May & June 2017
Jo Nesbø Has a Thirst for Crime || Happy Birthday, Canada || Surviving Canada || Miss Confederation || New in Paperback || What To READ || Author of the Month: Strout & Kanon || Our Spring Fiction Picks || The Poetic Imagination || Memoirs: Truth Be Told || Not Your Typical Political Memoir || The Plot Thickens || Out of This World || Let's Get Graphic || What's the Big Idea? || Sustainable Living
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BABIES Stacking, Counting and More! || Julia Donaldson Classics in Board Book || Wee Baby Stella || KIDS Give Bees a Chance! || Comics: How-To and More || Bird is the Word || Trials and Tribulations || SUPERHERO Party in Winnipeg || Canadian Picture Books || Travel Canada || Twenty Years of Harry Potter Magic || Tumble Tree: A Balancing Card Game || The Kid's Watch List || TEENS Crossing Lines || Queer, There, and Everywhere || Sophisticated Stories in Words & Pictures || The "Be First" Book Club
Harry Hole returns in the eleventh installment of Norwegian author Jo Nesbø's bestselling crime fiction series.
In Police — the previous novel featuring Jo Nesbø’s hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective — a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting to protect the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, a serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters. With pressure mounting from the media to find the killer, the Oslo police force recognizes there’s only one man for the job. But Harry is reluctant to return to the place and the institution that took everything from him, until he starts to suspect that this murder might be connected to his one failed case. When another victim is found, Harry realizes that he needs to put everything on the line if he’s to finally catch the one killer who got away. ($34.00. Hardcover. Knopf. May)
From football to music, ambition and taking chances have marked Nesbø's unusual career path to becoming a bestselling author. After his dreams of playing football professionally were dashed by a knee injury at eighteen, he formed the band Di derre (“Them There”). By the time their second album topped the charts in Norway, he was working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers by day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat. His books have been translated into over 50 languages, selling over 30 million copies worldwide.
E On Thursday, May 18, at 7:00 PM, join us in Winnipeg for a special evening with Jo Nesbø. This event is co-presented by the Norwegian Canadian Club, part of the Scandinavian Cultural Centre.
Want to know what the hottest new Canadian apps are? Need a handy chart to help you decide what Canadian music to listen to? How about the top Google searches across the nation? 150 Years of Stats Canada!, an all-new handy guide to Canada from the tireless experts at @stats_canada, reveals all the must-know quirks from coast to coast to frigid coast. From the Tim Hortons etiquette quiz to the “Discover How Canadian You Are” checklist; from tips on the Vancouver housing market to the ultimate bachelor party in Montreal, Canada’s funniest online sensation is back to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary. (Penguin. June)
An outrageous exposé of Canada’s secrets, scandals, and occasional awkward lapses in proper etiquette. Inside, you’ll find illustrations, maps, quizzes, and charts that answer the most pressing questions about Canadian history, politics, and culture, such as: Canadian cuisine and sexuality: Do they exist? What does “sorry” actually mean? Justin Bieber, Rob Ford, Malcolm Gladwell: Why? This absurd guide digs up everything from buried rage to buried oil, uncovering Canada’s bizarre history and shocking present. (Touchstone. May)
A collection of the best in Canadian questions and answers, covering history, famous Canadians, sports, word origins, geography, and everything in between. In these pages, you’ll learn the answers to questions like: Where did the word “Canuck” come from? How did an aristocratic French girl become a Canadian Robinson Crusoe? Why do Canadian engineers wear iron rings? What famous explorer played hockey in the Arctic? Who was the first Black woman elected to Canada’s Parliament? What unlikely team beat Canada for the gold medal for hockey in the 1936 Winter Olympics? (Dundurn. June)
The struggle for the rights of Indigenous Peoples is as old as Canada itself, a struggle non-Aboriginal people are only now coming to grips with.
Surviving Canada edited by Kiera L. Ladner & Myra Tait is a collection of thoughtful and powerful reflections about Indigenous Peoples’ complicated, and often frustrating, relationship with Canada, and how, even 150 years after Confederation, the fight for recognition of their treaty and Aboriginal rights continues. Through essays, art, and literature, Surviving Canada examines the struggle for Indigenous Peoples to celebrate their cultures and exercise their right to control their own economic development, lands, water, and lives.
The Indian Act, Idle No More, and the legacy of residential schools are just a few of the topics covered by a range of elders, scholars, artists, and activists such as Mary Eberts, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Leroy Little Bear. (ARP. May)
The Indian Act and Me? Democracy and Governance in Canada. The 1876 Indian Act has shaped Indigenous/Canadian relations for more than 140 years. In this four-part series, Minnawaanigogiizhigok, a.k.a. Dawnis Kennedy explores the provisions of the Indian Act over time, the impact of the Indian Act on identity, citizenship and governance in Indigenous communities and the influence of the Indian Act upon Canada’s political and legal landscape. The classes take place in the Community Classroom October 4, 11, 18, 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Pre-registration required, and can be done by phone (204-475-0483), in person at the bookstore, or online. Cost $125.00 per person. Please note: Our Community Classroom programs are only available at our Winnipeg location.
Canada’s journey to Confederation kicked off with a bang — or rather, a circus, a Civil War (American), a small fortune’s worth of champagne, and a lot of making love in the old-fashioned sense (courting, that is). Miss Confederation by Anne McDonald is a rare opportunity to look back through a woman’s eyes at the men and events at the centre of this pivotal time in Canada’s history. Mercy Coles, the daughter of PEI delegate George Coles, kept a diary of the social happenings and political maneuverings as they affected her and her desires. Miss Confederation offers a window into the events that led to Canada’s creation, from a point of view that has long been neglected. (Dundurn. June)
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With courage, grace and insight, Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. Two sisters — Vianne and Isabelle Mauriac — separated by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarks on her own path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France. The Nightingale is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. (St. Martin's. May)
While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the brutal murder of a 14-year-old girl, newly promoted DSI Alan Banks is investigating the coldest of cases. Fifty years ago Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused, at the centre of a historical abuse investigation. Uncovering crimes from the past that some would prefer to keep hidden, Banks is led down a path even darker than the one he set out to investigate. (McClelland & Stewart. June)
In 2008, Danny Wolfe, an Aboriginal Winnipeg man, was 31-years-old and awaiting trial on two counts of first-degree murder in the Regina Correctional Centre. It wasn't his first time behind bars. Danny had been in and out of correctional facilities since his teenage years. The former Winnipeg Globe & Mail bureau chief traces Wolfe's life from his birth in Regina to his founding of the Indian Posse, the Aboriginal street gang that grew to have over 12,000 members, to his death in 2010 in this harrowing tale of a modern outlaw. (Signal. May)
With war looming, a young woman sets out from a small coastal town to find vengeance for her lost family, while two very different people — a young artist purportedly on his way to paint the grand khalif and a fiercely intelligent woman posing as a doctor's wife — set out from the wealthy city-state of Seressa. Against a background of uncertainty and tumult, their fates — and the fates of many others — unfold on the borderlands where empires and faiths collide in Kay's latest epic of historical fantasy. (Penguin. May)
In 2012 when his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Winnipeg broadcaster, musician, and NDP member of the Manitoba Legislature, Wab Kinew decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant Aboriginal man who’d raised him. His memoir spans that year, chronicling painful moments in the past and celebrating renewed hopes for the future. By turns lighthearted and solemn, Kinew creates an inspiring vision of family, cross-cultural reconciliation, and the future of Aboriginal peoples. (Penguin. June)
Torn from her home and taken to St. Mark’s Residential School for Girls by government decree, Rose Marie finds herself in an alien world where not even her Blackfoot name is tolerated. Life becomes an endless series of torments. And then a miracle happens. Crate explores themes of belief and belonging in a dramatic coming-of-age novel about a young Blackfoot girl who grows up in the residential school system on the Canadian prairies. (Simon & Schuster. June)
