Holly McNally of McNally Robinson Booksellers (David Hawthorne)
"I shall roam the back lanes of a Mumbai basti for many months to come, savouring the rich memory of it and remembering the almost honest policeman who adds tenderness to the wickedness."
Holly McNally founded McNally Robinson Booksellers in 1981.Since then, the company has grown to become Canada's largest independent bookstore.
Holly has won Canadian Bookseller of the Year 7 times. She lives and reads in her
Crescentwood condo with her co-owner husband Paul and gentle Newfie Rose.
SCENE asked Holly what was capturing her attention amongst all the books available to her at the moment.
I am reading Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra, a book published in 2006. It is curious for me to be reading a 4 year old book. Booksellers are constantly seduced by the new hot off the press titles continually streaming through the back door.
Sacred Games however is in a class of its own. Weighing in at 950 pages, this novel has been read by most members of my family.They love it, talk about it, refer to it.I began feeling like the poor wretch who hadn't tackled War and Peace or Great Expectations. (Yes, I have read both.)
So I began.