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Colleen Nelson Book Launch

Friday Sep 17 2021 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Colleen Nelson's The Undercover Book List (Pajama Press). This event hosted by Kathie MacIsaac.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

From Governor General’s Award-nominated author Colleen Nelson, The Undercover Book List is a middle school story about a girl in need of a friend, a boy in need of a chance, and the secret book club that brings them together.

When Jane’s best friend Sienna moves across the country, Jane doesn’t know how she’ll ever find another friend who really gets her. Sienna’s suggestion for a secret book club in the library seems like an intriguing way to meet someone who shares her love of reading.

While Tyson’s waiting outside the principal’s office for yet another detention, he’s sent to find a library book to keep him busy. The anonymous note he discovers is the beginning of a mysterious club where being hidden may be the first step to being truly seen.

An author and elementary school teacher, Colleen Nelson earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba in her hometown of Winnipeg. Her previous novels include Harvey Holds His Own, which was nominated for the 2020 Governor General's Awards; Sadia, winner of the 2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award; and Blood Brothers, selected as the 2018 McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People. Colleen writes daily in between appearances at hockey rinks and soccer fields in support of her two sports-loving sons.

Kathie MacIsaac is a Manager at the Children's Department at Headingley Municipal Library in Manitoba. She is also a co-founder of MG Book Village and MG Online Book Club. You can read more about Kathie's reading journey online.

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David Bergen Book Launch (THIN AIR 2021)

Wednesday Sep 22 2021 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us as we celebrate the launch of David Bergen's new novel Out of Mind (Goose Lane Editions). This event features a reading and a conversation hosted by Chris Hall, co-owner of McNally Robinson Booksellers. Presented as part of THIN AIR 2021: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

In Out of Mind, David Bergen delves into the psyche of Lucille Black, mother, grandmother, lover, psychiatrist, and analyst of self, who first appeared in Bergen’s bestselling novel The Matter with Morris. Although adept at probing the lives of others, Lucille has become untethered, caught between duty and desire, between the demands of family and her own longing.

Praised by the Montreal Gazette as "one of Canada’s best writers" and by the Globe and Mail as "inventive and electrifying," David Bergen is the bestselling author of ten novels and two collections of short stories. In book after book, he has harnessed the written word to illuminate the human condition.

Among his most acclaimed works are The Time in Between, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize; The Matter with Morris, winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and a finalist for the Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Age of Hope, a national bestseller and a finalist for Canada Reads; and Here the Dark, a finalist for the Giller Prize. David Bergen lives in Winnipeg.

Host Chris Hall has been a McNally Robinson Bookseller for twenty-five years and has owned it in part for the past ten. When he isn't reading he loves to travel and cook. He lives in Winnipeg with his partner and two daughters.

Francine Merasty Virtual Book Launch

Wednesday Sep 22 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Saskatoon

Join Francine Merasty for the virtual launch of Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl is a poetry collection written during a period of trauma while the author was working as a statement taker and Counsel to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in 2017. This book portrays the author’s lived experience as an Indigenous woman raised on the Pelican Narrows Reserve in the 1980s, her memories of the wilderness, and her experiences as a residential school survivor. With this collection, the author seeks to teach and inform Canadians of her foundational truth, growing up as an Indigenous woman on the land in a remote area of Northern Saskatchewan.

Francine Merasty is a lawyer and a poet. She holds a BA and JD from the University of Saskatchewan. Francine began writing poetry while working for the National Inquiry into MMIWG as a way to release trauma. She has published in several magazines and will also be featured in the poetry anthology The Best American Poetry 2021, released in September. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Kamal Al-Solaylee IndieBookFest Event

Thursday Sep 23 2021 7:00 pm - Online, Virtual

HarperCollins Canada is pleased to present nationally bestselling and award-winning author Kamal Al-Solaylee as he discusses his new book, Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Come From

From the author of Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes and Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (for Everyone), Return is a chronicle of love and loss, of global reach and personal desires. It sets the narrative of going home against geopolitical forces that are likely to shape the rest of this century and beyond. It’s a book for anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to return to their roots.

This FREE event requires registration at www.indiebookfest.ca.

6 PM CT (SASK) // 7 PM CDT (MB).

A Virtual Evening with Guy Vanderhaeghe in-convo with Bill Robertson

Thursday Sep 23 2021 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Virtual

Join Guy Vanderhaeghe in-conversation with Bill Robertson and discussing his new novel August Into Winter (McClelland & Stewart).

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter. The event will take place at 7pm in Saskatoon / 8pm Winnipeg time.

