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WINNIPEG BY WINNIPEG photography book -- Available now!

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 1:22pm

Tonight we proudly unveiled our photography book, Winnipeg by Winnipeg: Images of the City by Its Citizens, with a launch in our Grant Park store.

Often when we host a book launch, the book in question has already been released, sometimes for a few days or even several weeks. In the case of Winnipeg by Winnipeg, the book was unveiled for the first time to the public tonight. Our guests, many of whom had their photos included in the book, had their first glimpse of the finished product -- and I can safely say the reception was grand. We had a packed house, and the photographers were all excited to receive their own copies of the book.

We'll be posting some photos of the event to social media in days to come! Stay tuned to our Pinterest account and watch for the photos, or follow for news updates on Twitter and Facebook.

In the meantime, Winnipeg by Winnipeg: Images of the City by Its Citizens is available now for purchase! Find it in both our Grant Park and Saskatoon stores, or buy it right here on our website. Contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to check availability and to have a copy held just for you.

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Banned Books Week: Encouraging fREADom

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 4:52pm

Imagine your favourite book, or one of your favourite books.

Now think of how you'd feel if you were banned from reading that title again. Or try to think how your life might be different if you'd never been given the chance to read it in the first place.

Terrifying, no? But believe it or not, books are banned from certain establishments, most often schools and libraries, all the time.

To bring awareness to such unfortunate censorship, there is the annual Banned Books Week, otherwise known as Freedom to Read Week. During this event, which this year runs from September 22nd to the 28th, libraries and bookstores, ourselves included, strive to draw attention to the problem of literary censorship. We believe that all books deserve a fair chance, and that no title should be held back from an audience, possibly an adoring audience.

See how we're promoting Banned Books Week after the jump...

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Thin Air 2013: Winnipeg International Writers Festival

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 9:27pm

THIN AIR 2013 is Winnipeg's week-long book club! Starting tomorrow, September 20th, and running until the 28th, you are encouraged exult in a city-wide flurry of readings, talks, interviews, and discussions by top-notch writers of all genres and styles. Gail Bowen, Wayne Grady, Susan Delacourt, Lee Maracle, Michel Cormier -- the list goes on and on!

THIN AIR 2013 kicks off September 20th with an Opening Night celebration of indigenous voices at CCFM. Over the following eight days enjoy A Pint of Bitter Murder, a Haiku Death Match, Voices From Oodena at The Forks, Afternoon Book Chats at McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park, The Nooner and Big Ideas series at the Millenium Library, and of course the signature Mainstage evenings at MTYP. THIN AIR also has a dynamic French-language series, Livres en fête, a busy Campus Program, a Writing Craft seminar with Andrew Pyper, lively Spoken Word, plus plenty of events for young readers.

THIN AIR passes are $40 each and are available at McNally Robinson Grant Park. Paperback programs of the festival can be found all across the store and are free of charge! You can also track this year's plans on Thin Air Winnipeg's website.

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We're excited about The Journey Prize Stories Volume 25

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 3:52pm

And we have every reason to be:

A short story by McNally Robinson's own Steven Benstead, author of novels The Wooing of a Lady and Driving Blind, will appear in The Journey Prize Stories #25, which will be released in October. Steven's story, entitled "Megan's Bus," was originally published in Grain Magazine.

The annual Journey Prize collection sets itself apart from other anthologies in that editors of literary publications, both print and online, from across the country submit what, in their view, is the most exciting writing in English they have published in the previous year. The stories included in the anthology are contenders for the $10,000 Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, which is made possible by James A. Michener's generous donation of his Canadian royalty earnings from his novel Journey, published by McClelland & Stewart in 1988.

The Journey Prize Stories #25 will be out on October 8th, 2013, as a trade paperback, and McNally Robinson will be proud to carry the book in-store. If you're interested in pre-ordering a copy for yourself, simply contact or visit your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore.

Categories: Awards, buzz, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

The Echo Project

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 12:24pm

Khaled Hosseini's new book And The Mountains Echoed was released on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

As part of the book's publication, Penguin has put together a unique project - and they're hoping for your contribution.

The Echo Project ( went live on the day the book was released. The project is a page-for-page digital exploration of And The Mountains Echoed -- a living, breathing companion filled with original and exclusive contributions by those who have read and loved the book. There will be 402 thought-provoking interpretations -- video, illustrations, quotes, photographs, poems and more -- with one web page for each page of the novel. The interpretations are created by fans, artists, media, booksellers, and even Khaled himself. The idea is to create a "digital tapestry", as it rolls out over the months -- a completely new way for readers to experience a book as engaging and as epic as this one.

To help build the profile of this project, Penguin is asking Canadians to select their own favourite page of the novel, and contribute one of the 402 interpretations in the project. Anyone, so long as they've read the novel, can contribute. To submit your own idea for the project, visit this page.

(With thanks to our own John T. for promoting the project.)

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