January & February 2020
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- Five Wives by Joan Thomas. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49.
- Women Talking by Miriam Toews. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80.
- This Place by Various. $36.00. RRC Price $32.40.
- Christie Pits by Jamie Michaels. $30.00. RRC Price $27.00.
- The Break by Katherena Vermette. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65.
- A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80.
- St. Boniface Elegies by Catherine Hunter. $17.95. RRC Price $16.15.
- Moon Was a Feather by Scott Nolan. $15.95. RRC Price $14.35.
- Scarred by Michael McMullen. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65.
- All That Belongs by Dora Dueck. $19.00. RRC Price $17.10.
- Wisdom from the Homeless by Neil Craton. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79.
- The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jen Gunter. $26.95. RRC Price $24.25.
- Manitoba by Manitoba by McNally Robinson. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65.
- Everything Manitoba by Christine Hanlon. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95.
- Haunted Winnipeg by Matthew Komus. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95.
- Haunted Manitoba by Matthew Komus. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95.
- Magnificent Fight by Dennis Lewycky. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80.
- Accidental Veterinarian by Philipp Schott. $20.00. RRC Price $18.00.
- What Does He Dream About? by Jeremy Morantz. $19.00. RRC Price $17.10.
- 1919 by David Lester. $19.19. RRC Price $17.27.
- Surviving The City by Tasha Spillett. YA. $18.95. RRC Price $17.05.
- Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick. Ages 4+. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79.
- Fox in a Box by Eva Klassen. Ages 3-7. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49.
- Go Show the World by Wab Kinew. Ages 5-9. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79.
- When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson. Ages 4-8. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95.
- The Girl and The Wolf by Katherena Vermette. Ages 3-7. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95.
- It Starts with A Breath by Karla D Thiessen. Ages 3-7. $21.95. RRC Price $19.75.
- Kerri Berry Lynn by Sonya Ballantyne. Ages 4-6. $14.00. RRC Price $12.60.
- The Sockeye Mother by Brett D. Huson. Ages 9-12. $23.00. RRC Price $20.70.
- Princess by Dennis Fast. Ages 3-7. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95.
- Fire Lake by J.C. Paulson. $19.99. RRC Price $17.99.
- Kaidenberg's Best Sons by Jason Heit. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45.
- Adam's Witness by J.C. Paulson. $18.99. RRC Price $17.09.
- Swedes' Ferry by Allan Safarik. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95.
- Darkness of the Heart by Gail Bowen. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95.
- Small Things That End the World by Jeanette Lynes. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45.
- Just Pretending by Lisa Bird-Wilson. $18.95. RRC Price $17.05.
- Want by Barbara Langhorst. $18.95. RRC Price $17.05.
- Broken Through by J.C. Paulson. $20.00. RRC Price $18.00.
- Hummingbird by Devin Krukoff. $21.95. RRC Price $19.75.
- Birds of Saskatchewan by Alan R. Smith, C. Stuart Houston, & J. Frank Roy. $79.95. RRC Price $71.95.
- 100 Things Roughriders Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Rob Vanstone. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65.
- The Unexpected Cop by Ernie Louttit. $21.95. RRC Price $19.75.
- Forgotten Saskatchewan by Chris Attrell. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95.
- History Matters 2 by Bill Waiser. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95.
- An Honest, Genial and Kindly People by Adrian Paton. $34.99. RRC Price $31.49.
- Peace and Good Order by Harold R. Johnson. $25.00. RRC Price $22.50.
- History Matters by Bill Waiser. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95.
- Saskatchewan's Best Scenic Drives by Robin and Arlene Karpan. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45.
- The Miserable Guide to Saskatoon by Marc Rousseau. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80.
- Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair by Alice Kuipers. Ages 4-8. $20.99. RRC Price $18.89.
- When We Had Sled Dogs by Ida Tremblay. Ages 5-10. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95.
- The Gamer's Guide to Getting the Girl by Kristine Scarrow. Ages 12-15. $13.99. RRC Price $12.59.
- Mayva O'Meere, Creationeer by Kristin Pierce. Ages 4-9. $16.50. RRC Price $14.85.
- A Prairie Alphabet by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet. Ages 6-9. $9.99. RRC Price $8.99.
- My Dearest Dido by Marion Mutala. YA. $19.99. RRC Price $17.95.
- The Absence of Sparrows by Kurt Kirchmeier. Ages 8-12. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80.
- Death by Airship by Arthur Slade. Ages 9-12. $9.95. RRC Price $8.95.
- Qaqavii by Miriam Korner. Ages 12-15. $14.95. RRC Price $13.45.
- Hello Crow! by Candace Savage. Ages 4-8. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65.
It is a pleasure to see perennial favourites on our annual bestseller lists as well as new titles published in the past year. It's clear that Saskatoon reads widely through the genres — history, biography, issues and politics, nature, photography, and sports books have all been popular. Congratulations to Joanne Paulson who has all three of her novels on the fiction list this year, as well as to Allan Safarik for the seventh consecutive appearance of his novel Swede's Ferry.
—Caroline Walker, Saskatoon Inventory Manager
A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.
Unquiet by Linn Ullmann. Softcover. $21.95. RRC Price $19.76. He is a Swedish filmmaker and she is his daughter. Now that she's grown up and he's in his late eighties, he envisions a book about old age. Growing old is hard work, he says. They will write it together. She will ask the questions. He will answer them. Unquiet follows the narrator as she unearths these taped conversations seven years later. Swept into memory, she reimagines the story of a father, a mother, and a girl — a child who can't wait to grow up and parents who would rather be children. (January)
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss. Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. In England Silvie and her family are living as ancient Britons, surviving by the knowledge of the Iron Age. For her father’s two-week vacation, they join an anthropology course reenacting life in simpler times. They are surrounded by forests, making stew from roots and hunted rabbit. Silvie's father has raised her on stories of early man, recounting their rituals and beliefs — particularly their sacrifices to the bog. But Silvie begins to imagine another kind of life. Ghost Wall urges us to wonder how far we have come from the "primitive minds" of our ancestors. (January)
How to Disappear by Akiko Busch. Softcover. $23.00. RRC Price $20.70. Today, we are relentlessly encouraged, even conditioned, to reveal, share, and promote ourselves. How to Disappear overturns the dangerous modern assumption that somehow fame and visibility equate to success and happiness. Instead, Busch presents a field guide to invisibility, reacquainting us with the merits of remaining inconspicuous, and finding genuine alternatives to a life of perpetual exposure. Accessing timeless truths in order to speak to our most urgent contemporary problems, she inspires us to develop a deeper appreciation for personal privacy in a vast and intrusive world. (February)
The New Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan. Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.66. In the age of Brexit and Trump, the West is buffeted by the tides of isolationism and fragmentation. Yet to the East, this is a moment of optimism as a new network of relationships takes shape along the ancient trade routes. In The New Silk Roads, Frankopan takes us on an eye-opening journey through the region, from China's infrastructure investments to the flood of trade deals among Central Asian republics to the growing friendship between Turkey and Russia. This book asks us to put aside our preconceptions and see the world from a new perspective. (January)
Little by Edward Carey. Softcover. $23.00. RRC Price $20.70. In 1761, a tiny girl named Marie is born in a village in Switzerland. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to a wax sculptor and whisked off to Paris, where they meet a widow and her quiet, pale son. Together, they create an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling: The revolutionary mob is demanding heads, and... at the wax museum, heads are what they do. (October)
Fryderyk Chopin by Alan Walker. Softcover. $30.00. RRC Price $27.00. This is the most comprehensive biography of the great Polish composer to appear in English in more than a century. Walker's work is a corrective biography, intended to dispel the many myths and legends that continue to surround Chopin. Of particular focus are Chopin's childhood and youth in Poland, which are brought into line with the latest scholarly findings, and Chopin's romantic life with George Sand, with whom he lived for nine years. This is a book suited as much for the professional pianist as it is for the casual music lover. (December)
Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi. Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.66. In the village of al-Awafi, in Oman, two families are joined by marriage: Mayya, the eldest daughter marries Abdallah, son of a wealthy merchant. The couple is orbited by a constellation of individuals, connected by blood, by proximity, by deeply rooted social edifices. Those include Mayya's sisters, Asma and Khawla. The three women, their families, their loves, and their losses unspool delicately against a backdrop of a rapidly changing Oman, a country evolving from a traditional, slave-owning society into its complex present. (October)
