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The Bookseller: May & June 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 3:40pm

20 years of Harry Potter magic, a new novel from Norwegian bestseller Jo Nesbø, a slew of fresh titles celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, our fiction picks for springtime, books on our very important friends the bees, and more.

Read about it all in the May & June 2017 edition of our newsletter, The Bookseller.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

Stick to Reading and "I Love to Read" Month

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 4:42pm

This winter, McNally Robinson Booksellers is teaming up with the Manitoba Moose and the Saskatoon Blades to celebrate "I Love to Read" Month!

Students and teachers in Winnipeg and Saskatoon can enter their classroom into a draw for a chance to win a visit from players of their local team.

Read all about the contests after the jump...

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

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Books of the Season 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Nov 01, 2016 at 3:21pm

Our annual holiday catalogue, Books of the Season, has arrived for 2016.

In it you will find all of the latest and greatest books, media, and gifts to get you ready for the holidays.

You may pick up a free copy of the catalogue in any of our bookstores, or you can browse it right now in your browser.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

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

Authors for Indies Day 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 5:16pm

Authors for Indies, taking place on April 30th, 2016, is a day when authors show their appreciation for Canadian independent bookstores. We’re thrilled to be participating once again — this year with a special twist.

Rather than have authors wander through our shelves to recommend books we will have them on stage reading selections from some of their long time favourites.

These readings will commence at 2:00 PM in both our Winnipeg and Saskatoon bookstores.

In our Winnipeg bookstore, participating authors include David BergenErna BuffieMéira CookRoewan CroweAnita DaherJeffrey John EyamieAriel GordonMaurice Mierau, and Joan Thomas. Hand-selling books in our Kids / YA Section this year will be Melanie Matheson and Scarlett Kol from 11:00-noon, Deborah Froese and Gabriele Goldstone from noon-1:00 PM, and Larry Verstraete and Melinda Friesen from 1:00-2:00 PM.

Meanwhile, in Saskatoon participating authors include: Amy Jo Ehman, Dave Glaze, Louise Bernice Halfe, dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Robin & Arlene Karpan, Alice Kuipers, Katherine Lawrence, Ernie Louttit, Daniel Macdonald, Yann Martel, Glen Sorestad and Bill Waiser. There will be a meet and greet with some of the authors starting at noon (Saskatoon only).

Come and join us!

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News
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