Born to teenaged parents in India, Bif Naked eventually moved with her adoptive parents to Winnipeg where she escaped into music. After falling victim to the excesses of the punk rock scene, she pulled herself together, and armed with an unstoppable humour and her singular talent, she went on to capture worldwide acclaim, only to be struck down with breast cancer at the age of 37. Now a cancer survivor, she juggles motivational speaking engagements with careers in film and music. From one of Canada’s most original artists, I, Bificus is a frank memoir about life, love, loss and triumph. (HarperCollins. April)
Trudy has been unfaithful to her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home, a valuable old London townhouse, but she has kicked John out. In his place is her lover, John’s own brother, the profoundly banal Claude. In McEwan's latest novel, the illicit couple have hatched a murderous plan to rid themselves of her inconvenient husband. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb. (Vintage. June)
If you’re like most people, you think that your choices are driven by your own personal thoughts and opinions. Right? Wrong. Without our realizing it, other people’s behaviour has a huge influence on everything we do, from the mundane to the momentous. By understanding how social influence works, we can decide when to resist and when to embrace it. (Simon & Schuster. June)
In Atwood's retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest, Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Instead, Felix finds himself living in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his lost daughter, Miranda. And plotting his revenge. (Vintage. May)
Chomsky examines the nature of U.S. policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights. Through its military-first policies and devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, Chomsky argues that the United States is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. From the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, Chomsky offers insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet. (Picador. May)
While Hitler’s attempt to create an Aryan master race is well known, his simultaneous effort to build an equine master race of horses is not. Hidden on a farm in Czechoslovakia, these beautiful animals were imperiled in the spring of 1945 as the Russians closed in on the Third Reich from the east and the Allies attacked from the west. The Perfect Horse is a fascinating account of the daring behind-Nazi-lines rescue of priceless pedigree horses in the closing days of World War II. (Ballantine. June)
Borba argues that teens today are forty percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago, which goes hand-in-hand with the self-absorption epidemic she calls the Selfie Syndrome. The good news? Empathy can be taught. Borba offers a blueprint for parents and educators who want kids to shift their focus from I, me, and mine to we, us, and ours, a shift that can lead to successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, and courageous. (Touchstone. June)
A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.
In Gyasi's novel, two half sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Africa. Effia marries an English colonist and lives in comfort in the Cape Coast Castle. Her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath Effia in the women's dungeon, before being shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. The horrors of their experiences echo through generations, as each descendant seeks freedom and healing. (Anchor. May)
An old fashioned Victorian mystery set in the London of 1885. In this city of fog and darkness, the notorious thief Edward Shade exists only as a shadow. William Pinkerton, the son of a detective who died without ever tracing Shade, is determined to drag the thief into the daylight. What follows is a hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and séance halls while an unlikely bond is formed between Pinkerton, the greatest detective of his age, and Adam Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Shade. (McClelland & Stewart. May)
A testament to the enduring power of ideas, this book offers portraits of Adam Smith, Jefferson and Hamilton, Darwin, and Marx, and shows how their thoughts, in the hands of their followers and opponents, transformed the nature of our beliefs, institutions, economies, and politics. Reading the works of the great thinkers reveals invaluable insights into how their ideas have shaped the ideological and political conflicts of our own time. (Princeton. 2016)
Cline's debut novel opens during a summer in the late 1960s in Northern California, when a lonely teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park. She is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, and their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to the older Suzanne and is drawn into the circle of a cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence. (Random House. May)
When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments of six occupied nations, including the self-appointed representative of free France, General Charles de Gaulle. As the only European democracy holding out against Hitler, Britain became known as "Last Hope Island," where leaders of the occupied countries could work together to roll back the tide of conquest and restore order to a broken continent. (Random House. May)
The voters who put Trump in the White House are a permanent part of American fabric. The wretched and landless poor have existed from colonial times. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg debunks assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at the centre of major debates over American identity and always will be. (Penguin. April)
What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd could stand and watch the execution of a king? Grayling charts this path through the disruption of the Thirty Years’ War as a fundamentally new way of perceiving the world in which reason rose to prominence over tradition, and the rights of the individual took centre stage in a paradigmatic shift that would influence Western thought for centuries to come. (Bloomsbury. May)
From the author of The Emperor of All Maladies comes a fascinating history of the gene. Combining science, history, and memoir, Mukherjee brings to life the quest to understand human heredity and its influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. In easily accessible prose, he describes the centuries of research, from Aristotle to the 21st century innovators who mapped the human genome. (Scribner. May)
Romania, the last months of Ceausescu. Adina is a young schoolteacher. Paul is a musician. Clara works in a factory. Pavel is Clara's lover. But one of them works for the secret police. One day Adina returns home to discover that her fox fur rug has had its tail cut off. On another occasion it's the hind leg. Then a foreleg. All signs that she is being tracked by the secret police. The friends struggle to keep mind and body intact in a world permeated with fear, where it's hard to tell victim from perpetrator, in this latest novel by Nobel Prize-winning Müller. (Picador. May)
North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron shoots at a deer but when the buck springs away, Landreaux discovers he has killed Dusty, his neighbour's five-year-old son. Dusty was best friends with Landreaux's own five-year-old son, LaRose. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and his wife will give LaRose to the grieving parents in this inspiring novel that explores loss, justice, and healing from a consistently great writer. (HarperCollins. April)
Despite growing up on a dirt road with no access to TV or newspapers, Elizabeth Strout was drawn to writing things down, and encouraged by her mother, she kept notebooks from an early age. Books were a miracle to her, and early on she knew she wanted to become a writer. She was in her forties, however, before her first book, the novel Amy & Isabelle, was published in 1998. Her third book, Olive Kitteridge, a collection of connected short stories won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Reverberating with the deep bonds of family and hope, her sixth book, a novel, Anything is Possible, explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of a cast of small-town characters struggling to understand themselves and each other. A woman trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while in the pages of a book her sister finds a kindred spirit who changes her life; the janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for her mother's love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of Strout's My Name Is Lucy Barton), returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence. (Hardcover. $36.00. Random House. May)
Joseph Kanon is the internationally bestselling author of seven novels, which have been published in twenty-four languages. They include Los Alamos (1997), which won the Edgar Award for best first novel; The Good German (2001), which was made into a film starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett; Alibi (2005) which earned Kanon the Hammett Award of the International Association of Crime Writers; and Leaving Berlin (2014). Set in the early stages of the Cold War, his work is known for its rich, atmospheric details and well-drawn characters, all rendered in a distinctive, staccato prose.
