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The NYT's 100 Notable Books of 2016

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 4:59pm

The New York Times has published their annual list of "100 Notable Books" for 2016.

The list, which includes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, is curated by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. It features titles that have been reviewed by The NYT since December 2015, with links to the full review of each title. 

Read the list here.

You can also explore The NYT's list of "Notable Children's Books" of 2016.

Most of the titles are stocked regularly in our bookstores, and those not currently in stock can almost certainly be ordered. You can search individual titles here on our website to see a live stock-check, or you can contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to inquire about stock or ordering.

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Governor General's Award Winners 2016 Announced

Friday, Oct 28, 2016 at 3:31pm

The 2016 Governor General's Awards released its list of winners on October 25. Each individual author will take home a prize of $25,000, as well as invaluable literary exposure on both a national and international scale.

The winners in each category are as follows:

For the official list of 2016 winners and finalists, click here.

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2016 Man Booker Prize Awarded to Paul Beatty

Friday, Oct 28, 2016 at 2:35pm

After much deliberation, Paul Beatty has been chosen as the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Sellout. The £50,000 ($87,000 CAN) prize is awarded annually to the best novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom. Previously restricted to authors hailing from the UK and the Commonwealth, the prize opened its doors to all English-language authors in 2014. This is the first time that the prize has been given to an American writer.

The Sellout is a darkly comical novel about race relations in America. It follows the story of the young narrator, Bonbon, who stirs up controversy in his Californian town by setting out to reintroduce slavery and segregation to his high school. The book, which has been described as a "blistering satire" by the New York Times, uses Beatty's unique flavour of humour to take an unflinchingly honest look at racial prejudices and stereotypes.

54-year-old Beatty is the author of three other novels: Slumberland, Tuff, and The Whiteboy Shuffle. He has also published two books of poetry, and is the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. He currently lives in New York City.

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Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction 2016: Finalists

Friday, Sep 30, 2016 at 5:32pm

The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction announced its list of five finalists this past week. This award recognizes the unique voices of nonfiction authors of many genres, including essays, history, biographies, memoirs, journalistic work, and social and political commentaries.

The list of 2016 finalists includes:


The lucky individual who nabs first place will receive $60,000, and each of the other finalists will be awarded $5,000. The winning writer will be announced on November 2 at the Writers' Trust Awards in Toronto.

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Scotiabank Giller Prize 2016: Shortlist

Friday, Sep 30, 2016 at 4:20pm

The shortlist of six authors in line to win the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced on September 26. This prize, celebrating high-caliber Canadian fiction, rewards the winning author with a lump sum of $100,000 as well as national literary recognition.

This year's shortlist includes:

These six selections will be narrowed down to one by a panel of five jurors, including esteemed Canadian author Lawrence Hill. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 7 at the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala. The event will air on CBC and will be streamed live at CBCbooks.ca at 9 pm (10 AT/10:30 NT).

You can read the juror's comments on the nominated titles here.

And for our Winnipeg readers and customers, don't forget to join us at the Giller Light Bash!

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