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Manitoba Book Awards 2021: Shortlists

Friday, Apr 30, 2021 at 12:48pm

The finalists for the 2021 Manitoba Book Awards have been announced! You can find the complete lists after the jump.

The awards are divided into eleven categories and showcase the very best in writing, editing, design, and publishing here in Manitoba.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Sadly the pandemic means that we cannot celebrate together at a gala, so instead the winners will be announced via media release and social media on Thursday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m.

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Prairie Writing, Canadian Lit

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Our May Author of the Month: RACHEL CUSK

Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 4:07pm

Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 and spent much of her childhood in Los Angeles before finishing her education at a convent school in England. Her first novel, Saving Agnes (1993), won the Whitbread First Novel Award. A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001), is a personal exploration of motherhood. In The Lucky Ones (2003), she uses a series of five narratives, loosely linked by the experience of parenthood, to write of life’s transformations; of what separates us from those we love and what binds us to those we no longer understand. Her novel, Arlington Park (2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. She has also published a memoir of a 3-month family stay in Italy, The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy (2009); and a novel entitled The Bradshaw Variations (2009). In 2014 her novel Outline was published by Vintage. It was inspired by Cusk’s experience of teaching a creative writing course in Athens supported by the British Council. Shortlisted for several major awards, it was the first in a trilogy, followed by Transit (2016) and Kudos (2018).

Second Place, Rachel Cusk’s electrifying new novel, is a study of female fate and male privilege, the geometries of human relationships, and the moral questions that animate our lives. It reminds us of art’s capacity to uplift — and to destroy. A woman invites a famous artist to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. Powerfully drawn to his paintings, she believes his vision might penetrate the mystery at the center of her life. But as a long, dry summer sets in, his provocative presence itself becomes an enigma — and disrupts the calm of her secluded household.

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

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day: April 24, 2021

Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 at 4:06pm

We are thrilled that Canadian Independent Bookstore Day is coming up on Saturday, April 24, 2021!

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day was started as a way for readers across Canada to celebrate their beloved local indie bookstores and the contributions these businesses make to their communities. By shopping locally for your books on April 24, you are advocating for independent businesses, supporting a flourishing bookselling community, and investing in Canadian culture.

As Canada's largest and most eventful indie bookstore, we are proudly taking part in this nationwide celebration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are, sadly, unable to plan any special events for the big day, however the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association (CIBA) is running an online contest across Canada with a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

The contest is simple:

  1. Buy books. You may shop online, by phone, or in-store with us April 24-25, 2021. Be sure to keep your receipts and all emails we send you!
  2. Review the prizes. You can see the full list on CIBA's website. Be sure to read the conditions carefully and select your favourite prize(s).*
  3. Enter. Links to dedicated entry forms will be found on CIBA's website on April 24 and 25. Each prize will have its own entry form, and proof of purchase will be required (see below for more details**).
  4. Find out if you've won! CIBA staff will contact prospective winners with next steps on April 26 via email.

*One important thing to note: Each book you purchase on April 24/25 counts as one entry. So if you buy ten books, you can enter to win ten different prizes! Or you can pool your entries into select prizes.

**Proof of purchase is required for each entry. For orders made in person or by phone, you will need to include a photograph of your printed receipt. For orders made on our website, you will need to take a screenshot of the confirmation email you receive from us (which you will receive as soon as you've submitted your order).

For full contest details, please visit CIBA's website. Be sure to bookmark that page so that you can get back to it quickly when it's time to submit your contest entries.

Thank you for shopping with us and for supporting a locally-owned, Canadian independent company.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Contests and Giveaways

Our April Author of the Month: HELEN OYEYEMI

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2021 at 2:54pm

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of several story collections and novels, including Mr. Fox and Gingerbread, as well as Boy, Snow, Birdwhich was a finalist for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She received a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award and a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and in 2013 she was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists. Born in Nigeria and raised in London, England, Oyeyemi now lives in Prague.

> Watch the lovely video greeting Helen Oyeyemi sent us!

Peaces, her newest book, is a vivid and inventive story about a couple forever changed by an unusual train voyage. When Otto and Xavier Shin declare their love, an aunt gifts them a trip on a sleeper train to mark their new commitment — and to get them out of her house. Setting off with their pet mongoose, Otto and Xavier arrive at their sleepy local train station, but quickly deduce that The Lucky Day is no ordinary locomotive. Their trip on this former tea-smuggling train has been curated beyond their wildest imaginations, complete with mysterious and welcoming touches, like ingredients for their favourite breakfast. They seem to be the only people onboard, until Otto discovers a secretive woman who issues a surprising message. As further clues and questions pile up, and the trip upends everything they thought they knew, Otto and Xavier begin to see connections to their own pasts, connections that now bind them together.

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

Our March Author of the Month: EDEN ROBINSON

Friday, Feb 26, 2021 at 5:26pm

Eden Robinson is the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning author of such books as Traplines and Blood Sports. Her second book, Monkey Beach, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award, and received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2001. In 2016 she received the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award for her body of work, followed by being named as a recipient of the Writers' Trust Fellowship in 2017, and in 2018 she received an honorary doctoral degree from UBC for her literary works. A member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations, Robinson lives in Kitamaat Village, BC.

> Watch the lovely video greeting Eden Robinson sent to us from her home in Kitamaat Village!

Return of the Trickster is Robinson's newest book, which brings her highly acclaimed Trickster trilogy, including the books Son of a Trickster and Trickster Drift, to a close. In this third book we catch up with Jared Martin as he wakes up naked, dangerously dehydrated and confused in the basement of his mom's old house in Kitimat. Some of the people he loves, the ones who don't see the magic he attracts, just think he fell off the wagon after a tough year of sobriety, but the truth for Jared is so much worse. He finally knows for sure that he is the only one of his dad's 535 children who is a Trickster, a shapeshifter with a free pass to other dimensions, and everyone he loves is in mortal danger from the dark forces he's accidentally unleashed — the scariest of which is his Aunt Georgina, a maniacal ogress hungry for his power, who has sent her posse of flesh-eating coy-wolves to track him down.

On Friday March 12, 2021, we hope you'll join us for an online discussion between Eden Robinson and Cherie Dimaline. See this page for details.

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