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March & April 2016

 


 

IN THIS ISSUE

BOOKS
Living the Literary Life || Manitoba Fiction: The Long and the Short of It |Chester Brown, the Bible, and Prostitution |New in Paperback |What to Read |Author of the Month |Poetry's Northern Lights Shine on Brightly |Welcome Spring with Some Great New Fiction || Hidden Histories || CityScapes || Wondrous Ruins |Your Garden Awaits You |Inspire a Grad |Personal Productivity |Saskatchewan Book Awards |Winning Isn't Everything || Let's Solve a Mystery || Lives Lived with Passion 

NEWS, MEDIA, and GIFTS
Colt Express: A train robber's delight || Gurevich Fine Art: Nieve |S'well is Good For You & The Environment || In Memoriam: Gord Shillingford, Don Marks || Purich Publishing Secures Its Future || Our Sights & Sounds || Our Vibrant Communities: Winnipeg & Saskatoon || Springtime at Prairie Ink 

FOR BABIES, KIDS, and TEENS
 Happy Baby! || March is Nutrition Month || Mother & Child Storytime Tea || Teddy Bear Picnic |Musical Storytime || Create Your Own Fairy Tales with Story Box || The KLUTZ Giant Spring Break Extravaganza || April is Poetry Month || DESTINY: Writing Contest || Fantastic Fiction || Family Ties || Explore the Great Outdoors || A Dog Named Susan || The Kid's Watch List || Far, Far Away || Saved By Poetry, Driven by Music || The "Be First" Book Club || The Teen Watch List

 

 

Living the Literary Life


Famed for her novels, Charlotte Brontë has been known as well for her insular, tragic family life. Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman delves behind this image to reveal a life in which loss and heartache existed alongside rebellion and fierce ambition. Harman seizes on a crucial moment in the 1840s when Charlotte worked at a girls’ school in Brussels and fell hopelessly in love with the husband of the school’s headmistress. Her torment spawned an obsessive, unrequited love, transforming her from the tragic figure we have previously known into a smouldering Jane Eyre. (Hardcover. $39.95. Knopf. March)

Great philosophy meets powerful biography in At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell. This fascinating portrait of mid-20th century Paris focuses on the characters of leading existential thinkers — Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus and their circle — who loved and hated, drank and debated with each other, and forever changed the way we think about thinking. Starting with Paris after the devastation of the Second World War, Bakewell takes us inside the passionate debates and equally passionate lives of these brilliant, if flawed, characters. (Hardcover. $34.00. Knopf. March)

Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s “Writers & Company” since its 1990 inception, is one of the English-speaking world’s most respected and sought-after interviewers. The Best of Writers & Company celebrates her show’s twenty-fifth anniversary, and presents her conversations with legendary authors like Jonathan Franzen, Alice Munro, and J.M. Coetzee, who share their views on process, the writing life and the hazards of literary fame. (Softcover. $22.95. Biblioasis. April)

David Foster Wallace and His Many-Faceted Meta Friends. Book nerd Lara Rae looks at David Foster Wallace and some of the other giants of meta or postmodern fiction, in the Community Classroom of our Winnipeg store, April 18, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Pre-registration is required. Cost $25 per person. Register online.

 

Manitoba Fiction: The Long and the Short of It


Winnipeg is a place of extremes. Winters are fierce and relentless, summers unbearably hot. It has been both the murder capital of Canada and the Slurpee capital of the world. The Shadow Over Portage and Main edited by Keith Cadieux and Dustin Geeraert features Winnipeg writers, including McNally Robinson’s very own Brock Peters, who have been inspired, horrified and/or changed by the city. Discover the dread, weirdness and whimsy that is unique to Winnipeg. (Softcover. $19.95. Great Plains. April)  Winnipeg Event Apr. 20

Fame can be fickle. In No Escape from Greatness by Jeffrey John Eyamie, nobody knows that better than overnight sensation Gabriel Pegg . . . you know, Port-o-Potty Guy . . . from Erratic Automatic. Remember him? He went from the penthouse to the outhouse, and now Gabriel is persona non grata in the entertainment biz. Broke, behind on his child support payments, and a wanted man, Gabriel heads to the only place he has left: Greatness, Manitoba, population... I don't know, but there's one traffic light. Returning to sever all family responsibilities so that he can assume his rightful place as a world-venerated artist, he somehow manages to sign himself up for six-days-a-week custody of his 11-year-old daughter. Gabriel realizes there might just be no Escape From Greatness. (Softcover. $19.00. Turnstone. March)  Winnipeg Event Mar. 24

Poor Wally. In Visiting Fellow by David Williamson, it’s the mid-1990s, and middle age history professor Wally Baxter is recently divorced and looking for love. No easy task in this age of hyper political correctness. Wally’s mind boggles at the complicated set of romantic rules that have sprung up in the last 20 years, but he manages to stumble his way into a budding romance with the young widow Carolyn. Seeking respite from his ever mutable ex-wife, Wally decides to take his brand new paramour on a short-term sabbatical to the University of Tasmania. Only time will tell if hapless Wally Baxter can get his life and love in order in the land down under. (Softcover. $19.00. Turnstone. March)  E  Winnipeg Event Mar. 31

Maddy makes a fine living as a singing-telegram performer and is the proud mother to an over-achiever. The downside? She’s in a mentally abusive relationship with her husband that she fears may turn physical at any time. Unable to live with her unstable spouse any longer, she moves into her car. Heartfelt and humorous, No Fire Escape in Hell by Kim Cayer follows Maddy as she encounters the goodness in some folk and the badness in others. (Softcover. $18.95. Roundfire Books. February)

Somewhere a Long and Happy Life Probably Awaits You by Jill Sexsmith explores the peculiar places we look for validation, for purpose, for a life we might recognize as wholly our own. As the off-kilter heroes and heroines in this debut collection of short stories struggle with relationships, Sexsmith deftly cuts through raw and intimate moments to traverse the everyday and the unexpected to delightful effect. (Softcover. $18.95. ARP. April)

 

Chester Brown, the Bible, and Prostitution


The iconoclastic cartoonist of Louis Riel and Paying for It: A comic-strip memoir about being a john, Chester Brown, returns with a polemic interpretation of the Bible that will be one of the most controversial and talked-about graphic novels of 2016. Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Brown’s fascinating thesis about biblical representations of prostitution.

Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus is a fitting follow-up to Brown’s graphic memoir Paying for It, which was reviewed twice in The New York Times and hailed by sex workers for Brown’s advocacy for the decriminalization and normalization of prostitution.

Brown approaches the Bible as he did the life of Louis Riel, making these stories readable and pertinent to a modern audience. In classic Chester Brown fashion, he provides extensive handwritten endnotes that delve into the biblical lore that informs Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus. (Hardcover. $24.95. Drawn & Quarterly. April)

 

New in PAPERBACK


MARCH 30% OFF: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. $22.00. Our March 30% Off Price $15.40. Knocked sideways by grief when her father dies, Macdonald becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and embarks on the strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals. Macdonald unflinchingly describes her spiritual journey out of despair during the process of the hawk’s taming and the even more difficult process of her own untaming. A book about memory and nature, H is for Hawk is the powerful story of one woman’s journey to the limits of grief and love. (Hamish Hamilton. March)

APRIL 30% OFF: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. $22.00. Our April 30% Off Price $15.40. Monsieur Perdu is a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore on the Seine, he prescribes novels as medicine to mend broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to  heal through literature is himself. He’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love, Manon, disappeared, leaving him  with only a letter which he has never opened. Filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is for book lovers and anyone else who believes in the power of stories in people’s lives. (Broadway Books. March)

The World Beyond Your Head by Matthew B. Crawford. $21.00. In his new book, the author of Shop Class as Soulcraft argues that the key to personal happiness is to gain control of our mental lives. He addresses the crisis of attention: where we focus — or cannot focus — affects our sense of self. As our mental lives become more fragmented, what is at stake can be nothing less than whether we can maintain a coherent self. The key to a better life is to get command, not just of one’s physical environment, but of one’s mental life too. (Allen Lane. April)

Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon. $22.00. Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the outbreak of WWII. But the politics of his youth have made him a target of the McCarthy witch-hunts. Faced with deportation, he makes a bargain with the CIA: he will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin. The author of The Good German captures the ambience of postwar East Berlin in this sweeping novel about a city caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupation. (Washington Square. March)

The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier. $22.00. The Right to Be Cold is a human story of resilience, commitment and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman who, in spite of many obstacles, rose from humble beginnings in the Arctic community of Kuujjuaq, Quebec — where she was raised by a single parent and grandmother and travelled by dog team in a traditional, ice-based Inuit hunting culture — to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural and human rights advocates in the world. (Allen Lane. March)

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. $19.95. A memoir to help change our understanding of the world around us, Naoki’s empathetic book takes us into the mind of a boy with severe autism. Autistic and with very low verbal fluency, 13-year-old Naoki Higashida used an alphabet grid to painstakingly spell out his answers to the questions he imagines others most often wonder about him as he examines issues as diverse and complex as self-harm, perceptions of time and beauty, and the challenges of communication. (Vintage. April)

