April 2021
NEWSLETTER
CANADIAN INDEPENDENT BOOK STORE DAY
Saturday, April 24th
Mark your calendars:

Saturday, April 24 is #IndieBookstoreDay!

Indies across Canada will host activities and the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association is running an awesome contest. Buy books for your chance to win exciting prizes.

Visit cibabooks.ca for more details!
STAFF PICKS
ANTONIA'S PICK
The Mercies
by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Millwood Hargrave's debut literature for adults is effortlessly told, ethereal, intimate, and rooted in rugged elegance. Unmatched in urgency, desperation and the themes of forbidden love and devotion woven throughout its pages, this book feels as if cradling, precariously, a wild and crackling ember in one's hands, which threatens, menacingly, to throw sparks and violently engulf the lives of the women within the story. A slow burn ending in an unquenchable and explosive fever of the heart and soul.
JAN'S PICK
The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World
by Laura Imai Messina
In a garden in Japan there is a phone booth with a phone that connects seemingly to nowhere. People come from miles around to speak to their loved ones who perished in the tsunami of 2011. This beautifully written book is a testament to loss, and hope, resilience, and community.  It’s a tender, heartfelt examination of what makes us most human. Highly recommended!
BARB'S PICK
The Sister's Tale
by Beth Powning
I was gripped by this multi-faceted novel, set in Victorian New Brunswick, where we meet Flora Salford, a British home child who is auctioned off as a pauper and bought by Josephine Galloway, a recent widow who is on the verge of losing her home because of the antiquated laws that say that women are non-persons, have no rights to inherit, and no vote. Powning’s characters move in and out of danger, but find their way together and through hope in the rise of the women’s suffrage movement.  A really great read and a good one for book clubs.
TOM'S PICK
The Note Through the Wire by Doug Gold
This book is a must read for those who are interested in World War II. This is the incredible true story of Bruce Murray and Slovenian born Josefine Lobnik and their chance meeting when a note is passed through a fence at prisoner of war camp Stalag XVIIID, in present day Yugoslavia. A love story, yet also an account of the brutality of war, meticulously researched and documented by Bruce and Josefine's son in law Doug Gold.
SUSAN'S PICK
The Rose Code
by Kate Quinn
This is the fascinating story of three women, from vastly different backgrounds, who come together at Bletchley Park during WWII to be codebreakers. Together, they are part of the team that eventually breaks the Rose Code. One of the three master codebreakers ends up certified insane and is placed in an asylum by a spy from their Bletchley circle. Contacted in code, the other two women help facilitate her escape. A great read by an expert in historical fiction.
MITZI'S PICK
How to Resist Amazon and Why
by Danny Caine
Are you interested in your local economy? Do you care about data privacy, fair labour, and independent bookshops? If so, this small but mighty book is for you!
Have you ever wondered how Amazon does what they do, and how they get away with it? This book informs and infuriates in equal measure, it exposes the price of a bargain. I knew some of what I read of but learned a lot. I hope you will too.
EASTER HOURS
Wishing you a Happy Easter!
Easter Weekend Hours:

Good Friday, April 2nd 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, April 3rd - 9:30 am – 5 pm
Easter Sunday, April 4th – Closed
Monday, April 5th 9:30 am – 5 pm
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VIRTUAL LIVE EVENT
Alexandra Morton
April 12th, 6pm PT
Purchase a copy of Not On My Watch and receive access to this exclusive, live virtual event.

Alexandra Morton has been called "the Jane Goodall of Canada" because of her passionate thirty-year fight to save British Columbia's wild salmon. Her account of that fight is both inspiring in its own right and a roadmap of resistance.

FRESHLY PICKED FICTION
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Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy
by Gary Barwin
Hardcover

A middle-aged Jewish man who fantasizes about being a cowboy goes on an eccentric quest across Europe after the 1941 Nazi invasion of Lithuania in this wild and witty yet heartrending novel from the bestselling author of Yiddish for Pirates, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Date with Danger: The Dales Detective Series #5
by Julia Chapman
Paperback

In the heart of Yorkshire, the Dales Detective Agency is about to face its biggest challenge.

A fatal accident at Bruncliffe's livestock auction mart leads auctioneer Harry Furness to call in detective duo Samson O'Brien and Delilah Metcalfe. But what starts as a simple health-and-safety investigation soon takes a sinister turn when they discover evidence that suggests murder.
The Night Gate by Peter May
Hardcover

In a sleepy French village, the body of a man is disinterred by the roots of a fallen tree. A week later a famous art critic is viciously murdered in a nearby house.
The deaths occurred more than seventy years apart. Asked by a colleague to inspect the site of the former, forensics expert Enzo Macleod quickly finds himself embroiled in the investigation of the latter. 
The Night Watchman
by Louise Erdrich
Paperback

Based on the extraordinary life of bestselling author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.
The Seed Keeper
by Diane Wilson
Paperback

Rosalie Iron Wing has grown up in the woods with her father, Ray, a former science teacher who tells her stories of plants, of the stars, of the origins of the Dakota people. Until, one morning, Ray doesn’t return from checking his traps. Told she has no family, Rosalie is sent to live with a foster family in nearby Mankato -where the reserved, bookish teenager meets rebellious Gaby Makespeace, in a friendship that transcends the damaged legacies they’ve inherited.

