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September & October 2017

 

WHAT'S IN A GAME?

Ken Dryden is a Game Changer

First, Ken Dryden articulated our love for hockey in The Game. Then he spoke to our national pride in Home Game. Now the NHL Hall-of-Famer and former MP issues a challenge to make hockey safer, or risk losing it altogether in his new book Game Change.

With extensive research and interviews with former players such as Rhett Warrener, Marc Savard, Keith Primeau, as well as with leading figures in the fields of neurobiology and sports concussions, Dryden tells the remarkable story of an unremarkable journeyman NHL defenseman, Steve Montador, who died at the age of 35 after suffering multiple concussions sustained throughout his playing career.

In telling Montador's story, Dryden outlines a plan directed to players, fans, parents, and most of all to decision makers at the NHL, to counter the number one risk to hockey in the future — head injuries — without sacrificing the integrity of the game. (Hardcover. $32.00. McClelland & Stewart. October)

 E   Please join us in our Winnipeg store on November 9 for the launch of Game Change.

 

When They Play Their Guitars

From the tender ballad “Beautiful” to the historical lament of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” to the plaintive political plea of “Black Day in July,” Gordon Lightfoot’s songs have inspired and enchanted fans for more than fifty years.

Set against the turbulent era of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, Lightfoot by Nick Jennings chronicles how the boy from small-town Ontario became the legendary bard of Canada, from early efforts — his school principal recorded a disc of “Gordie” singing at age 9 — to his glory years performing in concert halls around the globe and the toll his hard-living lifestyle had on his health and relationships. (Hardcover. $36.00. Viking. October)

 

Joni Mitchell is a cultural touchstone for generations of Canadians. In her heyday she released ten experimental, challenging, and revealing albums, while her lyrics captivated people with the beauty of their language and the rawness of their emotions in songs that enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends.

Composed of dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, Reckless Daughter by David Yaffe reveals the stories behind the famous songs from her youth on the Canadian prairie, her bout with polio at age nine, her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, up through the quintessential albums and love affairs to the present. (Hardcover. $34.99. HarperCollins. October)

 

While My Guitar Gently Weeps. In this four-part series, educator John Einarson, respected rock music historian and author of more than a dozen critically-acclaimed books on music history, discusses how the guitar shaped 60 years of rock music and the players who defined the instrument. In the Community Classroom on Saturdays, October 21, 28 & November 4, 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Pre-registration required. Cost $120.00 per person. Register online >>>

Please note Community Classroom programs are only available at our Winnipeg location.

 

Politics, A Roll of the Dice?

Brexit and a Trump presidency were unthinkable until they happened. While Canada seems placid, at least on the surface, could it be that our country is not immune to the same forces of populism, social fracture, and backlash that have afflicted other parts of the world?

Could It Happen Here? by Michael Adams examines whether we are at risk of coming down with the malaise affecting other Western democracies. Drawing on major social values surveys of Canadians and Americans in 2016, Adams takes a close look at our economy, institutions, and demographics to answer the question: could it happen here? (Hardcover. $26.99. Simon & Schuster. September)  E   MB EVENT OCT 18

 

It would shock most Canadians to learn that before 1967, more people fled this country than immigrated to it. Post-1967, a new Canada emerged. The closed, colonial idea of Canada gave way to an open, pluralist and connected vision. But at Canada’s 150th anniversary, that open vision has become a fragile consensus.

In  Maximum Canada, Doug Saunders argues we need 100 million Canadians if we’re to outgrow our colonial past and build a safer, greener, more prosperous future. His bold vision for Canada requires the necessity of tripling our population — a goal that can be achieved without a large increase in immigration. (Hardcover. $27.95. Knopf. September)

 

WHAT TO READ

A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.

The Parcel
by Anosh Irani
$21.00. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

This novel’s heart, soul and voice is Madhu, a transgender sex worker in the red-light district of Bombay. Madhu identifies herself as a "hijra" — a person belonging to the third sex, neither man nor woman. Now, at 40, she has moved away from prostitution and is forced to beg to support herself. One day Madhu is given a task: a "parcel" has arrived — a young girl from the provinces — and Madhu must prepare it for its fate. A sometimes difficult read but one that rewards generously. (Vintage. August)

Time Travel
by James Gleick
$23.00. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

A fun and mind-bending exploration of time travel, from its origins in literature and science to its influence on our understanding of time itself. Gleick explores physics, technology, philosophy, and art as each relates to time travel and tells the story of the concept's cultural evolutions from H.G. Wells to Doctor Who, from Proust to Woody Allen. He takes a close look at the porous boundary between science fiction and modern physics before delving into what it all means in our own moment in time. (Vintage. September)

The Tobacconist
by Robert Seethaler
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Franz Huchel journeys to 1930s Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. The novel initially reads like a fairy tale as the innocent country boy takes in the big city. When Franz falls in love with a music hall dancer he seeks advice from a customer, Sigmund Freud, who admits that the female sex is a big mystery to him as well. But as conditions in Austria worsen with the rise of the Nazis rise, the story takes on a darker tone as the characters are swept into the maelstrom of events. (Anansi. September)

Swing Time
by Zadie Smith
$22.00. Trade paperback. Add to Cart

I’m willing to read anything by Zadie Smith. Here, in her latest novel, two brown girls dream of being dancers. But only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, about what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. Their childhood friendship ends abruptly in their early twenties, but is never quite forgotten. Full of Smith’s usual exuberance, this novel of ideas works on many levels and is enjoyable on them all. (Penguin. September)

The Return of History
by Jennifer Welsh
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In 1989, Francis Fukuyama wrote a famous essay, entitled "The End of History" that assumed we’d progressed to a more enlightened time. But a quarter century later history has returned. Welsh outlines the reappearance of what many believed had been erased: arbitrary executions, genocide, and the mass movement of refugees. Above all, she reminds us that our liberal democratic society depends on individual citizens to take an active role in its preservation and growth. (Anansi. September)

Stranger
by David Bergen
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Íso, a young Guatemalan woman working at a fertility clinic, is briefly the secret lover of the married American resident doctor. But he returns home before Íso can disclose her pregnancy. After the birth of her daughter, the baby is taken from her. When Íso learns her child is in America, she makes her way north determined to reclaim her baby. With its themes of dislocation and disruption, of power and vulnerability, Stranger ranks with Bergen’s best. (HarperCollins. September)

The Lesser Bohemians
by Eimear Mcbride
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Upon arrival in London, a young Irish girl begins her life anew as a drama student. Struggling to to make friends, she meets an attractive older man. He's an established actor twenty years her senior, and the clamorous relationship that ensues is one that will change her forever. But it’s the language that’s truly remarkable in this novel. Full of fits and starts at the beginning, it slowly finds its momentum as the story develops. (Emblem. August)

Weapons of Math Destruction
by Cathy O'neil
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We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules. But as O'Neil reveals in Weapons of Math Destruction, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they're wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination. Welcome to the dark side of Big Data. (Broadway. September)

Forest Dark
by Nicole Krauss
$31.99. Hardcover. Add to Cart

In the wake of his parents' death, a divorce, and his retirement, Jules Epstein travels to Tel Aviv with a nebulous plan to honour his parents by giving away his possessions. At the same time, a young novelist arrives. Troubled by writer's block and a failing marriage, she hopes to unlock a dimension of reality that has been closed off to her. Full of wisdom and humour, this is a profound novel of selfrealization. (HarperCollins. September)

Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward
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In this emotionally profound novel set in rural contemporary America, Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and occasionally their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm in Mississippi. Leonie is haunted by visions of her dead brother; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household. Ultimately, the story grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story, and the power and limitations of the bonds of family. (Simon & Schuster. September)

 

AUTHOR of the MONTH

September
Adam Gopnik

A staff writer for the New Yorker since 1986, Adam Gopnik was born in Philadelphia and raised in Montreal. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and a George Polk Award winner for Magazine Reporting. In March of 2013, he was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Republic. His books include Paris to the Moon (2000), Through The Children’s Gate (2006), and the fiftieth anniversary Massey Lecture published in 2011, Winter: Five Windows on the Season. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.

