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McNally Jackson to open second store in NYC

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 1:44pm

Exciting news: our sibling store, McNally Jackson -- owned and operated by Sarah McNally -- will be opening their second store in New York City!

Since 2004, McNally Jackson has been run as a highly successful bookstore in lower Manhattan. Their new store will open in Brooklyn.

Gordon Sinclair Jr., columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press, got in touch with Sarah for an interview about her success in NYC and the opening of her second story. You can read Mr. Sinclair's article by clicking here.

This news is exciting not only for McNally Jackson but for bookstores in general -- especially indie companies such as ourselves. A success story like Sarah's goes to show that brick-and-mortar, paper-and-glue bookstores are still alive and yes, some of us are doing very well.

Categories: buzz, Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

After 90 years, it's coming: Tolkien's Beowulf

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 7:07pm

Huge news in the world of publishing this week as HarperCollins announced that finally -- after 90 years and a couple attempts that never quite reached fruition -- J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of the infamous epic Beowulf will be released in print for the world!

Entitled Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, the book will contain not only Tolkien's translation of the poem but also plenty of "illuminating commentary" taken from lectures on Beowulf that Tolkien gave at Oxford in the 1930s. As well, included is "Sellic Spell", a "story written by Tolkien suggesting what might have been the form and style of an Old English folk-tale of Beowulf."

You can read the full press release after the jump, or by visiting this page.

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary is set to be released on May 22, 2014 by HarperCollins.

We're sure to be getting stock for the store, but we're also happy to place a pre-order just for you. Contact your nearest MRB bookstore directly for details!

Categories: buzz, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News, Mythology & Folklore


Randy Bachman honoured at the Junos

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 8:48pm

Join Randy Bachman in conversation with legendary Winnipeg radio personality Howard Mandshein in the Atrium at McNally Robinson Grant Park, Saturday March 29 at 2:00 pm.

The next day Bachman, along with fellow band mates of the celebrated Winnipeg band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive -- Blair Thornton, Fred Turner and Robin Bachman -- will be honoured at the 43rd Annual JUNO Awards at the MTS Centre when they are inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Randy Bachman has another reason to be smiling this month. His new book, Tales from Beyond the Tap, hit the shelves in early March. Following on the success of his 2011 book Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories, Bachman gives rock fans a VIP tour of an extraordinary life in music, telling more great stories from a life in rock -- all the fun, hardships and adventure that haven't been featured on his hit CBC Radio show, Vinyl Tap.

When you've played thousands of gigs over a fifty-year career, from church basements to Madison Square Garden, most of them become a blur, but there are some favourite venues that stand out. Randy shares what he's experienced, from station wagons and six-to-a-room motels to custom coaches, jets and luxury suites from the vantage point of one who's been there and seen it all. Tales from Beyond the Tap offers a rare glimpse behind the man, the music and his popular radio show.

Categories: buzz, Music, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases

Celebrate International Tabletop Day 2014 with us!

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 5:23pm

Once again, McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park will be joining in and celebrating International Tabletop Day. On April 5th, our Community Classroom will be open from 10 am to 10 pm for a day of gaming!

Whether you play board games all the time and are looking for a free table to use, or you are a novice wondering what the excitement is about, come by for free fun! Bring your favourite game, or try one of ours. Our current featured game Coal Baron will be among those on display to learn and play.

This event is entirely free and runs on a "drop-in" basis, so there's no registration. Just come for as long or short a time as you want and have some fun with other local gamers! We're aiming for a casual and relaxing event -- the focus is entirely on having fun!

Read all the details by clicking here.

We hope to see you here.

Please note that this event is only at our Winnipeg (Grant Park) location.

Categories: buzz, Fun, Store News, Winnipeg, Games

Sensory Fiction: Feel what you read

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 8:40pm

How would you like to experience what the characters in your book feel, both emotionally and physically?

Well, thanks to a three students in an MIT Media Lab class, you might soon be able to. The project has been dubbed "Sensory Fiction", and is described as such:

"By using a combination of networked sensors and actuators, the Sensory Fiction author is provided with new means of conveying plot, mood, and emotion while still allowing space for the reader's imagination. These tools can be wielded to create an immersive storytelling experience tailored to the reader."

Incredible stuff! The project is still young and is far from being ready for public use, but this technology opens the way for completely new means of experiencing and enjoying literature, and creates a a whole new dynamic for writers to craft their tales.

You can view a video on Sensory Fiction by clicking here, and you can read more on the project here.

Categories: buzz, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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