The first novel in nearly a decade from the three-time Governor General's Award‒winning author of The Last Crossing, August Into Winter is an epic story of crime and retribution, of war and its long shadow, and of the redemptive possibilities of love.

Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, in 1951. His previous fiction includes A Good Man, The Last Crossing, The Englishman’s Boy, Things as They Are (stories), Homesick, My Present Age, Man Descending (stories), and Daddy Lenin and Other Stories. Among the many awards he has received are the Governor General’s Awards (three times); and, for his body of work, The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Fellowship, the Writers’ Trust Timothy Findley Award, and the Harbourfront Literary Prize. He has received many honours including the Order of Canada.

William (Bill) Robertson wrote numerous reviews for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix over the years. He also taught at the university until 2019, when he retired.

Miriam Toews: Winnipeg Free Press Book Club

Monday Sep 27 2021 7:00 pm - Online via YouTube, Virtual

The Winnipeg Free Press Book Club returns, in collaboration with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, as they present an evening discussing Miriam Toews' new book Fight Night (Knopf Canada). Featuring Ben Sigurdson (Winnipeg Free Press), Charlene Diehl (The Winnipeg International Writers Festival), Chris Hall (McNally Robinson Booksellers) and, of course, Miriam Toews herself.

For more information on the book club - as well as how to participate - visit their website.

In Fight Night, The beloved author of bestsellers Women TalkingAll My Puny Sorrows, and A Complicated Kindness returns with a funny, smart, headlong rush of a novel full of wit, flawless writing, and a tribute to perseverance and love in an unusual family.

Miriam Toews is the author of seven bestselling novels: Women Talking, All My Puny Sorrows, Summer of My Amazing LuckA Boy of Good BreedingA Complicated KindnessThe Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life.  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. She lives in Toronto.

Kristen Wittman Book Launch (THIN AIR 2021)

Tuesday Sep 28 2021 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Kristen Wittman's new poetry collection Death Becomes Us (Turnstone Press). This event features a reading and a conversation hosted by Charlene Diehl, Director of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. Presented as part of THIN AIR 2021: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Beginning with halcyon days cast in soft light and cool dew, onward through veiled years of diagnosis and environmental damage, Death Becomes Us captures, with masterful grace and restraint, the intensity of absence and the importance of grief. Within the darkest moments of personal loss, Kristen Wittman’s second collection fashions a garden of love poems from memories of soft kisses giving way to the falling towers of a broken Eden. Here, where pain nurtures tender new petals, the ceaseless heartbeat of Mother Nature pulses underfoot, bringing forth every new dawn.

Kristen Wittman was born in Winnipeg and grew up on a farm west of Headingley. She received her law degree from the University of Manitoba and now practises at Taylor McCaffrey LLP in Winnipeg. Her poems have been published in CV2 and Crosswinds Poetry Journal, among others. Death Becomes Us is her second book.

Host Charlene Diehl is a writer, editor, teacher, performer, and the Director of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. Widely published, her 2010 book Out of Grief, Singing: A Memoir of Motherhood and Loss was shortlisted for two Manitoba Book Awards. Diehl also serves as the producer of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances series, and in 2019 she received the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Making a Difference Award.

Colson Whitehead #IndieEventsWith

Wednesday Sep 29 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual

Spend an evening with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead in conversation with Elamin Abdelmahmoud. Pre-order or purchase a copy of Harlem Shuffle and receive information on how to secure your access to this exclusive event. For more information on this series, visit the #IndieEventsWith site.

Harlem Shuffle is driven by an ingeniously intricate plot that plays out in a beautifully recreated Harlem of the early 1960s. It's a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem. 

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, which in 2016 won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, as well as The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York.

Host Elamin Abdelmahmoud is the host of CBC’s weekly pop culture podcast Pop Chat, co-host of CBC’s political podcast Party Lines, and a frequent culture commentator for CBC News. He's a culture writer for BuzzFeed News, where he also writes Incoming, the daily morning newsletter. His work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, and Rolling Stone. 

This event is organized by Penguin Random House Canada on behalf of Indie Bookstores like McNally Robinson.

7 PM CDT (MB) // 6 PM CT (SK).

Chris Attrell & Christine Hanlon Virtual Book Launch

Wednesday Sep 29 2021 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Virtual

Join photographer Chris Attrell and author Christine Hanlon for the virtual launch of the photograph collection Grain Elevators: Beacons of the Prairies (MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.). 

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter. This event starts at 6 pm in Saskatoon and 7pm in Winnipeg.

