Non-virtual book launches get green light

In-person literary events are slowly returning to McNally Robinson Booksellers, with the launch of Fifty-Four Pigs: A Veterinary Mystery by Dr. Bannermanby a local veterinarian-author Philippe Schotton Tuesday, April 12 at the Grant Park location.

Schott, born in Germany and raised in Saskatoon, has written two books filled with stories generated by his career, including The Accidental Vet, which has been translated into four languages. He is also the author of The Willow Wrena semi-fictional account of his family’s experience before, during, and after World War II.

The book launch begins at 7 p.m. and will also stream on YouTube. Schott will be joined by Joanne Kellywho talks about books on CBC Weekend morning show.

The next day, April 13, the poet David Yerex Williamson will launch its new collection at McNally Robinson.

Through disassembled houses of perfect stones is inspired by history, family and community as well as the landscapes of Manitoba’s north and prairies. A teacher, Williamson lives along the Nelson River.

Its launch, including a conversation with the novelist/poet Lauren Carteralso begins at 7 p.m. and will stream on YouTube.

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Saskatchewan-born New Brunswick English teacher Dawn Morgan examines a family tragedy and the myths of Plains colonization in a creative non-fiction work launching April 12.

She will be joined by a prolific poet and essayist Erin Moure in the launch of Unsettled: A Judgment on the Great Plainsbrought to you by McNally Robinson Booksellers.

To register for the Zoom launch, which will take place at 6:30 p.m., go to

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Two years after the 2020 London Book Fair was abruptly canceled at the start of the pandemic, international gatherings of the publishing industry are back.

In March, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair attracted 1,070 exhibitors from 90 countries and more than 21,000 people. According to The weekly publisherswhich accounts for around 75% of pre-pandemic trade fair attendance in Bologna.

A slightly scaled-down version of the 2022 London Book Fair was expected to attract 860 exhibitors from 57 countries last week, up from more than 1,000 exhibitors at the 2019 fair.

At the Bologna fair, a small Montreal publishing house, Monsieur Ed, won the Bologna prize in North America for the best children’s publishers of the year.

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A newly rediscovered manuscript of poems by a 13-year-old Charlotte Bronte is about to be viewed for the first time in over a century, and it’s likely to be picked up for a seven-figure sum.

James Cummins Booksellers, an antiquarian book dealer, puts Brontë’s rhyme bookdescribed as the last such manuscript in private hands, exhibited in New York on April 21. The manuscript includes 10 poems by the future author of Wuthering Heightsincluding a title Meditation while traveling in a Canadian forest.

A consortium of British institutions recently paid £15 million for a set of Brontë documents comprising seven of these miniature books.

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A recently revealed best-selling list of books published by Canadian companies has shown that Indigenous authors are making big sales in Canada.

The list was compiled by the industry magazine Feather and Quire in response to a column by Noelle Allen, publisher of Wolsak & Wynn, asking that Canadian bestseller lists not focus solely on Canadian works published by local branches of multinational corporations.

When the magazine compiled a list, based on 2021 sales at more than 200 independent bookstores, Indigenous authors were responsible for nine of the top 10 best-selling books from Canadian publishers.

Four books with Manitoba ties made the top 25, including two from Portage & Main Press: This place: 150 years told, a graphic anthology of more than a dozen authors and illustrators; and When we were alonea Governor General’s Award-winning children’s story David Alexander Robertsonwith illustrations by Julie Flett.

Jonny Appleseedthe Canada reads-winning novel of Joshua Whiteheada member of the Peguis First Nation, was the third seller; I sang to you from the starsby Tasha Spillet-Sumner and Michael Goede, were also in the top 25.

The list can be found at

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