When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha Parker, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young and the arty and ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life’s consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. In his new book,  At the Strangers’ Gate, Gopnik builds a portrait of this moment in New York through the story of their journey—from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family. Gopnik transports us to their tiny basement room on the Upper East Side, and later to SoHo, where he captures a unicorn: an affordable New York loft. Between tender, laugh-out-loud reminiscences, including affectionate portraits of New York luminaries from Richard Avedon to Robert Hughes and Jeff Koons, At the Strangers’ Gate takes us into the corridors of Condé Nast, the galleries of MoMA and many places between to illuminate the fascinating world capital of creativity and aspiration that is New York, then and now. (Hardcover. $34.00. Knopf. September)

 

October
Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1953. Her first novel, A Bigamists' Daughter, was published to wide acclaim in 1982. That Night (1987), her second novel, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In his cover review for The New York Times Book Review, David Leavitt called That Night "an original, a work that revels in a rich, discursive prose style that belongs entirely to Alice McDermott." Charming Billy (1998), which won the National Book Award, tells the tragic story of the late Billy Lynch within the complex matrix of a tightly knit Irish American community. Her other books include At Weddings and Wakes, Child of My Heart, and After This.

In her latest novel, The Ninth Hour, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement on a dim winter afternoon. He is determined to prove to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, and to his badgering, pregnant wife "that the hours of his life belong to himself alone." In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun, a Little Sister of the Sick Poor, appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child. In Catholic Brooklyn, in the early part of the twentieth century, decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man's brief existence, and yet his suicide, although never spoken of, reverberates through many lives, testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, forgiveness and forgetfulness, through multiple generations. Rendered with lucidity and intelligence, The Ninth Hour explores love and morality in the kitchens, sickbeds, train compartments, love nests, and basement laundry rooms of three generations. (Hardcover. $37.00. FSG. September)

 

OUR FEATURED PAPERBACKS

SEPTEMBER

Being Mortal
by Atul Gawande
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Being Mortal looks at the way modern medicine has changed the experience of dying and what the implications of this change are for each of us. At its heart, however, the book is a deeply humane portrayal of how our society copes with who we really are. We are not economic beings. We are not political beings. We are not digital beings or analog beings, social beings or solitary beings. We are mortal beings. And in that is every important thing to know about how we must live. (Anchor. September)

 

OCTOBER

Testimony
by Robbie Robertson
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Testimony is the moving story of the creative friendship between five young men who forged one of the most influential bands of all time. Robertson tells his story like it was from the perspective of a boy coming of age at the heart of it all, weaving together his Mohawk childhood on the Brantford Six Nations Reserve with Toronto's vibrant downtown club scene of the early ’60s before going on to revolutionize the music that defined a generation while working with such figures as Bob Dylan and The Band. (Vintage. October)

 

WANNA PLAY?

A recommendation from our boardgame guru, Josef.

Around the World in 80 Days: A family board game where time is money
This gorgeous slip case game is a fantastic thematic representation of the famous novel by Jules Verne. It also happens to be an update to the first ever Spiel Des Jahres winner (back in 1979). Playable with up to 6 players, this unique racing game let's you move as far as you can afford on each turn. With money awarded for guessing where you'll land on the board, waiting, and even backing up, the strategy is involved, and planning for your opponents moves can be a triumph or a headache. At the end, like Phineas Fogg, you must return to London with £10 or less in your pocket, making the final turns a tense showdown as players balance speed with cost. Ages 10 & up. Playing time 45 minutes. $44.00

 

NOVEL LOVERS REJOICE

After twenty years Max Binder is still in love with his fiery wife, Maggie, and is determined to get her the perfect fortieth birthday gift. But Max’s singular desire — to make his wife happy — leads to an unexpected event that changes the course of his family’s life.

Once More With Feeling by awarding-winning Manitoba poet and novelist Méira Cook, tells the story of a community through intersecting moments and interconnected lives. The colourful citizens who make up the Binders' prairie city — bisected by railway lines and rivers, connected by boulevards and back alleys — are marked by transformation, upheaval, and loss in a discomforting world of memory, amnesia, longing, and belonging. (Softcover. $22.95. September)  E   MB EVENT OCT 2


If Clara
by Martha Baillie
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A mysterious manuscript falls into a bed-ridden writer's lap and sets off a chain of events in an exploration of family, friendship, memory, and the anxiety of contemporary living. As the characters fall and break their bones, dive into erotic love, drop from the sky, and plummet into mental illness, they quickly discover how inextricably their lives are intertwined. (August)  E  MB EVENT OCT 30

The Shoe on the Roof
by Will Ferguson
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As a boy Thomas Rosanoff was the subject of his father's experiment in which Thomas was secretly observed through a two-way glass. Now a med student, Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs. The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson explores our notions of sanity and the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact. (October)  E  MB EVENT OCT 24

That's My Baby
by Frances Itani
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Hanora is a determined to uncover the mysteries of her identity. Adopted at the end of the Great War, she is swept up in the events of WW II while still pursuing her quest. But it isn’t until she discovers a set of diaries that she begins to learn the truth. Infused with historical detail, That's My Baby reveals how memory shapes the person we believe ourselves to be. (September)  E  MB EVENT OCT 11

First Snow, Last Light
by Wayne Johnston
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Ned Vatcher, only 14, ambles home from school in the hush that precedes the first storm of the winter of 1936 to find the house locked, the family car missing, and his parents gone without a trace. First Snow, Last Light by Wayne Johnston (The Colony of Unrequited Dreams) is an epic family mystery which features the return of the boozy giant Sheilagh Fielding, whom Ned comes to see as his soul mate. (September)  E  MB EVENT SEPT 20

Anima
by Wajdi Mouawad
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Written in the North African storytelling tradition in which events unfold from an animal point of view, Anima by Wajdi Mouawad, translated by Linda Gaboriau, opens when the protagonist arrives home to find his wife lying in a pool of blood. Driven by grief and the need to find the killer, the protagonist sets off on a furious odyssey that awakens memories that make the present even more painful. (October)

Strangers with the Same Dream
by Alison Pick
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Strangers with the Same Dream by Man Booker Prize-nominee Alison Pick follows a band of young Jewish pioneers in Palestine in the early 1920s as they attempt to found a kibbutz on a patch of land that later will become part of the State of Israel. Idealism quickly tumbles into pragmatism while their utopian dream ignores the fact that their valley is home to a people they do not understand. (September)

Grandmother, Laughing
by Armin Wiebe
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Based on his play The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, Armin Wiebe's new novel Grandmother, Laughing affirms the necessity of joy in the form of a piano during the trying time of the Great Depression. When Beethoven Blatz enters to tune their piano, the unconventional Obrum and his wife Sarah discover not only that they can make great music together, but that laughter is the best medicine. (September)  E  MB EVENT SEPT 7

Lost in September
by Kathleen Winter
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Lost in September by Kathleen Winter takes us into the world of Jimmy — a tall, red-haired, homeless thirty-something ex-soldier, battered by PTSD — as he camps out on the streets of modern-day Montreal. While his past is something of an enigma, even to himself, he bears a striking resemblance to General James Wolfe, “Conqueror of Canada” and “Hero of Quebec,” who died on the Plains of Abraham in 1759. (September)  E  MB EVENT OCT 23

 

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John and Amy realize there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they — like you — would be better off not knowing.

