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Michael Ondaatje wins Golden Man Booker Prize

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 at 12:50pm

Michael Ondaatje has been awarded the Golden Man Booker Prize for his novel, The English Patient, making him the greatest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize.

The Golden Man Booker Prize was made to celebrate the Man Booker's 50th anniversary. All previous 51 Man Booker winners were eligible for the Golden prize, and the shortlist, which consisted of five finalists, one from each decade of the Prize's history, was determined by a panel of judges. Ultimately the winner — Mr. Ondaatje — was decided by popular vote.

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Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature, Canadian Lit

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Independent Bookstore Day 2018

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018 at 1:16pm

April 28th, 2018, is Independent Bookstore Day. Formerly known as Authors for Indies Day, Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day party to celebrate indie bookstores across North America.

As Canada's largest independent bookseller, McNally Robinson is excited to take part in the festivities. This year we asked a number of our favourite authors to recommend some of their favourite books, and we present those suggestions below (after the jump).

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you, our dear readers, for your continued support. It is no secret that the bookselling trade has seen dark times in recent years, due to competition from ebooks and online retailers, but thanks to our loyal customers McNally Robinson has stood strong against the competition, and thus we are able to continue our support of the artistic and cultural communities of Winnipeg and Saskatoon.

So thank you for choosing us as your bookseller.

Reading recommendations from authors are coming up after the jump...

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature

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The Bookseller: May & June 2018

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018 at 4:31pm

New fiction from some of Canada's greatest authors; a game that will take you away as you build your own tropical paradise; treks through the mind and into nature; the wonderfully savoury and sweet flavours of Greece and Italy; some not-so-normal fiction for young readers; fun family events at Prairie Ink; and more.

Get ready for summer with the latest literature news in our May/June newsletter.

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Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature, Newsletter

2018 Pulitzer Prize winners

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018 at 11:42am

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. The Prizes celebrate achievements in a wide range of fields, so we shall highlight only the winners of the literary and entertainment prizes:

FICTION: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

HISTORY: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis

BIOGRAPHY: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

POETRY: Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

GENERAL NONFICTION: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.

MUSIC: Damn by Kendrick Lamar

Each winner receives a certificate as well as a $15,000US cash prize. For a full list of the 2018 winners and finalists, visit the Pulitzer Prize website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature

What To Read: March & April 2018

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 at 4:07pm

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Softcover. $22.95. Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she seizes the opportunity when Caesar, a fellow slave, urges her to escape with him. But in this novel, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. As Whitehead re-creates the terrors of slavery, he weaves in the saga of the American nation, from the abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of today. This is both the tale of one woman's will to escape bondage and a powerful meditation on shared history. (Anchor. February)

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell. Softcover. $22.00. A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She's not his mother. He's not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family. Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. If you think a novel should unsettle you once in a while then this is one to read. (Riverhead. March)

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Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature, What To Read

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