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Book of the Day: Dating by Dave Williamson

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 12:24pm

Winnipeg's Dave Williamson brings his unique comic sensibility to an outrageously funny portrayal of a generation grappling with the realities of old age in his new novel, Dating. Jenkins never dreamed he'd live long enough to be dating again, but less than two years after his wife's death, he finds himself sheepishly slinking past her portrait to take another woman out to the movies. With good (and sometimes not-so-good) memories of his youth, Jenkins recalls his dating experiences through the decades, and discovers he is still no wiser than a schoolboy. Especially when he learns his high school grad date is back in town and newly widowed.

Dave is a big supporter of McNally Robinson and we had a great time hosting the launch of his book this past week. We urge you to pick up his new book and give it a try.

Categories: New Releases, Literature, Book of the Day

Book of the Day: 419 by Will Ferguson

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 8:10am

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The three-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour (Happiness ,Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw, Beyond Belfast) moves into darker territory in his new novel, 419. When a man is killed for his part in an internet scam, his daughter is forced to leave the comfort of North America to make a journey deep into the dangerous back streets and alleyways of the Lagos underworld to confront her father's killer. A story of one woman's search for redemption and of a young boy who must triumph above it all.

419 isn't Will Ferguson's first foray into "serious" literature. That designation would go to Spanish Fly, which came out in 2007. Once you get past your expectation that Ferguson will make you laugh in these books, you'll realize that he's capable of telling serious stories as well as humourous.

Here's what the reviewers said about the new book in the Winnipeg Free Press and the Globe and Mail.

Categories: New Releases, Literature, Book of the Day

David Bergen Nominated for 2012 IMPAC Dublin Award

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 5:09pm

A big and hearty congratulations to David Bergen on making the shortlist for this year's IMPAC Dublin Award. This is a major world literature prize and a remarkable achievement for any author. Past winners include those who are whispered as future Nobel Prize Winners so Bergen has entered rarefied company indeed.

Bergen is the sole Canadian nominated for this year's award, which, at 100,000 euros, is the world's richest prize for an English-language work of fiction. The Winnipeg author was shortlisted for his novel The Matter with Morris, which was also a finalist for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The last Canadian to win the prize was Rawi Hage in 2008 for De Niro's Game. Alistair MacLeod won in 2001 for No Great Mischief.

The complete list of nominees is as follows:

The Matter with Morris by David Bergen, HarperCollins Canada

Rocks in the Belly by Jon Bauer, Scribe Publications

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Alfred A. Knopf

The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna, Bloomsbury

Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor, Bloomsbury

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, Atlantic Monthly Press

Landed by Tim Pears, William Heinemann

Limassol by Yishai Sarid; translated from Hebrew by Barbara Harshav, Europa Editions

The Eternal Son by Cristovao Tezza; translated from Portuguese by Alison Entrekin, Scribe

Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin, Faber & Faber

Categories: Awards, Literature

Book of the Day: Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore

Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 3:20pm

Even before I was a bookseller, a new Christopher Moore novel meant one thing: "read on sight". It never mattered to me what the plot or premise was, as I was confident that Moore's madcap writing would leave me both satisfied with my current read and complaining bitterly about having to wait for his next literary romp.

Well, the wait is over. Sacré Bleu is here.

Who was the the crooked little "color man" Vincent Van Gogh had claimed was stalking him across France? Why had the painter become deathly afraid of certain shade of blue? Van Gogh's friends, baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec vow to discover the truth of the artist's untimely death.

If there's anyone I would trust to lead me on a surreal, brothel-crawl deep into the art world of nineteenth century Paris it's the author of Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.

Categories: Staff Pick, SciFi & Fantasy, Literature, Book of the Day

Book of the Day: Why Men Lie by Linden MacIntyre

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 10:14am

Linden MacIntyre's new novel, Why Men Lie, has hit the ground running. The third in MacIntyre's Cape Breton Trilogy, Why Men Lie takes up where The Long Stretch and the Giller Prize winning The Bishop's Man left off.

Now at middle age, Effie MacAskill Gillis, a self-sufficient woman of her time, feels immunized against the damage men can do. but after a chance encounter on a subway platform, Effie gambles her hard won independence, and her heart, on a man she believes has left all his lies behind.

Check out the weekend's reviews of Why Men Lie at The Winnipeg Free Press and The Globe and Mail.

Categories: New Releases, Literature, Book of the Day
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