Rising above the landscape, the grain elevator heralds a time when wheat was king across the West. At their zenith, 5,758 of these prairie giants defined the economy and skyline of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

While many still stand, every year their numbers dwindle. Sometimes these towering signposts are all that is left of a town or hamlet once built around them. In this breathtaking photo collection, award-winning photographer Chris Attrell captures the haunting presence of those that remain to stand guard over an ever-changing agrarian lifestyle.

Chris Attrell is the author of the bestselling book, Forgotten Saskatchewan, the most popular photo book in Canada for 2019. His work has been featured in the National Post, Galleries West Magazine, The Weather Network, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post, Calgary Herald, Fine Lifestyles Magazine, Prairie Post and CBC Saskatchewan. Exhibits of his work have been shown in galleries across the Prairies.

Christine Hanlon is the bestselling author of Old Winnipeg, Out of Old Manitoba Kitchens, co-author of The Manitoba Book of Everything, and curator/writer for Everything Manitoba: The Ultimate Book of Lists.

An Evening with Bob Armstrong (THIN AIR 2021)

Friday Oct 01 2021 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Winnipeg novelist Bob Armstrong and novelist and English professor Sue Sorensen for a discussion of Bob’s new novel, Prodigies (Five Star/Gale) in an event presented as part of THIN AIR 2021: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Described as “a rip-roaring, unexpected, funny and utterly original escape” by novelist Angie Abdou and “part Oliver Twist, part Sisters Brothers” by novelist/memoirist Glenn Dixon, Prodigies is the story of three gifted young people tossed about by economic and social forces until they arrive in gold rush Deadwood, Dakota Territory, in 1877.

Bob Armstrong is a Winnipeg playwright, speechwriter, creative writing instructor, environmental impact report writer, writer of novels and short stories and occasional stand-up comic. Prodigies is the first of a projected series set in the wild west, a long-time interest of his. Bob’s comic novel Dadolescence was published by Turnstone Press and his plays have been performed at Theatre Projects Manitoba, Lunchbox Theatre, Parks Canada, New York University, Workshop West Theatre and the Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festivals.

Host Sue Sorensen is a poet, novelist, and English professor at Canadian Mennonite University.

Wab Kinew Book Launch (THIN AIR 2021)

Saturday Oct 02 2021 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Wab Kinew's debut YA novel, Walking in Two Worlds (Penguin Teen). This event features a reading and a conversation hosted by Tasha Spillett-Sumner. Presented as part of THIN AIR 2021: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Former broadcaster and current Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew has written his first YA book, perfect for fans of Ready Player One and the Otherworld series.

Bugz is a shy Indigenous teen on the rez who befriends a Chinese boy, Feng, who lives with his doctor aunt on the reserve. Together, they share an online life in a massive multiplayer video game universe. Together, they face familial challenges and community trauma, as Bugz tries to reconcile the parallel aspects of her life: the traditional and the mainstream, the east and the west, the real and the virtual.

Wab Kinew is the bestselling, award-winning author of the picture book Go Show the World and the memoir The Reason You Walk. A member of the Midewin and an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Kinew lives in Winnipeg with his family.

Host Tasha Spillett-Sumner is a Cree and Trinidadian award-winning poet and New York Times best-selling author who is also working on her doctoral degree in Indigenous land–based education. She makes her home in Treaty 1 territory, Manitoba, where she raises her daughter, Isabella, with her husband.

Richard Powers #IndieEventsWith

Monday Oct 04 2021 6:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual

Spend an evening with Richard Powers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory. Purchase a copy of his new novel Bewilderment and register to secure your access to this exclusive event moderated by Alissa York. For more information on this series, visit the #IndieEventsWith site.

Theo Byrne is a promising young astrobiologist who has found a way to search for life on other planets dozens of light years away. He is also the widowed father of a most unusual nine-year-old. His son, Robin, is funny, loving, and filled with plans. He thinks and feels deeply, adores animals, and can spend hours painting elaborate pictures. He is also on the verge of being expelled from third grade for smashing his friend's face with a metal thermos.

What can a father do, when the only solution offered to his rare and troubled boy is to put him on psychoactive drugs? What can he say when his boy comes to him wanting an explanation for a world that is clearly in love with its own destruction? The only thing for it is to take the boy to other planets, even while fostering his son's desperate campaign to help save this one.

Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels. His most recent, The Overstory, won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the 2020 American Academy of Arts and Letters' William Dean Howells Medal for the most distinguished American work of fiction published in the last five years, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.

Alissa York's internationally acclaimed novels include Effigy (short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), Fauna and, most recently, The Naturalist (winner of the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award). Stories from her short fiction collection, Any Given Power, have won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award; her essays and articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Brick magazine and elsewhere. In 2018, Alissa won the Writers’ Trust Engel Findley Award for a Writer in Mid-Career. She has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto, where she teaches at the Humber School for Writers.

