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July's Author of the Month: JULIA GLASS

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jul 05, 2017 at 7:36pm

Born in 1956, Julia Glass studied painting in Paris before working as a copy editor in New York. But she didn't begin to devote herself to fiction writing until her late 30s, following a series of devastating events in her private life: her first marriage ended, she discovered she had breast cancer and, soon after that, her younger sister committed suicide. Reeling from these misfortunes, Glass poured the emotions from these troubling times into her debut novel, Three Junes, which won the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction and established her as a sensitive chronicler of modern times.

Her sixth book of fiction, A House Among the Trees, is the story of an unusual bond between a revered children’s book author, Mort Lear, and his assistant, Tomasina Daulair.

When Mort dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated directives in his will. They have known each other for more than four decades, and by the end of his increasingly reclusive life, Tomasina found herself living in his house as confidante and helpmate, witness not just to his daily routines but to the emotional fallout of his strange boyhood. Now Tomasina must try to honour Mort's last wishes while grappling with their effects.

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

What To Read: July & August 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 2:42pm

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

The Noise of Time
by Julian Barnes
$19.95. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

This novel begins in 1936, with Dmitri Shostakovich fearing for his livelihood and even his life. He has just been denounced in an article that certainly reflects the opinion of Joseph Stalin himself. Every night as he waits to be arrested, Shostakovich reflects on his predicament and his own personal history. Barnes elegantly guides us through his life as he weighs the merits of appeasing those in power against the integrity of his music.

Pond
by Claire-Louise Bennett
$22.00. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

Capturing the interior reality of its unnamed protagonist, this novel focuses on a young woman living a mostly solitary existence on the outskirts of a small coastal village. Rather than using the usual conventions of narrative, it focuses on the details of her daily experience — from page long fragments on the best way to eat porridge or bananas to story-length stretches of narrative — always suffused with the immediacy of the physical world that we remember from childhood. Indeed, reading it reminded me of being a child, pleasantly lost on a summer day.

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

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, What To Read

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The Bookseller: July & August 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 12:22pm

Books for the beach, whodunits for those rainy nights, icy smoothies for those scorching days, a game for those lazy afternoons, and plenty more to get you through the summer!

Read about it all and plan your summer with our July & August edition of The Bookseller.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

Lambda Literary Award winners for 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 6:01pm

The winners of this year's Lambda Literary Awards have been announced.

The "Lammys" identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year, and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world. They are awarded annually, and 2017 marks their 29th year.

Congratulations to all of the winners! You can find a complete list of them after the jump.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, LGBTQ

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David Grossman wins the 2017 Man Booker International Prize

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 4:47pm

Israeli author David Grossman and translator Jessica Cohen have been awarded the Man Booker International Prize for Grossman's darkly comic novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar, which tells the life story of a standup comedian as revealed through the course of one night's performance.

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded annually to a work of fiction translated into English, and its £50,000 prize (approximately $84k Canadian) is shared between author and translator.

So congratulations to Mr. Grossman and Ms. Cohen!

Learn more about the 2017 Man Booker International Prize on the award's website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature
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