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An Evening with Bryan Trottier

Monday Nov 07 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Spend an evening with Bryan Trottier as he discusses All Roads Home: A Life On and Off the Ice (McClelland & Stewart), a poignant and inspiring memoir of the people and challenges that shaped the life and career of Canada’s most decorated Indigenous athlete. A book signing will follow.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Over the course of his incredible career, Bryan Trottier set a new standard of hockey excellence. A seven-time Stanley Cup champion (four with the New York Islanders, two with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and one as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche), Trottier won countless awards and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. All Roads Home offers a poignant, funny, wise, and inspiring look at his coming of age, both on and off the ice.

In 2017, Bryan Trottier was voted one of the “100 Greatest NHL Players” in history. He was born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, the son of a Cree/Chippewa/Metis father and an Irish-Canadian mother, and went on to win seven Stanley Cups (four with the New York Islanders, two with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and one as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche). He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

An Evening with Kate Beaton (Tickets Required)

Tuesday Nov 08 2022 7:00 pm - The Muriel Richardson Auditorium at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Spend an evening with Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling cartoonist of Hark! A Vagrant, as she visits Winnipeg to present and discuss her new book Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands (Drawn & Quarterly) at this special event hosted by Candida Rifkind featuring a conversation and special multimedia presentation. A book signing will follow.

This is an offsite event that will take place in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. *Tickets for this event are now on sale and available via the book purchase page* Each ticket includes admission for two people (for the cost of one!) and a single copy of the book. This event will NOT be streamed on our YouTube channel.

Before there was Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling cartoonist of Hark! A Vagrant, there was Katie Beaton of the Cape Breton Beaton, specifically Mabou, a tight-knit seaside community where the lobster is as abundant as beaches, fiddles, and Gaelic folk songs. With the singular goal of paying off her student loans, Katie heads out west to take advantage of Alberta's oil rush--part of the long tradition of East Coasters who seek gainful employment elsewhere when they can't find it in the homeland they love so much. Katie encounters the harsh reality of life in the oil sands, where trauma is an everyday occurrence yet is never discussed.

Kate Beaton was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. After graduating from Mount Allison University with a degree in anthropology, she moved to Alberta in search of work that would allow her to pay down her student loans. During the years she spent out West, Beaton began creating webcomics under the name Hark! A Vagrant!, quickly drawing a substantial following around the world.

The collections of her landmark strip Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside Pops each spent several months on the New York Times graphic novel bestseller list, as well as appearing on best of the year lists from TimeThe Washington PostVultureNPR Books, and winning the Eisner, Ignatz, Harvey, and Doug Wright Awards. She has also published the picture books King Baby and The Princess and the Pony.

Host Candida Rifkind is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg, where she teaches comics and Canadian literature. She has published widely on Canadian and international comics and graphic novels and served as President of the Comics Studies Society (CSS). She is currently writing about autobiographical Canadian comics and co-writing a book on global refugee comics, and she helps to maintain the online Indigenous Comics Annotated Bibliography.

An Evening with Ian Rankin (Tickets Required)

Wednesday Nov 09 2022 7:00 pm - The Muriel Richardson Auditorium at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Spend an evening with international bestselling Scottish crime author Ian Rankin as he returns to Winnipeg to discuss his new Rebus novel, A Heart Full of Headstones (Orion Publishing Group) at this special event hosted by Ron Robinson

This is an offsite event that will take place in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. *Tickets for this event are now ON SALE and available via the book purchase page* Each ticket includes admission for two people (for the cost of one!) and a single copy of the book. This event will NOT be streamed on our YouTube channel.

