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September & October 2019

Signed First Editions

Every bibliophile knows that a signed first edition is an incomparable treasure, so this September, McNally Robinson Booksellers is happy to offer you the chance to get signed copies of three exciting new releases. All you have to do is pre-order one of the following titles and you could receive one of our limited number of signed first editions.

Pre-ordering can be done online, over the phone (204-475-0483 in Winnipeg, 306-955-3599 in Saskatoon), or in-store.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. With The Testaments, the wait is over. The sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. Atwood has said that everything fans ever asked her about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. (Hardcover. $35.00. RRC Price $31.50. McClelland & Stewart. Releases September 10)

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true? Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and the death of Sandra Bland — throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. (Hardcover. $36.99. RRC Price $33.29. Little, Brown and Company. Releases September 10)

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell. This graphic novel for young adults is the sequel to the best-selling Carry On. Simon Snow beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? So why can’t Simon get off the couch? What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light... That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West. (Hardcover. $26.99. RRC Price $24.29. Wednesday Books. Releases September 24)

 

What To Read

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

Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq. Softcover. $19.99. RRC Price $17.99. Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows friendship and parents' love, she knows boredom and bullying. She knows the raw power of the ice and sky, the energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us. When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this and becomes a heroine readers will never forget. (Penguin. September)

Crashed by Adam Tooze. Softcover. $27.00. RRC Price $24.30. Crashed is a reinterpretation of the 2008 economic crisis (and its ten-year aftermath) as a global event that directly led to the shockwaves being felt around the world today. It was the greatest crisis to have struck Western societies since the end of the Cold War, but is it over? Tooze takes us through a narrative of the haphazard nature of economics, the erratic path of debt around the world, and the unseen ways different regions and groups are in deeply unequal relationships. (Penguin. September)

The Tangled Tree by David Quammen. Softcover. $25.00. RRC Price $22.50. In the mid-70s, scientists began using DNA sequences to re-examine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field — the study of life's diversity and relatedness at the molecular level — is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important; we now know that roughly eight per cent of the human genome arrived sideways by viral infection — a type of HGT. (Simon & Schuster. August)

Reader, Come Home by Maryanne Wolf. Softcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. The ways we process written language have changed as we become more dependent on digital technologies. Wolf describes her concerns and hopes about the reading brain as it unavoidably changes. She draws on neuroscience, literature, education, technology, and philosophy and blends historical, literary, and scientific facts with warm anecdotes to illuminate complex ideas. A cautionary but hopeful tale about the impact of technology on our brains and our most essential intellectual capacities. (HarperCollins. September)

Machine Without Horses by Helen Humphreys. Softcover. $19.99. RRC Price $17.99. How does a writer create a story, or capture an unknowable woman and all the passions, choices and compromises that make up a life? Humphreys explores the real and imagined lives of salmon-fly dresser Megan Boyd, a craftswoman who worked for sixty years out of a cottage in a village in Scotland. Humphreys, both present in the story and its architect, reveals the emotional landscape that can exist under even the most constant surface. (HarperCollins. September)

CoDex 1962 by Sjón, translated by Victoria Cribb. Softcover. $26.99. RRC Price $24.29. Sjón's epic three-part masterpiece. Josef Löwe, the narrator, was born in 1962. The novel starts with Leo Löwe — a fugitive in World War II who has an affair with a maid in an inn. Löwe arrives in Iceland, only to be embroiled in a murder mystery. Then Josef's story becomes science fiction as he crosses paths with the CEO of a biotech company. In CoDex 1962, Sjón has woven folklore and cosmic myths into a novel encompassing genre fiction, theology, expressionist film, comic strips, fortean studies, genetics, and, of course, the rich tradition of Icelandic storytelling. (Picador. September)

The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vasquez. Softcover. $23.00. RRC Price $20.70. This novel tells a story of conspiracy, political obsession, and literary investigation. When a man is arrested at a museum for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of a murdered Colombian politician, few notice. But soon this thwarted theft takes on greater meaning as it becomes a thread in a widening web of assassinations and historical secrets that haunt those who feel that only they know the real truth behind the killings. (Riverhead Books. September)

We, the Survivors by Tash Aw. Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. Ah Hock is a poor man in a Malaysian fishing village, making his way in a country that promises riches, but delivers them only to a few. With society changing, he remains trapped in poorly paid jobs. But then he murders a migrant worker from Bangladesh. The question of why leads a young, privileged journalist to Ah Hock, whose motive remains unclear. Over extensive interviews, both the speaker and listener are forced to reckon with systems of power, race, and class. Aw's anti-nostalgic tale holds its tension to the very end. In the wake of loss, hope is among the survivors. (Hamish Hamilton. September)

 

Author of the Month
SEPTEMBER
RUTH WARE

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game and The Death of Mrs Westaway were smash hits, and she has appeared on bestseller lists around the world. Ware's writing style is often compared to that of Agatha Christie. Her books have been optioned for both film and TV, and she is published in more than 40 languages. Before her writing career, Ware worked as a waitress, a bookseller and a publicist. She also spent time in Paris, teaching English as a foreign language. She now lives near Brighton with her family.

Ware believes that the biggest autobiographical element of most of her books is that the main characters are generally intolerant of bad coffee. She has stated that “[...] the most interesting thing about me is my books, which are full of murder, family secrets, toxic friendships and things that go bump in the night, in contrast to my own very mundane, peaceful existence.”

In Ware's new novel, The Turn of the Key, Rebecca stumbles across an ad for a live-in nanny when she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss — with a staggeringly generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten — by the luxurious “smart” house fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What Rebecca doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare — one that will end with a child dead and Rebecca in prison awaiting trial for murder. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Simon & Schuster. September)

OCTOBER
LYNN COADY

Lynn Coady is a Canadian novelist, journalist and TV writer, originally from Nova Scotia and now living in Toronto. Coady's first book, Strange Heaven (1998), was nominated for a Governor General's Award. Her 2011 novel, The Antagonist, was shortlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize and her 2013 collection of short stories, Hellgoing, about characters going through their own personal versions of hell, won the Giller Prize that year. She has published six books of fiction.

Since 2014 Lynn has worked on such TV series as Orphan Black, Sensitive Skin, Michael: Every Day, Mary Kills People, The Disappearance and Burden of Truth.

