September's Author of the Month: THOMAS KING

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 10:24am

Canada's Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His bestselling fiction includes Medicine River, Truth and Bright Water, One Good Story, That One, and A Short History of Indians in Canada. In addition to its many award distinctions, Green Grass, Running Water was named to Quill & Quire's Best Canadian Fiction of the Century list.

The Back of the Turtle is King's first literary novel in 15 years and follows on the success of his nonfiction bestseller The Inconvenient Indian. When Gabriel returns to Smoke River, he knows he will find the reserve is deserted. An environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel's family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for DowSanto, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?

One of our most important writers returns with his trademark wit, wordplay and a thorough knowledge of native myth and story-telling.


Join us for An Evening with Thomas King! Two evenings, in fact: Tuesday, October 14th in Winnipeg, and Wednesday, October 15th in Saskatoon. As with any of our in-store events, there is no charge for the Evening and all are invited to attend.


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

Booksellers Read: August 2014

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 12:52pm

It goes without saying our booksellers love to read. And that we love to talk about what we read. And, as you can see in the links below, a number of us like to write about what we read, too.

Matthew has been writing extensively about LIFE AFTER LIFE, the forthcoming A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS, GOOD LORD BIRD, and the recent Hugo Award winner for Best Novel ANCILLARY JUSTICE.

Athena -- not as a bookseller but as a book lover-- encourages you buy ISLANDS OF DECOLONIAL LOVE.

Andrew likes books by funny people, including Rick Mercer's NATION WORTH RANTING ABOUT and Christopher Moore's THE SERPENT OF VENICE.

John C. took an adventure with INTO THE WILD and enjoyed every moment of it.

Dane doesn't joke around when talking about THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR.

Dante, judging from her in-depth analysis, really thought about her 4/5 rating of THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS.

Miranda clearly enjoyed both THE KITE RUNNER and THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.

And David K. composed a lovely treatise on THE SPECTRE OF ALEXANDER WOLF.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Booksellers Read

Timezone issues

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:58pm

McNally Robinson is aware that some customers, after registering for a class (or classes), may be experiencing difficulties with the automatic generation of the classroom time into their own iPhone calendar or other device as it relates to timezones. McNally Robinson's information is set correctly, but if you as an individual have your phone or other device set to a different timezone, the class may show up as the incorrect time in your personal calendar.

Please always check the website or classroom handout for exact class start times. We wouldn't want you to show up at the wrong time for your favourite class!

Categories: Store News, Winnipeg, Community Classroom

Happy Labour Day

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:36pm

Happy Labour Day weekend!

Normal hours apply for most of the weekend, but please note that the bookstore and Prairie Ink Restaurant will be closed on Monday, September 1st. This applies to both our Winnipeg and Saskatoon locations.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Classical Recording of the Week: Horowitz's Three Classic Albums

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 10:16am

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

Vladamir Horowitz's Three Classic Albums


Featuring The Studio Recordings, Horowitz in Moscow, and Horowitz at Home. For more track listings and to hear audio samples, visit this page.


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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