Falter by Bill McKibben. Softcover. $23.00. RRC Price $20.70. McKibben wrote the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience. Falter tells the story of these converging trends and then it offers some ways out of the trap. We're at a bleak moment in human history — and we'll either confront that bleakness or watch our civilization slip away. Falter is a sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity. (January)
This Life by Martin Hägglund. $24.00. RRC Price $21.60. This Life offers an inspiring basis for transforming our lives, demonstrating that our commitment to freedom and democracy should lead us beyond both religion and capitalism. Philosopher Hägglund argues that we need to cultivate not a religious faith in eternity but a secular faith devoted to our finite life together. He shows that all spiritual questions of freedom are inseparable from economic and material conditions: what matters is how we treat one another in this life and what we do with our time. He aspires to no less than pointing the way to an emancipated life. (February)
The Parisian by Isabella Hammad. Softcover. $26.95. RRC Price $24.26. The Parisian illuminates a pivotal period of Palestinian history through the journey of one young man, from his studies in France during WWI to his return to Palestine at the dawn of its battle for independence. Midhat Kamal leaves to study medicine in France in 1914 and falls in love. When he returns to Nablus to find it under British rule, he must find a way to cope with his conflicting loyalties and the expectations of his community. The story of his life develops alongside the idea of a nation, as he confronts what it means to strive for independence in a world that is close to falling apart. (December)
Isabel Allende — novelist, feminist and philanthropist — is one of the most widely-read authors in the world, having sold more than 74 million books. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Allende won worldwide acclaim in 1982 with the publication of her first novel, The House of the Spirits, which began as a letter to her dying grandfather. Since then, she has authored more than twenty-three bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Daughter of Fortune, Island Beneath the Sea, Paula, The Japanese Lover and In the Midst of Winter. Translated into more than forty-two languages, Allende’s works entertain and educate readers by interweaving imaginative stories with significant historical events. She now lives in California.
A Long Petal of the Sea, Allende's newest novel, is set in the late 1930s when civil war gripped Spain. Hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life irreversibly intertwined with that of Victor, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them wants, and together are sponsored by poet Pablo Neruda to embark on the SS Winnipeg to Chile, along with 2,200 other refugees in search of a new life.
Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning. Through it all, it is the hope of being reunited with their home that keeps them going. And in the end, they will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Ballantine Books. January)
Caroline Moorehead is the New York Times bestselling author of Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France; A 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. (Softcover. $21.00. RRC Price $18.90. Random House. February)
People ask Terry O'Reilly one question more than any other: How does a little business compete with the big guys? After decades at the helm of an award-winning advertising production company, and over a decade exploring the art and science of marketing for CBC Radio, O'Reilly delivers all the answers. This I Know will help anyone understand the fundamentals of good marketing strategy and building the relationships that turn good marketing into great results, no matter how big or small your budget. (Softcover. $22.00. Our January 30% Off Price $15.40. RRC Price $13.86. Vintage. January)
Thumps DreadfulWater’s world is turned upside down when the producer of a true-crime reality-TV show turns up dead after working on a cold case that Thumps has spent years trying to forget. What’s more, someone seems set on taunting Thumps, leaving reminders of the Obsidian murder case around town. Dragged back into a case that has haunted him for years, Thumps DreadfulWater is determined to solve the mystery in The Obsidian Murders by Thomas King. But as he works the case, he begins to realize that he might be the next target. (Softcover. $22.99. Our February 30% Off Price $16.09. RRC Price $14.48. HarperCollins. February)
McNally Robinson carries a variety of jigsaw puzzles for all ages, and in particular we'd like to highlight the Cobble Hill line! Made of recycled material and vegetable-based inks, Cobble Hill puzzles come in a wide range of beautiful images and different piece counts. Perfect for cold winter days or rainy summer evenings.
$20.00 - $30.00. RRC applies. Browse a selection of our jigsaw puzzles online here, and visit your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to see our entire collection.
In American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, Lydia Quixano Perez lives in Acapulco where she runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. One day a charming man named Javier enters the bookstore to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy — two of them her favourites. Unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. (Softcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Flatiron Books. January)
For years librarian Lizzie Benson has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia, offers her a job. In Weather by Jenny Offill, Lizzie is forced to address the limits of her own experience — but still she tries to save everyone, using everything she’s learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion. (Hardcover. $31.95. RRC Price $28.75. Knopf. February)
The Baudelaire Fractal is the long-awaited debut novel by Lisa Robertson in which one morning, the poet Hazel Brown wakes up in a strange hotel room to find that she's written the complete works of Charles Baudelaire. She shuttles between London, Vancouver, Paris, and the French countryside, moving fluidly between the early 1980s and the present, while considering such Baudelairian obsessions as modernity, poverty, and the perfect jacket. (Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. Coach House Books. January)
Veena, Mala and Nandini are three very different women with something in common. Out of love, each bears a secret that will haunt her life — and that of her daughter — because the risk of telling the truth is too great. But secrets have consequences. Particularly to Asha, the young woman on the cusp of adulthood who links them together. Secret Lives of Mothers and Daughters by Anita Kushwaha is an intergenerational novel about family, duty and the choices we make in the name of love. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. HarperCollins. February)
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is set in Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Magnusdatter stands on the craggy coast. Forty fishermen, including her brother and father, have drowned. With the menfolk wiped out, the women of the tiny Arctic town must fend for themselves. Three years later, Absalom Cornet arrives from Scotland, where he burned witches. His young wife sees something new: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place flooded with a mighty evil. (Hardcover. $34.00. RRC Price $30.60. Little, Brown and Company. February)
Set in Iran following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar is narrated by the ghost of Bahar, a thirteen-year-old girl. Her family is compelled to flee their home in Tehran for a new life, hoping to preserve both their intellectual freedom and their lives. But they soon find themselves caught up in the post-revolutionary chaos that sweeps across their ancient land. (Softcover. $26.95. RRC Price $24.25. Europa Editions. January)
Sofia, Bulgaria stirs as soviet buildings crumble and political protesters flood the streets. In Cleanness by Garth Greenwell, an American teacher navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love. As he prepares to leave the place he’s come to call home, he grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his years abroad. Each echo reveals startling insights about what it means to seek connection. (Hardcover. $34.99. RRC Price $31.49. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. January)
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid is a big-hearted story in which Alix Chamberlain, a woman who has made a living with her confidence-driven brand, is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night at their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right, but a surprising connection from the past surfaces and threatens to undo them both. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. G.P. Putnam's Sons. January)
In The Bear by Andrew Krivak, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. The father is preparing the girl for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen. (Softcover. $25.50. RRC Price $22.95. Bellevue Literary Press. February)
In The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré, Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. But instead, Adunni's father sells her to be the third wife of a local man. As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing. When she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, she finds the resolve to speak until she is heard. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Dutton. March)
