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September's Author of the Month: ELENA FERRANTE

Tuesday, Sep 01, 2020 at 10:58am

Named one of 2016’s most influential people by TIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s most read and beloved writers. The author of The Days of Abandonment, which was made into a film directed by Roberto Faenza, Troubling Love, adapted by Mario Martone, and The Lost Daughter, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Oscar Award-winner Olivia Colman. She is also the author of Incidental Inventions, illustrated by Andrea Ucini, Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey, and The Beach at Night, illustrated by Mara Cerri. The four volumes known as the “Neapolitan quartet” (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) were published by Europa Editions in English between 2012 and 2015. My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018.

Ferrante’s powerful new novel, The Lying Life of Adults, translated by Ann Goldstein, is set in a divided Naples. Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into her Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is. Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM (EST), stream a live online event with translator Ann Goldstein as she discusses The Lying Life of Adults with Elizabeth Renzetti (The Globe and Mail). This is a ticketed event presented with Europa Editions and Flying Books. For more information and to get your ticket, please visit this page.

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Author of the Month

Welcome Back to the Community Classroom

Friday, Aug 14, 2020 at 4:53pm

We’re excited to announce that our Community Classroom is once again open for registrations! Starting in September 2020, we will be offering a mix of online and socially distanced in-person classes.

Online classes will take place over Zoom video conferencing and maintain the interactive learning environment of our physical classroom, which you can now experience from the comfort and safety of your own home. PLUS, you can attend from anywhere on the planet — all you need is a computer and stable internet connection.

More information and up-to-date class listings are available on this page.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Community Classroom

August Author of the Month: SHARI LAPENA

Friday, Jul 31, 2020 at 5:18pm

Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House and An Unwanted Guest, which have all been New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers. Her books have been sold in thirty-five territories around the world. She was a lawyer and an English teacher before turning her hand to fiction, and she currently lives in Toronto.

Lapena's newest book is a domestic suspence thriller, The End of Her.

Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin girls. The babies are a handful, but even as Stephanie struggles with the disorientation of sleep deprivation, there’s one thing she’s sure of: she has all she ever wanted.

Then Erica, a woman from Patrick’s past, appears and makes a disturbing accusation. Patrick had always said his first wife’s death was an accident, but now Erica claims it was murder.

Patrick insists he’s innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. Still, Erica knows things about Patrick — things that make Stephanie begin to question her husband. Stephanie isn’t sure what, or who, to believe. As Stephanie’s trust in Patrick begins to falter, Patrick stands to lose everything. Is Patrick telling the truth, or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month

The 2020 Booker Prize longlist

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020 at 1:05pm

The longlist for this year's Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced!

The list of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges from a total of 162 novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020. The Prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

Look after the jump to see the longlist...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

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Canada Reads 2020 winner

Friday, Jul 24, 2020 at 6:44pm

After a week of fantastic debates, this year's Canada Reads winner has been decided!

Amanda Brugel successfully championed Samra Habib's We Have Always Been Here to be crowned the "the book to bring Canada into focus".

We Have Always Been Here is an exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality as it chronicles Habib's own life: her childhood in Pakistan, her religious persecution, her arrival as a refugee to Canada, and her coming out as a proud queer Muslim woman.

Congratulations to Brugel for her success in the debates and to Habib for writing such a phenomenal book!

To find out more about the 2020 Canada Reads, visit CBC's website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit
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