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August's Author of the Month: YOKO OGAWA

Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 at 11:32am

Yoko Ogawa was born in Okayama, Japan and attended Waseda University in Tokyo before becoming a full-time writer. Since 1988, Ogawa has published more than forty works of fiction and nonfiction and has won every major Japanese literary award. All of her books are written in Japanese, but her most successful titles, such as The Housekeeper and the Professor, The Diving Pool, and Revenge, have now been translated into English and many other languages.

Ogawa is unusual in the fact that she has also published award-winning works of non-fiction. In 2006, she teamed up with mathematician Masahiko Fujiwara to write An Introduction to the World’s Most Elegant Mathematics, a book dedicated to the beauty and fascination of numbers.

Yoko Ogawa currently lives in Ashiya, Japan and continues to write both fictional and non-fictional literary works, although much of her later work has yet to be translated.

In her new book, The Memory Police (translated by Stephen Snyder), things are disappearing on an unnamed island off an unnamed coast. First, animals and flowers. Then objects — ribbons, bells, photographs. Then, body parts.

Most of the island's inhabitants fail to notice these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the mysterious "memory police," who are committed to ensuring that the disappeared remain forgotten. When a young novelist realizes that more than her career is in danger, she hides her editor beneath her floorboards, and together, as fear and loss close in around them, they cling to literature as the last way of preserving the past.

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

Book Club Reading Lists Posted!

Friday, Jul 26, 2019 at 2:53pm

What do By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, Autopsy of a Boring Wife, and Where the Crawdads Sing all have in common? They’re the September picks for three of our Community Classroom book clubs.

Reading lists for Hidden Figures, Read Between the Wines and Wendy’s Afternoon Book Club are now online. Looking to expand your reading list this year? Try a book club! Looking for your next great read? Check out these lists from some of our exceptionally well-read book club leaders.

Categories: Discussions, Book Clubs, Winnipeg, Book Lists, Literature, Community Classroom

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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Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, What To Read

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