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2016 Prix Aurora Awards Finalists

by Brock Peters - Saturday, Apr 02, 2016 at 2:01pm

The nominees for the 2016 Prix Aurora Awards, presented by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, were announced yesterday. The awards recognize the best works and activities of Canadians in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres.

Winnipeg's own Chadwick Ginther (Best English Novel), Sherry Peters (Best English YA Novel), and GMB Chomichuk (Best English Graphic Novel) were among those to receive nominations. Voting by CSFFA members begins June 15, and the winners will be announced in August.

See the full book lists after the break:

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

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April's Author of the Month: Camilla Läckberg

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Apr 01, 2016 at 9:23am

Born in 1974, Camilla Läckberg graduated from the Gothenburg University of Economics, before moving to Stockholm where she worked for a few years as an economist. However, a course in creative crime writing became the trigger to a drastic change of career. Her first four novels all became Swedish bestsellers. Now her work is published around the world in twenty-five languages. Läckberg’s books are always set in or around her birthplace, the small Swedish west coast town of Fjällbacka. She lives in a suburb of Stockholm, with her husband Martin and her three children.

Läckberg’s latest psychological thriller featuring Detective Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck is The Ice Child. A semi-naked girl wanders through the woods in freezing cold weather. When she finally reaches the road, a car comes out of nowhere and hits her. By the time Detective Patrik Hedstrom receives word of the accident, the girl has already been identified. Four months ago she disappeared on her way home from the local riding school, and no one has seen her since. It quickly becomes clear that she has been subjected to unimaginably brutal treatment. And it’s likely she’s not the only one. Meanwhile, Patrik’s wife, crime writer Erica Falck, is looking into an old case that casts Patrik’s investigation in a whole new light.

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

Harry Potter Parties

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 8:21pm

In celebration of Harry Potter's birthday, J.K. Rowling's birthday, and the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, McNally Robinson Booksellers and Prairie Ink Restaurant are proud to present Harry Potter Parties in both Winnipeg and Saskatoon on July 30th, 2016.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the saga, featuring an adult Harry Potter grappling with the past and his youngest son, Albus, who is struggling with the weight of his family's legacy. It is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, and will debut on July 31st, 2016, in London's Palace Theatre. The script was written by Jack Thorne, with contributions from J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany, and will be released in book form to coincide with the play's debut.

Incidentally, July 31st is both Harry Potter and author J.K. Rowling's birthday.

To celebrate all of this, McNally Robinson and Prairie Ink Restaurant are hosting Harry Potter themed midnight-release parties. The Winnipeg party will take place in Assiniboine Park, and the Saskatoon party will be at our Saskatoon bookstore. Both parties will begin at 9:00 PM on July 30th and run until after midnight, which is when Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be officially released.

The parties are free and open to the public, and there will be plenty of entertainment and activities throughout the evening. For specific details on the party nearest you, visit the Winnipeg party listing or the Saskatoon party listing. You can also stay up to date on party details on Facebook (Winnipeg or Saskatoon) and Twitter (Winnipeg or Saskatoon).

At midnight (12:00 AM on July 31st) we will be releasing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Vouchers, required to claim the book, are now on sale at our bookstores, and will be available to purchase at the party. For those in Winnipeg who do not wish to attend the party in the park but would still like to claim a book at midnight, we will have booksellers at our Grant Park bookstore handing out copies.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News

John W. Dafoe Book Prize: The Shortlist

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 7:53pm

The shortlist was announced yesterday for the 2016 John W. Dafoe Book Prize. Five titles are in the running for the prize, which is awarded annually for works of non-fiction about Canada. The shortlist is:

John W. Dafoe (1866-1944) was an influential journalist and the editor of The Manitoba Free Press (renamed The Winnipeg Free Press in 1931) from 1901 until his death. The prize is awarded by the J.W. Dafoe Foundation.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Easter Weekend 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 4:42pm

Please note that McNally Robinson observes both Good Friday (March 25th) and Easter Sunday (March 27th), meaning we will be closed both of those days. On the Saturday between (March 26th), we will be open our usual hours: 9 AM to 11 PM.

This applies to both our Winnipeg and Saskatoon bookstores.

Enjoy your long weekend, and happy Easter!

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Holidays
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