John Rebus stands accused: on trial for a crime that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life. It’s not the first time the legendary detective has taken the law into his own hands, though it might be the last. But what drove a good man to cross the line? Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke may well find out, as she is tasked with the city’s most explosive case in years: an infamous cop, at the center of decades of misconduct, has gone missing. One way or another, a reckoning is coming – and John Rebus may be hearing the call for last orders…

Sir Ian Rankin is the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller of over thirty novels and creator of John Rebus. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been adapted for radio, the stage and the screen. Rankin is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards, including the Diamond Dagger, the UK's most prestigious award for crime fiction. In the United States, he has won the celebrated Edgar Award and been shortlisted for the Anthony Award. In Europe, he has won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the German Deutscher Krimipreis. He is the recipient of honorary degrees from universities across the UK, is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature and was knighted for his services to literature and charities in 2022.

Taller on radio, host Ron Robinson was a founding partner of McNally Robinson Booksellers. He left to host Nightlines a national radio program on CBC Stereo and then the Weekend Morning Show on CBC Manitoba. His book reviews can be read in the Winnipeg Free Press. He has portrayed a variety of DWEMs (Dead White European Males) including Timothy Eaton, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Service at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and currently can be heard hosting Pages: Radio for Readers and co hosting the cleverly titled Saturday Morning Show with his wife, Carol McKibbon on CKUW FM, 95.9

Tasha Spillett-Sumner Hybrid Book Launch

Thursday Nov 10 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for the launch of Beautiful You, Beautiful Me (Owlkids Books), a new picture book from Tasha Spillett-Sumner, the author of New York Times and CBC bestseller I Sang You Down from the Stars. Tasha will be joined by award-winning author David A. Robertson to discuss this poignant picture book about a multiracial child navigating identity and belonging.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Beautiful You, Beautiful Me (illustrated by Salini Perera) follows little Izzy as she starts to notice the physical differences between herself and her mother. At first, she feels sad and confused — she wants to be beautiful like Mama! But by looking at animal families in nature, and affirming the deep connection that mother and daughter share, Mama encourages Izzy to embrace her unique beauty.

Tasha Spillett-Sumner is an Inninewak (Cree) and Trinidadian award-winning poet and author who is also working on her doctoral degree in Indigenous land–based education. She makes her home in Treaty 1 territory, Manitoba, where she raises her daughter, Isabella, with her husband. Along with I Sang You Down from the Stars, Tasha is also the author of the award-winning Surviving the City graphic novel series.

David A. Robertson (he, him, his) is a Cree author based in Winnipeg. He has published more than 20 books including novels, children’s books and memoir. He also hosted the CBC Manitoba podcast Kiwew. David’s debut adult novel, The Theory of Crows, is out this fall.

An Evening with Joshua Whitehead

Friday Nov 11 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for an evening with Joshua Whitehead as he returns to Winnipeg to discuss his latest book, Making Love with the Land (Knopf Canada). This event co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

In the last few years, following the publication of his debut novel Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead has emerged as one of the most exciting and important new voices on Turtle Island. Now, in this first non-fiction work, Whitehead explores Indigeneity, queerness, and the relationships between body, language and land through a variety of genres (essay, memoir, notes, confession). Making Love with the Land is a startling, heartwrenching look at what it means to live as a queer Indigenous person "in the rupture" between identities.

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press), which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award in Fiction, and the winner of both Canada Reads 2021 and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction at the Lambda Literary Awards, and the poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks), which was shortlisted for the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award for Most Significant Work of Poetry in English and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. Currently, he is working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary's English department (Treaty 7).

An Evening with Jody Wilson-Raybould

Monday Nov 14 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join us for an evening with Jody Wilson-Raybould as she visits Winnipeg to discuss her new book, True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force for Change (McClelland & Stewart).

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube streamBefore arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

There is one question Canadians have asked Jody Wilson-Raybould more than any other: What can I do to help advance reconciliation? It is clear that people from all over the country want to take concrete and tan­gible action that will make real change. We just need to know how to get started. This book provides that next step. For Wilson-Raybould, what individuals and organizations need to do to advance true reconciliation is self-evident, accessible, and achievable. True Reconciliation is broken down into three core practices—Learn, Understand, and Act—that can be applied by individuals, communities, organiza­tions, and governments.

