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March & April 2019

Manitoba By Manitoba

McNally Robinson Celebrates Manitoba
We had such fun putting together our book, Winnipeg by Winnipeg in 2013, which was made up of a collection of photos submitted by both amateur and professional photographers. Five years later we wanted to do it again but thought we should set our sights beyond the Perimeter Highway and see what Manitoba looks like to the people who live here.

For a second time we were not disappointed by either the quantity or quality of submissions. Manitoba is a province whose people are spread across a very large space. This is reflected in the photos; there are people in the images in this book but not always, as the landscape and the sky so often overwhelm the human presence.

We would like to take a moment to thank all the photographers who submitted images. We could feel your excitement during the collection process, and we felt our own as we went through the difficult process of selection. There are certainly some serendipitous moments captured in these pages but more often what is striking is the patience and time needed to get these shots. This time and effort is appreciated by us and will be appreciated by everyone who pages through your photos. Most of all, as the single images combine to create a larger picture of this province, your love of your home comes through. Thank you Manitoba.

WPG EVENT Our new photo book, Manitoba by Manitoba, will be launched at our Grant Park store on Thursday March 14 at 7:00 pm in the Atrium. We look forward to seeing you there. (Hardcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. March)


The Winnipeg General Strike — Centennial Anniversary

The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 was one of the most famous and influential strikes in Canadian history, and became the platform for future labour reforms. Almost 30,000 workers left their jobs and even essential public employees such as firefighters and police went on strike. The RCMP were called in and the strike came to a violent end on what is referred to as "Bloody Saturday." This year marks the 100th anniversary of the strike.

Winnipeg 1919 edited by Norman Penner. Following the strike, union leaders published an account of the events leading up to and during the strike. This book offers the full document in its original format along with an introduction to the 1974 edition by labour historian and activist Norman Penner. This volume also includes a new introduction by historian Christo Aivalis discussing how the lessons learned in 1919 remain relevant today, and key documentary photographs of strike events, including a minute-by-minute sequence showing the final RCMP fatal assault on the strikers. (Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Lorimer. March)

In Magnificent Fight, Dennis Lewycky lays out the history of this iconic event, which remains the biggest and longest strike in Canadian history. He analyzes the social, political and economic conditions leading up to the strike. He also illustrates the effects the strike had on workers, unions and all three levels of government in the following decades. Far from a simple retelling of the General Strike, Magnificent Fight speaks to the power of workers’ solidarity and social organization. At the same time, Lewycky reveals the length the capitalist class and the state went to in protecting the status quo. (Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. Fernwood. April) WPG EVENT MAY 2


The 31st Annual Manitoba Book Awards

The Manitoba Book Awards celebrate literary excellence, originality, and the diverse talent of Manitoba writers, publishers, and book designers. Some of Canada's best writers (Carol Shields, David Bergen, Miriam Toews and many more) have springboarded to national and international acclaim after winning a Manitoba Book Award.

Fourteen awards — including the McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award — will be presented the evening of Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

As we go to press, the shortlists have not been announced. Visit our website again soon or check out our in-store displays for a complete list of the nominees, when they become available.


The 26th Saskatchewan Book Awards

The Saskatchewan Book Awards offers fourteen annual or semi-annual awards to celebrate, promote and reward Saskatchewan authors and publishers worthy of recognition.

As we go to press, the shortlist for the 2019 Saskatchewan Book Awards is about to be announced. For a complete list of the nominees check out our in-store displays or go to

McNally Robinson is pleased to host two evenings of readings: on Thursday March 14 at 7:00 pm and on Friday March 29 at 7:00 pm. These readings are presented in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Book Awards to showcase a selection of this year’s nominated titles.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on April 27 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. The evening will be hosted by Victor Sawa, one of Canada's top conductors and a self-described "bookworm."


SLA's One Book, One Province is Back!

In March 2019, the SLA and Coteau Books invite everyone in the province to read Just Pretending by Lisa Bird-Wilson. Join us in-store on March 28 for an evening celebrating this year’s OBOP program.

Just Pretending is a powerful short story collection from Cree-Métis author Lisa Bird-Wilson. A nitanis (daughter) invents the mother she never knew. A fourteen-year-old girl struggles to come to terms with her feelings of abandonment. A young man struggles with his Mooshum’s imprisonment in a damaged body and what it means for his own Métis identity. A department store clerk falls for a homeless man who woos her with Heart of Darkness. At the centre of these stories are notions of identity and belonging, and the complex relationships between children and parents, both those who are real and those who are just pretending. (Softcover. $18.95. RRC Price $17.05. Coteau Books)

One Book, One Province Saskatchewan aims to increase literacy and to create a reading culture by providing opportunities for residents to become more socially engaged in their community through a shared story.


Jennifer Robson

An academic by background, a former editor by profession, and a self-described lifelong history nerd, Jennifer Robson now calls herself a full-time writer. She is the author of five novels set during and after the two world wars: Somewhere in France, After the War is Over, Moonlight Over Paris, Goodnight from London, and most recently The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding. Robson has quietly become one of Canada's bestselling authors (she managed to break into the competitive U.S. market at the same time) with a book-club-friendly mix of post-Edwardian-era history, Hollywood-ready plotting and will-they-or-won't-they love stories.

Robson studied as an undergraduate at King’s University College at Western University, then received a PhD from Saint Antony’s College at the University of Oxford (her father's alma mater). Originally from Peterborough, Robson now lives in Toronto with her family, and shares her home office with Ellie the sheepdog and her cats Sam and Mika.

In Robson's latest novel The Gown, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before? And what was her Nan’s connection to the celebrated textile artist and holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin? (Softcover. $21.00. RRC Price $18.90. William Morrow. January) SASK EVENT APR 1


What To Read

A collection of recent books particularly recommended by Chris Hall. Look for our in-store What To Read display tables.

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez. Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog's care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them. (Riverhead Books. February)

The Long Take by Robin Robertson. Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. Walker is a D-Day veteran with PTSD; he can't return home to rural Nova Scotia and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he finds his way from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco, we witness a crucial period in American history, one that allowed film noir to flourish. This is a tale of damaged people trying to find kindness in a world of cynicism and paranoia. Robertson uses verse to tell this tale of fracture across the postwar urban scene and into the heart of an unforgettable character. (Anansi. October)

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser. Softcover. $25.50. RRC Price $22.95. Set in Australia, France and Sri Lanka, this is a novel about the stories we tell and don't tell ourselves as individuals, as societies, and as nations. Pippa is a writer who longs for success but fears that she "missed everything important." Celeste convinces herself that her feelings for her married lover are reciprocated. Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka, but blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time. Sri Lankan Christabel endures her job and envisions a brighter future while she neglects the love close at hand. Each of these worlds stands alone yet connected, to moving and profound effect. (Catapult. April)

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza. Softcover. $23.00. RRC Price $20.70. As an American-Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition, and Huda who plans to follow in her sister's footsteps, and their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold to take his place as brother of the bride. This novel explores this family's life, with all its joys and struggles, as each of the children tread between two cultures, seeking their place in the world while maintaining a path home. (Hogarth. March)

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. It's 1969 in New York City, and word has spread of a mystical woman, a psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children sneak out to hear their fortunes, and those prophecies inform their next five decades. Simon escapes to San Francisco; Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician; Daniel struggles as an army doctor post-9/11; and Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. Both a great story as well as an examination of the lines between fate and choice, reality and illusion. (Putnam. February)

