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What To Read: Summer 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 2:12pm

With the passing of the literary torch to a new generation, Chris Hall, a passionate reader with almost 20 years of bookselling experience, has taken up the challenge of continuing Holly McNally’s stewardship of our What to Read suggestions with personal recommendations that reflect attention to the care and craft of good writing.

 Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont. Softcover. $22.00. The Shanleys are a prosperous family living in New York. Father Jack is a successful artist, Deb is happy raising fifteen year-old Simon and eleven year-old Kay. But Jack has done something terrible and selfish and Deb has to face the weaknesses of the man she married, while Simon and Kay are forced to deal with a grown-up world they are not quite prepared for. The power of this novel lies in the portrayal of the characters, all of them very real, with their own particular strengths and weaknesses. (Random House. June)

 The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie. Hardcover. $34.00. With its exuberance and humour, this is a perfect novel for the summer. It tells the story of Veblen (named after the economist who coined the term “conspicuous consumption”) and her fiancé, Paul, as they deal with a hypochondriac mother, institutionalized father, and a high stakes deal with the Department of Defence for his medical research findings. McKenzie produces a bold and chaotic satire of our times, as the pair try to keep the peace and repair the damage involved in their upcoming wedding. (Penguin. January)

See more What to Read selections after the jump...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, What To Read


Potter Party Winnipeg: Name our Dragon

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 2:55pm

McNally Robinson has come into possession of a very special creature— our very own dragon. And we need your help naming it!

We are collecting as many potential names as we can and from all of the submissions we will choose our top five favourites. Then, during our Harry Potter Party in the Park on July 30th, we will hold a public vote to determine which of the five names will be given to the dragon, which will be announced from the mainstage just before the midnight release of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts One and Two.

Visit this page to submit a name. You may submit as many names as you'd like, but we please ask that you try to limit yourself to just a couple. The deadline for submissions is July 25th, 2016.

During the party, you can also visit our Defence Against the Dark Arts tent for a chance to decorate the dragon.

Categories: Store News, Winnipeg

July's Author of the Month: MARY ROACH

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jul 05, 2016 at 10:26am

Death, the afterlife, sex, space travel — freelance writer and humourist turned accidental science journalist, Mary Roach asks the questions we all wonder about but are usually too polite to mention. Her books include Stiff, Spook, Bonk, Packing for Mars and Gulp.

Her latest book, Grunt, tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries: panic, exhaustion, heat, flies, noise. Roach visits a movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier in east Africa, she discovers that diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Fashion design ers at U.S. Army Natick Labs explain why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with a crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee.

She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and discover why there really is no life like it.

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

The July & August Bookseller is now online

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 at 3:41pm

Beach reads, barbecue tips, picnic gear, The Beach Boys, cool cocktails, fun hands-on books for your little ones, and more in the July & August 2016 issue of our newsletter, The Bookseller.

Read it online.

You can also subscribe to The Bookseller emailing list and have the next issue sent directly to your inbox.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter

Canada Day 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 at 4:48pm

In honour of our wonderful country, McNally Robinson will be closed on Friday, July 1st.

This applies to both our Winnipeg and Saskatoon bookstores and Prairie Ink Restaurants. Regular hours will resume for the weekend.

Happy Canada Day!


Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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