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Griffin Poetry Prize winners for 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 at 5:55pm

The winners of this year's Griffin Poetry Prize – "the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English" – were announced last week.

The Canadian winner was Jordan Abel for his collection, Injun, and the International prize went to Alice Oswald for her book, Falling Awake. Each of them took home a prize of C$65,000.

Congratulations, Mr. Abel and Ms. Oswald!

To learn more about the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize, please visit the Prize's website.

Categories: Awards, Poetry, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Naomi Alderman wins the 2017 Baileys Prize

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 5:00pm

British author Naomi Alderman has won the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel, The Power.

The Power is described as dystopian and feminist science fiction. It is a speculative tale that begins in a world that is very much like our own... until a vital new force takes root. Teenage girls develop immense power: the ability to cause pain and even death with as little as a touch — which causes a dramatic reset of society. It is an ambitious and thrilling story, touching on many major concerns of our time: censorship, religion, and of course gender politics.

This is the first time the prize has been awarded for a science fiction title, and the second time Alderman has won the women's prize  the first instance was in 2006, when the award was known as the Orange Prize, for her debut novel, Disobedience.

Congratulations, Ms. Alderman! You can read more about her win and the prize on the Baileys Women's Prize website.

Please note: The Power is, unfortunately, currently only available in the UK. A North American edition is scheduled for a Fall 2017 release. Please contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to arrange for a no-charge pre-order.

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

June's Author of the Month: JOSEPH KANON

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 01, 2017 at 11:34am

Joseph Kanon is the internationally bestselling author of seven novels, which have been published in twenty-four languages. They include Los Alamos (1997), which won the Edgar Award for best first novel; The Good German (2001), which was made into a film starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett; Alibi (2005) which earned Kanon the Hammett Award of the International Association of Crime Writers; and Leaving Berlin (2014). Set in the early stages of the Cold War, his work is known for its rich, atmospheric details and well-drawn characters, all rendered in a distinctive, staccato prose.

His latest, Defectors, is a fast-paced novel about an American spy, the Cold War’s most notorious defector, who gives up his country for the safety of Moscow. In 1949, Frank Weeks, fair-haired boy of the newly formed CIA, is exposed as a Communist spy and seeks sanctuary behind the Iron Curtain. Now, twelve years later, he has written his memoirs, a KGB- approved project almost certain to be an international bestseller, and has asked his brother Simon, a publisher, to come to Moscow to edit the manuscript. It’s a reunion Simon both dreads and longs for. Defectors is the story of one family torn apart by divided loyalties, but it's also a revealing look at the wider community of defectors, American and British, who have escaped one prison only to find themselves trapped in another.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month

Lambda Literary Awards 2017 finalists

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 12:12pm

The finalists for the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards, which celebrate the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender literature, have been announced.

See the extensive array of shortlists on the Lambda Literary website, and get in touch with your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore or search here on the website to check out any titles that interest you. If the books aren't in stock, we'll certainly look into getting them for you at no extra charge.

The winners will be announced at a gala in New York City on June 12, 2017. For more general information about the awards, please visit the Lambda Literary website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, LGBTQ

Winnipeg's Sunday hours are changing

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:53am

Please note that starting on May 21st, 2017, the Sunday hours of our Winnipeg bookstore and restaurant will be changing slightly.

Our regular Sunday closing time will henceforth be 5:00 PM, rather than the previous 6:00 PM. The opening time of 10:00 AM will remain the same, thus our regular Sunday hours will be 10 AM to 5 PM.

This change will affect both the bookstore and Prairie Ink Restaurant in Winnipeg. Our Saskatoon location's hours will not change in any way. For a full, detailed list of our regular hours, please visit this page.

We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.

Categories: Store News, Winnipeg
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