His latest, Defectors, is a fast-paced novel about an American spy, the Cold War’s most notorious defector, who gives up his country for the safety of Moscow. In 1949, Frank Weeks, fair-haired boy of the newly formed CIA, is exposed as a Communist spy and seeks sanctuary behind the Iron Curtain. Now, twelve years later, he has written his memoirs, a KGB- approved project almost certain to be an international bestseller, and has asked his brother Simon, a publisher, to come to Moscow to edit the manuscript. It’s a reunion Simon both dreads and longs for. Defectors is the story of one family torn apart by divided loyalties, but it's also a revealing look at the wider community of defectors, American and British, who have escaped one prison only to find themselves trapped in another. (Hardcover. $36.00. Atria. June)
Six-Day War in the Middle East: 50 Years Later. In June 1967, a war erupted in the Middle East between Israel and its neighbours. In six short days the entire situation in the Middle East changed. Historian Olexandr Shevchenko explores the origins, development and consequences of this conflict. The class takes place in the Community Classroom Tuesday, June 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Pre-registration is required, and can be done by phone (204-475-0483), in person at the bookstore, or online. Cost $30.00 per person. Please note: Our Community Classroom programs are only available at our Winnipeg location.
The expandable Urbania Collection of 3D puzzles reproduces charming city houses and buildings you would typically find on the main street of an urban township — Hotel & Firehouse, Bookstore & Café, and Cinema — with more on the way. In addition to the pleasure derived from assembling Urbania puzzles, these collectibles also serve as decorative items you can proudly display around the house.
The piece count for each puzzle varies from 285 to 300. $35.00 each.
A novel as inventive as it is emotionally engaging, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, author of the modern classic The God of Small Things, transports us across the Indian subcontinent on a journey of many years. Humane, sensuous, and beautifully told, it takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety, meaning, and love. (Hamish Hamilton. June)
Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend), is back with Rich People Problems, an uproarious tale of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royale fought through couture gown sabotage and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance. Kwan’s gloriously wicked novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia’s most privileged families. (Doubleday. June)
Fall in One Day by Craig Terlson opens during the summer of 1973 when fifteen year-old Joe Beck discovers that his best friend Brian has gone missing. Frustrated by a lack of progress, Joe embarks on a perilous journey to decipher a mental institution diary full of secrets about a drug called LSD, uncovering the truth about Brian's father so he can save his best friend. (Blue Moon. May) E Winnipeg Event May 25
Sarah Perry, a talented young British author, makes her North American debut with The Essex Serpent, an historical novel set in late nineteenth-century England. This Costa Book Award Finalist and the Waterstones (UK) Book of the Year 2016 is about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumoured mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism and faith, independence and love. (HarperCollins. June)
In The Gold by Saskatchewan award-winning author, David Carpenter, Joseph Burbidge comes to discover finding gold in Canada's North is less than half the battle. He is blessed with resolve and with good partners. On the long trail from high adventure and romance to atonement, readers meet some delightful, complex, and sometimes malicious characters. Carpenter's latest novel is a quest for more than one kind of gold. (Softcover. $21.95. Coteau. May) E Saskatoon Event May 8
With the same wry humour that has defined his entire body of work, Men Without Women, the new short story collection by Haruki Murakami, explores the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and The Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. (Bond Street. May)
Often set in the small towns of the Canadian prairies, the short stories collected in You Are Not Needed Now by Annette Lapointe, author of the Giller-nominated novel Stolen, examine the illusion of appearances, the myth of normalcy, and the allure of artifice. Adept at exposing her characters' faults and vulnerabilities, humiliations and vanities, Lapointe delivers a bold collection rich with nuance, originality, and depth. (Anvil Press. May)
One Brother Shy by Terry Fallis, the two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, tells the story of the unforgettable Alex MacAskill, a man tormented by an event from his youth, and the journey he finds himself on to heal and to learn who he is. Written with the author's trademark wit, One Brother Shy is at once poignant and humorous, heartbreaking and heartwarming. (McClelland &Stewart. June)
In Murder on the Red River by Marcie R. Rendon, Cash and Sheriff Wheaton make for a strange partnership. She's tough as nails, makes her living driving truck. Wheaton is a big lawman type. He wants her to take hold of her life. Get into Junior College. So there they are, staring at the dead Indian lying in the field. Soon Cash is dreaming the dead man's house. She has that kind of power. That's the place to start looking. But finding the killers isn't so easy. Plus there's Jim, the married white guy. And Longbraids, the Indian guy headed for Minneapolis to join the American Indian Movement. (Cinco Puntos. June) E Winnipeg Event June 23
Anna Hill, an assistant professor of Medieval History who specializes in the birth of romance, is on the eve of her 40th birthday, and she craves an exotic romance of her own. When nobody steps up, she secretly crafts a bodice-ripping Harlequin set in Medieval Spain. But in The Bodice Ripper by Winnipeg author Byron Remple, love soon takes on new meanings when a visiting Parisian professor wants to prove to her that romance is history. (Great Plains. May) E Winnipeg Event May 11
A Bahian man and a Brazilian-Canadian woman meet on an online dating site. They come from very different worlds, and yet their connection is undeniable. When these long-distance lovers run up against their own belief systems, it's their desire to build a life anew that keeps them moving forward. Bridge Retakes, the debut novel by Angela Lopes, is a whirlwind tale of love and family and the distances that people will (or won't) go to secure what they want. (BookThug. May) E Winnipeg Event May 30
Trusting the instability of words, Jennifer Still, winner of the 2012 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, attends to torn paper, shadings, erasures, and intervals in Comma. Inspired by her collaboration with her ailing brother's hand-written field guide to prairie grasses, Comma ventures into the brittle lexicon of botany to achieve a lyrical foliation of grief. (BookThug. June)
Anne Campbell's poetic style is local and universal at the same time. Her images are honed to land and sky. The Fabric of Day is about emotional and spiritual survival and how a creative person confronts regrets and failures through the medium of poetry. Using language that is both beautiful and impacting, the subject matter is as old as time and as contemporary as Facebook. (Thistledown. May) E Saskatoon Event June 1
Jónína Kirton's second book of poetry, An Honest Woman, offers candid views on sex, love, and marriage from the perspective of a mixed-race woman whose parents lived through the turbulent fifties and sixties. Kirton's feminist poetry subverts the words of her parents, who advised her to catch a good husband, and unravels the norms of femininity and sexuality that continue to this day. (Talonbooks. May)
In Dear Ghost, Catherine Owen returns to the kooky imagery and humorous style of her award-winning collection Frenzy. These poems plumb the depths of the psyche's surrealities to enter a dreamlike realm where meaning is found in the nonsensical, the utterly human and the everyday as she imbues the mundane with the quirks and uncertainties that only language can create. (Wolsak and Wynn. April) E Winnipeg June 9 Event
For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Now in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favourite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal a man longtime readers only think they know. Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of today's greatest comic geniuses. (Little, Brown. June)
In her popular essays and Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Gay understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past — including the devastating act of violence that became a turning point in her young life — and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself. (HarperCollins. June)
As a comedian, Britain's Eddie Izzard has captivated audiences with his surreal, stream-of-consciousness comedy. As a self-proclaimed “Executive Transvestite,” Izzard broke the mold performing in full make-up and heels, and has become as famous for his advocacy of LGBT rights as he has for his art. Writing in his new book, Believe Me, with the same candour and insight evident in his comedy, Izzard reflects on a childhood marked by loss, sexuality and coming out, as well as a life in show business, politics, and philanthropy. (Blue Rider. June)
Gabourey Sidibe — “Gabby” to her legion of fans — skyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Daniels’s acclaimed movie Precious. In This is Just My Face, she shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she’s played onscreen. Irrelevant and hilarious, Sidibe's memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on such subjects as friendship, depression, celebrity, haters , fashion, race, and weight. (HarperCollins. May)
Gord Mackintosh was not your typical politician and his book, Stories Best Left Untold, is not your typical political memoir. Mackintosh steps out of his familiar role as the Manitoba NDP's go-to guy to provide a unique take on the places and people behind his long and varied career. From secret passages at the Manitoba Legislature to door-knocking surprises, Mackintosh intersperses major political events of the last thirty years with hooey and hijinks that humanize our political system, and makes Stories Best Left Untold required reading for Manitoba citizens of any political stripe. (Great Plains. May) E Winnipeg Event May 23
Time Concept notebooks make you feel like you have travelled back in time! Unlike mass produced notebooks, this series of notebooks have an antique look and are based on French themes. Available in several designs, each series has a unique uneven finish. From $8.00 to $19.00.