After her mother’s sudden death, Karen finds herself back in her childhood home in Nova Scotia for the first time in a decade, acting as full-time caregiver to Kelli, her older sister in Watching You Without Me. Overwhelmed with grief and the daily needs of Kelli, who was born with a developmental disability, Karen begins to feel consumed by the isolation of her new role. On top of that, she’s weighed down with guilt over her years spent keeping Kelli and their independent-to-a-fault mother, Irene, at arm’s length. And so when Trevor — one of Kelli’s support workers — oversteps his role and offers friendly advice and a shoulder to cry on, Karen gratefully accepts his somewhat overbearing friendship. When she discovers how close Trevor was to Irene, she comes to trust him all the more. But as Trevor slowly insinuates himself into Karen and Kelli’s lives, Karen starts to grasp the true aspect of his relationship with her mother — and to experience for herself the suffocating nature of Trevor’s “care.” (Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. Anansi. October) WPG EVENT OCT 12

 

Our Feature Paperbacks
SEPTEMBER

Women Talking by Miriam Toews. $22.00. Our September 30% Off Price $15.40. RRC Price $13.86. Based on events that took place in a remote Mennonite community between 2005 and 2009 where 100 girls and women were drugged and assaulted, Miriam Toews' new novel Women Talking is a fictionalized account that goes beyond the facts to reveal the feelings of the women who were so bitterly betrayed. The result is a powerful novel that takes centre stage in an imagined Mennonite community in South America where over the course of 48 hours a moral universe unfolds. (Vintage. September)

OCTOBER

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. $25.00. Our October 30% Off Price $17.50. RRC Price $15.75. A thirty-something painter becomes caretaker of the home of an aging famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When the younger man discovers an unknown painting in the attic he also discovers clues about Amada, his family and their involvement in a failed plot to kill a Nazi leader in Vienna. The painter is equally consumed by a wealthy neighbour's doomed love affair, the young girl who might be his child and a stone-lined underground space in the nearby woods which becomes a portal into another world. (Anchor. October)

 

Wanna Play?
Downton Abbey 3D Puzzle

You can now relive the Downton Abbey experience one delightful piece at a time by building the famous castle in your own home. The puzzle is a challenging project which all fans of the acclaimed TV series will want to carry out either on their own or with friends and family members.

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14 years & up. $60.00. RRC Price $54.00. Add to Cart

 

FALL INTO FICTION

In her first contemporary novel since Room, bestselling author Emma Donoghue returns with her next masterpiece, Akin, a brilliant tale of love, loss and family. A retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes his greatnephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets. (Hardcover. $32.99. RRC Price $29.69. HarperCollins. September) WPG EVENT OCT 16

Five Wives by Joan Thomas. In 1956, a small group of evangelical Christian missionaries and their families journeyed to Ecuador intending to convert the isolated Waorani tribe. After spending days dropping gifts from an aircraft, the five men in the party rashly entered the “intangible zone.” They were all killed, leaving their wives and children to fend for themselves. Five Wives is the fictionalized account of the real-life women who were left behind. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. HarperCollins. September) WPG EVENT SEPT 11

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, siblings Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship is tested. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. HarperCollins. September)

The Shape of Family by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. The Olanders embody a modern family. Jaya and Keith's strong marriage is built on shared beliefs and love for their two children: teenager Karina and young son Prem. But love and prosperity cannot protect them from unspeakable tragedy, and the family’s foundation cracks. When Karina heads off to college, the family is forced to reckon with the past, the secrets they’ve held and the weight of their choices. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. HarperCollins. October) WPG EVENT OCT 18

Even That Wildest Hope by Seyward Goodhand bursts with vibrant characters who are sometimes wondrous, often grotesque, and always driven by common passions. Each story is a place where characters are both victims and predators, the settings are antique and futuristic, and where our intimacies reveal a deeply human desire for beauty and abjection. (Softcover. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95. Invisible Publishing. September) WPG EVENT NOV 8

The Innocents by Michael Crummey. A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland’s northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean. They have nothing but a boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their parents. As they fight for survival, their loyalty to each other sustains them. But as they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested. (Hardcover. $32.95. RRC Price $29.65. Doubleday. September) WPG EVENT OCT 15

In The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hiram Walker was born into bondage, but also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes into a river, but is saved by a force he doesn’t understand. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram’s private rebellion. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes him on a dangerous journey. Before he can return to free the family he left behind he must master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. One World. September)

I Saw Three Ships by Bill Richardson is a collection of eight linked stories set in Vancouver’s West End. They take place at Christmastime, but the rituals of the season hardly come into play. These stories are intended for the use of anyone who’s ever been stuck with their wheels spinning at the corner of Pagan and Holy. Also, they’re funny. (Softcover. $16.95. RRC Price $15.25. Talonbooks. September) WPG EVENT NOV 14

This Has Nothing to Do With You by Lauren Carter. When Melony's mother commits a violent murder, Mel is left struggling. For more than two years, she drifts around the continent before returning to her Northern Ontario home and adopting a rescue dog. As she tries to help the dog heal, and repair her relationship with her brother, Matt, she begins to uncover layers of secrets about her family that seemingly fuelled her mother's actions. (Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. Freehand Books. September) WPG EVENT OCT 19

In The Wagers by Sean Michaels, Theo is a grocer and a comedian who, after 15 years of open mikes, resolves to trade his wishes in, pursuing a bigger score. Theo uncovers a mysterious association of sports-obsessed mathematicians, The Rabbit's Foot, which is turning probability into riches, and the vigilante No Name Gang, who steal luck from those who have taken more than their fair share. (Hardcover. $32.95. RRC Price $29.65. Random House. September) WPG EVENT OCT 28

 

PAST AND PRESENT FLOW
Learning From The Past

Rush to Danger by Ted Barris. Barris’s research reveals that the Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest of WWII battles, was shouldered largely by military medics. Like his father, Alex, medics in combat evacuated the wounded on foot, scrounged medical supplies where there were seemed to be none, and dodged snipers and booby traps on the most frigid and desolate battlefields of Europe. While retracing his father’s wartime experience, the author weaves into his narrative stories about the life-and-death struggles of military medical personnel during a century of service. (Hardcover. $32.99. RRC Price $29.69. Patrick Crean Editions. September) SASK EVENT NOV 15

The Wake by Linden MacIntyre. On November 18, 1929, a tsunami struck Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula. Giant waves, up to three storeys high, hit the coast at a hundred kilometres per hour, flooding dozens of communities and washing entire houses out to sea. The most destructive earthquake-related event in Newfoundland’s history, the disaster killed twenty-eight people and left hundreds more homeless or destitute. It took days for the outside world to find out about the death and damage caused by the tsunami, which forever changed the lives of the inhabitants of the fishing outports along the Burin Peninsula. (Hardcover. $32.99. RRC Price $29.69. HarperCollins. September) WPG EVENT OCT 26

A gold mine. A millionaire. An island paradise. An unsolved murder. A missing fortune. The story of the infamous Sir Harry Oakes. Historian Charlotte Gray explores, for the first time, the life of the man behind the scandal — from his early, hardscrabble days of mining exploration, to his explosion of wealth. And Gray brings fresh eyes to the bungled investigation and shocking trial in the remote colonial island streets, proposing an overlooked suspect in this long cold case. Murdered Midas is the story of the man behind the newspaper headlines, who, despite his wealth and position, was never able to have justice. (Hardcover. $33.99. RRC Price $30.59. HarperCollins. October)