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey. Softcover. $21.00. RRC Price $18.90. As inventive, funny and moving as one would expect from Carey, this novel opens in 1953 with the arrival of Titch Bobs, his wife, Irene, and their two children in the town of Bacchus Marsh. Titch is the best car salesman in southeastern Australia and together with his wife enters the Redex Trial, a brutal endurance race around the ancient continent, over roads no car is designed to survive. The turns and creek crossings lead them away from the white Australia they know towards a reckoning with the continent's aboriginal people, an encounter which will also resonate strongly with Canadian readers. (Vintage. February)

Too Dumb for Democracy? by David Moscrop. Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. In this timely book, Moscrop asks why we make irrational political decisions and whether our stone-age brains can process democracy in the information age. Drawing on both political science and psychology, he examines how our brains, our environment, the media, and institutions influence decision-making. This readable and provocative investigation of our often-flawed decisions explains what's going wrong in today's political landscape and how individuals, societies, and institutions can work together to set things right. (Goose Lane Editions. March)

The Overstory by Richard Powers. Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Nine strangers — each summoned in different ways by trees — are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans. There is a world alongside ours. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe. (WW Norton. April)

Provisionally Yours by Antanas Sileika. Softcover. $21.95. RRC Price $19.75. After the collapse of Czarist Russia, former counterintelligence officer Justas Adamonis returns to his hometown, not entirely sure what he'll find. His parents are dead, he hasn't seen his sister since she was a teenager, and Kaunas has become the political center of the emerging state of Lithuania. He's barely off the train when he's recruited back into service, this time for the nascent government eager to secure his loyalty and experience. Though the administration may be new, its problems are familiar, and Adamonis quickly finds himself ensnared in a dangerous web of corruption and betrayal. (Biblioasis. March)

The Only Story by Julian Barnes. Softcover. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95. It is the early 1960s in a suburb fifteen miles south of London. Paul, home from university for the holidays, joins the tennis club. At the mixed doubles tournament he is partnered with Mrs. Susan Macleod; she's more than twice his age, and the married mother of two nearly grown-up daughters. Soon Paul and Susan embark on an unconventional affair. First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen. (Vintage. March)


Author of the Month

Bestselling author Don Winslow has written twenty novels, including the highly acclaimed epics The Power of the Dog, The Cartel, and The Force.

The son of a sailor and a librarian, Winslow grew up with a love of books and storytelling. At age seventeen, he left home to study journalism at the University of Nebraska.

Winslow’s travels have taken him around the world and into various jobs including movie theatre manager, tour guide, and private investigator. While travelling, Winslow wrote his first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. With a wife and young son to support, Winslow went back to investigative work, mostly in California, where he and his family lived in hotels for almost three years as he worked cases and became a trial consultant.

In Winslow's latest novel, The Border, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America’s longest conflict: The War on Drugs, for over forty years. His obsession to defeat the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adán Barrera, has left him scarred and cost him the people he loves. Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there. Barrera’s final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson — there are no borders. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. William Morrow. March)


Ruth Reichl is an American chef, food writer, co-producer of PBS's Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS's Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth, and the last editor-in-chief of the now shuttered Gourmet magazine.

Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and For You Mom, Finally, which have been translated into 18 languages. In 2014 she published her first novel: Delicious!

She is known for her ability to "make or break" a restaurant. For Reichl, her mission has been to "demystify the world of fine cuisine." She has won acclaim with both readers and writers alike for her honesty about many aspects of haute cuisine. Through an outsider's perspective, she harshly criticized the sexism prevalent toward women in dine-out experiences, as well as the pretentious nature of the ritziest New York restaurants.

Ruth Reichl spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food. Here in Save Me the Plums, for the first time, she chronicles the personal and professional risks she took during her tenure as the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine in this insightful, inspiring and very readable new memoir. But this is not just the tale of a magazine; it is also a story about taking a professional leap of faith, following your passion and holding onto your dreams — even when nothing works out the way you’d expected. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Random House. April)


Our Feature Paperbacks

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. $24.99. Our March 30% Off Price $17.49. RRC Price $15.74. Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point. (Scribner. March)


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. $23.00. Our April 30% Off Price $16.10. RRC Price $14.49. In 1922, a Russian Count in his early thirties is sentenced by the Bolsheviks to spend the rest of his life in a small attic room in a luxury hotel near the Kremlin. Unexpectedly, the Count’s reduced circumstances provide him entry to a much larger world of emotional discovery as he forges friendships over the following three decades with the hotel’s other denizens. When fate suddenly puts the life of a young girl in his hands, he must draw on all his ingenuity to protect the future she so deserves. A rich novel about a man who finds purpose in life again. (Penguin. March)

Wanna Play?
Fuji: A cooperative dice game set in Japan

In Fuji, you play as a group of 2-4 adventurers on their way to Japan‘s most famous volcano, Mount Fuji. But just before you arrive at your destination, the earth begins to shake and the volcano erupts! Now your group must escape the deadly lava flows as quickly as possible to reach the safe village.

In this cooperative dice game, players roll their dice behind their screens in each round. During the game, you must find the best way across a certain number of terrain cards to the safe village for each player. Since you know only your own dice and can communicate only vaguely, you will need both skill and luck to save yourselves.

The game ends in success if all players reach the village. It fails if one of you falls victim to the lava or becomes too exhausted to proceed.

Ages 10 & up. $41.00. RRC Price $36.90.


Just Delicious

In this unique introduction to a vibrant cuisine, Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen offers more than 50 recipes from Governor General's Award-winning novelist Kim Thúy. Between careers as a lawyer and an acclaimed novelist, Thúy ran a restaurant in Montreal. Now, Thúy, joined by her mother and five aunts, shares their stories and culinary secrets, accompanied by photographs, charming descriptions and evocative extracts from Kim’s novels. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Random House. April)

Known for her insanely flavourful vegetable dishes, Jeanine Donofrio celebrates plants at the centre of the plate with more than 100 new recipes in Love & Lemons Every Day. She presents simple techniques for cooking bright, beautiful food every day. With recipes for breakfasts, lunches, and easy suppers, as well as quick flavour charts for salad dressings and other staples, this cookbook proves that getting in your kitchen every day can be rejuvenating. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Penguin. April)



Bolder by Carl Honoré. A revolution in how we age is on its way. Yes, ageing is inevitable: one year from now we will all be a year older; that will never change. What can and will change is how we age — and how we can all take a much bolder approach to doing it with vigour and joy. The time has come to cast off prejudices and to blur the lines of what is possible and permissible at every stage of life. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Knopf. March)

In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity of dependence. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Random House. April)

A groundbreaking exploration of the human immune system from Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Matt Richtel. An Elegant Defense is the first work of popular science to look at this vital human system that is as complex and intricate as the brain yet remains widely misunderstood. This book entwines leading-edge scientific discovery with the intimate stories of four individual lives. (Hardcover. $35.99. RRC Price $32.39. William Morrow. March)


Natural Wonders

110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan by Jenn Smith Nelson and Doug O'Neill is a beautifully illustrated guidebook that explores the natural splendour and remarkable recreation of these diverse provinces. Each entry includes a descriptive profile, photographs and at-a-glance information about special features, locations and available activities and amenities. Both provinces feature Special Interest sections to help readers craft their adventures based on their interests. (Softcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. Firefly. April)

