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Giller Prize 2020 shortlist

Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020 at 3:51pm

The shortlist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced. The entire list is comprised of great Canadian books but we are especially thrilled to see a Winnipeg finalist make the cut: David Bergen for his newest collection of stories, Here The Dark.

Congratulations, David, and to all of the others who made the list!

The 2020 finalists include:

  • Gil Adamson, for her novel Ridgerunner (Anansi Press)
  • David Bergen, for his short story collection Here The Dark (Biblioasis)
  • Shani Mootoo, for her novel Polar Vortex (Book*hug Press)
  • Emily St. John Mandel, for her novel The Glass Hotel (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
  • Souvankham Thammavongsa, for her short story collection How To Pronounce Knife (McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada)

The winner will be announced on November 9, 2020, and you can celebrate with this year's virtual Giller Light Bash, with all proceeds going to Frontier College. For details on the Giller Light Bash, please see this website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit

October's Author of the Month: VICTORIA "V.E." SCHWAB

Friday, Oct 02, 2020 at 11:52am

Victoria "V.E." Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, Villains series, This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. Her work has received critical acclaim, translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

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

David A. Robertson releases two new books this season

Friday, Sep 18, 2020 at 5:36pm

It's been a busy year for Winnipeg author David A. Robertson, who sees two of his books published only a week apart.

In The Barren Grounds we dive into a new epic middle grade fantasy series based on traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations, and in Black Water we follow the author's deeply personal journey of revisiting the past to not only heal old wounds but to discover a new future.

We hope you'll join us Thursday, September 24, 2020 for the virtual launch of Black Water. For more details on that event, please see this page.

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases

Maggie O'Farrell wins 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction

Saturday, Sep 12, 2020 at 4:21pm

The winner of this year's Women's Prize for Fiction is Maggie O'Farrell, who won for her novel Hamnet and Judith!

Founded in 1996, The Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as The Orange Prize and The Baileys Women's Prize) is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating fiction written by women. It comes with a £30,000 prize.

Hamnet and Judith, originally published in the UK under the title Hamnet, follows a family torn apart by the bubonic plague in 1596 England. The story is inspired by the life and death of William Shakespeare's only son.

Congratulations, Maggie O'Farrell! Find out more about the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction here.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

September's Author of the Month: ELENA FERRANTE

Tuesday, Sep 01, 2020 at 12:49pm

Named one of 2016’s most influential people by TIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s most read and beloved writers. The author of The Days of Abandonment, which was made into a film directed by Roberto Faenza, Troubling Love, adapted by Mario Martone, and The Lost Daughter, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Oscar Award-winner Olivia Colman. She is also the author of Incidental Inventions, illustrated by Andrea Ucini, Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey, and The Beach at Night, illustrated by Mara Cerri. The four volumes known as the “Neapolitan quartet” (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child) were published by Europa Editions in English between 2012 and 2015. My Brilliant Friend, the HBO series directed by Saverio Costanzo, premiered in 2018.

Ferrante’s powerful new novel, The Lying Life of Adults, translated by Ann Goldstein, is set in a divided Naples. Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into her Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is. Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM (EST), stream a live online event with translator Ann Goldstein as she discusses The Lying Life of Adults with Elizabeth Renzetti (The Globe and Mail). This is a ticketed event presented with Europa Editions and Flying Books. For more information and to get your ticket, please visit this page.

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