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., O.B.C., K.C., served as the Independent Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence until her resignation in 2019. Wilson-Raybould is a Principal of JWR Group, a lawyer, an advocate and leader among Canada’s Indigenous Peoples with a strong reputation as a bridge builder between communities, and a champion of good governance and accountability. 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 the BC regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Wilson-Raybould has written two bestselling books, “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power (2021) and From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada (2019).

Jody Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw, 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.”

An Evening with Gabor Maté (Tickets Required)

Tuesday Nov 15 2022 7:00 pm - Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg, Winnipeg

Spend an evening with celebrated speaker and bestselling author, Gabor Maté, as he visits Winnipeg to present and discuss his new book The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture (Knopf Canada) at this special offsite event hosted by Dr. Jillian Horton featuring a conversation and Q&A. A book signing will follow.

This is an offsite event that will take place at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton Street. *Tickets for this event are currently available online via the book purchase page and in store.* Each ticket is $50 and includes admission for two people (for the cost of one!) and a single copy of the book. This event will NOT be streamed on our YouTube channel.

From our most trusted and compassionate authority on stress, trauma, and mental well-being--a groundbreaking investigation into the causes of illness, a bracing critique of how our society breeds disease, and a pathway to health and healing.

Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, such as addiction, stress, and childhood development. Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder. He is also the co-author of Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His works have been published internationally in more than thirty languages.

Host Jillian Horton, M.D., is an award-winning medical educator, writer, musician and podcaster. She completed a residency and a fellowship in internal medicine at the University of Toronto and is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba, where she has held a number of senior leadership roles. For eighteen years, she has cared for thousands of patients in an inner-city hospital. During that time, she had three sons and mentored hundreds of students. As a teacher of mindfulness, she is sought after by doctors at all stages of their careers. Horton completed a master’s in English at the University of Western Ontario before beginning her journey into the heart of medicine. She is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Macleans, and numerous American media outlets by syndication. Her first book, We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing is a national bestseller.

Philipp Schott Hybrid Book Launch

Wednesday Nov 16 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Philipp Schott for the launch of The Battle Cry of the Siamese Kitten : Even More Tales from the Accidental Veterinarian (ECW Press) featuring a reading, conversation, and a book signing. Hosted by Doug Spiers.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring a live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

In the third book in this bestselling series, we meet the oddest creatures, from an escaped newt to a baby snow leopard, but the focus is on the dogs and cats that make up most of a pet vet’s day and on the wacky and wonderful people who bring them in.

Dr. Schott also pulls back the curtain on what it’s really like to be a veterinarian. Do some vet students faint at the sight of blood? (Yes.) Is it easier for vets to bring their own pets in for procedures? (No.) Did the pandemic change veterinary practice? (Yes, and how.)

You will also learn how to bathe a dog, why some rats love cats, why Dr. Schott is afraid of parrots, and a surprising way for a dog to accidentally get drunk. And, of course, you will meet Supercat, the Siamese kitten with the mightiest lungs.

Philipp Schott grew up in Saskatoon, where he studied veterinary medicine. He is now chief of staff at a large pet hospital in Winnipeg. He lives with three humans and four animals in a creaky old house on the river. The Battle Cry of the Siamese Kitten is his fifth book.

Host Doug Speirs’ humour column, In the Doug House, appeared in the pages of the Winnipeg Free Press at least three times a week starting in 2006. No one is exactly sure why. In his irreverent columns, Doug strived to focus on the vital issues of the day, but generally ended up writing about himself and his family, especially his two dogs, because he isn’t overly fond of getting out of bed or leaving the house. He was a finalist at the 2008 National Newspaper Awards for column writing and in 2017 in the Project of the Year category for the Class of 2017, wherein he chronicled a single class of students from kindergarten to Grade 12 graduation. He and his wife, She Who Must Not Be Named, have two children, neither of whom thinks he is the least bit funny. Doug retired at the end of October -- though he continues to write a weekly column for Saturday's paper -- and is now focused on the most important phase of his life -- being a grandfather.

