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A list of all upcoming events hosted by McNally Robinson Booksellers. If you are planning to attend an event in person, please pay close attention to city and location details. You may also sort this list by location to narrow your search.

Seth Klein Online Event

Tuesday Sep 29 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Event, Virtual

A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency in Manitoba

“This is the roadmap out of climate crisis that Canadians have been waiting for.” — Naomi Klein, activist and New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

Join us for an evening of music, a reading, author Q&A, and a panel discussion with local climate emergency activists. Register for the Webinar online. Copies of A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency by Seth Klein are available from McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Featuring a musical performance by Decades After Paris.

Panelists:

- Madeline Laurendeau, Manitoba Youth for Climate Action
- Eric Reder, Wilderness Committee
- Clayton Thomas-Muller, 350.org

Sponsored by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Corporate Mapping Project, ECW Press, David Suzuki Foundation, 350.org Canada, Climate Action Network Canada, The Council of Canadians, CUPW, University of Winnipeg Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies, McNally Robinson, Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition, and Climate Action Team Manitoba.

Seth Klein was the founding British Columbia director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives for over two decades and has been immersed in climate change and inequality issues for his working life. He is currently an adjunct professor in urban studies at Simon Fraser University and remains a research associate with the CCPA. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.

Jonathan Ball Online Book Launch

Wednesday Sep 30 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Join us as we celebrate the launch of The Lightning of Possible Storms (Book*hug Press) at this event hosted by Stuart Ross.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on Youtube and available for viewing thereafter.

Aleya’s world starts to unravel after a café customer leaves behind a collection of short stories. Surprised and disturbed to discover that it has been dedicated to her, Aleya delves into the strange book…

The more Aleya reads, the deeper she sinks into the mysterious writer’s work, and the less real the world around her seems. Soon, she’s overwhelmed as a new, more terrifying existence takes hold.

Jonathan Ball’s first collection of short fiction blends humour and horror, doom, and daylight, offering myriad possible storms.

Jonathan Ball is the author of eight books, including Ex Machina, Clockfire, and The National Gallery. He lives in Winnipeg and has won many awards, including a Manitoba Book Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. He hosts Writing the Wrong Way, the podcast for writers who strive to be bold and readers who crave something new. Visit him online

Host Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, writing teacher, and publisher. He is the winner of the 2019 Harbourfront Festival Prize for his contributions to Canadian literature. He is the author of 20 books of fiction, poetry, and essays including, most recently, Motel of the Opposable Thumbs (Anvil Press). Stuart was the 2010 Writer in Residence at Queen’s University. Through his imprints at Mansfield Press (2007–2017) and Anvil Press (2018–present), he has mentored many first-time authors and worked with dozens of mid-career and senior authors. His poetry has been translated into French, Nynorsk, Slovene, Russian, Spanish, and Estonian. Stuart lives in Cobourg, Ontario.

Sarah Klassen Online Book Launch

Friday Oct 02 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Please join Sarah Klassen in conversation with Joanne Epp as we celebrate the launch of The Tree of Life (Turnstone Press).

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on Youtube and available for viewing thereafter.

In poems that contemplate human experience, Sarah Klassen charts the paths we travel in search of the Tree of Life. This quest for the nexus of spiritual fulfillment takes readers from the steps of ruined cities to perilous migrations, school playgrounds, and into dream. It rallies against injustice, and finds pause in nature and sacred rituals. With firm, guiding hands, Klassen leads the way across the tumult of existence in pursuit of an elusive Eden.

Sarah Klassen was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Manitoba’s Interlake. An accomplished traveller, poet, and fiction writer, her work has won numerous awards. The Tree of Life is her eighth poetry collection.

Joanne Epp grew up in central Saskatchewan and still goes back as often as she can. Her poetry has appeared in The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Juniper, and other journals. Her first full-length poetry collection, Eigenheim, was published by Turnstone Press in 2015. Married with two grown sons, she spent several years in Ontario and now makes her home in Winnipeg.

Reg Sherren Online Book Launch

Saturday Oct 03 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Please join Reg Sherren in conversation with CBC News host Janet Stewart as we celebrate the launch of That Wasn't the Plan: A Memoir (Douglas & McIntyre).

