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Our September Author of the Month: DAVID A. ROBERTSON

Thursday, Sep 01, 2022 at 2:49pm

DAVID A. ROBERTSON, a writer and freelance journalist, is the recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada Freedom to Read Award. His memoir, Black Water, won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction. His middle-grade fantasy series, the Misewa Saga, includes the #1 national bestseller The Barren Grounds. He won the Governor General’s Literary Award for the illustrated books On the Trapline and When We Were Alone. Robertson is also the writer and host of the award-winning podcast Kiwew. He is a member of Norway House Cree Nation and lives in Winnipeg.

The Theory of Crows is his first novel for adults. Deep in the night, Matthew paces the house, unable to rest. Though his sixteen-year-old daughter, Holly, lies sleeping on the other side of the bedroom door, she is light years away from him. How can he bridge the gap between them when he can’t shake the emptiness he feels inside? Holly knows her father is drifting further from her; what she doesn’t understand is why. Could it be her fault that he seems intent on throwing everything away, including their relationship? A poignant and evocative novel about the bonds of family and the gifts offered by the land.

Join us for the launch of The Theory of Crows on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 PM CDT! The event will be hosted live in our Winnipeg Grant Park bookstore and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. For more details see this page.

Categories: SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month

Our August Author of the Month: MOHSIN HAMID

Friday, Jul 29, 2022 at 12:17pm

Mohsin Hamid is the author of the international bestsellers Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, both finalists for the Booker Prize. His first novel, Moth Smoke, won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. His essays, a number of them collected as Discontent and Its Civilizations, have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. He divides his time between Lahore, New York, and London.

In Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, The Last White Man, a man wakes up to find himself transformed. Overnight, Anders’s skin has turned dark, and the reflection in the mirror seems a stranger to him. At first he shares his secret only with Oona, an old friend turned new lover. Soon, reports of similar events begin to surface. Across the land, people are awakening in new incarnations, uncertain how their neighbors, friends, and family will greet them. Some see the transformations as the long-dreaded overturning of the established order that must be resisted to a bitter end. In many, like Anders’s father and Oona’s mother, a sense of profound loss and unease wars with profound love. As the bond between Anders and Oona deepens, change takes on a different shading: a chance at a kind of rebirth — an opportunity to see ourselves, face to face, anew.

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

Our July Author of the Month: BECKY CHAMBERS

Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 9:38am

Becky Chambers is a science fiction author based in Northern California. She is best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series, which currently includes The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, Record of a Spaceborn Few, and The Galaxy, and the Ground Within. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women’s Prize for Fiction, among others. To Be Taught, If Fortunate, a standalone novella, was released in 2019, and last year A Psalm for the Wild-Built introduced the Monk and Robot series.

Her new novel, A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, continues the Monk and Robot series. It is a story of kindness and love from one of the foremost practitioners of hopeful sci-fi. After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home. They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe. Becky Chambers’s new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?

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

Free Press Book Club Summer Reading

Saturday, Jun 25, 2022 at 2:10pm

The Winnipeg Free Press has returned with their Reading Challenge for Kids!

The Free Press has chosen four different books for each of three age groups (7 to 9, 10 to 12 and 13 to 15), the details of which can be found on the Free Press website. There is a wide range of genres, themes and perspectives for kids to explore from a ton of local authors.

All of these books are available at our Grant Park bookstore and many can be found or requested at our Forks location.

Kids can read books from whatever age category they want, in whatever order they want, as slowly or as quickly as they want and will also have the opportunity to submit reviews of the books they’ve read. The Free Press will run a selection of those reviews in print in their Saturday books section twice throughout the summer.

For more information on the Summer Reading program, including book picks and how to sign up, please visit the Free Press website here.

Categories: Winnipeg

Manitoba Book Awards 2022 winners

Friday, Jun 10, 2022 at 1:35pm

Presenting the winners of the 2022 Manitoba Book Awards! With over a dozen different categories, these awards celebrate excellence in Manitoba writing, publishing, illustrating, and book design.

This year's winners include:

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction
Dadibaajim: Returning Home Through Narrative by Helen Olsen Agger, published by University of Manitoba Press

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award / Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg
Mont-Blanc-Winnipeg Express par Seream, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
CO-WINNERS:
Persephone's Children: A Life in Fragments by Rowan McCandless, published by Dundurn Press
We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing by Jillian Horton, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

John Hirsch Emerging Manitoba Writer Award
Chimwemwe Undi

Lansdowne Prize for Poetry
The Lost Cafeteria by Joel Robert Ferguson, published by Signature Editions

Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards
BOOK DESIGN: Warehouse Journal Volume Thirty edited & designed by Chelsea Colburn & Teresa Lyons, published by Warehouse Journal, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba
ILLUSTRATION: Category held over until 2023.
CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATION: You Came From My Heart by Brenlee Coates, illustrations by Roberta Landreth, published by FriesenPress

Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
CO-WINNERS:
Hour of the Crab by Patricia Robertson, published by Goose Lane Editions
Prodigies by Bob Armstrong, published by Five Star (an imprint of Gale, a Cengage Company)

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher
Did You See Us? Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential School by Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School, preface by Theodore Fontaine, edited by Andrew Woolford, design by Vincent Design, published by University of Manitoba Press

Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction
So Many Windings by Catherine Macdonald, published by At Bay Press

McNally Robinson Book for Young People (Younger Category)
I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, published by Owlkids Books

McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award
Out of Mind by David Bergen, published by Goose Lane Editions

Congratulations to all!

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Prairie Writing, Canadian Lit
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