The third instalment in Jim Blanchard’s popular history of early Winnipeg, A Diminished Roar, presents a city in the midst of enormous change. Once the fastest growing city in Canada, by 1920 Winnipeg was losing its dominant position in western Canada. As the decade began, Winnipeggers were reeling from the chaos of the Great War and the influenza pandemic. But it was the divisions exposed by the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike which left the deepest marks. (Softcover. $27.95. RRC Price $25.15. University of Manitoba Press. September) WPG EVENT SEPT 16

Forgotten Saskatchewan by Chris Attrell. From one of Saskatchewan’s great photographers comes Forgotten Saskatchewan. These stunning images offer a window into our past, showing life as it was then, and stirring in us the emotions of wonder and curiosity about those who have gone before us and the lives they lived. Forgotten Saskatchewan is a photographic journey. Come along for the ride. You’ll be glad you did. (Hardcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. MacIntyre Purcell. September) SASK EVENT SEPT 23

 

Earth Issues

Delving into topics ranging from the soaring history of humans’ ability to change rapidly in the face of grave threat, to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of “climate barbarism,” On Fire by Naomi Klein is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink. Above all, she underscores how we can still rise to the existential challenge of the crisis if we are willing to transform our systems that are producing it, making clear how the battle for a greener world is indistinguishable from the fight for our lives. (Hardcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. Knopf. September)

The Blue Communities Project has three primary tenets: that access to clean water is a basic human right; that community water will be held in public hands; and that single-use plastic water bottles will not be available in public spaces. In Whose Water Is It, Anyway?, water justice activist Maude Barlow recounts her own education in water issues as she and her fellow water warriors woke up to the immense pressures facing water in a warming world. This book is a heartening example of how ordinary people can effect enormous change. (Softcover. $19.50. RRC Price $17.55. ECW Press. September) WPG EVENT OCT 17

In 2010, “earthquake swarm” entered the lexicon and a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia was sold for over $1 million to the forestry minister of a tiny nation. In 2014, Ukrainians raided the palace of their ousted president and found peacocks, gilded toilets, and a floating restaurant. There is a thread connecting these events: the unimaginably lucrative and corrupting oil and gas industry. In Blowout, Rachel Maddow reveals greed and incompetence, and draws a conclusion about how and why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election. (Hardcover. $40.00. RRC Price $36.00. Crown. October)

 

INQUIRING MINDS
Family Dynamics

In Daughter of Family G, Ami McKay tells the true-science story of her own family’s legacy of hereditary cancer while exploring the challenges that come from carrying the mutation. McKay’s connection to a genetic disorder called Lynch syndrome begins over seventy years before she was born. In 1895 a pathologist chose to enlist Pauline Gross, Ami’s great-great aunt, in the careful tracking of those in her family tree who had died of cancer. Her family (dubbed "Family G") would become the longest and most detailed cancer genealogy ever studied in the world. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Knopf. September) SASK EVENT OCT 23

When researching the first occupant of her Saskatoon home, Candace Savage discovers a family more fascinating and heartbreaking than she expected. Napoléon Sureau dit Blondin built the house in the 1920s, an era when French-speakers like him were deemed “undesirable” by the political and social elite. In Strangers in the House, Savage scours public records and historical accounts and interviews several of Napoléon’s descendants to reveal a family story marked by challenge and resilience. In the process, she examines a troubling episode in Canadian history, one with surprising relevance today. (Hardcover. $32.95. RRC Price $29.65. Greystone Books. September) SASK EVENT OCT 3

 

Chilling Reality & Fiction

In the new horror novel, Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky, single mother Kate Reese flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her 7-year old son Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove. Then Christopher vanishes. After six awful days Christopher emerges from the woods, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete. Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Grand Central. October)

In this Canadian true crime original, The Forest City Killer by Vanessa Brown, we learn that fifty years ago, a serial killer prowled the city of London, Ontario. Combing through the files homicide detective Dennis Alsop left behind, Vanessa reopens the cases, revealing previously unpublished witness statements, details of evidence, and astonishing revelations. She posits the unthinkable: is it possible that the Forest City Killer is still alive and, like the notorious Golden State Killer, a simple DNA test could bring him to justice? (Softcover. $24.95. RRC Price $22.45. ECW Press. October)

Manitoba may seem like a quiet province, but its prairies teem with paranormal activity. A ghostly groundskeeper still does his rounds at the Delta Marsh Field Station; strange noises and apparitions of children in 19th century clothing have been reported at Lower Fort Garry; and Mrs. Kennedy still welcomes guests to Captain Kennedy’s House — just as she did when her home was built in 1866. Haunted Manitoba by Matthew Komus shares eerie true stories from all corners of the province and places them in the context of Manitoba’s rich history. (Softcover. $21.95. RRC Price $19.75. Great Plains. October) WPG EVENT OCT 29

 

Mysterious Happenings

In A Better Man by Louise Penny, it’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter. As problems multiply, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for the missing girl should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father. As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made. (Hardcover. $36.99. RRC Price $33.29. Minotaur Books. September) WPG EVENT OCT 21

In the latest book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith, Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood friend, but when her inquiries attract the attention of a prominent politician she lands herself in more trouble than maybe even she can handle. Elsewhere, Queenie-Queenie, Charlie’s girlfriend, seems to have transferred her affections to Fanwell. It’s up to Mma Makutsi to set things right, but she may be too distracted by Violet Sephotho. What is Violet up to now? As these mysteries unravel, Mma Ramotswe and the entire No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency will be reminded to never judge a book by its cover. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Knopf. October) WPG EVENT OCT 31

 

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OUR WORDS, OUR PEOPLE
Poetry

Jonathan Ball's fourth poetry book swirls chaos and confession together. At the book's heart is a question: Why create art? Loose sonnets that consider the artistic creations of Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, sit alongside Rilkean elegies for an iPhone. Politicians and painters jostle while absurdist humour crashes into stark admissions of vulnerability in the wake of having children. A diversity of styles and subjects feed into the maelstrom of The National Gallery. (Softcover. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95. Coach House Books. September) WPG EVENT OCT 17

In this new and selected collection, For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe, Gary Barwin and his editor, Alex Porco, have drawn from his extensive writings in previously published media, including unpublished and uncollected works. Barwin uses a variety of forms and styles to explore themes from aesthetic investigations to questions of identity, from ecopoetics to questions of language. (Softcover. $22.00. RRC Price $19.80. Buckrider Books. October) WPG EVENT OCT 17

Billy-Ray Belcourt aims an anthropological eye at the contours of NDN and queer social worlds to spot much that is left unsaid when we look only to the mainstream media. In this genre-bending work, Belcourt employs poetry, poetics, prose, and textual art to illuminate the rogue possibilities bubbling up everywhere NDNs are. NDN Coping Mechanisms emerges out of a form of auto/ethnographic sensibility that is at turns campy and playful, jarring and candid. (Softcover. $19.95. RRC Price $17.95. House of Anansi Press. September) SASK EVENT SEPT 7 & WPG EVENT SEPT 8

