Farewell, Scout

August 08, 2017

After nearly 16 years guarding and greeting couriers, employees and authors, Scout slipped away to a new chapter in life. In all his time as official greeter for Great Plains, he showed an unerring nose for literary talent and routinely offered himself up as inspiration for sometimes lame Christmas cards. Scout has passed the baton, ‘er bone,  to Trish,  who has perky ears, but is the appropriate yellow.

Five Thousand and Counting!

June 26, 2017

Abandoned Manitoba by Gordon Goldsborough has surpassed 5,000 copies sold!

Since its launch in October of 2016, Abandoned Manitoba has flown off store shelves. Here at Great Plains, we have hit the reprint button three times to ensure enough stock was available to retailers. Congratulations to Gordon Goldsborough on being the fastest Great Plains author to reach Canadian Bestseller standing!

Two Titles on the Shortlist

May 29, 2017

Congratulations to Katherine Koller and Natasha Deen, who have both made the Alberta Readers’ Choice Awards shortlist. Natasha Deen’s Gatekeeper is the second book in her Guardian series. Watch for the final book, Game’s End, this fall! Art Lessons by Katherine Koller is a crossover fiction title, appropriate for teenage audiences as well as adults. Art Lessons is a novel about art and growing up on the outside.

Voting opens in July!

Danuta Gleed

May 02, 2017

We are pleased to announce Lyse Champagne’s The Light That Remains has been shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award!

The Jury had this to say about Lyse’s exceptional collection:

Through the brutal lens of war, the stories in The Light that Remains span the twentieth century and travel the globe. Readers are caught up in the lives of innocent people in Armenia, the Ukraine, Hong Kong, France, Cambodia, and Rwanda, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the harrowing cruelties of war. With clear, elegant prose and a compassionate voice, Lyse Champagne explores loss, love, kindness, hope, despair, the need to survive. In so doing, she forces into the reader’s heart a deeper understanding of the anguish and strength that resides in the human spirit when worlds are shattered beyond recognition.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

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May launches

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!

 

 

Manitoba Book Awards Nominations

March 27, 2017

The Manitoba Book Awards have announced this year’s shortlist, and we are delighted to see Great Plains authors on the list!

Gordon Goldsborough’s Abandoned Manitoba is up for the Isbister Award for Non-Fiction, the Manuela Dias Book Design Award for General Illustration and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher.

Her Darling Boy by Tom Goodman is up for the Manuela Dias Book Design Award for cover design and we are thrilled to see Tom recognized in the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book category.

Rounding out our nominations is The Shadow Over Portage and Main, edited by Keith Cadieux and Dustin Geeraert, which is up for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. Great to see all of the Weird writers recognized for their creepy take on Winnipeg.

Congratulations to all  of the nominees! For details on the awards, visit the Manitoba Writers’ Guild event page.

Award Shortlist

January 31, 2017

Congratulations to Richard Van Camp and all of the ReLit Awards Shortlist nominees. We are thrilled to see Night Moves on this distinguished list!

‘Tis The Season

December 13, 2016

Seasons greetings and all the best in 2017!

 

Best Book

November 15, 2016

Congratulations to Natasha Deen – Gatekeeper has been selected as a Best Book by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre! Pick up the Fall 2016 edition of the magazine for full details.

Author Wins Cross-Border Fiction Prize!

October 13, 2016

Congratulations to Tyler Enfield – Madder Carmine has won the High Plains Book Award for Fiction! From the judges:

Madder Carmine is a masterpiece… Enfield’s fever dream of a classical quest is dizzying, poetic and original… a major work that deserves to be celebrated.”

We also received word this morning that Madder Carmine, as well as Natasha Deen’s Gatekeeper, have won Silver medals at the Moonbeam Book Awards. An excellent start to the fall season!