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November's Author of the Month: LIANE MORIARTY

Friday, Nov 02, 2018 at 1:21pm

LIANE MORIARTY is the best-selling Australian author of Big Little Lies, which was turned into a popular TV series starring and produced by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. She has written eight novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, Truly Madly Guilty, and Nine Perfect Strangers, as well as the Nicola Berry series for children. She developed a lasting love of reading and writing as a child. As an adult, she continued writing but didn’t believe that real people had novels published. Then one day she found out that they did, when her younger sister Jaclyn Moriarty sold her first novel. Liane then enrolled in a Masters program at Macquarie University in Sydney and as part of that degree, she wrote her first novel, Three Wishes. Since then she has sold over 14 million copies of her books worldwide.

In Nine Perfect Strangers, nine people gather at a remote health resort. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be. Frances Welty, a romance novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests, but the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer — or should she run while she still can? It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

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October's Author of the Month: TANA FRENCH

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 at 3:02pm

Tana French has sold over 2 million copies of her books since bursting on the scene with her Edgar Award-winning In The Woods, and has been universally praised, everywhere from The New York Times Book Review to TIME to Bustle to People. Her books have won various other awards including the Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. Born in America, she grew up in numerous countries, including Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She trained as an actor at Trinity College Dublin and worked mainly in theatre prior to the unexpected reawakening of her love of writing in her later 30s. Her choice of genre stems from her profound interest in mystery and crime novels, which she grew up reading. It was clearly the right choice as the British online newspaper, The Independent, has referred to her as the "First Lady of Irish Crime".

In her new novel, The Witch Elm, Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life: — he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden, and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

A spellbinding standalone, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Viking. October)

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September's Author of the Month: PATRICK deWITT

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 at 2:59pm

Born on Vancouver Island, novelist and screenwriter Patrick deWitt currently calls Portland, Oregon his home. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Undermajordomo Minor (2015), Ablutions (2009), which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice book, and The Sisters Brothers (2011), which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Prix des libraires du Quebec and the Stephen Leacock Medal, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. DeWitt believes that, "Unfunny people should be locked up, the key tossed into a smelter." His new novel proves that he would not succumb to that fate.

In French Exit, Frances Price — tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature — is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there’s the Price’s aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts.

The family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. The curious trio lands in their beloved Paris, the City of Light serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but self-destruction and economic ruin — to riotous effect.

French Exit is a one-of-a-kind tragedy of manners, a riotous send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother/son caper. (Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. Anansi. September)

Please join us Monday, October 22, 2018 for An Evening with Patrick deWitt in the Atrium of our Winnipeg Grant Park location.

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Author of the Month: RICHARD WAGAMESE

Thursday, Jun 28, 2018 at 12:36pm

Richard Wagamese, an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, was one of Canada’s foremost writers. His novels include Keeper’n Me, Indian Horse (made into a recent feature film produced by Clint Eastwood), and Medicine Walk. He was also the author of the memoirs For Joshua, One Native Life, and One Story, One Song, as well as a collection of personal reflections, Embers. He won numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media and Communications, the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, the Canada Reads People’s Choice Award, and the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Matt Cohen Award. Wagamese died on March 10, 2017, in Kamloops, B.C.

Read about his last novel, Starlight, after the jump...

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Author of the Month: MARTHA C. NUSSBAUM

Thursday, Jun 28, 2018 at 12:28pm

One of the world’s most celebrated moral philosophers, Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She gave the 2016 Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, which is regarded as the most prestigious award available in fields not eligible for a Nobel. She has written more than twenty-two books, including Upheavals of Thought, Anger and Forgiveness, and Not For Profit.

Read about her new book, The Monarchy of Fear, after the jump...

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