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September's Author of the Month: ADAM GOPNIK

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Sep 01, 2017 at 10:49am

A staff writer for the New Yorker since 1986, Adam Gopnik was born in Philadelphia and raised in Montreal. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and a George Polk Award winner for Magazine Reporting. In March of 2013, he was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Republic. His books include Paris to the Moon (2000), Through The Children’s Gate (2006), and the fiftieth anniversary Massey Lecture published in 2011, Winter: Five Windows on the Season. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.

When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha Parker, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young and the arty and ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life’s consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. In his new book,  At the Strangers’ Gate, Gopnik builds a portrait of this moment in New York through the story of their journey—from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family. Gopnik transports us to their tiny basement room on the Upper East Side, and later to SoHo, where he captures a unicorn: an affordable New York loft. Between tender, laugh-out-loud reminiscences, including affectionate portraits of New York luminaries from Richard Avedon to Robert Hughes and Jeff Koons, At the Strangers’ Gate takes us into the corridors of Condé Nast, the galleries of MoMA and many places between to illuminate the fascinating world capital of creativity and aspiration that is New York, then and now. (Hardcover. $34.00. Knopf. September)

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The Bookseller: September & October 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Sep 01, 2017 at 10:49am

New biographies of Canadian music legends Joni Mitchell & Gordon Lightfoot; a challenge from Ken Dryden to make hockey safer; a history of the CanLit Boom; autumn specials at Prairie Ink; and so much more in the September & October issue of The Bookseller.

Read it online now >>>

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

August's Author of the Month: LINDEN MacINTYRE

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 3:54pm

Linden MacIntyre’s first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, won both the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Evelyn Richardson Award. He really hit his stride, however, with his second novel, The Bishop’s Man (2009). It was a number one national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award. His work has since gone on to dominate the bestseller lists, topping off an illustrious career in broadcast journalism where he won ten Gemini awards during the twenty-four years he spent as the co-host of the fifth estate.

MacIntyre returns with The Only Café, a moving mystery and an illuminating exploration of how the traumatic past, if left unexamined, shadows every moment of the present.

Pierre Cormier had secrets. Though he married twice, became a high-flying lawyer and a father, he didn’t let anyone really know him. And he was especially silent about what had happened to him in Lebanon, the country he fled during civil war to come to Canada as a refugee. When, in the midst of a corporate scandal, he goes missing after his boat explodes, his teenaged son Cyril doesn't know how to mourn him. But five years later, a single bone and a distinctive gold chain are recovered, and Pierre is at last declared dead. Which changes everything. (Hardcover. $34.00. Random House. August)

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

Renovations have begun

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jul 28, 2017 at 1:18pm

Our Winnipeg location is currently undergoing renovations. We're getting some cosmetic fixes to the front of our building, as well as an upgrade to the parking lot doorway, which will make the entrance and exit much more accessible.

The bookstore and restaurant will be open during construction, but note our parking lot doors may be inaccessible during this time. Please watch for signs and barriers, and of course you can always get to us through our mall entrance. The nearest doorway into the mall is just outside of Prairie Ink, towards Shoppers Drug Mart.

We apologize for any inconvenience the renovations may cause, but we assure you the end results will be worth it!

Categories: Store News, Winnipeg

The Man Booker Prize 2017 longlist

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 5:32pm

The nominees for this year's Man Booker Fiction Prize have been announced.

The Man Booker is one of the world's largest literary prizes, honouring the best original novel written in English and published in the UK. The winner receives £50,000.

The 2017 longlist does not, unfortunately, include any Canadian authors, however it nonetheless boasts impressive literary talent from across the world.

The longlist can be found after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

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