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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 the best Canadian literature, non-fiction, and poetry.


An Evening with Gail Bowen, Thursday September 14, 7:00 pm

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.

An Evening with Wayne Johnston, Wednesday September 20, 7:00 pm

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.

An Evening with Frances Itani, Wednesday October 11, 7:00 pm

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.

An Evening with Linden MacIntyre, Friday October 13, 7:00 pm

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.

An Evening with Payam Akhavan, Monday October 16, 7:00 pm

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.

An Evening with Will Ferguson, Tuesday October 24, 7:00 pm

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.

An Evening with Martha Baillie and Camilla Grudova, Monday October 30, 7:00 pm

A special evening with two highly individual authors. Martha Baillie, author of The Search for Heinrich Schlögelreturns 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. The event will be hosted by Dominique Rey.

 An Afternoon with Jody Mitic, Sunday November 5, 2:00 pm

Join us for the Winnipeg launch of Everyday Heroes: Inspirational Stories from Men and Women in the Canadian Armed Forces (Simon & Schuster Canada) featuring Jody Mitic (author of Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper) and local contributor Michael Czuboka in conversation with host Terry MacLeod

An Evening with Amanda Lindhout and Lorinda Stewart, Tuesday November 7, 7:00 pm at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Join us for the Winnipeg launch of One Day Closer: A Mother’s Quest to Bring Her Kidnapped Daughter Home (Simon & Schuster Canada) at the Muriel Richardson AuditoriumWinnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard. Featuring a live conversation with author Lorinda Stewart and her daughter Amanda Lindhout (author of A House in the Sky) hosted by Joanne Kelly. A public Q&A will take place after the discussion, followed by a book signing. Tickets are $10 and available at McNally Robinson Booksellers in person or by calling 204-475-0483. All proceeds benefit the Global Enrichment Foundation.

An Evening with Sina Queyras, Monday November 13, 7:00 pm

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.

An Evening with Kathleen Winter, Wednesday November 15, 7:30 pm

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.

 An Evening with Lee Maracle, Friday November 24, 7:00 pm

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). She'll discuss the book with host David McLeod at this event.

An Evening with Adam Shoalts, Saturday November 25, 7:00 pm

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.”