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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child: Coming soon

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2016 at 12:03pm

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on July 30, 2016.

To coincide with the release of the play, Scholastic will be releasing the theatrical script in book form. This book will contain the original script written by Jack Thorne, based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Thorne, and John Tiffany, and will be released on July 31st, the day after the play's premiere.

And McNally Robinson is planning a party to celebrate its release. The party will include a midnight launch of the book, meaning it will take place late on July 30th and into the early hours of July 31st. More details will be coming as we finalize plans, but for now we suggest you save the date!

Categories: SciFi & Fantasy, Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

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Young Fantasy Writer's Workshop February 18th-21st

by Lindsay Sali - Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 7:36pm

Join facilitator Sheila Janzen and other aspiring authors ages 12-14 to improve your writing and discuss the work of Art Slade, author of the 2001 Governor General's and 2001 Saskatchewan Book Awards winning Dust. Using the book as a tool, we will look at themes, story arc, structure and format. As we workshop our own stories we will investigate desire as the engine of plot. We will also discuss when the writer should use dialogue to move the story along and when narrative might be better used. In the final session we will present our stories!

The cost of the workshop is the purchase of Dust by Arthur Slade ($8.39-tax included) It will take place February 18th-21st, 1-3pm in the Story Circle.

Register at the kids desk!

Categories: SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon

Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop for Youth

by Lindsay Sali - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:49pm

Worried about being bored for your summer vacation? Why not sharpen your fantasy writing skills. McNally Robinson for Kid's is proud to present this workshop. Youth will have the opportunity to learn the basics of the creative processes around writing stories and becoming an author. It will be run by Sheila Janzen upstairs in the Kids department. Starting July 4th and ongoing Thursdays it will take place 7-9pm. Do not be worried if you can't make it in July, it will be running again in August. Be sure to sign up early as space is limited. The cost of the workshop will be the book Redwing which you will get to keep. For more information or to register call (306) 955-1477.

Categories: Discussions, Fun, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Ongoing Kids Events in Saskatoon

2012 Sunburst Award Nominees Announced

by Chadwick Ginther - Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 at 3:05pm

The Sunburst Award, named for author Phyllis Gotlieb's first novel, is a juried prize celebrating Canadian literature of the fantastic. It has both an adult and young adult category and will be presented in the fall. Each winner of the Sunburst will receive a medallion and a $1000 prize. Jurors for 2012 are Douglas Barbour, Zsuzsi Gartner, Daniel Justice, Lorna Toolis and Halli Villegas.

Four of the shortlisted works in the adult category (Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, Enter, Night, Technicolor Ultra Mall and The Pattern Scars) are also shortlisted for the Prix Aurora Award. The complete list:

The short-listed works in the young adult category are:

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy

An Interview with Rhiannon Held

by Chadwick Ginther - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2012 at 3:32pm

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Silver, a debut urban fantasy novel by Rhiannon Held, released Tuesday June 5th (and was our Book of the Day). Rhiannon was kind enough to answer questions about her her novel, writing and what her day job as an archaeologist adds to her work.

Categories: Interview, SciFi & Fantasy

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