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March's Author of the Month: REBECCA SOLNIT

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2020 at 3:05pm

American writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books. Solnit has worked on environmental and human rights campaigns since the 1980s. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications in print and online, including The Guardian newspaper and Harper's Magazine.

In 2003, she wrote River of Shadows about motion picture pioneer Eadweard Muybridge, for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award. In 2014, she published Men Explain Things to Me, a collection of short essays written about instances of "mansplaining." Solnit has been credited with paving the way for the coining of the term, though she didn’t actually use it in the original essay. Last year, Solnit rewrote a new version of Cinderella, called Cinderella Liberator. In this feminist revision, Solnit reclaims Ella from the cinders and gives both the prince and Ella new futures that involve thinking for themselves, acting out of free will, starting businesses, and becoming friends rather than dependent lovers.

In Recollections of My Nonexistence, Rebecca Solnit describes her formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and throughout society and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. She tells of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in the city that became her great teacher; of the small apartment that, when she was nineteen, became the home in which she transformed herself; of how punk rock gave form and voice to her own fury and explosive energy. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Viking. March)

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The Bookseller: March & April 2020

Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 at 11:57am

Time to thaw out with a breath of fresh literature! New books from Hilary Mantel, Erik Larson, Anne Enright, Rebecca Solnit, Marie Kondo, and many other big names, plus a slew of new poetry collections just in time for Poetry Month in April — find out about it all in our March & April 2020 edition of The Bookseller.

Read it online now >>>

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McNally Robinson at the Winnipeg Folk Fest

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 at 3:11pm

McNally Robinson Booksellers is thrilled to officially join the Winnipeg Folk Fest family with our new store at the festival: Music, Merch, and More by McNally Robinson Booksellers.

We're proud to partner with the renowned festival by offering artist and festival merchandise along with a selection of music, books, toys, games, and other items that will complement your Folk Fest experience. We'll be filling a tent that's more than twice the size of our shop at The Forks, so we'll have plenty of items to browse! And as a bonus, your Reader Reward Card will apply like it does in the bookstore, meaning you can enjoy a 10% discount on most items in the tent.

More details on our involvement are to come, so check back on this page soon or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date.

The Winnipeg Folk Fest runs from July 9 to 12, 2020. For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.

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All Spring Classes Now Online!

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020 at 11:28am

We have just completed our Community Classroom schedule up until the end of May! All winter and spring classes are now listed here (and we've even started posting a few fall classes too!).

Dozens of new classes in a variety of subjects are starting every month, each taught by an experienced, knowledgeable and passionate educator. Click on the categories below to browse by subject area.

Stay up to date on all of our classroom listings by checking on a regular basis or by subscribing to our email list.

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February's Author of the Month: CAROLINE MOOREHEAD

Saturday, Feb 01, 2020 at 4:08pm

Caroline Moorehead is the New York Times bestselling author of Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy FranceA Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France; and Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. An acclaimed biographer, Moorehead has also written for the New York Review of Books, the Guardian, the Times, and the Independent. She lives in London and Italy.

A House in the Mountains, Moorehead's latest offering, is the extraordinary story of four courageous women who helped form the Italian Resistance against the Nazis and the Fascists during the Second World War.

In the late summer of 1943, when Italy changed sides in WWII and the Germans, now their enemies, occupied the north of the country, an Italian Resistance was born. Ada, Frida, Silvia and Bianca were four young Piedmontese women who joined the Resistance, living secretively in the mountains surrounding Turin. Between 1943 and 1945, as the Allies battled their way north, thousands of men and women throughout occupied Italy rose up and fought to liberate their country from the German invaders and their Fascist collaborators. What made the partisan war all the more extraordinary was the number of women in its ranks.

The bloody civil war that ensued across the country pitted neighbour against neighbour, and brought out the best and worst in Italian society. The courage shown by the partisans was exemplary, and eventually bound them together as a coherent fighting force. And the women’s contribution was invaluable. They would prove, to themselves and to the world, what resolve, tenacity and above all exceptional courage could achieve.

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