Indelicacy by Amina Cain is the story of a cleaning woman at a museum of art who nurtures aspirations to do more than simply dust the paintings. She dreams of having the liberty to explore them in writing, and so must find a way. She marries a rich man, but she finds that her new life of privilege is no less constrained. Not only has she taken up different forms of time-consuming labour, but she is now, however passively, forcing other women to clean up after her. Perhaps another and more drastic solution is necessary? (Softcover. $22.00 RRC Price $19.80. Strange Light. February)
In Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown, Alice Hale reluctantly follows her husband to the New York suburbs, and spends her days alone in a big, empty house. When she finds an old cookbook in the basement, she becomes captivated by its previous owner: 1950s housewife Nellie Murdoch. Alice discovers that Nellie left clues about her own life within the cookbook's pages and quickly realizes that the housewife's secrets may have been anything but harmless. (Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Viking. January)
Zelda is a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, in When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald. But when Zelda finds out that Gert has resorted to some questionable — and dangerous — methods to make enough money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own quest. It isn’t long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking strength. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Gallery/Scout Press. February)
In The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley, Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist, poses a question within a pale green exercise book that he labels "The Authenticity Project", before leaving it behind in Monica's Café. When Monica discovers Julian's notebook, not only does she add her own story to the book, she is determined to find a way to help Julian feel less lonely. And so it goes with the others who find the green notebook that will soon contain their deepest selves. It will also knit the group together at Monica's Café. (Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Viking. February)
In The Women in Black by Madeleine St. John, the ladies working at an upscale department store called Goode’s are run off their feet selling ladies’ cocktail dresses during the busy season in Sydney in the 1950s. Patty is in an unhappy marriage. Sweet Fay wants to settle down with a nice man. Magda, a clever Slovenian émigré, runs the high-end gowns department. Lisa, a teenager, takes a job for the holidays. Magda takes Lisa under her wing, and by the time the last marked-down dress has been sold, all of their lives will be forever changed. (Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. Scribner. February)
In A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers, it's 1895 and sixteen-year-old Juliet LaCompte has a passionate, doomed romance with Parisian painter Auguste Marchant. When her mother — a witch — attempts to cast a curse on Marchant, she unwittingly summons a demon, binding her daughter to both Auguste and the demon for all time. Born and re-born, Juliet is fated to live her affair and die tragically young across continents and lifetimes. But finally, in present-day Washington D.C., something shifts. And this time, she begins to develop powers of her own that might finally break the spell. (Hardcover. $33.00. RRC Price $29.70. Redhook. February)
In August of 1939, three childhood friends in Britain must choose between friendship or country in The Whispers of War by Julia Kelly. Nora is determined to find her place in the Home Office’s Air Raid Precautions Department, Hazel tries to mask closely guarded secrets, and German expat Marie worries that she and her family might face imprisonment in an internment camp. When Germany invades Poland, Marie is labelled an enemy alien, and the three friends find themselves fighting together to keep her free at any cost. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Gallery Books. January)
In May 2015, Desmond Cole exposed the racist practices of the Toronto police force in an article for Toronto Life magazine. Now in The Skin We're In, Cole chronicles just one year — 2017 — in the struggle against racism in this country. It was a year that saw calls for tighter borders when African refugees faced frigid temperatures to cross into Manitoba from the States, Indigenous land and water protectors resisted the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, and more. (Hardcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. Doubleday. February)
Valerie Mason-John’s poetry collection, I Am Still Your Negro, blends spoken word and hashtags with villanelles, sonnets, and haiku to traverse the African Diaspora experience through place, time, and circumstance. An emotive critique of colonization’s bitter legacy, this collection will draw audiences of the spoken word genre and poetry readers who wish to broaden their knowledge about contemporary social justice issues. (Softcover. $19.99. RRC Price $17.99. The University of Alberta Press. February)
In Agency by William Gibson, Verity Jane, gifted app-whisperer, becomes the beta tester for a new digital assistant, accessed through a pair of glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, soon manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and an unnervingly canny grasp of combat strategy. Verity, realizing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know this, instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t. Meanwhile, a century ahead, in London, in a different timeline entirely, Wilf Netherton's employer, Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice have become her current project. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Berkley. January)
In Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling, a universal ranking system determines the career opportunities of each person in the country. The foolproof algorithms of the biggest company in the world, TheShop, know what you want before you do and conveniently deliver to your doorstep before you even order. One day, Peter Jobless receives a product from TheShop that he positively knows he does not want. The only problem: returning it means proving the algorithm of TheShop wrong, calling into question the very foundations of QualityLand itself. (Hardcover. $34.00. RRC Price $30.60. Grand Central Publishing. January)
When Ada Calhoun found herself in the throes of a midlife crisis, she thought that she had no right to complain. Why did it seem that other Generation X women were miserable, too? In Why We Can't Sleep, she explains how she looked into housing costs, HR trends, credit card debt averages, and divorce data. At every turn, she saw a pattern: sandwiched between the Boomers and the Millennials, Gen X women were facing new problems as they entered middle age, problems that were being largely overlooked. (Hardcover. $38.95. RRC Price $35.05. Grove Press. January)
In Arguing with Zombies, Paul Krugman tackles many popular misconceptions about basic economics and takes stock of where the United States has come from and where it’s headed in a series of concise, digestible chapters. Drawn mainly from Krugman's popular New York Times column, this book covers a wide range of issues, organized thematically and framed in the context of a wider debate, explaining the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security, and so much more with unrivalled clarity and precision. (Hardcover. $39.95. RRC Price $35.95. WW Norton. February)
When we learn math we learn to see patterns and many other critical skills. Yet we tolerate and expect a vast performance gap in math among students. In All Things Being Equal, John Mighton states this learning gap is unnecessary and dangerous, and it has led us to a problem of intellectual poverty which is apparent everywhere—in fake news, floundering economies, even in erroneous medical diagnoses. Mighton argues that math study is an ideal starting point to break down social inequality and empower individuals to build a smarter, more equitable world. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Knopf. January)
Brian Greene takes us on a journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe’s beginning, to the closest science can take us to the very end. In Until the End of Time, he explores how life and mind emerged, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek in different ways to give meaning to experience: in narrative, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and our longing for the eternal. Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, where we are now, and where we are headed. (Hardcover. $40.00. RRC Price $36.00. Knopf. February)
In her mid-twenties, Anna Wiener moved to San Francisco where she landed a job at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble. Anna’s memoir, Uncanny Valley, is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. Anna deftly charts the tech industry’s shift from self-appointed world saviour to democracy-endangering liability, alongside her own personal narrative of aspiration. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Farrar Straus & Giroux. January)
In The Future Is Faster Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, the authors investigate how wave after wave of exponentially accelerating technologies will impact both our daily lives and society as a whole. What happens as AI, robotics, virtual reality, digital biology, and sensors crash into 3D printing, blockchain, and global gigabit networks? How will these convergences transform today’s legacy industries? What will happen to the way we raise our kids, govern our nations, and care for our planet? (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Simon & Schuster. February)
Beton Brut is a Saskatoon-made one-of-a-kind jewelry line. It takes its name from the French word for concrete and is made with an array of pigments and semi-precious stones mixed in micro batches, resulting in vivid and rich collection of jewelry made from concrete and brass.
$25.00 - $165.00. RRC applies. Please visit us in-store to browse these items.