Memo pads, note pads, and sticky notes are also available. Please visit us in-store to browse these items.
Client 46874-A is nameless. He insists that he is not human, and believes that he was not born, but created over two hundred years ago. As Lily listens to this man describe the twisted crime he’s committed, she can’t shake the feeling that he’s come for her — especially once he reveals something she would have thought impossible: He knew her mother. In The Only Child by Andrew Pyper, Lily must embark on a journey to find the truth — behind her client, her mother’s death, and herself — that will threaten her career, her sanity, and ultimately her life. (Simon & Schuster. June)
Denny Malone is "the King of Manhattan North," a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force." Denny and his crew are an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. But over the course of an eighteen year career, he's done more than enforce the law. He and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash. When the Feds get wise, he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all. (William Morrow. June)
Beware a calm surface: you never know what lies beneath. With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in her debut thriller The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins' new novel, Into the Water, unfurls a gripping, layered story, set in a small riverside town. When a single mother and a teenage girl each turn up dead at the bottom of the river, just weeks apart, the ensuing investigation dredges up a complicated history. Like The Girl on the Train, this novel hinges on a powerful understanding of human instincts and the damage they can inflict. (Doubleday. May)
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island, World Gone By) follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air breakdown, lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband, until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel's marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, Rachel must subdue her demons in an effort to find the truth and herself. What seems at the beginning to be an edgy psychological mystery seamlessly transforms into a tale of one woman’s effort to heal deep wounds that don’t easily show. (Ecco. May)
In a post-scarcity, post-employment world the rich have gotten even richer. The rest drop out or simply walk away to settle in the dead cities of a Canadian wilderness wrecked by climate change. Among the them are the multi-named Hubert, known as Hubert, Etc and Natalie, an ultra-rich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father. The 1 per cent is content to passively monitor the situation using fleets of tactical drones, until the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. Walkaway by Cory Doctorow is a visionary techno-thriller and an epic tale of revolution and love. (Tor. May) E Winnipeg Event May 8
In a ruined, nameless city, while making her living as a scavenger, Rachel finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic bear that broke free from the Company that created him terrorizing the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers. At first, Borne looks like nothing at all, just a green lump that might be a discard from the Company. But nothing is quite what it seems: not the past, not the present, not the future. In Borne, Jeff VanderMeer's atmospheric tale of the future, Rachel discovers something hidden within the Company that will change everything and everyone in her world. (HarperCollins. April)
The tale of Beren and Lúthien was an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of the First Age of the World conceived by J.R.R. Tolkien. Essential to the story is the fate that shadowed the love of Beren and Lúthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien was an immortal elf. In Beren and Lúthien, Christopher Tolkien, with illustrations by Alan Lee, extracts their story from the work in which it was embedded; telling the story in his father's own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. (HarperCollins. June)
In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen by Manitoba author Hope Nicholson you’ll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the heroic female characters who’ve populated comic books from the very beginning. Discover the spectacular sisterhood of costumed crimebusters like Miss Fury, super-spies like Tiffany Sinn, sci-fi pioneers like Gale Allen, and even kid troublemakers like Little Lulu. Includes vintage art, a decade-by-decade survey of industry trends and women’s roles in comics. (Quirk. May) E Winnipeg Event May 4
Manitoba artist Nyco Rudolph and Alberta writer Alexander Finbow join forces in When Big Bears Invade to reveal the myth behind how the Benevolent Bears showed humanity how to live in harmony with the world. An illustrated children's book for adults, When Big Bears Invade features beautiful Godzilla and King Kong inspired paintings of Giant Bears attacking major Canadian landmarks and cities, including a huge Bearnado ripping into Winnipeg. (Renegade Arts. May) E Winnipeg Event May 24
Flavours for Every Season
The Preservatory @ Vista D’oro, a Canadian company based in South Langley, B.C., has created a seasonal line of Artisanal Preserves using traditional cooking methods combined with distinctive flavour pairings. Whether served on a cheese board or alongside fresh baked scones or hot buttered toast, these preserves are truly versatile, simply delicious and always seasonal! Serve as a decadent crepe filling, try them as an accompaniment for roast pork or simply enjoy them straight out of the jar! The 220 gram jars are $13.00 each. Please visit us in-store to find these items.
Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery
Throughout May, enjoy Prairie Ink specials inspired by The Preservatory.
Creating and Cooking with Artisanal Preserves
Lee Murphy, the passionate and knowledgeable jam master and owner of Vista D’oro Farms & Winery, explores the pleasures of creating and using beautiful, seasonal preserves in her book The Preservatory. Learn how to create your own unique preserves and how to use them in delicious recipes. Preserves are not just for toast! The creative options are endless, and Lee Murphy's book will make jam masters out of everyone. (Hardcover. $32.00. Appetite. May)
The Story Bar So Far
In Winnipeg, McNally Robinson Booksellers is partnering with various local like-minded entrepreneurs to feature a carefully chosen selection of rotating titles (fiction, memoirs, graphic novels, science, history) to create a small bookshop, or Story Bar, nestled within the partner business.
Our world has ended five times: it has been broiled, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth’s past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future. From South Africa to the New York Palisades, Brannen examines the fossil record,which is rife with creatures like dragonflies the size of sea gulls and guillotine-mouthed fish, and introduces us to front-line researchers who are piecing together what really happened at the crime scenes of the Earth’s biggest whodunits. Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, and casts our future in a completely new light. (HarperCollins. June)
Big data touches all of us. By the end of an average day, human beings searching the internet can amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information — unprecedented in history — can tell us a lot about who we are, the fears, desires, and behaviours that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz offers fascinating, surprising, and sometimes laugh-out-loud insights into everything from economics to ethics to sports to race to sex, gender and more, all drawn from the world of big data. With conclusions ranging from strange-but-true to thought-provoking to disturbing, he reveals the questions we’re afraid to ask that might be essential to our health, both emotional and physical. (HarperCollins. May)
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. His Astrophysics for People in a Hurry brings the universe down to Earth in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry reveals what you need to be ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe. (Norton. May)
In Small Homes, Lloyd Kahn introduces 75 builders who share their knowledge of building homes in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, New Zealand, and Lithuania. Compared to the average North American home (2500 square feet), small homes (400-1200 square feet) are less expensive, use less resources, are more efficient to heat and cool, and cheaper to maintain and repair. Some are plain buildings that provide owners shelter at a reasonable cost, and some are inspiring examples of design, carpentry, craftsmanship, imagination, creativity, and homemaking. Some are built with "natural materials," such as cob or straw, some with recycled wood or lumber milled on-site, some are old homes that have been remodeled, and many are designed and built from scratch by the owners. (PGC. May) E Winnipeg Event May 25
Climate change is the most important crisis humanity has faced, but we still confront huge barriers to resolving it. The problem itself is complex, and there’s no single solution. But by understanding the barriers to resolving global warming and by employing a wide range of solutions — from shifting to clean energy to planting trees — we can get the world back on track. In Just Cool It!, David Suzuki offers a comprehensive look at the current state of climate science and knowledge and the many ways to resolve the climate crisis. When enough people demand action, change starts happening — and this time, it could be monumental. Just Cool It! is a resounding post-Paris Agreement wake-up call about the urgency of the climate crisis that offers a range of practical solutions — and above all, hope. (Softcover. $24.95. Greystone Books. April)
Bruce Walsh, publisher of University of Regina Press, has been named a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation mentor for his expertise in scholarly and regional publishing, as well as indigenous issues. He is one of 11 other 2017 mentors, who join 106 of the foundation’s alumni mentors.
