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March & April 2020

CELEBRATING POETRY
April is Poetry Month

Following the deaths of her Mennonite grandparents, Angeline Schellenberg began exploring their influence on her life. Her love letter to them articulates her grief against the backdrop of their involuntary emigration. Fields of Light and Stone is a reflection on how family history shapes us. She captures the immigrant identity in poems that draw on events both personal and global: war and famine, dementia and cancer, hidden sacrifice and secrets. (Softcover. $19.99. RRC Price $17.99. University of Alberta Press. March)

Through intimate experiences and conceptualizations of trans life, day/break asks what it means to be a trans woman, both within the text and out in the physical world. Shifting between theory and poetry, Gwen Benaway questions how gender, sexuality, and love intersect with the violence and transmisogyny of the nation state and established literary institutions. (Softcover. $20.00. RRC Price $18.00. Book*hug Press. April)

Tamar Rubin grew up immersed in Hebrew, Jewish traditions and texts in a secular household. And in becoming a physician, she learned yet another language: medicine. The poetry in Tablet Fragments weaves between Hebrew and English to explore the texts of her upbringing, and to use biblical and medical language to explore her identities. (Softcover. $17.95. RRC Price $16.15. Signature Editions. April)

In My Art is Killing Me, Amber Dawn takes stock of the costs of coming out on the page in a heartrendingly honest and intimate investigation of the toll that artmaking takes on artists. These long poems offer difficult truths within their intricate narratives that are alternately incendiary, tender, and rapturous. She invites her readers to take an unflinching look at what we expect from writers, and from each other. (Softcover. $17.95. RRC Price $16.15. Arsenal Pulp Press. March)

In The Gospel of Breaking, Jillian Christmas confirms what followers of her performance and artistic curation have long known: there is magic in her words. Befitting someone who "speaks things into being," Christmas extracts from family history, queer lineage, and the political landscape of a racialized life to create a rich, softly defiant collection of poems. (Softcover. $14.95. RRC Price $13.45. Arsenal Pulp Press. March)

In Sarah Ens's shining debut, The World Is Mostly Sky, identity and community converge in poems for a modern generation. Beginning with the open prairie skies of her youth, she maps an emergence into millennial womanhood, questioning feminine expectations and examining heartache and disembodiment during an age of upheaval. (Softcover. $17.00. RRC Price $15.30. Turnstone Press. April)

Junebat, by John Elizabeth Stintzi, maps the depression the poet struggled with as they questioned and came to grips with their gender identity. Through the invention of the Junebat, Stintzi is able to create a self-defined space within the poems where they can reside comfortably, beyond the firm boundaries of the gender binary or the plethora of identities gathered under the queer umbrella. (Softcover. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95. Anansi. April)

Field Notes for the Self by Randy Lundy is a series of dark meditations: spiritual exercises in which the poem becomes a forensics of the soul. Rooted in exquisitely modulated observations of the natural world, the singular achievement of these poems is mind itself, suspended before interior vision like a bit of crystal twisting in the light. (Softcover. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95. University of Regina Press. April)

The Lost Cafeteria traces Joel Robert Ferguson's development through the first-world hinterlands of Canada not in temporal but spatial terms, circling both the quotidian and singular events of a life. From the fruit orchards of interior B.C. to social housing high-rises in downtown Winnipeg, Ferguson's debut collection asks, 'is it possible to separate nostalgia from regression?' (Softcover. $17.95. RRC Price $16.15. Signature Editions. April)

 

A Dramatic Read

In this poetic new work, Lara Rae tells the raw and heartfelt story of her half-century long (and counting) gender odyssey. Dragonfly presents us with two actors, one male, one female, who illuminate the inner life of a trans woman from her Scottish childhood in the 1960s to the present day. Stripping away the visual cues that both define and imprison transgender people, Dragonfly is a call to all of us to forge creativity from chaos. Here, as Lara says, is the "inside voice" of a trans child, ever present, ever demanding to be heard, ever rising upward, to growth, peace, security and love. (Softcover. $15.95. RRC Price $14.35. Scirocco. April)

 

McNally Robinson at Folk Fest

McNally Robinson will be attending the Winnipeg Folk Festival this summer, running their music tent. It will be a pop-up store called Music, Merch and More by McNally Robinson Booksellers.

More info to come, so watch our homepage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. We hope to see you out at the Festival in July!

To find out more about the Winnipeg Folk Festival and to purchase tickets, please visit winnipegfolkfestival.ca

 

What To Read

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

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula of Russia, two young sisters go missing. In the ensuing months, the investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across the community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women. Taking us through a year, this novel enters this community, its citizens all connected by the crime. We are transported into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused. (Vintage. April)

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe. Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. Keefe's book on the conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath details a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only the populace but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish. (Anchor. March)

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells. Softcover. $24.00. RRC Price $21.60. It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible — food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation. Wallace-Wells offers both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it. But just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation — today's. (Crown. March)

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton. Softcover. $21.00. RRC Price $18.90. Eli Bell's life is complicated. His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in his life is Slim — a felon and record-holder for successful prison escapes — who watches over Eli and August, his silent older brother. Life insists on throwing obstacles in Eli's path — most notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane's legendary drug dealer. But the real trouble lies ahead. Eli is about to fall in love, face off against truly bad guys, and fight to save his mother from a certain doom — all before starting high school. (HarperCollins. April)

Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima. Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. It is spring. A young woman, left by her husband, starts a new life in a Tokyo apartment. Territory of Light follows her over the course of a year, as she struggles to bring up her two-year-old daughter alone. Her new home is filled with light streaming through the windows, so bright she has to squint, but she finds herself plummeting deeper into darkness, becoming unstable, untethered. As the months come and go and the seasons turn, she must confront what she has lost and what she will become. (March)

Mama's Last Hug by Frans de Waal. Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. This book begins with the death of Mama, a chimpanzee who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. When Mama was dying, van Hooff visited her for a last hug. Their goodbye video went viral. This story and others like it form the core of de Waal's argument that humans are not the only species with the capacity for emotion. His message is one of continuity between us and other species, opening our hearts to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected, shifting our view of the living world around us. (WW Norton. March)

Henry, Himself by Stewart O’Nan. Softcover. $23.00. RRC Price $20.70. Soldier, son, lover, husband, churchgoer, Henry Maxwell has spent his life trying to live with honour. He's always believed in logic, sacrifice, and hard work. Now, seventy-five and retired, he feels the world has passed him by. It's 1998, the century is ending, and nothing is simple anymore. His children are distant, their unhappiness a mystery. Only his wife Emily and dog Rufus stand by him. Once so confident, as Henry's strength and memory desert him, he weighs his dreams against his regrets and is left with questions he struggles to answer. (Penguin. April)

Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg. Softcover. $23.00. RRC Price $20.70. This novel, framed as the catalogue notes from a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art, tells the life story of photographer, Lillian Preston. After discovering photography through her high school's photo club, Lillian rejects her parents' expectations of college and marriage and moves to New York City in 1955. When a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter, Lillian is arrested and targeted with an obscenity charge. The sudden notoriety changes the course of her career and her life-long quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition. (Scribner. February)