Craft your own magic with this comprehensive guide to creating, customizing and casting unique spells, charms, and potions. Spellcrafting by Arin Murphy-Hiscock is a step-by-step guide to writing your own spells and timing them for the best effect. From different types of spells to the intentions and powers of different ingredients, you will have everything you need to create unique magic that works best for you. (Hardcover. $22.99. RRC Price $20.69. Adams Media. January)
1980: A pivotal year in modern Chinese history as Premier Deng Xiaoping begins what he intends to be the transformation of China into an economic superpower. In Foresight by Ian Hamilton, Uncle is the only Triad leader who recognizes that Deng’s intentions could have profound repercussions on their organizations. To protect his gang and their interests, he acts to not only minimize the negative impact, but to turn events to his advantage. (Softcover. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95. Anansi. January)
In Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara, we meet Jai. Jai loves sweets, watches too many reality police shows, and considers himself to be smarter than his friends Pari and Faiz. When a classmate goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from TV to find him. He asks Pari and Faiz to be his assistants, and together they draw up lists of people to interview and places to visit. But what begins as a game turns sinister as other children start disappearing from their neighbourhood. (Hardcover. $34.95. RRC Price $31.45. McClelland & Stewart. February)
In The Tenant by Katrine Engberg, a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment, and Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case. In short order, they establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti. Esther also turns out to be a budding novelist—and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she’s writing, the link between fiction and real life grows more dangerous. (Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. Gallery/Scout Press. January)
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd is a spellbinding gothic mystery that collapses the boundary between fact and fairy tale. Bridie Devine—detective extraordinaire—is confronted with the baffling kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured unwanted attention. Winding her way through the sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot tall housemaid and a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Atria Books. February)
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In The Daughter by Michelle Frances, life as a single mother is hard for Kate, but it only brings her and her daughter Becky closer together. By the time Becky is making her own way in the world as a tenacious trainee journalist, Kate couldn't be prouder. But then the unthinkable happens. Desperately trying to understand, Kate stumbles across a story Becky was researching. Is it possible that this cruel twist of fate wasn't an accident? (Softcover. $17.99. RRC Price $16.19. Pan Macmillan. January)
In I Thought I Knew You by Penny Hancock, Jules and Holly have been best friends since university. They tell each other everything. Holly is the only person who knows about Jules's affair, and Jules was there for Holly when her husband died. Their two children — just three years apart — have grown up together. So when Jules's daughter Saffie makes a serious allegation against Holly's son Saul, neither woman is prepared for the devastating impact this will have on their friendship or their families. Especially as Holly refuses to believe her son is guilty. (Hardcover. $28.99. RRC Price $26.09. Pan Macmillan. February)
Criminal psychologist Seonkyeong receives an unexpected call one day from infamous serial killer Yi Byeongdo in The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo. Yi Byeongdo, who has refused to speak to anyone until now, asks specifically for Seonkyeong. That same day Hayeong, her husband’s eleven-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, shows up at their door after her grandparents, with whom she lived after her mother passed away, die in a sudden fire. Seonkyeong wants her to feel at home, but is gradually unnerved by the young girl. (Softcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Ecco. February)
Oligarchy is Scarlett Thomas’s fierce new novel about power, privilege, and peer pressure. When Natasha, daughter of a Russian oligarch, arrives for her first day at an all-girl British boarding school, she finds herself thrown into a world of fierce pecking orders, eating disorders, and Instagram angst. Then her friend Bianca mysteriously vanishes, and the world of the school gets ever darker and even weirder. (Softcover. $26.95. RRC Price $24.25. Canongate Books. January)
Gwendy's Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar is the sequel to the novella by Chizmar and Stephen King. Sheriff Norris Ridgewick and his team are desperately searching for two missing girls, but time is running out. In D.C., Gwendy Peterson remembers a summer in Castle Rock when she had been temporarily entrusted with the button box by Richard Farris. One day, though, the button box reappears but this time, without Farris to explain why. Gwendy decides to return home to Castle Rock. She just might be able to help rescue the missing girls and stop a dangerous madman. (Softcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. Gallery Books. January)
Liz Levine’s younger sister, Tamara, reached a breaking point after years of living with mental illness, and in November of 2016 she sent a final message to her family, then killed herself. In Nobody Ever Talks About Anything But the End, Liz weaves the story of what happened to Tamara with another significant death—that of Liz’s childhood love, Judson, to cancer. This account of life and loss is haunting yet filled with dark humour and exposes the raw truths about grief and mourning that we often shy away from. (Softcover. $22.99. RRC Price $20.69. Simon & Schuster. February)
The Impossible First is the story of Colin O’Brady’s record-breaking journey across the continent and of the journey that led him to this endeavour. After a burn accident in his early twenties, he was told he might never walk again. He fought his way back and went on to set three mountaineering world records. With Everest and the tallest peaks on each continent already conquered, he felt driven to further explore his potential, which brought him to his gripping 932-mile solo crossing of the landmass of Antarctica. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Scribner. February)
In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days’ shopping: a prince, a count and a commoner with an Italian name. In time, each of these men would achieve a certain level of renown, but who were they then and what was the significance of their sojourn to England? Answering these questions in The Man in the Red Coat, Julian Barnes unfurls the stories of their lives, playing out against the backdrop of the Belle Époque in Paris. Our guide through this world is Samuel Pozzi, the subject of one of John Singer Sargent’s greatest portraits. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Random House. February)
Written in the camp itself in the weeks following the Red Army's liberation of the camp, Last Stop Auschwitz by Eliazar (Eddy) de Wind is the true account of his experiences at Auschwitz. In stunningly poetic prose, he provides unparalleled access to the horrors he faced. Including photos from Eddy's life, this poignant memoir is a moving love story, a detailed portrayal of the atrocities of Auschwitz, and an intelligent consideration of human behaviour. Never before published in English, this book is a vital and enduring document. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Grand Central Publishing. January)
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Bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk takes us behind the scenes of the writing life, with an incredible examination of the power of fiction and the art of storytelling in Consider This. With advice grounded in years of careful study and a keenly observed life, he combines practical advice and concrete examples from beloved classics and his own books with anecdotes and much more. Consider This is Palahniuk's love letter to stories and storytellers, booksellers and books themselves. (Hardcover. $34.00. RRC Price $30.60. Grand Central Publishing. January)
The Courage to Be Happy by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga is an eye-opening and accessible follow-up to The Courage to Be Disliked that shares the powerful teachings of Alfred Adler. Three years after their first conversation, the young man finds himself disillusioned, convinced Adler’s teachings only work in theory. But through further discussions, the philosopher and the young man deepen their own understandings of Adler’s teachings and learn the tools needed to apply them to the chaos of everyday life. (Hardcover. $29.99. RRC Price $26.99. Simon & Schuster. January)
From The Social co-host Cynthia Loyst, Find Your Pleasure is a deeply personal lifestyle book about how to take the guilt out of pleasure and get to the heart of what you need and want in all aspects of life—from family, home and work to love and sex. Where society has told women to feel guilty or ashamed for embracing pleasures, Loyst shows you how to get to the heart of what you need and want, in every aspect of life. (Hardcover. $32.99. RRC Price $29.69. Simon & Schuster. January)
Living Lightly by Dale Curd and Kimberly Alexander is a daily devotional that features timeless wisdom, inspiring quotes and simple practical strategies to help you embrace the present, find your calm and boost your happiness. From the importance of making your bed in the morning, to tricks to relieve workplace stress, to calming practices at night, Living Lightly is a great way to awaken or to end the day. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. HarperCollins. January)
In Why French Women Feel Young at 50, Parisian blogger Mylène Desclaux speaks tenderly and honestly about turning 50 and what it means for herself and for the other women in her entourage. Mylène assures us that we are still “young women” in our fifties—but with more opportunities. With acerbic French humour she distills the essence of getting the most out of your middle age and gives advice on everything. (Hardcover. $32.49. RRC Price $29.24. Headline. January)