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on Youtube and available for viewing thereafter.

Many Canadians will remember Reg Sherren as the host of the popular CBC TV program Country Canada. Others will recall his many years as feature reporter any d Winnipeg correspondent for CBC’s flagship news program, The National. His memoir, That Wasn’t the Plan, is a fast-paced, behind-the-scenes look at forty years of Canadian Journalism.

Reg Sherren is a popular commentator, writer and freelance producer. A two-time Gemini and Canadian Screen Award nominee, Sherren has also been the recipient of numerous journalism awards from various international film and video festivals, as well as the Radio-Television News Directors’ Association. He lives in Winnipeg.

Janet Stewart hosts CBC Winnipeg News, bringing audiences news and stories of local neighbourhoods and communities each weeknight. With more than 20 years of journalistic experience, Stewart is a multiple Canadian Screen Award nominee in the Best News Anchor (Local) category. When the Screen Awards were called the Geminis, she was nominated as Best News Anchor in Canada, alongside Peter Mansbridge, Diana Swain and Heather Hiscox. She has worked as a CBC Radio host and reporter, as a columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and as a reporter and anchor for CTV and Global in Nova Scotia and Winnipeg.

James A. Burns Online Book Launch

Tuesday Oct 06 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Join us to celebrate the launch of Fire, Folly and Fiasco: Why it took 100 years to build The Manitoba Museum (Woolly Mammoth Publishing), hosted by Gordon Goldsborough.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on Youtube and available for viewing thereafter.

It is startling—shocking really—that a province with Manitoba’s depth of history should not have had a proper provincial museum soon after it joined Confederation on July 15, 1870. But it took Manitoba precisely 100 years to finally get there on July 15, 1970.

For decade after decade, repeated attempts by Manitobans to establish a museum were starved for lack of funds, crumbled under the weight of inertia, or flamed out in one disaster after another. The folly of not having a proper museum cost the province dearly, from prized local collections snapped up by international museums and others abandoned in attics or chicken coops to irreplaceable artifacts destroyed by fire. Fire, Folly and Fiasco is 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.

Dr. James A. (Jim) Burns is Curator Emeritus of Ice Age Paleontology, Royal Alberta Museum, and a member of the editorial team of the Manitoba Historical Society’s Prairie History journal.

Dr. Gordon Goldsborough is an aquatic biologist at the University of Manitoba and author of Abandoned Manitoba and More Abandoned Manitoba (Great Plains Publishing), and president of the Manitoba Historical Society.

Allan Levine Online Book Launch

Wednesday Oct 07 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Details Are Unprintable: Wayne Lonergan and the Sensational Café Society Murder (Lyons Press), featuring a conversation hosted by Terry MacLeod.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on Youtube and available for viewing thereafter.

In the early hours of October 24, 1943, 22-year-old Patricia Burton Lonergan from a wealthy New York family was murdered at her residence on in the upscale Manhattan neighbourhood of Turtle Bay-Beekman Place. Her estranged husband, Wayne Lonergan, a 26-year-old Canadian from Toronto was charged with the crime. He was ultimately convicted in a sensational trial that for a time pushed the Second World War off the front pages of New York City’s newspapers.

Details are Unprintable traces the story of Patricia and Wayne’s turbulent lives—a story that is set against New York City’s ostentatious café society night club culture and examines the era’s intolerant and fear-mongering attitudes about homosexuality, which contributed to the harsh portrayal of Lonergan in the press.

Allan Levine is an award-winning author and historian based in Winnipeg. He has written sixteen books including Toronto: Biography of City; King: William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny, which won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction; and Coming of Age: A History of the Jewish People of Manitoba, which won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. His most recent book, Seeking the Fabled City: The Canadian Jewish Experience, was published in October 2018 and was longlisted for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize.

Host Terry MacLeod is an independent Emmy-nominated journalist, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient, and former CBC Radio and TV host, presenter and producer. He is currently the host and producer of the soon-to-be-released podcast Prairie Design Lab with the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba.

