Weekly Roundup (Aug 2-8)

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Aug 08, 2014 at 1:02pm


> Notable new releases this week: Terry Goodkind's SEVERED SOULS, and Lev Grossman's THE MAGICIAN'S LAND.

> Just a week after it was released, Eleanor Catton's THE LUMINARIES rocketed up to #1 in Paperback Fiction. Considering it's our Featured Paperback for 30% off (not to mention a great book!), I am not surprised.

> Lookit what crept onto the Hardcover Bestsellers this week: Jeffrey Brown's GOODNIGHT DARTH VADER, an adorable story of bedtime in a galaxy far, far away.

> And under Paperback Non-Fiction bestsellers, Michael Wilson's A GUIDED TOUR OF THE BIBLE has made another appearance at #2. Fourth week in a row on the bestsellers!

> A number of event-related books have appeared on the Paperback Non-Fiction bestsellers list this week: Morro & Jasp's EAT YOUR HEART OUT at #1 following a huge discussion and signing on Wednesday; Anea Bogue's 9 WAYS WE'RE SCREWING UP OUR GIRLS AND HOW WE CAN STOP at #3; and INDIGENOUS POETICS IN CANADA, edited by Neal McLeod, at #5 following a big, exciting launch on Thursday.

> Join us in Winnipeg next Wednesday, August 13th, at 7:00 pm for Dr. Dale Dewar speaking about and signing his book, HIROSHIMA TO FUKUSHIMA TO YOU: A PRIMER ON RADIATION AND HEALTH.

> Coming up TONIGHT in Winnipeg is our third "Al Frescolio" dinner at Prairie Ink. Do note that the final dinner on August 22nd is sold out, so this will be your last chance to dine fresh this summer! Get all the details on the dinner here, and be sure to contact Prairie Ink to purchase tickets.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

World War One: A Century Later

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Aug 05, 2014 at 1:33pm

During the summer of 1914 and after a century of peace, Europe, armed to the teeth with the destructive power of weapons created during the Industrial Revolution, blundered its way into a war that consumed the Western World.

The how and the why of World War One, its campaigns and tactics have been written about and discussed ever since. One indisputable fact remains. When the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, the world that had come to define itself by the optimism of the Victorian Age with its assumptions of endless advancements, from the spiritual to the material, was shattered.

This is no more effectively demonstrated than in the literature that came to prominence in the wake of the "war to end all wars."

Read more after the jump . . .

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, History


Jazz Recording of the Month for August: Jarrett and Haden's LAST DANCE

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 12:05pm

In partnership with Winnipeg's Classic 107, we're proud to present our Jazz Album of the Month...

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden's Last Dance

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden broaden the scope of their duo project to showcase jazz classics like Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" and Bud Powell's spritely "Dance Of The Infidels". Love songs, however, are to the fore in this selection, with tender versions of "My Old Flame", "My Ship", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Everything Happens To Me", and "Every Time We Say Goodbye" as well as versions of "Where Can I Go Without You" and "Goodbye" which are every bit as touching as the Jasmine renditions.

"When we play together it's like two people singing," said Jarrett of his reunion with Haden. The intentions of the song are honoured, the shades of meaning in a melody or a lyric explored instrumentally. As Charlie Haden put it, "Keith really listens, and I listen. That's the secret. It's about listening." The music of Last Dance was recorded at Keith Jarrett?s home studio.

Look for our Classical CD of the Week display in the Music section of our Grant Park store to pick up a copy!

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Classic107

Classical Recording of the Week: Central Band of the RBL's FOREVER

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 12:05pm

In partnership with Winnipeg's Classic 107, we're proud to present our Classical CD of the Week...

Central Band of the Royal British Legion's Forever

The Prime Minister, comedians, soap stars, Hollywood actors and the cast of War Horse, are brought together in an extraordinary album of spoken word and music, marking the most haunting moments of World War One.

The unprecedented line-up, which includes Eastenders star Danny Dyer, Game of Thrones actor Sean Bean, Cold Feet star John Thomson, comedian Sarah Millican and broadcasters James Naughtie and Stephen Fry, will forge new links to the valour of the most courageous heroes of World War One.

Following months of painstaking research, The Royal British Legion and the Victoria Cross Trust also tracked down descendants of a group of Victoria Cross recipients, who join the celebrity line-up for a unique collection of recordings compiled to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the War in 1914.

The album also features vintage music from the time, recorded by The Central Band of The Royal British Legion who recreated the sounds and atmosphere of classic tracks such as It s a long way to Tipperary, Keep the home fires burning and Pack up your troubles. Also featured is a bugle that was played on the battlefields of Belgium and France.

The album is a truly unique and painstaking collaboration according to Royal British Legion Director of Fundraising Charles Byrne."We are very grateful to the Victoria Cross Trust for their great dedication in helping source descendants of those whose selfless courage was recognised with the VC.

Look for our Classical CD of the Week display in the Music section of our Grant Park store to pick up a copy!

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Classic107

August Long Weekend hours

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Aug 02, 2014 at 5:54pm

Happy August Long Weekend!

In Winnipeg, we wish you all a happy Civic Holiday. The bookstore and Prairie Ink will be open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, the 4th, however, the bookstore will be open 12 to 5 pm, and the restaurant will be closed. The Patisserie will remain open the same hours as the bookstore for counter service.

And in Saskatoon, we wish you all a happy Saskatchewan Day! The bookstore and restaurant will be open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday, but please note both will be closed on Monday, August 4th.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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