Mentors provide advice based on their specialty and work with the charity over two or three years to research and better understand critical issues facing Canada, with an aim to take action in the areas of human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada’s role in the world, and people and their natural environment. Walsh receives an honorarium and travel allowance to participate in research initiatives, conferences, and other educational events, working with decision makers to enact change.
— from Quill & Quire
Diana Krall's 13th studio album celebrates Jazz and the Great American Songbook, reuniting her with Grammy Award-winning producer, Tommy LiPuma. Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Krall's unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most acclaimed artists of our time.
With deep roots that stretch back into the alternative country scene of the early seventies, Crowell has penned ten deeply personal songs about his Texas upbringing and his start as a Nashville songwriter, as well as tracks that pay homage to friends and former lovers. The new disc, which has a powerful undercurrent of blues running through the record, features collaborations with Sheryl Crow, John Paul White and Rosanne Cash. White and Cash join Crowell on 'It Ain't Over Yet,' which also includes harmonica work from Mickey Raphael.
Feist's first album in six years reflects on secrets and shame, loneliness and tenderness, care and fatigue and is at it's core a study on self-awareness. The fourth full-length record from the Canadian singer/songwriter, Pleasure builds off the warm naturalism of the Polaris Prize-winning Metals and emerges as Feist's most formally defiant and expansive work so far. And while each album marks a departure from the next, Pleasure finds the four-time grammy nominee again showing the extraordinary depth of her artistry.
Available once more from Onyx Classics, this specially priced benchmark two-disc set of Mozart's complete Violin Concertos was recorded over ten years ago for the CBC, but it sounds as fresh as the day it was made. Born in Brandon, Manitoba and known internationally for his probing musicianship, virtuoso violinist James Ehnes directs the Mozart Anniversary Orchestra, a hand picked symphony of colleagues, in a performance Gramophone Magazine called "vital, elegant [and] beautiful."
La La Land
directed by Damien Chazelle
Mia is an aspiring actress rushing around Los Angeles to audition for the big break that will finally let her quit her day job; Sebastian plays jazz piano at dive bars while waiting to be discovered. These two fall head-over-heels in love, but when their careers start to take off, their new found success puts their romance to the test. They will have to decide whether living their dreams of fame is worth the heartbreak. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this Oscar-winning original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. (Lionsgate. April)
directed by Juzo Itami
An eccentric band of culinary ronin guide the widow of a noodle-shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, in this genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges: our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster, Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made. Japanese with English subtitles. (Criterion. April)
A Man Called Ove
directed by Hannes Holme
Blu-ray $34.99 & DVD $29.99.
Based on the novel by Fredrik Backman, this quirky comedy/drama from Sweden focuses on Ove (Rolf Lassgård), a cantankerous 59-year-old widower who obsesses over enforcing neighbourhood rules despite being removed as his condo association’s president. But his crabbiness hides a deep grief for his deceased wife, whom he hopes to soon join. His clumsy attempts at suicide bring him into contact with the Persian family next door, and his unlikely friendship with them helps him reconnect with life. Swedish with English subtitles. (Music Box Films. May)
They Live by Night (1948)
directed by Nicholas Ray
The legendary director of Rebel Without a Cause began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential films overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When the fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie’s fellow outlaws, they realize there’s nowhere left to run. (Criterion. June)
McNALLY ROBINSON for Babies, Kids, and Teens
Baby toys, teddy bears, clothing, gifts, and, of course, books in our baby boutique
With bright block-art visuals and a rhythmic, read-aloud text, Circle, Triangle, Elephant by Kenji Oikawa & Mayuko Takeuchi begins by offering familiar shapes — a triangle, a circle, and a square — and then throws an elephant into the equation: triangle, elephant, circle. Surely an elephant doesn't belong in a book on shapes… or does it? The joy of the unexpected, including guest appearances by boats, lemons, and other random but recognizable silhouettes, in a shape-driven narrative prompts giggles and squeals, as children build skills of labelling and classifying. (Phaidon. May)
High feet, slow feet, fast feet, snow feet! So Many Feet by Nichole Mara and illustrated by Alexander Vidal introduces young children to the great diversity in the natural world, using feet as an accessible point of entry. The playful, rhyming main text offers some information, but is mostly fun to read aloud. The secondary text offers more facts about each animal and what makes its feet so unique. The book ends by asking children whether their feet can do all the things animals' feet can do. (Abrams Appleseed. May)
One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Three cats stack! Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani is a charming book about counting and organizing cats in various formations. But when the cats decide to go their own way, as cats often will, it's time to count down until there's only one sweet cat left. Counting forward and backward, understanding when there are more or fewer of something, and grouping and recognizing the number of items in a group are key early-math skills for toddlers, making Stack the Cats as developmentally sound as it is ridiculously adorable. (Abrams Appleseed. May)
These handy board books are perfect for younger readers. With illustrations by Alex Scheffler, they feature the classic story with redesigned covers and a beautiful finish, making them a delight for even the smallest Donaldson and Scheffler fans!
In The Snail and the Whale, one little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail's big plan that saves the day.
In A Squash and a Squeeze, a little old lady lives all by herself but she's not happy. Her house is just too small, even for one. Whatever can she do? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, greedy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When she pushes them all out again, she'll be amazed at how big her house feels!
Monkey Puzzle features a poor little monkey who has lost his mum. It's no fun being lost in the jungle, and little monkey wants his mummy. A kindly butterfly is keen to help, but they don't seem to be having much luck as the well-meaning butterfly misunderstands monkey's descriptions and leads him to all sorts of unsuitable animals! But eventually, they find… Dad! It's just as well as he knows exactly where mum is, and she's waiting with a well-deserved cuddle.
Charlie Cook's Favourite Book is a playful celebration of the joy of books and reading in which Charlie Cook is reading a book about a pirate captain, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading about a knight, who is reading about a frog… From kings and queens to aliens and ghosts, there's something for everyone in Charlie's amazing book of adventure!
The Smartest Giant in Town is a warm tale about a friendly giant whose heart is better than his dress sense. George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he's the smartest giant in town, until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help — and his clothes!
($12.99 each. Macmillan's Children's Books. May)
The same great features and adorable appearance of the award-winning Baby Stella® soft doll collection now comes in a "wee" bit smaller size! Meet Wee Baby Stella®. This collection of soft dolls is great for gift giving. The perfect first baby doll for little ones teaches fine motor skills, responsibility, nurturing and caring. From $22.00. Please visit us in-store to browse these items.