Vanessa and her Sister by Priya Parmar. $17.95. In 1905, Virginia and Vanessa Stephens and their brothers, all in their twenties, orphaned and unmarried, started holding unconventional weekly gatherings in Bloomsbury homes. Most of the young guests would become famous as they blazed new artistic paths. Told from Vanessa’s point of view, Parmar’s second novel charts the group’s friendships, love affairs, and in particular, her own troubled relationship with her brilliant sister, who later became famous as Virginia Woolf. (Anchor. March)

On the Move by Oliver Sacks. $22.00. When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.” This book makes it abundantly clear that Sacks never stopped until he passed away from a rare form of cancer last August. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, Sasks’ memoir is infused with his restless energy as he tells the story of an unconventional physician and writer who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human. (Vintage. March)

The Lady from Zagreb by Philip Kerr. $21.00. The Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels — close confidant of Hitler, an ambitious schemer, flagrant libertine, and head of the giant German film company UFA — wants a beautiful actress to star in a new movie. But the actress is resisting, all too aware of his designs on her. In the 10th Bernie Gunther novel, it’s Bernie’s job to persuade her. But one thing leads to another, and Bernie finds himself in a world of mindless brutality where everyone has a hidden agenda. (Putnam. March)

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker. $22.00. Since the 1940s, we have been leeching the taste out of what we grow while creating a flavour industry in an attempt to put back the tastes we’ve engineered out of our food. The result is a cuisine that increasingly resembles the paragon of flavour manipulation: Doritos. As our food becomes increasingly bland, we dress it up with calories and chemicals to make it delicious again. The results are killing us. The Dorito Effect weaves a tale of how we got to this point and where we are headed. (Simon & Schuster. April)

Heretic by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. $21.00. For centuries it has seemed as if Islam is immune to change. But Hirsi Ali has come to believe that a revision of Islamic doctrine aimed at reconciling the religion with modernity is now at hand. Continuing her personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard, the controversial author of Infidel and Nomad makes a powerful plea for an Islamic Reformation as the only way to end the horrors of terrorism and sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities. (Vintage. March)

The Night Stages by Jane Urquhart. $22.00. Living on the westerly tip of Ireland in the 1950s, Tamara begins an affair with a charismatic meteorologist named Niall. At first her romance is filled with passionate secrecy, but when Niall’s younger brother, Kieran, disappears after a bicycle race, Niall blames himself and falls into a deep depression. As Tamara revisits the circumstances that brought her to Ireland and the family entanglement that has forced her into exile, she slowly interweaves her life story with Kieran’s as she searches for the truth about Niall. (Emblem. April)

Birdie by Tracey Lindberg. $22.99. A big, beautiful Cree woman with a dark secret in her past, Bernice (”Birdie”) leaves her home in northern Alberta to travel to Gibsons, B.C. She is on something of a vision quest, looking for family, for home, for understanding. She also wants to meet Pat Johns — Jesse from The Beachcombers — because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Birdie is a darkly comic debut novel about an extraordinary woman who travels to the deepest part of herself to face the past and build a new life. (HarperCollins. February)

 

What To READ


With the passing of the literary torch to a new generation, Chris Hall, a passionate reader with almost 20 years of bookselling experience, has taken up the challenge of continuing Holly McNally’s stewardship of our What to Read suggestions with personal recommendations that reflect attention to the care and craft of good writing.

The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck. Softcover. $21.95. This novel opens with the story of a young couple mourning the loss of their months-old baby daughter. The second section asks how things could have gone differently if the baby hadn’t died. The novel then continues the story of the daughter as if she had survived. And on the novel goes, drawing to several closes, only to continue in alternate directions. The result is a moving experience, a novel that illustrates the details upon which all our lives turn, where even insignificant events turn out to be much larger than expected. (Norton. March)

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra. Softcover. $24.95. Marra is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, a novel that caught the attention of many of us. Now he brings this set of interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war and the redemptive power of art. It introduces us to a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect: a 1930s Soviet censor; a chorus of women who recount their stories and those of their grandmothers; former gulag prisoners; two pairs of brothers who share a fierce, protective love. The reader is left with a real sense of how history reverberates into the present. (Vintage. October)

Blood-Drenched Beard by Daniel Galera. Softcover. $20.00. A young man’s father, dying, tells him the truth about his grandfather or at least the truth as he knows it. The mean old gaucho was murdered by some fellow villagers in Garopaba, a town on the Atlantic coast now famous for its surfing and fishing. With no strong ties to his current life, the young man is prompted to journey to the town where he begins to make enquiries. But information doesn’t come easily and the mystery becomes a secondary concern as the young man’s story becomes one of self-discovery instead. (Penguin. February)

The Crossing by Andrew Miller. Softcover. $22.99. Miller has been selected as a staff pick at least twice by booksellers at McNally Robinson over the years, so we think he’s one to try. This new novel tells the story of the seemingly ill-matched couple, Maud, a scientist and only child, and Tim, a musician from a large family. She is emotionally cool, he wears his heart on his sleeve. When a tragedy occurs, Maud seems unscathed, but she tells no one of her plan to sail single-handed across the Atlantic. This is the story of her emotional journey, as affecting as her physical journey becomes nail-bitingly dramatic. (Sceptre. November)

Wages of Rebellion by Chris Hedges. Softcover. $21.00. Hedges is back with an investigation of what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion and resistance. His message is clear: popular uprisings across the globe are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization. For Hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life. From South African activists to anti-fracking protesters in Alberta, he shows the cost of a life committed to speaking the truth and demanding justice. (Vintage. March)

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus by Douglas Rushkoff. Hardcover. $37.00. Rushkoff is a provocateur in the best sense of the word. Here he takes on mega-companies that are coming ever closer to creating monopolies for themselves. Not since the original charters, granted by European monarchs to newly formed corporations, have monopolies been so common. Nor has wealth been concentrated among so few. What are the alternatives? Rushkoff offers many insights into the way the world is and the world as he thinks it could be. (Portfolio. March)

The Witches by Stacy Schiff. Hardcover. $38.50. Schiff caused a sensation with her last book, Cleopatra. Now she turns herattention to the crisis in Salem where, over the exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter of 1692, a minister’s daughter began to scream and convulse. Less than a year later it ended, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged as witches and an elderly man crushed to death. It would be easy for us to dismiss the residents of Salem as out of their minds, but Schiff teases out the myriad ways that we’re still a lot like them. (Little, Brown. November)

This Marlowe by Michelle Butler Hallett. Hardcover. $32.95. Take a journey back to Elizabethan England in 1593, where two rival spymasters plot from the shadows. Their goal is to control succession upon the aged queen’s death. The man on which their schemes depend is Christopher Marlowe, a cobbler’s son from Canterbury who has defied expectations and become an accomplished poet and playwright. Now that the plague has closed the theatres, Marlowe must resume the dangerous work for which he was originally recruited: intelligence and espionage. An historical novel with a contemporary edge, This Marlowe measures the weight of the body politic, the torment of the flesh, and the state of the soul. (Goose Lane. March)

SPQR by Mary Beard. Hardcover. $45.00. Beard has spent a lifetime studying ancient Rome. Only now does she feel ready to write an overall history of the sprawling imperial metropolis of more than a million inhabitants (a “mixture of luxury and filth, liberty and exploitation, civic pride and murderous civil war”) that served as the seat of power for an empire that spanned from Spain to Syria, a civilization that even two thousand years later still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury and beauty. (Norton. December)

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Softcover. $22.00. A finalist for the Man Booker Prize last year as well as named on several “Best of the Year” lists, A Little Life follows four college classmates — broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition — as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A deeply immersive novel that you can truly get lost in. (Anchor. February)

 

AUTHOR OF THE MONTH

MARCH
Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer is one of Canada’s most successful science fiction writers. He is the only Canadian (and one of only 8 writers in the world) to have won all three of the top international awards for science fiction: the 1995 Nebula Award for The Terminal Experiment, the 2003 Hugo Award for Hominids, and the 2006 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Mindscan. A passionate advocate for science fiction, Sawyer teaches creative writing and appears frequently in the media to discuss his genre. He prefers the label “philosophical fiction,” and in no way sees himself as a predictor of the future. His mission statement for his writing is “To combine the intimately human with the grandly cosmic.”

In his new novel, Quantum Night, experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying psychopaths. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim discovers that he has lost the memories of a six month period of his life from twenty years previously, a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

Spoiler alert: Part of the book is set in Saskatoon and Winnipeg, and even includes a scene at a McNally Robinson bookstore. (Hardcover. $30.00. Penguin. March)

 E  Winnipeg Event Mar. 3 & Saskatoon Event Mar. 8 


APRIL
Camilla Läckberg

Born in 1974, Camilla Läckberg graduated from the Gothenburg University of Economics, before moving to Stockholm where she worked for a few years as an economist. However, a course in creative crime writing became the trigger to a drastic change of career. Her first four novels all became Swedish bestsellers. Now her work is published around the world in twenty-five languages. Läckberg’s books are always set in or around her birthplace, the small Swedish west coast town of Fjällbacka. She lives in a suburb of Stockholm, with her husband Martin and her three children.