David Wong (aka Jason Pargin, the executive editor of Cracked.com) returns with  What the Hell Did I Just Read?, his third novel in the horror-comedy series that began with John Dies at the End (2009).

If What the Hell Did I Just Read? starts off as "normal" in David Wong's frenetic world, matters quickly spin out of control in a tale that includes biker gangs, a secretive government agency, implanted memories, a flying bat creature, and a leviathan affectionately known as “Millibutt.” (Hardcover. $37.99. October)

 

WHAT'S THE WORLD COMING TO?

Growing Up in a Grownup World

When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages gave a voice to millions of innocent children.

Told in Bana's own words, Dear World is a uniquely intimate, child’s perspective on one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history. Despite losing friends, her home, and her homeland, Bana has not lost hope for a better life for herself and for other children around the world who are victims of war. (Hardcover. $30.00. October)

 

Pauline Dakin spent her childhood on the run. Why? Because her mother told her the Mafia was after them. But the truth was even more bizarre.

Run, Hide, Repeat is a memoir of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and menace. It moves from Dakin’s uneasy acceptance of her family’s dire situation to bewildered anger at a cruel charade. As she revisits her past, Dakin uncovers the human capacity for betrayal, manipulation, and deception — and the power of love to forgive. (Softcover. $24.95. September)  E  MB EVENT SEPT 21

 

All We Leave Behind by As It Happens’ Carol Off, relates the gripping story of a family’s desperate attempts to escape Afghan warlords, Taliban oppression, and the persecutions of refugee life.

After he and his family were targeted by Afghan warlords for giving an interview to Carol Off, Asad Aryubwal turned to her a second time as the only person he thought could help. Professional barriers tumbled as it became clear to Carol that Asad and his family might be murdered if she didn’t step in. (Hardcover. $32.95. September)

 

Teach the Children

Pushing the Limits by Kelly Gallagher-Mackay and Nancy Steinhauer examines the challenges facing the Canadian education system and provides a vision of schooling in our rapidly changing world.

With real-life anecdotes and practical examples, they outline a blueprint for answering the question of how we prepare our children for an unknown future. (Hardcover. $32.95. September)

 

The ultimate hockey dad, Karl Subban is a former school principal and father of five, including three sons — P.K., Malcolm and Jordan — who have been drafted to the NHL.

In How We Did It, Karl tells the inspirational story of his family's hockey journey from house league to the big leagues and shows how to grow the unlimited potential that is in every child. (Hardcover. $32.00. October)

 E  MB EVENT OCT 20

 

"Am I safe here?"

Every day, LGBTQ students ask this question within the school system.

Am I Safe Here? by Donn Short shines a light on the marginalization and bullying faced by LGBTQ youth, identifying that safety comes from a culture that values equity and social justice, and looks forward to a future in which LGBTQ youth are an expected and respected part of school life. (Softcover. $24.95. October)

 

The 2017 CBC Massey Lecture

In February of 2017, Amnesty International released their Annual Report for 2016 to 2017, concluding that the “us versus them” rhetoric increasingly employed by politicians is endangering human rights the world over. With In Search of a Better World, the 2017 CBC Massey Lecture, UN prosecutor and human rights scholar Payam Akhavan argues that deceptive utopias, political cynicism, and public apathy have given rise to major human rights abuses: from the religious persecution of Iranian Bahá’ís that shaped his personal life, to the horrors of ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia, the genocide in Rwanda, and the rise of contemporary phenomena such as the Islamic State. But he also reflects on the resilience of the human spirit and the reality of our interdependence to liberate us, whether from hateful ideologies that deny the humanity of others or an empty consumerist culture that worships greed and self-indulgence. (Softcover. $19.95. September)  E  MB EVENT OCT 16

 

The Road to Authoritarian Leadership. In a two-part series, Winnipeg-based historian Olexandr Shevchenko presents historical portraits of Lenin and Mussolini, and Stalin and Hitler in the Community Classroom October 10 and 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Pre-registration required. Cost $50.00 per person. Register online >>>

Please note Community Classroom programs are only available at our Winnipeg location.

 

THE WRITE TIME

The CanLit Boom

In the mid-twentieth century, Canadian literature transformed from a largely ignored trickle of books into an enormous cultural phenomenon that produced Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Mordecai Richler, and so many others. In Arrival, Nick Mount answers the question: What caused the CanLit Boom?

The full range of Canada’s literary boom is here: the underground exploits of the blew ointment and Tish gangs; revolutionary forays into critical thinking; the blunt-force trauma of our plain-spoken poetry; and the political writing that erupted from the turmoil in Quebec.

Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, Arrival helps to explain how we got from there to here. (Hardcover. $29.95. September)

 

By the Shores of Lake Winnipeg

David Arnason has spent a lifetime along the shores of Lake Winnipeg near the settlement of New Iceland, or Gimli as it is officially known. A keen observer, not much misses his notice and over his long writing career the lake and the town he grew up in have figured prominently in his work.

Letters to New Iceland is a loving reflection of the land that has made him one of Canada's most loved story tellers. Tracking the course of his early ancestors to New Iceland, Arnason draws a picture of a community tied to the old world and the new. Proud and bold, Arnason's New Iceland revels in the traditions that both tie the town to its home across the sea and set it apart. From the festivities of islendingadagurinn to the century old general store that is a corner stone of the community, Letters to New Iceland brings the warmth and peace of lake living to bear in a time that appears to be anything but. (Softcover. $19.00. Turnstone. October)

 

Express your style with notebooks from NAVA

With a unique look across a range of products, these notebooks, notepads, and planners from Italy's NAVA Design are available in various formats, sizes, and different weights of paper. NAVA's line of stylish stationery has something for everyone and lets you be you.

Prices range from $4.50 to $29.00. Please visit us in-store to browse these items.

 

A BOOK WILL TAKE YOU THERE

What To Read on Winnipeg's Classic 107

McNally Robinson has partnered with Winnipeg's Classic107 to highlight some of the best in jazz and classical music since 2014. Now we're teaming up to share with listeners and readers alike a selection of What To Read books. Tune in to Classic 107 (107.1 FM) the first Friday of every month between 7:30 am and 8:30 am on Morning Light with Michael Wolch and catch McNally Robinson co-owner Chris Hall as he shares his passion for good books of all kinds.