Did you know that 98 percent of bees are female? Or that they have two stomachs? The picture book, Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton, is an enthusiastic, hands-on approach to bees that describes just how cool bees really are. Bethany Barton’s hilarious text and kid-friendly illustrations will have you singing the praises of our buzzing neighbours — or at least convince you to give bees a chance. With bees officially on the endangered animals list, it's more important now than ever to get on board with our flying, honey-making friends! (Viking. May) (Ages 4-8)
What on Earth: Bees by Andrea Quigley and illustrator Paulina Morgan explores the goings-on of one of the hardest working insects on our planet. As they buzz from plant to plant, they spread pollen which helps our food to grow. Without them, the world would be a very different place. Discover these special insects through experiments, investigations and hands-on tasks. Includes links to culture, history, arts and crafts, as well as the science behind each topic, encouraging children to engage with the natural world through exploration and creativity. (QED. June) (Ages 6-9)
One part science, one part cultural history, and countless parts fascination, Bees: A Honeyed History by Piotr Socha celebrates the crucial role that these intriguing insects have played in our ecosystem throughout the ages. From Athena to Alexander the Great, from Egypt to Ethiopia, Bees explores different methods of beekeeping and uncovers the debt we humans owe this vital species. With illustrations depicting everything from bee anatomy to the essentials of honey making, here are all the wonders of this seemingly small speck of the animal kingdom. (Abrams. April) (Ages 6 & up)
From accomplished comic book-maker Neill Cameron, this is the perfect book to help you on your way to comics/cartooning genius. Let Professor Panels and Art Monkey take you through every step you'll need to be on your way! From the very basics of coming up with your stories and characters and learning how to draw to more advanced levels making art and text work together well. How to Make Awesome Comics is an accessible, cool, and engrossing guide to help younger readers create their own comics and graphic novels. (Scholastic. May) (Ages 7-10)
Far away in the icy wastes of Antarctica lives a cuddly penguin who only wants to do good in the world…NOT! This is EVIL EMPEROR PENGUIN! And he wants to take over the world! Of course, every evil ruler needs help. That's why Evil Emperor Penguin has Number 8, a polite and thoughtful octopus who knits, and Eugene, the abominable snowman who loves hugs. Join this fearsome team in Laura Ellen Anderson's hilarious graphic novel, Evil Emperor Penguin, as their plans to take over the world get waylaid by rogue farts, killer plants, and visiting sisters. (Scholastic. May) (Ages 7-10)
In The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman and illustrated by Fred Fordham, Blake and his mysterious ship are trapped in the mists of time by an experiment gone wrong. In the ocean of the modern day, John and the crew rescue a shipwrecked girl, Serena. But returning her to her own time means travelling to the domain of the all-powerful Dahlberg Corporation whose leader has plans more terrible than anyone realized, and he is hot on their trail. For only John, Serena and the crew have the power to stop him. (Scholastic. June) (Ages 8-12)
Warble is a small yellow warbler who lives on the beautiful island of Icyland, where he pursues his hobby of human watching. But when a deep fog rolls in and obscures his view, the other birds don’t seem to notice the fog or any of the other changes Warble observes on the island. Kyo Maclear’s witty story, The Fog, brought to life with the delicate artwork of Kenard Pak, is a timely reminder of the importance of environmental awareness. (Tundra. May) (Ages 4-8)
Colette is new in the Mile-End neighbourhood. She’s bored and lonely. So when two kids show up in the alley outside her yard, Colette tells a fib: she’s lost her pet parakeet, and could someone please help her find it? Soon every kid in the neighbourhood is involved in the search. Colette's Lost Pet by Isabelle Arsenault is a charming story of navigating the unfamiliar as well as showing kids a welcoming way to treat someone new. (Tundra. May) (Ages 4-8)
Millie is eleven (going on twelve) and enjoys doing what kids usually like to do — until her life comes to a screeching halt when her parents separate. When her father moves back in, Millie is elated. But she can’t understand why her parents aren’t happy until she learns that her father has has been diagnosed with cancer. Told through Millie's diary entries, Stay by Katherine Lawrence is a moving portrait of a family in a time of crisis. (Coteau. April) (Ages 9 & up)
In Judith Silverstone's Ghosts in the Garden, things aren’t what they seem at Government House, as Sam and J.J. discover when they find themselves in a mystery that took place over 100 years ago. Then just as quickly, they’re back in the present. To solve the mystery, the girls must navigate the rounds of Government House without winding up in the past because they have only the faintest idea of how to return to the present. (Coteau. April) (Ages 9-12)
Sunday June 11, 9:30 am in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Our annual Pirate Party has been taken over by your favourite superheroes! Join us on Sunday, June 11 at 9:30 am in Prairie Ink Restaurant for a powerful breakfast of pancakes, eggs and more! Listen to an exciting story, make your own superhero mask, and take pictures with a real comic book superhero! We encourage you to dress like your favourite hero (or villain!) but costumes are not mandatory.
Tickets* are $23.00 (plus tax and gratuity) per person, and go on sale Tuesday, May 9th. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling 204-975-2659. (*The Reader Reward Card discount does not apply to ticket purchases, and all ticket sales are final.)
Please note this event is taking place at our Winnipeg location only.
In Lullaby Lilly by Laurie Muirhead and illustrated by Debora Ann Johnson, Lilly loves lullabies: happy ones, sad one, long ones, short ones. But when her family can't sing enough lullabies to keep Lilly satisfied, she has to make up her own. But can Lilly learn to time a rhyme when she doesn't yet know how to write? (Your Nickel's Worth. April) E Saskatoon Event May 20
Marion Mutala's new book More Babas, Please! illustrated by Olha Tkachenko, continues Mutala's celebration of Saskatchewan's Ukrainian heritage that takes us on a magical journey in this delightful story of babas across the generations. (Your Nickels's Worth. April) E Saskatoon Event May 29
My Canada: An Illustrated Atlas by Katherine Dearlove and illustrated by Lori Joy Smith is a whimsical, informative introduction to our country from sea to sea to sea. Each province and territory is featured on its own spread, with icons and labels indicating the capital city, other major cities, key lakes and rivers, iconic landmarks, animals, and plants, significant national and provincial parks, and more. An excellent resource for celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial. (Owlkids. May) (Ages 4-8)
I Am Canada is a beautiful picture book featuring artwork by 13 of Canada's finest illustrators and a true-north tribute to our nation and its children, from coast to coast to coast! The simple text of Heather Patterson's free verse poem, I Am Canada, originally published in 1996, celebrates the freedom Canadian children have to grow and dream and share in this beautifully illustrated edition in which each page reminds us all of the infinite variety of our home and native land. (North Winds. June) (Ages 3-7)
In Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Kass Reich, feisty Annie Magruder and her dog, Carson, set off from British Columbia to visit her sister, Elsie, in Newfoundland in their little rattlebang car. They travel province by province, taking in each unique landscape and experiencing something special along the way, including the beauty of the big, open sky in Saskatchewan. Don't miss the opportunity to hitch a ride with this sassy septuagenarian and her quirky canine. (Tundra. June) (Ages 4-8)
Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Twenty years ago an orphan called Harry Potter was freed from the cupboard under the stairs, and a global phenomenon started. To mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book, Bloomsbury is releasing four House Editions (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw) of J.K. Rowling's modern classic. Each edition features the individual house crest on the cover and sprayed edges in the house colours. New content includes fact files, profiles of favourite characters and line illustrations exclusive to that house. Available for a limited time only. The softcover editions are shown above.
(Hardcover $27.99 each. Softcover $14.99 each. Bloomsbury. June) (Ages 9 & up)
Build your own baobab tree by placing your cards carefully on the trunk. In this balancing card game, the leopards leap, the bats fly, and the monkeys swing. But beware of the stinging bees! The player with the least amount of cards at the end wins. This game is played atop its own tin, making it perfect to play anywhere. For 2 to 4 players, ages 6 & up. $18.25. Please visit us in-store to find this item.