Läckberg’s latest psychological thriller featuring Detective Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck is The Ice Child. A semi-naked girl wanders through the woods in freezing cold weather. When she finally reaches the road, a car comes out of nowhere and hits her. By the time Detective Patrik Hedstrom receives word of the accident, the girl has already been identified. Four months ago she disappeared on her way home from the local riding school, and no one has seen her since. It quickly becomes clear that she has been subjected to unimaginably brutal treatment. And it’s likely she’s not the only one. Meanwhile, Patrik’s wife, crime writer Erica Falck, is looking into an old case that casts Patrik’s investigation in a whole new light. (Softcover. $22.99. HarperCollins. April)

 

Colt Express: A train robber's delight


On the 11th of July, 1899 at 10 am, the Union Pacific Express has left Folsom, New Mexico, with 47 passengers on board. After a few minutes, gunfire and hurrying footsteps on the roof can be heard. Heavily armed bandits have come to rob honest citizens of their wallets and jewels.

In Colt Express you are a bandit! Dodging the marshal, competing with your fellow desperadoes and grabbing the loot. Your opponents can be punched or shot as you maneuver through the cars and on the roof of an actual 3-D train as your game board. Clever card mechanics mean injuries are real without any player elimination and the train changes length for 2-5 bandits to enjoy a frantic scramble. Try the 2015 German game of the year now!

For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 & up. Playing time 30-40 minutes. $62.50.

 

Poetry's Northern Lights Shine on Brightly


“A society without poetry and the other arts would have broken its mirror and cut out its heart.” — Margaret Atwood.

Measures of Astonishment, compiled by the League of Canadian Poets with an introduction by Glen Sorestad, is an eclectic mix of personal and formal essays that offer a glimpse into the minds of some of Canada’s most influential poets. Contributors include Margaret Atwood, Glen Sorestad, Tim Lilburn, A.F. Moritz, Mark Abley, Robert Currie, Don McKay and Gregory Scofield. Measures of Astonishment offers unique perspectives as to what poetry is, what it does, and why it matters. (Softcover. $27.95. University of Regina Press. March)

In her third collection, Lori Cayer explodes the myth of happiness through a multi-faceted lens of anthropology, socio-biology, sociology, psychology, archaeology, medicine and philosophy. Hinging on erasure and found material, Dopamine Blunder investigates these fundamental questions as our millennium unfolds with equal parts uncertainty and trepidation. (Softcover. $19.95. Tightrope Books. April)

In Never Mind, Katherine Lawrence constructs a centuries-old immigrant tale that is fiercely feminist, surprisingly modern and darkly funny. The voice in these exquisite poems is a 19th century woman who straddles both old and new worlds as she navigates her own interior landscape. Observations are wry, intimate, and shot with musicality. This muscular collection pays tribute to the long poem while extending the tradition with fragments from letters, diary entries, sketches, dialogue, and an ongoing communion with the natural world. “Who knocks?” asks Wife in Never Mind. “Maple leaves reddened with gossip — Come in.” (Softcover. $17.00. Turnstone. April)  E  Saskatoon Event Apr. 28

Martial Music, George Amabile’s eleventh book of  poetry, explores the relationships between civilization, technology, empire and human violence. These are tough poems for tough times, our times, when military conflict, environmental disaster and gun violence dominate the news. Provocative and unflinching, Martial Music is an urgent libretto against the militaristic tendencies that surround us and an invocation of a more peaceful and sincere world. (Softcover. $14.95. Signature Editions. April)  E  Winnipeg Event Apr. 21

A Map in My Blood by Carla Braidek is a collection informed by tradition, but its subject matter crystallizes in the personal search for meaning. Life’s constant flux shifts the perspective and importance of events and ideas. Everyday moments and seemingly inconsequential acts are allowed their due, while peace and strength show through the loss and effort. In the backdrop, the boreal forest comes alive as the forest, the woman and the words share the work for meaning and create the beauty in these poems. Carla Braidek lives and writes in the boreal forest near Big River, Saskatchewan. Her book Carrying the Sun was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award. (Softcover. $17.95. Thistledown. April)  E  Saskatoon Event May 5

The poems in Wind Leaves Absence by Mary Maxwell are steeped in loss and lament, as they concern the death of the poet’s family members. Sickness and old age come to her father, and her two brothers are taken before their time, two years apart. Through this emotional counterpoint to life’s implacable realities, Maxwell learns that self-recrimination, denial or anger cannot change the course of events. Grief is a singular experience, and these poems convey that intimacy. Mary Maxwell is the author of the collection Arrangements, and her articles, short fiction, and poems have appeared in various anthologies and periodicals. She lives in Saskatoon. (Softcover. $17.95. Thistledown. April)  E  Saskatoon Event May 5

Recovering in hospital after a burst appendix, plagued by hallucinations and poisonous mistrust, Dennis Cooley retreats to memories of ancestors and of his rural Saskatchewan roots, in departures, his 20th book of poetry. The moon migrates, seasons cycle, and the body ebbs and flows. Drawing together the skeins of existence and his family's nearness, Cooley joyously intermingles poetry and science. In the end, faced with his own mortality, Cooley fights back with great, big clods of earthy humour and humility. (Softcover. $17.00. Turnstone. April)  E  Winnipeg Event Apr. 14

Many of the poems in Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe were written in response to the grim tide of emotions, memories, dreams and nightmares that arose in her as the Truth and Reconciliation process unfolded. With fearlessly wrought verse, Halfe describes how the experience of the residential schools continues to haunt those who survive, and how the effects pass like a virus from one generation to the next. Halfe’s poetic voice soars as she digs deep to discover the root of her pain while her images, created from the natural world, reveal the spiritual strength of her culture. Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for 2005-2006, Louise Bernice Halfe lives outside Saskatoon with her husband. Burning in the Midnight Dream is her fourth collection. (Softcover. $16.95. Coteau Books. April)  E  Saskatoon Event Apr. 14

 

Welcome Spring with Some Great New Fiction


Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier. A nobody. Level 2 trash going about her business in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border. But when she walks in on the murder while doing a late delivery, she gets stuck with a mysterious package that everyone wants, and her business is not her own anymore. The Courier by Gerald Brandt is a far-future science fiction debut with a cyberpunk tone. (Hardcover. $33.00. DAW. March)  E  Winnipeg Event Mar. 16 & Saskatoon Event Mar. 24  

Writing about WWII for the first time, Pat Barker completes the trilogy she began in Life Class with Noonday. Working alongside former friend Kit Neville, while her husband works as an air-raid warden, ambulance driver Elinor Brooke braves the bombs that fall on London in the autumn of 1940. With the constant risk of death making all three reach out for quick consolation, old loves resurface until Elinor is brought face to face with an impossible choice. (Softcover. $24.99. Hamish Hamilton. March)

Torn from her home and taken to St. Mark’s Residential School for Girls by government decree, Rose Marie finds herself in an alien world where not even her Blackfoot name is tolerated. Life becomes an endless series of torments. And then a miracle happens. Black Apple by Joan Crate explores themes of belief and belonging in a dramatic coming-of-age novel about a young Blackfoot girl who grows up in the residential school system on the Canadian prairies. (Hardcover. $32.00. Simon & Schuster. March)

In the summer of 1914, Agatha Kent is preparing to welcome the school’s new Latin teacher, Beatrice Nash, to the sleepy English village of Rye. Agatha’s nephews, both filled with their own dreams, are down for a visit. But when Hugh picks up Beatrice from the train station, life takes an interesting turn. Helen Simonson returns with The Summer Before the War, a novel full of the same wit and charm that made her bestselling Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand such a delight. (Hardcover. $35.00. Doubleday. April)

The weird and wonderful stories in Double Dutch, the debut collection of short stories by Laura Trunkey, deftly alternate between fantasy and reality. Ronald Reagan’s body double falls in love with the first lady; a single mother believes her toddler is the reincarnation of a terrorist; a man grieves for his wife after a bear takes over her body — these are just a few of the storylines to be found in this enchanting and, at times, heartbreaking collection. (Softcover. $19.95. House of Anansi. April)

Who hasn’t, at one time or another, considered killing a billionaire? Jacob Wren (Polyamorous Love Song, 2012) picks up the mantle of the politically and economically disenfranchised in Rich and Poor, the story of an immigrant pianist who finds himself washing dishes to make ends meet. As his protagonist awakens to the possibility of a solution, he formulates a plan in which the only answer is to get rid of “the 1%.” (Softcover. $20.00. BookThug. April)

When naturalist Walter Ash suddenly dies, his son, Paul, is obliged to complete his father’s expedition to the Amazon. Though he was born there, he holds no memory of the place, but neither the region nor its people have forgotten Paul. Set in the 19th century when Darwin was reshaping the world, Alissa York’s The Naturalist is a tale of loss, discovery and love. (Hardcover. $32.00. Random House. April)

 

