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
We regret to announce the cancellation of our Winnipeg International Writers Festival Spring Literary Series event with Tara Lee Morin and Michael Kannon, scheduled for TONIGHT. Due to unexpected flight complications on her Canadian tour, Tara Lee will not arrive in Winnipeg until later this evening. She will be busy for the next few days sharing her work with young adults in schools and youth centres.
As I Remember It, Tara Lee's frank memoir of foster care and its impact on her aboriginal identity, is one of the 2013 winners of the inaugural Burt Awards for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literature. It is available now in store.
The 2014 Burt Awards Gala will take place on September 27 as part of THIN AIR 2014.
Our Spring Literary Series continues next Tuesday with poets Gillian Sze and Chimwemwe Undi. More more information on that event, please click here.Categories: Site News, Winnipeg, Event News
We're so very pleased to announce that one of Canada's most beloved authors, Kenneth Oppel, will be joining us on Monday May 12 at 7:00 pm in Winnipeg to launch his new book The Boundless (HaperCollins Canada). The official event listing is here.
Oppel will be speaking about his latest work and reading selections before signing books for those in attendance.
Will Everett wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but after his family's fortunes change, he finds himself with a first-class ticket for The Boundless. The longest, most glamorous locomotive in the world, it stretches more than eleven kilometres long and pulls an astounding 987 cars: passenger cars, shooting galleries, gardens, an onboard swimming pool, cinema and much more. But its maiden voyage won't be a smooth ride for Will. Sasquatches, bog-dwelling hags, murder, and illusions abound in this outsized middle-grade adventure.
Kenneth Oppel is the Governor General's Award-winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing saga, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. His most recent novels are Half Brother, winner of both the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the Young Adult Book award; This Dark Endeavour, finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award; and Such Wicked Intent, finalist for the CLA Young Adult Book Award. Canada's nominee for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award, Kenneth Oppel lives in Toronto with his wife and their three children. Visit him online.Categories: Site News, Authors, Winnipeg, Event News, Live at McNally Robinson
This is a reminder from your friendly neighborhood booksellers that the Winnipeg Preschool Storytime has changed from Fridays at 10:00 am to Wednesdays at 10:00 am. For your reference, all of our storytimes are listed on our events page as well.
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday mornings!Categories: Winnipeg, Event News, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg
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