How to Know the Birds by Ted Floyd introduces a new, holistic approach to bird-watching by noting how behaviours, settings, and seasonal cycles connect with shape, song, colour, gender, age distinctions, and other features traditionally used to identify species. With short essays on 200 observable species, Floyd guides us through a year of becoming a better birder. Dozens of pencil sketches accompany Floyd's charming prose. (Hardcover. $30.00. RRC Price $27.00. National Geographic. March)


Mysterious Tales

Her Father's Secret by Sara Blaedel. After suddenly inheriting a funeral home from her estranged father, Ilka Jensen has abandoned her quiet life in Denmark to visit the town in Wisconsin where he lived. There, she discovers her father's second family. And they aren't the least bit welcoming. A local woman is killed, and when Ilka learns that the woman knew her father, it becomes clear that she may not have been a random victim after all. (Hardcover. $34.00. RRC Price $30.60. Grand Central. March)

In Metropolis by Philip Kerr, it's 1928 and Berlin is a city on the edge of chaos. A new wave of shockingly violent murders sweeps up society's most vulnerable. As Bernie Gunther sets out to investigate, he must face the fact that his own police HQ is not immune. The Nazi party has begun to inflitrate Berlin's central office just as the shaky Weimar government makes a last, desperate attempt to control a nation edging toward the Third Reich. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. G.P. Putnam's Sons. April)

In Heat Wave by Maureen Jennings, it's July 1936 and Toronto is under a record-breaking heat wave. Charlotte Frayne is part of a two-person P.I. firm, owned by T. Gilmore. Two events set the plot in motion: an anti-Semitic hate letter is delivered to Gilmore, and a war veteran requests the firm’s assistance in uncovering what he believes is systematic embezzlement of the café he owns and operates with three other men. (Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Cormorant Books. March)


Celebrating Poetry

Once again, Poetry Month is upon us. National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April, was introduced in 1996 in the United States and is organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry. Since 1998, National Poetry Month has also been celebrated each April in Canada and it brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, libraries, and poets from across Canada to celebrate poetry and its vital place in our country's culture. This year marks Canada's 21st annual National Poetry Month.

A noteworthy event, the Poetry In Voice National Finals, takes place in Winnipeg this year on Thursday April 25 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Enjoy an exciting night of poetry, where nine high school students recite the likes of Sylvia Plath, Arthur Rimbaud, and Katherena Vermette onstage and compete for $25,000 in prizes. For tickets visit Eventbrite's website.

April is Poetry Month

St. Boniface Elegies by Catherine Hunter includes short lyric poems on the themes of domestic life and loss; longer poems that explore the role of the poet within a changing cityscape; and a series of poems that engage with poetic tradition. Hunter plays with poetic forms, including a new invention: the cento sestina. (Softcover. $17.95. RRC Price $16.15. Signature Editions. April) WPG EVENT APR 11

Evolving from a routine of long walks he began to help him quit smoking, Scott Nolan's debut poetry collection Moon Was a Feather reflects on a life well-considered. Poems that chronicle a difficult youth are interwoven with insights gleaned from the eclectic jumble of neighbourhoods and people he encounters on his long walks. (Softcover. $15.95. RRC Price $14.35. The Muses' Company. April) WPG EVENT APR 5

Dennis Cooley is releasing two volumes of poetry. In the first, like the best and most magical of fairy tales, Cold Press Moon catches our anxieties and hopes, glimmers with mischief and mystery, and gloms on to something like truth. These poems work like spells to wake the vital heart.

And in the second, Bestiary, Cooley gives free rein to very human feelings and the way they grow, stunt, and stampede out on the prairie landscape while bursting with a remarkable and encompassing cast of spiders and fish, crows and bears, rats, chickens, and cows. Amid hushed and howling moments, the natural bends uncanny while the extraordinary roots into the organic under Cooley's careful eye. (Softcover. $17.00 each. RRC Price $15.30 each. Turnstone Press. April)

In her debut collection of poetry, Disintegrate/Dissociate, Arielle Twist unravels the complexities of human relationships after death and metamorphosis. She poetically navigates through what it means to be an Indigenous trans woman, discovering the possibilities of a hopeful future and a transcendent, beautiful path to regaining softness. (Softcover. $16.95. RRC Price $15.25. Arsenal Pulp Press. March) SASK EVENT MAR 21 & WPG EVENT MAR 26

Invoking human-animal hybrids in various stages of metamorphosis, Drolleries by Cassidy McFadzean veers between the beasts of the forest and the opulence of the art gallery. This collection investigates how the lure of romantic relationships, the enchantments of art, and the seductions of power can be both destructive and transformative — and ultimately become a pathway to self-realization. (Softcover. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95. McClelland & Stewart. April)

Winter on the prairies brings a barren sense of isolation, as well as an uncanny beauty. This Hole Called January by Paula Jane Remlinger explores the duality of winter — confinement in an infinite landscape, the hopeful longing for an out-of-reach springtime. With humour and elegance, these poems will speak to everyone who has felt the dark days of winter closing in, physically and metaphorically. (Softcover. $12.95. RRC Price $11.65. Thistledown Press. April)

Raye Hendrickson’s debut collection, Five Red Sentries, feeds our explorer nature. From imagining what it feels like to be a "sheet of rain" or an acrobat in outer space "spring-boarding from the edge of the earth" to musing about prairie landscapes. She explores connections, and the depletion we feel when someone or something vital is lost to us. Finally, Hendrickson celebrates the emergence of strength and the joy of embracing life. (Softcover. $12.95. RRC Price $11.65. Thistledown Press. April)


Poetry Manuscript-in-Progress Workshop. Di Brandt, Winnipeg's first Poet Laureate, leads participants through four evenings of workshopping previously written poetry manuscripts-in-progress, in a supportive, attentive group discussion. Find out how your poems sound to other people, and get tips on how to improve your craft from an accomplished, award-winning writer and editor. Suitable for beginning, continuing and published poets. Please bring 18 copies of 3-5 pages of unpublished poetry to the first class. April 2, 9, 16, 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Pre-registration required. Cost $150 per person. Register online >>>

Please note that our Community Classroom programs are only available at our Winnipeg Grant Park location.


Life Stories

Gail Gallant recounts her true story of life as a changeling — a child born to replace her deceased baby sister in The Changeling. She and her family believed she was special and that God had chosen to bring her back to life. As she rewrote her origin story, Gail battled blinding depression. Ultimately, she discovered her own sense of what is extraordinary in simply becoming herself. (Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Doubleday. April)

For years, Pico Iyer and his wife, Hiroko, have split their time between California and Nara, Japan. But when his father-in-law dies suddenly, Iyer begins to grapple with the question we all have to live with: how to hold on to what we love. In Autumn Light, Iyer brings us an exploration of Japanese history and culture and a meditation on impermanence, mortality, and grief. (Hardcover. $34.95. RRC Price $31.45. Knopf. April)

Woman Enough by Kristen Worley is the account of a human rights battle with global repercussions for the world of sport; it's a challenge to rethink fixed ideas about gender; and it's the extraordinary story of a Toronto boy who was rejected for who he wasn't, and who fought back until she found out who she is. (Hardcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. Random House. April)

In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.” In A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell, we learn that the spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman — rejected from the foreign service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg — who talked her way into a spy organization and became the first woman to deploy to occupied France. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Viking. April)



Don't Label Me by Irshad Manji is a unique conversation about diversity, bigotry, and our common humanity. In the United States, discord has hit emergency levels. Civility isn't the reason to repair our caustic chasms. Diversity is. Don't Label Me shows that America's founding genius is diversity of thought. At a time when minorities are fast becoming the majority, a truly new America requires a new way to tribe out. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. St. Martin's Press. April) WPG EVENT JUN 11

You don’t have to be racist to be biased. Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behaviour. This has an impact on education, housing, employment, and criminal justice. In Biased, Jennifer Eberhardt offers insights into the dilemma and a path forward. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Viking. March)


Rekonect Magnetic Journals

The Rekonect Magnetic Notebook wants to take a familiar friend and put a modern spin on it.

