What better way is there to work off thanksgiving dinner than a bookish event?
Here’s what’s happening at McNally this week;
Tuesday, October 15
Manitoba’s own Chadwick Ginther launches book number two of the Thunder Road Trilogy, Tombstone Blues. The event is being held in the Atrium at 7:00pm.
This month’s art exhibition at Prairie Ink Restaurant showcases the work of Mini Davis. This is the second installment of Gurevich Fine Art at McNally Robinson. The event starts at 7:30pm in the restaurant.
Wednesday, October 16
Storytime will take place in the Atrium at 10:00am, join us for rhymes, stories and cookies.
Spend the afternoon with Margaret Atwood as she shares her new book MaddAddam. She will be joined by CBC’s Terry MacLeod at 2:00pm in the Atrium.
In the evening Ken McGoogan will be signing his book 50 Canadians Who changed the World at 7:00pm in the atrium.
Thursday, October 17
Dennis Cooley will be launching his book The Stones at 8:00pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant.
Friday, October 18
An evening of conversation and exploration about the lives of Canada’s aboriginal peoples with Winnipeg author Joseph Boyden and poet Katherena Vermette. Conversation will be held at 7:30pm at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain.
At 8:00pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant there will be a musical performance by D.B. Blues.
Saturday, October 19
Steven Benstead will be signing The Journey Prize: Stories 25 at 11:00 next to the cash desk.
Corinne Jeffery will be signing Choosing: 1940-1989, the final volume of the Understanding Ursula trilogy at 2:00pm beside the cash desk.
The Bob Watts Trio will be performing at 8:00pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant.
Sunday, October 20
J. Y. Lilly will be signing A Shard of History: Moment of Truth at 2:00pm by the cash desk.
Bordering on intense introspection and ethereality, Lispector’s
sentences are borne from the mystical zone that hovers between wake and
sleep. They are elemental: carried on the wind; splintered by the earth;
unleashed in a torrent of rain; evading the investigative rays of
the sun. Read this book if you want to challenge the sovereignty of your
- David K.
We were very lucky today at McNally Robinson to have the wonderful Marie Louise Gay come for a visit
She was greeted with a dance and a big round of applause
She read everyone a story
And told of how she creates her characters.
She shared the story of how her own cat almost flew once, and how he was the inspiration for Caramba the cat, whom she drew
The morning ended with a signing
Thank you Mme. Marie Louise!
With FemFest happening this week here is a list of books to look at:
Dancing Backwards - Tim Higgins
The book follows the progress of Canadian women since the suffragist movement was first formed well over a century ago. It’s a combination of biographical profiles of the women who have achieved political firsts, with a description and analysis of the cultural millieux in which those accomplishments occurred.
Women Who Run With The Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola Estes Phd
Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species. For though the gifts of wildish nature belong to us at birth, society’s attempt to “civilize” us into rigid roles has muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls.
Second Sex - Simone DeBeauvoir
Simone DeBeauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness.
Late Bloomers - Kristy Hoffman
Late Bloomers is a collection of short fiction comprising seven short stories about female adolescence and early adulthood. It is based on interviews the author conducted with girls and women about their lives. It was written to comfort those who have questioned identity, God, parents, and death; femininity, honesty and gender. The collection challenges our culture’s convictions about what makes a young woman.
Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now…everything has changed.