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Working with civic leaders, city planners and architects, Canadian Karen K. Lee has been a hugely influential pioneer in helping communities and organizations address today’s leading health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, cancers and diabetes. Fit Cities is a riveting memoir of that work—the story of how Karen and her many teams of collaborators uncovered and set about eradicating the causes of a pandemic of unhealthy living. (Hardcover. $32.95. RRC Price $29.65. Doubleday. January)
Dr. David Perlmutter, bestselling author of Grain Brain, and Dr. Austin Perlmutter, his son, explore how modern culture threatens to rewire our brains and damage our health, offering a practical plan for healing. Brain Wash presents a simple premise: Our brains are being manipulated, resulting in behaviours that leave us more lonely, anxious, depressed, illness-prone and overweight than ever before. This book identifies the mental hijacking that undermines every one of us, and presents the tools necessary to develop healthier habits. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Little, Brown Spark. January)
Successful Aging by Daniel Levitin uses research from developmental neuroscience and individual differences in psychology to show that 60+ years is a unique developmental stage that has its own demands and distinct advantages. Levitin takes a scientific approach to what we all can learn from those who age joyously, as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people’s wisdom and experience. Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone should do as they age. (Hardcover. $34.00. RRC Price $30.60. Allen Lane. January)
In this new cookbook, Joy McCarthy offers a collection of 100 whole food recipes for happy, healthy living. Getting a healthy meal on the table for you and your family is simple even on busy weekdays. The Joyous Cookbook includes an abundance of plant-based (vegan and vegetarian), kid-friendly, and allergen-free recipes and options, information on stocking your pantry, and so much more for healthy, joyous meals. (Softcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Penguin. January)
Henry David Firth and Ian Theasby are on a mission to help you eat well, feel better, and even lose weight. A comprehensive full-colour guide to nutritious, wholesome living using only the power of plants, BOSH!: Healthy Vegan features eighty delicious recipes and nourishing meal plans to get you started and help you stay on track. (Softcover. $31.00. RRC Price $27.90. William Morrow. February)
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Tina Hay takes seemingly overwhelming topics—such as budgeting, investments and retirement accounts—and turns them into simple, skimmable explanations with a visual strategy she developed at Harvard Business School. Napkin Finance includes dozens of individual learning modules on topics ranging from credit scores to paying off student loans to economics and blockchain using sketches and infographics. (Softcover. $19.99. RRC Price $17.99. Dey Street Books. January)
Laura Huang, a preeminent Harvard Business School professor, shows that success is about gaining an edge. How do you find an edge? How do you get people to take you seriously when they're predisposed not to? Many hope that their hard work and effort will speak for itself. Huang argues in Edge that success is rarely just about the quality of our ideas, credentials or our effort. Instead, achieving success hinges on how well we shape others' perceptions of our strengths and our flaws. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Portfolio. February)
Natalie MacMaster. Sketches. CD $16.99. RRC Price $15.29. After eight years without a solo album release, the time arrived when Natalie wanted to return to the studio to record a new solo album. Sketches is the result—a fiery collection of traditional tunes and medleys mixed with new compositions teeming with retrospect and legacy as she looks back on the journey of life and career that has brought her to the present. (Universal. November)
Loreena McKennitt. Live at the Royal Albert Hall. 2-CD set $20.99. RRC Price $18.89. In March 2019 Loreena presented a two hour concert that thrilled fans and critics alike. Live At The Royal Albert Hall captures that evening from the European leg of the Lost Souls world tour. This set features twenty songs that comprise a substantially different collection of pieces from any of Loreena’s previous live album releases, including six from her latest album, Lost Souls. (Universal. November)
Celine Dion. Courage. CD $18.99. Deluxe CD $22.99. RRC Applies. Representing an exciting new creative direction for Celine, Courage is a mix of beautiful ballads and edgy up-tempo tracks. The album contains sixteen songs, with an additional four songs on the deluxe version. Courage is her twelfth English-language studio album and her first English album in six years. (Sony. November)
Angela Hewitt. Bach: The Six Partitas. 2-CD set $41.99. RRC Price $37.79. ''Brilliant, well-sounding, expressive and always new'' was the verdict from Bach's first biographer on the six Partitas. This is a description which applies equally to Angela Hewitt's wonderful new recording. She describes a lifetime of living with Bach's music as, ''a great gift and a lifelong adventure,'' and audiences are fortunate to have such an authoritative companion and guide. (Hyperion. December)
The Band. The Band 50th Anniversary Edition. 2-CD set $20.99. 2-LP set (45 RPM) $32.99. Deluxe Box Set $173.99. RRC Applies. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Band’s sophomore album, The Band, an expanded 2-CD version featuring a new stereo mix of the album by Bob Clearmountain, the previously unreleased complete “Live At Woodstock” performance from 1969, and thirteen bonus tracks including six previously unreleased outtakes and alternate versions. (Capitol. November)
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Fail-Safe, directed by Sidney Lumet. DVD $39.99. Blu-ray $49.99. RRC Applies. Doomsday is nigh in this tense political thriller. Starring Henry Fonda as a coolheaded U.S. president and Walter Matthau as a trigger-happy political theorist, Fail Safe is a long-underappreciated alarm bell of a film, sounding an urgent warning about the deadly logic of mutually assured destruction. This release contains a new 4K digital restoration, audio commentary from 2000, a new interview with film critic J. Hoberman on 1960s nuclear paranoia and Cold War films, and a documentary with interviews from Lumet, Walter Bernstein, and Dan O’Herlihy. (Criterion. February)
House by the Cemetery, directed by Lucio Fulci. Limited Edition, 3-disc Blu-ray + CD set $45.99. RRC Price $41.39. A young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone—or something—is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth. This release includes a new 4K restoration from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative, fully loaded with exclusive new and archival extras! (Blue Underground. January)
Paris is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston. Blu-ray $47.99. RRC Price $43.19. This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS and poverty. Paris Is Burning celebrates the joy of movement, the force of eloquence and the draw of community. This is a new 2K restoration which includes many extras. (Criterion. February)
Roma, directed by Alfonso Cuarón. DVD $39.99. Blu-ray $47.99. RRC Applies. With his eighth and most personal film, Alfonso Cuarón recreated the early-1970s Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo, the Indigenous domestic worker who keeps the household running. Charged with the care of four small children abandoned by their father, Cleo tends to the family even as her own life is shaken by personal and political upheavals. Roma is a labour of love with few parallels in the history of cinema, featuring monumental black-and-white cinematography, an immersive soundtrack, and a mixture of professional and nonprofessional performances. (Criterion. February)
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In Little Eva Loves by Rebecca Elliott, Little Eva loves sharing with her friends, playing dress-up and, most of all, she loves her family and friends. Little ones will delight in the bold, colourful artwork and sweet rhyming text as they discover all the things Little Eva loves! (Boardbook. $9.99. RRC Price $8.99. Cartwheel Books. December)
In Mr. Lion Dresses Up!, Mr. Lion has been invited to a party. What will he wear? His mischievous friend Monkey offers lots of suggestions. Perhaps Mr. Lion can wear a handsome suit... a superhero costume... or maybe an evening gown? Britta Teckentrup's playful dress-up book takes readers on a journey through Mr. Lion's many wardrobe changes. (Boardbook. $18.99. RRC Price $17.09. Twirl. February)
In Kindness Makes Us Strong by Sophie Beer, kindness is a friendly hello. A roaring cheer. A quick boost. Kindness is what makes us strong! This joyful board book shows various children as they extend kindness in all kinds of situations: on the playground, at lunchtime, on a bike path and on a neighbourhood street. This sweet preschool read-aloud shows the way kindness helps build friendship and community. (Boardbook. $16.99. RRC Price $15.29. Dial Books. January)
In Teddy Bear of the Year by Vikki VanSickle & illustrated by Sydney Hanson, Ollie is just a regular teddy bear. So when he attends the annual teddy bears' picnic he feels insignificant compared to the other bears who do daring things: sleepovers, hospital stays—even a night in the lost and found! But he soon learns that small acts of kindness can make a big difference. (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. Tundra Books. January) (Ages 3-7)
The Bug Girl by Sophia Spencer & Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Kerascoet, is the true story of Sophia Spencer's love of bugs. In preschool and kindergarten, Sophia was thrilled to share what she knew about bugs. But by first grade, some students bullied her, and Sophia stopped talking about bugs. When Sophia's mother wrote to an entomological society looking for a bug scientist to be a penpal for her daughter, she received an incredibly enthusiastic response from the science community. (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. Tundra Books. February) (Ages 4-8)
Elise Gravel has a series of hilarious illustrated non-fiction books about creepy creatures perfect for beginning readers. First is The Cockroach. You'll bug out over the perfect pairing of text and funny illustrations about this insect that's been around for more than 335 million years! The Cockroach covers lifestyle (cockroaches prefer the dark and only come out during the day when their colonies get big enough), anatomy (cockroaches have wings but rarely fly), habitat (they prefer heat to cold), life cycle (a female can give birth to up to 350 babies during her lifetime) and much more.