Normal People by Sally Rooney. Softcover. $21.00. RRC Price $18.90. Connell is a popular boy in high school but he doesn't have much money. Marianne, a classmate, is plain-looking and odd but her family is welloff. There is, however, a deep connection between the two that develops into a secret relationship. Things change when both are accepted to Trinity College and Marianne is well-liked, holding court with her intellectual friends, while Connell is sidelined, not fluent in the language of the elite. But as Marianne dates an increasingly dangerous string of boyfriends, Connell must decide how far he is willing to go to save her. (Vintage. February)

Lie with Me by Philippe Besson. Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. Philippe chances upon a young man outside a hotel in Bordeaux who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back at the relationship he's never forgotten, a hidden affair with a boy named Thomas during their last year of high school. At school, they don't acknowledge each other but they steal time to meet in secret, carrying on a passionate, world-altering affair. Philippe becomes a writer and travels the world but he never lets go of the relationship that shaped him, and every story he's ever told. (April)

 

Author of the Month
MARCH
REBECCA SOLNIT

American writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books. Solnit has worked on environmental and human rights campaigns since the 1980s. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications in print and online, including The Guardian newspaper and Harper's Magazine.

In 2003, she wrote River of Shadows about motion picture pioneer Eadweard Muybridge, for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award. In 2014, she published Men Explain Things to Me, a collection of short essays written about instances of "mansplaining." Solnit has been credited with paving the way for the coining of the term, though she didn’t actually use it in the original essay. Last year, Solnit rewrote a new version of Cinderella, called Cinderella Liberator. In this feminist revision, Solnit reclaims Ella from the cinders and gives both the prince and Ella new futures that involve thinking for themselves, acting out of free will, starting businesses, and becoming friends rather than dependent lovers.

In Recollections of My Nonexistence, Rebecca Solnit describes her formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and throughout society and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. She tells of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in the city that became her great teacher; of the small apartment that, when she was nineteen, became the home in which she transformed herself; of how punk rock gave form and voice to her own fury and explosive energy. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Viking. March)

APRIL
VIVEK SHRAYA

Vivek Shraya is a Canadian musician, writer, and visual artist. She currently lives in Calgary where she is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary and a director on the board of The Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for the rights of LGBTQ women.

In 2010, Shraya published her first book, God Loves Hair, an illustrated collection of linked short stories about a brown, genderqueer child growing up in an immigrant family in Alberta. Her second book, She of the Mountains, a lyrical novel consisting of two intertwined love stories, was named one of The Globe and Mail's Best 100 Books of 2014.

Shraya released her debut poetry collection entitled even this page is white. It’s an incisive exploration of the effects of everyday racism and colonialism in Canada that won a 2017 Publishing Triangle award and was longlisted for CBC's Canada Reads. The Boy & The Bindi, a children's picture book about a young boy's fascination with the dot on his mother's forehead, was also published that year. Shraya's first non-fiction book, I’m Afraid of Men, was released in 2018.

Everyone talks about falling in love, but falling in friendship can be just as captivating. In The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya, when Neela Devaki’s song is covered by internet-famous artist Rukmini, the two musicians meet and a transformative friendship begins. But as Rukmini’s star rises and Neela’s stagnates, jealousy and self-doubt creep in. With a single tweet, their friendship implodes, one career is destroyed, and the two women find themselves at the centre of an internet firestorm. (Softcover. $21.95. RRC Price $19.75. ECW Press. April)

 

Our Feature Paperbacks
MARCH

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly. $23.00. Our March 30% Off Price $16.10. RRC Price $14.49. 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. Martha Hall Kelly celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women’s friendship, especially during the darkest days of history. (Ballantine Books. March)

APRIL

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. $22.00. Our April 30% Off Price $15.40. RRC Price $13.86. From the author of bestsellers Sapiens and Homo Deus, this book is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the unchartered territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, as hacking becomes a tactic of war, and as the world feels more polarized than ever, Yuval Noah Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. (Signal. April)

 

Wanna Play?
Letter Jam: a cooperative word game

Letter Jam is a 2-6 player cooperative word game where players assist each other in composing meaningful words from letters around the table. The twist is that you hold the letter card so that it’s only visible to other players!

By declaring words you know can be spelled with the other players' cards, in turn, the group slowly collects clues as to what their letters are. The longest words successfully found grant points to the group. A fun new way to twist your brain. Simple to learn and a blast to play again and improve at clues at guesses. Recommended with as close to maximum players as you can get, truly the more the merrier!

Ages 10 & up. $25.50. RRC Price $22.95. Add to Cart

 

CANADIAN PERSPECTIVES
Close To Home

Making Believe by Magdalene Redekop responds to a remarkable flowering of art by Mennonites in Canada. Part criticism, part memoir, Making Believe argues that there is no such thing as Mennonite art. At the same time, her close engagement with individual works of art paradoxically leads Redekop to identify a Mennonite sensibility at play in the space where artists from many cultures interact. (Softcover. $27.95. RRC Price $25.15. University of Manitoba Press. April)

It took Manitoba precisely 100 years before it had a stand-alone provincial museum. Why did it take so long? Fire, Folly and Fiasco, by veteran museum curator Dr. James A. Burns, weaves together a tragic tale of frustration and failure leavened by the heroic stories of Manitobans who kept the dream of a provincial museum alive — for 100 years. (Softcover. $28.00. RRC Price $25.20. Wooly Mammoth. April)

 

Understanding Each Other

The essays in Pathways of Reconciliation, edited by Aimee Craft & Paulette Regan, address the themes of reframing, learning and healing, researching, and living. They engage with different approaches to reconciliation and illustrate the complexities of the process. They canvas varied pathways of reconciliation, from Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives, reflecting a diversity of approaches to the mandate given to all Canadians by the TRC with its Calls to Action. (Softcover. $27.95. RRC Price $25.15. University of Manitoba Press. April)

From Griffin Poetry Prize-winner Jordan Abel comes a groundbreaking and emotionally devastating autobiographical meditation on the complicated legacies that Canada's reservation school system has cast on his grandparents', his parents' and his own generation. Nishga is a book about confronting difficult truths and how both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples engage with a history of colonial violence that is quite often rendered invisible. (Hardcover. $32.95. RRC Price $29.65. McClelland & Stewart. April)

Blair Stonechild continues his exploration of the Indigenous spiritual teachings passed down to him by Elders, and then moves his study further afield in Loss of Indigenous Eden and the Fall of Spirituality. He identifies the rise of what he terms a dominant wetigo worldview, marked by an allconsuming and destructive appetite that is antithetical to the relational philosophy of Indigenous thinking whereby all things are interrelated and in need of care and respect. (Softcover. $32.95. RRC Price $29.65. University of Regina Press. April)

 

Wartime History

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally — and willing to fight to the end. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family. (Hardcover. $40.00. RRC Price $36.00. Crown. February)

The Fight for History by Tim Cook is a masterful telling of the way World War Two has been remembered, forgotten, and remade by Canada over seventy-five years. It's about the efforts to restore a more balanced portrait of Canada's contribution in the global conflict. This is the story of how Canada has talked about the war in the past, how we tried to bury it, and how it was restored. This is the history of a constellation of changing ideas, with many historical twists and turns, and a series of fascinating actors and events. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Allen Lane. April)

