The contenders for this year's Canada Reads competition have been selected!
Hosted annually by the CBC, Canada Reads is a series of debates to determine which is the one book Canadians should read right now, based on current events. This year, the competition seeks to find the "one book to bring Canada into focus."
In no particular order, the 2020 finalists and their defenders include:
- Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles, defended by Alayna Fender
- Radicalized by Cory Doctorow, defended by Akil Augustine
- We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib, defended by Amanda Brugel
- Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson, defended by Kaniehtiio Horn
- From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle, defended by George Canyon
The debates will take place March 16 to 19, and you can watch or listen by TV, radio, or streaming. For more information on the competition, visit the Canada Reads website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit
February is a month of many meanings—I Love to Read, Black History, Valentine's Day—and our Community Classroom has dozens of new classes that will help you get the most out of this short, but busy month. Click on the titles below to read more and/or register. Or, visit our Community Classroom page to view all classes starting in February!
I Love to Read
- Aspects of Plath—Looking at new material, consider Plath as a hopeful and complex figure who produced some of the most important poetry from the second half of the 20th century. (Starts Saturday, February 15)
Black History Month
- Slavery: From the Transatlantic Trade to the Contemporary World—Examine the concept of slavery, the Transatlantic Slave Trade and how slavery has transformed itself in our contemporary world. (Starts Thursday, February 6)
- Preaching to the Choir: The Life and Works of R. Nathaniel Dett—Discover the music of this Canadian-born black composer who combined his musical gifts with an endless thirst for knowledge. (Wednesday, February 12)
Valentine's DayCategories: Poetry, Winnipeg, Community Classroom
Looking for something different to kick off your weekend? McNally Robinson Booksellers has partnered with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra (WJO) on two classes in March and April—both of which will be taught by professor, musician and composer Sean Irvine.
Each class is a unique opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of jazz music. Click on the titles below to learn more about and/or register for each session.
- Lady Soul: The Story of Aretha Franklin (March 13)—There's a story behind each of this great singer, songwriter and activist's monumental achievements.
- The Lick (April 3 & 26)—A composition and arranging workshop where participants help build the framework to a new composition, AND the cost includes a ticket to the WJO's Carpathian Blues concert on April 26.
View all upcoming music classes here!Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Community Classroom
A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.
Unquiet by Linn Ullmann. Softcover. $21.95. RRC Price $19.76. He is a Swedish filmmaker and she is his daughter. Now that she's grown up and he's in his late eighties, he envisions a book about old age. Growing old is hard work, he says. They will write it together. She will ask the questions. He will answer them. Unquiet follows the narrator as she unearths these taped conversations seven years later. Swept into memory, she reimagines the story of a father, a mother, and a girl — a child who can't wait to grow up and parents who would rather be children. (January)
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss. Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. In England Silvie and her family are living as ancient Britons, surviving by the knowledge of the Iron Age. For her father’s two-week vacation, they join an anthropology course reenacting life in simpler times. They are surrounded by forests, making stew from roots and hunted rabbit. Silvie's father has raised her on stories of early man, recounting their rituals and beliefs — particularly their sacrifices to the bog. But Silvie begins to imagine another kind of life. Ghost Wall urges us to wonder how far we have come from the "primitive minds" of our ancestors. (January)
See more What To Read picks after the jump...Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, What To Read
May 2020 will mark 150 years since what is now Manitoba became Canada's fifth province, and we think this anniversary is a great opportunity to look back at different aspects of our province's history. To that end, the Community Classroom is pleased to present our Local History Series—ten classes between January and May that give you the opportunity to learn more about some of the diverse groups of people, stories and developments that made Manitoba what it is today.
Click on any of the classes below to learn more and to register!
- Manitoba Treaties, Past and Present (January 13)
- Residential Schools and Settler Colonialism (February 5)
- The Haunted History of Manitoba (February 7)
- How Railways Built Manitoba (Starts February 19)
- Not Talking Union: North American Mennonites and Labour (March 10)
- An Explorer's Guide to Abandoned Manitoba (Starts April 1)
- Introduction to Indigenous/Aboriginal Rights (April 7)
- Assiniboine Park: A History of Winnipeg's Iconic Playground (May 5)
- Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Blanket Exercise - A Historical Tool (May 7)
- The Icelanders in Manitoba (May 14)
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