Venue Hop: McNally Robinson

The display at Winnipeg’s McNally Robinson Photo: Ed White

I’m feeling a little guilty for procrastinating on this final post on McNally Robinson. The short version is that if you get a chance to read at McNally’s, do it.

Winnipeg and Saskatoon were both stops on my book tour this fall. Both locations had event coordinators to help us set up. It’s always reassuring to have help from people who’ve got a few events under their belts. And both Mona (in Winnipeg) and Marcy (in Saskatoon) were lovely to deal with.

One of my favourite things about both stores was watching people browsing for books. Sometimes they’d be drawn in by our performance. Carmen’s rendition of Flax Flower Blue was especially powerful in Saskatoon, snaring about a half-dozen strangers who happened to be within earshot. And one memorable customer in Winnipeg lingered at the edge of our crowd for most of our set, bopping his head to her tunes.

Another bonus was finding out that Mona Faith Mousa, our Winnipeg coordinator, is a poet. She has a spoken word album on Bandcamp, which I’ve since downloaded and listened to repeatedly on drives to North Battleford.

Meeting other artists was a real gift of the tour. May they all find light on their doorsteps.