Weekly Roundup (June 28-July 4)

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 3:52pm


> The trilogy hast come to completion! WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S THE JEDI DOTH RETURN - written by Ian Doescher in the voice of the infamous playwright - is available now!

> How's about that: both June AND July's Featured Paperbacks are on the bestsellers list this week! Under Paperback Fiction, Khaled Hosseini's AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED (Feat. PB for June) is at #1, and Elizabeth Gilbert's THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS (Feat. PB for July) is at #5.

> Seems Minecraft books are popular this week. Under Books for Young People bestsellers, the COMBAT HANDBOOK is at #3 and the REDSTONE HANDBOOK is at #4.

> Following a lovely launch last Friday, Larry Updike's memoir, MY WORD!, is at #2 in Paperback Non-Fiction bestsellers this week.

> Happy (belated) Canada Day! Hope you had fun despite the poor weather! If that patriotic itch still lingers, we've still got plenty of great Canadian books on display around our store. Just keep an eye on our tables and end-caps.

> COMING UP: The next ChiSeries Winnipeg is happening on July 9th at 7:00 pm, right here in our Grant Park store.

> ALSO COMING UP: Linda Holeman will be launching her new novel, THE DEVIL ON HER TONGUE, inside of Prairie Ink on July 17th! We recommend contacting the restaurant in advance to reserve a table for the event.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

July & August Featured Game: Wrebbit3D Puzzles!

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 at 7:37pm

Our Feature for July and August isn't a game but a puzzle! A series of puzzles: Wrebbit3D's line of three-dimensional puzzles!

Bring family members together around a table for hours of leisure and fun.

After 3D puzzle inventor Paul E. Gallant revolutionized the jigsaw puzzle world in 1991, the story of Wrebbit3D puzzles continues unabated. In addition to bringing back redesigned favourites like Big Ben, Taj Mahal, Neuschwanstein Castle and other prominent historical and architectural landmarks, Wrebbit3DTM continues to expand their offering with a new series of structures from the Lord of the Rings, such as the Orthanic Tower Isengard and the Hobbiton.

Made in Canada from non-toxic polyethylene foam, Wrebbit3D Puzzles use tenon and mortise technology to create sturdy 3D puzzle structures of the highest quality, both in terms of design and illustration.

Look below to see our current selection of Wrebbit3D puzzles. Find them in-store, or order right here on the website.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Games

July's Author of the Month: SUE MILLER

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 at 1:59pm

Since her first novel, The Good Mother (1986), Miller has distinguished herself as a careful chronicler of daily life, with a gift for being able to marry the precise rendering of of experience and emotion with a superb economy of style. Born into an academic and ecclesiastical family, she grew up in Chicago's Hyde Park and went to college at Harvard. While not strictly speaking autobiographical, Miller's fiction is, nonetheless, shaped by her experiences.

In her new novel, The Arsonist, Miller continues to explore the intricacies of home and hearth, creating another extraordinary story out of the quiet intimacies of family and friendship. Upon returning home to the small New Hampshire town of Pomeroy after an absence of 15 years, Frankie Rowley finds the town plagued by an arsonist. Over several weeks as the fires continue, she comes to recognize her father's slow failing and her mother's desperation. At the same time, Frankie finds herself beginning an unexpected, passionate affair with Bud Jacobs, the owner of the local paper, as they both try to come to grips with the social fault lines the fires reveal in a trusting community where no one has ever before bothered to lock their doors.

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

Classical Recording of the Week: Heinz Holliger's Aschenmusik

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 10:51am

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

Heinz Holliger's Aschenmusik

Heinz Holliger's lifelong fascination with the music of Robert Schumann finds further expression on this newest release: on Aschenmusik, a new interpretation of the Swiss oboist-composer's "Romancendres" is framed by Schumann's own works. "Romancendres" refers to the lost "Cello Romances" which Clara Schumann burned on Brahms's advice, an act of destruction which outraged Holliger and fuelled the composition of this "music from the ashes" in 2003. It's a portrait of Schumann, packed with quotations, projected like a lifetime passing through the mind of a dying man.

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

Happy Canada Day

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 11:31am

Happy Canada Day!

Please note that on July 1st, both of our bookstores and restaurants will be closed. Our staff will be out celebrating our fine country, and we hope you enjoy the day, too.

We'll see you again at 9 am on July 2nd.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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