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Thrills & Chills-A thriller book event

Tuesday Oct 19 2021 11:00 am - Facebook, Virtual

Simon & Schuster Canada invites you to join them for a thrilling event with three incredible authors that will have you on the edge of your seat. Featuring: Louise Candlish, Robyn Harding, and Lisa Jewell. Moderated by Shinan Govani. This event will take place on Facebook live at 10 AM MT (SK) // 11 AM CDT (WPG).

The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish weaves a suspenseful thriller about a commuter who becomes a suspect in his friend's mysterious disappearance. Perfect for fans of the unputdownable page-turners by Christina McDonald and Lisa Jewell.
In The Perfect Family--which has received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist--#1 bestselling author Robyn Harding explores what happens when a seemingly perfect family is pushed to the edge...and beyond.
The Night She Disappeared —With her signature "rich, dark, and intricately twisted" (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) prose, Lisa Jewell has crafted a dazzling work of suspense that will keep on the edge of your seat until the final page.

Johnathan Franzen #IndieEventsWith

Tuesday Oct 19 2021 6:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual

Spend an evening with Johnathan Franzen in celebration of his highly anticipated new novel Crossroads featuring a conversation hosted by Ian Brown. Pre-order or purchase a copy of Crossroads and receive information on how to secure your access to this exclusive event. For more information on this series, visit the #IndieEventsWith site.

Universally recognized as the leading novelist of his generation, Jonathan Franzen is often described as a teller of family stories. Only now, though, in Crossroads, has he given us a novel in which a family, in all the intricacy of its workings, is truly at the centre.

By turns comic and harrowing, a tour-de-force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, Crossroads is the first volume of a trilogy, A Key to All Mythologies, that will span three generations and trace the inner life of our culture through the present day. Complete in itself, set in a historical moment of moral crisis, and reaching back to the early twentieth century, Crossroads serves as a foundation for a sweeping investigation of human mythologies, as the Hildebrandt family navigates the political, intellectual and social crosscurrents of the past fifty years.

Johnathan Franzen is the author of five novels (Purity, Freedom, The Corrections, Strong Motion and The Twenty-Seventh City), two collections of essays (Farther Away, How to Be Alone), a personal history (The Discomfort Zone), and translations of Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening and Karl Kraus. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.

Host Ian Brown is an award-winning writer with the Globe and Mail. He has been the host of CBC Radio’s “Sunday Morning” and is the author several bestselling books, including The Boy in the Moon (winner of the Charles Taylor Prize; the BC National Award and the Trillium Book Prize, and Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year (shortlisted for the Taylor Prize and the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize). He lives in Toronto.

This event is organized by Penguin Random House Canada on behalf of Indie Bookstores like McNally Robinson.

6 PM CDT (MB) // 5 PM CT (SK).

LitFest Presents: "Indian" in the Cabinet with Jody Wilson-Raybould

Wednesday Oct 20 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual

LitFest is pleased to present Indian In the Cabinet with Jody Wilson-Raybould and hosted by Tara McCarthy. Click here to register for this free, virtual event.

McNally Robinson Booksellers is pleased to partner with LitFest and Simon & Schuster Canada as the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Indie bookseller for this event.

Inspired by the example of her grandmother, and raised as the daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader, Jody Wilson-Raybould always knew she would take on leadership responsibilities. She never anticipated, however, that those roles would lead her to Ottawa as Canada’s first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General in the Cabinet of then newly elected prime minister Justin Trudeau. Wilson-Raybould’s experience in Cabinet reveals important lessons about how we must continue to strengthen our political institutions and culture, and the changes we must make to meet challenges in racial justice and climate change.

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P., is the Independent Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville. She served as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Associate Minister of National Defence until her resignation in 2019 following the SNC-Lavalin affair. Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer, an advocate and a leader in British Columbia’s First Nations. She has been a provincial crown prosecutor, a councillor for the We Wai Kai Nation, a chair of the First Nations Finance Authority and has served as regional chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations.

Jody Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala-speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation. Her traditional name, Puglaas, means “woman born to noble people.”

Kate Bowler Virtual Event

Friday Oct 22 2021 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Virtual

Join bestselling author Kate Bowler for the virtual Winnipeg launch of No Cure for Being Human: (And Other Truths I Need to Hear) (Random House) featuring a conversation hosted by Jen Zoratti of the Winnipeg Free Press.

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

Kate Bowler is the only one we can trust to tell us the truth.” - Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed

Kate Bowler believed that life was a series of unlimited choices, until she discovered, at age 35, that her body was wracked with cancer. In No Cure for Being Human, she searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom (and absurdity) of today’s “best life now” advice industry. 