 

Literary Paradise
Something for Everyone

In Vanishing Monuments by John Elizabeth Stintzi, Alani Baum, a nonbinary photographer, hasn't seen their mother since they ran away with their girlfriend when they were seventeen — almost thirty years ago. But when Alani gets a call from a doctor at the assisted living facility where their mother has been for the last five years, they learn that their mother's dementia has worsened. As a result, Alani suddenly find themselves running again, only this time they're running back to their mother. (Softcover. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95. Arsenal Pulp Press. April)

The Night Watchman is based on the extraordinary life of author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C. This powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humour, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman. (Hardcover. $35.99. RRC Price $32.39. HarperCollins. March)

From Ottessa Moshfegh, Death in Her Hands is a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note in the woods that makes her question everything about her new home. A blend of horror, suspense, and pitchblack comedy, Death in Her Hands asks us to consider how the stories we tell ourselves both guide us closer to the truth and keep us at bay from it. We are in the hands of a narrator whose unreliability is well-earned, and this time the stakes have never been higher. (Hardcover. $36.00. RRC Price $32.40. Penguin Press. April)

From the streets of Danang, Vietnam, where a boy falls in with a young American missionary, to fishermen lost on the islands of Honduras, to the Canadian prairies, the short stories in Here the Dark chronicle the geographies of both place and heart. Featuring a novella about a young woman torn between faith and doubt in a cloistered Mennonite community, David Bergen’s latest deftly renders complex moral ambiguities and asks what it means to be lost—and how, through grace, we can be found. (Softcover. $20.99. RRC Price $18.89. Biblioasis. March)

Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history to imagine the story of an ambitious young woman named Ana. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes her life's path. Their marriage evolves with love, conflict and humour in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus's life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring account of one woman's struggle to realize her potential. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Viking. April)

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel is a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it. The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the wilderness of remote British Columbia, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. HarperCollins. March)

Actress by Anne Enright is the story of Irish theatre legend, Katherine O'Dell, as written by her daughter Norah. Katherine's life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings. But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine's past, or the world's damage. Fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime. Actress is about a daughter's search for the truth: the dark secret in the bright star, and what drove Katherine finally mad. (Hardcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. McClelland & Stewart. March)

With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage. (Softcover. $26.99. RRC Price $24.29. HarperCollins. March)

In Apeirogon, Colum McCann tells the story of Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli, and how they came together after the terrible loss of both of their daughters. Parents from both sides who have lost loved ones gather together in a Parents Circle to tell their stories, to heal, and to never forget their unimaginable losses. This inventive novel reframes the never-ending Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The result is a breath-taking narrative based on events that actually happened. (Hardcover. $33.99. RRC Price $30.59. HarperCollins. February)

In Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn, a young boy named Nainoa's rescue is seen as a sign of favour from ancient Hawaiian gods, and he exhibits puzzling new abilities. But in time, this "divine favour" begins to drive the family apart: Nainoa, working now as a paramedic in Portland, struggles with his expanding abilities; his older brother Dean hurtles into the world of elite college athletics; while younger sister Kaui navigates an unforgiving academic workload. Supernatural events revist the family in Hawai'i and they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family and the cost of survival. (Hardcover. $32.95. RRC Price $29.65. McClelland & Stewart. March)

 

Read Well & Prosper
Fall Into a Story

With her father recently moved to a care facility for his worsening dementia, Beth volunteers to clear out the family home in Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer. As she works, she finds a journal entry from her late mother. Beth pieces together a disturbing portrait of a woman suffering from postpartum depression and a husband who bears little resemblance to the father they know. (Softcover. $22.99. RRC Price $20.69. Graydon House. April)

Good Citizens Need Not Fear by Maria Reva is a bitingly funny novel-in-stories. In the late 1980s, in Soviet-era Ukraine, a bureaucratic glitch omits an apartment building from municipal records. Officially, 1933 Ivansk Street does not exist — and nor do its inhabitants. As they weather the neglect of the authorities, they devise ever-more ingenious ways to survive. (Hardcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. Knopf. March)

The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham is an unforgettable novel about a young girl caught in a scheme to rid England’s streets of destitute children, and the lengths she will go to find her way home — based on the true story of the British Home Children. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Simon & Schuster. March)

From bestselling author Santa Montefiore, whose books have sold more than six million copies worldwide, comes a new story in the sweeping generational saga, The Deverill Trilogy, about the sister who left the family’s castle and never came back. Spanning decades and continents, The Secret Hours is a poignant tale about the meaning of family, the power of forgiveness, and the ties we all have to the place we call home. (Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. Simon & Schuster. April)

 

Something Darker

Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a teen girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions. Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, the novel juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. It raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. (Softcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. William Morrow. March)

Giller-nominated author Marjorie Celona returns with How a Woman Becomes a Lake. It's New Year's Day in a small fishing town and Leo takes his two young sons out to the lake. That same morning, Vera sets out for a walk, leaving her husband in bed with a hangover. She places a call to the police saying she's found a boy in the woods, but the call is cut short by a muffled cry. She disappears. Did one of Leo's sons see Vera? What are they hiding and why are they so scared of their own father? (Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Hamish Hamilton. March)

In Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill for the first 18 years of her life. None of the many doctors could figure out what was wrong. Turns out her mom was just a really good liar. After serving time in prison, Patty gets out and begs her daughter to take her in. Shockingly, Rose Gold says yes. Patty says she's forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her, but Rose Gold knows her mother always settles a score. Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Simon & Schuster. March)

 

True Nightmares

In Dr. Martha Stout's influential work The Sociopath Next Door, we learned how to identify a sociopath. Now she tells us what we actually can do about it in Outsmarting the Sociopath Next Door. While the best way to deal with a sociopath is to avoid them entirely, sometimes we can't. Dr. Martha Stout uncovers the psychology behind the sociopath's methods and provides concrete guidelines to help navigate these dangerous interactions. (Hardcover. $36.00. RRC Price $32.40. Harmony. April)

Vancouver student Elisa Lam was last heard from on January 31, 2013, after she checked into downtown L.A.’s Cecil Hotel. The next day, Elisa vanished. In Gone at Midnight, Jake Anderson chronicles eyeopening discoveries about who Elisa Lam really was and what she was running from, and presents shocking new evidence that may re-open one of the most chilling true crime cases of the century. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. Citadel. February)

 

LIVING PROOF
Life Stories

In the 1920s, the most radical Mennonites moved from Canada to Latin America, built colonies, and have kept their doors and minds closed for nearly a century. Menno Moto is the result of an eight-month solo motorcycle journey across the Americas. Cameron Dueck finds reasons to both love and loathe the identity he searched for. (Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. Biblioasis. March)

In They Said This Would Be Fun by Eternity Martis, the author, as one of the few Black students at her university, realizes that campus life isn't quite how the movies portray it. She dealt with racial slurs on the street and during lectures and blackface at parties, among other things. But, by graduation, she found an unshakeable sense of self. (Hardcover. $25.00. RRC Price $22.50. McClelland & Stewart. April)

Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time by Philip Clark is the definitive, investigative biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck ("Take Five"). (Hardcover. $38.00. RRC Price $34.20. Da Capo Press. February)

Disfigured by Amanda Leduc challenges the ableism of fairy tales and offers new ways to celebrate the magic of all bodies. (Softcover. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95. Coach House Books. February)

Andy Warhol's life and work are complex and multi-faceted. Warhol by Blake Gopnik gives us the most robust and intricate picture to date of Warhol, a man and an artist who consistently defied easy categorization and whose life and work continue to profoundly affect our culture and society today. (Hardcover. $56.00. RRC Price $50.40. Ecco. April)

 

The Natural World

At once an absorbing adventure and an inspiring tale of hope and redemption, Magdalena gives us a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace. Braiding together memoir, history, and journalism, Wade Davis tells the story of the country's most magnificent river, and in doing so, tells the epic story of Colombia. (Hardcover. $36.00. RRC Price $32.40. Knopf. April)

The Adventurer's Son recounts the story of Alaskan scientist and National Geographic Explorer Roman Dial and his 27-year-old son Cody. In 2014, Cody walked alone into an untracked rainforest in Costa Rica that shelters miners, poachers, and drug smugglers. As soon as he realized Cody’s return date had passed, Dial set out. As he trekked through the jungle, the desperate father was forced to question his own role in the events. (Hardcover. $35.99. RRC Price $32.39. William Morrow. February)

Prairie by Candace Savage is an acclaimed and beautifully written guide to the ecology of the prairies. This revised edition of Prairie features a new preface along with updated research on the effects of climate change on an increasingly vulnerable landscape. (Hardcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Greystone Books. April)

Popular Wildflowers of the Canadian Prairies by Neil L. Jennings is a full-colour field guide for anyone who wishes to learn to identify some of the more commonly found wildflowers found in the Canadian Prairies. Along with hundreds of photos and descriptions, the blossoms are arranged by their predominant colour, and the books themselves are designed to be small and lightweight enough to take into the field. (Softcover. $15.00. RRC Price $13.50. Rocky Mountain Books. April)

 

CELEBRATING ALEXANDRE DUMAS (1802–1870)

Paperblanks 150th Anniversary Special Edition journals and pencil cases celebrate the great lion of French literature, Alexandre Dumas. The front covers feature a handwritten draft of The Count of Monte Cristo and the back covers show an illustration of the prison where the Count was jailed. Dumas remains among the world’s most widely read authors.

Notebooks from $27.95. Pencil cases $12.95. RRC applies. Please visit us in-store to find these items.

 

THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
Whip Something Up

Author Jenn Sharp and photographer Richard Marjan spent months travelling Saskatchewan, chatting at market stalls, in kitchens, and stockrooms. Flat Out Delicious is the culmination of interviews with farmers, beekeepers, chocolatiers, ranchers, chefs, and winemakers. Here they tell Saskatchewan's food story. (Softcover. $25.00. RRC Price $22.50. TouchWood Editions. April)

Near to her heart, France is where New York Times star food writer Melissa Clark's family learned to cook and eat. And as her own culinary identity blossomed, so too did her understanding of why French food is beloved by Americans. In Dinner in French, she updates classic French techniques and dishes to reflect how we cook, shop, and eat today. (Hardcover. $50.00. RRC Price $45.00. Clarkson Potter. March)

The recipes in Week Light by Donna Hay use vegetables in a whole new way. Like broccoli as a delicious pizza base, flat-bread or tart shell. These are super-quick, family-friendly, fussfree meals made real. Vegetables are at the forefront of nearly every recipe, with a few meat options thrown in, and classics re-worked to include more goodness. (Softcover. $36.99. RRC Price $33.29. 4th Estate. April)

Packed with delicious recipes, natural remedies, gardening tips, crafts, and more, Attainable Sustainable by Kris Bordessa is an indispensable lifestyle reference that makes earth-friendly living fun. Whether you live in a city, suburb, or the country, this essential guide for the backyard homesteader will help you achieve a homespun life. (Hardcover. $47.00. RRC Price $42.30. National Geographic. March)

 

In High Spirits

The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries is an indispensable guide to the past, present and future of Canada's distilleries. Written by bona fide Canadian spirits expert Davin de Kergommeaux, this book covers more than 200 of the most exciting and cutting-edge distilleries who are shaping the industry today. (Softcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Random House. April)

David Lebovitz delves into the drinking culture of France in Drinking French. This beautifully photographed collection features 160 recipes for everything from coffee to Kir and regional apéritifs, cocktails and creative infusions using fresh fruit and liqueurs. David includes recipes for crispy, salty snacks to serve as well. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Ten Speed Press. March)

At just twenty-one, Victoria James became America’s youngest sommelier at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Wine Girl is the memoir of a young woman breaking free from an abusive childhood on her own terms; an ethnography of the high-octane, but notoriously corrosive restaurant industry; and a love letter to the life-changing effects of good wine. (Softcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Ecco. March)

 

Less Mess, More Joy

For help on the job, there's Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein's new book, Joy at Work. The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess, and who hasn't felt drained by wasteful meetings, endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? These are the modern day hazards of working, and they can slowly drain the joy from work and undermine our well-being. The authors offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you make space for work that really matters. Using the world-renowned KonMari Method and cutting-edge research, Joy at Work will help you overcome the challenges of workplace mess and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that come with a tidy desk and mind. (Hardcover. $30.00. RRC Price $27.00. Little, Brown Spark. April)

 

Love & Loss

On March 3, 2017, Amy Krouse Rosenthal penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times’ “Modern Love” column — ”You May Want to Marry My Husband.” It appeared ten days before her death from ovarian cancer. In My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me, Jason Rosenthal describes what came next: his commitment to respecting Amy’s wish, even as he struggled with her loss. Jason ruminates on love, the pain of watching a loved one suffer, and what it means to heal. (Hardcover. $33.50. RRC Price $30.15. HarperCollins. April)

Dead Mom Walking is a "traumedy" that begins when Rachel Matlow's mother is diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer. She is concerned, but hopeful that her mom will get surgery and everything will go back to normal. But growing up, there was no normal. Elaine, a self-help junkie, spent more time meditating than packing lunches. When Elaine decides to forgo conventional treatment, Rachel is forced to ponder whether the very things that made her mom so special are what will ultimately kill her. (Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Viking. April)

 

S'WELL EATS
Sustainable Food Bowls

S’well Eats fuels all your food needs in easy, eco-friendly fashion. Simply prep, nest, go — and eat! Built to keep fresh meals cold and hot longer. This 2-in-1 food bowl is a stylish, sustainable solution for everyday eating.

S’well Eats Prep Bowl Set. $52.00. RRC Price $46.80.
• Includes a triple-layer, vacuum-insulated exterior bowl and durable Tritan™ inner prep bowl.
• Made from high-grade 18/8 stainless steel.

S’well Eats Prep Bowls (4-pack). $32.00. RRC Price $28.80.
• BPA/BPS-free. Reusable and sustainable.
• Designed for use with the S’well Eats food bowl. Prep bowls can also be used on their own.