Rekonect is a family owned and operated company, located in Southern California, that got its start on Kickstarter.

A strip of iron ink printed on each page makes it connect to the notebook’s magnetic spine. This holds the pages firmly in place and makes them easy to remove, organize, and reattach exactly how you want them. Now things like daily lists, sketches, and notes are as moveable and shareable as your thoughts.

Notebooks $40.00. Paper Refills $12.00. RRC applies. Browse these items online »


New Fiction: The Long & Short Of It

In the title story, a father and his young daughter stumble into a bizarre version of his immigrant childhood. A mysterious tech conference brings a writer to Montreal where he discovers new designs on the past in “How it Used to Be.” A grandfather’s Yiddish letters expose a love affair and a wartime secret in “Little Rooster.” In each of these deeply-felt, humorous stories in Immigrant City, David Bezmozgis pleads no special causes but presents immigrant characters with all their contradictions and complexities. (Hardcover. $27.99. RRC Price $25.19. HarperCollins. March)

In Normal People by Sally Rooney, Connell is one of the most popular boys in his high school, but is poor. Marianne, a classmate of Connell’s, has money but no friends. There is, however, a deep connection between the two that develops into a secret relationship. Everything changes when both Connell and Marianne are accepted to Trinity College. Throughout university, they circle each other, never straying far. And as Marianne experiments, Connell must decide how far he is willing to go to save his oldest friend. (Hardcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. Knopf. April)

Set in 1980s London, Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan revolves around Charlie: young and reckless, and in love with his upstairs neighbour, Miranda. He has spent his inheritance on one of twenty-four highly developed new robotic humans developed by Alan Turing after his success on the WW2 Enigma codebreaking machine. As London is consumed by the huge protests over England and Argentina’s Falklands War, Charlie courts Miranda, and his Adam finds himself, inevitably, central to their affair. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Knopf. April)

The Book of Dreams by Nina George. When Henri ends up in a coma after rescuing a young girl from the Thames, his ex-girlfriend, Eddie, discovers that she is listed as Henri’s next-of-kin in his living will. While Henri lies in a hospital bed, he fitfully revisits the boyhood he spent with his beloved grandfather, who fed him a steady diet of Breton fish and fairy tales. Sam, Henri’s teenage son whom he has never met, and Eddie slowly begin to carve out an unexpected friendship. But when Sam is on his way to meet his father for the first time, tragedy strikes. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Crown. April)

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi. Perdita Lee may appear your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, there’s their gingerbread. Londoners may find themselves able to take it or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhástrana, the far away (or, according to many sources, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee’s early youth. Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother’s long lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet’s story. (Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Hamish Hamilton. March)

The Witch's Kind by Louisa Morgan. Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar. It is the price of concealing their dangerous family secret. But two events threaten to upend their lives forever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne's long-lost husband. (Hardcover. $34.00. RRC Price $30.60. Redhook. March)

The Silk Road by Kathryn Davis begins on a mat in yoga class, deep within a labyrinth on a settlement somewhere in the icy north, under the canny guidance of Jee Moon. When someone fails to rise from corpse pose, the Astronomer, the Archivist, the Botanist, the Keeper, the Topologist, the Geographer, the Iceman, and the Cook remember the paths that brought them there — paths on which they still seem to be travelling. (Hardcover. $31.50. RRC Price $28.35. Graywolf Press. March)

In The River by Peter Heller, Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman year, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling, and nights of reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. When they hear a man and woman arguing on the riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, their search is fruitless. The next day a man appears on the river, alone. Is this the man they heard? Where is the woman? (Hardcover. $34.95. RRC Price $31.45. Knopf. March)


Two Authors of Now: Stephen King and Jodi Picoult with Karen Toole. Both King and Picoult are prolific popular writers. Are they simply writers for mass consumption, sensationalist, quick reads? Often they are seen as very different. Both have had their work become film. Is there is a much deeper and more connected meaning in their writing? If you have wondered about the “why” of their popularity this will be an opportunity to seek and share the meaning and the connection between the two of them. May 1 & 8 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Pre-registration required. Cost $60 per person. Register online >>>

Please note that our Community Classroom programs are only available at our Winnipeg Grant Park location.



Invigorate Your Midday Meal!

Modern Lunch by Allison Day is the new lunchtime hero for time-strapped, budget-conscious, and salad-fatigued people everywhere. Focusing on healthy, quick recipes, this book is inspired by fresh flavours and ingredients, and minimal effort. (Hardcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. Random House. March)

Visit Prairie Ink Restaurant to enjoy featured specials from Modern Lunch in March.

A Modern Lunch Needs Modern Tools!


A Fictional Past

In Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly, it is 1914 and Eliza is thrilled to be travelling to Russia with Sofya, a cousin of the Romanovs. But when Austria declares war on Serbia, Eliza escapes to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire Varinka, unknowingly bringing danger into their household. From the streets of St. Petersburg to the avenues of Paris, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka intersect in profound ways. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Ballantine Books. April)

When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union in 1941, Nina Markova joins an all-female night bomber regiment in The Huntress by Kate Quinn. Stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a Nazi murderess, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning keep her alive. In the meantime, Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, he joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. (Softcover. $22.99. RRC Price $20.69. William Morrow. March)

The Mother Goose Letters by Karen Clavelle and illustrated by Bob Haverluck comprises the annotated correspondence between Mother Goose and her British cohorts concerning migration to the Canadian Prairies. The letters reveal both her attempts to wheedle her fellow nursery rhyme characters to settle in the Prairies with her and their mixed responses to her plans. These collected works are used as the framework whereby a story of modern day immigration can be told. (Hardcover. $28.95. RRC Price $26.05. At Bay Press. March) WPG EVENT MAR 21


A Bit of History

In 1904, Assiniboine Park was conceived as a people's playground, a place devoid of commercial amusements where all classes of Winnipeggers could relax and rejuvenate in idyllic surroundings. Assiniboine Park by David Spector traces the development of the park and its infrastructure and how this corresponded with an ever-evolving Winnipeg. It explains the actions and arguments of a colourful cast of politicians and bureaucrats who made the park what it is today. (Softcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. Great Plains Publications. April) WPG EVENT MAY 21