Return of the Trickster
by Eden Robinson
Hardcover

In the third book in The Trickster Trilogy
all Jared Martin had ever wanted was to be normal, which was already hard enough when he had to cope with Maggie, his hard-partying, gun-toting, literal witch of a mother, Indigenous teen life and his own addictions. When he wakes up naked, dangerously dehydrated and confused in the basement of his mom's old house in Kitimat, some of the people he loves just think he fell off the wagon after a tough year of sobriety. The truth for Jared is so much worse.
Every Vow You Break
by Peter Swanson
Paperback

Abigail Baskin never thought she’d fall in love with a millionaire. Then she met Bruce Lamb. He’s a good guy, stable, level-headed, and kind. But right before the wedding, Abigail has a drunken one-night stand with a stranger on her bachelorette weekend. She puts the incident out of her mind, and now believes she wants to be with Bruce for the rest of her life. Then the mysterious stranger suddenly appears and Abigail’s future life and happiness are turned upside down.
The Consequences of Fear
Maisie Dobbs #16
by Jacqueline Winspear
Paperback

October 1941. While on a delivery, young Freddie Hackett, a message runner for a government office, witnesses an argument that ends in murder. Crouching in the doorway of a bombed-out house, Freddie waits until the coast is clear. But when he arrives at the delivery address, he’s shocked to come face to face with the killer.

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NEW NON-FICTION
A bold and urgent argument by economist and former bank governor Mark Carney on the radical, foundational change that is required if we are to build an economy and society based not on market values but on human values.
Whatever your level of expertise, you'll find everything you need to know in this easy-to-follow gardening guide.

This book contains the principles of good gardening - how plants work and how to give them what they need, as well as step-by-step advice, top tips, and essential techniques.

In Remember, neuroscientist and novelist Lisa Genova delves into how memories are made and how we retrieve them. You'll learn whether forgotten memories are temporarily inaccessible or erased forever and why some memories are built to exist for only a few seconds (like a passcode) while others can last a lifetime (your wedding day). You'll come to appreciate the clear distinction between normal forgetting (where you parked your car) and forgetting due to Alzheimer's (that you own a car).
It is time. It is time to increase the visibility, role, and responsibility of the emerging modern Indigenous economy and the people involved. This is the foundation for economic reconciliation. This is Indigenomics.

Indigenomics lays out the tenets of the emerging Indigenous economy, built around relationships, multigenerational stewardship of resources, and care for all.
anticipates the needs of hikers, fishers, climbers, mountain bikers, campers, kayakers, and explorers of many backgrounds and interests. With detailed maps and full colour photographs, this is a book that will lead you wherever you want to go, even if you don't yet know where that is yourself.

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in this special gift edition.
Crossroads is the story of Kaleb Dahlgren, a young man who survived the bus crash and faced life after the tragedy with resiliency and positivity. In this chronicle of his time with the Broncos and the loving community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Dahlgren takes a hard look at his experience of unprecedented loss, but also revels in the overwhelming response and outpouring of love from across Canada and around the world. But this book also goes much deeper, revealing the adversity Dahlgren faced long before his time in Humboldt and his inspiring journey since the accident.
In this simple, beautiful, well-balanced cookbook, you will find more than 75 easy-to-follow recipes that are ready in a snap.

Sheet Pan Everything has recipes that the whole family will enjoy, as well as strategies for how to plan your family's meals for the week.

With recipes for weeknights, brunch, snacks, sweets, and entertaining, Sheet Pan Everything will inspire you with whole new ways to use your sheet pan!
The relationship between Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt was among the most momentous - and mysterious - in history. The story of how these fiercely independent leaders worked together to defeat Hitler's Germany has been divined mainly from their cautious letters and the comments of staffers. Meanwhile, the detailed record of their fellow head of government, Canadian Prime Minister William L. Mackenzie King, who knew each of them better than they knew each other, has been largely overlooked.

In times of instability and suffering, Peterson reminds us that there are sources of strength on which we can all draw: insights borrowed from psychology, philosophy, and humanity's greatest myths and stories. Drawing on the hard-won truths of ancient wisdom, as well as deeply personal lessons from his own life and clinical practice, Peterson offers twelve new principles to guide readers towards a more courageous, truthful, and meaningful life.
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Great Book Giveaway
We all know getting something for free these days is pretty unusual. That's why we love giving away a free book each month to a wonderful customer and recipient of our monthly e-newsletter.

This month our lucky winner will receive, a copy of the brand new book, The Energy Paradox by Steven R. Gundry, MD, a $36.99 value.

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