Love After the End Online Book Launch

Thursday Oct 08 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Join anthology editor Joshua Whitehead with contributors Nathan Adler, Kai Minosh Pyle, and David Alexander Robertson to celebrate the launch of Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction (Arsenal Pulp Press). This online event will feature readings and lively conversation that explore queer Two-Spirit futurisms that we have all been dreaming of since 1492.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on Youtube and available for viewing thereafter.

A bold and breathtaking anthology of queer Indigenous speculative fiction, this exciting and groundbreaking fiction collection showcases a number of new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer) Indigenous writers from across Turtle Island. These visionary authors show how queer Indigenous communities can bloom and thrive through utopian narratives that detail the vivacity and strength of 2SQness throughout its plight in the maw of settler colonialism's histories.

Here, readers will discover bioengineered AI rats, transplanted trees in space, the rise of a 2SQ resistance camp, a primer on how to survive Indigiqueerly, virtual reality applications, mother ships at sea, and the very bending of space-time continuums queered through NDN time.

Contributors include Nathan Adler, Darcie Little Badger, Gabriel Castilloux Calderon, Adam Garnet Jones, Mari Kurisato, Kai Minosh Pyle, David Alexander Robertson, jaye simpson, and Nazbah Tom.

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Leona Theis Virtual Launch

Thursday Oct 08 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Please join Leona Theis to celebrate the launch of If Sylvie Had Nine Lives (Freehand Books). Leona will be joined by writer and editor Deborah Willis and writer Kate O’Gorman to talk about how she came to write the book.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on Youtube and available for viewing thereafter.

Meet Sylvie – funny, sly, sensual, and flawed. She can’t always count on herself to make good choices. Like all of us, Sylvie must make decisions that have reverberations for years to come. Unlike the rest of us, Sylvie gets to live more than one life.

“If Sylvie Had Nine Lives is a remarkable book . . . a haunting, thrilling glimpse of the slender choices our lives hang by.” – Nino Ricci

If Sylvie Had Nine Lives is the newest novel from Saskatoon writer Leona Theis. Leona has won two Saskatchewan Book Awards, has won creative nonfiction awards from CBC and Prairie Fire Magazine, and has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.

Kate O’Gorman lives and writes on the Saskatchewan prairie. Her work has appeared in Qwerty, untethered, and other literary publications.

Sami Jo Small Online Book Launch

Friday Oct 09 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Join us as we celebrate the launch of The Role I Played: Canada's Greatest Olympic Hockey Team (ECW Press) featuring a conversation with Sami Jo Small hosted by Leah Hextall.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on Youtube and available for viewing thereafter.

Three-time Olympic medalist shares behind-the-scenes insight into the beloved Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team.

Men’s hockey in Canada may hog the limelight, but interest in women’s hockey has never been higher. The Role I Played is a memoir of Sami Jo Small’s ten years with Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team. Beginning with her experience as a rookie at the first-ever women’s Olympic hockey tournament in Nagano in 1998 and culminating with Canada’s third straight Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010, the veteran goaltender gives the reader behind-the-scenes insight into one of the most successful teams in sports history.

Sami Jo Small is a three-time Canadian Olympic ice hockey goalie (two golds and one silver) and a five-time World Champion. A graduate of Stanford University in mechanical engineering, she now works as a Certified Speaking Professional, delivering messages on how to build successful teams as well as successful teammates. From Winnipeg, she now lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

In 2020, host Leah Hextall made history as the first woman to call play-by-play for an NHL game on Sportsnet. The landmark broadcast received national acclaim for Leah and the network as the game was called by an all-female broadcast team. Leah also made history a year prior as the first woman to call play-by-play for the men’s NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament for ESPN. ​ In a 2018 article in the Globe and Mail, Scott Moore, former president of Sportsnet and NHL properties, declared Leah a “trailblazer.” Mike "Doc" Emrick, Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster for NBC Sports told The Athletic, he believes Leah will be the first woman to do play-by-play for an NHL team. Over the past 17 years, Leah has been an on-air presence for the largest networks in North America: ESPN, Sportsnet, Hockey Night in Canada and NESN.