When the Irish Invaded Canada by Christopher Klein is the outlandish story of the Irish American revolutionaries who tried to free Ireland by invading Canada. When the Irish Invaded Canada is the untold tale of a band of fiercely patriotic Irish Americans and their chapter in Ireland’s centuries-long fight for independence. Inspiring, lively, and often undeniably comic, this is a story of fighting for what’s right in the face of impossible odds. (Hardcover. $38.95. RRC Price $35.05. Doubleday. March)

Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century by Alexandra Popoff is the definitive biography of Soviet Jewish dissident writer Vasily Grossman. Grossman’s 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate was seized by the KGB. When it emerged posthumously, decades later, it was recognized as the War and Peace of the twentieth century. Because Grossman’s major works appeared after much delay we are only now able to examine them properly. (Hardcover. $32.50. RRC Price $29.25. Yale University Press. April) SASK EVENT APR 25



Alternate Winnipeg

In Fanonymous by M.C. Joudrey, earth and sky are devoid of colour. Then the snow melts. Maybe it's the dead cars. It could be the escaped bison roaming the downtown core. And it's also entirely possible it's the pomegranate tree at the corner of Portage and Main. Something's going on in Winnipeg. Jack hopes the city will be the one place no one will look for him. An infamous guerilla street artist, Jack is on the run. Again. (Hardcover. $28.95. RRC Price $26.05. At Bay Press. April) WPG EVENT APR 16


A Taste of Italy

La Passione by Dianne Hales is a charming narrative and “pop historical” look into how Italy has shaped the Western world’s passions, from literature to wine. Hales attributes these landmark achievements to "la passione italiana," a primal force that stems from an insatiable hunger to discover and create; to love and live fully. Hales sweeps readers along on her quest for the secrets of la passione. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Crown Archetype. April)


Getting Graphic

The Handmaid's Tale has become a global phenomenon. Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. Now, in this graphic novel edition of Atwood’s modern classic, the terrifying reality of Gilead is brought to vivid life like never before. (Hardcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. McClelland & Stewart. April)

Place Into Being is the first collection of abstract comics by Robert Pasternak (NAK), artist, father, illustrator, graphic designer, novelty product inventor / manufacturer and filmmaker. Pasternak’s work spans the themes of the cosmic, surreal, technological, metaphysical and what it means to be human. He has been creating and exhibiting his art for almost 40 years. You are invited to join the cult of NAK. (Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. At Bay Press. April) WPG EVENT MAR 27

Twenty years in the making, Clyde Fans peels back the optimism of mid-twentieth century capitalism. Legendary Canadian cartoonist Seth shows the rituals, hopes, and delusions of a middle class that has long ceased to exist. The Clyde Fans family unit is a fraud. As their business crumbles, so does any remaining relationship between the brothers, both of whom choose very different life paths but still end up utterly unhappy. (Hardcover. $64.95. RRC Price $58.45. Drawn and Quarterly. April) WPG EVENT APR 30


Our Sights & Sounds

Music CDs & Records

Voces8. Enchanted Isle. CD $13.99. RRC Price $12.59. Voces8 releases Enchanted Isle, an album of music reminiscent of rolling hills, green valleys, rugged mountainsides, and sleepy villages. Enchanted Isle features reimagined pieces originally written for film or television (such as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones), new arrangements of Scottish and Irish melodies, and compositions set to texts by great English poets. (Decca Music Group Ltd. January)

Various Artists. A Jazz Salute to Black History Month. 2-CD set. $15.99. RRC Price $14.39. This fantastic all-star collection was released to celebrate Black History Month. It features 20 tracks from African American giants of jazz performing some of their most renowned recordings and outstanding performances. Jazz vocalists like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan are represented as well as Satchmo, Miles, Coltrane, Ellington, Parker, Gillespie, Monk, Rollins, Tatum and many more. (Universal. January)

Michael Franti & Spearhead. Stay Human Vol. II. CD $18.99. 2-LP set $39.99. RRC applies. There are love songs for his wife, love songs for his fans and love songs for humanity — all woven around Franti's signature reggae-infused pop beat. It's a record that's overflowing with positivity. In these deeply divided times, Franti gives listeners about 45 minutes of nothing but good vibes, optimism and a charge to take that feeling out into the world. A balm, if not an antidote, for life's large and small scale struggles. (Boo Boo Wax. January)

Whitehorse. The Northern South Vol. 2. CD $14.99. RRC Price $13.49. Itches, urges, dirges and scourges: welcome back to The Northern South. Whitehorse makes their return to the early days of electric blues with the second instalment of a project that melds original grooves and melodies with the duo’s steamy, swampy, squalling approach. There’s foreplay, foreboding, fever and Fenders — plenty of them — with cuts from Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo and more. (Six Shooter Records. January)


DVD & Blu-Ray Movies

Pride and Prejudice, directed by Simon Langton. Blu-ray $32.99. RRC Price $29.69. Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle star in the definitive 1995 mini-series version of Pride & Prejudice — now fully restored from the original film negatives. The alluring tale of the forbidden love shared by the spirited Elizabeth Bennett and the distinguished Mr. Darcy is beautifully brought to life by award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones’s Diary, House of Cards). Indulge in the beautifully remastered edition of Jane Austen’s classic love story. (BBC. February)

Flin Flon: A Hockey Town, directed by Dustin Cohen. Blu-ray $22.99. DVD $19.99. RRC applies. This documentary explores Flin Flon's eccentric obsession with its legendary junior hockey team, The Flin Flon Bombers. The Bombers organization dates back to 1927 and many legendary NHL players were born and played in Flin Flon including Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach, and Gerry Hart. We see that with loyalty and affection, players and fans thrive off one another to make themselves the best they can be. (Gravitas Ventures. February)

Wanda, directed by Barbara Loden. Blu-ray $49.99. DVD $36.99. RRC applies. Unsparing and naturalistic drama from writer/director/star Barbara Loden filters a "road movie" story through the sensibilities of 1970s independent cinema. Having lost her job — and custody of her kids — rudderless working-class divorcée Wanda Goronski (Loden) begins a seemingly aimless journey, travelling from one coal town to another, until she meets Mr. Dennis (Michael Higgins), who talks Wanda into helping him stage a small-time heist. (Criterion. March)

For a Few Dollars More, directed by Sergio Leone. Blu-ray $39.99. RRC price $35.99. Screen legends Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef co-star as two rival bounty hunters who join forces to bring murderous bandit El Indio and his vicious gang of criminals to justice. But all is not as it seems in this hard-hitting second installment of Sergio Leone’s trilogy. Music by legendary composer Ennio Morricone with a stellar cast that includes multiple spaghetti western legends. Brand new 4K restoration. (KL Studio Classics. April)


Get Your Little Ones Thinking

In a pair of bright lift-the-flap books full of animals author-illustrator Petr Horácek gets little ones thinking with simple questions and easy concepts.

In Who Is Sleeping?, we ask who is sleeping in the tree? Who is sleeping under the leaf? What about in the river? Children can say good night to several animals before settling down for a slumber of their own.

In Who Is the Biggest?, we ask brave or shy? Short or tall? Slow or fast? Opposites abound in a colourful book of animals, inviting readers to celebrate each creature for its differences.