 

Poets, As Good as Their Words

My Ariel
by Sina Queyras
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A poem-by-poem engagement with Sylvia Plath's Ariel and the towering mythology surrounding it, My Ariel by Sina Queyras barges into one of the iconic texts of the 20th century, with her own family baggage in tow, exploring and exploding the cultural norms, forms, and procedures that frame and contain the lives of women. (September)  E  MB EVENT NOV 13

full-metal indigiqueer
by Joshua Whitehead
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full-metal indigiqueer by Joshua Whitehead, an Oji-Cree, Two-Spirit storyteller from Peguis First Nation on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba, focuses on a hybridized Indigiqueer Trickster character named Zoa who brings together the organic (the protozoan) and the technologic (the binaric) in order to re-beautify and re-member queer Indigeneity. (October)

All We Saw
by Anne Michaels
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All We Saw by Anne Michaels explores what love makes us capable of, and incapable of. She ponders what happens to the bodies of lovers — so vital when together, different when apart, death coming to one before the other — to embrace the intimacy and the vastness of the connection between two people. (October)

the book of ayas
by Neal Mcleod
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In the book of ayâs, Neal McLeod situates stories of ayâs — a traditional Cree figure who experiences exile, dislocation, and encounters with a dark spirit — in the Plains Cree world of the 19th century. McLeod then weaves these stories into the experience of contemporary Indigenous men dealing with the legacies of colonial violence. (October)

 

Visions of the Wild

Put a studio photographer from Brooklyn, a post-master/writer from Thermond, West Virginia and two Canadian river guides together and send them up the Seal River on an expedition through northern Manitoba's Boreal Forest, and what do you get? Hap Wilson's River of Fire, the quintessential Canadian adventure story. With the possibility of capsizing in the freezing water, the threat of polar bears, a midnight sail down Hudson Bay, and Manitoba's worst boreal wildfire, this chronicle carries the reader to the extreme edge of exploration along one of the country's most dangerous whitewater rivers. (Softcover. $20.00. October)

 Love This Saskatchewan by Saskatoon photographer John Perret presents a major retrospect of his finest photography, including images of unique places and once in a lifetime chance happenings while on the land. Fourteen notable Saskatchewan writers, musicians and artists contribute their own visions and write personal remembrances of what Saskatchewan means to them. Perret’s photography takes you to all points rural and natural in the province, from woodlands to grasslands, boreal forests to sand dunes, from mud-filled trails glistening in sunset gold to the expansive blue of the prairie skies. Demonstrating a love and respect for the land in over 100 photographs, John Perret shows us the remarkable space we live in and how it continues to be a catalyst for nurturing our creativity. (Hardcover. $39.95. May)  E  SK EVENT SEPT 14

Every map tells a story. And every map has a purpose. It invites us to go somewhere we’ve never been. A History of Canada in Ten Maps by Adam Shoalts does not just chronicle the centuries of Canada’s existence; it conjures the world as it appeared to those who were called upon to map it. What would the new world look like to Jacques Cartier, who could see no farther than the treeline? What would the north have looked like to Martin Frobisher, confronting a sea of ice but imagining that Cathay lay just beyond? What would the vastness of the country look like to a surveyor or railroad engineer? A History of Canada in Ten Maps reveals the Canada we never knew was hidden. (Hardcover. $36.00. October)  E  MB EVENT NOV 25

From naturalist Trevor Herriot and nature photographer Branimir Gjetvag, Islands of Grass is a passionate love letter to the prairie grasslands that are rapidly disappearing. Before the arrival of settlers, the Great Northern Plain sprawled across the centre of the continent and rivalled the African savannah for wildlife, with herds of bison and pronghorn antelope numbering in the millions. It was also the home for species of birds and animals that lived nowhere else. Today that range is threatened by human incursion and in some areas there are only pockets of unadulterated prairie grassland left. Full of extraordinary photos supported by the thought-provoking prose of Trevor Herriot, Islands of Grass reveals the precious legacy and wonder of our grasslands. (Hardcover. $39.95. September)

 

CHEERS!

On the Rock 10-Piece Decanter Set
Entertain your guests with this all-in-one whisky decanter set. The stainless steel chilling balls are filled with a non-toxic gel to keep your favourite scotch, whisky or liquor chilled without ice. $90.00.

SPARQ Whiskey Cubes, Set of 4
Made from polished stainless steel with a cooling gel centre, this set of cooling cubes chills your drink without diluting the taste. Simply freeze and then drop into your favourite whisky, wine or cocktail. $33.00

SPARQ Whiskey Rocks, Set of 12
Made from recycled soapstone, this modern-day version of the ice cube cools any small volume drink without the melted water. Simply freeze and pop them into whisky, scotch, liquor and even wine.

Canadian Whisky, Second Edition
In this newly revised and updated version of an award-winning book, Davin de Kergommeaux takes readers on a journey through Canadian whisky: how it’s made, who makes it, why it tastes the way it does, its history, and the rich, centuries-old folklore surrounding it. (Softcover. $25.00. October)  E  MB EVENT OCT 27

Please visit us in-store to browse our decanters, cubes, rocks, and other barware.

 

HIDDEN HISTORIES REVEALED

From the Outside Looking In

Why do people join gangs? Once entrenched in a life of crime with its realities of incarceration, addiction, power, and money, is it possible to ever walk away?

In Redemption, Anne Mahon, author of The Lucky Ones (2013), recounts ten first-person life stories from ex-gang members that enlighten, surprise and inspire as they share their thoughts on topics such as peace, joy, forgiveness, and hope. Their accounts reveal the reality of living as a marginalized person, and challenge preconceived notions in this illuminating look at the individuals behind the crime statistics. (Softcover. $24.95. October)  E  MB EVENT OCT 26

 

In the supposedly enlightened ’60s and ’70s, violence against women didn’t make the news. It didn’t exist. Yet in 1973 — with no statistics, no money and little public support — five disparate groups of Canadian women quietly opened the country’s first battered women’s shelters. Today, there are well over 600.

In Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists, Margo Goodhand tracks down the “rogue feminists” whose work forged an underground railway for women and children, weaving their stories into an unforgettable — and until now untold — history. (Softcover. $20.00. September)  E  MB EVENT SEPT 6 & SK EVENT SEPT 16

 

An Iconic Winnipeg Neighbourhood

Winnipeg’s North End has informed the Canadian mythology and influenced the national psyche. The North End also divides and defines the city of Winnipeg, shaping its politics and sense of identity. It is here where First Nations and Old and New World immigrants cross the boundaries of ethnicity, class, and culture, creating a complex multicultural community.

The North End Revisited, a revised edition of John Paskievich's classic 2007 book The North End, expands the original collection with eighty more of Paskievich's unique and powerfully personal photographs to present a deep and poignant picture of a special community. Texts by art critics Stephen Osborne and Alison Gillmor and film scholar George Melnyk explore the different aspects of Paskievich’s work and add context from Winnipeg’s history and culture. (Softcover. $39.95. September)  E  MB EVENT OCT 4

 

Food for Thought

Snacks by Janis Thiessen is a history of Canadian snack foods, of the independent producers who make them, and of the consumers who can’t put them down. Thiessen profiles several iconic Canadian snack food companies, including Old Dutch Potato Chips, Hawkins Cheezies, and chocolate maker Ganong. These companies have developed in distinctive ways, reflecting the unique stories of their founders and their intense connection to specific locations.

