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INVENTIONS: Grade 5/6 Writing Contest

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Feb 09, 2017 at 3:59pm

McNally Robinson Booksellers and Scholastic Canada invite Manitoba and Saskatchewan's grade five and six students to enter the annual writing contest.

2017's theme is INVENTIONS: What would you invent? What has been invented? What will be invented in the future? From small gadgets and gizmos, to machines that change the world, let your imagination run wild!

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Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, Contests and Giveaways

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Raina Telgemeier Comes to Winnipeg

by Shanleigh K - Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 9:54am

Raina Telgemeier, award-winning cartoonist of the bestselling graphic novels Smile, Sisters, and Drama, is coming to Winnipeg on September 18!

In addition to adapting and illustrating four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin's Baby-sitters Club series, and Raina has also contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina's accolades include an Eisner Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best Of and Notable lists. 

In her latest graphic novel Ghosts, Catrina isn't happy about moving to the coast of Northern California, but her little sister, Maya, has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbour lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with — gulp... ghosts. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake, and her own.

Join us for An Afternoon with Raina Telgemeier, Sunday September 18, 12 noon at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre John Hirsch Mainstage, 174 Market Avenue. Tickets are $5.00 and available in person at McNally Robinson Booksellers or by calling 204-475-0483.

Categories: Winnipeg, Event News, Ongoing Kids Events in Winnipeg

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

Harry Potter Parties

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 7:41pm

In celebration of Harry Potter's birthday, J.K. Rowling's birthday, and the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, McNally Robinson Booksellers and Prairie Ink Restaurant are proud to present Harry Potter Parties in both Winnipeg and Saskatoon on July 30th, 2016.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the saga, featuring an adult Harry Potter grappling with the past and his youngest son, Albus, who is struggling with the weight of his family's legacy. It is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, and will debut on July 31st, 2016, in London's Palace Theatre. The script was written by Jack Thorne, with contributions from J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany, and will be released in book form to coincide with the play's debut.

Incidentally, July 31st is both Harry Potter and author J.K. Rowling's birthday.

To celebrate all of this, McNally Robinson and Prairie Ink Restaurant are hosting Harry Potter themed midnight-release parties. The Winnipeg party will take place in Assiniboine Park, and the Saskatoon party will be at our Saskatoon bookstore. Both parties will begin at 9:00 PM on July 30th and run until after midnight, which is when Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be officially released.

The parties are free and open to the public, and there will be plenty of entertainment and activities throughout the evening. For specific details on the party nearest you, visit the Winnipeg party listing or the Saskatoon party listing. You can also stay up to date on party details on Facebook (Winnipeg or Saskatoon) and Twitter (Winnipeg or Saskatoon).

At midnight (12:00 AM on July 31st) we will be releasing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Vouchers, required to claim the book, are now on sale at our bookstores, and will be available to purchase at the party. For those in Winnipeg who do not wish to attend the party in the park but would still like to claim a book at midnight, we will have booksellers at our Grant Park bookstore handing out copies.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News
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