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November's Author of the Month: ROBERT HARRIS

Friday, Nov 01, 2019 at 11:14am

Robert Harris is the author of twelve bestselling novels. He is a former journalist and BBC television reporter. Harris was a columnist for the Sunday Times, but gave it up in 1997. He returned to journalism in 2001, writing for the Daily Telegraph. He was named “Columnist of the Year” at the 2003 British Press Awards. Although he began his career in non-fiction, his fame rests upon his works of historical fiction. Several of his books have been adapted to film, including The Ghost Writer, which starred Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Williams. Harris later shared a César Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Harris lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his wife, Gill Hornby, herself a writer and sister of best-selling novelist Nick Hornby. Harris contributed a short story, “PMQ”, to Hornby’s 2000 collection Speaking with the Angel.

In Harris’s new novel, The Second Sleep, it’s the year 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote English village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts — coins, fragments of glass, human bones — which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes — about himself, his faith and the history of his world — is tested to destruction.

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

Books of the Season 2019

Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 11:02am

The holidays are coming!

Get yourself prepared with our annual holiday catalogue, Books of the Season, which features the best books, music, toys, games, and gifts for everyone on your list.

Pick up a free copy of the catalogue in any of our bookstores, or read it online right now >>>

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

Governor General's Literary Awards 2019 winners

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 at 3:18pm

The winners of the 2019 Governor General's Literary Awards, Canada's oldest and most prestigious literary prizes, have been announced.

Of particular note is Winnipeg's Joan Thomas, who won the Fiction award (in English) for her novel Five Wives, which we had the pleasure of launching earlier this year.

The other English-language winners include:

Along with the English-language winners are seven French-language winners. For more information on those books, and on the Award in general, visit GGbooks.ca.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Once Upon a Time in Winnipeg ...

Monday, Oct 28, 2019 at 12:56pm

The Winnipeg Eaton's department store opened in 1905 and became a staple of Winnipeg's downtown until it closed its doors in 1999. But while it was open, a seasonal favourite of many in the city was the Santa's Village on the 9th floor, which included 15 animatronic fairytale stories—part of the store for almost 40 years. What happened to those vignettes when the store closed? For the past 20 years, they've been living at the Children's Museum!

Interested in hearing a bit more about these Winnipeg favourites? Allie Alsop, director of education and exhibits at the Manitoba Children's Museum, will be discussing Eaton's impact on Winnipeg, the creation and maintenance of the vignettes, and the background of the featured stories in the Community Classroom session, The Eaton's Fairytale Vignettes: A Winnipeg Holiday Tradition on November 1st. 

Register now for a festive look back at a piece of Winnipeg's recent past!

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom, Holidays

Learn some Russian, and some folk music, in just four classes

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at 11:21am

With more than 200 million speakers, Russian is one of the top ten most spoken languages in the world. It's the language astronauts learn before going into outer space, it's written with the Cyrillic alphabet, and a few words, including "mammoth," "samovar" and "vodka," have also made their way into English.

Starting next month, educator Richard Castro is offering students the opportunity to learn some of this fascinating language through song. The class will start by reviewing the Cyrillic alphabet and learning how to read and say some everyday Russian words and expressions. And then the fun part—the class will see and hear how these words are used in some Russian folk songs and follow along as they hear them sung. Who knows, participants may even end up singing in Russian!

 

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom
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