Hidden Histories


1919 is often recalled as the year of the Winnipeg General Strike, but it was also the year that water from Shoal Lake first flowed in Winnipeg taps. For the Anishinaabe of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, construction of the aqueduct led to a chain of circumstances that culminated in their isolation on a man-made island where, for almost two decades now, they have lacked access to clean drinking water. In Aqueduct, Adele Perry analyses the development of Winnipeg’s municipal water supply as an example of the history of settler colonialism. What were the cultural, social, political and legal mechanisms that allowed the city of Winnipeg to deprive an Indigenous people of the very commodity — clean drinking water — that the city secured for itself? (Softcover. $14.95. ARP. March)  E  Winnipeg Event Apr. 25 

When Winnipeg’s Cy Gonick started the magazine Canadian Dimension in 1963 to provide a home for the analysis of leftist thought, it was immediately welcomed by left leaning intellectuals, scholars and students. Canada Since 1960 edited by Cy Gonick offers an account of the most important developments in Canadian history from the 1960s until today as presented in the pages of this influential magazine. Each chapter reviews a major theme, such as Canada-U.S. relations, the dynamics of Aboriginal-non-Aboriginal relations and the role of Canadian cultural work in shaping Canadian society. The result is a broad perspective on significant events and developments in recent Canadian history. (Softcover. $27.95. Lorimer. April)

Join Merrell-Ann Phare in the Community Classroom for Water Rights and Water Wrongs, a provocative discussion about water rights in Canada, including the situation facing indigenous communities, August 22 & August 29, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Pre-registration Required. Winnipeg location only. Cost $40.00 per person. Register online.

 

CityScapes


Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You’ll never see the city the same way again. Buildings transform when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it. Studying architecture the way a burglar would, Manaugh takes readers through walls, down elevator shafts, into panic rooms, up to the buried vaults of banks and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting city. (Softcover. $24.95. M&S. April)

The defining urban public space since the dawn of democracy, the city square often embraces a variety of historical themes, whether they be cultural, geopolitical, anthropological or architectural. For City Squares, editor Catie Marron has selected the work of eighteen renowned writers, including David Remnick, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Skloot, Rory Stewart and Adam Gopnik, to evoke the spirit and history of some of the world’s most recognized and significant city squares, accompanied by illustrations from equally distinguished photographers. (Hardcover. $40.50. HarperCollins. April)

 

Wondrous Ruins


In 1839, when John Lloyd Stephens, a U.S. special ambassador to Central America, and Frederick Catherwood, a British architect and draftsman, set out into the unexplored jungles of the Yucatan, Charles Darwin was aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, the Bible was the basic template of history, and most people believed the world was less than 6,000 years old. Then deep in the jungles, Stephens and Catherwood stumbled upon the wondrous ruins of the Mayan civilization, an astonishing find that would change western understanding of human history.

In Jungle of Stone, William Carlsen uncovers the rich history of the ruins as he follows Stephens’ and Catherwood’s journey through present day Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Drawing upon Stephens’ journals and Catherwood’s detailed illustrations, Carlsen tells the intriguing story of the forgotten tale of two great 19th century voyagers and their quest to uncover and understand the ancient world’s most advanced civilization amid the jungles of Central America. (Hardcover. $35.99. HarperCollins. April)

 

Nieve

on display in March 2016


Gurevich Fine Art @ McNally Robinson is a showcase gallery located in the Winnipeg location of our Prairie Ink Restaurant. Exhibits feature four to six artists and run for three months. The art can be purchased by contacting Gurevich Fine Art.

The cold and snow comes indoors with the latest Gurevich Fine Art @ McNally Robinson exhibit, Nieve. Nieve features a diverse collection of winter-themed work from artists KC Adams, Andrew Beck, Robert Sim, Diana Thorneycroft and Bette Woodland. These artists merge in a compelling, snowy exhibit.

KC Adams is interested in socio-economic issues faced by North America’s consumerist culture. Her main focus has been the investigation of the dynamic relationship between nature (the living) and technology (progress). Her intent is to create work that represents the human struggle to control our environment as well as the love/hate relationship we have over our excessive habit of consumption and conformity. Raised in a culture that emphasizes the wonders of technology, yet still romanticizes nature and the natural world, she tries to make sense of our present and future through her art.

Andrew Beck works in a cross-disciplinary method. His paintings describe a place through colour theory with special attention to relative value of the colours. In his landscape paintings, this could be described as atmospheric perspective. For Andrew, painting takes images and expands them, converting experience to art, image to surface.

Robert Sim’s works are mostly done from memory, some directly from life and some from photographic references. Elements in his paintings are sometimes added, subtracted or rearranged to emphasize different features of the scene. For instance, in a painting, the colour of snow might be changed or hydro poles might be removed to make the scene more aesthetically pleasing.

Diana Thorneycroft has exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. Her provocative and intelligent photographs have caught the eyes of curators and viewers around the world.

Bette Woodland’s paintings begin with a response to a particular experience of the landscape, figure or still life. Her works are not descriptive in the photo-realist sense, but evolve intuitively, guided by an involvement with quality of light used to reveal objects and as a way of making certain feelings intelligible.

Each artist’s work is different from the other, but all follow a similar theme. The body of work helps the viewer see the beauty in Winnipeg’s cold winter months.

Please note that Gurevich Fine Arts is a Winnipeg institution, and as such all GFA @ MRB exhibitions take place exclusively at our Winnipeg location.

 

Your Garden Awaits You


Gardeners rejoice. The first day of spring is March 20. Whether large or small, your garden awaits you.

Many of us are redefining the gardening experience by utilizing small urban spaces — balconies, patios and even rooftops — and growing our own fruits, vegetables, and herbs, both at home and in community gardens. In The New Canadian Garden, Canada’s gardening guru, Mark Cullen, has a wealth of suggestions about which crops work best for your particular space, as well as tips on how to attract birds, bees and butterflies to your garden. (Softcover. $19.99. Dundurn. March)

1001 Plants to Dream of Growing edited by Liz Dobbs is a generously illustrated, fact-filled volume that showcases more than 1,000 outstanding plants that run the gamut from childhood favourites and heirloom rediscoveries to the latest hybrids and cultivars. Chosen by an expert team of garden writers and plant lovers with the home gardener in mind, featured plants delight the senses by providing delicious fruit or beauty in flower, foliage, or scent. (Hardcover. $36.95. Rizzoli. April)

With its inspiring photography, clear instructions, and friendly advice, Grow Vegetables by Alan Buckingham will have you growing tomatoes, eggplant, peas, and everything in between in no time. Whether you are an experienced gardener looking to expand your horizons or a foodie seeking your own organic or obscure vegetables, this is a one-stop, step-by-step gardening reference. Includes a year-long planner and “vegetable doctor” section with troubleshooting tips. (Softcover. $25.95. DK. February)

In The Bee-Friendly Garden, garden designer Kate Frey and bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything you need to know to create a colourful, vibrant and healthy garden that helps both the threatened honeybee and native bees. From “super blooming” flowers to lists of recommended regional plants, The Bee-Friendly Garden is an essential tool for every gardener who wants to create an abundant, flower-filled yard that nurtures bees and supports biodiversity. (Softcover. $25.99. Ten Speed Press. February)

Food to Grow by Canada’s Frankie Flowers is a simple, no-fail guide to growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs. Whether you have space for a few pots or a back forty, Frankie Flowers helps you make your dream of home-grown treats a fun and tasty reality. Loaded with inspiring photographs, Food to Grow includes a detailed A-Z index of over fifty of Canada’s most popular home crops. (Softcover. $29.99. HarperCollins. March)

Laura Reeves explores the world of edible plants in Wild Edibles, a series of four separate classes in the Community Classroom of our Winnipeg store, April 7, April 11, April 21, April 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Pre-registration Required. Cost $25.00 per class, per person. Register online.

 

Inspire a Grad


The Idea of Canada is a series of 50 carefully chosen letters by our present Governor General, David Johnston, that sets out Mr. Johnston’s frank and informed thoughts about life in Canada. Presented in three parts — What Shapes Me, What Consumes Me, and What Comforts Me — His Excellency reaches out to a multitude of Canadians, from a grade five class in Winnipeg to an unknown Inuit boy he met at Rideau Hall, to fashion an inspiring vision of who and what we can be. (Hardcover. $30.00. Signal. April)

Now Go Out There by Mary Karr explains why having your heart broken is just as important as falling in love, why getting what you want often scares you more than not getting it, and how bad times can sometimes turn out to be good. Packed with down-to-earth advice, Now Go Out There is a celebration of curiosity, compassion and the surprising power of fear, based on Karr’s 2015 commencement address at Syracuse University. (Hardcover. $18.50. HarperCollins. April)

Over the past three decades, professor Larry Smith has become something of a “career whisperer” for his students at the University of Waterloo. In No Fears, No Excuses, Smith points out that few of us are born knowing what they want to pursue in life. The rest of us have to figure it out. His straightforward, no-nonsense approach is perfect for college graduates who are wondering where they fit into the world, or for mid-career men and women who find themselves heading down the wrong path.

