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Holly & Paul McNally: Leaving a Legacy

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Sep 03, 2015 at 12:05pm

A fond farewell to the McNallys

In the autumn of 1981, Holly McNally and Ron Robinson opened an independent bookstore in River Heights at the corner of Kenaston Boulevard and Grant Avenue. After a year in business together, Ron departed on amicable terms and the bookstore became Holly’s company. Why keep “Robinson” in the name? Holly couldn’t afford to change the sign. No one knew it then, but an identity was being forged.

Fast forward thirty-four years and Holly and Paul McNally are retiring from the bookselling business. Their dedication and contribution to the country’s literary scene is a hallmark of their careers, especially in Winnipeg, the prairie city where it all started. It’s hard to imagine what the literary scene in this town would be like had they not decided to put down roots here and make it their home.

Holly & Paul McNallyRight from the beginning they had a vision of what a bookstore could and should be: a neighbourhood meeting spot where readers and writers could share a mutual love of books and literature. Ahead of their time, Holly and Paul encouraged their stores to hum with community programming. They started with readings, launches and book clubs, and then as the business grew, evolved into an important host for seminars, wine-and-dines and live music. The implementation of the Partners in Culture program, designed to help participating arts organizations promote themselves; developing a unique membership plan, the Reader Reward Card that allows members discounts on their purchases; making the store available as a community ticket sales outlet; and hosting the annual Giller Light Bash for its fund-raising efforts for Frontier College are only some of the developments that have arisen out of Holly and Paul’s original vision of what a bookstore could be.

(Continued after the jump...)

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg


September's Author of the Month: BRENÉ BROWN

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015 at 1:05pm

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston and the author of Daring GreatlyThe Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t). She is the founder of The Daring Way, an organization that brings her work on vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness to communities and families. Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk,“The Power of Vulnerability”, is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world. Brown has ignited a global conversation on the subject of courage, vulnerability, shame and worthiness.

It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as the subject of her latest book, Rising Strong. Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where courage is tested and values are forged. Rising strong after a big fall, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague, is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are. (Hardcover. $35.00. Spiegel & Grau. September)

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

The September & October Bookseller is now online

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015 at 12:57pm

The September & October 2015 issue of our newsletter, The Bookseller, is now available online. Read it here.

You can also subscribe to The Bookseller emailing list.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

2015 Hugo Awards

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 6:29pm

Amidst a storm of controversy, the winners of the 2015 Hugo Awards were announced this past Saturday.

Cixin Liu's The Three Body Problem was awarded Best Novel, and Wesley Chu, author of Time Salvager, won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal was named Best Graphic Story, beating out Saga Vol. 3 and Rat Queens Vol 1: Sass and Sorcery.

Other contenders for Best Novel included The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison and Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie.

There were No Awards given for the categories of Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form, as all of the finalists in these categories were rejected by the World Science Fiction Society.

You can see the complete list of winners here, and a complete breakdown of the voting and nominees here.

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Magna Carta and Its Gift to Canada: An excerpt

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Aug 06, 2015 at 5:21pm

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, one of history's most important documents and one that set the groundwork for many concepts that continue to define democratic life today. To commemorate this anniversary, and to spread knowledge of the Magna Carta's impact on the world, the document is being toured across Canada over the course of 2015.

Between August 15th and September 18th, 2015, the Magna Carta will be in Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Along with the exhibition, Magna Carta expert and author Carolyn Harris will be in town for events at the Museum, as well as a discussion and signing of her book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, at our store on Friday, August 14th.

For a preview of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada, look after the jump. The book is available now in our Canadian History section for $24.99 -- and don't forget to mark the August 14th discussion and signing on your calendar!

Categories: Winnipeg, History


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