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November's Author of the Month: Kate Morton

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 9:10am

Kate Morton has sold over 10 million copies of her books in 26 languages, across 38 countries. The House at Riverton (2008), The Forgotten Garden (2009), The Distant Hours (2010), and The Secret Keeper (2012) have all been number one bestsellers around the world.

In her latest novel, The Lake House, the Edevane family discover that their youngest child has disappeared after a party at their Cornwall estate, and is never seen again. Decades later, a young detective, Sadie Sparrow, stumbles upon a crumbling estate, clearly abandoned, while visiting her grandfather in Cornwall. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that reveal shocking truths about a past that remains more present than ever.

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

2015 Governor General's Literary Awards

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 at 3:27pm

The winners of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards were announced today. Each winner of the seven English-language categories was selected from a shortlist of five titles. In the fiction category, Guy Vanderhaeghe picked up his third GG for Daddy Lenin and Other Stories, joining Hugh MacLennan, Alice Munro, and Michael Ondaatje as the only authors to attain such a literary hat-trick. The other winners are:

  • Children's Literature (Illustrated Books)Sidewalk Flowers by JoArno Lawson and Sydney Smith

Vanderhaeghe photo by Matt Smith

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Vinyl Styl Turntables

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 4:39pm

The Vinyl Styl Groove Portable Turntable comes in four different stylesred case, black case, skull-decorated case, and pink caseand is equipped with two full range stereo speakers, stylus with protective cover, 3.5mm headphone output jack, RCA outputs, AC power adapter and a belt-driven platter allowing you to choose from 3 speeds; 33 1/3, 45 & 78 RPM.

Available now in both our Winnipeg and Saskatoon locations, and online. Browse all available styles here.

Categories: Music, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Giftware & Accessories

David Alexander Robertson selected for On the Same Page 2015

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 9:54am

Congratulations are in order for David Alexander Robertson, whose book, The Evolution of Alice, was selected by Manitobans as the featured book for the 2015 On The Same Page initiative.

On The Same Page is an annual program put together by The Winnipeg Foundation and the Winnipeg Public Library, with the intent of encouraging "all Manitobans to read and talk about the same book at the same time." Via paper or online ballot, Manitobans are able to vote for their favourite author and book from a panel of finalists. 2015 marks On The Same Page's eighth year. You can find out more about the program, including a list of past winners, on their website.

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Prairie Writing

Marlon James Wins the Man Booker

by Brock Peters - Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 4:47pm

The 2015 Man Booker Prize has been awarded to Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings. James, who now lives in Minneapolis, is the first Jamaican-born author to win or to be shortlisted for the prize. A Brief History of Seven Killings is a fictional account of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976 and spans three decades, 75 characters, and 686 pages.

James, 44, was awarded £50,000 (nearly $100,000 Canadian) for his win. According to Michael Wood, chair of the judges, A Brief History was unanimously chosen as "the most exciting book on the list." It was further touted in a New York Times review as "epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex." As if we needed more things to read...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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