Karen Toole examines the role of “the elder” in contemporary society in a two-part course entitled Elder Wisdom, happening in the Community Classroom in our Winnipeg store, March 29 & April 5, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Pre-registration Required. Cost $50.00 per person. Register online.

 

Personal Productivity


Productivity, recent studies suggest, isn’t always about driving ourselves harder, working faster. Rather, real productivity relies on managing how we think, identify goals, construct teams and make decisions. The most productive people, companies and organizations don’t merely act differently, they envision the world and their choices in profoundly different ways. Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg, the Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Power of Habit, is a fascinating exploration of the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think, rather than what you think, can transform your life. (Hardcover. $35.00. Doubleday. March)

The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey is the result of a year-long series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself. Among the counterintuitive habits he discovered for making yourself more productive are: slowing down to work more deliberately; shrinking or eliminating the unimportant; striving for imperfection; scheduling less time for important tasks; the 20 second rule to distract yourself from the inevitable distractions; and the concept of productive procrastination. In an eye-opening and thoroughly engaging read, Bailey offers a treasure trove of insights and over 25 best practices that will help you accomplish more. (Hardcover. $32.00. Knopf. January)

 

Saskatchewan Book Awards: Shortlist Readings


As we go to press, the shortlist for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards is about to be announced. For a complete list of the nominees check out the display in our Saskatoon store, or visit the Saskatchewan Book Awards site.

McNally Robinson in Saskatoon is pleased to host a series of readings — on March 18, April 1, and April 15 — in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Book Awards to showcase a selection of this year’s nominated titles as we celebrate the excellence in writing and publishing in our province.

The 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards will be presented on April 30 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Saskatchewan Book Awards is the only provincially-focused book award program and a principal ambassador for Saskatchewan’s literary community. Its reputation for celebrating artistic excellence in style is recognized nationally.

 

Winning Isn't Everything


Zippy Chippy was born from horse racing royalty: Northern Dancer, Man o’ War, Count Fleet, Bold Ruler, War Admiral and Buckpasser. But moments after his birth, Zippy Chippy struggled to his feet, took two steps and promptly lay down for a nap. It was a sign of things to come. The Legend of Zippy Chippy by William Thomas is the funny yet poignant story of a thoroughbred racehorse that lost 100 races in a row, but won the hearts of fans, while getting to do what he loved best: run — win, lose or draw. (Hardcover. $30.00. M&S. April)

 

S’well is Good For You & The Environment


These beautifully crafted, stainless steel, insulated bottles keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. They also help rid the world of plastic bottles. S'well bottles are made with non-leaching and non-toxic stainless steel and are available in 17 ounce ($44.00) and 9 ounce ($37.00) sizes. With endless colour and design options, you can be sure to find a S'well bottle that’s perfect for you.

Please visit us in-store to browse available S'well colours and sizes. 

 

Let's Solve a Mystery


In the 16th novel in the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve series, What’s Left Behind by Saskatchewan’s Gail Bowen, Joanne’s husband, Zack, has been elected mayor of Regina. He is optimistic he can make Regina a city that works, not just for the few, but for the many. At the same time, their eldest son is marrying a woman as clever as she is lovely. But before the bride’s bouquet has wilted, someone is murdered. As it becomes increasingly unclear whether political agendas, shattered romance or a secret buried deep in the past have motivated the crimes, the loyalties of the Shreve family are tested in this gripping mystery of high stakes and innocence lost. (Hardcover. $32.00. M&S. March)  E  Saskatoon Event Mar. 2 & Winnipeg Event Apr. 1 

Detective Steve Ascot has seen plenty in his job, but it’s what he can’t see that haunts him. His partner Penny wants to write about the ghosts that fascinate her, but there’s more than she knows beneath the surface. They’re drawn to a venerable Winnipeg hotel hoping to crack one of the city’s oldest paranormal secrets, but Steve and Penny soon find trouble much closer to home. Shut the Door by Maureen Flynn follows her well-received debut, Buckle My Shoe, with two characters on an adventure that spans the city’s impoverished badlands and explores the charm of the city’s ghostly tradition. (Softcover. $20.95. Pemmican. December)

In The Measure of Darkness, a gripping tale that takes us into the depths of a fractured mind by Liam Durcan, Martin is an acclaimed architect who emerges from a coma to find his world transformed. Not only has he lost the commission of a lifetime, but his injury has rendered him unfit to practice. His only solace is found in the parallels he draws between himself and gifted Soviet-era architect Konstantin Melnikov. As Martin retraces Melnikov’s life, he becomes increasingly unsettled, until the discovery of the harrowing truth about the night of his accident hurtles him toward a deadly confrontation. (Softcover. $23.95. Bellevue Literary Press. April)

 

Lives Lived with Passion


Diagnosed with a rare cancer in 1994, Wayne Tefs spent the next 20 years raising a family, writing, battling cancer, and cycling. Always cycling. In Dead Man on a Bike, his posthumous follow-up memoir to Roller Coaster: A Cancer Journey, Tefs examines his sense of self, uncovering bright flares of insight, earthy humour, and deep seated fears of mortality as he cycles along the byways of the Manitoba prairie, the arid Catalina Foothills of Arizona, and the rolling French countryside. But most of all, he shares his discovery of Zen-like moments when the self falls away and all that remains is peace. (Softcover. $21.95. Turnstone. April)  E  Winnipeg Event Apr. 28 (posthumous celebration)

Carmen Aguirre has lived many lives, all of them to the full. At age six she was a Chilean refugee, at eighteen she was a revolutionary dissident, in her early twenties she fought to find her voice as an actress and to break away from the stereotypical roles thrust upon her: Housekeeper, Hotel Maid, Mexican Hooker #1. But alongside her many identities was that of the thirteen-year-old girl attacked by one of Canada’s most feared rapists. In Mexican Hooker #1, Aguirre interweaves her account of overcoming the attack that shook her world with a host of stories of love and lives lived to the full. (Hardcover. $29.95. Random House. April)

Born to teenaged parents in India, Bif Naked eventually moved with her adoptive parents to Winnipeg where she got into music. After falling victim to the excesses of the punk rock scene, she pulled herself together, and armed with an unstoppable humour and her singular talent, she went on to capture worldwide acclaim, only to be struck down with breast cancer at the age of 37. Now a cancer survivor, she juggles motivational speaking engagements with careers in film and music. From one of Canada’s most original artists, I, Bificus is a frank memoir about life, love, loss and triumph. (Hardcover. $32.99. HarperCollins. April)  E  Winnipeg Event Apr. 22

He has dangled by his toes over a hundred hungry alligators in Florida, been buried alive in India, and jumped from a plane wearing a straightjacket in Japan; escape artist Dean Gunnarson doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Dean Gunnarson: The Making of an Escape Artist by Carolyn Gray explores the Winnipeg-born entertainer’s career from its beginning and describes how his friendship with teenaged cancer patient Philip Hornan led to a series of stunts culminating in a near-fatal submerged coffin act on the banks of the Red River that propelled Gunnarson to stardom. (Softcover. $29.95. Great Plains. April)  E  Winnipeg Event Apr. 24

 

In Memoriam: Gordon Shillingford, Don Marks


Gordon Shillingford
It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing in January of Gordon Shillingford, founder and operator of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing, a small house with a national impact. Gord, a long-time friend of the store, brought a very particular passion and energy to every book he published. Not one to seek the spotlight, author after author continue to pay tribute to his dedication and relentless personal efforts on their behalf.

Don Marks
Writer, filmmaker and indigenous rights advocate, Don Marks also passed away in January. Much of his professional life sought to marry his passion for sports with a desire to tell the stories of struggle experienced by indigenous people in North America. Don wrote two bestselling books, both of which incidentally were published by Gord Shillingford, They Call Me Chief and Playing the White Man’s Game.

Our sincere condolences to the families and the many friends and colleagues of both Gord and Don in Winnipeg and across the country.

 

Purich Publishing Secures Its Future


Long-time Saskatchewan publishers Purich Publishing was acquired by UBC Press last December.

Long a vanguard of publishing books on Aboriginal law, social justice, and western Canadian issues, Don Purich and Karen Bolstad worked closely with authors to select and develop works that offer uniquely important perspectives on topics including Indigenous law, identity, youth justice, the duty to consult, Indigenous health, and nationhood.

Purich and Bolstad have stepped back from their role as full-time publishers, but will continue to offer guidance as consultants to the soon-to-be launched UBC Press Purich imprint. 

Congratulations and many thanks to Don and Karen for all you’ve done for readers everywhere.

