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Harper Lee Returns

Friday, Jul 17, 2015 at 11:50am

After a lifetime of maintaining that she would never publish another novel, the media-shy Harper Lee finds herself in a place she traditionally has avoided for most of her career: the news. That’s because this summer her heretofore only published novel, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), is being joined by its sequel, Go Set a Watchman. In a statement delivered through her publisher, the book’s long-lost manuscript was discovered by her lawyer, “in a secure location where it had been affixed to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Lee submitted Go Set a Watchman to her publisher before To Kill a Mockingbird. It features many of the characters from the iconic novel some twenty years later as they find themselves adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch — Scout — struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Exploring the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird in a time of evolving social flux, Go Set a Watchman casts a new light on Lee’s enduring classic, while at the same time standing as a powerful novel in its own right.

Go Set a Watchman is available now in hardcover. Purchase online, or contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to place an in-store hold.

Categories: buzz, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News, Literature

26th Manitoba Book Awards: The Winners

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:25am

The winners of the 2013 Manitoba Book Awards were announced and honoured during the Awards Gala this past Sunday, April 27th. As is usual for the event, there were plenty of great presentations and a lot of wonderful words spoken by the winners. In short, another splendid evening celebrating some of Manitoba's best literature.

Here is a complete list of this year's winners:

> McNally Robinson Book of the Year: Kisiskatchewan: The Great River Road by Barbara Huck

> Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction: 'Indians Wear Red': Colonialism, Resistance and Aboriginal Street Gangs by Elizabeth Comack, Lawrence Deane, Larry Morrissette and Jim Silver

> The Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book: Breathing Life Into Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One by Aimée Craft

> Best Illustrated Book of the Year: 300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba by Bill Wright and Dave Craig

> Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award: Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg written by Bartley Kives with photos by Bryan Scott

> John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer: Jonathan Ball

> Landsowne Prize for Poetry: Tether by Laurelyn Whitt

> Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year: 100 Masters: Only in Canada by Stephen Borys with Andrew Kear, design by Frank Reimer

> Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction: The Insistent Garden by Rosie Chard

> Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher: Manitoba Butterflies: A field guide by Simone Hébert Allard

> McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award
    > Younger category: Powwow Counting in Cree by Penny M. Thomas
    > Older category: The Fall by Colleen Nelson

> Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction: Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther

Congratulations to all of the winners! You can be sure we are well stocked of the winners, so stop by today to pick up any of the titles above.

Categories: Awards, buzz, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News

Welcome home, Ms. Toews

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:07pm

Tonight we hosted the launch of Miriam Toews' new novel, All My Puny Sorrows, inside of our Winnipeg store.

And it was a spectacular event. From the emotional introduction and reading given by Ms. Toews as well as the massive crowd that clung to each of her words, to the winding lineup and the eager fans waiting for their turn to say hi and get a signature, the launch was incredible for all involved -- we the booksellers, our guests, and perhaps most of all Ms. Toews herself.

Thanks to everyone who came out, and thank you, Miriam, for coming home. It was fun.

All My Puny Sorrows is now available in hardcover. We've got a limited supply of signed copies left over from the event so contact us as soon as possible to get one set aside.

You can see some photos of the event on our Pinterest board, Canada's Most Eventful Bookstore.

Categories: buzz, Store News, Winnipeg, Event News

Record Store Day 2014 is approaching!

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:15pm

Record Store Day is almost here! And again our Winnipeg store is proud to be participating in the festivities.

In just a week, on Saturday April 19th, we'll be selling plenty of unique, rare, and collectible LPs that are only available to independent retailers such as ourselves.

We'll be open at 9:00 am that morning, and if previous years are any indication we're expecting a lineup outside! So if you're hoping to snag something in particular, be sure to get here extra early.

If you're wondering what stock we'll be getting for the 19th, feel free to contact our store at 1-800-561-1833 and ask for our Music department.

Please note: All items received specially for Record Store Day will be available on a first-come-first-claim basis. This means that we cannot place holds or pre-orders on any Record Store Day albums before April 19th.

Categories: buzz, Music, Store News, Winnipeg

Miriam Toews returns

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 1:23pm

Whoever said you can't go home again? Miriam Toews is not only back with a new novel, she's back home at McNally Robinson on April 16.

Toews is one of Canada's brightest literary lights. Her wry, sardonic voice is engagingly funny despite the very unfunny themes which she writes about: young women struggling as single parents, grandmothers with secret drinking problems, people young and old knocked flat by depression, wasting away.

She is a winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers' Trust Marian Engel/Timothy Findley Award. Her 2004 novel A Complicated Kindness won the 2006 Canada Reads debate and was declared the Canada Reads Canadian Bestseller of the Decade in 2010.

Both tender and unquiet, her new novel All My Puny Sorrows offers a profound reflection on the limits of love, and the sometimes unimaginable challenges we experience when childhood becomes a new country of adult commitments and responsibilities. In this beautifully rendered story, Toews gives us a startling demonstration of how to carry on with hope and love and the business of living, even when grief loads the heart.

You won't forget Elf and Yoli, two smart and loving sisters. Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. Yoli is a beguiling mess. Wickedly funny, even as she stumbles through life struggling to keep her teenage kids and mother happy, Yoli strives to keep her exes from hating her, her sister from killing herself, and her own heart from breaking.

All My Puny Sorrows is set to be released on April 15th. Contact us today to set up a pre-order.

Join us in our Winnipeg store on Wednesday April 16, at 7:00 pm for the launch of All My Puny Sorrows! As with all of our in-store events, the launch is free and all are welcome to attend. We're expecting it to be a popular night, so come early.

Categories: buzz, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases
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