Quarterly is reissuing the book as a deluxe paperback, with a new introduction contextualizing the work's importance and the original pamphlet covers collected and reproduced in full colour.
Chester Brown will be in our Grant Park store at 7:00PM on October 22nd for the launch of the tenth anniversary edition of Louis Riel. There will be a discussion about the book followed by a signing. All are invited to attend!Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases
Just in time for Thanksgiving, our bakery whipped up these Mini pumpkin cheesecakes!
Find 'em in our Patisserie. And yes, we'll be open Sunday with normal hours (10 am to 6 pm), as well as on Monday with holiday hours (noon to 5pm). Stop by and give thanks with us!Categories: Winnipeg, Prairie Ink, Patisserie
Here we are at the end of another week. So here are some of our weekly updates from the past seven days.
|New Releases from the past seven days||Bestsellers|
|> Fiction books||> Winnipeg Bestsellers based on this week's sales|
|> Non-Fiction books||> Saskatoon Bestsellers based on last week's sales|
|Some highlights of the week|
|• New Releases: Early this week The Journey Prize Stories #25 arrived in-store. We're always fond of Canadian writing, particularly when it comes to collections such as the Journey Prize Stories, though we're especially excited for #25 because our very own Steven Benstead is one of the featured authors! Steven's story, "Megan's Bus", is right smack-dab in the middle of the book, and we're delighted to see it there. (By the way, Steven will be signing copies of The Journey Prize Stories #25 in both of our stores: in Winnipeg on October 19th, and in Saskatoon on November 2nd.)|
|• New Releases/Bestsellers: The House of Hades, book four of the Heroes of Olympus series, was released to much fanfare this week. In a matter of three days the book leapt up to #1 on our weekly Winnipeg bestsellers list for Young Readers!|
|• New Releases/Bestsellers/Events: This past Wednesday we unveiled our photography collection, Winnipeg by Winnipeg: Images of the City by Its Citizens, in a launch at our Grant Park store. The event was huge: our store was filled to bursting with excited photographers whose work was featured in the book, as well as a number of friends and family. It was a wonderful turnout -- which helped push the book up to #2 on our Hardcover Non-Fiction bestsellers list in Winnipeg. Winnipeg by Winnipeg is now available for purchase in both our Grant Park and Saskatoon stores.|
|• Bestsellers: Released last week, and already on the weekly bestsellers list for Paperback Fiction: Chadwick Ginther's Tombstone Blues. Big surprise, eh?|
|• Bestsellers/Events: Carol Bowyer Shipley, one of our self-published authors (who had her book designed and printed in-store on our Espresso Book Machine), was in our Grant Park store on Tuesday to launch Love, Loss, and Longing: Stories of Adoption. The turnout was great, with most of Ms. Shipley's books selling that very evening! The success of the launch propelled Love, Loss, and Longing onto our weekly Bestsellers list for Non-Fiction Paperbacks.|
|Next week we've got a couple of huge events that we've been looking forward to for months:|
| • Chadwick Ginther and the launch of Tombstone Blues:
Happening this coming Tuesday, October 15th, at 7:00 pm in our Grant Park store. Many of our booksellers were happy to get their hands on their own copy of Tombstone Blues when the novel was released last week, and now we're all excited to have Chadwick back in our store to discuss the book and sign copies. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend!
| • An Afternoon with Margaret Atwood:
On Wednesday, October 16th, at 2:00 pm Ms. Atwood will be in our Grant Park store to hold conversation (as well as sign copies!) of her new novel, MaddAddam, which was released in late August. Terry MacLeod, host of the Weekend Morning Show on CBC Radio One, will be hosting the event. We encourage everyone to stop by, listen to the discussion, and say hi to Ms. Atwood, because it's not everyday that one of Canada's most prolific authors is here to visit!
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