Please visit us in-store to find these items.

 

OUR WORLD
Issues & Politics

North America is in the middle of a health crisis. Life expectancies are declining. Someone is dying every two hours in Canada from an illicit drug overdose. Fentanyl has become a looming presence — an opioid more powerful, pervasive, and deadly than any previous street drug. In Overdose, Benjamin Perrin, a law and policy expert, shines a light in this darkest of corners — and his findings challenge many assumptions about the crisis. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Viking. April)

Madeleine Albright reflects on the final stages of one’s career, and working productively into your later decades in this funny, and inspiring memoir, Hell and Other Destinations. In 2001, when Albright was leaving office as America’s first female secretary of state, interviewers asked her how she wished to be remembered. “I don’t want to be remembered,” she answered. “I am still here and have much more I intend to do. As difficult as it might seem, I want every stage of my life to be more exciting than the last.” (Hardcover. $36.99. RRC Price $33.29. HarperCollins. April)

The Expendables by Jeff Rubin is a provocative, far-reaching account of how the middle class got stuck with the bill for globalization. Real wages in North America have not risen since the 1970s. Union membership has collapsed. Full-time employment is beginning to look like a quaint idea from the distant past. If it seems that the middle class is in retreat around the developed world, it is. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Random House. April)

Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer, is the epic successor to one of the most important books of the century: Capital in the Twenty-First Century. In this audacious follow-up, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system. (Hardcover. $57.95. RRC Price $52.15. Belknap Press. March)

 

Down to Business

Business structures love stability and predictability. Yet many believe the two essential ingredients for success are creativity and innovation. Kiirsten May and Alex Varricchio call the relationship between these two opposing expectations the Proximity Paradox™ — the belief that those who are closest to a subject can best innovate for it, when, in reality, intense proximity limits creativity. The Proximity Paradox encourages us to ask hard questions about why we routinely find our creativity at odds with what’s asked of us as executors. (Softcover. $23.95. RRC Price $21.55. ECW Press. March)

In Upstream, Dan Heath observes that so often in life, we get stuck in a cycle of response. We stay downstream, handling one problem after another, but we never make our way upstream to fix the systems that caused the problems. Cops chase robbers, doctors treat patients, and call-centre reps address customer complaints. But many crimes, chronic illnesses, and customer complaints are preventable. So why do our efforts skew so heavily toward reaction rather than prevention? (Hardcover. $39.99. RRC Price $35.99. Simon & Schuster. March)

For decades, the hot centre of tech startups has been Silicon Valley. This is changing fast. Startups can now take root anywhere — and they are. Yet despite this globalization of startup activity, our knowledge of how to build successful startups is still drawn primarily from Silicon Valley. Alexandre Lazarow shows in this insightful book that Silicon Valley "gospel" is due for a refresh. With rich and wide-ranging stories of frontier innovators from around the world, Out-Innovate is the new playbook for innovation. (Hardcover. $38.99. RRC Price $35.09. Harvard Business Review. April)

 

Earth & Beyond

Cosmos by Ann Druyan is the sequel to Carl Sagan's blockbuster. It continues the electrifying journey through space and time, connecting with worlds billions of miles away and envisioning a future of science tempered with wisdom. Based on National Geographic's internationally-renowned television series, this groundbreaking and visually stunning book explores how science and civilization grew up together. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. National Geographic. March)

The author of Lab Girl, Hope Jahren, takes on climate change and how the same human ambition that got us here can also be our salvation in The Story of More. She takes us through the science behind the key inventions — from electric power to large-scale farming — that, even as they help us, release untenable amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. She explains the current and projected consequences of greenhouse gases and shares the science-based tools that could help us fight back. (Softcover. $17.95. RRC Price $16.15. Vintage. March)

 

Our Sights & Sounds

Music CDs & Records

Mark Fewer & Hank Knox. VIVALDI: Manchester Sonatas. 2-CD set $20.99. RRC Price $18.89. Classical. These versatile Canadian musicians are known for their fresh and exciting interpretations. This collection of little-known works for violin and harpsichord is thought to have been first penned by Vivaldi in 1726, though they were unknown until their rediscovery in Manchester’s Central Library in 1976. To date, few recordings of the complete collection exist. This is the first recording of the works by Canadian artists. The Sonatas were arranged and recorded by Fewer and Knox in 2019 at Église St. Augustin in Quebec. (Leaf Music. February)

Ola Gjeilo. Night. CD $13.99. RRC Price $12.59. Classical. Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo presents a stunning collection of original works for solo piano, composed and performed by Gjeilo himself. Night is an intimate and meditative collection of peaceful piano music, inspired by the twilight hours in the place he now calls home — New York City. Gjeilo has been releasing music from the album since last August, including the singles "Still", "City Lights", "Skyline", "Sleepless" and "Before Dawn." Gjeilo’s gentle piano compositions paint a perfect musical picture of a bustling city starting to simmer down. (Universal. February)

William Prince. Reliever. CD $15.99. LP $23.99. RRC Applies. Folk/Roots. We started selling William Prince's debut album, Earthly Days,when the Peguis First Nation artist hand delivered his remarkable independently made CD to us in 2015. Since then, he's won a Juno Award, been signed to a major U.S. record label, and been handpicked to open shows for Neil Young. At long last, his sophomore album is out. Exclaim Magazine says: “Reliever is a happier, more hopeful and optimistic listening journey than Earthly Days. [...] This is the artist at his most inspirational, thankful and powerful.” (Six Shooter Records. February)

Drive-By Truckers. The Unraveling. CD $16.99. LP $22.99. RRC Applies. Rock/Pop. The DBTs are at their most political here, grappling with some bumper-sticker issues: gun violence, drug abuse, the immigration crisis, small-town collapse, whitemale rage. But the songs brim with nuances as they merge acoustic and electric textures, somber piano and distorted washboard, melancholy string accompaniment and feedbackstreaked guitars. If there’s a thread that links the songs, it’s a sense of personal disconnection. They describe what it’s like to feel like a fugitive in your own country. (Universal. February)

 

DVD & Blu-Ray Movies

Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig. DVD $33.99. Blu-ray & DVD Combo $39.99. RRC Applies. Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author's alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig's take, the beloved story of the March sisters — four young women each determined to live life on her own terms — is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen. (Sony Pictures. April)

Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson. DVD $36.99. Blu-ray $49.99. RRC Applies. Told in an unusual flashback-within-a-flashback style, this quirky comedy (mostly) centres on Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), the concierge of the titular European hotel, in the 1930s. The film chronicles the unshakeable, longtime bond that develops between Gustave and his trusted friend, lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), during a series of misadventures together. With Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Murray. (Criterion. April)

Prince of Tides, directed by Barbra Streisand. DVD $36.99. Blu-ray $49.99. RRC Applies. This powerful 1991 drama stars Nick Nolte as Tom Wingo, a South Carolina football coach with a failing marriage who goes to New York City to help psychiatrist Dr. Susan Lowenstein (Streisand) unravel his sister's emotional problems. Eventually, Tom confronts his own dark secrets while falling in love with Susan. This romantic adaptation of Pat Conroy’s novel co-stars Blythe Danner, Kate Nelligan, and Jeroen Krabbe. (Criterion. April)