With dry wit and unflinching honesty, Kate Bowler grapples with her diagnosis, her ambition, and her faith as she tries to come to terms with her limitations in a culture that says anything is possible. She finds that we need one another if we’re going to tell the truth: Life is beautiful and terrible, full of hope and despair and everything in between—and there’s no cure for being human.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Kate Bowler is an associate professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity School. She completed her undergraduate degree at Macalester College, received a master’s of religion from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD at Duke University. She is the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, the New York Times bestselling memoir Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, and The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities. She has appeared on the TED stage, NPR, and Today, and her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Time. She is the host of the popular podcast Everything Happens. Bowler lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, Toban, and son, Zach.

Host Jen Zoratti is a Winnipeg Free Press columnist and the author of NEXT, a weekly newsletter looking toward a post-pandemic future. As a member of the Arts & Life department at the paper, Jen writes about how we live -- and the things that make life worth living. A fourth-generation Winnipegger, she lives in the city with her husband and dog.

Chris Hadfield #IndieEventsWith

Tuesday Oct 26 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual

Spend an evening with #1 bestselling Canadian author and astronaut Chris Hadfield. Pre-order or purchase a copy of The Apollo Murders and receive information on how to secure your access to this exclusive event. For more information on this series, visit the #IndieEventsWith site.

1973. A final, top-secret mission to the Moon. Three astronauts in a tiny module, a quarter of a million miles from home. A quarter of a million miles from help. Chris Hadfield's The Apollo Murders is a Cold War thriller from the dark heart of the Space Race.

As Russian and American crews sprint for a secret bounty hidden away on the lunar surface, old rivalries blossom and the political stakes are stretched to breaking point back on Earth. Houston flight controller Kazimieras "Kaz" Zemeckis must do all he can to keep the NASA crew together, while staying one step ahead of his Soviet rivals. But not everyone on board Apollo 18 is quite who they appear to be.

Experience the fierce G-forces of launch, the frozen loneliness of Space and the fear of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft orbiting the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour, as told by a former Commander of the International Space Station who has done all of those things in real life.

Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force test pilot school in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Colonel Hadfield was CAPCOM for twenty-five Shuttle missions and NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia. Hadfield served as Commander of the International Space Station where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His books, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here and The Darkest Dark, have been bestsellers all around the world, topping the charts for months in his Canadian homeland.

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

Gary Filmon Virtual Book Launch

Tuesday Oct 26 2021 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Virtual

Join us as we celebrate the virtual launch of Gary Filmon's Yes We Did: Leading in Turbulent Times (Heartland Associates), featuring an introduction from Peter St. John.

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

The 1990s were a time of significant issues and events, both for Manitoba and Canada—the Meech Lake and Charlottetown attempts at constitutional reform, NAFTA, the GST, a major economic downturn that saw Manitoba lose 1.4% of its GDP in one year, the loss of the Winnipeg Jets NHL team, and the 1999 Pan Am Games. Gary Filmon was in the premier’s chair through it all.

On the day he left office, a journalist asked how he thought he’d done during his time as premier. He replied that he would let history decide that. The next day, in an editorial, the Winnipeg Free Press agreed with that sentiment. However, with the passage of time, Gary Filmon has decided to give history a hand. 

Gary Albert Filmon, P.C., O.C., O.M., L.L.D., ICD.D, was born and raised in Winnipeg. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1964, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1967. After several years as a consulting engineer, he invested in a number of small businesses, and owned two business colleges. He became interested in politics and served for four years on Winnipeg’s City Council, followed by twenty-one years as a member of the Manitoba Legislature, including eleven and a half years as premier of Manitoba.

After leaving public office, he served as a director of eight corporate boards, chairing two, along with a number of public and volunteer organizations. In particular, he served as a member and chair of Canada’s Security and Intelligence Review Committee.

Gary and his wife Janice, who has served as Manitoba’s lieutenant governor, raised four children, and have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Peter St. John (pronounced Sin-jun) is a partner in Heartland Associates and a retired – though still avidly teaching – professor of International Relations and Senior Scholar at the University of Manitoba.

David A. Robertson #IndieEventsWith

Thursday Oct 28 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual

Spend an evening with Governor General's Literary Award winning author David A. Robertson. Pre-order or purchase a copy of The Great Bear and receive information on how to secure your access to this exclusive event. For more information on this series, visit the #IndieEventsWith site.

In this second book in the Narnia-inspired Indigenous middle-grade fantasy series, Eli and Morgan journey once more to Misewa, travelling back in time.

Back at home after their first adventure in the Barren Grounds, Eli and Morgan each struggle with personal issues: Eli is being bullied at school, and tries to hide it from Morgan, while Morgan has to make an important decision about her birth mother. They turn to the place where they know they can learn the most, and make the journey to Misewa to visit their animal friends. This time they travel back in time and meet a young fisher that might just be their lost friend. But they discover that the village is once again in peril, and they must dig deep within themselves to find the strength to protect their beloved friends. Can they carry this strength back home to face their own challenges?

