Death, the afterlife, sex, space travel — freelance writer and humourist turned accidental science journalist, Mary Roach asks the questions we all wonder about but are usually too polite to mention. Her books include Stiff, Spook, Bonk, Packing for Mars and Gulp.
Her latest book, Grunt, tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries: panic, exhaustion, heat, flies, noise. Roach visits a movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier in east Africa, she discovers that diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Fashion design ers at U.S. Army Natick Labs explain why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with a crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee.
She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and discover why there really is no life like it.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
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In honour of our wonderful country, McNally Robinson will be closed on Friday, July 1st.
This applies to both our Winnipeg and Saskatoon bookstores and Prairie Ink Restaurants. Regular hours will resume for the weekend.
Happy Canada Day!
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The winner of this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is Irish author Lisa McInerney, who won for her debut novel The Glorious Heresies.
Along with the honour of the award, McInerney received a £30,000 cash prize as well as the Baileys Women's Prize bronze figurine, ‘Bessie’.
Congratulations, Ms. McInerney! To Read more about this year's winner, visit the Baileys Women's Prize website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
The winners of the 28th annual Lambda Literary Awards, which honour the best LGBTQ books of 2015, were announced earlier this week.
Chinelo Okparanta won the Best Lesbian Fiction Award for her novel, Under the Udala Trees, and the Best Gay Fiction Award went to Hasan Namir for his novel, God in Pink. Meanwhile the Best Bisexual Fiction was awarded to Anna North for The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, and Roz Kaveney won Best Transexual Fiction for Tiny Pieces of Skull, or a Lesson in Manners.
But of course that's only the tip of the iceberg, as the Lambda Literary Awards include a long list of honours. For the full list of winners, visit the Lamdba Literary Award website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, LGBTQ
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