Both a daybook of anti-capitalist ideation and a homoerotic reinvention of the prairie long poem, this unique debut resonates with a love of language and experiment. Written from within the strictures of the working day, the book's title poem issues from a practice of daily collage. ROMANS/SNOWMARE by Cam Scott deftly circles the perimeter of the self while drawing the communal inward. (Softcover. $17.00. RRC Price $15.30. ARP Books. October)

 

Indigenous

In this direct, concise, and essential volume entitled Peace and Good Order, Harold R. Johnson examines the justice system’s failures to deliver “peace and good order” to Indigenous people. He explores the part that he understands himself to have played in that mismanagement, drawing on insights into the roots and immediate effects of how the justice system has failed Indigenous people, in all the communities in which they live; and insights into the struggle for peace and good order for Indigenous people now. (Hardcover. $25.00. RRC Price $22.50. McClelland & Stewart. September) SASK EVENT OCT 1 & WPG EVENT OCT 2

For decades, Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been found murdered along a stretch of highway in northwestern B.C. known as the Highway of Tears, and it has come to symbolize a national crisis. Journalist Jessica McDiarmid investigates the devastating effect these tragedies have had on the families of the victims and their communities, and how systemic racism and indifference has created a climate where Indigenous women and girls are over-policed, yet underprotected. A moving account of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls of Highway 16. (Hardcover. $34.00. RRC Price $30.60. Doubleday. September)

The missing chapter in the narrative of Canada’s Indigenous peoples is the story of the Métis Nation. Their story begins in the last decade of the 18th century. Within twenty years the Métis proclaimed themselves a nation. Within forty years they were famous throughout North America. The Métis people are now recognized as a distinct Indigenous nation. Written by the greatgrandniece of Louis Riel, Jean Teillet, The North-West Is Our Mother tells the story up to the present era of national reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. (Hardcover. $36.99. RRC Price $33.29. Patrick Crean Editions. September) WPG EVENT OCT 20

 

Women

From Canadian OB/GYN and New York Times columnist Dr. Jen Gunter: The Vagina Bible is a comprehensive, accessible antidote to the maelstrom of misinformation around female sexual health, and the ultimate guide to everything a person needs to know about the vagina and vulva. This book offers a repository of accurate information based on science, and delivered with wit and wisdom. This is the fact-based, inclusive guide you deserve to advocate for your body. (Softcover. $26.95. RRC Price $24.25. Random House. August) WPG EVENT SEPT 26

In Had It Coming, learn how for nearly two years, Robyn Doolittle investigated how Canadian police handle sexual assault cases. Her findings were shocking: the system was dismissing a high number of allegations as “unfounded.” Of the 26,500 reported cases of sexual assault in 2015, only 1,400 resulted in convictions. The issue of “consent” figures largely: not only is the public confused about its meaning, but a huge number of police officers and judges do not understand Canadian consent law. (Hardcover. $26.95. RRC Price $24.25. Allen Lane. September)

In 2017, the New York Times published an article by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Within days of their Harvey Weinstein story, a Pandora’s Box of sexual harassment and abuse was opened, and women who had suffered in silence for generations began coming forward. Over the next year, hundreds of men from every walk of life and industry would be outed for their behaviour. She Said tells a thrilling story about the power of truth, with shocking new information from hidden sources. (Hardcover. $37.00. RRC Price $33.30. Penguin Press. October)

 

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PONDERING
Life Stories

Following a run of New Year’s concerts, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland in Year of the Monkey. For Smith the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life’s gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. (Hardcover. $27.95. RRC Price $25.15. Knopf. September)

Jenny Heijun Wills was born in Korea and adopted as an infant into a white family in Canada. In her late twenties, she reconnected with her first family. Remarkably, meeting Jenny caused her birth parents to reunite after having been estranged since her adoption. Little by little, Wills is learning her stories and piecing together a fragmented life. Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related describes the painful ripple effects that follow a child’s removal from a family, and the rewards that can flow from both struggle and forgiveness. (Hardcover. $29.95. RRC Price $26.95. McClelland & Stewart. September) WPG EVENT OCT 8

Annahid Dashtgard was born into a supportive mixed-race family in 1970s Iran. Then came the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Her family was forced to flee their homeland, immigrating to a small town in Alberta. As a young girl, Dashtgard was bullied and ostracized. Breaking the Ocean introduces a unique perspective on how racism and systemic discrimination result in emotional scarring and ongoing PTSD. It is a wakeup call to acknowledge our differences, offering new possibilities for healing and understanding. (Softcover. $22.95. RRC Price $20.65. Anansi. September) WPG EVENT OCT 24 & SASK EVENT NOV 28

What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, acclaimed poet and essayist Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author's characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. (Softcover. $17.95. RRC Price $16.15. Arsenal Pulp Press. September) WPG EVENT OCT 27

Let's Talk: Romona's Non Fiction Book Club with Dr. Romona Goomansingh explores contemporary non-fiction books and authors on a range of topics such as: personal memoirs, health and wellness, lifestyle, politics, environmental issues, the digital age, international affairs, and equity/social justice/human rights issues. A wonderful opportunity to spend your afternoons engaged in conversation and sharing your reading experience. Starts October 18 and runs once a month through June 2020. 1:30 to 3:00 pm. Pre-registration required. Cost $180.00 per person. Register online >>>

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

 

Lives in Nature

As one of the most celebrated cave divers in the world, Jill Heinerth has seen the planet in a way almost no one has. In Into the Planet, we see that in a workday, she might swim below your home, through conduits in volcanoes or cracks in the world’s largest iceberg. She’s an explorer who works with biologists discovering new species and physicists tracking climate change underwater. Often the lone woman in a male-dominated domain, she tests the limits of human endurance at every tight turn. To not only survive in this world but excel, Jill has had to learn how to master fear and self-doubt like no other. (Hardcover. $34.00. RRC Price $30.60. Doubleday. September) WPG EVENT OCT 9

Canadian botanist, biochemist and visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s startling insights into the hidden life of trees have already sparked a quiet revolution. To Speak for the Trees harvests all of her powerful knowledge about why trees matter, and why trees are a viable, achievable solution to climate change. Diana eloquently shows us that if we can understand the intricate ways in which the health and welfare of every living creature is connected to the global forest, and strengthen those connections, we will still have time to mend the self-destructive ways that are leading to drastic fires, droughts and floods. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Random House. September)

Natural History Illustration with educator Heather Hinam, Ph.D. Follow in the footsteps of the old-school naturalists and learn to draw the natural world around you. You will also learn about the basic structure of plants and animals and how to render your drawing into a realistic representation of nature. October 21, 28, November 4, 18, 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Pre-registration required. Cost $125.00 per person. Register online >>>

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

 