Thiessen uncovers the roots of our deep loyalties to different snack foods, and the often-quirky ways snacks have been created and marketed. (Softcover. $27.95. September)  E  MB EVENT OCT 10


The Ghost Orchard by Helen Humphreys is a fascinating journey into the little-known history of the apple in North America, from how the apple first came across the Atlantic Ocean with a relatively unknown Quaker woman to how Humphreys' own curiosity was piqued by the Winter Pear Pearmain, believed to be the world’s best tasting apple, which she found growing beside an abandoned cottage not far from her home.

In between, there are politics, war, poetry, art and such enduring myths as that of Johnny Appleseed. The result is a book that is both personal and universal, combining storytelling, historical detail, and deep emotional insight. (Hardcover. $29.99. September)

 

Apron Strings by Jan Wong is a book about home cooking in France, Italy, and China. Knowing food is better when shared, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. On their journey, they live and cook with locals, seeing first-hand how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. From France, where they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants to Shanghai, where nouveaux riche and their migrant maids comprise one of the biggest demographic shifts in world history, Jan and Sam discover home cooking like they've never experienced it before, while coming to grips with the complicated relationships between mothers and sons. (Softcover. $24.95. September)

 

Season to Season

There’s nothing more satisfying than going to a farmer’s market, picking out the freshest produce and creating vibrant recipes to showcase those ingredients.

In Farm to Chef, Lynn Crawford shares her passion for seasonal cooking as she takes readers on a year-long journey with 140 original recipes, organized by season. You’ll discover how easy it is to prepare fresh market ingredients, with a range of the chef’s favourite fruits and vegetables: peas and rhubarb in the spring, summer berries and corn, leeks and pears in the fall, and parsnips and squash in the winter months. (Hardcover. $40.00. September)  E  MB EVENT SEPT 25

Watch for Chef Specials inspired by recipes in Lynn Crawford's Farm to Chef at Prairie Ink Restaurant during the last week of September.

 

OUR SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Partnership with CFCR

McNally Robinson Booksellers is partnering with Saskatoon's community radio station CFCR 90.5 FM to feature a CD of the month with selections varying from classical and jazz to folk and blues. Check out the in-store display on our Wall of Sound.

CFCR 90.5 FM Community Radio is a non-profit corporation owned by the Community Radio Society of Saskatoon. Powered by a dedicated team of volunteers, CFCR 90.5 FM is a listener-supported organization serving the alternative radio needs of Saskatoon and surrounding areas.

 

Music CDs & Records

Liona Boyd. No Remedy for Love. CD $14.99. The winner of five Juno Awards and known the world over as “The First Lady of the Guitar,” Boyd has released twenty-eight albums, spanning a wide range of styles. The central theme of her new album is love in its many incarnations, from love for the planet and animals to romantic love and love for the place she now calls home. No Remedy for Love was inspired by the melodic folk, pop and classical music she grew up with and embraces a variety of influences across its seventeen tracks. (Universal. August)

Vijay Iyer Sextet. Far From Over. CD $16.99. His fifth release for ECM since 2014 finds the keyboardist-composer and his dynamic sextet reaching a new peak. Furthering an artistry that led The Guardian to call Iyer "one of the world's most inventive new-generation jazz pianists" Far From Over features a wealth of jazz history even as it pushes boldly forward.The music ranges from the thrillingly explosive to the cathartically elegiac, with melodic hooks, entrancing atmosphere, rhythmic muscle and an elemental spirit all part of the allure. (Universal. August)

The War on Drugs. Deeper Understanding. CD $14.99. Vinyl 2-LP Set $37.99. For the new album, The War On Drugs' frontman and long-time collaborator of Kurt Vile, Adam Granduciel, challenges the notion of what it means to create a fully realized piece of music in today's modern landscape. Calling on his bandmates to create a "band record" in the noblest sense, featuring collaboration, coordination, and confidence at every turn, Granduciel's gritty love of his craft succeeds in pushing the indie rock band to new heights. (Warner. August)

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer. Not Dark Yet. CD $15.99. Vinyl $28.99. Not Dark Yet was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. The album provides a potent look at the sisters' individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what's around the bend with a co-written "Is It Too Much" to close out the ten-song set. (Sony. August)

 

DVD & Blu-Ray Movies

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, directed by George C. Wolfe. DVD $21.99. Blu-ray $28.99. Oprah Winfrey stars in the true story of a woman's search for enlightenment about her mother, whose cancer cells would save millions. Boasting an exceptional cast and production team, and based on Rebecca Skloot's critically acclaimed 2010 nonfiction best-seller of the same name, this HBO Films drama tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s. (HBO Home Video. September)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, directed by David Lynch. Blu-ray $43.99. Nightmarish in its vision of an innocent torn apart by unfathomable forces, the 2017 release of Lynch’s feature-length series prequel to the original Twin Peaks series presents the film in a 4K digital transfer supervised by Lynch himself and with two different soundtrack options. It also includes the 90 minutes of deleted scenes and alternate takes known as “The Missing Pieces,” plus interviews with Lynch, Ray Wise, and Grace Zabriskie, along with two interviews, one brand new and one previously released, with star Sheryl Lee. (Criterion. October)

Broadchurch, The Complete Third Season. DVD $35.99. Set three years after the previous series, the eight-episodes of Season 3 focus on the sexual assault of a local middle-aged woman in the fictional, close-knit coastal town of Broadchurch in Dorset, England. Detectives Hardy and Miller begin to investigate, questioning everyone who was at the party that night, only to discover a lot of the guests have secrets they don't want revealed. In its final season, Broadchurch combines socially conscious themes with suspenseful mystery and a pair of compelling leads. (eOne Films. September)

A Fish Called Wanda, directed by Charles Crichton. Blu-ray $43.99. In 1988, John Cleese, former Python and the mastermind behind Fawlty Towers, teamed up with the veteran Ealing Comedy director Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob) to produce this classic of British comedy. Now re-issued in a brand-new 4K restoration from the original negative, high definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation, A Fish Called Wanda finds Archie Leach, a weak-willed barrister played by Cleese, embroiled with a quartet of ill-matched jewel thieves, prompting plenty of farce, in-fighting, and mayhem. (Arrow Video. September)

 

McNALLY ROBINSON for Babies, Kids, and Teens

 

BABIES

Baby toys, teddy bears, clothing, gifts, and, of course, books in our baby boutique

A World Waiting to Be Discovered!

All Aboard!
by Andrew Kolb & Nichole Mara
$11.95. Board book. Add to Cart

Fold it out car by car, All Aboard! by Nichole Mara and illustrated by Andrew Kolb, is an accordion-style book that takes readers on a tour of what's inside a train. Each car has something to find — things that make loud noises, things in different shapes — and along the way, a little child searches for his missing hat. All Aboard! is a fun, interactive ride from beginning to end. (September)

One Piece of String
by Marthe Jocelyn
$9.95. Children's hardcover. Add to Cart

A piece of string comes untied from a parcel and changes into a spider's web, a ropy updo, a layer of snow on a birdhouse roof, and other surprises in One Piece of String by Marthe Jocelyn. Illustrated using the author's paper collage, this wordless board book invites little ones to follow the string and discover that each spread is made up of one single piece. (September)

 

Touch, Think & Learn

Featuring spreads with raised shaped objects that fit into scooped cut-outs on their opposite page, Little Critters and Wild Animals by Xavier Deneux are two new TouchThinkLearn boardbooks that offer the youngest learners a themed opportunity to explore in a hands-on, multisensory way. Seeing the image, tracing its shape, saying its name — these modes of perception combine to stimulate understanding of essential concepts.

