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May's Author of the Month: ELIZABETH STROUT

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 4:24pm

Despite growing up on a dirt road with no access to TV or newspapers, Elizabeth Strout was drawn to writing things down, and encouraged by her mother, she kept notebooks from an early age. Books were a miracle to her, and early on she knew she wanted to become a writer. She was in her forties, however, before her first book, the novel Amy & Isabelle, was published in 1998. Her third book, Olive Kitteridge, a collection of connected short stories won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Reverberating with the deep bonds of family and hope, her sixth book, a novel, Anything is Possible, explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of a cast of small-town characters struggling to understand themselves and each other. A woman trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while in the pages of a book her sister finds a kindred spirit who changes her life; the janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for her mother's love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of Strout's My Name Is Lucy Barton), returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month

The Bookseller: May & June 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 1:56pm

20 years of Harry Potter magic, a new novel from Norwegian bestseller Jo Nesbø, a slew of fresh titles celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, our fiction picks for springtime, books on our very important friends the bees, and more.

Read about it all in the May & June 2017 edition of our newsletter, The Bookseller.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

29th annual Manitoba Book Awards winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 12:39pm

At an awards gala held in Winnipeg's historic Fort Garry Hotel this past Saturday, the winners of the 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards were announced and celebrated.

The Awards, presented by the Manitoba Writers' Guild and made possible by sponsorships from government funding and many local businesses, honour books published in 2016 that were written by a Manitoba author, made by a Manitoba press, or with a focus on Manitoba content.

Congratulations to all of the winners! See a complete list of them after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Prairie Writing, Canadian Lit


The Man Booker International Prize 2017 shortlist

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:31pm

The shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize has been unveiled.

The prize honours the finest translated fiction from across the globe. Each author and translator on the shortlist receives £1,000 (about $1,280), while the winning author and translator share a £50,000 (about $64,070) prize.

The winner will be announced on June 14th, 2017, in London. See the shortlist after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg


Best Translated Book Award 2017 shortlists

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 at 5:58pm

The finalists for this year's Best Translated Book Award have been announced.

The award is divided into two categories, Fiction and Poetry, and honours the quality of the original book and the translation. The winners will be announced on Thursday, May 4th at a live event in New York City, and each winning author and translator will receive a $5,000 (US) prize.

See the 2017 shortlists after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg


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