April 04, 2017
We are gearing up for our final releases of the Spring 2017 season!
On May 11th Byron Rempel will visit Winnipeg to launch The Bodice Ripper. The novel follows McGill professor Anna Hill as she gives up on a romance of her own, and fashions a harlequin of her own set in Medieval Spain. But will a visiting Parisian professor prove to her that romance is history?
Politicos, news buffs and … comedy fans (?) will want to catch Gord Mackintosh at his launch of Stories Best Left Untold: Tales of a Manitoba legislator at McNally Robinson on May 23rd. Gord’s many years in public life have left him with many tales to tell indeed!
May 04, 2015
The sun is shining, the plants are blooming, and our authors are launching! Yes, spring is officially here.
Jodi Carmichael kicked off the release of Forever Julia with a standing-room-only launch event in McNally Robinson’s Atrium. Since then, she’s received an excellent review from The Winnipeg Free Press (“This is a young writer to watch”), and is garnering glowing feedback on her current blog tour (follow her adventures on her website).
Richard Cumyn also had a successful launch in Kingston for his collection of novellas, Famous Last Meals. Kathleen Winter calls this collection “a cross between Maurice Dekobra and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”
This week will see the launch of Gracelessland, our first Enfield & Wizenty novel since Méira Cook’s stunning The House On Sugarbush Road. Adam Lindsay Honsinger’s coming of age, anti-hero mental hospital adventure had us glued to the page and we can’t wait to see what the rest of Canada thinks about this outstanding young writer!
Additional May launches include A Daytripper’s Guide to Manitoba, a completely revised edition from Bartley Kives, and On The Air: The Golden Age of Manitoba Radio by Garry Moir. Both authors are booking media interviews and author signings already!
January 26, 2015
It may still be January, but we are in the midst of designing, printing and promoting our spring titles. We have a novel from an exciting new author set to launch in Toronto in early May. Our last novel under Enfield & Wizenty, The House On Sugarbush Road, won the Book of the Year Award among numerous honours, and we have been combing our submissions for the next novel to release under our E&W imprint. Adam Lindsay Honsinger’s Gracelessland arrived with a quirky narrator and a glowing blurb from Annabel Lyon, and we are thrilled to hit the print button on a book that has everyone here at Great Plains Publications buzzing.
Visit the New Titles section of our website to find out more about all of our titles set to hit bookshelves this spring. It’s never too early to plan that summer reading list!
July 21, 2014
While we are enjoying summer here at Great Plains, fall is on our mind. We have strong list of books set to hit the shelves of your favourite local shop!
Crime writer Mike McIntyre looks back at his 20 years covering the beat while historian Matt Komus is set to spook us with tales from the heart of the continent. Ghosts are also haunting our Teen Fiction imprint with a sharp novel from Natasha Deen. Enfield & Wizenty will publish short story collections from two fine literary writers, Deborah-Anne Tunney and Elaine McCluskey .
See all of our Fall 2014 titles right here on our website and in our Fall 2014 catalogue!
November 25, 2013
Enfield & Wizenty’s Friend.Follow.Text. #storiesFromLivingOnline is a short fiction anthology that explores the intersection between social media and literature. Edited by Shawn Syms, the collection features writers from across Canada and the United States. Released just last month, Friend. Follow. Text. has already grabbed the attention of literary critics and readers. The book is available at fine book stores everywhere, and (of course!) as an ebook.
The Chicago Tribune printed a review in their weekend edition, which you can check out here!
“The use of social media allows for interesting structural choices with pieces using message board posts, IM conversations or Instagram photos to push the stories forward.” — Courtney Crowder, Chicago Tribune
“An impressive collection, with a number of stunning stories.” — Robert J. Wiersma,Quill & Quire
“A comprehensive exploration of all things online… For anyone striving to make sense of the experiences of ‘living online,’ Friend Follow Text is worth picking up.”
— Andrea Routley, Plenitude Magazine
“Stories inspired by… social media — tweets, emails, blogs, Facebook updates and the like…There is fun and novelty to be had.”
— Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star
“The inventive forms share experiences a majority of people relate to today… For those of us who use social media all the time, and those who would rather stay away, there is at least one piece to strike anyone’s chord.”
— Kristen Nathan, Chicago Literati
August 07, 2013
Naomi Lewis’ I Know Who You Remind Me Of is now available on Kindle! This celebrated collection of short stories was the winner of the 2012 Colophon Prize and Finalist for the 2013 Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction.
“Flowing seamlessly from the tragic to the hilarious, the nine unusual tales set mainly in Canadian cities, are eccentric and original.” – Winnipeg Free Press
May 06, 2013
More exciting news here at Great Plains Publications!
Our spring YA titles continue to shine, with a fantastic review of The Fall just in from CM Magazine:
“The theme of how grief is handled by men and boys permeates this novel and makes it a must-read for teachers and older teens, both boys and girls. The physical and emotional absence of men in the novel’s demographic will raise many passionate discussions, but it is the boys’ pain and grief that will engage students who will have strong opinions on the issues raised in this timely Canadian novel.”
— Highly recommended, CM Magazine
May 7, Anne Mahon’s The Lucky Ones: African Refugees’ Stories of Extraordinary Courage launches at McNally Robinson at 7 pm. Storytellers from the novel will be present and some will read. We are excited to hear that Lloyd Axworthy will also take part, reading a story submitted by “Anonymous.” Excerpts of the novel have been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press and on CBC. We hope to see you there!
April 25, 2012
Congratulations to Cameron Dueck who just completed his national tour for a wonderful book about a challenging voyage; The New Northwest Passage. Cameron will be returning to Canada in June, a trip that will include a Gimli launch at Tergesen’s. Don’t miss your chance to hear Cameron’s presentation about this 4 month yachting adventure!
Great Plains Teen Fiction has seen 3 successful launches this month. It all started with Brenda Hammond and Cape Town on April 14th at Chapters in Ottawa, then Nelsa Roberto with The Break on April 20th at Type Books in Toronto. Kevin Marc Fournier launched The Green-Eyed Queen of Suicide City on April 24th at McNally Robinson and we’re looking forward to another great event for Jocelyn Shipley when she launches How to Tend a Grave on May 24th at Ben McNally in Toronto. Congratulations to all our 2012 YA authors who have written truly engaging novels.
December 15, 2011
We’re really excited to have our first e-books available for purchase on this site! Craig Russell’s Black Bottle Man, Lyle E. Style’s Ain’t Got No Cigarettes, Nerys Parry’s Man and Other Natural Disasters and international best selling author W.P. Kinsella’s Butterfly Winter are all currently available.
November 22, 2011
Great Plains is celebrating two extremely well attended book launches from November 16th. Approximately 175 guests at McNally Robinson were eager to hear about the life of Dr. Jack Fainman (They Shoot Doctors, Don’t They?) and another 200 Winnipeg book lovers attended the Chapters, Polo Park event to hear Mike McIntyre relate how “Project Angel” cracked the Candace Derksen case (Journey for Justice). Congratulations Dr. Fainman and Mike McIntyre not only on your wonderful books but for convincing so many of us to put off hibernating just a little longer to support local authors!
October 14, 2011
Canada’s storyteller, W.P. Kinsella, is back with his first novel in 13 years, Butterfly Winter. His modest book tour sees him in Edmonton and Calgary and in Victoria for a reading at Bolen Books. Contact your local bookseller to purchase this limited edition hardcover of a legendary writer’s newest work.