Fall Literary Series
McNally Robinson Booksellers has teamed up with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival for a special Fall Literary Series. Over these events spanning September, October and November we’ll be exploring a wide variety of the best literature from Canada and beyond. More events will be announced shortly!
The stories in Season of Fury and Wonder (Coteau Books) present the lives of old women who understand that they have been created by their pasts. But there’s another layer to this standard-setting example of “cronelit.” The stories in are all reactions to other, classic, works of literature that Sharon Butala has encountered and admired. She'll discuss her new collection with host Lauren Carter.
The unforgettable story of a marriage as seen through the eyes of both husband and wife, Ayobami Adebayo's Stay With Me (Vintage) asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family. Emmanuel Iduma's A Stranger’s Pose (Cassava Republic) is an evocative and mesmerising account of travels across different African cities. These two authors will join host Ismaila Alfa to discuss their work.
In Watching You Without Me (House of Anansi Press) Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author Lynn Coady delivers a creepy and wholly compelling novel about the complex relationship between mothers and daughters and sisters, women and men, and who to trust and how to trust in a world where the supposedly selfless act of caregiving can camouflage a sinister self-interest. She'll be discussing her latest book with host Jenna Khan.
From bestselling, award-winning author Michael Crummey comes The Innocents (Doubleday Canada) a sweeping, heart-wrenching, deeply immersive novel about a brother and sister alone in a small world. He'll be joined in conversation by Winnipeg Free Press literary editor Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson.
Host Méira Cook will join bestselling author Emma Donoghue to discuss AKIN (HarperCollins Canada), Donoghue's first contemporary novel since Room. A retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets.
In the vein of Erik Larson’s Isaac’s Storm and Dead Wake comes The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami (HarperCollins Canada), an incredible true story of destruction and survival in Newfoundland by one of Canada’s best-known writers, Linden MacIntyre. He'll be discussing the book this evening with Paul Samyn, Editor of the Winnipeg Free Press.
The author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Us Conductors visits Winnipeg to discuss his second novel, The Wagers (Random House Canada), a story of long odds, magical heists and the dizzying gamble of life
The author of the cult hit All My Friends Are Superheroes takes a fresh look at what it means to fall into, and out of, love in his new novel, The Ticking Heart (Coach House Books) and a conversation hosted by Festival Directory Charlene Diehl.