Discover a bee and its hive by tracing the raised outline on one side, and the concave shape on the other! Related words on each spread offer parents and child a springboard for further conversation to encourage the language skills crucial to later successful learning. In a unique format, these groundbreaking books translate abstract thought into tangible knowledge. (Boardbook. $20.99 each. October)

 

Dotting the "i"

When Little i’s dot falls off, rolls down a hill, over a cliff, and into the sea, Little i sets out on a journey to rescue it.

With a playful focus on the alphabet, spelling, and simple punctuation, Little i by Michael Hall is a charming picture book about letters, selfconfidence, belonging, and growing up. A great choice for the classroom, library story-hours, and bedtime. (Hardcover. $21.99. September)

 

Topanifarm

Topanifarm has 6 sturdy cardboard cubes that double as homes for the 6 soft plastic animals. Stack them, nest them and use them for imaginative play, these cubes have hidey holes cut into the sides and squishy animals to play inside. $31.00. Please visit us in-store to find this item.

 

Bamboo Plates & Bowls

These lightweight, bamboo baby plates and bowls are the solution for cleaner, splash-free meals. Press the Airtight-Lock mechanism onto the table and the plate will stay in place. The silicone suction cup can be removed for cleaning or for using like a regular plate. Sold with a bamboo spoon which has a soft, non-toxic silicone tip which doubles as a teether. $32.00. Please visit us in-store to find these items.

 

KIDS

Imagine That

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day
by Beatrice Alemagna
$21.99. Children's hardcover. Add to Cart

Depressed by another rainy weekend in the country cabin, a shaggy-haired child wallows on the sofa, numbing malaise with a hand-held video game — until Mom turns the kid into the great outdoors where the child is surprised to discover a fascinating world of nature. On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna is a magical picture book and a compelling argument for unplugged exploration. (September) (Ages 4-8)

Say Zoop!
by Herve Tullet
$21.99. Children's hardcover. Add to Cart

Make some noise! Shout "OH!" Whisper "oh!" Say "Zoop!" The newest book from Hervé Tullet, Say Zoop! magically responds with bursts of colour and moving shapes, empowering children by letting their imaginations liberate and direct each page's reaction. Tullet's books define the genre of participatory bookmaking, encouraging readers to explore and interact with the physical book in all its dimensions. (August) (Ages 2-5)

The Library Book
by Tom Chapin
$23.99. Children's hardcover. Add to Cart

The rain is pouring, Dad is snoring, and the same old stuff is on TV—boring. What’s the best way to cure a gloomy day? A trip to the library! Based on the hit song by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark, and illustrated by Chuck Groenink, The Library Book is an affectionate, exuberant, uproarious celebration of books, reading, and —SHHH! — libraries! (October) (Ages 4-8)

 

Big Freedoms

We all want a good life, to have fun, to be safe, happy, and fulfilled. For this to happen, we need to look after each other and stand up for the basic human rights that we often take for granted.

This classic picture book edition of My Little Book of Big Freedoms by Chris Riddell features 16 different freedoms, each accompanied by beautiful illustrations. It shows why our human rights are so important and how they help to keep us safe. Every day. (Hardcover. $13.99. November) (Ages 4-8)

 

You’re never too young to care about your community or to stand up for your beliefs.

That’s the empowering message of  The Little Book of Little Activists, a book about how real kids exercise their rights. Filled with photographs and inspirational quotes from kids themselves on topics of equality, diversity, and feminism, The Little Book of Little Activists is a child’s very first introduction to political activism, presented at a level that they can understand and relate to. (Hardcover. $14.99. October) (Ages 5-9)

 

Every rebellious NO! is also quite naturally an exquisite YES! No to war is yes to peace; no to hatred, an embracing yes to love; no to being labeled, an empowering yes to one’s own distinctive humanity.

In  We Say NO! by John Seven and Jana Christy, wee rebels form a smiling mob to resist biggies and baddies. We learn that differences and creativity make us all stronger. Together we tear down walls, celebrate truth, make new friends, and work to create a better world! (Hardcover. $21.50. September) (Ages 3 & up)

 

Words Mean a Lot

When a little girl asks her grandfather how to say something in his language, Cree, he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy.  Stolen Words by Melanie Florence, and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, tells the story of the beautiful relationship between the girl and her grandfather as she sets out to help her grandfather find his language again. This sensitive and warmly illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of the residential school system that separated young Indigenous children from their families. The story recognizes the pain of those whose culture and language were taken from them, how that pain is passed down, and how healing can be shared. (Hardcover. $17.95. September) (Ages 6-10)

 

Coming Up...

Join Us for a Spooky Boo Brunch, Sunday October 29
Dress up in your best costume and join us for a Boo-tiful brunch Sunday, October 29th at 9:30 am. Enjoy Boo-berry Pancakes and hop, dance or walk through the store in our Costume Parade, followed by spooky stories and pumpkin carving! In Winnipeg: Tickets* are $23.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and go on sale September 5. They 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.) In Saskatoon: Tickets are $15.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and go on sale September 7. Reservations are required and can be made at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling 955-3579 on or after September 7.

Breakfast with Santa, Sunday December 3
Keep our annual Breakfast with Santa in mind as we head into the fall. It takes place Sunday, December 3 at 9:30 am. Enjoy a special breakfast, a seasonal story and a visit from Santa. More details to come. Watch our website for updates.

 

BEN HATKE

Like a bolt from the blue, Jack's little sister Maddy is gone, carried into another realm by an ogre in Ben Hatke's graphic novel  Mighty Jack and the Goblin King, the conclusion to his Mighty Jack series.

When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy’s captor through the portal, they are ready for anything… except what they find waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive in the finale to Hatke's energetic retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. (Softcover. $20.99. September) (Ages 8-12)

 E  Meet Ben Hatke on Tuesday, October 3, at 7:00 pm at our Winnipeg bookstore!

 

Novels, and the Courage To Be

Ban This Book
by Alan Gratz
$22.99. Children's hardcover. Add to Cart

When Amy Anne Ollinger tries to check out her favourite book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, at the school library, she learns it's banned! All because a classmate’s mom thought the book wasn’t appropriate for kids to read. In Ban This Book by Alan Gatz, Amy starts a secret banned books library out of her locker. She soon finds herself in a battle over book banning, censorship, and who has the right to decide what she can read. (September) (Ages 8-12)

Thornhill
by Pam Smy
$27.99. Children's hardcover. Add to Cart

1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it's shutting its doors. 2017: Ella has just moved to a new town, and is curious about the abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way. Told in alternating plotlines — Mary’s through intimate diary entries and Ella’s in bold, striking art — Pam Smy's Thornhill is a suspenseful and haunting exploration of human connections. (September) (Ages 10-12)

The Dollmaker of Krakow
by R.m. Romero
$22.99. Children's hardcover. Add to Cart

In The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero, a strange wind spirits a living doll named Karolina away from the Land of the Dolls to Kraków, Poland, where she finds herself in the company of the Dollmaker. With Karolina’s help, the Dollmaker, a normally taciturn man, adopts a new outlook on life. But his newfound attitude is severely tested when Nazi soldiers invade Poland, and the Jewish friends he recently made find themselves in grave danger. (September) (Ages 8-12)

