December 22, 2017 • Written by Mark Nelson
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December 12, 2017 • Written by Mark Nelson
It’s always nice to relax at this time of the year, and there’s no better way to relax than to dive into a good book. During the upcoming holidays, why not take some time for yourself and read one of the many award winning books that are available in RRC’s Library.
To view the present and past winners, come visit the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.
You may also view a complete list of all books in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.
Here is a small sample of some of the excellent titles, all from the Short List of the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize awards:
Bright moments from the distant past spring up beside dark moments from the present, things hidden – a death, a gift, a lost clock – come briefly into view and then disappear forever. In Minds of Winter, Ed O’Loughlin’s brilliant story of polar exploration, time itself is an Arctic: a mysterious dimension of sun craze and apparitions, chance encounters and destiny. The mechanism of this novel is fascinating to observe, its implications are deeply human. In O’Loughlin’s work, our desire for knowledge, our obsession with the past, our grappling with life itself … all of it is generously, wittily on display.
To borrow a line from Michael Redhill’s beautiful Bellevue Square, “I do subtlety in other areas of my life.” So let’s look past the complex literary wonders of this book, the doppelgangers and bifurcated brains and alternate selves, the explorations of family, community, mental health, and literary life. Let’s stay straightforward, and tell you that beyond the mysterious elements, this novel is warm, and funny, and smart. Let’s celebrate that it is, simply, a pleasure to read.
Eden Robinson’s Son of a Tricksteris a novel that shimmers with magic and vitality, featuring a compelling narrator, somewhere between Holden Caulfield and Harry Potter. Just when you think Jared’s teenage journey couldn’t be more grounded in gritty, grinding reality, his addled perceptions take us into a realm beyond his small town life, somewhere both seductive and dangerous. Energetic, often darkly funny, sometimes poignant, this is a book that will resonate long after the reader has devoured the final page.
French or English, stick or twist, Chevy or Ford? Michelle Winters has written an original, off-beat novel that explores the gaps between what people are and what they want to be. For a short book I am a Truck is bursting with huge appetites, for love and le rock-and-roll and cheese, for male friendship and takeout tea with the bag left in. Within the novel’s distinctive Acadian setting French and English co-exist like old friends – comfortable, supple to each other’s whims and rhythms, sometimes bickering but always contributing to this fine, very funny, fully-achieved novel about connection and misunderstanding. And trucks.
December 5, 2017 • Written by Linda Fox
AV Services at NDC Library is currently displaying a collection of award-winning documentaries, films, and animation. These gems have not only passed the critics’ test, but were recommended by instructors and purchased for use at the College. The Library encourages all staff and students to borrow these resources for instructional use and/or for personal enjoyment.
Award-Winning videos on display at AV Services in NDC Library
A list of award-winning videos on display is available here:
Video Award-Winners Display
Award-Winners “on Demand”
While many videos are available in physical form, thousands of videos are accessible online. Visit our Streaming Video Resources guide for more info. Below is a selection of award-winning videos available to Red River College staff and students any time, anywhere, on any device (RRC username and password required).
Africa on the Move
This vibrant four-part HD series celebrates the men, women and youth who embody the sweeping changes underway in Africa today. (Gemini Award (2011): Best Documentary Series)
A joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. (Winner of multiple awards)
This film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film. A witty, offbeat animated portrait of a frustrated dentist wrestling with the fundamental issues of life proves that birthdays (and surprise parties) can be very tricky indeed.
A four-part groundbreaking documentary special that takes you inside modern China like no other program has ever done. The series is a vibrant portrait of an ascending power. (Gemini Award (2006): Best Documentary Series.)
The Danish Poet
This Oscar®-winning short animation follows Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset.
A moving story of two boys from Regent Park crossing into adulthood – their mothers and mentors rooting for them to succeed; their environment and social pressures tempting them to make poor choices. (Winner of the Best Canadian Feature at 2009 Hot Docs)
This Oscar®-winning animated short is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Through computer-generated characters, Landreth interviews his friend to shed light on his downward spiral.
This award-winning drama weaves the lives of four people, culminating in a disturbing look at the trafficking of sex slaves in Eastern Europe and beyond. Contains sensitive images and language. (Winner of 8 BAFTA awards)
In this Oscar®-winning animated short, Ralph’s day gets off to a bad start when he dismisses his wife’s orders to clear the snow from the front walk. When he comes home and finds the mailman dead on his front stairs, Ralph attempts a massive cover-up with disastrous results.
Comments or Questions?
If you have any questions about video resources at RRC Library, or you are an instructor and would like to recommend a purchase, please email us at AV@rrc.ca, call at 204-632-2231, or visit us in person in the Library.