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Canadian Independent Bookstore Day: April 24, 2021

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021 at 1:22pm

We are thrilled that Canadian Independent Bookstore Day is coming up on Saturday, April 24, 2021!

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day was started as a way for readers across Canada to celebrate their beloved local indie bookstores and the contributions these businesses make to their communities. By shopping locally for your books on April 24, you are advocating for independent businesses, supporting a flourishing bookselling community, and investing in Canadian culture.

As Canada's largest and most eventful indie bookstore, we are proudly taking part in this nationwide celebration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are, sadly, unable to plan any special events for the big day, however the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association (CIBA) is running an online contest across Canada with a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

The contest is simple:

  1. Buy books. You may shop online, by phone, or in-store with us April 24-25, 2021. Be sure to keep your receipts and all emails we send you!
  2. Review the prizes. You can see the full list on CIBA's website. Be sure to read the conditions carefully and select your favourite prize(s).*
  3. Enter. Links to dedicated entry forms will be found on CIBA's website on April 24 and 25. Each prize will have its own entry form, and proof of purchase will be required (see below for more details**).
  4. Find out if you've won! CIBA staff will contact prospective winners with next steps on April 26 via email.

*One important thing to note: Each book you purchase on April 24/25 counts as one entry. So if you buy ten books, you can enter to win ten different prizes! Or you can pool your entries into select prizes.

**Proof of purchase is required for each entry. For orders made in person or by phone, you will need to include a photograph of your printed receipt. For orders made on our website, you will need to take a screenshot of the confirmation email you receive from us (which you will receive as soon as you've submitted your order).

For full contest details, please visit CIBA's website. Be sure to bookmark that page so that you can get back to it quickly when it's time to submit your contest entries.

Thank you for shopping with us and for supporting a locally-owned, Canadian independent company.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Contests and Giveaways

Books & Gifts of the Season 2020

Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 at 2:19pm

Our annual holiday catalogue, Books & Gifts of the Season, is now available!

This year there will be no print edition of the catalogue, and instead it will be entirely online. You can start exploring it here:

All of the items found in those lists can be purchased here on the website, in person at your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore, or by phone. For bookstore and contact details, including our current hours of operation, please visit this page.

We offer curbside pickup at our bookstores, delivery within Winnipeg, and shipping anywhere in the world via Canada Post. We can even giftwrap your online order and send it directly to your recipient.

Categories: Site News, Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Create A Castle Kits

Tuesday, Aug 04, 2020 at 3:44pm

Become the Queen or King of the beach with your very own castle!

Create A Castle kits come with split molds to help you make beautifully detailed structures out of sand (or, when the time comes, snow!). Place your mold where you want to build, fill it up, then pop the latches and pull the mold apart to reveal your stunning new structure. Then use the extra tools to add more decorations.

We have two options of Create A Castle kits: a "Pro" set (pictured) with several molds, tools, and even some lights, and a "Basic" set with just the essentials to get your castle started. Both kits come with a handy mesh carrying bag.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toys & Baby

Normal by Magdalena Newman and Nathaniel Newman (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Jun 01, 2020 at 4:53pm

Normal. Who is to say what this word means? For Magda Newman, it was a goal. She wanted her son Nathaniel to be able to play on the playground, swim at the beach, enjoy the moments his friends took for granted. But Nathaniel’s severe Treacher Collins syndrome—a craniofacial condition—meant that other concerns came first. Could he eat without the aid of a gastrointestinal tube? Could he hear? Would he ever be able to breathe effortlessly? But Nathaniel looks at “normal” from a completely different perspective.

I think Normal is really awesome because, it is telling people to be more thankful for what we have because some people don’t have a much as you. I think that having two Jacobs in the book is sometimes a bit confusing. But I love that the book is supporting people with disabilities, facial differences or other medical problems. I like that it is written in Nathaniel’s perspective and also in his mom’s perspective. “Normal” is an outstanding book!

-Sanna, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Manitoba Book Awards 2020 shortlists

Friday, Apr 17, 2020 at 1:46pm

The finalists for the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards have been announced!

These awards celebrate books written and published by Manitoban authors in the past year.

The COVID-19 pandemic of course means we will have to forego the usual gala celebration, but the winners will still be announced and celebrated online on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Look after the jump for all of this year's finalists...

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg

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