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February's Author of the Month: HEATHER O'NEILL

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 9:49pm

Heather O’Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter and essayist. Lullabies for Little Criminals, her debut novel, was published in 2006 to international critical acclaim and won Canada Reads. It was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has since published the novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and the short story collection Daydreams of Angels, both of which were shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in consecutive years.

In her new novel,  The Lonely Hearts Hotel, two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their true talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing for the rich, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose fortune hinges on the price of a kiss. (Hardcover. $29.99. HarperCollins. February)

 E  Winnipeg Event Feb. 13 & Saskatoon Event Feb. 14

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What To Read: Winter 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 at 3:35pm

A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.

The Mare 
by Mary Gaitskill 
$22.95. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

Velveteen Vargas is eleven years old, a Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn, hosted by a liberal couple in upstate New York. Gaitskill gradually reveals Velvet’s shifting relationship with Ginger and Paul over several years, as well as her encounter with the horses at the stable down the road — especially with an abused, unruly mare called Fugly Girl. In Gaitskill's hands, the timeless story of a girl and a horse is joined with a timely story of people from different races and classes trying to meet one another honestly. (Vintage. October)

Stranger Than We Can Imagine 
by John Higgs 
$22.00. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

How can we truly understand the twentieth century if we don’t understand the ideas that drove its innovations and discoveries? The trouble is these ideas include quantum entanglement, cubism, relativity, psychedelics, postmodernism, chaos theory, and the Somme. What hope do we have? Enter John Higgs who explores, with clarity and wit, the extremes of twentieth century thought, and in doing so shows how a world of empires became a world of individuals. (McClelland & Stewart. November)

The Little Red Chairs 
by Edna O'brien 
$20.99. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

One winter night, a charismatic stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the monotony of village life. Fidelma McBride falls under his spell and turns to him to cure her deepest pains. Then, one morning, Dr. Vlad is arrested and revealed to be a notorious war criminal. The community is devastated, particularly Fidelma. In disgrace and alone, she struggles through profound hardship before finding the prospect of redemption. This is an unflinching exploration of humanity's capacity for evil and artifice as well as the bravest kind of love. (Little, Brown. December)

Read more What To Read picks after the jump...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, What To Read


Stick to Reading and "I Love to Read" Month

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 4:55pm

This winter, McNally Robinson Booksellers is teaming up with the Manitoba Moose and the Saskatoon Blades to celebrate "I Love to Read" Month!

Students and teachers in Winnipeg and Saskatoon can enter their classroom into a draw for a chance to win a visit from players of their local team.

Read all about the contests after the jump...

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January's Author of the Month: ARAVIND ADIGA

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 11:44am

Aravind Adiga, who wanted to be a novelist since he was a boy, was born in Madras and now lives in Mumbai. His debut, The White Tiger, which has been described as a "compelling, angry and darkly humorous" novel about a man's journey from Indian village life to entrepreneurial success, won the 2008 Man Booker Prize when he was thirty-three.

In his new novel, Selection Day, Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket, if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn’t know.

Filled with characters from across India’s social strata — the old scout everyone calls Tommy Sir; Anand Mehta, the big-dreaming investor; Sofia, a wealthy, beautiful girl and the boys’ biggest fan — Selection Day is a moving story of adolescence and ambition, fathers, sons, and two brothers whose coming of age threatens their relationship, future, and sense of themselves. (Hardcover. $32.00. Simon & Schuster. January)

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

The January & February 2017 Bookseller

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 at 1:25pm

Celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, the best books of 2016, the art of hygge, Maurice Sendak in board book format, I Love to Read Month, and more:

The January and February 2017 edition of our newsletter, The Bookseller, is now available.

You can pick up a free copy in either of our bookstores, or you can read it online.

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