April's Author of the Month: SARA GRUEN

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Apr 01, 2015 at 1:05pm

Gruen is a Canadian-born dual citizen (Canadian and American) who moved to the United States in 1999 for a technical writing job. When she was laid off two years later, instead of looking for another job, she decided to take a gamble on writing fiction full-time. The gamble paid off. Her third novel Water for Elephants (2006) hit the New York Times bestseller list and reached number one on July 8, 2007. Her books have been translated into forty-three languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide.

Her new novel, At the Water’s Edge, again demonstrates Gruen’s talent for creating spellbinding period pieces in a poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s personal awakening as she experiences the devastations of World War II in a Scottish Highlands village.

Madeline Hyde, a young socialite from Philadelphia, reluctantly follows her husband and their best friend to the tiny village of Drumnadrochit in search of a mythical monster while a very real monster, Adolph Hitler, unleashes his Blitzkrieg against Europe. What Maddie discovers about the larger world and about herself through the unlikely friendships she develops with the villagers, opens her eyes not only to the dark forces that exist around her but to the beauty and surprising possibilities of life.

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

TableTop Day 2015

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 at 8:17pm

McNally Robinson Winnipeg is proud to again participate in International TableTop Day!

On April 11th, from 10 am to 10 pm, we'll be hosting multiple gaming tables right inside the bookstore. You're invited to drop in at any time and to stay for as long or as short as you'd like. The event is entirely free and there's no need to register. Come alone or bring some friends. We'll have games to play, and you're encouraged to bring your own.

Come play some games with us and other Winnipeg gamers!

For more details, please visit our official TableTop Day event page.

Categories: Winnipeg, Games

Terry Pratchett dies at age 66

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 at 2:44pm

Sad news today as renowned science fiction and fantasy author Terry Pratchett has passed away. He died in bed at home, surrounded by loved ones, from natural causes. He was 66.

Pratchett wrote over 70 books in his career, and is known especially for his Discworld stories, which encompass the majority of his printed works.

BBC News has put out this obituary detailing Pratchett's life, including his grapple with Alzheimer's over the past eight years, and his prolific career. We strongly recommend the article for any Pratchett fan.

We also strongly recommend that anyone unfamiliar with Pratchett's work pick up one of his many books. He was an incredible world-builder and a master storyteller, creating whimsical characters and fantastic locations, infusing all of his stories with wit and humour. McNally Robinson is proud to carry a number of Pratchett's books, and we are able to order most others not currently in stock. Contact us if you're looking for a particular title.

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

The March/April Bookseller is now online

by Joel Rempel - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 2:41pm

The March/April issue of our newsletter The Bookseller is now available online.
Click here to view The Bookseller, Winnipeg
Click here to view The Bookseller, Saskatoon

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

Upcoming class: Manitowapow

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Mar 07, 2015 at 1:23pm

Starting on April 1st, 2015, is a four-part course "Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water", instructed by Niigaan Sinclair.

Manitowapow is the original name for Manitoba, a word that describes the incredible beauty, hue, and struggle that emerges from the life in this place. Much of this has been documented by Indigenous writers in Manitoba over the many centuries they have worked to encapsulate the spirit and complexity of relationships in this place. In this four week course we will examine Manitoba through the eyes of Indigenous peoples and the many cultures and communities that breathe through writing, experiencing the complex creativity and intellectual work of an ongoing and vibrant community.

Class includes four sessions, taking place as follows:
Wednesday, 1 April 2015 -- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, 8 April 2015 -- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 -- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 -- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Pre-registration is required. The cost per participant is $100.00 (plus tax). To sign up, please call the bookstore at 204-475-0483, or visit us in person. You can also sign yourself by
clicking here.

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom


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