(Board Books. $11.99 each. RRC Price $10.79 each. Candlewick. February)


Worlds Awaiting

Pairing creative rhyming similes with cut-paper collage art, Love You Head to Toe by Ashley Barron is an adorable book that compares newborn babies to baby animals on every page. Bright, playful illustrations show babies playing. (Hardcover. $18.95. RRC Price $17.05. Owlkids Books. March)

You Are New by Lucy Knisley. A world of being new is waiting for little ones in this warm and funny book. From napping to crying, cuddling to playing, this book introduces the world with humour, honesty, and unmitigated sweetness. (Hardcover. $25.50. RRC Price $22.95. Chronicle Books. March)

Just as a pebble is part of a mountain, so, too, is every one of us part of something bigger. With bright illustrations and a simple, lyrical text, Toni Yuly invites readers to celebrate our relationship to the natural world in The Whole Wide World and Me. (Hardcover. $19.99. RRC Price $17.99. Candlewick. February)


Sustainable Baby Dishware

Our selection of Avanchy baby dishware includes bowls, plates, spoons and forks, all designed with practicality and safety in mind. Made from organic bamboo and food grade stainless steel with silicone, they are non-toxic, earth-friendly, BPA, BPS, PVC, Lead, and Phthalate free. They are perfect for daily use and do not harm your baby’s sensitive skin.

Avanchy baby feeding bowls and plates feature an innovative Airtight-Lock mechanism with a suction cup. When pressed onto a hard surface, the suction cup stays in place, reducing spills and making meal time considerably less messy. The forks and spoons are also made from organic bamboo and the tip is silicone, so your children can safely eat and play with them without hurting their gums.

$32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Browse these and other similar items »


Good Times

In Diana Dances by Luciano Lozano, Diana is struggling in school. She’s bored. She can’t concentrate. And she really doesn’t like math. Diana visits the doctor after her mother receives a call from a concerned school teacher, but the family doctor finds nothing amiss. It’s only when Diana hears the soft musical notes filling the psychologist’s office that her body begins swaying rhythmically and the correct diagnosis can be made: Diana is a dancer! (Hardcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. Annick Press. March) (Ages 3-6)

In Harold Snipperpot's Best Disaster Ever by Beatrice Alemagna, Harold is turning seven and he’s never had a real birthday party. That’s because his parents are too grumpy. But this year they feel bad for Harold. “We’ll call up Mr. Ponzio,” says Harold’s mother. So they do, and Mr. Ponzio agrees to help. When everyone arrives at the Snipperpots', everyone — especially Harold — is absolutely flabbergasted. It truly is a party like no other. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. HarperCollins. February) (Ages 4-8)


Feline Friends

How to Give Your Cat a Bath by Nicola Winstanley and illustrated by John Martz. Step one: fill the bath. Step two: put the cat in the bath. Step three: put shampoo on the cat. Step four: rinse the cat. Step five: dry the cat. Seems simple, right? One problem: the cat has no intention of doing ANY of these things! Watch as the steps keep changing, the cat keeps escaping, the girl keeps eating cookies and the mess keeps escalating. Soon it’s not just the cat who needs a bath — it’s the whole house! (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. Tundra Books. February) (Ages 3-7)

Princess Puffybottom… and Darryl by Susin Nielsen and illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller. Princess Puffybottom has the perfect life — her subjects serve her delicious meals, clean up her “delicate matters” and wait on her hand and foot. Life is good… until Darryl arrives. Princess Puffybottom thinks he’s disgusting, horrid and a true animal. Though she tries everything in her power to banish him (including hypnosis, trickery and even sabotage), it looks like this puppy is here to stay. Can Princess P. and Darryl find a way to co-exist? (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. Tundra Books. February) (Ages 3-7)

Miss Mink by Janet Hill. Miss Marcella Mink and sixty-seven of her favourite feline friends live happily in her big house by the sea. But there was a time when Miss Mink was not so happy. When Miss Mink created her own business — a feline-friendly cruise company for cat lovers and their furry companions — she found she no longer had time or energy for herself or her friends. For advice she turned to her cats, who always seemed so happy, healthy, well-rounded, well-groomed and well-rested. Collected here are Miss Mink’s twenty cat-approved lessons. (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. Tundra Books. January) (Ages 4-8)


Our Natural World

In this retelling of a Yiddish folktale, Wind needs a place to rest. But no one wants to shelter so blustery a Wind. Finally, Wind has a tantrum. And it is only with the help of two small children that Wind finally finds the perfect place to sleep in Good Night, Wind by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Maelle Doliveux. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Holiday House. March) (Ages 4-8)

Trees by Verlie Hutchens and illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong. Every tree has its own story to tell in this collection of poems celebrating the many varieties — from maple to willow to oak. Each has special qualities. Celebrate the singular beauty of each tree, from the gnarled old apple tree to the tall and graceful aspen. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Beach Lane Books. March) (Ages 4-8)

From the edge of the sea to a high mountain top, everything has its place in the world and all living things are connected. From Tree to Sea  by Shelley Moore Thomas and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal celebrates the wisdom in many of the things that make up our wonderful world. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Simon & Schuster. February) (Ages 4-8)


Laugh Out Loud! A Writing Contest

McNally Robinson Booksellers and Scholastic Canada invite Manitoba and Saskatchewan’s grade 5 & 6 students to enter our annual writing contest. This year the theme is "Laugh Out Loud". Think of something that makes you laugh out loud and then write a story all about it. The funnier, the better!

This year's special guest judge is Ted Staunton, author of over forty books for young people, including Bounced. His latest novel is What Blows Up. Writing submissions should be between 500 and 1000 words, and may be fiction or non-fiction.

WINNIPEG: Entries will be accepted in-store or via email ([email protected]) until 11:00 pm on Friday March 22, 2019. For more information, visit the Kids desk on the mezzanine or call 204-475-0492.

SASKATOON: Entries will be accepted in-store or via email ([email protected]) until 11:00 pm on Friday March 22, 2019. For more information, visit the Kids desk on the mezzanine or call 955-1477.


A Wonderland Story Time Tea Party (Winnipeg)

Please join us at Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery located in the McNally Robinson bookstore in Grant Park on Sunday, May 5 at 9:30 am for a Wonderland Story Time Tea Party. See the Prairie Ink section of the newsletter below for details. (Winnipeg location only.)


Teddy Bear Breakfast (Saskatoon)

Boys and Girls! Celebrate your teddy bear with us on Sunday May 5. Things get underway at 9:30 am in our Prairie Ink Restaurant with a plated breakfast, 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 $10 per person and go on sale at Prairie Ink in mid-March. (Saskatoon location only.)


Fantastic Fiction

From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she’s the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she’s not very smart. When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to “sing” to him! But he’s three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him? Find out in Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly. (Hardcover. $22.99. RRC Price $20.69. Delacorte Books. February) (Ages 8-12)

In The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold and illustrated by Emily Gravett, Ember and Ness are best friends. Ember can't imagine what life would be like without Ness until Ness dies, in a most sudden and unexpected way. Then Ember finds a way into the afterworld — a place where the recently dead reside. She knows there must be a way to bring Ness back, so she decides to find it. Because that's what friends do: rescue each other. How far will Ember go to make things the way they were again? (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Bloomsbury. March) (Ages 8-12)

In an alternative England of the 1930s where the laws of mechanics govern even the most talented engineers, a mismatched group of mechanicals want nothing more than to feel human. Under the guardianship of the devious Gregory Absalom, an engineer who creates mechanical children, they have no choice but to help him. But through his unethical work, Absalom winds up creating a loyal and lively group of friends who will go to the ends of the Earth for one another in Tin by Padraig Kenny. (Hardcover. $22.99. RRC Price $20.69. Scholastic. April) (Ages 8-12)


Winnipeg History

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike was a key moment in Canadian history when the demands of workers and returning soldiers played out in the streets of Winnipeg. The governing elite condemned the strike organizers and unleashed waves of violence.

