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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.

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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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2019 Lambda Award winners

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2019 at 12:40pm

The winners of the 31st Lambda Literary Awards, which honour the best in LGBTQ literature of the past year, were announced at a gala in New York City on June 3rd.

We are especially thrilled to see Casey Plett, a former McNally Robinson bookseller, has again won the Transgender Fiction Award, this time for her novel Little Fish. Plett initially won this award in 2015 for her book A Safe Girl to Love.

Also of particular note is Manitoban writer Joshua Whitehead's win of the Gay Fiction Award for his novel Jonny Appleseed.

Congratulations to Plett and Whitehead, and to all of the other winners of this year's Lammys! You can find a full list of the winners after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, LGBTQ

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June's Author of the Month: ANTHONY HOROWITZ

Thursday, Apr 25, 2019 at 4:48pm

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK today. Horowitz juggles writing books, TV series, films, plays and articles for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to literature in 2014.

Horowitz has written over 40 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider. He is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels. The House of Silk was published in 2011 and was internationally lauded. The sequel, Moriarty, was published in 2014 with similar success. He was commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis, which was published in 2015. It was followed by a second novel, Forever and A Day, which came out in 2018.

Horowitz is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most successful television series, producing the first seven episodes of Midsomer Murders. He is the writer and creator of the award-winning drama series Foyle’s War. Horowitz has also written other original dramas for ITV. His most recent show New Blood premiered on BBC in 2016.

Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz and eccentric detective Daniel Hawthorne team up again in a new mystery, The Sentence is Death, the sequel to the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder. They delve deep into the killing of a high-profile divorce lawyer and the death, only a day earlier, of a one-time friend. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. HarperCollins. June)

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The Man Booker International Prize 2019 winners

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 3:27pm

Last night at a ceremony in London, the winners of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize were announced.

Congratulations to author Jokha Alharthi and translator Marilyn Booth, who won for the book Celestial Bodies, and who will share equally the £50,000 (approximately $85,000 Canadian) prize.

Celestial Bodies tells the story of three sisters in the Oman village of al-Awafi: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla, who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present.

Please note that at the time of this announcement, there is no North American edition of Celestial Bodies available for us to order. However, with the book receiving such a pretigious honour we expect an edition will be available to us soon, so please check with your nearest McNally Robinson in coming weeks.

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