The Night Garden
by Polly Horvath
$21.99. Children's hardcover. Add to Cart

In The Night Garden by Polly Horvath, a young girl's peaceful existence on Vancouver Island where she lives with her parents is interrupted when their neighbour's children unexpectedly move in. Then mysterious letters start to arrive from the children's father, and no one understands what they mean until it's too late. Can the ancient, forbidden night garden, that supposedly grants everyone one wish, help? And if it does, at what cost? (September. (Ages 9-12)

 

Haunted Canada

Packed with action, chills, and some healthy doses of humour, The Haunted Canada series of novels by Joel A. Sutherland is set in towns and cities across Canada. Two new novels in the series release September 1. The House Next Door features a brother and sister who aren't exactly thrilled when their parents move them out of the country to live in a new subdivision of cookie-cutter houses — until they discover that the old farmhouse next door is haunted. In Kill Screen, everyone in Evie's school is obsessed with the video game of the same name. Not only is it scary, it seems unbeatable. But when Evie defeats the final ghost, the Wisp, and wins the game, she unleashes the Wisp into our world! (Softcover. $7.99 each.) (Ages 8-12)

 

Ticket To Ride: First Journey

Ticket to Ride: First Journey takes the gameplay of the Ticket to Ride series and scales it down for a younger audience. By eliminating math (beyond counting) and reading, this game opens up the Ticket to Ride series to the youngest players. An excellent game for early school age children to play on their own or with parents, it also maintains most of the aspects of the original and can work as a stepping stone for fans to bring younger family members in on the fun!

2-4 players. Playing Time 15-30 minutes. Ages 6 & up. $60.00.

 

TEEN SCENE

Kevin Sands: The Blackthorn Key Continues

Wherever goes Christopher Rowe — the protagonist of the Blackthorn Key and apprentice apothecary to Benedict Blackthorn — adventure always follows. Even a chance to meet King Charles ends in a brush with an assassin.

In  The Assassin's Curse, the third heart-pounding installment of Sands' award-winning Blackthorn Key series, Christopher, Tom, and Sally face new codes, puzzles, and traps as they race to solve the mystery from a single message with an ominous sign-off: more attempts are coming. And when they learn an ancient treasure is promised to any assassin who succeeds, they realize the entire royal family is at stake — as well as their own lives. (Hardcover. $23.99. September)

 E  Join us Saturday October 21 at 2:00 pm in our Winnipeg store to meet Kevin Sands!

 

Who Can You Trust?

Roan Harken, the protagonist in Scion of the Fox by Winnipeg author S.M. Beiko, is not your typical high school student.

Saved from Death by a fox spirit, Roan is trying to uncover the secrets her family left behind. To do so, she must harness a mysterious ancient power, and quickly. A snake-monster lies in wait in the muddy bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay in this first installment of an exciting new trilogy. (Hardcover. $19.95. October)  E  MB EVENT OCT 18


They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you're a teenage girl, it's hard to tell them apart.

In 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough, Natasha doesn't remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she knows it wasn't an accident. Her two closest friends are acting strangely, and Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before when she got popular, to help her figure out what happened. A psychological thriller with a killer twist. (Hardcover. $24.99. October)

 

In The Winnowing by Vikki VanSickle, two friends are torn apart just when they need one another most.

Marivic and Saren promise to stick together, especially through the uncertain winnowing procedure, a now inevitable part of adolescence. But when tragedy separates them, Marivic will need to trust her own frightening new abilities if she is going to avenge Saren and right a decade of wrongs, even when it means turning her back on everything, and everyone, she’s known and loved. (Softcover. $10.99. September)

 

The "Be First" Book Club

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.)

SEPTEMBER
Vivian Carter is fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, but most of all, she is fed up with following the rules. An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texas high school in Moxie, the new novel by Jennifer Mathieu.(Hardcover. $21.99. September) Our discussion group meets Wednesday September 13 at 7:00 pm.

OCTOBER
Bicho Raro is a world of dark saints, forbidden love, and scientific dreams. At its heart lives a family who can perform miracles, and three cousins longing to change the future. But in All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater miracles don't always turn out the way you expect. (Hardcover. $22.99. October) Our discussion group meets Wednesday October 11 at 7:00 pm.

 

The Teen Watch List

 

 

OUR VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

What's coming up in Winnipeg & Saskatoon

Winnipeg

THIN AIR 2017
THIN AIR kicks off its third decade! From September 22 to September 30, THIN AIR presents a city-wide festival with readings, conversation, and discussions by writers from across the country and around the world.

Old friends are returning: Andrew Pyper, Monia Mazigh, Pasha Malla, Bill Gaston, and Marie-Louise Gay.

Plus: Gregory Scofield, Trevor Cole, Suzette Mayr, Ahmed Danny Ramadan, Kimmy Beach, JonArno Larson, Terry Griggs, Bethlehem Terrefe Gebreyohannes, Lydia Kwa, Trevor Herriot, and many other writers bringing fiction, poetry, stuff for kids, and some of the most important non-fiction around.

The Opening Weekend features Bill Richardson, Armin Wiebe, and Trish Cooper, comedy improv with Steven Sim and Caitlin Curtis, a Haiku Death Match, a continuing conversation about truth and reconciliation, plus Pint of Bitter Murder, Poisoned Chalice, a Walking Tour with Katherena Vermette and Scottish poet Harry Giles, and Voices from Oodena. All week long: Afternoon Book Chats and Boot Camps for Writers at McNally Robinson Booksellers, The Nooner and Big Ideas series at the Millennium Library, and of course the signature Mainstage evenings at MTYP. Plus a dynamic French-language option, Livres en fête, a busy Campus Program, two Writing Craft seminars, spoken word performances and plenty of events for young readers. Mainstage Passes are $35 each, available at McNally Robinson. Advance tickets are available through the THIN AIR website. Check the paperback programs available in the bookstore, or visit the THIN AIR website or Facebook page.

Books to Brushes @ WAG
A collaboration between McNally Robinson Booksellers and the The Winnipeg Art Gallery. Visit the WAG to participate in lively discussions of works of art related to popular reads! Book selections focus on making connections with special exhibitions and works of art in the WAG’s collection. These conversational tours, led by Gallery staff and guides, take place on select Tuesdays at 11:30 am and Fridays at 7:30 pm. Space is limited and registration is required for each event. Please register via email at education@wag.ca. The featured title for October is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. For more information on each event, visit wag.ca/events or this page.

