Our May Author of the Month: PETER WOHLLEBENFriday, Apr 28, 2023 at 3:34pm
Peter Wohlleben is one of the world’s most notable foresters and a passionate advocate for tree conservation. Wohlleben lives in Germany, where he manages an ecologically conscious forest and runs an academy for education and advocacy. His books are bestsellers around the world.
In his beloved book The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben revealed astonishing discoveries about the social networks of trees and how they communicate. Now, in The Power of Trees, he turns to their future, with a searing critique of forestry management, tree planting, and the exploitation of old growth forests. As human-caused climate change devastates the planet, forests play a critical role in keeping it habitable. While politicians and business leaders would have us believe that cutting down forests can be offset by mass tree planting, Wohlleben offers a warning: many tree planting campaigns lead to ecological disaster. Not only are these trees more susceptible to disease, flooding, fires, and landslides, we need to understand that forests are more than simply a collection of trees. Instead, they are ecosystems that consist of thousands of species, from animals to fungi and bacteria. The way to save trees, and ourselves? Step aside and let forests—which are naturally better equipped to face environmental challenges—heal themselves. With the warmth and wonder familiar to readers from his previous books, Wohlleben also shares emerging scientific research about how forests shape climates both locally and across continents; that trees adapt to changing environmental conditions through passing knowledge down to their offspring; and how old growth may in fact have the most survival strategies for climate change. At the heart of The Power of Trees lies Wohlleben’s passionate plea: that our survival is dependent on trusting ancient forests, and allowing them to thrive.Categories: Site News, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Author of the Month
Our November Author of the Month: PERCIVAL EVERETTWednesday, Oct 26, 2022 at 8:33pm
Percival Everett is the author of more than thirty novels and story collections, including The Trees, Telephone, So Much Blue, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, I Am Not Sidney Poitier and Erasure. He has won the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle, the Dos Passos Prize, the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction, The 2010 Believer Book Award, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, a Creative Capital Award, the Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Everett is currently Distinguished Professor of English at University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles.
The protagonist of Percival Everett’s puckish new novel Dr. No is a brilliant professor of mathematics who goes by Wala Kitu. (Wala, he explains, means “nothing” in Tagalog, and Kitu is Swahili for “nothing.”) He is an expert on nothing. That is to say, he is an expert, and his area of study is nothing, and he does nothing about it. This makes him the perfect partner for the aspiring villain John Sill, who wants to break into Fort Knox to steal, well, not gold bars but a shoebox containing nothing. Once he controls nothing he’ll proceed with a dastardly plan to turn a Massachusetts town into nothing. Or so he thinks.In the process, Wala Kitu learns that Sill’s desire to become a literal Bond villain originated in some real all-American villainy related to the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. No is a caper with teeth, a wildly mischievous novel from one of our most inventive, provocative, and productive writers.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Author of the Month
David A. Robertson releases two new books this seasonFriday, Sep 18, 2020 at 5:32pm
It's been a busy year for Winnipeg author David A. Robertson, who sees two of his books published only a week apart.
In The Barren Grounds we dive into a new epic middle grade fantasy series based on traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations, and in Black Water we follow the author's deeply personal journey of revisiting the past to not only heal old wounds but to discover a new future.
We hope you'll join us Thursday, September 24, 2020 for the virtual launch of Black Water. For more details on that event, please see this page.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases
September's Author of the Month: ELENA FERRANTETuesday, Sep 01, 2020 at 10:58am
Named one of 2016’s most influential people by TIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s most read and beloved writers. The author of The Days of Abandonment, which was made into a film directed by Roberto Faenza, Troubling Love, adapted by Mario Martone, and The Lost Daughter, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Oscar Award-winner Olivia Colman. She is also the author of Incidental Inventions, illustrated by Andrea Ucini, Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey, and The Beach at Night, illustrated by Mara Cerri. The four volumes known as the “Neapolitan quartet” (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) were published by Europa Editions in English between 2012 and 2015. My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018.
Ferrante’s powerful new novel, The Lying Life of Adults, translated by Ann Goldstein, is set in a divided Naples. Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into her Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is. Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.
On Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM (EST), stream a live online event with translator Ann Goldstein as she discusses The Lying Life of Adults with Elizabeth Renzetti (The Globe and Mail). This is a ticketed event presented with Europa Editions and Flying Books. For more information and to get your ticket, please visit this page.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Author of the Month
BYOB: Bring Your Own BookSaturday, Jul 06, 2019 at 9:59am
Summer's here! And no matter where you go, Penguin Random House of Canada has a paperback for you to take along.
To the beach, to the patio, to the park, to the backyard — there are plenty of literary choices to match your summer adventure. Just take a look at the list of titles below, and look for our "BYOB" displays in-store.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Literature
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