City on Strike by Harriet Zaidman is riveting middle grade fiction focusing on a 13-year old boy and his younger sister, part of a poor but hardworking immigrant family in Winnipeg's North End. And like so many others, it's a family that gets drawn into the chaos that terrible spring. Canadians need to know the history of the Strike, which teaches us that we need to look behind the message, to make choices that unify society and give everyone a chance to fulfill their potential. (Softcover. $14.95. RRC Price $13.45. Red Deer Press. March) WPG EVENT APR 14

Ten-year-old Cassie lives with her workingclass family in 1919 Winnipeg. When workers orchestrate a general strike, Cassie desperately wants to help. She begins volunteering for the strike committee as a papergirl, distributing the strike bulletin at Portage and Main, and from her corner, she sees the strike take shape. When things turn violent on Bloody Saturday, Cassie is changed forever in Papergirl by Melinda McCracken with Penelope Jackson. (Softcover. $13.00. RRC Price $11.70. Fernwood. April) WPG EVENT MAY 5


Halftoys Dinosaur Series

Bringing to life a set of well-designed and innovative dinosaur toys unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Beneath a cute surface, the dinosaurs open up to reveal a set of bones that can be taken apart and explored. Featuring dinosaurs you’ll recognize, such as the mighty Triceratops or ferocious T-rex, these models are a great gift for both kids and adults.

There are five dinosaurs to choose from:

$25.00 each. RRC Price $22.50.


The Kid's Watch List


A World of Adventure

After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: they’re not heroes of the people, but murderers. Meanwhile, royal Josse de Bourbon must become the prince he was never meant to be in order to save his injured sisters. Forced to hide in the sewers beneath the city, Josse’s hope of reclaiming Paris seems impossible — until his path collides with Mirabelle’s in An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley. (Hardcover. $28.50. RRC Price $25.65. Page Street. March)

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille must find a way to provide for her younger sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on magic, Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille pursues a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in Enchantée by Gita Trelease. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Flatiron Books. February)

In Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission — they're sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They post their work online and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by trolls. When things escalate in real life, the principal shuts the club down. Not willing to be silenced, Jasmine and Chelsea risk everything for their voices to be heard. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Bloomsbury. February)

In Chicken Girl by Heather T. Smith, we meet Poppy, who used to be an optimist. Things have changed. She trades her vintage clothes for a chicken costume and accepts a job as a sign waver outside a restaurant. There, Poppy meets six-year-old Miracle, who helps her see the people around her: Cam, her twin brother, who is adjusting to life as an openly gay teen; Buck, a charming photographer with a not-so-cute mean-streak; and Lewis, a teen caring for an ailing parent while struggling to reach the final stages of his gender transition. (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. Penguin. March)


Feminism For All

What is feminism? Combining insightful text with illustrations, this engaging book introduces young adult readers to a subject that should matter to everyone. Feminism Is… tackles the most intriguing and relevant topics, such as intersectionality, the right to an equal education, and the gender pay gap. Find out what equality for women really means, get a short history of feminism, and take a look at the issues that affect women at work, in the home, and around sex and identity. (Softcover. $16.99. RRC Price $15.29. DK. February)

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan and illustrated by Geneviève Darling. A feminist manifesto in graphic novel form that denounces the discrimination against and unfairness felt by women. It invites teenagers to question the sexism that surrounds us. The book’s beginnings as a fanzine shine through in its honesty and directness, confronting the inequalities faced by young women, every day. (Softcover. $13.95. RRC Price $12.55. Second Story Press. March)


Intersecting Lives

In Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, a girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war. In a centuries-long war, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Feiwel & Friends. April)

In Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt, sixteen-year-old Cade Curtis and his dad move to a new apartment and the only payment the owner requests is marble angels, stolen from graveyards. Meanwhile Zorra, a young ocelot, is trapped and has only the sounds of the bayou for comfort. In a masterful feat, Appelt weaves together stories across time, connected by the bayou, an angel, and the universal desire to be free. (Hardcover. $25.99. RRC Price $23.39. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. March)

In The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros, Grace's mother, GG, — a celebrity news anchor — is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, while Grace is an aspiring astrophysicist. Then one day GG is gone. While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG's disappearance, Grace uncovers some secrets from her mother's past. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted ... or did she leave? (Hardcover. $19.99. RRC Price $17.99. Kids Can Press. April)


The "Be First" and "YA, I Read" Book Clubs

Our Winnipeg “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.

MARCH: Chicken Girl by Heather T. Smith. (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. St. Martin's Press. March) Our group meets Wednesday March 6 at 7:00 pm.

APRIL: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Feiwel & Friends. April) Our group meets Wednesday April 10 at 7:00 pm.

MARCH: Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt. (Hardcover. $25.99. RRC Price $23.39. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. March) Our group meets Wednesday March 13 at 7:00 pm.

APRIL: The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros. (Hardcover. $19.99. RRC Price $17.99. Kids Can Press. April) Our group meets Wednesday April 17 at 7:00 pm.

Please note that our "Be First" and "YA, I Read" clubs are only available at our Winnipeg Grant Park location.




The Lake Shaker
Fort Whyte Alive. March 9. A fundraising 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 kubb, toboganning, bannock roasting, an ice bar, broomball, kerplunk, a cozy crafting station, delicious cocktails, a photobooth and so much more.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites
Manitoba Theatre for Young People. March 15 – 24. A Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Production. Three stories by Eric Carle are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of food on his path to becoming a butterfly. Plus Little Cloud and The Mixed-Up Chameleon.

European Connections
Winnipeg Singers. Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 pm. This concert showcases the glorious choral sounds of Europe and features composers Pablo Casals, Jean Sibelius, Veljo Tormis, and our own Sid Robinovitch. Be on board with Yuri Klaz and the Winnipeg Singers as they entertain with the European choral program for their tour this July.

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. March 20 – April 13. Playing more than 100 characters, the multi-talented Rick Miller takes us from Woodstock in 1969 to 1995 when the Internet was starting to dominate our lives. Showcasing cutting-edge projections and Rick’s virtuoso impressions of politicians, musicians and activists, BOOM X navigates the baby boom’s tangled legacy.

Finding Wolastoq Voice
Prairie Theatre Exchange. March 21 – 31. Leap Series. With words and music by New Brunswick Wolastoqiyik artist Natalie Sappier, Finding Wolastoq Voice is a story of awakening and transformation. A young woman is lost and comes to find herself, and the way forward, by opening herself to the voice of her ancestors and the power in her own voice.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Manitoba Theatre for Young People. April 5 – 14. A Kidoons and WYRD Production, in association with the 20K Collective. The stage adaptation of the classic Jules Verne sci-fi adventure explores the power of nature and the nature of power. Plunge into a multisensory experience with unforgettable characters, eye-popping projections and amazing technology.