Jeffrey John Eyamie Online Book Launch

Wednesday Oct 14 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Please join Jeffrey John Eyamie as he celebrates the launch of Still Me: A Golf Tragedy in 18 Parts (Turnstone Press).

Registration link, Youtube streaming link, and further event information to follow.

When James Khoury discovers that his prized golf memorabilia from some of Canada's best golf courses has been destroyed, he journeys back through memories of being on the fairway, his struggles with gnawing ineptitude, and a troubled relationship with his wife and son. Slowly, his memory precipitates to reveal something deeper at work, and James finds himself in the midst of a game where the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Born in Quebec and raised in rural Manitoba, Jeffrey John Eyamie is a Winnipeg-based writer of Lebanese-Syrian descent. His first novel, No Escape from Greatness, was nominated for the John Hirsch Award and Eileen McTavish Sykes Award. He is also a screenwriter and filmmaker, a physical scientist with Health Canada, and an avid golfer.

Amy Jo Ehman Online Book Launch

Thursday Oct 15 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Join author Amy Jo Ehman to celebrate the virtual launch of Thelma: A Life in Pictures, a pictorial biography of Saskatchewan art photographer Thelma Pepper. Co-presented by MacIntyre Purcell Publishing.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on Youtube and available for viewing thereafter.

Thelma Pepper was born in 1920 in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. In 2020, from her adoptive home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she reflects on a century of life, love, passion and creativity as seen through the lens of her camera, and that of her father and grandfather before her. In middle age, in the depths of depression, Thelma discovered her true artistic nature, embarking on a creative journey with enough energy and passion for another lifetime. In her poignant black and white photographs we see more than a century of hope and hardship, we see how creativity can inspire human connection and transform lives. Thelma is a member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. She turned 100 in July.

Amy Jo Ehman is an award-winning author based in Saskatoon. Her previous books included Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner and Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens. Formerly, she worked as a journalist at CBC Radio/TV and was a local food columnist for the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix.

David Elias Online Book Launch

Wednesday Oct 21 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Join us as we celebrate the launch of The Truth About the Barn: A Voyage of Discovery and Contemplation (Great Plains Publications) featuring a conversation with author David Elias.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on Youtube and available for viewing thereafter.

“We count on writers to show the remarkable in the ordinary, to enable us to see anew what has become familiar. David Elias has done just that in The Truth About the Barn. Never will we look at a barn in the same way again." — Marjorie Anderson, editor of the national bestselling Dropped Threads anthologies

The Truth About the Barn offers answers to important questions about how barns came into being, why they look the way they do, why they’re worth reflecting on, and what possible future they may have. With wit and romanticism, David Elias investigates the barn’s place in culture and religion, art and literature, exploring psychological and philosophical implications of barns over time.

David Elias is the author of six books, most recently Elizabeth of Bohemia. His fiction has been nominated for a number of awards, including the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction for Elizabeth of Bohemia, The Books in Canada First Novel Award for Sunday Afternoon and The Journey Prize for his short story, "How I Crossed Over." His work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies across the country, and in addition to writing he spends time as an editor, writer-in-residence, mentor and creative writing instructor. He lives in Winnipeg

Prairie Garden Committee Online Book Launch

Wednesday Nov 18 2020 7:00 pm - Online Book Launch, Virtual

Join guest editor Philip Ronald and editor Linda Dietrick for the launch of the latest edition of The Prairie Garden: Flowering Shrubs, with a Special Feature on Roses.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on Youtube and available for viewing thereafter.

Since our last shrubs edition (2009 – still available), hundreds of exciting new flowering shrubs have come on the market. Our roses edition of 2008 is sold out, but readers keep asking for information on roses, especially new ones like the Canadian Artists and 49th Parallel series. It’s time for a fresh look at these beautiful plants. Aimed at gardeners of all skill levels in the short-season gardening zones of Canada and the US, this edition contains over forty articles on the theme and another fifteen on general gardening topics, all contributed by experienced gardeners and experts.

Guest editor Dr. Philip Ronald divides his time between teaching ornamental horticulture at the University of Manitoba, managing Riverbend Orchards, a 20-acre fruit farm, and supporting research and marketing at Jeffries Nurseries.