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What To Read: Spring 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 at 11:50am

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

Listen, Liberal
by Thomas Frank
$25.00. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

Originally published before the 2016 American election, Listen, Liberal describes what ailed the Democratic Party even before their weaknesses became obvious. It is the story of how the "Party of the People" detached itself from its historic constituency among average Americans and chose instead to line up with the winners of the new economic order. Now with a new afterword, Frank's analysis offers a powerful diagnosis of the liberal malady and is essential reading for anyone who still values liberal ideals. (Picador. March)

The Memoirs of a Polar Bear
by Yoko Tawada.
Translated by Susan Bernofsky.
$22.95. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

Three generations of polar bears are famous as both circus performers and writers in East Germany: they are bears who move as humans, doing human things and thinking human thoughts. The grandmother, in the Soviet Union, accidentally writes a bestselling autobiography; Tosca, her daughter (born in Canada, where her mother had emigrated) takes a job in the circus. Her son, Knut, is born in a Leipzig zoo but raised by a human keeper. Happy or sad, each bear writes a story in this delightfully strange novel. (New Directions. November)

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March's Author of the Month: TIM COOK

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 9:07pm

Tim Cook is a historian at the Canadian War Museum (CWM), an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, and a former director for Canada’s History Society. He is the author of several authoritative yet accessible award-winning books on Canadian military history in which he illuminates the inner lives of military men and women on the front lines. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian history, and in 2013 he received the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Burton Award.

In his new book, Vimy, Cook returns to the First World War, the subject upon which he built his name, with books such as At the Sharp End and Shock Troops, winner of the RBC Taylor Prize. The Vimy battle that began April 9, 1917, was unlike any other battle in Canadian history. It was the first time the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together. 10,600 men were killed or injured over four days. It has been described as the “birth of the nation.” But the meaning of that phrase has never been explored, nor has any writer — until now —explained why the battle continues to resonate with Canadians 150 years later. (Hardcover. $38.00. Allen Lane. March)

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The Bookseller: March & April 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 5:39pm

Spring into literature!

Read all about Barbara Gowdy's new novel, discover the abundance of fresh poetry that's due this season, get the scoop on the upcoming Manitoba and Saskatchewan Book Awards, find out what springtime fun we're planning at Prairie Ink, and more.

Read the March & April 2017 edition of The Bookseller now >>>

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The art of hygge

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at 10:35am

The centuries-old Danish tradition of hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”) comes from a country voted to be the happiest on Earth, and its special custom of emotional warmth, slowness and appreciation, is becoming increasingly familiar to an international audience. To hygge means to enjoy the good things in life with good people.

Look after the jump for a selection of our favourite books on hygge, Scandinavian cooking, and the joys of living like a Dane...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Cooking

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Celebrating the Prairies: Saskatchewan Book Awards 2017 Shortlist Announced

by Madison Taylor - Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 2:19pm

The shortlist for the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards has been announced. This is the 24th anniversary of the awards, which strive to promote the work of the province's talented writers and publishers. It is the only Saskatchewan-focused awards ceremony of its kind, providing invaluable support and publicity for the literary community.

The offical awards ceremony will take place on April 29 at the Conexus Arts Center in Regina. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please click on this link.

This year's shortlist is comprised of the following works:

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