David A. Robertson is the author of numerous books for young readers including When We Were Alone, which won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award. The Barren Grounds, the first book in the middle-grade The Misewa Saga series, received a starred review from Kirkus and was a Kirkus and Quill & Quire best middle-grade book of 2020. A sought-after speaker and educator, as well as recent recipient of the Writers' Union of Canada's Freedom to Read Award, Dave is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation and currently lives in Winnipeg. For more information, visit his website: and follow him on Twitter: @DaveAlexRoberts

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

Amor Towles #IndieEventsWith

Tuesday Nov 02 2021 7:00 pm - Zoom, Virtual

Spend an evening with Amor Towles, the bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction as he celebrates the virtual launch of his new novel. Pre-order or purchase a copy of The Lincoln Highway (Viking) and register to secure your access to this exclusive event. For more information on this series, visit the #IndieEventsWith site.

In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction--to the City of New York.

Amor Towles is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. The two novels have collectively sold more than four million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

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

This event is organized by Penguin Random House Canada on behalf of Indie Bookstores like McNally Robinson.

A Virtual Evening with Ian Williams

Tuesday Nov 02 2021 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Virtual

Join Ian Williams, the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of Reproduction, for a special virtual event. He'll be discussing his new book, Disorientation: Being Black in the World (Random House Canada) with host Chimwemwe Undi. This event co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival.

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

In Disorientation, Ian Williams brings fresh eyes and new insights to today's urgent conversation on race and racism in startling, illuminating essays that grow out of his own experience as a Black man moving through the world. With that one eloquent word, disorientation, Williams captures the impact of racial encounters on racialized people—the whiplash of race that occurs while minding one's own business. Sometimes the consequences are only irritating, but sometimes they are deadly.

With these essays, Williams wants to reach a multi-racial audience of people who believe that civil conversation on even the most charged subjects is possible. Examining the past and the present in order to speak to the future, he offers new thinking, honest feeling, and his astonishing, piercing gift of language.

Host Chimwemwe Undi is a poet and lawyer based on Treaty 1 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her writing and performance has been featured by Brick, Border Crossings, The Walrus and BBC World, among others. She is an editor for CV2 Magazine, and an alumnus of the Banff Emerging Writers Intensive.

A Virtual Evening with Explorer Adam Shoalts

Wednesday Nov 03 2021 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Virtual

Join writer and explorer Adam Shoalts as he discusses his new book The Whisper on the Night Wind: The True History of a Wilderness Legend (Allen Lane). Host information TBC.

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

Traverspine is not a place you will find on most maps. A century ago, it stood near the foothills of the remote Mealy Mountains in central Labrador. Today it is an abandoned ghost town, almost all trace of it swallowed up by dark spruce woods that cloak millions of acres.

In the early 1900s, this isolated settlement was the scene of an extraordinary haunting by large unidentifiable creatures. Tales of things that "go bump in the night" are part of the folklore of the wilderness, and most are easily dismissed. But what happened at Traverspine was different. The eye-witness accounts were detailed, and those who reported them included no less than three medical doctors and a wildlife biologist.

Adam Shoalts, decorated modern-day explorer and an expert on wilderness folklore, picks up the trail from a century ago and sets off into the Labrador wild to investigate the tale. It is a spine-tingling adventure that combines folklore, history, and adventure into a fascinating saga of exploration.

Adam Shoalts has been called one of Canada’s greatest living explorers and in 2018 was named an Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He is also an historian, archaeologist, and geographer, and his book Alone Against the North was a #1 national bestseller. His second book, A History of Canada in Ten Maps was also national bestseller. Shoalts holds a Ph.D. from McMaster University where his doctoral research examined the influence Indigenous oral traditions had on explorers and fur traders in Canada’s subarctic and Pacific Northwest. He has done archaeology in four countries and enjoys long walks in the woods.

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 virtual launch of Carol Matas' new book, A Struggle for Hope (Scholastic Canada). 

Registration is required to participate in this online event. Books are available for sale through the official bookseller McNally Robinson.

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.

Author Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of over forty-five novels for young people. Her best-selling work has been translated into sixteen languages and has received over 100 awards and honors. She is well known for her books concerning the Holocaust, writing Daniel’s Story at the request of The United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Host Belle Jarniewski is the Executive Director of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada. Since 2013, she has served on the federally appointed delegation to the IHRA – the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, as a member of the Academic Working Group and the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial. Her education is a B.Ed. in French and Judaic Studies and an MA in Theology. Her thesis focuses on Survivor narratives reflected through the lens of Irving Greenberg’s Post-Holocaust Theology. Belle’s 2010 book, Voices of Winnipeg Holocaust Survivors, is an important document in the history of 73 local Holocaust survivors, outlining their stories before, during, and after the Shoah. Through her work at the JHC, she brings education on the Holocaust and Antisemitism to thousands of students each year.