- The Trials of Apollo # 2: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. (Hardcover. $19.99. Our May 30% Off Price: $13.99) May 2
- Camp Half-Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan. (Hardcover. $10.99) May 2
- A Narwhal and Jelly Book #2: Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton. (Hardcover. $16.99) May 2
- The Sisters Grimm #1: The Fairy-Tale Detectives, 10th Anniversary Edition by Michael Buckley & Peter Ferguson. (Softcover. $10.95) May 2
- The Critter Club #17: Amy on Park Patrol by Callie Barkley & Tracy Bishop. (Softcover. $7.99) May 9
- Restart by Gordon Korman. (Hardcover. $21.99) May 30
- The Brotherband Chronicles #6: The Ghostfaces by John Flanagan. (Softcover. $11.99) June 6
- The Land of Stories #5: An Author's Odyssey by Chris Colfer. (Softcover. $12.99) June 13
- Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy #10: The Ship of Secrets by Geronimo Stilton. (Hardcover. $19.99) June 27
- Cleopatra in Space #4: The Golden Lion by Mike Maihack. (Softcover. $16.99) June 27
Michael usually concerns himself with basketball and hanging out with his friends, but every once in a while, his parents drag him to meetings and rallies with their anti-immigrant group. It all makes sense to Michael. Until Mina, a beautiful girl from the other side of the protest lines, shows up at his school, and turns out to be funny, smart, and a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan. Suddenly, his parents' politics seem much more complicated. The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah is a remarkable novel about the power of choosing tolerance. (Scholastic. May)
Adele’s Garden by Linda Amyot follows the friendship between a young woman, Elaine, and Adele, who is old enough to be her grandmother. During a series of visits, Elaine tells Adele about her family, friends and about the boy on whom she has a crush. Elaine’s confusion about the appearance of love in her life sparks Adele to reflect on the one great love of her life. Winner of the 2014 Governor General Award for French-language Children’s Literature and translated from the French by Norman Cornett. (Coteau. May)
In Child of Dragons, book two of The Leather Book Tales by Saskatoon author Regine Haensel, 16-year-old Rowan finds that she is not happy with her newly discovered father and brother and undertakes a journey to find a couple of missing children. On the way she is unsure if she can trust in the magical silver bracelet that she's been reluctant to use, and learn to wield its power to save, rather than to kill. Haensel's first book in the series, Queen of Fire, was a finalist in the 2015 Young Adult Category of the High Plains Book Awards. E Saskatoon Event May 11
History has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals, and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazers who didn’t make it into your history books, these stories uncover a queer heritage from every culture and era. (HarperCollins. June)
In Rainbow Rowell's novel Carry On, new in paperback, Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roomate, Baz, says. Baz might be evil, a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. To make matters worse, Simon's mentor is avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a monster wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, but it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't show up. (St. Martin's. May)
Maggie Thrash has spent every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at Camp Bellflower for Girls. She’s never kissed a guy, she’s into Backstreet Boys, and her summer days are full of a peaceful nothing, until a split-second moment of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. At once romantic and brutally honest, the novel Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash is a graphic-novel memoir debut of the rarest sort. (Candlewick. May)
Almost Summer is high school at its finest, which means it's high school at its worst: awkward romance, boring jobs, nosy parents, exams and homework. Whether you're a teenager who can relate or an adult who likes to remember just how bad high school sucked, Sophie Bédard's tale of teenage mischief and courtship is an honest, often funny account of what high school life feels like when you're in the middle of it. (Pow Pow Press. May)
Three years ago The Spill destroyed the town of Poughkeepsie, where now only uncanny manifestations reside. It also claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone's twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these images, but getting the perfect shot can mean death. Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and illustrated by Alex Puvilland is a compelling graphic novel in which one girl braves hellish danger to provide for her sister. (First Second. May)
Our Winnipeg “Be First” reading group for teens is a book club with a difference. Receive a preview copy of a selected title, read the book before it even hits the shelves, then join us to discuss it. The registration fee is $5.00. The pre-publication copies are limited. Please sign up asap. For more information, visit the Kids desk or call 204-475-0492. This program is only available at our Winnipeg location.
Set in the underground city of Caverna, the people in A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge seem ordinary, except for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a girl with no memory of her past and a face so expressive that she must wear a mask at all times so as not to terrify those around her. (Hardcover. $23.95. Amulet. May) Our discussion group meets Thursday May 11 at 7:00 pm.
Henry “Monty” Montague's quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend, Percy. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee is an18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age. (Hardcover. $23.99. HarperCollins. June) Our discussion group meets Thursday June 8 at 7:00 pm.
What's coming up in Winnipeg & Saskatoon
Agassiz Chamber Music Festival
June 9 to June 16. Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, the University of Winnipeg. The Agassiz Chamber Music Festival features international and local artists performing chamber music repertoire at the highest standards. agassizfestival.com
Architecture and Design Film Festival
May 3 to May 7. Various Venues. Now in its 6th year, this annual festival presents a range of unique and critically acclaimed films that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. They cover a range of design-oriented topics from architecture and urban design to graphics and product design. adff.ca
Doors Open Winnipeg
May 27 to May 28. Lovers of history and architecture can explore some of Winnipeg's most fascinating buildings. Enjoy any of the walking tours and events during this free weekend, and discover the tales held within some of Winnipeg's most impressive walls. heritagewinnipeg.com
Kidsfest aka Winnipeg International Childrens Festival
June 8 to June 11. The Forks. The 35th annual Kidsfest is an extravaganza of interactive fun and imagination that virtually take over the banks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Venues including "big top" tents, showcase world class entertainment, from theatre, to music, to storytelling, to dance. kidsfest.ca
Manito Ahbee Festival
May 17 to May 21. The Manito Ahbee Festival and the Indigenous Music and Arts Program are a celebration of indigenous arts, culture and music. This annual festival features events for the whole family with one of the largest powwows in North America, an Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, Jigging and Square Dance competition. manitoahbee.com
June 18. 2017 marks the inaugural year that the Manitoba Marathon route, design by Fred Dawson in 1980, is being run backwards. Running in reverse will create the optimal runner experience with an exhilarating finish inside Investors Group Athletic Field. manitobamarathon.mb.ca
MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts
April 28 to May 31. MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts is a multidisciplinary festival that focuses on working class themes. Inspired by events surrounding the anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, MayWorks focuses on the art produced by artists as they depict the working class life and by workers with their own interpretation of their lives and struggles. mayworks.org
Our Canada, My Story
February 28 to November 30. Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Through a series of intimate and engaging films, seven personal stories are presented to encourage reflection and dialogue about human rights in Canada today. humanrights.ca
May 13 to August 13. The Winnipeg Art Gallery. Enjoy Manitoba’s first major showcase of work by Pablo Picasso in decades. This summer, the WAG presents Picasso in Canada and Picasso: Man and Beast, two exhibitions highlighting the many sides of Picasso, the most well known artist in the history of Western art. wag.ca
May 26 to June 4. Celebrate the diverse community that supports LGBTTQ people. Festivities include a flag-raising at City Hall, sports tournaments, barbecues, art shows, live entertainment, artisans, Queer Beer Tent for adults, the city's biggest dance party and much more. It culminates with a Pride Day parade and rally at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Sunday, June 4. pridewinnipeg.com
Rainbow Stage presents Little Shop of Horrors
June 22 to July 14. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. rainbowstage.ca
Run! Jump! Fly!