The Maya Deren Collection. Blu-ray $33.99. RRC Price $30.59. Maya Deren is one of the most important American experimental filmmakers of all time. These are new 2K restorations of her essential work. Includes Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), At Land (1944), four 1940s dance films (A Study in Choreography for Camera, Ritual in Transfigured Time, Meditation on Violence, and The Very Eye of Night), The Private Life of a Cat (1947), and Divine Horsemen (1947-1951, 1979), a remarkable montage of footage that Deren shot of Haitian Voodoo ceremonies. (Kino Lorber. March)

 

BABIES
Animal Antics

Come along and spend the day with an adorable beaver kit in I Am a Beaver! Can you chomp through a tree, swim in a stream and help your family build a lodge? You could, if you were a beaver! Come along and spend the day with an adorable polar bear cub in I Am a Polar Bear! Can you hide in the snow, jump on an ice floe and swim through icy cold water? You could, if you were a polar bear! A day in the life of two of Canada’s most iconic animals, from nationally celebrated and bestselling creator Paul Covello. (Board Books. $12.99 each. RRC Price $11.69 each. HarperCollins. March)

 

Yes, You Can!

Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool. Today they’re going to the big ocean. “This is going to be so great,” says Little Crab, splish-splashing along. Then comes a first glance down at the waves. WHOOSH! Maybe it’s better if they don’t go in? With vivid colours, bold shapes, and humour, Don't Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton is about mustering the courage to try something new. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Candlewick. April)

 

So Silly!

In this sweet little book called I am Scary, a monster tries to scare a young child. But the child insists the monster is not scary but actually quite huggable. From the prolific and beloved author and illustrator Elise Gravel comes this funny and cute board book for the littlest readers. (Board Book. $10.95. RRC Price $9.85. Orca. March)

In Underwear! by Jenn Harney, laugh at the dialogue between a tired bear dad and a rambunctious bear cub who would rather play with his tighty whities than get into bed. Rhymes, homonyms, and conjunctions abound in this perfect read-aloud book of bedtime fun. (Board Book. $10.49. RRC Price $9.44. Little, Brown Books. April)

 

Playdate Friends

Meet Ollie, Freddie and Harper! These soft lovable dolls come with their own little plush animal to bring to your play date! Beautiful and fun, this doll, outfit and animal are machine washable and dryer safe!

$33.00. RRC applies. Please visit us in-store to find these dolls.

 

KIDS
Best Buddies

What is a best friend, if not someone who laughs with you the whole entire day, especially when you pretend to be a pickle? In My Best Friend, New York Times bestselling author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Honor winner Jillian Tamaki come together to tell a delightful story of first friendship. (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. March) (Ages 4-8)

Knot Cannot by Tiffany Stone is a punpacked look at friendship, jealousy, and being yourself. Knot is a piece of rope who longs to do the same things as Snake. Snake can slither and swim and hiss. Sadly, Knot cannot! But when Snake finds herself in a pickle, Knot discovers there's one thing he can do that Snake cannot. Knot can knot — a lot! (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Dial Books. April) (Ages 4-8)

 

Celebrating Women

From the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls come historical novels based on the lives of Junko Tabei, the first female climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and Dr. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist and environmentalist.

In Junko Tabei Masters the Mountains by Montse Galbany, Junko is bad at athletics. Other students laugh because they think she is weak. Then her teacher takes the class on a trip to a mountain. It’s very big, but Junko is determined to make it to the top. Ganbatte, her teacher tells her. Do your best. And after that first trip, Junko climbs snowy mountains, rocky mountains, and even faraway mountains outside of Japan. Then, Junko does something that’s never been done before... she becomes the first woman to climb the tallest mountain in the world.

In Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest by Eugenia Mello, Wangari lives in the lush, green, land of rural Kenya where the soil is perfect for planting and the streams are full of creatures. All day, she plays beneath the trees, and at night her family gathers to listen to her mother’s stories. Then Wangari grows up and goes away to school. Things start changing at home. Farmers chop down the trees. The soil becomes dry and nothing will grow. After all her studies, Dr. Wangari Maathai realizes there is a simple solution to these problems: plant a forest full of trees.

(Hardcover. $16.00 each. RRC Price $14.40 each. Rebel Girls. March) (Ages 7-10)

 

A Grand Adventure

Powwow is a celebration of Indigenous song and dance. Journey through the history of powwow culture in North America, from its origins to the thriving powwow culture of today. Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is a guide to everything you can find at powwows from coast to coast, as well as the important role they play in Indigenous culture and reconciliation. (Hardcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Orca. April) (Ages 8-12)

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat is set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world. Pong, a boy born in Namwon Prison, dreams of freedom. But when Pong escapes, he realizes that the world outside is no better. The wealthy dance under bright orb light, while the poor struggle in the dark. Nok, the prison warden’s daughter, is bent on tracking Pong down. But as Nok hunts Pong, she starts to question what she has been told. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Candlewick. March) (Ages 8-12)

The Automatic Age by GMB Chomichuk is the story of a father and son navigating an automated apocalypse. Set in a midcentury computerized utopia of automats, self-driving cars, food pills and happy robo-servants, robot search teams find and remove the troublesome people that clutter it. A perfect future in which humans are forbidden to live. (Softcover. $14.95. RRC Price $13.45. Yellow Dog. May)

Maximiliano Córdoba’s Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travellers on a journey into tomorrow. If Max could see tomorrow, he would know if he'd ever meet his mother, who disappeared when he was a baby. He longs to know more about her, but Papá won't talk. When Max uncovers a family secret, he decides to seek answers on his own in Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Scholastic. March) (Ages 8-12)

Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar welcomes you back to school! Everyone's here, including Kathy, who has a bad case of oppositosis; and the rest of Mrs. Jewls’s class. Everyone is preparing for the Ultimate Test, but meanwhile, there is a mysterious Cloud of Doom looming above them. (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. HarperCollins. March) (Ages 8-12)

 

Pre-Orders

See a book you're excited about? Get in touch with us and we'll make a pre-order just for you! Here are some exciting titles that are coming soon:

 

A Slice of Life

The Secret of White Stone Gate by Julia Nobel. After spending the summer at home in Connecticut, Emmy cannot wait to return to Wellsworth for the new school year and reunite with her best friends, Lola and Jack. Before she leaves Emmy receives a note from her father telling her to hide the remaining relics The Order of Black Hollow Lane are after — and to trust no one. (Softcover. $12.99. RRC Price $11.69. Sourcebooks. March) (Ages 8-12)

In Rick by Alex Gino, Rick's gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff's acted like a jerk. And he hasn't given his own identity much thought, because everyone else around him seemed to have figured it out. But now Rick's gotten to middle school, and he wants to understand his own life. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Scholastic. April) (Ages 8-12)

Jeff Kinney brings us an adventure of epic proportions straight from the imagination of Rowley Jefferson. Join Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest to save Roland’s mom from the White Warlock. Will our heroes survive? Find out in Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure! (Hardcover. $17.99. RRC Price $16.19. Amulet Books. April) (Ages 8-12)

Coo by Kaela Noel starts when a flock of pigeons "adopt" an abandoned human baby. Coo, now 10, has lived her entire life with the pigeons. But when one is hurt, she must make a perilous trip to the ground to get help from a human. As she is coaxed from her isolated life, she has brand new experiences. All is well until Coo learns just how complex — and cruel — the human world is. (Hardcover. $21.00. RRC Price $18.90. HarperCollins. March) (Ages 8-12)

 

Paper Bag Princess Day March 7

We encourage you to dress-up as your favourite Robert Munsch character and join us for our fun Paper Bag Princess-themed activities on March 7th, 2020. Costumes aren't mandatory but they're stongly encouraged!