Nuit Blanche Winnipeg
September 30. Various locations. A free allnight exploration and celebration of contemporary art, the events and exhibits attract thousands of people to the three zones of activity: St. Boniface, Downtown and the Exchange District. nuitblanchewinnipeg.ca

Tomson Highway, An Evening of Conversation and Music
October 6. Winnipeg Art Gallery. Take in a performance by celebrated Cree musician, poet and playwright Tomson Highway and other Indigenous performers, and enjoy complete access to the WAG's galleries of Indigenous art. Presented as part of the 12th Biannual International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference 2017. eventbrite.ca

TEDxExchangeDistrict 2017
October 18, Pantages Theatre Playhouse. Putting Winnipeg on the Map: TEDxExchangeDistrict allows participants to see themselves and Winnipeg through a broader lens by showcasing the creative innovators who have brought meaningful change to the city, and in so doing celebrate the ideas that Winnipeg has given to the world. Transforming Winnipeg: Outside experts from around the world bring their innovative ideas to Winnipeg, inspiring participants to take action with the goal of improving the quality of life for our citizens. McNally Robinson Booksellers is pleased to be the on-site bookseller sponsor at this significant exchange of ideas. tedxexchangedistrict.ca

Manitoba Theatre for Young People
October 20 to 29. Circus Incognitus. Whether he’s putting on his pants or walking across a tight rope, Jamie Adkins likes to do things the hard way. (Ages 3-12) November 8 to 18. Of Mice and Morro and Jasp. Clown sisters Morro and Jasp decide to make ends meet by tackling John Steinbeck's classic tale. (Ages 13 & up) December 8 to 30. A Charlie Brown Double Bill. Charlie Brown directs the Christmas pageant, PLUS he tries to muster up the courage to talk to the little red-haired girl. (Ages 3 & up) mtyp.ca

SEE YOU AT THE FORKS!

McNally Robinson Booksellers is opening a space in The Forks Market late this fall. Stay tuned for more details.

 

Saskatoon

The Word on the Street
The Word On The Street is moving to Broadway! Saskatoon's annual celebration of Canadian authors and publishers is now in its seventh year, and after six successful festivals in downtown Saskatoon, takes place this year on Broadway Avenue on Sunday, September 24. The Word On The Street is a free public festival that celebrates reading and champions literacy through a one-day outdoor event each year in Halifax, Toronto, Saskatoon, and Lethbridge. McNally Robinson will once again be selling books at our large tent on the street.

This year's festival presents some of the best writers in Saskatchewan along with authors from across Canada. Highlights include: local legend Henry Woolf, former head of the drama department at the University of Saskatchewan and onetime artistic director of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, presents his new memoir, Barcelona Is In Trouble. Renowned local authors Harold Johnson and Blair Stonechild address Indigenous issues with their books Firewater: How Alcohol Is  Killing My People (and Yours) and Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality. Regina mystery writer Gail Bowen is featured along with other local fiction authors, as well as Jennifer Robson and Terry Griggs from Ontario and Annette Lapointe from Alberta. Award winning journalist Jan Wong talks about Apron Strings, her memoir of food and family, and David Doyle, long time advocate for the exoneration of Louis Riel, travels from British Columbia to present his new book Louis Riel: Let Justice Be Done. The day's program includes readings and presentations, as well as activities for children in a dedicated program for young people featuring some of Canada's best children's authors. This year's line-up includes popular bestsellers Eric Walters from Ontario and Linda Bailey from British Columbia, along with local favourites Alice Kuipers and Katherine Lawrence.

Opening Ceremonies for this family friendly event kick off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 24 with author events, exhibitors, and other activities continuing between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Information on the Festival is updated regularly at thewordonthestreet.ca/saskatoon. See you there!

Potashcorp Fireworks Festival
September 1 & 2. River Landing and Friendship Park. Entertainment, cultural performances, vendors, kids' activities, and of course, world class fireworks shows choreographed to music. Fun for the entire family! The Friendship Park Mainstage starts at 5:00 p.m. and plays until the fireworks begin. potashcorpfireworksfestival.ca

Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo
September 16 to 17. Prairie Land Park, 503 Ruth St. W. Come celebrate a weekend of science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation, pop culture, and so much more. Make sure to stop by McNally Robinson’s booth at 210-310 Artist Alley. saskexpo.com

Nuit Blanche Saskatoon
September 30. Nuit Blanche Saskatoon is a free night-time arts festival that showcases and celebrates art and culture in multiple venues. Not only is this festival a chance for citizens of all ages to engage with and enjoy Saskatoon's thriving arts scene, it offers the unique experience of exploring Saskatoon's public space late into the night in a safe and fun environment. nuitblanchesaskatoon.ca

SSO Presents Pops 1: Stardust — The Music of Bowie
October 14. TCU Place — Saskatoon's Arts and Convention Centre. The Jeans ‘n Classics team returns to bring you Stardust — the Music of David Bowie. Ziggy Stardust, Station to Station, Low, Heroes, Scary Monsters… David Bowie blazed his way to becoming one of the greatest pop/glam/rock enigmas in music history. Always unique, interesting and controversial, and never afraid to push his own creative boundaries, his music pleases, challenges and always amazes. saskatoonsymphony.org

Quick Bright Things by Christopher Cook
October 18 to November 1. Persephone Theatre. Nick travels home to his family with his adopted teenage son Gerome to meet Gerome’s birth mother. No one quite knows how to handle Gerome’s recent schizophrenia diagnosis, but they don’t let that stop them from trying. This touching, hilarious, and honest play gives a deeply authentic picture of mental illness, at the same time reveling in the "ordinary craziness" and intimacy of family. persephonetheatre.org

 

PRAIRIE INK'S NEW WEBSITE!
Prairie Ink's new independent website is up and running. Check out all things Prairie Ink twenty-four hours a day: prairieinkrestaurant.ca

PRAIRIE INK JOINS THE FRAY OF LE BURGER WEEK 2017
Le Burger Week is a culinary competition September 1–7 to crown the burger champion of Winnipeg. The chef from each participating restaurant creates a signature burger, and goes head-to-head to win Le Burger Week crown. Drop by, try our burger, and of course… vote for us.

CHANGING WITH THE SEASON
The chefs at Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery are updating our fall menu. Watch for new seasonal entrées, appetizers, and drink specials throughout the fall alongside all your favourites.

CHEF SPECIALS INSPIRED BY LYNN CRAWFORD'S FARM TO CHEF
In Farm to Chef (Hardcover. $40.00. Penguin), Lynn Crawford shares her passion for seasonal cooking with 140 original recipes. Available during the last week of September, and to honour Lynn's visit to our store on September 25, the Prairie Ink Chefs are preparing a number of Chef Specials inspired by the recipes from Farm to Chef. At our Saskatoon location, these specials will continue into October.

JOIN US FOR WINE NIGHT EVERY THURSDAY IN WINNIPEG
Enjoy selected bottles of wine at half price from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm every Thursday at Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery, but remember to please drink responsibly. (Winnipeg location only.)

A SPOOKY BOO BRUNCH, SUNDAY OCTOBER 29
Dress up in your best costume and join us for a Boo-tiful brunch Sunday, October 29th at 9:30 am. Enjoy Boo-berry Pancakes and hop, dance or walk through the store in our Costume Parade, followed by spooky stories and pumpkin carving! In Winnipeg, tickets are $23 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and go on sale September 5 at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling 204-975-2659. In Saskatoon, tickets are $15.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and go on sale September 7 at Prairie Ink Restaurant. (*The Reader Reward Card discount does not apply to ticket purchases, and all ticket sales are final.)

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, SUNDAY DECEMBER 3
Keep our annual Breakfast with Santa in mind as we head into the fall. It takes place Sunday December 3 at 9:30 am. Enjoy a special breakfast, a seasonal story and a visit from Santa. More details to come. Watch our website for updates.


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Winnipeg 204-975-2659
Saskatoon 306-955-3579

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