The Barber of Seville
Manitoba Opera. April 6, 9 and 12. The scheming barber and jack-of-all-trades plots to help his friend the Count woo the lovely Rosina and enable her to escape the clutches of her lecherous old guardian, Dr. Bartolo. Does Figaro have enough tricks up his sleeve to outfox the old doctor, unite lovers, and save the day?

What to do with Albert?
Prairie Theatre Exchange. April 11 – 28. World Premiere. A bilingual partnership with Théâtre Cercle Molière. When Albert’s daughter suggests that he move to a retirement home, he decides to set off on a pilgrimage with his beloved wife’s ashes instead. Unfortunately, his brilliant plan sets off a panic when he seems to have disappeared. This gentle comedy explores love, loss, father-daughter relationships and how to stay true to yourself, no matter how old you get.

Earth Day
Fort Whyte Alive. April 28. Let's celebrate the earth together! Live entertainment, environmental workshops and exciting outdoor activities celebrate the planet with lessons in sustainability, special programming at FortWhyte Farms and a chance to explore the site at no cost — admission is free all day!

The Wizard of Oz
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. May 1 – 5. L. Frank Baum’s tale of family, friendship, and courage is vividly brought to life by choreographer Septime Webre in the Canadian premiere of The Wizard of Oz. Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they journey down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City.

Books & Brunch
Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library. May 5. The Gates on Roblin. Following a brunch buffet, Winnipeggers John Einarson, an acclaimed musicologist, and children’s author Kathy Knowles will share highlights of some of their favourite books with the audience. Author Charlene Diehl, director of Thin Air, will MC the event.



Native Studies 101
Gordon Tootoosis Theatre. March 7 – 14. Studio 914. A Circle of Voices Production by Dakota Ray Hebert. A Dakota, a Dene, a Cree and a Metis walk into a Native Studies class being taught by a Settler professor. Who teaches who?

SCUM: A Manifesto
Live 5. March 7 – 17. The Refinery. By S.E. Grummett and Caitlin Zacharias and produced by Scantily Glad Theatre. In 1967, Valerie Solanas wrote “Society for Cutting Up Men,” a manifesto suggesting that in order for women to be truly liberated they must overthrow the government and exterminate the male sex. Juxtaposed with the story of two women navigating the trendy world of modern feminism, SCUM takes a playful look at radicalism, feminists, and the wild life of the woman who shot popart legend Andy Warhol.

Voices of Earth
Saskatoon Chamber Singers. March 10, 2:00 pm. Knox United Church. The Saskatoon Chamber Singers’ March concert, Voices of Earth, features pieces that elebrate and appreciate the world around us.

The Arrogant Worms
The Broadway Theatre. March 14, 7:30 pm. The Arrogant Worms' most recent offering is SPACE, a collection of 16 new songs released in 2014 that bravely tackle the hard issues like Local Politicians, Yoga Pants and Uncomfortable Chairs. The band was recognized in 2003 as the Touring Act of the Year by the Canadian Arts Presenters Association. Their songs are in school lesson plans, in textbooks and even played on the Space Shuttle. On earth or in space, everyone digs these Worms.

Finding Heinz Moehn
The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. March 23, 7:30 pm. TCU Place. Heinz Moehn was best known for his editions of Mozart’s works including the great Requiem. Here in Saskatoon, Heinz Moehn’s grandson unearthed his grandfather’s compositions in a box of family heirlooms. The SSO collaborated with Saskatoon-based composer Paul Suchan to take Moehn’s hand-written score for his Violin Concerto and create parts for the SSO to perform — marking the first performance of the concerto in 80 years.

Empire of the Son
Persephone Theatre. March 27 – April 10. Persephone Theatre – Rawlco Radio Hall. As father and son, Akira and Tetsuro Shigematsu shared the same profession as public radio broadcasters. Each of them revelled in communicating with millions of their listeners, but they never spoke with each other. When Akira’s health begins to falter in his old age, Tetsuro bridges the gap between them with the only object they both understand: a microphone.

YXE Spring Collectors Show and Market
Sutherland Curling Club. April 6 & 7. This show has 75 vendor booths selling a wide array of items such as: coins, stamps, LP records, 45 RPM records, jukeboxes, toys, DVDs, CDs, sports cards, glassware, antiques, comics, super hero collectibles, pop culture items, video games, food stuff, direct sales businesses, anime collectibles, bird houses & other general flea market items.

Great Russian Ballet. April 17, 7:30 pm. TCU Place. This Easter, the Great Russian Ballet is coming back to Canada to present the death-defying love story Giselle in partnership with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Spellbinding ballet performance, breathtaking movements with aristocratic finesse, hand-painted backdrops, lavish costumes and amazing sets, energized by internationally acclaimed and award-winning dancers chosen from the best across Russia — this is the Great Russian Ballet.

Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony
April 27, 7:00 pm. Conexus Arts Centre, Regina. Celebrate the 26th Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony with this year’s shortlisted authors and publishers, and enjoy the anticipation as they wait to find out who will win this year's 14 awards, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award. The evening will be hosted by Victor Sawa, one of Canada's top music conductors. Enjoy door prizes, book sales, and fabulous entertainment.

The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. April 27, 7:30 pm. TCU Place. Considered one of the greatest orchestral works ever written, Beethoven’s Eroica is a symphonic masterpiece steeped in myth. The SSO opens the night with Beethoven’s Contradances for orchestra. Hear the composer working through his early sketches of ideas for his third symphony. The night also features the SSO’s Principal Flute Sarah Yunji Moon in a thrilling concerto by Christos Hatzis.


IN WINNIPEG: On Saturday March 16, guests can enjoy the lively Celtic music of The Hammers from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. Sunday hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. On both March 16 & 17, enjoy Irish-themed specials, including a lamb stew with soda bread and a Guinness Beer cheddar soup. Reservations are recommended for guests planning to join us on Saturday evening and can be made by calling 204-975-2659.

IN SASKATOON: On St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday, March 17), Prairie Ink in Saskatoon offers a full mix of Irish foods with a special menu, including Irish beer and drink specials available all day long.

In Winnipeg, join us on Sunday, May 5 at 9:30 am for a Wonderland Story Time Tea Party. Help yourself to a scone and some delicious finger sandwiches, and even get your picture taken with the Mad Hatter himself! Enjoy crafts and colouring sheets a-plenty, all while you sip on a nice cup of Wonderland's finest tea. Costumes are always welcome, but not mandatory. Tea starts at 9:30 am. Tickets are $23.50 (plus tax & gratuity) per person and go on sale Tuesday, April 2. Tickets* must be purchased in advance at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling 204-975-2659. (*The Reader Reward Card discount does not apply to ticket purchases, and all ticket sales are final.) [This event only takes place at our Winnipeg location. See below for a special event in Saskatoon.]

Boys and Girls of Saskatoon! Celebrate your teddy bear with us on Sunday May 5. Things get underway at 9:30 am in our Prairie Ink Restaurant with a plated breakfast, 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 $10 per person and go on sale at Prairie Ink in mid-March. [This event only takes place at our Saskatoon location. See above for a special event in Winnipeg.]

On Mother's Day May 12, treat Mom to something special with us! In Winnipeg we are serving an all-day Mother's Day special menu, which guests can enjoy alongside our full Prairie Ink regular menu. Meanwhile, in Saskatoon we are hosting a special Mother's Day Brunch: brunch seating will be available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and reservations are recommended; regular menu service will not be available during the brunch, and 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

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