Our World & Beyond

How big is our galaxy? Is there life on those distant planets? Are we really made of star dust? And where do stars even come from? In An Earthling's Guide to Outer Space by Bob McDonald, we finally have the answers to all those questions and more. McDonald explores the curiosities of our planet as well as our galactic neighbours — from Martian caves to storm clouds on Jupiter to the nebulae at the far end of the universe. This book is sure to satisfy science readers of all ages. (Hardcover. $29.99. RRC Price $26.99. Simon & Schuster. October) WPG EVENT NOV 1 & SASK EVENT NOV 3

 

Our Sights & Sounds

Music CDs & Records

The Highwomen. The Highwomen. CD $17.99. RRC Price $16.19. Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby make up the Highwomen — an all-female supergroup that is ready to challenge country music's gender barriers with their self-titled debut album. Morris says, “I love that we have songs on this album about shattering female stereotypes to a gay country love song, and songs about losing loved ones,” says Morris. “It’s all real and it’s all country.” (Elektra/ Atlantic. September)

Sheryl Crow. Threads. CD $14.99. LP $26.99. RRC applies. “I became inspired to record an album of musical experiences with the legacy artists who inspired me to want to be a great songwriter, musician, and producer. [...] Just as importantly, I wanted to work with younger artists on this record, who I believe will pick up the torch and continue to light the way [...]” - Sheryl Crow. Collaborators include Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples, Stevie Nicks, Johnny Cash & others. (Universal. September)

Bon Iver. i, i. CD $20.99. LP $35.99. RRC applies. i,i is Bon Iver's most expansive, joyful and generous album to date. Their fourth studio album is a celebration of self acceptance and gratitude. Vernon has always been a master collaborator, and on i,i that desire becomes maximal, with guests ranging from Moses Sumney and Bruce Hornsby to Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Here, the music — and band, and themes, and creative space — are bigger than ever. (Jagjaguwar. September)

Miloš Karadaglic. Sound of Silence. CD $14.99. RRC applies. Three years after a devastating hand injury, Miloš returns with a new album which features meditative solo guitar works alongside a selection of pop and jazz hits curated by Miloš himself. Songs by artists ranging from Simon & Garfunkel and Leonard Cohen to Norah Jones have been reimagined in stunning new settings for guitar and other instruments. Guest artists include saxophonist Jess Gillam as well as Hang player Manu Delago (regular collaborator of Bjork). (Universal. September)

 

DVD & Blu-Ray Movies

Polyester directed by John Waters. Blu-ray $44.99. RRC price $40.49. For his first studio picture, Waters took advantage of his biggest budget yet to allow his muse Divine to sink his teeth into a role unlike any he had played before: Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw. Blessed with a keen sense of smell and cursed with a philandering pornographer husband, a parasitic mother, and a pair of delinquent children, the long-suffering Francine turns to the bottle as her life falls apart — until deliverance appears in the form of a hunk named Todd Tomorrow (vintage heartthrob Tab Hunter). (Criterion. September)

Ida Lupino: Film Maker Collection. 4-disc Blu-ray set $114.99. RRC price $103.49. This box set includes 4 classic films from acclaimed noir actress turned director, Ida Lupino: Not Wanted (1949), Never Fear (1949), The Hitch-Hiker (1953), and The Bigamist (1953). Total run time is 322 minutes. Never Fear and The Hitch-Hiker are presented with new 2K restorations. Not Wanted and The Bigamist feature brand new 4K restorations. All films include audio commentary, trailers and more. (KL Studio Classics. September)

The Witches, directed by Nicolas Roeg & John Palmer. Blu-ray $29.99. RRC price $26.99. An enchanting, thrilling fantasy starring Anjelica Huston as the leader of a coven of evil witches who wants to turn all of England's children into mice. A young boy accidentally stumbles into their meeting and is transformed into a rodent, but he and his grandmother have a plan to turn the tides on the sorceress. A collaboration combining the effects wizardry of executive producer Jim Henson and the imagination of Roald Dahl. Rowan Atkinson, Brenda Blethyn co-star. 92 min. (Warner. September)

Cruising, directed by William Friedkin. Blu-ray $45.99. RRC price $41.39. Academy Award-winner Al Pacino stars as an undercover cop pitched into New York’s seedy underbelly in Cruising — available for the first time on Blu-ray in a brand new director-approved transfer. New York is caught in the grip of a sadistic serial killer who is preying on the patrons of the city’s underground bars. Rookie Steve Burns (Pacino) infiltrates the S&M subculture to try to lure the killer out of the shadows — but as he immerses himself into the underworld, he risks losing his own identity in the process. (Arrow. September)

 

BABIES
Canadian Creations

What does the moon look like to you? A young child skates, bakes and milks the cow while the moon wondrously transforms above. The moon is a silver pond when seen through the trees. When they tend the cow, the moon is the milk at the bottom of the pail.

With illustrations by Josée Bisaillon, this simple board book shows children that the way they see the world — by heart, mind and imagination — is just right. The Moon Is a Silver Pond by Sara Cassidy encourages that magical leap of imagination and asks the reader to look at everyday objects from a different perspective. (Board Book. $10.95. RRC Price $9.85. Orca. September)

We have so much to be grateful for. Award-winning author Richard Van Camp wrote this book to express his gratitude for all that surrounds him and his family. The strength of their connections, the nature that provides for them, the love that is endless.

Complemented by photos from photographers who celebrate their own gratefulness on the collective blog Tea & Bannock, the simple verse in May We Have Enough to Share is the perfect way to start or end your little one's days in gratitude. (Board Book. $10.95. RRC Price $9.85. Orca. October)

 

World Full of Animals

Hello, World! Arctic Animals by Jill McDonald. The latest in the hit Hello, World! board book series teaches toddlers all about the lives of Arctic animals — with easy-to-understand facts about how these incredible animals eat, sleep, camouflage, and stay warm in such a cold environment.

Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops. (Board Book. $10.99. RRC Price $9.89. Doubleday. October)

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo, the classic counting book from Eric Carle, is available for the first time in an oversized board book edition. Joyously coloured animals, riding on a train to the zoo, offer youngsters a first introduction to numbers, number sets, addition and counting. The last spread features the whole wonderful train at the zoo, with plenty of animals for children to pore over again and again. This large board book format is perfect for little hands and for together time. (Board Book. $17.99. RRC Price $16.19. Penguin. September)

In Goodnight, World by Andrea Lynn Beck, say good night to children all over the world. With this book, children explore connections and develop global awareness, as each intricate spread sets the scene at bedtime around the world. In an information section at the back of the book, the author provides more details on the home featured in each spread, often inspired by her own travels. (Hardcover. $16.99. RRC Price $15.29. North Winds Press. September)

 

Narwal Sleepers by Magnificent Baby

These magnetic sleepers, featuring the time-saving magnetic fasteners and no over-the-head design, get baby dressed faster than Clark Kent turns into Superman!

No longer dread night changings — simply open outfit, insert baby and the outfit practically dresses itself!

Perfect gift for new parents and a must-have staple for every baby’s wardrobe.

$43.00. RRC Price $38.70. Sizes up to 18 months.