In Winnipeg, come join us for two live readings at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm where the prince, princess and dragon will make an appearance. We'll also be serving delicious cookies throughout the day. (Grant Park location only.)

In Saskatoon, join us starting at 1:30 pm to make themed crafts, do a scavenger hunt, and listen to a storytime.

 

Earth Day

My Friend Earth is a valentine to our wonderful planet from the Newbery Award–winning author Patricia MacLachlan and illustrator Francesca Sanna. Readers of all ages will pore over the pages of this spectacular book. Its die-cut pages encourage exploration as its poetic text celebrates everything Earth does for us, all the while reminding us to be a good friend in return. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Chronicle. March) (Ages 4-7)

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all... A bold and lyrical picture book by Carole Lindstrom, vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade. (Hardcover. $24.50. RRC Price $22.05. Roaring Brook Press. March) (Ages 3-6)

Take to the trails for a celebration of nature in Hike by Pete Oswald. In the early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they’re going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges, and play a small role in the survival of the forest. In detail-rich panels, Oswald perfectly paces this nearly wordless tale. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Candlewick. March) (Ages 4-8)

 

Go Gecko Go!

Go Gecko Go! is the roll and move game that’s all about piling smaller animals on top of larger animals while keeping an eye on the height of the next bridge that needs to be cleared.

Every swimming team is comprised of a crocodile, a turtle, a frog, and a gecko. The first player whose full animal team reaches the goal is the winner.

Ages 6 & up. $50.00. RRC Price $45.00. Add to Cart

 

TEEN SCENE
Other Worlds

In The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish — to be remembered forever. But she has little hope she'll ever become an acclaimed composer as she is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. As her hopes diminish, the talents of her younger brother, Wolfgang, grow. Until one day a mysterious stranger appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true — but it may cost her everything. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. GP Putnam's Sons. March)

Havenfall by Sara Holland is a thrilling fantasy where the Inn at Havenfall is a sanctuary that connects ancient magical worlds. For Maddie, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. They're an escape from her painful reality. But this summer, a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. Maddie will do anything to uncover the truth. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, Maddie realizes that no one can be trusted, and no one is safe. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Bloomsbury. March)

In Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate after an attack years ago. Which is why the prince is stuck in... Arizona. Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the royal family, is in hiding with his friend Tala and a few others. Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala unite with a group of new friends to return to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Sourcebooks. March)

 

Trying Times

In The Fire Never Goes Out, a collection of essays and personal mini-comics that span eight years of her young adult life, author-illustrator Noelle Stevenson charts the highs and lows of being a creative human in the world. Whether it’s hearing the wrong name called at her art school graduation ceremony or becoming a National Book Award finalist, Noelle captures the moments that make up a real life, with a wit, wisdom, and vulnerability that are all her own. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. HarperCollins. March)

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr is about a girl who’s geeky, and creative, but has trouble making friends. She’s like a lot of sensitive teenagers — but graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge gives Mona’s struggle with depression a vivid, concrete form. Mona calls it her Matter. But through therapy, art, and the persistence of good friends, Mona learns how she can turn her fears into strengths. (Softcover. $18.99. RRC Price $17.09. Amulet Paperbacks. April)

When the author learns of the death of her brother overseas, she embarks on a journey to bring him home in I Will See You Again by Lisa Boivin. Through memories and dreams of all they shared together and through her Dene traditions, she finds comfort and strength. The lyrical art and story leave readers with a universal message of hope and love. (Hardcover. $25.00. RRC Price $22.50. HighWater Press. March)

Eugenia Grimm is a tough girl living in a tough town in You Don't Have to Die in the End by Anita Daher. After her father died by suicide on her eighth birthday, her older brothers drifted away and her mother up and left when she turned 14. Eugenia has not made the best choices. After a last-straw violent incident and faced with the possibility of incarceration, she is sentenced to time at an intensive youth program on a remote mountain ranch. (Softcover. $14.95. RRC Price $13.45. Yellow Dog. 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 Winnipeg "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 & Teens desk or call 204-475-0492.

"BE FIRST" SELECTIONS
MARCH: Thorn by Intisar Khanani. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. HarperCollins. March) Our group meets Wednesday March 11 at 7:00 pm.

APRIL: We Didn't Ask For This by Adi Alsaid. (Hardcover. $23.99 RRC Price $21.59. Inkyard Press. April) Our group meets Wednesday April 15 at 7:00 pm.

"YA, I READ" SELECTIONS
MARCH: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor. (Hardcover. $32.95. RRC Price $29.65. New Directions. April) Our group meets Wednesday March 18 at 7:00 pm.

APRIL: The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer. (Hardcover. $36.50. RRC Price $32.85. Tor Books. April) Our group meets Wednesday April 22 at 7:00 pm.

(Please note that this program is only available at our Winnipeg Grant Park location.)

 

OUR VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the events listed below have been cancelled or postponed. Please visit the websites linked for more information.

 

Winnipeg

Respect — The Music of Aretha Franklin. Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. March 15. The undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin is synonymous with songs like “Chain of Fools,” “Natural Woman,” “Freeway of Love” and “RESPECT.” A tour-de-force of local talent joins the WJO for this show, including Ego Spank and vocalists Jennifer Hanson, Heitha Forsyth and Andrina Tourenne. winnipegjazzorchestra.com

A Thousand Splendid Suns. Royal MTC. March 18-April 11. Based on the bestselling novel, this story tells the tale of two women brought together by oppression. During one of the toughest times in Afghanistan’s history, Laila forms an unbreakable bond with her husband’s first wife, Mariam. Together they challenge a tyrannical society and find hope for a better future. royalmtc.ca

Beep. MTYP. March 20-29. A Windmill Theatre Production (Australia). Beep’s crash landing in Mort’s village disrupts both breakfast and the comfortably predictable life the villagers lead. Yet, when Beep’s power source starts to drain, it will be up to Mort and the villagers to help her. Ages 3 - 7. mtyp.ca

Carmen. Manitoba Opera. March 28, 31, April 3. Carmen can have any man she wants, but when she seduces the young soldier Don José, only to cast him aside for the handsome bullfighter, jealousy ignites and Carmen’s fate is sealed. Considered the most popular opera of all time, Carmen’s music includes the Habanera, Don José’s Flower Song and the Toreador Song. mbopera.ca

