A letter from Erin McHugh, author of Like My Mother Always Said...

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 11:23am

The following is a letter sent to us from Erin McHugh, author of the wonderful, witty, and hilarious new book Like My Mother Always Said... which is now available in hardcover.

And after the letter, learn how you can get yourself a free signed copy of the book...

Dear Kids,

And I do mean "Kids," no matter what your age. You're someone's son or daughter, because it just so happens that everyone has a mother. Everyone! And people tend to quote their moms, rely on their advice, and refer back to something she said probably more than they ever realize.

How do I know? Because that's exactly how my book came to be.

(Read more of Ms. McHugh's letter after the jump...)

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Contests and Giveaways, New Releases


Classical Recording of the Week: Brahms - Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 10:14am

In partnership with Winnipeg's Classic 107, we're proud to present our Classical CD of the Week...

Kavakos & Wang's Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3

Leonidas Kavakos, the "exceptional violinist" (Daily Mail) follows his spectacular Brahms Violin Concerto recording by teaming up with star pianist Yuja Wang -- "a prodigious talent, with an astonishing technique" (The Guardian) for the great Brahms Violin Sonatas

Leonidas Kavakos's third release for Decca makes a perfect supplement to his acclaimed Brahms Violin Concerto disc with Chailly.

Look for our Classical CD of the Week display in the Music section of our Grant Park store to pick up a copy!

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Classic107

Mother's Day 2014 gift suggestions

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 1:34pm

Buying the perfect gift for Mom can be difficult. Fortunately for you we've got a few suggestions of both books and giftware items to wow her this Mother's Day.

Books for Mom
     > Double Pregnant by Natalie Meisner
     > The M Word by Kerry Clare
     > On Becoming A Mother by Brigid McConville
     > Mom in The Movies by Turner Classic Movies, Inc.
     > Motherhood Realized by Power Of Moms
     > Quotable Mom by Familius
     > Like My Mother Always Said by Erin McHugh
            > Be sure to read this letter from Erin McHugh, author of Like My Mother Always Said...
            > At the end of the letter you can find out how to win a free signed copy of the book.
     > Mom Candy by Jena Pincott
     > Complete Buddhism For Mothers by Sarah Napthali
     > Philomena by Martin Sixsmith

Gifts for Mom    Click to see more on Pinterest

More giftware suggestions can be found on our general Giftware Pinterest board.

And remember: Mother's Day is coming soon, Sunday May 11th, so don't leave it to the last minute! Call, email, or visit your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to pick up your gift for Mom today.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Gift Guide

Web Wandering: Vintage cover art, new sci-fi, and some incredible predictions

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 12:56pm

An idle mind is a dangerous thing. Keep it occupied with some of these links:

   >  Who doesn't love vintage? And especially when it's vintage cover art:
        » "Gorgeous Vintage Children's Book Covers From All Over the World"

   >  Last year, George Saunders delivered an incredible speech to the graduating students of Syracuse University, and that speech is now available in print as Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts On Kindness. Curious about the original speech? Here's a snippet accompanied by a lovely animation -- and warning, you'll want to have some tissues handy.
        » "George Saunders's Some Thoughts On Kindness Brought To Life"

   >  Summer is coming, and with it a whooole bunch of new sci-fi and fantasy:
        » "The Summer's Most Exciting Science Fiction and Fantasy Books"

   >  The films were great, but I think we can all agree nothing compares to the original novels:
        » "45 Things About Harry Potter You Wouldn't Know Without Reading The Books"

   >  It's important to know. From BuzzFeed Books:
        » "Which Hunger Games District Do You Actually Belong In?"

   >  Hey you cyberspace beatniks, here are some factoids for you:
        » "15 Words You Didn't Know Were Coined By Famous Writers"

   >  Both eerie and incredible:
        » "Books That Predicted The Future"

Click here to look back at our earlier Web Wandering posts.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Weekly Web Wandering

Weekly Roundup (Apr. 26-May 2)

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, May 02, 2014 at 1:13pm

Happy Friday! Happy May! Let's reflect on the closing of April.

NEW RELEASES from the past seven days BESTSELLERS
     > Fiction books      > Winnipeg Bestsellers based on this week's sales
     > Non-Fiction books      > Saskatoon Bestsellers based on last week's sales

< < <   Some highlights of the week   < < <
NEW RELEASES: It's here! The paperback edition of the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records is now available.     NEW RELEASES: Darby Conley's newest Get Fuzzy collection is out. Entitled Jerktastic Park, the book can be found in our Humour section with all of the other comic strip collections.
BESTSELLERS: Even a couple weeks after her launch in our Grant Park store, Miriam Toews' All My Puny Sorrows continues to dominate our Winnipeg Hardcover Fiction bestsellers list.     BESTSELLERS: For the second week in a row, Water: Reflections on Thirst, Thanks and Truth by the local author's group Writers Unblocked stands at the top of the Winnipeg Paperback Fiction bestsellers list.
BESTSELLERS: A valiant final stand for April's Author of the Month -- Richard Wagamese's new novel Medicine Walk at #2 in Winnipeg Hardcover Fiction bestsellers, and his other novel Indian Horse at #5 in Paperback Fiction bestsellers.     EVENTS/BESTSELLERS: On Monday our Winnipeg store hosted the Winnipeg launch of Mary-Ann Kirkby's Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen, and then on Wednesday our Saskatoon store hosted the Saskatoon launch! Both were great events, and Ms. Kirkby's book is currently a bestseller in both of our stores.
LITERARY NEWS: Last weekend saw the celebration of the 2013 Manitoba Book Awards, and you can see the complete list of winners here. In less than a week some of those winners are rising up onto our Winnipeg bestsellers lists. So far we've got Stuck in the Middle (winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award) and Manitoba Butterflies (winner of the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher) under Paperback Non-Fiction Bestsellers, and I'm sure we'll be seeing more in coming weeks.     STORE NEWS: May has arrived, and with the new month comes a slew of our monthly updates, including our Author of the Month announcement. So who's our Author for May? None other than Steven Galloway, the name behind the recently released novel The Confabulist -- and a man who will be visiting our Winnipeg store on May 15th.
STORE NEWS: Our Featured Paperback for May is Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. As our Featured Paperback, it's a novel we highly recommend, and we're so eager to get it into your hands that we're taking 30% off the regular price for the whole month!     STORE NEWS: And lastly, our Featured Game for May and June is Kingdoms by Fantasy Flight Games. Fight for territories, build castles, command monsters... Sounds like a blast to me.

> > >   Our most recent Instagram shots   < < <

> > >   Looking ahead...   > > >
     • May 5th is looking like a busy day for our Winnipeg store. At 7:00 pm in our Travel Alcove we'll be having a Cinco de Mayo Poetry reading. Also at 7:00 pm, on the other side of store in the Atrium, we'll be hosting the launch of Glenlawn Collegiate Institute's anthology Ignite: Fantasy. And then at 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink we'll be hosting the launch of Eva Wiseman's The World Outside. Come for one event, come for two, or come for all three! You're invited to everything that evening.
     • Wednesday, May 7th, is also looking like a busy evening for our Winnipeg store. At 7:00 pm in the Atrium will be the Brick Books Poetry Evening, at 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove will be Anna Leventhal launching Sweet Affliction, and then starting at 8:30 pm inside of Prairie Ink Restaurant will be our monthly Open Mic Night! Again, you are invited to all of these events, so stop by on the 7th and join the fun!

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases, Bestsellers
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