 

KIDS
Big Questions

In this unusual text, young listeners and readers follow a group of diverse kids trying to make sense of the world as they see it. Questions such as "What do clouds taste like?", "Do my toys miss me when I’m gone?", and "I wonder if cars and trucks speak the same language" remind us of a child’s unique point of view. The questions in I Wonder by Kari Anne Holt, illustrated by Kenard Pak encourage all readers to take a fresh look around them. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Random House. October) (Ages 3-7)

Why is the ocean blue? What is the rain? It might be time for bed, but one child in Just Because by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault is too full of questions about the world to go to sleep just yet. Little ones and their parents will be charmed and delighted as a patient father offers up increasingly creative responses to his child’s nighttime wonderings. (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. Candlewick. September) (Ages 4-8)

 

Exciting Adventures

The Case of the Story Rock by Eric Hogan and Tara Hungerford. Scout and Daisy are on an expedition in the desert and Scout has uncovered something incredible — a rock has told him a story! But how can a rock tell a story? Join Scout as he helps Daisy find clues to solve The Case of the Story Rock. (Softcover. $6.99. Firefly Books. September) (Ages 4-7) WPG EVENT SEPT 28 & SASK EVENT OCT 6

You’re in Good Paws by Maureen Fergus & illustrated by Kathryn Durst. Slightly distracted parents accidentally take their son, Leo, to the animal hospital to get his tonsils out. Luckily, taking care of a human doesn’t ruffle any feathers among the hospital staff. The chicken at the admissions desk is welcoming, the bear orderly is friendly, and wise Dr. Stan inspires tremendous confidence despite being a mouse. Is the plastic cone really necessary, though? (Hardcover. $21.99. RRC Price $19.79. Tundra Books. September) (Ages 3-7)

Bruce’s Big Storm by Ryan T. Higgins. Bruce’s home is already a full house. But when a big storm brings all his woodland neighbours knocking, he’ll have to open his door to a crowd of animals in need of shelter — whether he likes it or not. Readers will love this next installment of the uproarious, award-winning Mother Bruce series. (Hardcover. $18.99. RRC Price $17.09. Disney-Hyperion. September) (Ages 3-5)

 

 

The Magic of Reading

This Book of Mine by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small is a celebration of the power of reading, of the ways in which books launch our adventures, give us comfort, challenge our imaginations, and offer us connection. From new mothers to fantasy lovers, butterfly hunters to musicians, readers all share a common passion for favourite books— whether freshly discovered at the library or bookstore or saved from childhood and reread across a lifetime. A unique gift for bibliophiles young and old. (Hardcover. $24.50. RRC Price $22.05. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. September) (Ages 3-6)

When a fairy's curse — a deathlike sleep via paper cut — threatens to make her kingdom barren of books, it's up to space princess Lex to break the spell and bring books back to her people. Reading Beauty by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by Meg Hunt is set in the universe of the acclaimed Interstellar Cinderella. This irrepressible fairy tale retelling charms young readers with its brave heroine, its star-studded setting, and its hilarious, heartwarming happy ending. (Hardcover. $25.50. RRC Price $22.95. Chronicle Books. September) (Ages 4-7)

 

Fantasy Worlds

In The Star Shepherd by Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connolly, eleven-year-old Kyro is a Star Shepherd like his father. In the small town of Drenn the family watches the night sky for falling stars — and rushes to rescue them when they do. When too many stars start falling at once, Kyro's father journeys to report the threat. But when he doesn't return, Kyro, with the help of his best friend, Andra, and his trusty dog, Cypher, must find a way to save the stars before the dark creatures of old make a terrifying return. (Hardcover. $25.50. RRC Price $22.95. Sourcebooks. September) (Ages 8-14)

In Rat Rule 79 by Rivka Galchen and illustrated by Elena Megalos, Fred and her mom are always on the move, and Fred is getting sick of it. On the eve of turning thirteen, Fred sees her mother standing in front of an enormous paper lantern — which she steps into and disappears. Fred follows her and finds herself in the Land of Impossibility — a loopily illogical place. Her unlikely allies are a depressed white elephant and a pugnacious mongoose mother. With her new friends, Fred sets off in search of her mom. To succeed, the trio must find the solution to an ageless riddle. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Restless Books. September) (Ages 10+)

 

Big Ideas

The Fate of Fausto is a quirky, poignant modern-day fable from beloved picture book creator Oliver Jeffers! There was once a man who believed he owned everything and set out to survey what was his. "You are mine," Fausto said to the flower, the sheep, and the mountain, and they all bowed before him. But they were not enough for Fausto, so he conquered a boat and set out to sea... (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. HarperCollins. September) (Ages 4+)

In A Stone Sat Still, Brendan Wenzel tells the story of a seemingly ordinary stone. But it isn't just a stone — to the animals that use it, it's a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven...even an entire world. With illustrations in various media, and soothing rhythms that invite reading aloud, A Stone Sat Still is a gorgeous exploration of perspective and perception with an underlying environmental message that is timely and poignant. (Hardcover. $25.50. RRC Price $22.95. Chronicle Books. September) (Ages 3-6)

 

Art

Women in Art by Rachel Ignotofsky highlights the stories of 50 notable women in the arts — from well-known figures like painters Frida Kahlo to lesserknown names like 19th-century African American quilter Harriet Powers. Covering a wide array of artistic mediums, this collection also contains infographics about artistic movements throughout history and much more. (Hardcover. $22.99. RRC Price $20.69. Ten Speed Press. September) (Ages 10+)

 Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum  is a never-before-published Dr. Seuss book about creating and looking at art! Based on a manuscript and sketches discovered in 2013, this book is like a visit to a museum — with a horse as your guide! Explore how different artists have seen horses, and maybe even find a new way of looking at them yourself. Illustrator Andrew Joyner has created a look that is both subtly Seussian and wholly his own. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Random House. September) (Ages 7+)

 

Upcoming Family Events at Prairie Ink

Spooky Boo Brunch
Dress up in your best costume and join us for a Boo-tiful breakfast Sunday, October 27th at 9:30 am. In Winnipeg, enjoy Boo-berry Pancakes and in Saskatoon, enjoy a plated breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and a cup of fruit. Then hop, dance or walk through the store in our Costume Parade, followed by spooky stories and pumpkin carving! In Winnipeg, tickets are $23 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and in Saskaoon they are $15 per person. Tickets go on sale September 3 and must be purchased in advance at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling (Winnipeg: 204-975-2659; Saskatoon 306-955-3579).

Breakfast with Santa
Keep our annual Breakfast with Santa in mind as we head into the fall. In Winnipeg it takes place Sunday December 8 at 9:30 am, and in Saskatoon it takes place Sunday December 1 at 9:30 am. Enjoy a special breakfast, a seasonal story and a visit from Santa. Tickets go on sale November 5 and must be purchased in advance at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling (Winnipeg: 204-975-2659; Saskatoon 306-955-3579).

