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 the best Canadian literature, non-fiction, and poetry.
Gail Bowen, the Arthur Ellis Award-winning crime novelist, returns to Winnipeg to launch the latest in her series of Joanne Kilbourn mysteries, The Winner’s Circle (McClelland & Stewart). She'll be discussing this story of a triple homicide tearing apart the lives of those related to a group of law partners this evening with host, and fellow mystery author, Catherine Macdonald.
The author of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams returns with First Snow, Last Light (Knopf Canada), an epic family mystery featuring the return of the ever-fascinating Sheilagh Fielding, one of the most memorable characters in fiction. He'll chat about it tonight with host Neil Besner.
At the end of Frances Itani’s Scotiabank Giller Prize—shortlisted Tell, a baby is adopted by a couple who are coming to terms with the end of the Great War. In That’s My Baby (HarperCollins Canada). Eighteen years later, we find that baby grown and determined to uncover the mysteries of her identity on the eve of World War II. At this event, host Sally Ito will talk discuss her journey with the author.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of The Bishop's Man and Punishiment returns with The Only Café (Random House Canada), a moving mystery and an illuminating exploration of how the traumatic past, if left unexamined, shadows every moment of the present. He'll delve deep into the book this evening alongside host Terry MacLeod.
A work of memoir, history, and a call to action, In Search of a Better World (House of Anansi Press), the 2017 CBC Massey Lecture, is a powerful and essential work on the major human rights struggles of our times. Akhavan will be joined in conversation by host Ismaila Alfa of CBC Manitoba.
The award-winning author of Annabel returns with Lost in September (Knopf Canada), a gripping, compassionate and stunning novel that overturns and rewrites history. Host Ariel Gordon will lead a discussion on her new book and its central character(s) James Wolfe.
Imagine...meeting someone with the same name, the same history, the same family, the same identity as you. Now, imagine meeting another person making the same exact claim. What would that do to you? The Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of 419 will discuss his new novel The Shoe on the Roof (Simon & Schuster) with host Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, book editor at The Winnipeg Free Press.
A special evening with two highly individual authors. Martha Baillie, author of The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, returns to Winnipeg to discuss her new deliciously disorienting novel If Clara (Coach House Books. She'll be joined by Camilla Grudova who will be expounding on her debut story collection The Doll’s Alphabet (Coach House Books), a work steeped in Angela Carter, Sheila Heti and HP Lovecraft.
Where were you when you first read Sylvia Plath's Ariel? Who were you? What has changed in your life? In the lives of women? In My Ariel (Coach House Books), Sina Queyras barges into one of the iconic texts of the twentieth century. Poet Lori Cayer will explore both texts with Queyras tonight.
Lee Maracle touch upon subjects such as citizenship, segregation, labour, law, prejudice and reconciliation (to name a few), in her new collection of prose essays My Conversations with Canadians (BookThug).
Adam Shoalts, one of Canada’s foremost explorers, joins us for a discussion and signing his new book A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land (Penguin Canada). In its pages Shoalts tells the stories behind ten centuries old maps, and how they came to shape what became “Canada.”