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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.

Care Of: Ivan Coyote in Conversation with Susan G. Cole

Thursday Aug 05 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual

Register here to join Ivan Coyote (Care Of) and Susan G. Cole for a lively, intimate and heartful conversation.  McNally Robinson is pleased to partner with the Eden Mills Writers' Festival as the official Saskatchewan and Manitoba Indie bookseller for this event.

7 PM CDT MB // 6 PM CT SK.

Writer and performer Ivan Coyote has spent decades on the road, telling stories around the world. For years, Ivan has kept a file of the most special communications received from readers and audience members—letters, Facebook messages, emails, soggy handwritten notes tucked under the windshield wiper of their truck after a gig. Then came Spring, 2020, and, like artists everywhere, Coyote was grounded by the pandemic, all their planned events cancelled. The energy of a live audience, a performer’s lifeblood, was suddenly gone. But with this loss came an opportunity for a different kind of connection. Those letters that had long piled up could finally begin to be answered.

EMWF’s August Book Club pick, Care Of, is an affirming and joyous reflection on many of the themes central to Coyote’s celebrated work—compassion and empathy, family fragility, non-binary and Trans identity, and the unending beauty of simply being alive, a giant love letter to the idea of human connection, and the power of truly listening to each other.

This event includes closed captioning.

David Demchuk Online Book Event

Wednesday Sep 01 2021 7:00 pm - Online, Zoom, Virtual

Join award-winning author David Demchuk for the virtual launch of his second novel, Red X (Strange Light) featuring a conversation. More host information to follow.

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

A hunted community. A haunted author. A horror that spans centuries.

Men are disappearing from Toronto's gay village. One by one, stalked and vanished, they leave behind small circles of baffled, frightened friends. Against the shifting backdrop of homophobia throughout the decades the survivors face inaction from the law and disinterest from society at large. But as the missing grow in number, those left behind begin to realize that whoever or whatever is taking these men has been doing so for longer than is humanly possible.

Woven into their stories is David Demchuk's own personal history, a life lived in fear and in thrall to horror, a passion that boils over into obsession. As he tries to make sense of the relationship between queerness and horror, what it means for gay men to disappear, and how the isolation of the LGBTQ+ community has left them profoundly exposed to monsters that move easily among them, fact and fiction collide and reality begins to unravel.

David Demchuk has been writing for print, stage, digital, and other media for nearly 40 years. His debut horror novel The Bone Mother, published in 2017, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Toronto Book Award, the Kobzar Book Award, and a Shirley Jackson Award in the Best Novel category. It won the 2018 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic in the Adult Fiction category. 

Sally Rooney: Beautiful World, Where Are You - Exclusive Global Launch

Tuesday Sep 07 2021 1:30 pm - Online, Virtual

In a global exclusive, award-winning novelist Sally Rooney (author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends) will be joined in conversation by Emma Dabiri to discuss her much anticipated third novel Beautiful World, Where are You (Knopf Canada). The exclusive event is presented by the Southbank Centre and will be available to a global audience as a live stream, in association with McNally Robinson Booksellers here in Canada.

Pre-ordering a copy of Rooney's new book entitles you to 10% off the ticket price of this exclusive event. You will receive a redeemable code once the order has been placed.

For more detailed information on the event, please visit the North American event page. It will go live at 12:30 pm SK / 1:30 pm MB.

Sally Rooney was the winner of the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award in 2017. In 2018, Conversations with Friends was shortlisted for both the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize, while Normal People was named Waterstones Book of the Year, won the Costa Novel Award, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Rooney won the Encore Award for Normal People in 2019. She was the editor of literary magazine The Stinging Fly in 2018 and a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library from 2019 – 2020.

Host Emma Dabiri is an Irish-Nigerian academic, activist and broadcaster. Her 2019 debut Don’t Touch My Hair was published to critical and commercial acclaim. Her latest book What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition, published in April 2021, is a Sunday Times and Irish Times bestseller. A regular broadcaster on the BBC, Dabiri recently hosted BBC Radio 4’s critically-acclaimed documentary Journeys into Afro-futurism, as well as presenting and co-producing Hair Power: Me and My Afro on Channel 4.

Zoe Whittall IndieBookFest Event

Tuesday Sep 14 2021 7:00 pm - Online, Virtual

HarperCollins Canada is pleased to present Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted and Lambda award-winning author Zoe Whittall as she discusses her new book, The Spectacular.

It's taboo to regret motherhood. But what would happen if you did? Shifting perspectives and time periods, The Spectacular is a multi-generational story exploring sexuality, gender and the weight of reproductive freedoms, from the author of The Best Kind of People.

This FREE event requires registration at

6 PM CT (SASK) // 7 PM CDT (MB).

Kamal Al-Solaylee IndieBookFest Event

Thursday Sep 23 2021 7:00 pm - Online, Virtual

HarperCollins Canada is pleased to present nationally bestselling and award-winning author Kamal Al-Solaylee as he discusses his new book, Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Come From.

From the author of Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes and Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (for Everyone), Return is a chronicle of love and loss, of global reach and personal desires. It sets the narrative of going home against geopolitical forces that are likely to shape the rest of this century and beyond. It’s a book for anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to return to their roots.

This FREE event requires registration at

6 PM CT (SASK) // 7 PM CDT (MB).

IndieBookFest Presents: Read Better with Jayne Allen, Myriam J.A. Chancy & Kaitlyn Greenidge

Wednesday Oct 13 2021 7:00 pm - Online, Virtual

HarperCollins Canada is pleased to present three incredible authors discussing their latest books.

Jayne Allen's Black Girls Must Die Exhausted is the first novel in a captivating three-book series about modern womanhood, in which a young Black woman must rely on courage, laughter, and love—and the support of her two longtime friends—to overcome an unexpected setback that threatens the most precious thing she’s ever wanted.

At the end of a long, sweltering day, as markets and businesses begin to close for the evening, an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude shakes the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. Award-winning author Myriam J. A. Chancy masterfully charts the inner lives of the characters affected by the disaster in her new book, What Storm, What Thunder

Kaitlyn Greenidge, the critically acclaimed and Whiting Award–winning author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman returns with Libertie, an unforgettable story about one young Black girl’s attempt to find a place where she can be fully, and only, herself

This FREE event requires registration at

6 PM CT (SASK) // 7 PM CDT (MB).

Carol Matas Online Event

Thursday Nov 04 2021 7:00 pm - Online, Virtual

The Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada and the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg are pleased to present the launch of Carol Matas' upcoming new book, A Struggle for Hope (Scholastic Canada).

The book tells the extraordinary story of the rebellion in Auschwitz and the immigration of Holocaust survivors to Israel.

Belle Jarniewski, Executive Director of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, will interview author Carol Matas and moderate the discussion.

Registration and further details available soon.

Ann Patchett IndieBookFest Event

Wednesday Dec 01 2021 7:00 pm - Online, Virtual

HarperCollins Canada is pleased to present the beloved New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett (The Dutch House, Bel Canto) as she reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in These Precious Days, a deeply personal collection of essays.

This FREE event requires registration at You may purchase any title by Patchett to qualify for registration.

6 PM CT (SASK) // 7 PM CDT (MB).