May 27 to September 4. The Children's Museum. This heart-pumping exhibition stimulates the body and mind while simultaneously boosting physical development, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and activating cognitive development. childrensmuseum.com
TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival
June 15 to June 25. Various Venues. Enjoy the best local, national and international music for ten days in downtown Winnipeg. McNally Robinson is proud to be the exclusive on-site source for all CDs by the Festival artists (also available at our Grant Park store before and after the Fesitival). jazzwinnipeg.com
Teddy Bear's Picnic
May 28. Assiniboine Park. With over 30 tents, the Annual Teddy Bears Picnic provides a fun educational experience for the whole family. goodbear.mb.ca
Westminster Concert Organ Series presents Simon Johnson
May 7. Simon Johnson, Organist & Assistant Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England, has a multifaceted international career as a virtuoso organist, conductor and composer. westminsterchurch.org/wcos
CINERGIE: Saskatchewan's Francophone Film Festival / Festival Du Film Francophone La Saskatchewan
May 2 to May 7. Roxy Theatre. Saskatoon's 12th Cinergie Festival invites all cinema lovers and families to enjoy five great days of French-speaking movies from all around the world, all subtitled. Le 12e festival Cinergie de Saskatoon vous invite a decouvrir cinq jours de films francophones du monde entier pour les cinephiles et toute la famille. cinergiesk.ca
May 4. Broadway Theatre. Join four Saskatchewan authors for an evening of telling stories and storytelling. Harold Johnson, Candace Savage, Guy Vanderhaeghe, and Bill Waiser read from their work, along with several READ Saskatoon clients who have their own stories to tell. Shelagh Rogers, host of the CBC's The Next Chapter, oversees this celebration of literacy and the power of the written word. All proceeds from this fundraising event will go to READ Saskatoon. readsaskatoon.com
May 5 to May 6. Nutana Legion Hall. Featuring hundreds of scale models, including aircraft, automotive, ships, sci-fi, armour and more, BridgeCon 2017 is a scale model contest and show presented by the Scale Modellers Association of Saskatoon. smasonline.net/bridgecon2017.php
2017 Provincial Gymnastics Championship
May 11 to May 14. Saskatoon Field House. Marian Gymnastics Club, in partnership with Gymnastics Saskatchewan, hosts the 2017 Provincial Championship to crown champions in provincial and national levels for all four gymnastics disciplines: women's artistic gymnastics, men's artistic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics, and rhythmic gymnastics. gymsask.com
May 14. The Refinery. Jesse Brown, publisher of CANADALAND, delves into the dark side of Canadian history in a series of stories accompanied by slides, short films and highlights of Canadian film and TV from a satirical angle. broadwaytheatre.ca/events
May 18 to May 28. Studio 914, Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre. This five-person play revolves around two couples: Jack and Marie-Philippe, who occupy a new home, and Tatawaw and Nimitaw, previous owners of the home, who are now locked up in the bathroom. An exploration of relationships and the history of a country, all in one. gtnt.ca
May 23 to May 28. Various Locations. Wild About Saskatoon hosts the annual NatureCity Festival. With over 50 events throughout the city, this is a community driven festival that celebrates urban nature and culture. wildaboutsaskatoon.org
Top of the Hops: Grapes and Grains
May 25 to May 27. Prairieland Park. Showcasing beer, wine, spirits, liqueurs and food and hosted by POW City Kinsmen, Top of the Hops is one of Saskatchewan's largest tasting event. topofthehops.ca
May 28. Meewasin Valley Trail. The 39th Annual Saskatchewan Marathon, presented by PotashCorp and hosted by the Saskatoon Road Runners Association, features a Marathon, Half-Marathon, GoodLife Fitness 10KM Race, 5KM Race, and a Marafun run for kids. saskmarathon.ca
Jack Semple & Dave Chobot
June 2. The Bassment. Saskatchewan's Dynamic Duo of funk, jazz, soul, blues, pop, and rock play a night of their favourite tunes. thebassment.ca
PotashCorp Children's Festival of Saskatchewan
June 3 to June 6. Kiwanis Memorial Park. Saskatoon celebrates the start of summer with the 28th annual Children's Festival. The festival features the best in children's theatre, music, dance, puppetry, and more from around the world. Hands-on arts and creative learning activities like Lego, Circus Arts, and Fossil Find make it an extra-special experience for the whole family. potashcorpchildrensfestival.com
Doors Open Saskatoon 2017
June 4. Various Locations. Doors Open showcases a number of buildings in various clusters around Saskatoon: Nutana-Broadway, Riversdale-Caswell, Downtown, and University Area. doorsopensaskatoon.com
Saskatoon Pride Festival
June 11 to June 25. Various Locations. The Saskatoon Pride Festival, hosted by the Saskatoon Diversity Network (SDN), is an annual week-long festival providing an accessible space in which to celebrate queerness, foster community pride, and raise awareness of queer culture within the larger community. saskatoonpride.ca
SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
June 23 to July 2. Various Venues. For ten days each summer, Saskatoon bursts into song as the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival plays host to hundreds of world class artists. Each year over 85,000 music fans devour the sounds of jazz, blues, funk, pop, and world music. saskjazz.com
Watch for our Prairie Ink specials inspired by The Preservatory. The author, Lee Murphy, is a passionate and knowledgeable jam master and the owner of Vista D’oro Farms & Winery. She presents a vibrant look at the pleasures of creating and using beautiful, seasonal preserves. ($32.00. Hardcover. Appetite. May) A variety of The Preservatory seasonal preserves are available for purchase at McNally Robinson in 220 gram jars at $13.00 each. See above for more details.
TEDDY BEAR PICNIC, SUNDAY MAY 7 (SASKATOON)
Boys and Girls! Celebrate your teddy bear with us on Sunday May 7. Things get underway at 9:30 am in our Prairie Ink Restaurant with picnic-themed foods, followed by a Teddy Bear craft, Teddy Bear Parade, and of course Teddy Bear stories up in the Hundred Acre Wood. Teddy Bears are mandatory! And you’ll need to bring an adult with you as well. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Prairie Ink. Please note this event takes place at our Saskatoon location only.
MOTHER'S DAY SPECIALS, SUNDAY MAY 14
On Mother's Day, guests at our Winnipeg location can enjoy delicious Prairie Ink Mother's Day Specials alongside the full Prairie Ink menu.
In Saskatoon, we are hosting a special Mother's Day Brunch. Brunch seating will be available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Reservations are recommended. Regular menu service will not be available during the brunch. Regular service will resume at 2:00 pm.
SUPERHERO PARTY, SUNDAY JUNE 11 (WINNIPEG)
Our annual Pirate Party in Winnipeg has been taken over by your favourite superheroes! Join us on Sunday, June 11 at 9:30 am in Prairie Ink Restaurant for a powerful breakfast of pancakes, eggs and more! Listen to an exciting story, make your own superhero mask, and take pictures with a real visiting comic book superhero! We encourage you to dress like your favourite hero (or villain!) but costumes are not mandatory. Tickets* are $23.00 (plus tax and gratuity) per person, and go on sale Tuesday, May 9th. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling 204-975-2659. (*The Reader Reward Card discount does not apply to ticket purchases, and all ticket sales are final.) Please note this event is taking place at our Winnipeg location only.
FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL MENU, SUNDAY JUNE 18 (WINNIPEG)
Treat your Dad to a big Hungry Man Style Breakfast at Prairie Ink on Father's Day. This Father's Day breakfast special is available all day. Regular service is also available all day Father’s Day. Please note this special breakfast is only available at our Winnipeg location.
For more information on Prairie Ink, or to make a reservation, please give us a call.
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