 

OUR SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Music CDs & Records

Lucinda Williams. The Ghosts of Highway 20. 2 CD set $18.99. 2 LP set $35.99. Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, also cuts deep into the spirit of those who have spent their lives traversing it. Williams, a longtime traveller up and down Highway 20 and whose 35-plus-year career has its foundations in blues and honky-tonk, gospel and soul, folk and rock, brings the stories of these people to life in this deeply felt, deeply affecting 14-song collection that cleaves close to Williams' past and present. (Sony. February)

Matt Andersen. Honest Man. CD $15.99. LP $20.99. A powerhouse perfomer with a rich, soul-filled voice, the New Brunswick bluesman has built a formidable following the old fashioned way, touring world wide and spreading his reputation through word of mouth. Along the way he managed to net three Maple Blues Awards and a JUNO Award nomination for Weightless (2014). Written around drum beats that takes the music to a new level, the ten songs that make up Andersen's eighth full-length album explore both the political and the personal. (True North. March)

Daniel Hope. My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin. CD $14.99. April 22, 2016 would have been the 100th birthday of violin legend Yehudi Menuhin. In celebration of what would have been Menuhin's centenary, Daniel Hope, internationally renowned violinist in his own right, dedicates a complete album to his former mentor and close friend. The album is a beautiful selection of works, mostly commissioned by/for Yehudi Menuhin, including Takemitsu's Nostalghia, Reich's Duet for 2 Violins and String Orchestra and Henze's Adagio. (Deutsche Grammophon. February)

Bill Frisell. When You Wish Upon a Star. CD $15.99. Both deeply reverent to his source music and profoundly personal in his approach, guitarist Bill Frisell draws upon the classic film and television music we have heard on screen and how it shapes and informs our emotional relationships to what we see. Frisell, whose own music has been featured in major motion pictures like Finding Forrester and The Million Dollar Hotel performs with singer Petra Haden, violinist Eyvind Kang, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Rudy Royston in re-imagining these time-honoured gems. (Sony. March)

 

DVD & Blu-Ray Movies

The Forbidden Room directed by Guy Maddin. DVD. $21.99. Honouring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy, this Russian nesting doll of a film begins (after a prologue on how to take a bath) with the crew of a doomed submarine chewing flapjacks in a desperate attempt to breathe the oxygen within. Suddenly, impossibly, a woodsman wanders into their company and tells his tale of escape from a clan of cave dwellers. From here, Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson spin tales of amnesia, captivity, deception and murder in this grand ode to lost cinema. (Lorber Films. March)

Victoria directed by Sebastian Schipper. Blu-ray. $26.99. Shot in one single take, two hours and eighteen minutes, the movie opens when a young woman from Madrid, Victoria, meets four local Berliners outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends promise to show her a good time, but these lads have gotten themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favour that requires repaying that evening. As the night takes on an ever more menacing character, Victoria and Sonne abandon themselves to a heart-stopping race into the depths of hell. (Adopt Films. March)

Brooklyn directed by John Crowley. DVD. $23.99. Home is where the heart is, and love, longing, and grieving for the lost fragments of our lives are lovingly realized in Crowley’s exquisitely crafted movie, based on the novel by Colm Tóibín. Lured by the promise of America, a young woman, Eilis, departs Ireland for the shores of New York City in the 1950s where she is swept up by the intoxicating charms of romantic love. But a family tragedy in Ireland threatens to change everything and forces Eilis to re-examine where her heart truly belongs. (Wildgaze Films. February)

A Brighter Summer Day directed by Edward Yang. Blu-ray. $43.99. Among the most praised and sought-after titles in contemporary film, this 1991 masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema depicts life in early 1960s Taiwan as the first generation of transplanted Nationalist Chinese painfully come of age alongside resentful mainlanders. Based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation, this patiently observed epic centres on the inexorable fall of a teenager from innocence to juvenile delinquency, set against a simmering backdrop of restless youth, rock and roll, and political turmoil. (Criterion. April)

 

 

McNALLY ROBINSON for Babies, Kids, and Teens

 

BABIES

Baby toys, teddy bears, clothing, gifts, and, of course, books in our baby boutique

Happy Baby!


The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, with illustrations by Julie Flett, is a beautiful board book that reminds us to cherish the moments in life that bring us joy. (Board Book. $9.95. Orca. March) (Ages 2-4)

Sing by children’s book illustrator Tom Lichtenheld puts a visual story to Joe Raposo’s song “Sing!” First made popular on Sesame Street, this timeless and universal song, now in board book format, celebrates perseverance, self-expression and the power of music to help each of us find our voice. (Board Book. $10.50. Henry Holt. 2013) (Ages 2-5)

It’s not always easy to achieve your dreams. But Charlie Brown tries again and again to kick that football and Snoopy never stops believing his doghouse will take flight. Do Your Happy Dance based on the work of Charles M. Schultz celebrates the idea that refusing to give up is the biggest accomplishment of all. (Board Book. $10.99. S&S. April) (Ages 2-5)

 

March is Nutrition Month


Natural Baby Food by Sonali Ruder contains over 125 baby food recipes and a doctor-designed eating plan to ensure the health of developing babies. Ruder covers how to make homemade baby food from the time infants are introduced to solids (4-6 months) until they start on finger foods (about 12-15 months), plus family friendly recipes the whole family can enjoy together. (Softcover. $22.00. Hatherleigh Books. March)

The choices of when, how, and what to feed your baby can be overwhelming. With The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers by Anthony Porto and Dina DiMaggio, you have the expertise of a team of pediatric medical and nutritional experts, who also happen to be parents, in a comprehensive manual that takes the guesswork out of feeding. (Softcover. $24.99. Ten Speed Press. April)

Designed to help busy parents feed picky kids good food, The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan by Robert Melillo is a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. Includes guidelines, tips and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain. (Softcover. $22.00. Pedigree. April)

 

Mother & Child Storytime Tea on Sunday, May 1st


Dress your best. Bring your mom or grandma, or both, to our annual Storytime Tea Party in Winnipeg for a morning of fun and celebration. The tea starts at 9:30 am. Tickets are $23 (plus tax & gratuity) per person and go on sale April 5. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling 204-975-2659. (This event will be at our Winnipeg location only. For our May 1st Saskatoon event, read below.)

 

Teddy Bear Picnic on May 1st


Boys and Girls! Celebrate your teddy bear with us on Sunday May 1, at our Saskatoon location. Things get underway at 9:30 am in our Prairie Ink Restaurant with picnic-themed foods, followed by a Teddy Bear craft, Teddy Bear Parade, and of course Teddy Bear stories up in the Hundred Acre Wood. Teddy Bears are mandatory! And you’ll need to bring an adult with you as well. Tickets are $15 per person (plus tax & gratuity) and go on sale at Prairie Ink mid-March. (This event will be at our Saskatoon location only. See above for details on our May 1st Winnipeg event.)


Musical Storytime


Available at our Winnipeg store, a three week program of stories, songs, and movement for toddlers aged eighteen months or older and accompanied by an adult. The group meets on three sequential Mondays from 10:00 to 10:30 am. There are two sessions remaining: March 7, 14, 21; and April 4, 11, 18. Registration is $20 per child. For more information contact the Kids desk at 204-475-0492. (Sorry, this program is not available at our Saskatoon store.)

 

Create Your Own Fairy Tales with Story Box


The Story Box contains 20 cards, printed on both sides, which can be interchanged, allowing for all kinds of plots. Tell your own stories using the double-sided pieces and create a different 8-foot-long fairytale puzzle each time you play. ($22.50. Laurence King. February) (Ages 3 & up)

 

 

KIDS

The KLUTZ Giant Spring Break Extravaganza


Celebrate Spring Break with 20% off Klutz Kits March 26 to April 3.

Colour your world with the Coloring Crush Kit. With colour scheme inspirations and artist approved techniques, the kit includes everything you need to make dreamy works of art. ($21.99)

Or join the struggle between good and evil with the Smash Bot Battle kit. Build eight 3-D papercraft robots that zoom on pullback motors. Then create an entire city and prepare yourself for mayhem. ($24.99)

Or let the sun shine in with the Color In Stained Glass kit. Eighteen boldly outlined designs printed on translucent paper are waiting to be brought to life. Whether you’d like to practice on the coloring pages or display two different designs, the future looks bright. ($28.99)

More Klutz kits available in-store. Prices vary. For ages 8 & up.

Watch for details about our week-long in-store Spring Break funtivities. For more information call the Kids desk at your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore: in Winnipeg at 204-475-0492, and in Saskatchewan at 955-1477.

 

April is Poetry Month


In a delightful book of poetry, When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano, with gouache and pencil crayon illustrations by Julie Morstad, the seasons come to life. Starting with the spring and coming full circle, the poems stand on their own as solidly as they connect to each other, inviting multiple readings to experience the details from season to season. (Hardcover. $21.99. March. Roaring Brook) Ages 6-10)

From school to family to friends, from Grrrr to Hooray!, What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? by Judith Viorst, with illustrations by Lee White, takes us on a tour of feelings of all kinds in this thoughtful, funny, and charming collection of poetry that’s perfect for young readers just learning to sort out their own emotions. (Hardcover. $22.99. February. Atheneum) (Ages 6-9)

 

DESTINY: A Writing Contest for Grades 5 & 6


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 DESTINY — what will happen, what was meant to be, and how it did (or did not) come to pass. Is the future already written or can it be shaped? If you could change your destiny, would you?

We are excited to announce that this year’s special guest judge is Tui T. Sutherland, author of the New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series. Look below for more info on Tui, as well as exciting news about the latest novel in the series, Escaping Peril.