 

Graphic Feature

Noteworthy Sequels!

Make Your Own!

Brand New!

  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks. (Softcover. $24.50) August 27
  • The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner. (Softcover. $17.99) September 3
  • White Bird by R.J. Palacio. (Hardcover. $31.99) October 1

 

Be Afraid — Be Very Afraid

The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe in Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi Wu. When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow ... and other things too scary to mention. (Hardcover. $22.99. RRC Price $20.69. Henry Holt and Co. August) (Ages 9-12)

Get ready for a collection of thirteen short stories that will chill your bones, tingle your spine, and scare your pants off. Out to Get You by Josh Allen & illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman a stray kitten turns into a threatening follower. The street sign down the block starts taunting you. Even your own shadow is out to get you! The everyday world is full of sinister secrets and these page-turning stories show that there’s darkness even where you least expect it. Readers will sleep with one eye open…. (Hardcover. $22.99. RRC Price $20.69. Holiday House. September) (Ages 9-12)

 

King of the Castle

A Family Game of Skill and Chance

Climb to victory! The King of the Castle is a fun family game of both skill and chance. Players scale the ramparts, send their captors to the dungeon and try to be the first to reach the top. A 3D castle tower and colourful cards are great to play with for your little ones. This game helps enhance hand-eye coordination, strategical thinking and fosters a fun but competitive spirit. 15 minute playing time. 2-4 players, ages 6+. $21.00. RRC Price $18.90.

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Upcoming Kids Events in Winnipeg

 

TEEN SCENE
#OwnVoices

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus. Sixteen-year-old Audre is sent from Trinidad to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend. Audre meets sixteen-year-old Mabel and Mabel quickly falls hard for Audre. But their romance takes a turn when test results reveal exactly why Mabel has been feeling lowkey sick all summer. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Dutton. September)

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones. Lena and Campbell aren't friends. When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos that unexpectedly throws them together. They aren't friends. But that doesn't matter when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they're going to survive the night. (Hardcover. $25.50. RRC Price $22.95. Sourcebooks. August)

In Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, Juliet is a self-proclaimed Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. After coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland to intern with her favourite feminist writer, she’s not sure her mom will ever speak to her again. In a summer bursting with queer brown dance parties, and explorations of identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out — to the world, to her family, to herself. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Dial Books. September)

 

New Epic Fantasy

In There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool, the Seven Prophets guided humanity for generations. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations — until the day they disappeared. They left behind one final prophecy foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation or the cause of its destruction. (Hardcover. $26.99. RRC Price $24.29. Henry Holt. September)

In Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, Lou fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. Reid Diggory has lived his life as a huntsman of the Church. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation — marriage. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. HarperCollins. September)

In Angel Mage by Garth Nix, more than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Katherine Tegen Books. October)

 

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

Our Winnipeg “Be First” reading groups for teens are book clubs 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. We now have two "Be First" group options — Fantasy and Contemporary. Our "YA, I Read" book club is an extension of the "Be First" group for those who are 18+. The registration fee is $5.00 for both groups. The pre-publication copies are limited. Please sign up ASAP. For more information, visit the Kids desk or call 204-475-0492. (Please note: These programs are only available at our Winnipeg Grant Park location.)

"BE FIRST" SELECTIONS

SEPTEMBER
Be First: FantasyThe Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young. (Hardcover. $25.99. RRC Price $23.39. Wednesday Books. September) Our group meets Wednesday September 11th at 7:00 pm.

Be First: Contemporary • American Royals by Katharine McGee. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Random House. September) Our group meets Wednesday September 18th at 7:00 pm.

OCTOBER
Be First: FantasyWar Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi. (Hardcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Razorbill. October) Our group meets Wednesday October 9 at 7:00 pm.

Be First: ContemporaryThe Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Richardson Fischer. (Hardcover. $23.99. RRC Price $21.59. Inkyard Press. October) Our group meets Wednesday October 16 at 7:00 pm.

 

"YA, I READ" SELECTIONS

SEPTEMBER • The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. (Hardcover. $34.00. RRC Price $30.60. Redhook. September) Our group meets Wednesday September 25 at 7:00 pm.

OCTOBER • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. (Hardcover. $34.99. RRC Price $31.49. Flatiron Books. October) Our group meets Wednesday October 23 at 7:00 pm.

 

OUR VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

Winnipeg

THIN AIR 2019

On your mark, get set…

We’re primed for another nine days of compelling conversation, intriguing ideas, and lively readings in events all around Winnipeg and in several communities outside the city. Over sixty writers from all over Canada, including over twenty highpowered locals, are ready to share their new books with you. From brilliant debuts to revised histories, from thrillers to food books to travelogues to undercover reports, from crystalline distillations to on-the-spot inventions — we have a feast of ideas and images and insights to refuel you and replenish your spirits.

We begin on Sunday, September 22, with a day exploring Indigenous writing, including Talking Reconciliation at McNally Robinson Booksellers, followed by a mosaic of Winnipeg voices at Oodena, and a showcase by the amazing spoken word artist Shane Koyczan at MTYP. All week long: Afternoon Book Chats and Boot Camps for Writers at McNally Robinson Booksellers, The Nooner and Big Ideas series at the Millennium Library, and of course the signature Mainstage evenings at MTYP. Plus a dynamic French-language Livres en fête, a busy Campus Program, and some lively out-of-town gatherings. Closing weekend offerings include A Pint of Bitter Murder and The Poisoned Chalice, three Writing Craft workshops, story time with the Gumboots Kids, a buffet at East India Company, writer improv theatre games, a round table chat about Big Books, and our signature open mic with jazz. If you’re one of the lucky 700, we’ll see you at An Evening with Margaret Atwood, on Monday, September 30.

Mainstage Passes are $35 each, available at McNally Robinson. Check the THIN AIR website for other ticket information. Grab a copy of our paperback program and track us on social media. See you at THIN AIR!

