August's Author of the Month: DEBORAH HARKNESS

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 1:08pm

A scholar specializing in the history of science and medicine, Harkness's career in fiction began in September 2008 when she began to wonder "if there really are vampires, what do they do for a living?" Her first novel, A Discovery of Witches (2011), was the unexpected answer. The book debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to be a bestseller in the UK, France and Germany.

In The Book of Life, the third novel in the All Souls Trilogy (after Shadow of Night), witch historian Diana Bishop and her vampiric husband, Matthew Clairmont, freshly returned to the present from their sojourn in Elizabethan England, have ample challenges to contend with. They still seek the missing pages of Ashmole 782, the mystical manuscript known as the Book of Life and the key to the origin of all supernatural beings. But now they must negotiate the internal politics of Matthew's extended vampire family. With more than a million copies sold in North America and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists. This eagerly awaited finale brings a superbly written series to a satisfying close.

Deborah Harkness will be in our Winnipeg store on August 19th! Join us at 7:00 pm that evening to hear Ms. Harkness in conversation with Joanne Kelly, then meet and greet and get a signature after the discussion. Free and open to everyone!

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

Classical Recording of the Week: Karajan's Mozart/Bizet/Respighi

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 10:05am

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

Herbert von Karajan's Mozart/Bizet/Respighi (3 Classic Albums)

CD 1 MOZART: Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Grieg: Holberg Suite / Prokofiev: "Classical" Symphony

CD 2 BIZET: L'Arlésienne Suites nos. 1 & 2 / Carmen Suite no. 1

CD 3 RESPIGHI: Fontane di Roma / Pini di Roma / Antiche danze et arie, Suite no. 3

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

Weekly Roundup (July 19-25)

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:59pm


> Danielle Steele's newest, A PERFECT LIFE, is now available in hardback.

> Yet again on the bestsellers list is Michael Wilson's A GUIDED TOUR OF THE BIBLE IN 25 STOPS. Amazing success for one of our self-published authors!

> On Tuesday in Winnipeg we hosted The Minimalists as part of their tour for their two books, EVERYTHING THAT REMAINS and MINIMALISM: LIVING A MEANINGFUL LIFE, guides for -- you guessed it -- living a minimalist lifestyle. And no surprise that BOTH books are on our Paperback Non-Fiction bestsellers list this week.

> Don't forget to VOTE for your favourite book in Winnipeg's On The Same Page program! Get all of the details and cast your vote here.

> The MAN BOOKER PRIZE longlist was announced this week. See it and get all the details here.

> It's a busy time for Prairie Ink in Winnipeg! Tonight we'll be hosting our second "AL FRESCOLIO" dinner, details of which can be found here.

> And then on Sunday in Winnipeg we're holding our ICELANDIC FEAST, a buffet of modern Icelandic cuisine to prepare you for next weekend's Icelandic Fest in Gimli! Get all of the details on our feast here.

> And THEN, coming up on August 2nd, both of our Prairie Ink locations will be participating in Food Day Canada!

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Man Booker Prize 2014: Longlist

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 2:16pm

The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize was just unveiled earlier today! And it's a particularly notable list this year because for the first time ever the prize has been opened to writers from outside of the UK and Commonwealth.

For the first time in its 46 year history, the £50,000 prize has, in 2014, been opened up to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.

And now for the list:
  > To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
  > The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  > We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  > The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
  > J by Howard Jacobson
  > The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth
  > The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  > The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
  > Us by David Nicholls
  > The Dog by Joseph O'Neill
  > Orfeo by Richard Powers
  > How to be Both by Ali Smith
  > History of the Rain by Niall Williams

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday, September 9th, and the winner decided on Tuesday, October 14th.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

DK Eyewitness: New paperback series

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:59pm

For over 25 years, DK's Eyewitness books have been one of the most trusted non-fiction series in classrooms, libraries and homes around the world. This summer the award-winning series gets a fresh look both inside and out. The introduction of paperback editions, eye-catching jackets, and updated interiors ensure that the Eyewitness series will continue to be relevant in our ever-changing world to satisfy the minds of curious kids.

The first twelve titles to be re-issued in the new-look softcover editions at only $10.99 (about half the cost of the hardbacks!) include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaur, Hurricane and Tornado, Titanic, and World War I with more to follow.

Brand new to the series is Wonders of the World. Highlighting the seven wonders of the world -- the Pyramids of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria -- this book showcases the architectural feats and the marvels of engineering behind these timeless treasures.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases
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