Writing submissions should be between 500 and 1000 words, and may be fiction or nonfiction. Entries will be accepted in-store or via email (Winnipeg: [email protected], Saskatoon: [email protected]) until 10:00 pm on Thursday March 24, 2016. Winners will be announced on Monday April 18, and prizes awarded at a celebration, Wednesday April 27, 2016.

For more information, visit the Kids desk on the mezzanine or call: Winnipeg 204-475-0492, Saskatoon 955-1477.

 

Tui T. Sutherland


Sutherland is the author of several books for young readers, but her Wings of Fire series, featuring seven dragon tribes that have been locked in battle over an ancient treasure for generations, has made her a bestselling, fan favourite. Escaping Peril, the eighth book in the Wings of Fire series, came out in January. (Hardcover. $21.99. Scholastic.) (Ages 8-12)

 

Fantastic Fiction


It’s been two years since Peter Nimble and Sir Tode rescued the kingdom of HazelPort. Now in Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier, Peter and Sir Tode have been summoned by Professor Cake to find a 12-year-old bookmender named Sophie Quire. Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father’s bookshop, where she repairs old books and dreams of escaping her dull life. But when a strange boy and his even stranger companion show up with a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read. (Hardcover. $19.99. April. Penguin) (Ages 12 & up)

Of all the toys in Billy’s home, Oswald the stuffed rabbit takes top rank: everywhere Billy goes, so goes Oz. But being a favourite is more than a privilege. It’s also fraught with danger. Because of Zozo. An amusement park prize who was never chosen, Zozo has grown so bitter that when the amusement park closes, he seeks revenge on every toy lucky enough to be a favourite. He wants them all to become The Lost, and even better, Forgotten. Can Oswald save himself and other Losts? Find out in Ollie’s Odyssey, an epic quest by William Joyce, the author of the bestselling Guardians series. (Hardcover. $23.99. Atheneum. April) (Ages 7-11)

 

Family Ties


At the top of Odette’s list of Things That Aren’t Fair is her parents’ decision to take the family on the road. There’s nothing fair about living in a cramped RV with her parents and exasperating younger brother. But there’s definitely nothing fair about what they find when they reach Grandma Sissy’s house. In her novel, Far From Fair, Elana K. Arnold employs warmth and sensitivity to make the difficult topics of terminal illness and the right to die accessible to young readers. (Hardcover. $23.99. Houghton Mifflin. March) (Ages 10-12)

While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties, twelve-year-old Carol is spending hers in New Mexico, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids Grandpa Serge, but as the summer wears on Carol finds herself drawn to him and all the crazy stories he has to tell. But are they crazy? Magic blends with reality in Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar, a coming-of-age novel about reclaiming your roots. (Hardcover. $22.00. Candlewick. March) (Ages 10-14)

Fourth grade is not going well for Benny Barrows. On top of everything else, he’s worried his dad’s recent accident might be his fault. When his dad ends up in the hospital again, Benny doesn’t know how he and his family will overcome all their bad luck. Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern is a moving novel about a down-on-his luck boy whose caring heart ultimately helps him find the strength to cope with tragedy and realize how much he has to offer. (Hardcover. $21.00. HarperCollins. March) (Ages 8-12)

 

Explore the Great Outdoors


Perfect for small hands, Let’s Go Outside by Katja Spitzer is a mini-hardback picture book that offers a gentle introduction to learning words from the garden. With its combination of sight words, concept groupings and fun pictures, this is a great how-to introduction to reading. (Hardcover. $12.95. Flying Eye Books. February) (Ages 3-5)

Explore the weird and wonderful natural world with Hello Nature, a nature activity book from Nina Chakrabarti. Packed with fascinating facts and tons of fun activities, Hello Nature is your very own nature scrapbook. (Hardcover. $24.95. Laurence King. March) (Ages 7-11)

After Tokyo plants the seeds given to him by an old woman, he wakes up to find the city has been replaced by a forest. Is this a problem, or a new way of living? Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanak is an inspiring fable for our times. (Hardcover. $18.95. Groundwood. March) (Ages 3-7)

What do you do if you come face-to-face with a bear? A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by David Roberts is a laugh-out-loud, survival guide for aspiring bear spotters. (Hardcover. $19.99. Bloomsbury. March) (Ages 3-6)

 

A Dog Named Susan


Spencer’s Great-Aunt Alice and her dog, Susan, come for a visit. Spencer and his pup, Barney, are excited to have another dog to play with, but it soon becomes clear that Susan is no regular dog. She eats cake off a china plate, takes scheduled naps, and needs an umbrella held over her in the rain. In A Dog Day for Susan by Winnipeg’s Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Monica Arnaldo, Spencer and Barney take Susan to the off-leash park to teach her how to bark at buses, chase squirrels and eat garbage, all much to the horror of Great-Aunt Alice who doesn’t recognize the burr-covered, tangled-hair dog that returns at the end of the day. (Hardcover. $18.95. OwlKids. March) (Ages 5-8)

 

The Kid's Watch List


 

 

TEEN SCENE

Far, Far Away


Joan, our teen fiction guru, loved these compelling novels of unfamiliar places and cultures where teens struggle against the expectations of family, while longing to escape.

In the cruel poverty of circa 1970 Fairbanks, Alaska, four teens push back against stern, absent or abusive parents in The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with her life on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home. Their lives twist and turn, slowly coming together into a new future in this debut novel about people who try to save each other, and how sometimes, when they least expect it, they succeed. (Hardcover. $23.99. Random House. March)

Dillard Early, Jr., Travis Bohannon and Lydia Blankenship are three friends from different walks of life who have one thing in common: none of them seem to fit the mold in rural Tennessee’s Forrestville High. In The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, Lydia waits out her senior year as she copes with small town bullies by befriending equally geeky Dillard and Travis whose abusive fathers and weak mothers restrict their lives. A hot, oppressive atmosphere of rightwing Christian fundamentalism and alcohol-based abuse percolate slowly into a vicious murder that forces the three to search for a new future worth living. (Hardcover. $21.99. Tundra. March)

 

Saved by Poetry, Driven by Music


Hope lives in a small town with nothing to do and nowhere to go. With a drug addict for a brother, she focuses on the only thing that keeps her sane, writing poetry. When the opportunity arises, she jumps at the chance to attend Ravenhurst Academy as a boarding student. At first, Ravenhurst is like a dream come true, but her plans are derailed when her brother shows up looking for help. In Finding Hope, the latest novel by Winnipeg’s Colleen Nelson, Hope realizes that if she wants to save her brother, she has to save herself first. (Softcover. $12.99. Dundurn. March)  E   Winnipeg Event Apr. 8

From Jesse Andrews, author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, comes a novel about music, love, friendship and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope they have in them. Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’ road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band. (Hardcover. $22.99. Amulet. April)

 

The "Be First" Book Club


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. The registration fee is $5.00. The pre-publication copies are limited. Please sign up asap. For more information, visit the Kids desk in our Winnipeg store, or call 204-475-0492. (This program is only available at our Winnipeg location.)

March
Wink is the odd neighbour girl, Poppy is the high school queen, and Midnight is the boy caught between them. Together they spiral inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke is a mystery where nothing is quite as it seems, no one is quite who you think, and everything can change on a dime. (Hardcover. $23.99. March. Dial) Our discussion group meets Thursday, March 17 at 7:00 pm.

April
On a half-mile stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But when a superstorm devastates the island, Mira’s home is wrecked and she realizes nothing will ever be the same. This Is the Story of You by Beth Kephart is about the beauty of nature, the power of family, and finding hope in the face of overwhelming loss. (Hardcover. $24.99. Chronicle. April) Our discussion group meets Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 pm.

 

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OUR VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

What's coming up in Winnipeg & Saskatoon


Winnipeg

The 2016 Spring Literary Series
McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Winnipeg International Writers Festival are co-presenting a Spring Literary Festival at the McNally Robinson Grant Park Location. Watch for:

  • Robert J. Sawyer, March 3
  • Yann Martel, March 14
  • Gail Bowen in conversation with Catherine Hunter, April 1
  • Bif Naked, April 22
  • Chester Brown, May 3
  • Guy Gavriel Kay, May 15

For more information, visit this page.

