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Harper Lee Returns

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jul 17, 2015 at 11:50am

After a lifetime of maintaining that she would never publish another novel, the media-shy Harper Lee finds herself in a place she traditionally has avoided for most of her career: the news. That’s because this summer her heretofore only published novel, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), is being joined by its sequel, Go Set a Watchman. In a statement delivered through her publisher, the book’s long-lost manuscript was discovered by her lawyer, “in a secure location where it had been affixed to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Lee submitted Go Set a Watchman to her publisher before To Kill a Mockingbird. It features many of the characters from the iconic novel some twenty years later as they find themselves adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch — Scout — struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Exploring the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird in a time of evolving social flux, Go Set a Watchman casts a new light on Lee’s enduring classic, while at the same time standing as a powerful novel in its own right.

Go Set a Watchman is available now in hardcover. Purchase online, or contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to place an in-store hold.

Categories: buzz, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News, Literature

26th Manitoba Book Awards: The Winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:25am

The winners of the 2013 Manitoba Book Awards were announced and honoured during the Awards Gala this past Sunday, April 27th. As is usual for the event, there were plenty of great presentations and a lot of wonderful words spoken by the winners. In short, another splendid evening celebrating some of Manitoba's best literature.

Here is a complete list of this year's winners:

> McNally Robinson Book of the Year: Kisiskatchewan: The Great River Road by Barbara Huck

> Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction: 'Indians Wear Red': Colonialism, Resistance and Aboriginal Street Gangs by Elizabeth Comack, Lawrence Deane, Larry Morrissette and Jim Silver

> The Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book: Breathing Life Into Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One by Aimée Craft

> Best Illustrated Book of the Year: 300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba by Bill Wright and Dave Craig

> Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award: Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg written by Bartley Kives with photos by Bryan Scott

> John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer: Jonathan Ball

> Landsowne Prize for Poetry: Tether by Laurelyn Whitt

> Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year: 100 Masters: Only in Canada by Stephen Borys with Andrew Kear, design by Frank Reimer

> Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction: The Insistent Garden by Rosie Chard

> Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher: Manitoba Butterflies: A field guide by Simone Hébert Allard

> McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award
    > Younger category: Powwow Counting in Cree by Penny M. Thomas
    > Older category: The Fall by Colleen Nelson

> Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction: Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther

Congratulations to all of the winners! You can be sure we are well stocked of the winners, so stop by today to pick up any of the titles above.

Categories: Awards, buzz, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News

Welcome home, Ms. Toews

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:07pm

Tonight we hosted the launch of Miriam Toews' new novel, All My Puny Sorrows, inside of our Winnipeg store.

And it was a spectacular event. From the emotional introduction and reading given by Ms. Toews as well as the massive crowd that clung to each of her words, to the winding lineup and the eager fans waiting for their turn to say hi and get a signature, the launch was incredible for all involved -- we the booksellers, our guests, and perhaps most of all Ms. Toews herself.

Thanks to everyone who came out, and thank you, Miriam, for coming home. It was fun.

All My Puny Sorrows is now available in hardcover. We've got a limited supply of signed copies left over from the event so contact us as soon as possible to get one set aside.

You can see some photos of the event on our Pinterest board, Canada's Most Eventful Bookstore.

Categories: buzz, Store News, Winnipeg, Event News

Record Store Day 2014 is approaching!

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:15pm

Record Store Day is almost here! And again our Winnipeg store is proud to be participating in the festivities.

In just a week, on Saturday April 19th, we'll be selling plenty of unique, rare, and collectible LPs that are only available to independent retailers such as ourselves.

We'll be open at 9:00 am that morning, and if previous years are any indication we're expecting a lineup outside! So if you're hoping to snag something in particular, be sure to get here extra early.

If you're wondering what stock we'll be getting for the 19th, feel free to contact our store at 1-800-561-1833 and ask for our Music department.

Please note: All items received specially for Record Store Day will be available on a first-come-first-claim basis. This means that we cannot place holds or pre-orders on any Record Store Day albums before April 19th.

Categories: buzz, Music, Store News, Winnipeg

Weekly Roundup (Mar. 29 - Apr. 4)

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 9:26pm

March has gone out like a lamb, so let's recap that lambish retreat (as well as the past seven days of MRB news)...

NEW RELEASES from the past seven days BESTSELLERS
     > Fiction books      > Winnipeg Bestsellers based on this week's sales
     > Non-Fiction books      > Saskatoon Bestsellers based on last week's sales

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New Releases: Edward Rutherford's ever-so-popular Paris is now out in paperback!     New Releases: The boys are now in town! The Flash Boys by Michael Lewis, that is. Just released in hardback this week!
New Releases: The Dutch Blitz Expansion Pack is now in stock! According to the response we got on Twitter the other day, this is apparently exciting news for Winnipeggers. And why not? The little card game truly is vonderfully goot!     Bestsellers: Hey! Look what have crept back on to our Winnipeg Non-Fiction Paperback Bestsellers list: Stuff Dutch People Like and Stuck in the Middle, both of which have had long runs in our bestsellers list in the past!
Events/Bestsellers: Randy Bachman was in our Winnipeg store last Saturday to speak about his career and to sign copies of his new book, Tales from Beyond the Tap. Well, our store was packed, and the line up for signatures was looong. But it all went well and everyone, Mr. Bachman included, had fun. As a result, Tales is #1 in Hardcover Non-Fiction bestsellers for the week.     Events/Bestsellers: Last Friday we held the launch of local author Riley Martin's The Brumor King in our Winnipeg store. The event was a riling success, pushing the book up to #2 in Winnipeg Paperback Fiction bestsellers for the week! (Second only to The Orenda, I might add.)
Author of the Month: A new month is here so it's time again to announce our new Author of the Month for April: Richard Wagamese! Read more about Mr. Wagamese and his literature by clicking here.     Featured Paperback for April: It's also time to announce our new Featured Paperback for April: Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars! Newly released in paperback, the book is not only highly recommended by our booksellers but -- because we love it so much -- we've discounted it by 30% for all of April!

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> > >   Looking ahead...   > > >
     • Join us in our Winnipeg store tomorrow for International TableTop Day! We'll be opening up our Community Classroom from 10 am to 10 pm for some wholesome tabletop fun. Read all the details about the event here.
     • Miriam Toews will be back in town in just a couple of weeks! We'll be hosting the launch for her new novel, All My Puny Sorrows, in our Winnipeg store on Wednesday, April 16th.

Categories: buzz, Authors, Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases, Bestsellers
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