The Gingerbread Girl. Prairie Theatre Exchange. April 15-May 3. A witch grants Marie and Joe their dearest wish — their longed-for baby — but she’s born... as a gingerbread cookie! Normal in (almost) every way, Ginger grows up too fast for her overprotective parents. Equal parts whimsical, funny and poignant, The Gingerbread Girl explores the very real challenges of family, expectations, love and loss. pte.mb.ca

Five Moments. Theatre Projects Manitoba. April 23-May 3. In this hybrid of domestic fabulism, time travel and story theatre, Phoebe and Jack are married. They have been very happy. They have had their sorrows. They have a time machine. And they are re-evaluating the rest of their lives together. theatreprojectsmanitoba.ca

Earth Day. FortWhyte Alive. April 19. Let's celebrate the earth together! Join us for live entertainment, environmental workshops and exciting outdoor activities. Help us 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! fortwhyte.org

Spelling 2-5-5. MTYP. May 1-9. Two brothers share a room and a strict routine. Jake is on the autism spectrum; his older brother Simon has to adhere to that routine to help Jake get through the day. When a televised spelling bee contest is announced, Simon sees an opportunity to be the centre of attention for a change. mtyp.ca

MB Liquor & Lotteries MS Walk. May 3. Shaw Park. McNally Robinson Booksellers will be lacing up in support of Manitobans affected by multiple sclerosis. Every spring, thousands of Canadians raise funds and participate in MS Walk. Together let's take a stand against multiple sclerosis and show our support to those who are affected by this unpredictable, often disabling disease. mswalks.ca

80 Years — A Retrospective. Royal Winnipeg Ballet. May 6-10. This performance illuminates three artistic directors who had a momentous role in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s history. Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo celebrates Arnold Spohr, Mark Godden’s one-act Angels in the Architecture pays tribute to John Meehan, and Toer van Schayk’s Seventh Symphony, first set by the Dutch National Ballet, honours Henny Jurriens. rwb.org

Captive. Camerata Nova. May 9, 10. The third in the Truth and Reconciliation concert series, Captive features new works by Indigenous composers/performers, including electro-acoustic specialist Eliot Britton, hip-hop artist Zoey Roy, cellist Cris Derksen, curator/composer Andrew Balfour and more. cameratanova.com

 

Saskatoon

Materna Requiem. Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. March 7, 7:30 pm. TCU Place. The SSO gives the North American premiere of Rebecca Dale's Materna Requiem with soloists Chelsea Mahan and Spencer McKnight. Written in memory of her mother, Dale’s Requiem is at once uplifting and heartbreaking and features some of the most beautiful choral writing you’ll ever hear. saskatoonsymphony.orgJoin Eric Paetkau and Mark Turner discussing the concert in-store on March 3 at 7:00 pm.

Musical Tales. Saskatoon Chamber Singers. March 8, 2:00 pm. Knox United Church. Many choral pieces are set to texts that tell a story. This concert will focus on stories from the Greek myth of Medusa right through to the tales of a sourdough as portrayed in Kenneth Nichols’ The Cremation of Sam McGee which was commissioned by the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association in 1990. saskatoonchambersingers.ca

Mine to Have: Sensuality and Circumstance. Live Five. Mar. 20–22 & 26–29. Studio 914. 914 20th St. W Saskatoon. From the creators of Neither Heroes Nor Ordinary People comes an edgy, sexy, romp of an exploration that reveals how relationships flourish, fall apart, and survive in a world that denies body autonomy and pleasure. Created by Canada's only crip theatre company, this show and its personal quests for intimacy will draw you in like a lover and leave you wanting more. livefive.ca/season/mine-to-have-sensuality-and-circumstance/

Stones in His Pockets. Persephone Theatre. March 25–April 8. Rawlco Radio Hall. Charlie and Jake are hired as extras when a Hollywood film crew arrives in their quiet Irish village to shoot the epic movie “A Quiet Life”. But when harsh reality is pitted against the “Hollywood Dream,” chaos ensues. This award-winning comedy is a rollicking and poignant tour de force with two actors playing a cast of dozens! persephonetheatre.org/shows/play/stones-in-his-pockets

YXE Spring Collectors. Show and Market. April 3 & 4. Sutherland Curling Club. There will be 80 vendors selling a variety of items such as: coins, paper money, LP records, 45 RPM records, jewellery, metal signs, comics, toys, video games, super hero collectibles, crafts, movie posters, prints, sports cards, DVDs, CDs, glassware, antiques, lapel pins, direct sales items, fine food products, original artwork, general flea market items, and more. yxespringcollectorsshow.com

Mozart’s Flute Concerto. Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. April 4, 7:30 pm. Knox United Church. 838 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. The SSO is celebrating the start of spring by bringing back their mini-Mozart Festival! Concerts through the week will lead up to this very special evening featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 29. They’re thrilled to present flutist Naomi Ford in her SSO debut with Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1. Naomi was the winner of the Grand Award at the National Music Festival in 2017. saskatoonsymphony.orgJoin Eric Paetkau and Mark Turner discussing the concert in-store on March 31 at 7:00 pm.

Paris SK. Gordon Tootoosis Theatre. April 24–26. Studio 914. Welcome to Paris SK, a new play by Kenneth T. Williams. Inspired by events that didn’t happen, Paris SK slices open the political, social and racial underbelly of a city captivated by an unsolved murder. In a style that draws from the movies like The Killers and The Maltese Falcon, Pari, SK is a “detective story” written as an homage to the tradition of film noir. In a first for GTNT, Paris SK will be a workshop production, as a contribution of the ongoing development of this new play. gtnt.ca

Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony. April 25, 7:00 pm. Conexus Arts Centre, Regina. The 27th Saskatchewan Book Awards will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Once again, it will take place in Regina at the Conexus Arts Centre. Come celebrate literary excellence with some of Saskatchewan's (and Canada's) best writers and publishers! bookawards.sk.ca

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION, TUESDAY MARCH 17
On Tuesday March 17, guests can enjoy a mix of Irish foods with a special menu, including Irish beer and drink specials available all day long. At our Winnipeg location, enjoy the lively Celtic music of The Hammers and Cathy Rayner, from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. Their multi-instrumental talents and delightful presentation bring an authentic touch of Ireland to our St Patrick’s Day event. Reservations are recommended for guests planning to join us in the evening.

CANCELLED - WONDERLAND STORY TIME TEA PARTY, SUNDAY MAY 24
In Winnipeg, join us on Sunday, May 24 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. Tickets are $23.50 (plus tax & gratuity) per person and go on sale Tuesday, April 7. 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 is taking place at our Winnipeg location only.) — NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Prairie Ink Restaurant locations are temporarily closed and this event has been cancelled.

CANCELLED - MOTHER’S DAY SUNDAY, MAY 10
In Winnipeg, Prairie Ink is serving an all-day Mother's Day special menu. Guests can also enjoy the full Prairie Ink regular menu. In Saskatoon, we are hosting a special Mother's Day Brunch. Brunch seating will be available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Regular menu service will not be available during the brunch. Regular service will resume at 2:00 pm. Reservations are recommended. — NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Prairie Ink Restaurant locations are temporarily closed and this event has been cancelled.


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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