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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

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Jun 01, 2020 at 4:43pm

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Once a year, a road appears in the forest. And at the end of it, the ghost of Lucy Gallows beckons. Lucy's game isn't for the faint of heart. If you win, you escape with your life. But if you lose....Sara's sister disappeared one year ago--and only Sara knows where she is. Becca went to find the ghost of Lucy Gallows and is trapped on the road that leads to her. In the sleepy town of Briar Glen, Lucy's road is nothing more than local lore. But Sara knows it's real, and she's going to find it.When Sara and her skeptical friends meet in the forest to search for Becca, the mysterious road unfurls before them. All they have to do is walk down it. But the path to Lucy is not of this world, and it has its own rules. Every mistake summons new horrors. Vengeful spirits and broken, angry creatures are waiting for them to slip, and no one is guaranteed safe passage. The only certainty is this: the road has a toll and it will be paid.

Rules for Vanishing was a peculiar book if I wanted to sum it up into one word. It's different than all the other novels that just have chapter after chapter until it ends. This book has little passages in between the chapters that sometimes help solve a mystery, sometimes it just creates a new one. This mysterious realistic fiction book is a great read and I recommend it everyone who likes spooky mysteries!!

-Philopateer, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 at 2:50pm

Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she's hilarious. It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration. Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Just when Winnie's ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he's been diagnosed with ALS. Her dad's still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie's prepared to be his straight man if that's what he wants. But is it what he needs? Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie's struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.

I very strongly suggest reading Crying Laughing. This book was an incredible read because the transitions between the very intense parts and the comedic parts were so smooth. In my opinion the ending was not very satisfying, and it seemed like there could have been more to the story. I suggest this book to anyone looking to go on an emotional roller coaster ride and I plan on reading more from this author.

Jaya, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 at 1:12pm

It's been more than 50 years since a tornado tore through a drive-in movie theater in tiny Mercer, Illinois, leaving dozens of teens -- a whole generation of Mercerites -- dead in its wake. So when another tornado touches down in the exact same spot on the anniversary of this small-town tragedy, the town is shaken. For Brenna Ortiz, Joshua Calloway, and Callie Keller, the apprehension is more than just a feeling. Though they seem to share nothing more than a struggle to belong, the teens' paths continue to intersect, bringing them together when they least expect it, and perhaps, when they need it most. Both the living and the dead have secrets and unresolved problems, but they may be able to find peace and move forward--if only they work together.

We Speak In Storms is an amazing book about the struggles of fitting in in the small and somewhat haunted Mercer, Illinois. This amazing book is something that I recommend for anyone who likes reading since it is approximately 450 pages long!

-Philopateer, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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