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The 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020 at 11:34am

The finalists for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize and the Bailey's Women's Prize, have been announced.

The Women's Prize is awarded annually to a female author of any nationality for the best novel written in English in the past year. 2020 marks its 25th anniversary.

The 2020 shortlist includes:

The winner will be announced on September 9, 2020.

(*As of posting this article, A Thousand Ships is not yet released in North America, though a NA edition is scheduled to be released in January 2021. Contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to pre-order.)

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Manitoba Book Awards 2020 shortlists

Friday, Apr 17, 2020 at 1:46pm

The finalists for the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards have been announced!

These awards celebrate books written and published by Manitoban authors in the past year.

The COVID-19 pandemic of course means we will have to forego the usual gala celebration, but the winners will still be announced and celebrated online on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Look after the jump for all of this year's finalists...

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April's Author of the Month: VIVEK SHRAYA

Thursday, Apr 02, 2020 at 12:23pm

Vivek Shraya is a Canadian musician, writer, and visual artist. She currently lives in Calgary where she is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary and a director on the board of The Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for the rights of LGBTQ women.

In 2010, Shraya published her first book, God Loves Hair, an illustrated collection of linked short stories about a brown, genderqueer child growing up in an immigrant family in Alberta. Her second book, She of the Mountains, a lyrical novel consisting of two intertwined love stories, was named one of The Globe and Mail's Best 100 Books of 2014.

Shraya released her debut poetry collection entitled even this page is white. It’s an incisive exploration of the effects of everyday racism and colonialism in Canada that won a 2017 Publishing Triangle award and was longlisted for CBC's Canada Reads. The Boy & The Bindi, a children's picture book about a young boy's fascination with the dot on his mother's forehead, was also published that year. Shraya's first non-fiction book, I’m Afraid of Men, was released in 2018.

Everyone talks about falling in love, but falling in friendship can be just as captivating. In The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya, when Neela Devaki’s song is covered by internet-famous artist Rukmini, the two musicians meet and a transformative friendship begins. But as Rukmini’s star rises and Neela’s stagnates, jealousy and self-doubt creep in. With a single tweet, their friendship implodes, one career is destroyed, and the two women find themselves at the centre of an internet firestorm. (Softcover. $21.95. RRC Price $19.75. ECW Press. April)

In Winnipeg, join us for An Evening with Vivek Shraya on April 25 at 7:00 PM!

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Our COVID-19 Response

Monday, Mar 23, 2020 at 1:39pm

Nothing is more important to us than the communities we are a part of, however during a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic we must of course reimagine ourselves for the health and well-being of our friends and neighbours. McNally Robinson has always been a place of gathering, but as that potentially becomes a problem rather than a benefit we feel the need to change some of the ways you are accustomed to us functioning.

We are still here to provide you with books, music, and all of the items we normally sell, either in person at one of our bookstores or from a safe distance by phone or through our online store. In both Winnipeg and Saskatoon we're offering curbside pickup, delivery, and we ship all across the globe.

Otherwise we have unfortunately had to cancel or postpone our events and Community Classroom programs for the foreseeable future.

For more information on our response to the COVID-19 crisis, including details on how you can still shop with us, please see this page.

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What To Read: March & April 2020

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2020 at 5:21pm

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

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula of Russia, two young sisters go missing. In the ensuing months, the investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across the community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women. Taking us through a year, this novel enters this community, its citizens all connected by the crime. We are transported into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused. (Vintage. April)

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe. Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. Keefe's book on the conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath details a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only the populace but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish. (Anchor. March)

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

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