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Randy Bachman honoured at the Junos

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 8:48pm

Join Randy Bachman in conversation with legendary Winnipeg radio personality Howard Mandshein in the Atrium at McNally Robinson Grant Park, Saturday March 29 at 2:00 pm.

The next day Bachman, along with fellow band mates of the celebrated Winnipeg band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive -- Blair Thornton, Fred Turner and Robin Bachman -- will be honoured at the 43rd Annual JUNO Awards at the MTS Centre when they are inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Randy Bachman has another reason to be smiling this month. His new book, Tales from Beyond the Tap, hit the shelves in early March. Following on the success of his 2011 book Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories, Bachman gives rock fans a VIP tour of an extraordinary life in music, telling more great stories from a life in rock -- all the fun, hardships and adventure that haven't been featured on his hit CBC Radio show, Vinyl Tap.

When you've played thousands of gigs over a fifty-year career, from church basements to Madison Square Garden, most of them become a blur, but there are some favourite venues that stand out. Randy shares what he's experienced, from station wagons and six-to-a-room motels to custom coaches, jets and luxury suites from the vantage point of one who's been there and seen it all. Tales from Beyond the Tap offers a rare glimpse behind the man, the music and his popular radio show.

Categories: buzz, Music, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases

Celebrate Saskatchewan's Literary History

Wednesday, Jan 08, 2014 at 3:08pm

David Carpenter continues his fascinating look at the development of Saskatchewan writing and writers in The Literary History of Saskatchewan Volume 2: Progressions.

Progressions presents another batch of erudite and entertaining essays on a variety of topics covering Saskatchewan's literary development, as well as tributes to some of the major contributors to that history, and a pictorial glimpse into the past.

Writers stopped using typewriters, and even moved beyond the Kaypro computer box for their compositions. The Saskatchewan School of the Arts was shut down, ending the Fort San writing experience. But the Sage Hill Writing Experience quickly rose to replace it. Saskatchewan literary presses found their feet and published important and lasting books. A wave of new writers joined the founders of the province's literary tradition. Responding to this growth in the community, the Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Saskatchewan Festival of Words in Moose Jaw came into being.

The Saskatchewan writing community stormed out of the 20th Century in a frenzy of creativity and accomplishment.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases

Laugh away your Winter blahs

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 5:23pm

Winter seems like it'll never end. But don't worry -- it's late February, so surely the end can't be too far off! (Right?)

To get over your Winter blahs, check out some of these new and hilarious Humour books.

For the over 200,000 people already following on Twitter, @stats_canada is a daily source of Canadian parody. Stats Canada, the book, continues the site's trailblazing satire by tackling everything from history, culture, and language to sports, entertainment, politics, weather, and much more. With all-new features, graphs, maps, and other illustrations, Stats Canada has all the laughter you've come to expect, with only 10% recycled content. While outrageously false, these hilarious "facts" unearth deep truths about Canadians and their culture.

Unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem and other things that just sort of happened are the subjects of Hyperbole and a Half by blog maven Allie Brosh. Touching, absurd and darkly comic, this beautifully illustrated edition features classics from her website (such as "The God of Cake," "Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving" and "Adventures in Depression," and "Depression Part Two"), plus more than fifty percent new content with ten never-before-seen essays. Brosh's debut will make you squirm and grind your teeth, but most of all, it will make you laugh.

Read more about our newest and most hilarious Humour books after the jump...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Humour


Inspiring New Directions

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 4:32pm

Olivia Chow -- Member of Parliament, seasoned politician and widow of former New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton -- tells her story in her candid memoir, My Journey. She describes how she came to Canada from Hong Kong with her family when she was thirteen and emerged from a turbulent childhood to become an inspiring political force. Along the way, she describes what drives her, what influences and events have shaped her life, and how she is continuing her quest after losing her partner in life and politics.

In May 1992, just ten weeks before the Olympic Games, Silken Laumann shattered her right leg in a brutal rowing accident. Doctors told the reigning world champion in single sculls rowing she might never row again. When the starter's pistol rang out 27 days later, Laumann made the greatest comeback in Canadian sports history, winning the bronze medal for Canada and capturing the hearts of a nation. In Unsinkable Laumann reveals new insights into her extraordinary success as well as the much darker story about the intense personal challenges of her past.

Silken Laumann will be in our Grant Park store this coming Thursday, February 20th, to sign copies of Unsinkable! She will be visiting us from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, so be sure to come down, say hi, and get your book signed!

See more books going in inspiring new directions after the jump...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases


Hooked on Murder: Bradley and Benison

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 3:13pm

Two Canadian crime writers with Prairie roots mine the gold of unsettling events that take place amid the supposedly placid environs of the traditional English village...

The English village of Bishop's Lacey is never short of two things: mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches is the latest novel this bestselling series of cozy mysteries by one-time Saskatoon resident, Alan Bradley. Once again the young chemist and aspiring detective, Flavia de Luce, is on the case. This time Flavia brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve one of the most dastardly crimes the English countryside has to offer, and in the process she comes closer than ever to solving her life's greatest mystery: her mother's disappearance.

Writing in the great whodunit tradition of British mysteries, Winnipeg's C.C. Benison takes us to new heights in Ten Lords A-Leaping, the third novel in his Father Christmas series. To fundraise for the parish in bucolic Thornford Regis, Father Tom Christmas skydives for charity. While his landing is bumpy, it's nothing compared to that of Hector, Earl of Fairhaven, who leaps from twenty thousand feet with disastrous results. Some residents of the town believe that those results were not accidental, and soon Tom Christmas is investigating a crime that puts him on course for a very hard landing of his own.

This article was taken from the January/February edition of our news magazine, The Bookseller. Pick up your own free copy of the magazine inside of our stores.

Categories: Mystery & Crime, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases
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