Next up is The Bat. The Bat covers habitat (bats live everywhere except Antarctica!), species (there are more than 1,200 kinds of bats), echolocation, hibernation (bats hibernate, just like bears!), conservation (don't disturb a sleeping bat!) and more. (Hardcover. $12.99 each. RRC Price $11.69 each. Tundra Books. February) (Ages 6-9)
In a Jar by Deborah Marcero is the story of Llewellyn, a little rabbit who collects things in jars—ordinary things like buttercups, feathers and heart-shaped stones. He meets Evelyn, and together they begin to collect extraordinary things—like rainbows and the sound of the ocean. And, best of all, when they peer inside the jars they remember all the wonderful things they've seen and done. But one day, they find out Evelyn's family is moving away. How can the two friends continue their magical collection from afar? (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. G.P. Putnam's Sons. January) (Ages 3-7)
In Princess Adventures by Sylvie Misslin & Amandine Piu, Princess Rose and Princess Josephine decide to leave their castle. Rose wants to go this way and Josephine wants to go that way. Which way do you go? Readers will decide whether to stomp their feet in the rushing river or take a nap in the meadow, enter a dark cave or stay the course. There are many paths to take, but only two will lead the princesses to their sweet happy ending. (Hardcover. $20.99. RRC Price $18.89. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. February) (Ages 4-7)
From mermaids and giant flowers to magical robes and mysterious characters, The Imaginaries, a full-colour collection of old and new art from Emily Winfield Martin, will inspire the artist and writer in you! Each glorious image is given a mysterious or magical one-line caption—the beginning of a story, or maybe the middle—you imagine the rest. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Random House. February) (Ages 8-12)
Once again McNally Robinson Booksellers is teaming up with the Manitoba Moose and the Saskatoon Blades to celebrate "I Love to Read" Month
The Manitoba Moose
Classrooms can qualify for the opportunity to have Manitoba Moose players visit their classroom in late February to read children’s books, sign autographs, distribute prizes and answer questions.
Students and teachers, grades 1 to 6, are invited to apply online and tell the Moose why they should visit your classroom to celebrate "I Love to Read" month. The contest runs from January 24 to February 14, 2020. Winning classrooms will be selected and contacted the week of February 17, 2020.
All schools who enter will receive vouchers for all the students for BOGO to the Stick to Reading game on February 29. Moose ticketing will contact each school that applies. The "Stick to Reading" game, sponsored by McNally Robinson Booksellers, is on Saturday, February 29, and pits the Manitoba Moose against the Chicago Wolves.
Love hockey! Love to Read! For more information about the Manitoba Moose and the Stick To Reading program, please visit their website.
The Saskatoon Blades
The Saskatoon Blades want to hear from your classroom of students. Send them a photo of your students posing with their favourite book for a chance to win a visit from the Blades! Also tell the Blades what the students love about the book, and why they love to read.
The contest will take place from January 1 to 31, 2020, and the ten winning classrooms will be selected on February 3. Then in early February, three to four players from the Saskatoon Blades will visit each of the ten winning classrooms to read with the kids and give a presentation. McNally Robinson will also hand out swag bags to everyone in those classes!
The Blades will also select a grand prize-winning classroom from those ten classrooms to be awarded tickets to the McNally Robinson game night on March 18, a pizza party at SaskTel Centre at the game, and a dressing room tour.
Please submit your applications for the contest to [email protected] by January 31, 2020. The Blades will also accept applications from individual students if the entire class does not want to participate. The application can be downloaded on the Blades website.
As well, on Wednesday February 19 at 2 PM, you can join Pokecheck and players from the Saskatoon Blades at McNally Robinson for a special hockey-themed storytime and Q&A. This event is free and open to fans of all ages.
Love hockey! Love to Read! For more information on the Saskatoon Blades, please visit their website.
In Confessions of a Dork Lord by Mike Johnston & illustrated by Marta Altés, we meet Wick. He's the son of the Dark Lord, heir to the throne of black and broken glass, and next in line to be the leader of the Grim World. Too bad he's stuck in Remedial Spell Casting (he can barely even cast the fart-revealer spell), and the bullies at school insist on calling him Dork Lord. Follow Wick through the pages of his journal as he comes up with a genius plan to defeat his foes and survive Middle Ages School. (Hardcover. $18.99. RRC Price $17.09. February) (Ages 8-12)
In Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, seventh grader Nizhoni has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he's Mr. Charles, her dad's new boss, and he's alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. When Dad disappears, the siblings are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Diné Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters. (Hardcover. $22.49. RRC Price $20.24. Disney-Hyperion. January) (Ages 8-12)
In Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker, Ware's parents sign him up for summer Rec camp, where he must endure whatever activities “normal” kids do. Ware meets Jolene, a secretive girl planting a garden in the rubble of an abandoned church next to the camp. Soon he starts skipping Rec, creating a castle-like space of his own in the church lot. As different as Ware and Jolene are, though, they both consider the lot a refuge. When their sanctuary is threatened, Ware looks to the knights’ Code of Chivalry. (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. Balzer + Bray. February) (Ages 8-12)
Carmen is a student at Red Assassin School in Dragon Assassin by Arthur Slade. She’s desperate to finish at the top of the class, ahead of her twin brother. The students have been trained to hunt using giant black swans, but Carmen has discovered a dragon. All she has to do is get on his back. Then the Emperor declares war on assassins. And there might be a traitor among them. Carmen wants to graduate. But the emperor wants her dead. Graduation night is about to become the fight of her life. (Softcover. $14.99. RRC Price $13.49. Scholastic. January) (Ages 10-14)
In The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith, Hawke and Grayson flee the aftermath of a political coup to stay alive and assume new identities, Hanna and Grayce. Chance leads them to the Communion of Blue, an order of magical women. As the twins learn more about the Communion, and themselves, they begin to hatch a plan to avenge their family and retake their royal home. While Hawke wants to return to his old life, Grayce realizes she wants to stay in the one place that will allow her to finally live as a girl. (Softcover. $16.99. RRC Price $15.29. Little, Brown Books. January) (Ages 8-12)
Karen's Witch by Katy Farina is the first entry in Baby-Sitters Little Sister, a fresh and fun graphic novel series spin-off of The Baby-Sitters Club, featuring Kristy's little stepsister! Karen Brewer lives next door to Mrs. Porter, who wears long robes and has wild grey hair. Mrs. Porter has a black cat named Midnight and always seems to be working in her garden. Karen isn't supposed to spy on her neighbour, but she's determined to prove that Mrs. Porter is a witch named Morbidda Destiny! (Softcover. $13.99. RRC Price $12.59. Graphix. January) (Ages 7-10)
These delightful play sets contain magnetic two-sided panels to allow children the chance to redesign their play space and tonnes of magnetic accessories to use for story-telling and imaginative play.