Fort Whyte Alive. September 18 to October 20. Take some time out on a crisp, autumn evening to witness and experience the magic of fall migration. Watch as the sun slowly disappears below the horizon and geese begin landing at sunset in a stunning display. fortwhyte.org

Ted’s Run for Literacy. September 29. Kildonan Park. Ted’s Run for Literacy’s vision is to break the cycle of childhood poverty by supporting environments where kids flourish mentally and physically. Proceeds support CanU, an after-school program that emphasizes literacy and sport to inspire hope in Winnipeg youth. Register for the 10 km, 5km, or 2 km fun run to support Winnipeg youth. tedsrunforliteracy.com/register

La Bayadère. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. October 2-6. Witness the Canadian premiere of Greg Horsman’s La Bayadère, a co-production between Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Set in India in 1855, the unequivocal elegance of classical ballet is highlighted in this hypnotic tale of love, murder, and vengeful judgement by the gods. rwb.org

The Third Colour. Prairie Theatre Exchange. October 3-20. This absurdist dramedy brilliantly traces the history of Canada from pre-settlers to current day, through the eyes of two spirits in the shape of Indigenous women. Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Ian Ross (fareWel, PTE 1998) displays both his sharp humour and his own Indigenous experience in a funny and honest exploration of the notion of reconciliation. pte.mb.ca

Bad Hats Theatre’s PETER PAN. Manitoba Theatre for Young People. October 18-27. Pirates. Lost Boys. A ticking crocodile. And a child who never wants to grow up. With live folk and jazz music, this three-time Dora Mavor Moore award winning adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale reimagines Peter Pan for the 21st century. Recommended for ages five and up. mtyp.ca

The Color Purple. Royal MTC. October 22-November 16. Experience the joy of humanity in the musical adaptation of this enduring tale of the American South. Told she was worthless, Celie discovers her strength and rises above indignity with grace. Soaring on the notes of a soul-raising Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple will leave you breathless. royalmtc.ca

Coronation Anthems: Music for Royals. The Winnipeg Singers. October 27. 7:30 p.m. Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. Complete with chamber orchestra, the Winnipeg Singers present George Frederic Handel’s Coronation Anthems along with the coronation anthems of Henry Purcell, Hubert Parry, Healey Willan and Edward Elgar. Tiaras appropriate but not required. winnipegsingers.com

Fun Home. Royal MTC. November 13-30. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home has received international acclaim for its extraordinary story and brilliant score. In this Tony Award-winning musical, Alison journeys through three stages of her life as she unpacks her complex relationship with her father and finds out they had more in common than she thought. royalmtc.ca (See the musical and learn more about the book in Lara's Rae's upcoming Fun Home class. Register now >>>)

 

Saskatoon

YXEATS. September 4-8. Riversdale. YXEATS is all about exploring the eclectic food scene in Riversdale. It’s the best time to check out the mouth-watering options prepared by some of Saskatoon’s finest Chefs in the vibe of their own restaurant or to attend ticketed events designed to surprise and delight. yxeats.com

Broadway Street Fair. September 7. 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Broadway Ave. This is Broadway District’s largest event of the year, drawing thousands to the street with an eclectic array of street performers, vendors, artists, musicians, and dancers. Transforming Broadway into a street fair, this event features a sidewalk sale, music and dance stages, silent auction, performers, food and art vendors, and much more. broadwayyxe.com

Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo. September 14-15. Prairie Land Park – 503 Ruth St. W. Come celebrate a weekend of science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation, pop culture, and so much more. saskexpo.com

Rhye. September 17, 7:00 pm. Broadway Theatre. A mosaic of emotive piano keys, physical percussion, buzzing analog synths, and expansive vocals, Rhye finds humanity in musicality. Driven by this approach, the group quietly transformed into a phenomenon with the arrival of their 2013 debut, Woman. The record garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin, and Pitchfork who dubbed it “Best New Album.” As the band began writing in 2016, this expansive live show indelibly impacted their second full-length album in 2017. The first single “Please” siphons a gorgeous vocal plea through a kaleidoscope of sparse percussion and piano that’s simultaneously stirring, stark, and sensual. It’s a new musical experience. broadwaytheatre.ca

Brahms 4. Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. September 21, 7:30 pm. TCU Place. The SSO kicks off their 89th season with a night of big bold music featuring Saskatchewan composer Laura Pettigrew and cellist Stéphane Tétreault. Join us in store for the pre-concert chat on September 17! saskatoonsymphony.org

GLORY. September 25-October 9. Persephone Theatre. In 1933, four friends set out to prove to Canada that hockey isn’t just a sport for men. But with the Great Depression weighing heavily on the nation and political tensions rising in Europe, can they overcome the odds, and people’s expectations, to forge their own path to glory? A great hockey story featuring thrilling rink competition accompanied by music from the jazz age, GLORY proves a woman’s place is on home ice. persephonetheatre.org

Saskatoon International Burlesque Festival. October 4-5. Broadway Theatre. The Saskatoon International Burlesque Festival will celebrate its first year at the Broadway Theatre with performances on Oct 4 and 5 featuring a different cast of stellar burlesque performers from around the globe each evening. saskatooninternationalburlesquefestival.com

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Live 5. October 3-6 & 10-13. The Refinery. After a faculty get-together, George and Martha invite their younger counterparts Nick and Honey over for a night-cap that quickly spirals into an evening of wicked psychological games. Edward Albee’s scorched-earth masterpiece has been riveting audiences for over 50 years and serves up some of the cruelest, most cutting dialogue in the history of western theatre. livefive.ca

The Planets. Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. October 19, 7:30 pm. TCU Place. Maestro Eric Paetkau takes you on a journey through the stars with Holst’s Planets paired with Schmidt’s Lunar Reflections. From the Bringer of War to the Winged Messenger, the Magician to the Mystic, Gustav Holst’s The Planets reshaped how we’d hear and experience music in the 20th century. This monumental work explores the outer reaches of the orchestral sounds. Join us for the pre-concert chat on October 15 at 7:00 pm. saskatoonsymphony.org

 

LE BURGER WEEK 2019, SEPTEMBER 1-7
In Winnipeg, come down to Prairie Ink and try our custom burger entry for Le Burger Week. Don't forget to vote for us when you're done!

A SPOOKY BOO BREAKFAST, SUNDAY OCTOBER 27
Dress up in your best costume and join us for a Boo-tiful breakfast Sunday, October 27th at 9:30 am. In Winnipeg, enjoy Boo-berry Pancakes and in Saskatoon, enjoy a plated breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and a cup of fruit. Then hop, dance or walk through the store in our Costume Parade, followed by spooky stories and pumpkin carving! In Winnipeg, tickets are $23 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and in Saskaoon they are $15 per person. Tickets go on sale September 3 and must be purchased in advance at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by calling (Winnipeg: 204-975-2659; Saskatoon 306-955-3579).

GILLER LIGHT BASH, MONDAY NOVEMBER 18
Join us for a delightful evening of literature & food in celebration of Canada's largest literary prize. Listen to local advocates present each Giller shortlist nominated book, dine on a delicious meal from Prairie Ink Restaurant, and watch the proceedings on television live from Toronto. $65 per person. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the bookstore or online. (Winnipeg location only.)

NUTCRACKER BALLET TEA, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24
Join us for a Nutcracker story time, fancy sandwiches, themed imperial cookies, Filbert the Bear and the chance to meet a ballerina. Tickets required. Tickets are $23.50 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and go on sale October 1 at Prairie Ink. For more information, please call 204-975-2659. (Winnipeg location only.)

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, DECEMBER
Keep our annual Breakfast with Santa in mind as we head into the fall. In Winnipeg it takes place Sunday December 8 at 9:30 am, and in Saskatoon it takes place Sunday December 1 at 9:30 am. Enjoy a special breakfast, a seasonal story and a visit from Santa. Tickets go on sale November 5 and must be purchased in advance at Prairie Ink Restaurant.


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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