In an announcement that surprised many, the Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 has been awarded to Bob Dylan.
This is the first time that the Nobel Prize in Literature has gone to a writer known primarily as a musician. The Swedish Academy, who manages the Nobel Prizes, said the award went to Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
The announcement was met with mixed responses, some parties upset that the Prize went to a sing-songwriter rather than a novelist or poet, though the majority seems to support Dylan's win.
Considering the lyrical form does qualify as literature — not to mention the stark beauty of Dylan's lyrics, as well as the handful of books under his belt — we think it's a fine choice. Congratulations, Mr. Dylan!
You can read more about prize announcement here.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
All of our bookstores and restaurants will be open regular hours this Saturday and Sunday. On Thanksgiving Monday (Oct. 10), our Saskatoon store will be closed and our Winnipeg store will be open with special holiday hours: 12 PM - 5 PM.
Prairie Ink Restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving Monday, but the Patisserie at our Winnipeg location will be open for counter service.
We hope you enjoy your holiday.Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
Categories: Awards, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book Lists, Literature
The Canada Council for the Arts recognizes its country's rich literary landscape with the annual Governor General's Literary Awards (GGs). The awards cover a generous number of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, youth literature, youth illustrated literature, and works in translation.
The winners in each category will be announced on October 25, 2016. Each individual winner will receive a $25,000 prize, and each runner-up will be awarded $1,000. The publishers that put forth the works will also be given $3,000 for promotional purposes.
André Alexis was born in Trinidad, raised in Ottawa and now lives in Toronto. His most recent novel, Fifteen Dogs, which uses man’s best friend to explore what it means to be human, won the 2015 Giller Prize. Alexis has been a writer to reckon with right from the start of his literary career. His debut novel, Childhood (1998), won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf, and Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa. In 2014 he published Pastoral, which was nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and is the first in a planned series of five novels on philosophical themes, Fifteen Dogs being the second.
His new novel, The Hidden Keys, is the third in the series. It opens in the Green Dolphin, a bar of ill repute, when Tancred Palmieri, a thief with elegant and erudite tastes, meets Willow Azarian. Willow is an aging heroin addict whose wealthy father has recently passed away. She enlists Palmieri to cheat her siblings out of their inheritance by stealing the clues their father left as to its whereabouts in a tale that questions what it means to be honourable, what it means to be faithful and what it means to sin.
Join us for An Evening with André Alexis in Winnipeg on Monday, October 24th, at 7:00 PM.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction announced its list of five finalists this past week. This award recognizes the unique voices of nonfiction authors of many genres, including essays, history, biographies, memoirs, journalistic work, and social and political commentaries.
The list of 2016 finalists includes:
- Ian Brown for Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
- Deborah Campbell for A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War
- Matti Friedman for Pumpkinflowers: An Israeli Soldier's Story
- Ross King for Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
- Sonja Larsen for Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary
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