In our last issue of The Bookseller, we featured Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowry as a Be First Book Club pick. The novel, which comes out in April, breaks the mold by being a novel told entirely in lists. You have to read it to see how well the author makes this unique way of telling a story work. With this in mind, we went looking for some other recent novels that employ unconventional techniques.
The thirty-two page graphic novel included in The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchison is a mold-breaking innovation that helps tell the heartbreaking yet uplifting story of Andrew Brawley grieving over the loss of his family. He was supposed to die with them that night. Instead he finds himself living in a hospital, serving food in the cafeteria, hanging out with the nurses, sleeping in a forgotten supply closet. His only solace is in the world of the superhero he’s created: Patient F. Then, one night, Rusty is wheeled into the ER, half his body burned by hateful classmates. Rusty’s agony calls out to Andrew like a beacon. In Rusty, he sees hope, a future outside of the hospital, and away from their pasts. But to save Rusty, Drew will have to confront Death, and life will have to get worse before it gets better.
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick is an ambitious, mold-breaking novel written in four parts: three stories and a poem, each about 100 pages long, that can be read in any order. What links the parts together in this tale of survival and discovery is the spiral, a symbol that has no end, and the effect it has on our lives. The spiral has existed for as long as time, and Sedgwick cleverly uses it as a gateway into four stories that delve into the deep past of tribal living to the far future of interstellar space travel.
Excerpt from the March/April issue of The Bookseller.Categories: Winnipeg, New Releases, Newsletter
McNally Robinson Winnipeg is proud to again participate in International TableTop Day!
On April 11th, from 10 am to 10 pm, we'll be hosting multiple gaming tables right inside the bookstore. You're invited to drop in at any time and to stay for as long or as short as you'd like. The event is entirely free and there's no need to register. Come alone or bring some friends. We'll have games to play, and you're encouraged to bring your own.
Come play some games with us and other Winnipeg gamers!
For more details, please visit our official TableTop Day event page.Categories: Winnipeg, Games
Gwen may have won the battle to save her own magic, but she is still reeling from memories of her past life and dangers to her present one. Alone without the one she trusted most, she gathers her friends to search for others like her — those who can destroy the force threatening the world once and for all. But victory can only come at a terrible cost, and the lure of powerful magic may be too much to resist, even for those sworn to protect the world. As friendships begin to fracture, reality blurs with the past until the lines between family, friend, and enemy are no longer clear. Gwen needs to find a way to defeat her past enemies without falling into any one of their many traps — or else surrender to her past life's magic and lose herself forever.
Even though I did not read book one I didn't have much confusion reading this book cause it pretty much covered everything. I think, sometimes that can be bad but for this book, it was good. I would give it a 8/10 rating for the Avatar-like-bending stuff they did and the "oh-no-what-arethey-going-to-do-they're-all-going-to-perish-and-the-world-will-end" scenes. Also, I just like books that have a group of kids going on a quest around the world being besties. I will most definitely read the first book and wait in agony for the third one.
Farewell everyone and stay sparkly.
- Emily, a Two Thumbs Up reviewerCategories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
February was "I Love To Read" Month, and in celebration of this the Winnipeg Blues Junior Hockey Team went to schools all across Winnipeg to read to students. Not only that, but they also got the kids on their feet and led classes on runs. Great support for both literacy and fitness!
As part of the Read & Run program, each school visited was put into a draw to win a big batch of books. During the Blues' game versus the Dauphin Kings on February 28th, the winner was selected: Joseph Teres School! Congratulations to them - they will receive over $750 worth of books for their classrooms and library!
Thanks to the Winnipeg Blues for running such an incredible program. McNally Robinson was very proud to support them all the way.Categories: Store News, Winnipeg
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