Available in a variety of sizes and themes. $27.00 - $67.00. RRC applies. Please visit us in-store to find these items.
McNally Robinson Booksellers and Scholastic Canada invite Manitoba and Saskatchewan’s Grade 5 and 6 students to enter our annual writing contest. This year the theme is "Imagine a Better World." What does a better world look like to you? Is it real? Imaginary? Fantastical? You tell us!
This year's special guest judge is Arthur Slade, author of twenty-five novels for young readers including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and Dust, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. His lifetime of work has also received the prestigious Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. His new novel, Dragon Assassin, is available now.
Writing submissions should be between 500 and 1,000 words, and may be fiction or non-fiction. Entries will be accepted in-store or via email until 11:00 p.m. on Friday March 27, 2020.
For more information about the contest, visit the Kids desk at your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore, or give us a call: Winnipeg 204-475-0492, Saskatoon 306-955-1477.
Winners will be announced on April 10, and an event will be held shortly thereafter for the winners to share their stories and receive their prizes. In Winnipeg this celebration takes place on Sunday, April 19, and the date is yet to be announced for Saskatoon.
In The Night Country by Melissa Albert, Alice Proserpine and Ellery Finch dive back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and learn The Hazel Wood was just the beginning. Alice and the rest of the dregs of the fairy tale world have washed up in New York City, where she is trying to make a new, unmagical life. But something is stalking the Hinterland’s survivors. Meanwhile, in the winking out world of the Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, and — if he can find it — a way back home. (Hardcover. $25.99. RRC Price $23.39. Flatiron Books. January)
In All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace, Amora Montara, princess of the island kingdom Visidia, has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic. When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate. But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. (Hardcover. $24.50. RRC Price $22.05. Imprint. February)
It was just rain. But after the downpour, odd black plants begin to shoot up in Bloom by Kenneth Oppel. They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollen—and feed. Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens seem immune. Anaya, Petra and Seth. What’s their connection? What’s their secret? A week ago, they wouldn’t have thought they had one. But they’d better figure it out fast—the invasion has already begun. (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. HarperCollins. February)
In The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper, Cal wants to be a journalist. But his plans are derailed when his pilot father is selected for a NASA mission to Mars. With the entire nation desperate for new information about the astronauts, Cal finds himself in the middle of a media circus. And then Cal meets Leon, whose mother is another astronaut on the mission, and he finds himself falling head over heels—and fast. When secrets are revealed about ulterior motives of the program, Cal must find a way to get to the truth without hurting anyone. (Hardcover. $24.50. RRC Price $22.05. Bloomsbury. February)
If I Go Missing by Brianna Jonnie & Nahanni Shingoose serves as a window into one of the unique dangers of being an Indigenous teen in Canada today. The text of the book is derived from excerpts of a letter written to the Winnipeg Chief of Police by fourteen-year-old Brianna Jonnie. In her letter, Jonnie calls out the authorities for neglecting to immediately investigate missing Indigenous people. Indigenous artist Neal Shannacappo provides the artwork for the graphic novel. Through his illustrations he imagines a situation in which a young Indigenous woman does disappear, portraying the reaction of her community, her friends, the police and media. (Hardcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Lorimer. December)
In Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed, knocking on doors for his local state senate candidate is not Jamie's idea of a good time. Maya's having the worst Ramadan ever and her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing. Going door to door isn’t exactly glamourous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural crush of the century is another. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Balzer + Bray. February)
Our “Be First” reading group for teens is a book club with a difference. Receive a preview copy of a selected title, read the book before it even hits the shelves, then join us to discuss it. Our "YA, I Read" book club is an extension of the "Be First" group for those who are 18+. The registration fee is $5.00 for both groups. The pre-publication copies are limited. Please sign up ASAP. For more information, visit the Kids desk or call 204-475-0492. (Please note: these clubs are only available at our Winnipeg Grant Park location.)
"Be First" Selections
JANUARY: Infinity Son by Adam Silvera (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. HarperCollins. January) Our group meets Wednesday January 15 at 7:00 pm.
FEBRUARY: Havenfall by Sara Holland (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Bloomsbury. March) Our group meets Wednesday February 12 at 7:00 pm.
"YA, I Read" Selections
JANUARY: Furious Thing by Jenny Downham (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Scholastic. January) Our group meets Wednesday January 22 at 7:00 pm.
FEBRUARY: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara (Hardcover. $32.95. RRC Price $29.65. McClelland & Stewart. February) Our group meets Wednesday February 19 at 7:00 pm.
