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Giller Prize 2019 longlist

Saturday, Sep 07, 2019 at 4:28pm

The Scotiabank Giller Prize, which was created in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and recognizes excellence in Canadian literature, unveiled its longlist for the 2019 award.

The longlist includes:

The shortlist will be announced on September 30th, and the winner revealed on November 18th.

If you're in Winnipeg, we hope to see you at our annual Giller Light Bash on November 18th, which takes place inside Prairie Ink Restaurant at our Grant Park location. For more details and to book your seats online, see this page.

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Booker Prize 2019 shortlist

Friday, Sep 06, 2019 at 5:55pm

The finalists of this year's Booker Prize for Fiction have been announced.

Of particular note, Margaret Atwood is the only Canadian to make the 2019 shortlist. She was nominated for The Testaments, a sequel to her iconic novel The Handmaid's Tale, which will be released September 10th, 2019.

The other finalists includes:

The winner will be revealed October 14th, 2019.

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Booker Prize 2019 longlist

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 at 4:28pm

The longlist for this year's Booker Prize for Fiction, which celebrates the best book of fiction written in English and published in the UK, has been announced.

Of particular note, Margaret Atwood is the only Canadian to make the 2019 list. She was nominated for The Testaments, a sequel to her iconic novel The Handmaid's Tale, which is due to be released September 10th, 2019.

The rest of the longlist includes:

The shortlist will be announced September 3rd, and the winner revealed October 14th.

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2019 Lambda Award winners

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2019 at 12:40pm

The winners of the 31st Lambda Literary Awards, which honour the best in LGBTQ literature of the past year, were announced at a gala in New York City on June 3rd.

We are especially thrilled to see Casey Plett, a former McNally Robinson bookseller, has again won the Transgender Fiction Award, this time for her novel Little Fish. Plett initially won this award in 2015 for her book A Safe Girl to Love.

Also of particular note is Manitoban writer Joshua Whitehead's win of the Gay Fiction Award for his novel Jonny Appleseed.

Congratulations to Plett and Whitehead, and to all of the other winners of this year's Lammys! You can find a full list of the winners after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, LGBTQ

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The Man Booker International Prize 2019 winners

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 3:27pm

Last night at a ceremony in London, the winners of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize were announced.

Congratulations to author Jokha Alharthi and translator Marilyn Booth, who won for the book Celestial Bodies, and who will share equally the £50,000 (approximately $85,000 Canadian) prize.

Celestial Bodies tells the story of three sisters in the Oman village of al-Awafi: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla, who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present.

Please note that at the time of this announcement, there is no North American edition of Celestial Bodies available for us to order. However, with the book receiving such a pretigious honour we expect an edition will be available to us soon, so please check with your nearest McNally Robinson in coming weeks.

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