Prairie Garden Committee Online Book Launch

Sunday Nov 07 2021 2:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Virtual

Join us for the launch of the latest edition of The Prairie Garden: Smaller Places. Editor Dorothy Dobbie, guest editor Mr. Tomato, and contributor Dr. Meera Sinha will introduce the book and give you a taste of what you can learn from it.

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

This year’s edition of The Prairie Garden, the 83rd, zeroes in on how to make the best of a small space, whether it is in your back yard, on a balcony, or even just a not-so-sunny corner of a room. We know there are many novice gardeners interested in learning more, so this edition concentrates of providing a lot of how-to information.

At this virtual launch, Mr. Tomato will provide tips on making your small garden look and feel better. Dr. Sinha will present on growing houseplants and their lighting need.

Guest editor Mr. Tomato created and introduced Kozy-Coat water-teepees for cold weather gardeners to get a head start on growing tomatoes. He also introduced Sea Magic seaweed concentrate and other products to the gardening world. He has received 10 top awards for home-grounds landscaping and authored a best-selling booklet titled “Secrets of Starting and Growing Seedings Under Lights.” Mr. Tomato has designed garden catalogues, has been a guest speaker at many gardening club functions and guest-hosted a gardening radio program.

Dr. Meera Sinha recently retired from a long career as an obstetrician and gynaecologist. She is a passionate gardener, and an active member of the Manitoba Master Gardener Association. She volunteers her time to serve on The Prairie Garden Committee.

S. L. Klassen & Andrew Unger: A (Virtual) Evening of Menno-Nightcaps

Friday Nov 12 2021 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Virtual

What do the Sommerfeld and Old Colony Mennonites have in common when it comes to the Manitoba government? And what, you ask, does that have to do with cocktails? Grab some ingredients, your most modest glassware and join author S.L. Klassen to toast her new book Menno-Nightcaps: Cocktails Inspired by that Odd Ethno-Religious Group You Keep Mistaking for the Amish, Quakers or Mormons (TouchWood Editions).

Hosted by good Mennonite, Andrew Unger, author of The Daily Bonnet and Once Removed, the evening will open with an optional, but recommended, cocktail demo (ingredients below) followed by a rousing conversation all things Mennonite—hello Conrad Grebel!

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

Cocktail ingredients:

    • 1-1/2 oz (45 mL) rye whisky
    • 1 oz (30 mL) amaretto
    • 1 oz (30 mL) pineapple juice
    • 1 oz (30 mL) fresh orange juice
    • A pineapple wedge to garnish

You will also need:

    • Cocktail shaker, halfway filled with ice
    • Strainer
    • Highball glass, also with ice

S. L. Klassen writes, attends Mennonite functions, and drinks cocktails in Toronto, Ontario. She has a PhD in history and a lifetime of experience with Mennonites. In 2013, she began a Mennonite humour and cocktail blog called The Drunken Mennonite. It has all been downhill ever since.

Donn Short, Bruce MacDougall & Paul T. Clarke Virtual Book Launch

Friday Nov 19 2021 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Virtual

Join us for the virtual launch of Making the Case: 2SLGBTQ+ Rights and Religion in Schools (Purich Books, an imprint of UBC Press) by Donn Short, Bruce MacDougall, and Paul T. Clarke.

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

Despite growing acceptance of 2SLGBTQ+ rights, Canadian schools regularly become battlegrounds in clashes between students wishing to express their sexuality or gender and those who perceive this as a threat to their values. In their new book, Making the Case, authors Donn Short, Bruce MacDougall, and Paul Clarke show us how Canadian law responds to what are known as “competing human rights claims,” when conflict arises between people asserting sexual minority rights and those asserting religious rights, for example, when a principal forbids same-sex prom dates or when parents oppose gay-straight alliance clubs.

Join Donn Short, Bruce MacDougall, and Paul Clarke for a discussion about their new book and learn about our rights to religion and rights to gender expression or sexual orientation and how supporting sexual minority rights does not undermine other people’s rights to religious freedom.

Donn Short is a professor in the Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. In 2017, he received the inaugural Aaron Berg Award for his significant contributions to the advancement of human rights. He is the author of Don’t Be So Gay! Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe and Am I Safe Here? LGBTQ Teens and Bullying in Schools.

Bruce MacDougall is a professor at the Allard School of Law in the University of British Columbia, and has been Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Allard. Among his numerous publications is Queer Judgments: Homosexuality, Expression, and the Courts in Canada.

Paul Clarke is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, and has served as president of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education. He is the author of Understanding Curricular Control: Rights Conflicts, Public Education, and the Charter.

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).

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