Editorial Matters

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 3:08pm

In Search of Canada
As editor of the Manitoba, later Winnipeg Free Press, from 1901 until his death, John Wesley Dafoe was one of Canada's most influential journalists. In Search of Canada, written by his grandson Christopher Dafoe, describes the formative years of this famous newspaper editor from his unpromising beginnings in the backwoods of pre-Confederation Ontario to his early and unexpected success in nineteenth century Canadian journalism. Along the way, the author explores Dafoe's family background, his education, his early career, his rise as a national and international figure and his lifelong search for a true Canadian identity.

In Search of the Truth
In February 2013, Tom Flanagan, a University of Calgary professor and former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, made comments surrounding the issue of viewing child pornography that were tweeted from the event at which he was speaking and broadcast worldwide. In the time it took to drive from Lethbridge to his home in Calgary, the story was front-page news across Canada. Most of the reports cast Flanagan as a pariah for simply sounding an opinion (he in no way suggested that he was anything but virulently opposed to child pornography) in an academic setting. In Persona Non Grata, Flanagan tells his side of the story in a passionate defense of free speech, not just in Canada but everywhere. Flanagan's is hardly the first book on the subject, but what makes this book different is the component of the internet. A powerful vehicle for free expression, it does allow people to pass anonymous, and sometimes virulent, judgment against those whose opinions they disagree with. Persona Non Grata is a sobering look into the kind of political correctness that threatens freedom of speech and discussion in Canada.

This article appeared in the May/June issue of our news magazine, The Bookseller. You can pick up a free print copy of the news mag inside of our stores.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases

Farley Mowat dead at 92

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 5:46pm

Sad news today as we learned beloved, acclaimed Canadian author and environmentalist Farley Mowat has passed away, just a few days short of his 93rd birthday.

Mowat was a prolific author whose work won him numerous awards, including, among others, the Governor General's Award and the Leacock Medal for Humour. His proficiency at writing was matched only by his love of the environment, as he was an avid naturalist famously known for having understood environmental problems long before anyone else.

The Globe and Mail published a lovely piece about Mr. Mowat, his life, and his passing, which we recommend to anyone who has been touched by Mowat's work.

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

The 2014 Writers Festival

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 4:32pm

McNally Robinson Booksellers has teamed up with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival for a very special Spring Literary Series. Over these seven events spanning May and June we'll be exploring poetry, prose, translation, ideas and issues.

These seven events include...

> Wednesday, May 7: Brick Poetry Night with Karen Enns, Joanna Lilleym, Jane Munro, and Arleen Pare.

> Monday, May 12: Kenneth Oppel launching The Boundless.

> Thursday, May 15: Steven Galloway -- our current Author of the Month! -- launching The Confabulist with guest John K. Samson.

> Friday, May 16: Jon Paul Fiorentino (I'm Not Scared of You or Anything) and David Homel (Hysteric and The Fledglings) in conversation and signing their new books.

> Tuesday, May 20: Tara Lee Morin in conversation and signing As I Remember It.

> Tuesday, May 27: Gillian Sze launching Peeling Rambutan.

> Tuesday, June 17: Rupert Ross in conversation and signing Indigenous Healing.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Event News

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
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