Kevin Marc Fournier Hybrid Book Launch

Friday Nov 18 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join Kevin Marc Fournier for the launch of his new book, Brief Life (Yellow Dog), featuring a reading, conversation, and book signing. Hosted by Tara Gereaux.

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Returning to some of the characters first introduced in his award-winning novel The Green-Eyed Queen of Suicide City to tell a unique and all-new tale, Kevin Marc Fournier’s Brief Life is the story of a fraught but lifelong friendship; the chronicle of a small town with a bizarre and tangled history; a multi-generational family saga of ghosts, dreams, visions, and visitations, of strange dogs, secret magic, and mysterious disappearances; a maze of funhouse mirrors, grotesque, poignant, and fantastical.

Kevin Marc Fournier is a native to the West End neighborhood of Winnipeg. He has written two novels for young adults: Sandbag Shuffle, in which two cheerful scam artists make the most of Winnipeg’s great flood of 1997, and The Green-Eyed Queen of Suicide City, which invites readers into a twisted alternate reality. Both books won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award (older category). Fournier was shortlisted for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer in 2013. He recently completed an artist residency at the Deep Bay Cabin in Riding Mountain National Park.

Host Tara Gereaux (Métis-Settler) has published a novel, Saltus (Nightwood Editions) and a teen novella, Size of a Fist (Thistledown Press), which have both been nominated for several Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her writing’s been shortlisted for the 2022 ReLit Novel Award, won the City of Regina Writing Award twice, and received a Hnatyshyn REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award. From the Qu’Appelle Valley, Tara is a descendant of the Red River Métis and a member of the Métis Nation in Saskatchewan.

Max Blankstein Architect Book Launch

Tuesday Nov 29 2022 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube, Winnipeg

Join author Murray Peterson for the launch of Max Blankstein Architect (Winnipeg Architecture Foundation).

The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Max Zev Blankstein (1874-1931) was an important architect in Winnipeg's early history. The first Jewish architect registered in Canada, he left a legacy of theatres, apartment blocks, houses and other buildings across the Prairies.

Published by the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, this illustrated book features a selection of the over 200 buildings designed by Blankstein, including the Uptown, Palace and Roxy theatres, Film Exchange, Talmud Torah school and the Merchant’s Hotel.

Author Murray Peterson has spent over 30 years researching and writing about Canadian history, its people, buildings and important events. From Indigenous research to family genealogy to published institutional histories and interpretive displays, Murray has successfully completed a wide range of projects for government departments, companies, groups and individuals. He can also be found in the classroom sharing his knowledge with students of all ages or with his 5 grandsons.

A Virtual Evening with Tim Cook

Wednesday Nov 30 2022 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Winnipeg

Spend the evening with acclaimed military historian Tim Cook as he speaks on his new book Lifesavers and Body Snatchers: Medical Care and the Struggle for Survival in the Great War (Allen Lane).

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube. Please note that the recording of this event will only be available for viewing on YouTube for a week following the presentation.

From Canada’s top war historian, Lifesavers and Body Snatchers is a definitive medical history of the Great War, illuminating how the carnage of modern battle gave birth to revolutionary life-saving innovations. It brings to light shocking revelations of the ways the brutality of combat and the necessity of agonizing battlefield decisions led to unimaginable strain for men and women of medicine who fought to save the lives of soldiers.

Author Tim Cook is Chief Historian and Director of Research at the Canadian War Museum. His bestselling books have won multiple awards, including three Ottawa Book prizes for Literary Non-Fiction and two C.P. Stacey Awards for the best book in Canadian military history. In 2008 he won the J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End and again in 2018 for Vimy: The Battle and the Legend. Shock Troops won the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Cook is a frequent commentator in the media, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Order of Canada.

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