Author of such novels as A Conspiracy of Paper (winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel) and The Whiskey Rebels, David Liss continues his masterly run of "atmospheric" (The Washington Post), "page-turning" (The Baltimore Sun), "tremendously smart" (Newsweek) historical thrillers.
In his new novel, The Day of Atonement, Liss blends meticulous period detail with crackling adventure in the tale of one man's quest for justice -- and retribution. Sebastião Raposa is only thirteen when his parents are unjustly imprisoned, never to be seen again, and he is forced to flee Portugal lest he too fall victim to the Inquisition. But ten years in exile only serve to whet his appetite for vengeance. Returning at last to Lisbon in the guise of English businessman, Sebastian Foxx, he is no longer a frightened boy but a dangerous man tormented by violent impulses.
Compelled to play a game of deception and greed, Sebastian Foxx will find himself befriended, betrayed, tempted by desire, and tormented by personal turmoil. And when a twist of fate turns his carefully laid plans to chaos, he will be forced to choose between surrendering to bloodlust or serving the cause of mercy.
Read our Q&A with David Liss to learn more about the inspiration for The Day of Atonement, why he writes historical fiction, and how he came to author several comic books! Find the interview by clicking here, or by looking below after the jump.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
SASKATOON- Hey there Fans of all things Fandom! If you're a middle and/or teen reader with a thirst for following the things you love, this is for you! Whether a seasoned fandom veteran or a novice looking for a place to get their fandom feet wet, this is the place to discuss all things**!
**Apparently Fandom can be traced back to the 1930's! Who knew? It can also be characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. If you are an avid fan and follower of books, movies, television shows, comics, and/or anime, (etc.), chances are, you may already be a part of Fandom culture!: (consisting of fan [fanatic] plus the suffix -dom, as in kingdom) is a term that refers to a microcosm of people who are fans of a fiction genre.
Hosted by our very ownSo feel free to join us every , you can expect an excellent evening and a chance to meet, hang out, play games, and participate in Fandom-related activities! We will be discussing a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to, fanfiction, cosplay, fan subculture, fan-created meta, and all things fandom related! . Groups are always welcome!
Check out our excellent new Tumblr page, mcnallyfandomfridays.tumblr.com
For more info, call the kids desk (306)-955-1477
There is a $5.00 drop in charge to help cover the cost of refreshments/goodies (Mmmmmm! nom nom nom)Categories: Discussions, Fun, Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon
Last week we received the following letter from Winnipeg author and local favourite David Bergen, giving us some insight into his writing and about his new novel, Leaving Tomorrow.
" I don't set out to write 'prairie' novels, though my upbringing in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta has certainly influenced my sensibilities. Leaving Tomorrow started out with stories a friend told me of growing up in southern Alberta (stories of horses and bulls and brothers). Last spring I went up to High River and drove the back roads, looking at ranches and talking to folks, hearing the vernacular, taking notes in my head and scribbling down the words later. Little things I saw fell into my brain, like how cows bunch together in a storm and turn their rumps against the wind and rain.
I grew up reading Zane Grey, aware that I was reading pulp but loving it. I wanted to be a cowboy until a horse nearly bit my finger off when he mistook it for a carrot. And so I went back to books. With this novel I wanted to capture the longing a young boy has when he is stuck on the prairies and he knows that there is life elsewhere, a life of books and conversation and ideas, only he doesn't know how to get to that other life.
I have no interest in getting sentimental about the prairies and animals and the wide-open spaces. Though I cannot deny that the sparseness of my own writing comes from the sparseness of my place. No lush, bucolic language, but rather a hard sensuality that runs beneath things. There is an inevitability to my settings. I didn't choose to be raised here in Manitoba, but I did choose to stay. I like to see this as being faithful to the place I come from.
I am very pleased to be launching Leaving Tomorrow at McNally Robinson, not only a prairie bookstore, and one of the finest bookstores in Canada. See you at the end of September. "
As Mr. Bergen writes, he will indeed be launching Leaving Tomorrow in our Winnipeg Prairie Ink on Tuesday, September 30th, at 8:00 pm! The event is free and open to any one who would like to attend. We simply encourage you to contact the restaurant ahead of time to reserve a table.
Meanwhile, Leaving Tomorrow is available now in hardcover! Find it in our Prairie Writers section, or grab a copy at the launch on the 30th.Categories: Authors, Winnipeg, New Releases
The shortlist for this year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize, which honours literary excellence in the category of nonfiction and includes an award of $60,000 for the winner, was announced this morning. The finalists include:
> Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them by Susan Delacourt
> This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
> Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery
> Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies, and Predators Online by Paula Todd
> Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage by Kathleen Winter
The winner will be announced on October 14, 2014.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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