6 PM CDT (MB) // 5 PM CT (SK).

Garry Thomas Morse Book Event (THIN AIR 2021)

Wednesday Oct 06 2021 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us as we celebrate Garry Thomas Morse's latest poetry collection Scofflaw (Anvil Press). This event will feature a reading and a conversation about the book hosted by author and publisher M. C. Joudrey. Presented as part of THIN AIR 2021: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Scofflaw is a long poem, a playful exploration of Indigenous-Settler relations amid globalized pressures. For the most part, the poem is a lyrical dialectic flowing between a shadowy figure known as Scofflaw and an enigmatic “we.” The content ranges from the effect of pesticides on Manitoba butterflies to the reworking of a John Newlove poem on Indigenous peoples to Native remains beneath the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The text culminates in a “lexicon standoff,” where Scofflaw uses metaphysical means to avoid a character assassination, battling against the culling of words from the language.

Garry Thomas Morse is a two-time nominee for the Governor General’s Award for his poetry collections, Discovery Passages and Prairie Harbour, and a two-time nominee for the ReLit Award for his speculative fiction novels, Minor Episodes/Major Ruckus and Rogue Cells/Carbon Harbour. His most recent title is a novel, Yams Do Not Exist. Morse has served as the 2018 Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, and as the 2019 Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence at the University of Winnipeg.

Host M. C. Joudrey is a Canadian writer, artist and designer. His second novel Of Violence and Cliché was released September 2013, followed by his collection of short stories Charleswood Road: Stories in August 2014, which was nominated for the 2015 John Hirsch Award. His novel, Fanonymous was released in 2019 and won the Independent Publisher gold medal for best work of fiction for Western Canada. It was also nominated for two Manitoba Book Awards, including the Margaret Laurence Award for best work of fiction. In addition to his writing, he is also publisher of At Bay Press, an award-winning Manitoba publishing house.

Katherena Vermette #IndieEventsWith

Thursday Oct 07 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual

Spend an evening with Katherena Vermette to celebrate her second novel The Strangers. Pre-order or purchase a copy of The Strangers and receive instructions on how to secure your access to this exclusive event. For more information on this series, visit the #IndieEventsWith site.

From the bestselling author of The Break comes a staggering intergenerational saga that explores how connected we are, even when we’re no longer together—even when we’re forced apart.

Vermette’s The Strangers brings readers into the dynamic world of the Stranger family, the strength of their bond, the shared pain in their past, and the light that beckons from the horizon. This is a searing exploration of race, class, inherited trauma, and matrilineal bonds that—despite everything—refuse to be broken.

Katherena Vermette (she/her) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis nation—Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her first novel, The Break, was a national bestseller and won several 2017 awards, including the Amazon First Novel Award, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Prize, and McNally Robinson Book of the Year. She lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River. The Strangers is her second novel.

7 PM CDT (MB) // 6 PM CT (SK).

This event is organized by Penguin Random House Canada on behalf of Indie Bookstores like McNally Robinson.

An Evening with Colin Smith (THIN AIR 2021)

Friday Oct 08 2021 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for an evening celebrating Colin Smith's Permanent Carnival Time (ARP Books) with guest Cam Scott. Featuring readings and a conversation. Presented as part of THIN AIR 2021: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

"I'd rather have a transorbital lobotomy / Than a transnational economy."

In his latest book of poetry, Colin Smith's droll humour and meticulous control of language are metered out to explore the stakes of pain and the pain of folly. Language plays throughout the text, bringing a blithe tone to dark matters, and evoking fruitful tensions for the reader. Scattered topics of climate change, labour disputes, war, and massive inequities within cities are encountered by a voice that seems to scorn humanity as much as it delights in human language. Permanent Carnival Time is laugh-out-loud language poetry.

Colin Smith is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Multiple Poses (Tsunami Editions), 8 x 8 x 7 (KRUPSKAYA), and Multiple Bippies (CUE Books). With Ted Landrum, Steven Ross Smith, and Jennifer Still, he is part of Eccentric Crops, a collaborative poem-making group. Their first chapbook, Table for Four, was published by JackPine Press. He has a BFA in creative writing from York University and is a past member of the Kootenay School of Writing. He lives in Treaty 1 Winnipeg, occupied Anishinaabe akiing, traditional Métis Homeland.

Cam Scott is a poet, critic, and non-musician from Treaty 1 territory. He is author of WRESTLERS, a visual suite; ROMANS/SNOWMARE, poetry; and VANISHING SIGNS, a collection of essays forthcoming from ARP Books in 2022. Scott is artistic director of send + receive: a festival of sound.

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