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April's Author of the Month: RUTH REICHL

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 5:22pm

Ruth Reichl is an American chef, food writer, co-producer of PBS's Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS's Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth, and the last editor-in-chief of the now shuttered Gourmet magazine.

Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs Tender at the BoneComfort Me with ApplesGarlic and Sapphires, and For You Mom, Finally, which have been translated into 18 languages. In 2014 she published her first novel: Delicious!

She is known for her ability to "make or break" a restaurant. For Reichl, her mission has been to "demystify the world of fine cuisine." She has won acclaim with both readers and writers alike for her honesty about many aspects of haute cuisine. Through an outsider's perspective, she harshly criticized the sexism prevalent toward women in dine-out experiences, as well as the pretentious nature of the ritziest New York restaurants.

Ruth Reichl spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food. Here in Save Me the Plums, for the first time, she chronicles the personal and professional risks she took during her tenure as the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine in this insightful, inspiring and very readable new memoir. But this is not just the tale of a magazine; it is also a story about taking a professional leap of faith, following your passion and holding onto your dreams — even when nothing works out the way you’d expected. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Random House. April)

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

Canada Reads 2019 winner

Saturday, Mar 30, 2019 at 1:48pm

Ziya Tong, who championed Max Eisen's Holocaust memoir By Chance Alone, is the winner of Canada Reads 2019.

Published in 2016, By Chance Alone recounts Eisen's own traumatic memories of his family's imprisonment in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War.

Tong, a science journalist and herself an author, passionately defended By Chance Alone during four days of vigorous literary debates, proving to us all why the memoir is "the one book that will move all Canadians". She was ultimately decided as winner by the panellists during the final debate on March 28, 2019, thus beating out runner-up Chuck Comeau who was defending Homes, the memoir of Abu Bakr al Rabeeah written with Winnie Yeung.

The other three books that were part of Canada Reads 2019 included David Chariandy's Brother, defended by Lisa Ray; by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's Suzanne, defended by Yanic Truesdale; and Lindsay Wong's The Woo Woo, defended by Joe Zee. The debates were hosted by Ali Hassan.

To read more about Canada Reads, and to stream the debates online, visit CBC's website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit

McNally Robinson celebrates Manitoba

Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 at 10:44am

We had such fun putting together our book, Winnipeg by Winnipeg in 2013, which was made up of a collection of photos submitted by both amateur and professional photographers. Five years later we wanted to do it again but thought we should set our sights beyond the Perimeter Highway and see what Manitoba looks like to the people who live here.

For a second time we were not disappointed by either the quantity or quality of submissions. Manitoba is a province whose people are spread across a very large space. This is reflected in the photos; there are people in the images in this book but not always, as the landscape and the sky so often overwhelm the human presence.

We would like to take a moment to thank all the photographers who submitted images. We could feel your excitement during the collection process, and we felt our own as we went through the difficult process of selection. There are certainly some serendipitous moments captured in these pages but more often what is striking is the patience and time needed to get these shots. This time and effort is appreciated by us and will be appreciated by everyone who pages through your photos. Most of all, as the single images combine to create a larger picture of this province, your love of your home comes through. Thank you Manitoba.

Our new photo book, Manitoba by Manitoba, will be launched at our Grant Park store on Thursday March 14 at 7:00 pm in the Atrium. We look forward to seeing you there.

Categories: Store News, Winnipeg, Regional Interest

Man Booker International 2019 longlist

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019 at 4:18pm

The longlist for this year's Man Booker International prize has been announced. The award, given annually to a single book in English translation, comes with a £50,000 prize that is shared equally between author and translator.

Of interesting note this year, only two of the thirteen books on the list come from major publishing houses — the rest were published by independent presses. This by itself is a win for independent publishers all around, as major awards such as the Man Booker are typically dominated by titles from major publishers.

Find the longlist after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg


What To Read: March & April 2019

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 5:33pm

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

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez. Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog's care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them. (Riverhead Books. February)

The Long Take by Robin Robertson. Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. Walker is a D-Day veteran with PTSD; he can't return home to rural Nova Scotia and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he finds his way from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco, we witness a crucial period in American history, one that allowed film noir to flourish. This is a tale of damaged people trying to find kindness in a world of cynicism and paranoia. Robertson uses verse to tell this tale of fracture across the postwar urban scene and into the heart of an unforgettable character. (Anansi. October)

See more What To Read picks after the jump...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, What To Read


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