Freeze Frame: The International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages
March 6-13. Freeze Frame was created to provide young people in Manitoba access to quality films and videos from around the world. freezeframeonline.org

Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir Presents Mendelssohn & Mozart
March 6. Join the Phil, soloists and members of the WSO for this not-to-bemissed performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 in B-flat: Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise). In addition to this symphony-cantata, the Phil will perform Mozart’s Regina Coeli in the setting of the St. Boniface Cathedral. winnipegphilharmonicchoir.ca

Myth of the Ostrich
March 9-12, March 14-19, March 21-26. The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Laugh-out-loud funny, sweet and surprisingly wise, Myth of the Ostrich shows us that sometimes the truth we seek ends up being the last thing we want to know. royalmtc.ca

Reservations
March 10-13, March 15-20. The Rachel Browne Theatre. Reservations inserts us into two stories; a dispute between foster parents and the Aboriginal CFS agency responsible for their children and the philosophical and spiritual decision of a Mennonite farmer to give his land to the Siksika First Nation. theatreprojectsmanitoba.ca

Camerata Nova’s Nortendluvsongs
March 12-13. Celebrate the North End with Ukrainian, Aboriginal, Filipino, Jewish, Russian, Scottish and Polish music, ranging from glorious Ukrainian choral concertos to songs in praise of curling, hockey and perogies! cameratanova.com

Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts
March 17-April 3. Prairie Theatre Exchange. Wayne and Julie embark on that emotional roller-coaster ride known as “renovating the kitchen”, when they should probably be renovating their marriage instead. pte.mb.ca

Virtuosi Concerts Present The Ariel Quartet
March 19. The Ariel Quartet (Gershon Gerchikov, Alexandra Kazovsky, violins; Jan Grüning, viola; Amit Even-Tov, cello) perform Haydn’s Quartet in B flat major; Beethoven’s Quartet No. 11 in F minor; Brahms’ Quartet in A minor. virtuosi.mb.ca

The WMC McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the WSO
April 22. In 2006, the WSO was honoured to partner with the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg in the creation of a competition for Manitoba musicians on the threshold of solo careers. Join the WSO as the orchestra presents some of the future musical stars of Manitoba. wso.ca

Manitoba Opera Presents Of Mice and Men
April 23, 26, 29. In 1930s California two ranch workers travel from job to job, but hold fast to the dream of one day owning a piece of land. However, when fate forces this unlikely pair down a different path, they must say goodbye to their dream. A heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. manitobaopera.mb.ca

The Adventures of Robin Hood
March 30-April 3. Manitoba Theatre for Young People. You are invited to Sherwood Forest in this modern and hilariously unexpected take on the classic tale. mtyp.ca

McNally Robinson Teams Up with the Manitoba Moose to Promote Reading
McNally Robinson Booksellers teams up with the Manitoba Moose Hockey Club, in conjunction with I Love to Read Month, to present “Stick to Reading,” to encourage literacy among the youth in our community. On March 1, Moose players visit 10 lucky schools. McNally Robinson continues to welcome donations of new or gently used children's books until March 28. In return, donors receive a buy-one-get-one-free voucher for the March 28 "Stick to Reading" game, presented by McNally Robinson Booksellers, when the Moose host the Charlotte Checkers. Click here for more details, or visit moosehockey.com

Manitoba Book Awards
Celebrate the best in Manitoba writing and publishing at the Book Awards Gala Saturday April 30 at the Radisson Hotel. The evening culminates with the presentation of the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. manitobabookawards.com

 

Saskatoon

Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-Soeurs
March 2-6, La Troupe Du Jour. Saskatoon’s French-language theatre company turns 30 this year and will celebrate with a production of Michel Tremblay’s classic Les Belles Soeurs. The play will be performed in French, but thanks to surtitles (real time English translation above the stage), the play is accessible to all. ltdj.dreamhosters.com

The Gravitational Force of Bernice Trimble
March 2-20, Persephone Theatre. Bernice has called a family meeting while a casserole bakes. Peter, Sarah and Iris, the middle child who provides the glue, listen as Mom announces her early onset of Alzheimer’s. A beautifully complex story of family, life, death and the memories in between. persephonetheatre.org

Reclaim by Marcel Petit
March 11-18, Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre. A man’s path to vindication. Performed by youth in the 2015/2016 Circle of Voices program and presented by PotashCorp, this multi-media one-act play is themed on indigenous justice and politics. gtnt.ca

Giselle: The Great Russian Ballet Romantika Tour 2016
March 21, TCU Place. Internationally acclaimed dancers chosen from Russia and around the world perform this beloved story created by an award-winning ballet master. Set to famous scores, this is one of the most popular ballet productions of all time. This death-defying love story is a masterpiece in two acts with music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Marius Petipa. tcutickets.ca

Royal Winnipeg Ballet Presents Going Home Star — Truth and Reconciliation
March 23, TCU Place. Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet returns to Saskatoon with its highly acclaimed production. Through stunning storytelling and captivating dance, this ballet explores the powerful stories, both told and untold, of survivors of the Indian residential school system. Based on a story by Joseph Boyden (The Orenda, Three Day Road) and in collaboration with choreographer Mark Godden (Angels in the Architecture, Dracula) and associate producer Tina Keeper, Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation was created with the guidance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and members of the Aboriginal community. tcutickets.ca

Shaun Majumder
Gemini Award-winning actor/comedian Shaun Majumder plays TCU Place, March 30. tcutickets.ca

Sarah Neufeld
March 30, The Bassment. Sarah Neufeld, a violinist/composer based in Montreal, is best-known as a member of Arcade Fire and is also a founding member of the acclaimed contemporary instrumental ensemble, Bell Orchestre. saskatoonjazzsociety.com

Ressurrection: Music from the Ukrainian Sacred Choral Tradition
April 1, Knox United Church. Ukrainian sacred music at its best. Approximately 55 singers from Canada and Ukraine are touring Western Canada this spring. This unique concert series marks the CD release of a Resurrectional Divine Liturgy, composed by Fr. John Sembrat OSBM, recorded by the same ensemble last year. resurrectionalliturgy.com

Mary Poppins
April 20-May 15, Persephone Theatre. With characters gliding down from the sky with an umbrella, sliding up banisters and dancing on rooftops, this enchanting musical truly is “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”! persephonetheatre.org

Eileen Laverty
April 22, The Bassment. Saskatoon’s first lady of song returns for an intimate concert featuring haunting ballads, angelic vocals, and heart-warming stories. Eileen will be accompanied by her long-time collaborators Jesse Brown, Glenn Ens, Greg Hargarten, and Corey Hildebrand. saskatoonjazzsociety.com

Saskatoon Zoo Society Zoo Run
April 24, Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. This annual 5 km fun run or 2.5 km walk through the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo raises funds to support environmental education programs. Entry fee includes a souvenir T-shirt, snacks and refreshments, and a chance at some cool draw prizes. saskatoonzoosociety.ca

Saskatchewan Book Awards
April 30, Conexus Arts Centre Regina. The 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards will be presented at this event hosted by award-winning author and comedian Dawn Dumont. SBA celebrate, promote and reward Saskatchewan authors and publishers through 14 awards, granted on an annual or semi-annual basis. The only provincially-focused book award program, SBA is a principal ambassador for Saskatchewan’s literary community. Its solid reputation for celebrating artistic excellence in style is recognized across the country. bookawards.sk.ca

 

 


ST. PATRICK’S DAY, THURSDAY MARCH 17
On St. Patrick’s Day, Prairie Ink offers a full mix of Irish foods with a special menu, including Irish beer and drink specials available all day long.

In Winnipeg, enjoy lamb stew with soda bread and a Guinness Beer cheddar soup. Evening guests can enjoy the lively Celtic music of The Hammers. Saskatoon menu details to come.

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL MACARON DAY (MARCH 20) WITH US IN WINNIPEG
Our Winnipeg Chef de Patisserie, Geoffroy Etienne Dextraze, makes the best macarons anywhere. (He is, in fact, presenting at this year’s Research Chefs Association in Denver.) In recognition of Geoffroy’s consummate skills, we are celebrating International Macaron Day March 20 with a macaron flavour-picking contest. Suggest a flavour, any flavour. If you can imagine it, Geoffroy can make it. Leave your suggestions at the Prairie Ink Patisserie. Contest closes end-of-day March 20. The winning flavours will be featured throughout April. The winners themselves receive the following prizes: 1st place a $100 gift card plus 24 macarons; 2nd place 24 macarons; 3rd place 12 macarons. (Winnipeg location only. Contest not available at our Saskatoon restaurant.)


MOTHER & CHILD STORYTIME TEA SUNDAY MAY 1 (WINNIPEG)
Dress your best. Bring your mom or grandma, or both, to our annual Storytime Tea Party for a morning of fun and celebration. The tea starts at 9:30 am. Tickets are $23 (plus tax & gratuity) per person and go on sale April 5. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling 204-975-2659. (This event only at our Winnipeg location.)

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC, SUNDAY MAY 1 (SASKATOON)
Boys and Girls! Celebrate your teddy bear with us on Sunday May 1. Things get underway at 9:30 am in our Prairie Ink Restaurant with picnic-themed foods, followed by a Teddy Bear craft, Teddy Bear Parade, and of course Teddy Bear stories up in the Hundred Acre Wood. Teddy Bears are mandatory! And you’ll need to bring an adult with you as well. Tickets are $15 per person and go on sale at Prairie Ink mid-March. (This event only at our Saskatoon location.)

MOTHER’S DAY MAY 8
In WINNIPEG: Put Prairie Ink on your calendar for Mother’s Day, May 8. Our chefs are making plans to help you make your Mother’s Day a special day. Details to follow.

In SASKATOON: Prairie Ink Restaurant is hosting a special buffet filled with all mom’s favourites. Brunch seating will be available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Diners will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular menu service will not be available during the brunch. Regular service will resume at 2:00 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

Also visit our Prairie Ink site for hours, menus, upcoming events, and more.

 

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