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Harry Potter Parties 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Aug 04, 2016 at 1:49pm

On July 30th, 2016, McNally Robinson hosted midnight release parties for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two in both Winnipeg and Saskatoon. The parties were held to celebrate not only the release of Cursed Child but the fun and magic of the Harry Potter series as a whole. Many of our booksellers are fans of the series, and from past experiences we know there are many Potterheads in the Prairies — and at this year's parties, those fans came out in force.

Our Winnipeg celebration took place at the Lyric Theatre field in Assiniboine Park, and it's a good thing we had all of that open space. Based on previous parties and the response we had on social media, we anticipated around ten thousand guests at this year's party — but ended up with closer to 15,000. With so many Potterheads, many of whom were dressed up in their finest witch and wizard garb, the park was abuzz as guests took in the live entertainment and perused the activities and tents around the party grounds. Among the attractions were Quidditch lessons and scrimmages, a Tri-Wizard tournament, live animals in the Care of Magical Creatures station, a Diagon Alley shop tent, snacks and drinks from The Three Broomsticks, plus much more. All the while there were live performances by JP Hoe and The Mariachi Ghost from the Lyric Theatre stage. To see some photos of the party, explore #PotterPartyWPG on Twitter and Instagram.

Meanwhile, our Saskatoon location hosted a party at the bookstore and surrounding parking lot, which drew in a crowd of over 2000 fans of all ages. The event kept attendees on their toes with everything from high-spirited games of Quidditch to Dementors handing out demerits. A handful of furry (and not so furry) guests made an appearance, including live rats, snakes, and cats. Fans enjoyed frothy mugs of Butterbeer and sweet nibbles of Pumpkin Pasties in Prairie Ink, which was done up in Great Hall chic for the occasion with stars and Hogwarts letters strung from the ceiling. The more daring of the attendees tried their hand at competing in tasks such as the Tri-Wizard Tournament, complete with a series of nail-biting trivia questions. All guests were also invited to sit beneath the Sorting Hat and tremble in anticipation as it deliberated over which House they would be sorted into.

And of course at the stroke of midnight we began handing out copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Line-ups at both parties, as well as at our Grant Park bookstore, were filled with hundreds of eager fans, most of whom were beaming and some of whom were teary-eyed with joy, and all were on their way home with their new book in record time.

We thank all of the volunteers and organizations who helped us put our parties together, and a big thank you to all of the Potterheads who joined us for the evening. We had record turnouts at both parties, and — if we're fortunate enough to get another Harry Potter book someday — we hope to see you all at the next celebration.

Categories: Fun, Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News

Kids Time!

by Events Saskatoon - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 4:25pm

 Join us Sundays at 1:00 pm in the Story Circle for an exciting new program at McNally Robinson for Kids in Saskatoon.

PLEASE NOTE: OCTOBER 12 will be the last session for the 2014 season.

It's Kids Time for children ages 3 to 7, and features sing-a-longs and yoga-inspired movement!

Bring your yoga mat if you like! No registration required: this is a drop-in program with a cost of $5 per child per session. Contact McNally Robinson for Kids at 306-955-1477 for details.

Categories: Fun, Store News, Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon

Fifteen Years in Saskatoon!

by Events Saskatoon - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 6:03pm

McNally Robinson Booksellers is proud to celebrate our First Fifteen Years in Saskatoon!

Fifteen years ago this month McNally Robinson first opened its doors to the Paris of the Prairies. It has been fifteen years of remarkable readings, singular signings, brilliant book launches, phenomenal presentations, and sensational celebrations!

As a welcome to new friends Reader Reward memberships are on sale for $15 through the end of October. And for 15 days from October 15th through October 30th all Reader Reward customers will receive 15% off regularly priced bookstore purchases. This offer applies to our Saskatoon location only.

Categories: buzz, Fun, Store News, Saskatoon

Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank and previously of Dragons' Den at McNally Robinson

by Events Winnipeg - Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 2:14pm

This Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 we are so very excited to welcome Robert Herjavec to the store. This event is co-presented by our friends at HarperCollins Canada and CBC Manitoba. Marcy Markusa of Information Radio 89.3 FM/990 AM will be on hand to host.

In his bestselling business book Driven: How to Succeed in Business and in Life, Robert Herjavec, the former co-star of CBC TV's Dragons' Den and current co-star of ABC TV's Shark Tank, urged his readers to take risks, take control of their lives, and stay true to their own visions. Now, in this inspirational follow-up, Herjavec wants to push his readers even further towards greatness.

Whether you are seeking to build the next big company in communications technology, to become the most respected teacher in your educational system, or to make a lasting impact as an artist in your field, the most important decision you can make, according to Herjavec, is to reject mediocrity. In the long run, "good enough" is never good enough, whether in our personal lives or in our careers.

Drawing on anecdotes from his own life and from the lives of celebrity friends such as Oprah, Georges St-Pierre and Celine Dion, Herjavec delivers valuable life lessons that promise to guide readers to greater happiness and success.

Categories: Authors, Store News, Winnipeg, Event News

Win a seat at an exclusive Skype conversation with 'Still Alice' author Lisa Genova

by Events Winnipeg - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 12:52pm

Reader Reward Card holders are invited to enter to be one of 30 guests at this exclusive Skype session with the New York Times Bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected on May 22 at 7:00 pm, either enter in store or e-mail events@grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca. Please include your Reader Reward Card number when entering.

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University.

Still Alice debuted at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller list and has spent 40 weeks on that list. It won the 2008 Bronte Prize and the 2011 Bexley Book of the Year, and it was nominated for the 2010 Indies Choice Debut Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association. There are over a million copies in print, and it has been translated into 25 languages. Her follow up, Left Neglected, spent 7 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in hardcover. It was the #1 Indie Next Pick for January 2011, the Borders Book You'll Love for January 2011, and the #4 Indie Reading Group Pick for summer 2011.

Categories: buzz, Authors, Store News, Winnipeg, Contests and Giveaways

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