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What To Read: Winter 2018

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 at 7:57pm

A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. $24.99. With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, this historical novel takes us into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, and union men during WW II. America is at war and Anna Kerrigan works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to the men who have gone overseas. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America fight the war. Manhattan Beach is a deft exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men. (Scribner. October)

Wonderland by Steven Johnson. Softcover. $27.00. Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Heintroduces us to the colourful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. He compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun. (Riverhead. November)

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Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, What To Read

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Call for photos!

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 4:25pm

Do you love taking photographs? We’d like to consider your images of Manitoba for a new hardcover book: MANITOBA by MANITOBA: Photos of a Province by its Citizens, to be published in the spring of 2019 by McNally Robinson.

This is a book by Manitobans and will feature full-colour images of what you love about Manitoba. Keeping in mind that we want to discover a world beyond the environs of Winnipeg, a subject which we explored in our 2013 book WINNIPEG by WINNIPEG, we will look only at photographs taken outside of Winnipeg's perimeter.

Please send your submissions by email attachment to manitoba@grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm, October 31, 2018.

For more information on the submission process, please visit this page.

Categories: Store News, Winnipeg, Regional Interest

Your 2017 Bestsellers

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 at 6:05pm

2017 has come to a close, and so we would like to reflect back on the wonderful literature that came out of it. Specifically, we want to focus on the bestselling books by Manitoban and Saskatchewan authors, as reported by our Winnipeg and Saskatoon stores respectively.

McNally Robinson is always eager to support Canadian and especially Prairie literature, and it's easy for us to stand behind the books appearing on this year's bestsellers lists. These titles and authors are a glowing selection of Prairie lit, and we're proud to not only carry the books on our shelves but to also have been a part of their history by having hosted many of their launches and signings within our bookstores.

Find our 2017 Manitoba and Saskatchewan bestsellers lists after the jump...

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book Lists

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The Bookseller: January & February 2018

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jan 04, 2018 at 11:10am

New year, new books! Read all about the best incoming literature, some exciting McNally Robinson news in Winnipeg, our splendid giftware selections for this year, and take a quick recap on the bestselling books of 2017. All this and more in our January & February edition of The Bookseller.

Read it now online >>>

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

January's Author of the Month: ALI SMITH

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018 at 11:50am

Born in Inverness, Scotland, Ali Smith is one of the most distinctive and innovative voices on the literary scene today. Her novels and short story collections have placed her at the forefront of contemporary British fiction. She has won the Whitbread Award and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction as well as being shortlisted multiple times for the Man Booker Prize. Ambiguity is a theme that runs throughout all of Smith’s fiction and is arguably the characteristic that best defines her treatment of character and self.

In Winter, the second novel in Smith’s Seasonal Quartet, life-force matches up to the toughest of the seasons. Her shapeshifting novel casts a warm, wise, merry and uncompromising eye over a post-truth era in a story rooted in history and memory and with a taproot deep in the evergreens of art and love.

In a novel of ferocity, tenderness, anger and generosity of spirit, Sophia Cleves is a Scrooge for our time, a retired businesswoman whose work always took precedence over family. Now holed up in her 15-bedroom house in Cornwall, she is, as her estranged sister, Iris, observes, “an old miserly grump who had nothing in the house for your son and his girlfriend for Christmas except a bag of walnuts and half a jar of glace cherries”.

Although there’s no traditional Christmas miracle in Winter, the entire book is in it own way testament to the miraculous powers of the creative arts: “That’s one of the things stories and books can do, they can make more than one time possible at once,” one of the characters explains.

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