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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.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

BYOB: Bring Your Own Book

Saturday, Jul 06, 2019 at 9:59am

Summer's here! And no matter where you go, Penguin Random House of Canada has a paperback for you to take along.

To the beach, to the patio, to the park, to the backyard — there are plenty of literary choices to match your summer adventure. Just take a look at the list of titles below, and look for our "BYOB" displays in-store.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Literature

What To Read: July & August 2019

Saturday, Jun 29, 2019 at 11:18am

A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon. Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. Phoebe and Will meet in their first month at university. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who blames herself for her mother's death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy. What he knows is that he loves Phoebe but, grieving and guilt-ridden, she is drawn into a secretive cult. When the group commits a violent act in the name of faith, Will confronts a new version of the fanaticism he's just escaped. The Incendiaries is a fractured love story that explores the world of religious fundamentalism. (Riverhead Books. August)

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. Our narrator is young, thin, pretty, a recent graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. She should be happy, shouldn’t she? This novel is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of drugs designed to heal our heroine from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable alienation can be. (Penguin. July)

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July's Author of the Month: ROBERT MACFARLANE

Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 at 11:13am

Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and writes on environmentalism, literature and travel for many publications.

Back in 2015, Robert Macfarlane went viral. A reworked version of the first chapter of his book Landmarks got snagged in the Facebook shares machine, drumming up so much advanced press that upon its eventual release the book hit bestseller lists around the world.

In it, the nature writer and academic talked about the deep, historic connections between language and landscape and mourned the loss of certain everyday words from the 2007 edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary; acorn, bluebell, conker — all had been omitted.

In Underland, Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland’s glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deeptime voyage into the planet’s past and future.

Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane’s long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart.

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

The Bookseller: July & August 2019

Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 at 11:44am

Award-winning beach reads you'll be sure to enjoy, supplies to help you create your own storybook picnic, grim books to pair with rainy days, plus new fiction from the likes of Colson Whitehead, Kate Atkinson, Chuck Klosterman, and many more.

Discover it all in the July & August 2019 edition of our newsletter, The Bookseller.

Read it online now >>>

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