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Now open at The Forks

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 at 9:56am

McNally Robinson Booksellers is pleased to announce that our new store at The Forks is now officially open for business.

The Forks, centrally located in Winnipeg and known as the city's meeting place, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. It is a hub of culture and community, a place known to and regarded warmly by all Winnipeggers, and McNally Robinson is thrilled and excited to be a part of the ongoing story being told there.

At The Forks we'll be featuring the best of new literary fiction and non-fiction titles, and a selection of our finest gift items. McNally Robinson for Kids and Babies also has your favourite books for children and teens. And if you can't find the book or gift item you're looking for, we can have it transfered from our Grant Park store for next-day pick up after 12 noon, seven days a week. Any staff member will be happy to assist you with your request.

Our store is on the second level of The Forks Market, conveniently located near the elevator, and is open 364 days of the year. Our hours are 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and 9:30 AM to 7 PM on Sundays.

We hope to meet you here soon.

Categories: Store News, Winnipeg

Canada Reads 2018 contenders

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Feb 03, 2018 at 1:16pm

The five finalists for this year's Canada Reads challenge have been decided.

Canada Reads, an annual competition run and broadcast by the CBC, pits books against each other to determine which book is the one all Canadians should read. Each of the contending books is championed by a media personality, who defends its merits through the rounds while panellists vote out titles one by one until the last remains.

The 2018 contenders and their champions are:

  • The Boat People by Sharon Bala, defended by singer Mozhdah Jamalzadah
  • American War by Omar El Akkad, defended by actor Tahmoh Penikett
  • Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson, defended by severe weather expert Greg Johnson
  • Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto, defended by stylist and editor Jeanne Beker
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, defended by singer Jully Black

The debates take place March 26 - 29, 2018. You can listen to them live on CBC Radio One, or stream them online through CBC's website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature, Canadian Lit

February's Author of the Month: ALAN BRADLEY

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018 at 11:36am

Alan Bradley was born in Toronto. After a long career in television broadcasting, he took early retirement from the University of Saskatchewan to write full-time. He has published many children’s stories and was the recipient of the first Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children’s Literature. The first novel of his Flavia de Luce series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, won the 2007 Debut Dagger Award of the Crime Writers Association in the UK; the 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel; the 2010 Dilys, awarded by the International Mystery Booksellers Association; the Spotted Owl Award, given by the Friends of Mystery, and the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award, given by the Crime Writers of Canada for Best First Novel.

Read more after the jump...

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month


Teaming up with the Moose & Blades

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 at 4:41pm

McNally Robinson is again teaming up with the Manitoba Moose and the Saskatoon Blades to celebrate "I Love to Read" Month in February.

Students and teachers can enter their classroom for a chance to win school visits from their local teams, and McNally Robinson is excited to sponsor a special "I Love to Read" hockey game in each city. And in Saskatoon, we'll be hosting a special breakfast with the Blades in Prairie Ink!

Both classroom contests are on now, with the Saskatoon Blades contest ending February 12th, 2018, and the Manitoba Moose's ending February 15th 2018. So hurry and enter your class via the links below!

For details on our Manitoba Moose "Stick to Reading" program, please visit this page.

For information on our Saskatoon Blades "I Love to Read" program, please see this page.

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

What To Read: Winter 2018

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 at 7:32pm

A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. $24.99. With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, this historical novel takes us into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, and union men during WW II. America is at war and Anna Kerrigan works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to the men who have gone overseas. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America fight the war. Manhattan Beach is a deft exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men. (Scribner. October)

Wonderland by Steven Johnson. Softcover. $27.00. Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Heintroduces us to the colourful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. He compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun. (Riverhead. November)

See more What To Read suggestions after the jump...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, What To Read


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