Karin Adams -- Night Table Recommendations: A Judy Blume Special

by McNally Robinson - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:25am

Manitoba-based Karin Adams is the author of Lights! Curtains! Cows! and No TV? No Fair!, both available at McNally Robinson Booksellers. Humour and a kid-centered universe are the essential ingredients in her books. Karin's favourite stories remain those she read as a young(er!) person. Join us at McNally Robinson Grant Park on May 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm to celebrate the launch of No TV? No Fair!.


The best thing about being a children's writer is that my favourite pastime (reading children's books) and my research (reading children's books) are one and the same. I am currently re-discovering the works of Judy Blume, children's author extraordinaire. As a reader, it's been great catching up with "old friends" like Peter Hatcher, Margaret Simon, and Sally J. Freedman (as herself, of course). As a children's author, I've spent some time thinking about why Blume's books are so beloved and enduring. Here's what I've come up with so far:

Categories: Reviews, Discussions, Authors


Margaret McWilliams Book Awards

by D - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 9:58am

The Manitoba Historical Society,in honour of Manitoba Day, is pleased to announce that the following authors are the recipients of the 2009-10 Margaret McWilliams Book Awards. The McWilliams Awards recognize excellence in books relating to Manitoba's history.

Awards will be presented at the Manitoba Historical Society Annual Meeting and Luncheon, Saturday May 29, being held at the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada. Award recipients and a guest are invited to join us for lunch, after which the awards will be presented. Please RSVP by calling 947-0559 to no later then 21 May 2010,and for further details concerning the award presentation. The winners of the awards in each category are as follows:


The May / June Bookseller

by D - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 1:39pm

The May / June issue of our newsletter The Bookseller is now available online. The Bookseller is a worthy read for all book lovers. It also highlights events taking place at our Winnipeg, and Saskatoon stores.
Click here to view The Bookseller, Winnipeg.
Click here to view The Bookseller, Saskatoon.

Allan Levine -- Night Table Recommendations

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 10:00am

Allan Levine will be in our Winnipeg bookstore to sign copies of the paperback version of his McNally Robinson Book of the Year winning work Coming of Age: A History of the Jewish People of Manitoba, on Sunday May 16, 2:00 pm.


The Devil's Company by David Liss (Random House)

A great historical mystery series should have just the right blend of character, place and plot. It is a difficult balance, but American writer David Liss pulls it off brilliantly in his trilogy of Benjamin Weaver novels. He introduced Weaver, a likeable Portuguese-Jewish pugilist and rogue living in eighteenth century London in his award-winning A Conspiracy of Paper (2000). That novel revolved around the South Sea Bubble, the stock manipulation of 1729. He followed it up with A Spectacle of Corruption (2004) which found Weaver battling nefarious politicians. And then in The Devil's Company (2009), Weaver becomes embroiled in a twisted adventure surrounding the rise of the East India Company. Each novel succeeds because Liss has a wonderful sense of time and place. Readers are literally transported back to London of the 1700s with all of its wealth, poverty and sin. His dialogue is spot on as is his integration of local customs and attitudes from the parlours to the gin houses. Each novel is a page-turner and a lot of fun.

Categories: Reviews, buzz, Authors, Winnipeg



by McNally Robinson - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 9:37am

$16.00 Add to Cart

For You, Mom. Finally. by Ruth Reichl is perfect reading on Sunday afternoon after the obligatory Mother's Day lunch.

Former NYT restaurant critic, editor in chief of Gourmet magazine and the author of three bestselling memoirs, Ruth Reichl is a beloved cultural figure in the food world. For You, Mom. Finally. is her openhearted investigation of the life of a woman she realises she never really knew- her mother. It is an openhearted and gracious story.

Holly McNally

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