March 20, 2018
Our authors have gotten some great radio play this week!
Curious about why Angie Abdou asks “why isn’t Thomas Trofimuk a household name?” Listen to her audio review of This Is All A Lie on CBC Alberta! Following Angie’s rave review, Daybreak Alberta hosted Thomas for an interview, which you can listen to here.
Anne Mahon has committed her life making a difference. Let’s Give A Damn interviewed her about her volunteer work, and how that led to her commitment to share the stories of people in marginalized communities in her books The Lucky Ones and Redemption. Get ready to be inspired and check it out.
January 02, 2018
We are thrilled to start the new year with a starred review in Quill & Quire for Thomas Trofimuk’s This Is All A Lie. Grab your copy of this exceptional magazine for Canadian literature, which calls Thomas’ novel “a powerful, dazzling accomplishment.”
This Is All A Lie has also been selected for The Complete NP99: The best books of 2017 by The National Post!
Looking back at 2017, we are thrilled to see three Great Plains non-fiction titles on the McNally Robinson Manitoba Bestsellers list. If you haven’t grabbed a copy of Stories Best Left Untold, Abandoned Manitoba or Stuck In The Middle 2 yet, be sure to catch up on these bestsellers in 2018!
June 22, 2016
Congratulations to Tyler Enfield on his High Plains Book Awards nomination for Madder Carmine! We have just signed Tyler’s newest adventure novel for middle-grade readers and can’t wait to announce details.
Bravo as well to Natasha Deen, who just received a glowing review for Gatekeeper from CanLit For Little Canadians. We agree that she is the Princess of Paranormal!
November 25, 2014
All of our fall 2014 books have launched and it’s great to see our authors receiving positive reviews across the country. Elaine McCluskey’s Hello, Sweetheart was reviewed by Steven W. Beattie in the National Post this week and he says,
“The stories in Hello, Sweetheart are barbed and frequently sardonic – one of the best of them, “Two Truths and a Lie,” contains a twist in the tail that owes more to Roald Dahl than the kind of story Barthelme was referencing.But McCluskey also threads a vein of compassion through the collection; these are not satires, and no matter how desperate the characters are, they are always presented with a tone of empathetic understanding. “People can be wretched, you know,” McCluskey writes in “XOXO,” and though the stories in Hello, Sweetheart go some way to bearing out this thesis, they also remind their reader of the humanity that lies just beneath the wretchedness.”
Meanwhile our latest teen fiction release, Guardian, has a glowing review in the December 2014 edition of Quill & Quire. Charis Cotter says that this first installment of Deen’s latest series is “a great hybrid of horror and mystery (think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Veronica Mars), with oodles of potential for humour and terror – and Deen gets the most out of both.” Ms. Cotter goes on to note “underneath all the fun, Deen has something important to say about bullying, and how understanding and compassion can lead to forgiveness.”
Congratulations to all of our authors on their success. We hope you consider all of the titles on our list this holiday season!
July 28, 2014
You can catch the production at 2 or 8 PM on August 30th at the Bernie Theatre in Winnipeg (123 Doncaster Street). Tickets are $15 and available now at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Grant Avenue.
Black Bottle Man was released in 2010 and went on to both win and be shortlisted for numerous awards. Catch this review of the novel from the CBC! An MTS Documentary is also in the works. Congratulations Craig on the continuing success of this beloved novel for teens!
May 06, 2014
Spring has finally sprung in Manitoba, and our latest releases have been garnering strong reviews.
Pickle Me This says Lee Kvern’s 7 Ways To Sunday is “wild instead of farmed, 20-some years of stories gathered together for the first time instead of a carefully curated collection … I loved this book, hooked by the first story.” 7 Ways to Sunday was the #1 fiction bestseller in Calgary last week, and Lee is on the road promoting the book. Check out one of her events near you!
First-time author Maggie Bolitho has launched Lockdown, and a glowing review of the book is already in! “I would give this story a two-thumbs-up and highly recommend it for teens as well as adults … There’s just the right mix of suspense and action that keeps the reader barreling along at break-neck speed” says Susan Rocan on her blog, MyWithershins.
The Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards have been announced, and Morven and the Horse Clan by Luanne Armstrong has made the shortlist. We are entering the second printing of this novel released in the fall of 2013. Get your copy today!
Finally, our spring releases continue! John Toone’s Fishin’ For Dumbasses: Tips for folks who want to catch their own food (and have fun doing it!) launches Wednesday, May 14th at McNally Robinson in the restaurant at 8 pm. We’re told fish will be on the menu, so get down to Prairie Ink Cafe early to enjoy a delicious pre-launch meal!
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 22, 2013
Our Great Plains Teen Fiction authors are keeping busy!
Colleen Nelson was interviewed by Shaw TV here in Winnipeg about her new novel, The Fall. The clip will be airing on the station shortly, but you can get a sneak-peek here!
The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley continues to garner great reviews. The latest praise comes from Canadian Children’s Book News: “With his well-placed sarcasm and keen observations, Kyle is an authentic teen character that we immediately identify with.”
Gail Sidonie Sobat’s Chance to Dance for You was part of Heather Milne’s review essay Isolation, Exploration, Affirmation: Dominant Patterns in Four Books for Gay Teens in the latest edition of Jeunesse. She states “Chance to Dance for You is a timely book in its focus on social media and technology as sites of bullying for gay teens, a topic that has been in the news of late due to a proliferation of highly publicized teen suicides and the popularity of the “It Gets Better” campaign, which attempts to offer a sense of hope to depressed and isolated teenagers.”
Visit a bookstore near you to pick up copies of these titles today!
July 30, 2013
“[Nelson] brings her careful sense of observation to bear on the development of her story and characters … a central theme that is highly topical is the misinformation Cory spreads about Ben on Facebook after the accident. More than just his own sense of guilt and sorrow, Ben has to deal with escalating persecution from Cory and the entire school population.”
We are delighted to hear that Colleen Nelson will join Jan Andrews (author of The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley) as a part of Thin Air this September. This International Writer’s Festival will feature many fantastic literary events – more details to come!
June 17, 2013
“[Colleen Nelson] has a sharp ear for authentic dialogue … The dragons Ben faces are gangs, drugs and alcohol, but they are just as real and much more menacing than medieval monsters. Teens will relate to many things in this novel.”
Read the full review here – and be sure to pick up your copy!
You may have seen Bill Wright and Dave Craig in the news this past week. Their non-fiction release, 300 Years of Beer, has generated much media attention across the province. Connect with Bill and Dave on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about this exciting local release!
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!