As You Like It. Royal MTC. January 7 - February 1. The Bard and the Beatles sweetly marry in this sparkling production of As You Like It. Set in the heart of 1960s Vancouver counterculture and the Okanagan forest, As You Like It cleverly blends Shakespeare’s gift with language and twenty-five Beatles songs performed live, including “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Let It Be” and “Here Comes the Sun.” royalmtc.ca
Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). Theatre Projects Manitoba. January 31 - February 15. Written by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is an exuberant comedy and feminist revisioning of Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet. It takes us from a dusty office in Canada’s Queen’s University where Constance Ledbelly, a beleaguered “spinster” academic, deciphers an ancient manuscript and is propelled into the fraught and furious worlds of two of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies. The famous plays are then turned upside-down in a gender-bendy, big-hearted romp where irony and anger co-exist with innocence and poignancy. theatreprojectsmanitoba.ca
Lindo Maravilhoso! Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. February 9. With drummer Kiko Freitas and guitarist Marco Castillo. Hear Samba and Bossa Nova played at its finest. One of the most in-demand drummers in Brazil, Freitas has toured the world with João Bosco, and has performed with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Legrand, John Patitucci, and most of Brazil's top tier musicians over the course of his long and distinguished career. Winnipeg guitarist and singer Marco Castillo joins us for a concert that promises to be Lindo Maravilhoso! winnipegjazzorchestra.com
The MCO presents: cellist Ariel Barnes and conductor Earl Stafford. Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. February 12. Award-winning Canadian cellist Ariel Barnes joins the MCO in performances of Holst’s folk-inspired St. Paul’s Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Mozart-inspired String Serenade and Rococo. Ariel will also premiere a new cello concerto by the popular Canadian composer Marcus Goddard. The august Earl Stafford, RWB's former music director, conducts this irresistible concert. Rumour has it that this may be the last concert under Earl’s baton as he transitions towards retirement. In any case, it will be a rare opportunity to see one of Canada’s great ballet conductors in action.themco.ca
La Nef and Seán Dagher, Sea Songs & Shanties. Camerata Nova. February 13. “When a song can quiet two dozen drunks, you can be confident that there is something there that’s worth listening to,” says music director Seán Dagher. Camerata Nova has invited the top early music group, La Nef from Montreal, to collaborate on a program of fun and historic sea songs and shanties. Ross Brownlee, conductor/singer; Seán Dagher, curator/conductor. cameratanova.com
Festival du Voyageur. February 14-23. Celebrate the joviality of French Canadian Culture with the largest winter festival in Western Canada! Voyageur, Métis and First Nations histories are brought back to life through music of old, traditional cuisine, snow sculptures, captivating shows, the historical interpretation inside a reconstructed Fort Gibraltar, and more. Offering a vast array of historical, recreational and educational activities, Festival du Voyageur has something for all tastes and all ages! heho.ca
The Mush Hole. MTYP. February 21-29. Co-presented with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. Created by award-winning dance artist Santee Smith, The Mush Hole is a powerful and timely performance that uses song, dance and theatre to explore the lives and spirits of children who were forced to attend Ontario’s Mohawk Institute residential school. Recommended for ages 13 plus. mtyp.ca
ICONS AND INCENSE: Music of the Russian Orthodox Tradition. The Winnipeg Singers. February 23. Our popular bi-annual series will feature two works: The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by Peter Tchaikovsky and a new one we commissioned, Missa Brevis, with movements composed by Neil Weisensel, Jesse Krause, Ian Campbell and Karen Sunabaka. Rounding off the concert will be John Tavener’s Svyti (O Holy One) featuring cellist Yuri Hooker. winnipegsingers.com
Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet. Royal Winnipeg Ballet. February 26 - March 1. Drawn to Paris by the city’s passion, a flame fuelled by the hearts of lovers and the souls of poets, Matthew and Nathalie tempt fate as they seek love and destiny at The Moulin Rouge®—the most famous cabaret in history. Seen by over 125,000 people, Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet returns with a flurry of high-kicking choreography set to a rousing French soundtrack. rwb.org
The Lake Shaker. FortWhyte Alive. March 7. An unforgettable evening in the wild, the Lake Shaker comes complete with all of your favourite winter experiences. You can count on warm bonfires, cold beverages, live music, outdoor adventure—and a few surprises. Featuring tobogganing, bannock roasting, ice bar, broomball, delicious cocktails, photobooth, games and more. Tickets available at FortWhyte January 29. fortwhyte.org
By Grand Central Station. Prairie Theatre Exchange. March 11-29. A Heavy Bell Production. Eight musicians and two dancers bring to life a story of love, seen through the lens of one woman’s experience and poetry. One of Canada’s most revered female poets, Elizabeth Smart’s seminal work inspired musicians Matt Peters and Tom Keenan, of local band Heavy Bell, to adapt the poetic novel into a song cycle, crafted into a dance and theatre performance, with all the joy and despair of love. pte.mb.ca
Live Five Presents The Wolves. Jan 9–12 and 16–19. The Refinery. A girls' indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their stretch circle, nine girls question and navigate the world around them. This provocative play captures the raw beauty of adolescence as these bright, vulnerable, goofy young women learn to maneuver the game, their lives, and a growing understanding of a complicated world. livefive.ca/season/the-wolves/
Malanka-Ukrainian New Year Celebration. January 11. Dakota Dunes Casino is proud to host Malanka 2020—a celebration of the Ukrainian New Year. With a menu of authentic Ukrainian food, a performance by the Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet Ensemble and music by Ukrainian Zabava band UB, our Malanka is not to be missed! dakotadunescasino.com
Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra. January 18 at 7:30 pm. Robert Hinitt Castle Theatre. Join the Philharmonic Choir for an evening of theme music from all eight Harry Potter movies as well as Downton Abbey. Also featuring works by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. saskatoonphilharmonicorchestra.com
Winterruption. January 22-26. Winterruption is back for its fifth year of great music, film, comedy and more! This year they’ve got an amazing twenty shows in eight venues over four days. The Broadway Theatre is the organizer and is helped immensely by our presenting sponsor STRATA Development, as well as more than 100 incredible volunteers! winterruptionsk.ca
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Presents The Little Mermaid. January 25 at 7:30pm. TCU Place. Disney’s animated classic, The Little Mermaid will be given new life for a special evening at TCU Place. As The Little Mermaid plays on a large movie screen, Eric Paetkau will lead the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra performing the film’s Oscar® and Grammy®-winning score live to film. saskatoonsymphony.org
Nutrien WinterShines Festival. January 25-February 2. Saskatoon Farmer's Market. Nutrien WinterShines is one of Saskatoon's must-attend winter events! Featuring an ice park, ice sculpture garden, winter camp in the city, soup cook-off and so much more! Celebrate local culture and Saskatoon's "cool" winter culture! nutrienwintershines.ca
Persephone Theatre Presents Reasonable Doubt. January 29-February 12. Rawlco Radio Hall. A controversial court decision rocks Saskatchewan, unleashing pent up mistrust, pain and anger. The need for us to speak our truth becomes undeniable in the aftermath of Colten Boushie’s tragic death. This documentary play with live music, created from hundreds of interviews with people in our community and woven with transcripts from the Gerald Stanley trial, offers an opening for honest dialogue and a step toward shared healing. Created by Joel Bernbaum, Lancelot Knight and Yvette Nolan. persephonetheatre.org/shows/play/reasonable-doubt/
Celebrating Métis Culture and Education — Gabriel Dumont Institute 40th Anniversary. February 7-8. Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre. Founded in 1980, the Gabriel Dumont Institute is an educational and cultural institute owned by the Métis people of Saskatchewan. The Institute will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on February 7-8, 2020 in Saskatoon. Order of Gabriel Dumont Awards will be issued to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who have worked to enhance the well-being of the Métis. gdins.org/about/events
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Presents Thomas Yu. February 8 at 7:30pm. TCU Place. Maestro Eric Paetkau has created a special program that explores a cross-section of thrilling music, including Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, Vincent Ho’s Earthbeat and the music of Saskatchewan-born composer Nicole Lizée. Pianist Thomas Yu also returns home to Saskatoon for a special performance of Saint-Saën’s fifth piano concerto. Join us in-store for a pre-concert chat with Eric and Mark on February 4th at 7pm! saskatoonsymphony.org
Live 5 Presents Unmasked. February 28–March 1 and March 5-8. The Refinery. With her own memories, journal entries, doctors' notes, and interviews as source material, performer Megan Zong retraces her steps through her encounter with psychosis. Childhood friend-turned-experimental musician respectfulchild mirrors this journey with an original musical score that accompanies but also guides a dance-like journey through memory and healing. livefive.ca/season/unmasked/
WARM UP WITH PRAIRIE INK'S WINTER FARE
Warm your body and brighten your soul throughout the chilly days of winter with food specials and drinks from Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery.
TREAT YOUR VALENTINE TO A SPECIAL DINNER
On Friday February 14, bring your Valentine to Prairie Ink. Reservations are recommended in Winnipeg and required in Saskatoon. In Winnipeg call 204-975-2659, and in Saskatoon call 955-3579.
JOIN US FOR WINE NIGHT EVERY THURSDAY
In Winnipeg, enjoy selected bottles of wine at half price from 4:00 pm until close every Thursday at Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery, but remember to please drink responsibly. (Winnipeg location only.)
Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night. In Winnipeg the music starts at 8:30 pm, and in Saskatoon it kicks off at 8:00 pm.
For more information on Prairie Ink, or to make a reservation, please give us a call:
Winnipeg 204-975-2659 • Saskatoon 306-955-3579
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