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September's Author of the Month: BRENÉ BROWN

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015 at 1:05pm

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston and the author of Daring GreatlyThe Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t). She is the founder of The Daring Way, an organization that brings her work on vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness to communities and families. Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk,“The Power of Vulnerability”, is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world. Brown has ignited a global conversation on the subject of courage, vulnerability, shame and worthiness.

It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as the subject of her latest book, Rising Strong. Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where courage is tested and values are forged. Rising strong after a big fall, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague, is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are. (Hardcover. $35.00. Spiegel & Grau. September)

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

The September & October Bookseller is now online

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015 at 12:57pm

The September & October 2015 issue of our newsletter, The Bookseller, is now available online. Read it here.

You can also subscribe to The Bookseller emailing list.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

2015 Hugo Awards

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 6:29pm

Amidst a storm of controversy, the winners of the 2015 Hugo Awards were announced this past Saturday.

Cixin Liu's The Three Body Problem was awarded Best Novel, and Wesley Chu, author of Time Salvager, won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal was named Best Graphic Story, beating out Saga Vol. 3 and Rat Queens Vol 1: Sass and Sorcery.

Other contenders for Best Novel included The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison and Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie.

There were No Awards given for the categories of Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form, as all of the finalists in these categories were rejected by the World Science Fiction Society.

You can see the complete list of winners here, and a complete breakdown of the voting and nominees here.

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Magna Carta and Its Gift to Canada: An excerpt

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Aug 06, 2015 at 5:21pm

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, one of history's most important documents and one that set the groundwork for many concepts that continue to define democratic life today. To commemorate this anniversary, and to spread knowledge of the Magna Carta's impact on the world, the document is being toured across Canada over the course of 2015.

Between August 15th and September 18th, 2015, the Magna Carta will be in Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Along with the exhibition, Magna Carta expert and author Carolyn Harris will be in town for events at the Museum, as well as a discussion and signing of her book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, at our store on Friday, August 14th.

For a preview of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada, look after the jump. The book is available now in our Canadian History section for $24.99 -- and don't forget to mark the August 14th discussion and signing on your calendar!

Categories: Winnipeg, History


August's Author of the Month: ELIZABETH HAY

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:22am

For Elizabeth Hay, writing is a physical act. Her admission that she prefers to write her first drafts with a pen or pencil on paper rather than directly on a computer says much about her connection and commitment to her craft. It speaks to a willingness to take the necessary time to fashion tales at the pace they require, to pause and listen to those inner voices, and capture them in a physical act of writing. It is a method of working that has served Hay well. Her graceful prose takes us across the Canadian landscape and across generations, and her work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her 2007 novel Late Nights on Air, as well as the Marian Engel Award which recognizes a body of work.

Set in the mid-1990s, when Quebec is on the verge of leaving Canada, her new novel, His Whole Life, is set in a richly intimate world where everything is at risk: family, nature, home. The story opens with ten-year-old Jim and his Canadian mother and American father on a journey from New York City to a lake in eastern Ontario during the last hot days of August. Over the span of a few pivotal years of his youth, moving from city to country, summer to winter, wellbeing to illness, the novel charts the deepening bond between mother and son even as the family comes apart. An irresistible novel of family, hurt, love and forgiveness. (Hardcover. $32.00. McClelland & Stewart. August 11)

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