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Fall Literary Series

McNally Robinson Booksellers has teamed up with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival for a special Fall Literary Series. Over these events spanning September, October and November we’ll be exploring a wide variety of Canadian literature and some of the best in non-fiction.

An Evening with Jean Marc Ah-Sen, Wednesday August 31, 7:00 pm

In  Grand Menteur (BookThug) by Jean Marc Ah-Sen, Mauritian Kreol, English, and French blend together to reflect the island-nation’s convoluted history of colonialism, shedding light on the poverty and hardship of a shadow class of immigrants from the 1940s-’80s. He'll be joined in conversation this evening by Dr. Jenny Heijun Wills.

An Evening with Kenneth Oppel, Thursday September 29, 7:00 pm

The Governor General’s Award–winning author of the Airborn series, the Silverwing Saga, The Boundless, and The Nest takes on archaeology and the complexities of teenage love in his latest book Every Hidden Thing (HarperCollins Canada).

An Evening with Donna Morrissey, Tuesday October 4

The Fortunate Brother (Penguin Canada) is the latest novel from award-winning Halifax-based author Donna Morrissey and a powerful tale of a family reeling from the tragic loss of a son, while facing a mysterious murder on their doorstep. She'll be discussing her work with Festival Director Charlene Diehl.

An Evening with Peter Robinson, Tuesday October 11, 7:00 pm

One of the world's top writers of crime fiction stops by the store to read from  When the Music's Over (McClelland & Stewart), a book that takes on the sexual abuse of an adolescent girl by a celebrity in the entertainment world. He'll be joined in conversation by Terry MacLeod of The Weekend Morning Show on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM/990 AM.

An Evening with Sarah Schulman, Friday October 14, 7:00 pm

Distinguished fiction writer, essayist, and playwright Sarah Schulman joins Dr. Jenny Heijun Wills in a conversation that will delve into her latest book Conflict is not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair (Arsenal Pulp Press).

An Afternoon with Shane Peacock and Eric Walters, Saturday October 22, 2:00 pm

Join us for a very special afternoon of readings from two of Canada’s bestselling Young Adult authors followed by a conversation hosted by Anita Daher.







An Evening with André Alexis, Monday October 24, 7:00 pm

The bestselling, Giller Prize winning author of Fifteen Dogs returns to Winnipeg to discuss his latest book The Hidden Keys (Coach House Press) with Festival Director Charlene Diehl.

An Evening with Matthew B. Crawford, Saturday November 5, 7:00 pm

The author of the bestselling Shop Class As Soulcraft investigates the challenge of mastering one’s own mind in his latest book The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (Penguin Canada).

An Evening with George Bowering and Charles Demers, Wednesday November 9, 7:30 pm

Charles Demers is a thirtysomething comedian, writer, and author of three books; George Bowering is eighty, Canada’s first poet laureate, and the author of more than eighty books. This evening they will be joined in conversation by Daria Salamon to discuss The Dad Dialogues: A Correspondence on Fatherhood (and the Universe) (Arsenal Pulp Press).

An Evening with Ami McKay, Thursday November 10, 7:30 pm

Ami McKay, the beloved, bestselling author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure, is back with her most beguiling novel yet. The Witches of New York (Knopf Canada) lures us deep inside the lives of a trio of remarkable young women navigating the glitz and grotesqueries of Gilded-Age New York by any means possible, including witchcraft... McKay will discuss her work with host Joanne Kelly tonight.

An Evening with Rudy Wiebe, Tuesday November 15, 7:00 pm

Where the Truth Lies: Selected Essays (NeWest Press) collects forty years of essays and speeches that award-winning author Rudy Wiebe has crafted. In this illuminating and wide-ranging selection, Wiebe provides a look behind the curtain, revealing his thought processes as he worked on many of his great books. He'll be discussing the collection with host Sue Sorensen.

An Evening with Maude Barlow, Thursday November 24, 7:00 pm

An evening with one of the world’s foremost water activists discussing her new book Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada's Water Crisis (ECW Press). Featuring a conversation with Paul Moist, former national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

An Evening with Zoe Whittall, Saturday November 26, 7:00 pm

The author of the Giller-shortlisted novel The Best Kind of People (House of Anansi) sits down with host Roewan Crowe to discuss the issues of loyalty and truth featured in the book. This event co-presented by the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. 

An Afternoon with Jon Klassen, Sunday December 11, 2:00 pm

Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist. He joins us this afternoon for a special look at his acclaimed picture book trilogy.