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Canada Reads 2016: Contenders

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jan 22, 2016 at 4:23pm

The 15th year of Canada Reads is upon us, bringing together books all about transformation and second chances. Recently CBC Radio unveiled the 2016 panel:

Profiles of each contender can be found on CBC Radio's website, and you can watch a video of the panel's introduction from CBC's q radio show.

The debates will take place on CBC Radio March 21st to the 24th, 2016, with author, broadcaster, and previous Canada Reads winner Wab Kinew returning as host.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

January's Author of the Month: CHINA MIÉVILLE

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 at 3:54pm

China Miéville, whose works include Three Moments of an ExplosionThe City & The CityEmbassytownRailsea, and Perdido Street Station, is an award-winning English fantasy fiction writer. He is fond of describing his work as “weird fiction” (after early twentieth century pulp and horror writers such as H. P. Lovecraft), and belongs to a loose group of writers sometimes called New Weird who consciously attempt to move fantasy away from commercial clichés of the genre. He has stood for the House of Commons for the Socialist Alliance, and published a book on Marxism and international law. He teaches creative writing at Warwick University.

His new book, This Census-Taker, is a poignant and uncanny novella that opens in a remote house on a hilltop where a lonely boy witnesses a profoundly traumatic event. He tries, and fails, to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape. When at last a stranger knocks at  his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over. But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether?

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

2015 Holiday Hours and Closures

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 12:05pm

Happy holidays!

Please note our special hours and closures in December:

Christmas Eve: open 9 am to 5 pm
Christmas Day: closed
Boxing Day, Grant Park: open 10 am to 6 pm
Boxing Day, Saskatoon: open 11 am to 6 pm

New Year's Eve: open 9 am to 5 pm
New Year's Day: closed

Otherwise, our hours of operation remain the same as ever.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

A note on holiday orders

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 8:06pm

The holidays are coming, and so are the deadlines for special ordering books.

As a rule of thumb, we consider December 10th as the last day we can order a book and have it arrive before Christmas. We will still gladly take orders after this date, but we cannot guarantee they will arrive before Christmas.

Nevertheless, we strongly encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as possible with orders you intend to give as gifts. Some publishers take longer to ship, and weather is always a concern this time of year.

Please contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore if you have any questions, or if you'd like to place an order. We can set up orders in person, over the phone, via email, or through our web store.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Giller Prize 2015 winner: André Alexis

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 at 12:21pm

The winner of this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize is André Alexis, who won for his book Fifteen Dogs.

The Giller Prize strives to highlight and honour the best in Canadian fiction each year, awarding the winner $100,000 and each finalist $10,000. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994.

This news comes just after Alexis' win of the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize last week, which was awarded for the same book. So it seems safe to say that Fifteen Dogs is well worth the read.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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