October 2017 Newsletter

Fall is officially here and at The Mulberry Bush Bookstore we are excited to share a newsletter chock full of instore events, exciting new fall titles, reviews and more! 

Read below to find out about all of the Author events happening in our Parksville store this fall. We invite you to join us for these free events!

We are looking forward to being in our community this fall at the 
School Book Fair at Qualicum Beach Elementary School,  November 7-9th, and at the Hospice Education Day at Tigh Na Mara on Saturday, November 4th. 

Don't forget to read all the way to the bottom of this newsletter to find out if you are our Reader of the Month for October.
Happy Thanksgiving and happy fall reading,
Barb & Tom


Come to our Parksville store and hear author Keith Ogilvie reading from his new book, The Spitfire Luck of Skeets Ogilvie.

Thursday, November 23rd 7pm

Rejected by the Royal Canadian Air Force in the summer of 1939, Keith "Skeets" Ogilvie joined the British Royal Air Force instead. A week later he was on a boat to England and a future he could not have imagined. 


Everyone welcome
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Good Night Stories
for Rebel Girls

by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo


" This book is filled with 100 of the best bedtime stories you'll ever read.  It tells stories of inspiring women who have lived lives full of passion, curiosity, and generosity.  Gift this lovely volume to every girl or young woman you know."  
Lonely Planet Secret Marvels of the World 


"This fascinating book is filled with tons of locales to explore which are definitely off the beaten path. Some listings are full pages with colour photos, others merely paragraphs.  From gorgeous out of the way places that take your breath away, to the kitschy to the macabre there is something here for everyone. Plan your next trip or just enjoy from the comfort of your easy chair."

Sir John Franklins Erebus and Terror Expedition Lost
and Found
by Gillian Hutchinson


" This authoritative and comprehensive book, beautifully illustrated, would be invaluable for the Franklin novice or, as in my case, a real bonus to the previous books I have read on the expedition. This book attempts to discover what happened to Franklin, his ships and crew as he sought out the fabled Northwest Passage. A history buff's delight.

Remarkable Books The Worlds Most Beautiful and Historic Works


"This book is a work of art in itself, with beautiful illustrations and photographs of ancient scrolls and manuscripts as well as more modern books.  Reading this book and looking at the artwork almost made me feel like I somehow had the privilege of looking at the original, fragile documents."

The Moosewood
Restaurant Table
by The Moosewood Collective


"I enjoyed the (then) revolutionary restaurant many years ago in Ithaca New York, and still own a well-used copy of one of their cookbooks. This one offers glorious new vegetarian recipes in a lovely, crisp format."
Now is the time to start placing your special orders for Christmas .

Let our helpful staff do the work for you.

We can search for and order books for all the special people on your list. 

Ordering now will help make sure you have books under the tree this Christmas.
New & Notable
(Click on titles for full details or to purchase)
Views of the Salish Sea
by Howard MacDonald Stewart

It is not mere coincidence that two-thirds of the population of British Columbia occupies lands bordering its great inland sea, the Strait of Georgia, and connected waterways collectively known as the North Salish Sea.

As competition for space and resources increases, and as the effects of climate change are amplified, the pressure on this ecologically vulnerable area will only intensify. If this precious sea is to be passed to future generations with any semblance of its inherent richness and diversity intact, then it will need to be effectively managed and vigorously defended. The first step is to understand the complex story of the region, making this essential reading not only for history buffs but anyone with an interest in the future of British Columbia.

Sleeping Beauties
by Stephen King & Owen King
In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious "Eve Black," is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.
All We Leave Behind
A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others
by Carol Off

In 2002, Carol Off and a CBC TV crew encountered an Afghan man with a story to tell. Asad Aryubwal became a key figure in their documentary on the terrible power of thuggish warlords who were working arm in arm with Americans and NATO troops. When Asad publicly exposed the deeds of one of the warlords, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, it set off a chain of events from which there was no turning back.

Carol Off's powerful account traces not only one family's journey and fraught attempts to immigrate to a safe place, it also illustrates what happens when a journalist becomes irrevocably caught up in the lives of the people in her story and finds herself unable to leave them behind.
Lost in September
by Kathleen Winter

From one of Canada's most exciting writers comes a gripping, compassionate and stunning novel that overturns and rewrites history. Enter the world of Jimmy - -a tall, red-haired, homeless thirty-something ex-soldier, battered by PTSD -- as he camps out on the streets of modern-day Montreal, trying to remember and reclaim his youth. While his past is something of an enigma, even to himself, the young man bears a striking resemblance to General James Wolfe, "Conqueror of Canada" and "Hero of Quebec," who died on the Plains of Abraham in 1759.

As a young soldier in his twenties, the historical James Wolfe (1727-1759) was granted a short and much longed-for leave to travel to Paris to study poetry, music and dance. But in that very year, 1752, the British Empire abandoned the Julian calendar for the Gregorian, and every citizen of England lost eleven days: September 2 was followed by September 14. These lost eleven days happened to occur during the period that Wolfe had been granted for his leave. Despondent and bitter, he never got the chance to explore his artistic bent, and seven short years later, on the anniversary of this foreshortened leave, he died on the Plains of Abraham.

Now, James is getting his eleven days back . . .
by Dan Brown

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement - the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever." The evening's host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon's first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
     As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch's precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever.
The Ghost Orchard: 
The Hidden History of the Apple in North America
by Helen Humphreys

Delving deep into the storied past of the apple in North America, Humphreys explores the intricate link between agriculture, settlement, and human relationships. With her signature insight and exquisite prose, she brings light to such varied topics as how the apple first came across the Atlantic Ocean with a relatively unknown Quaker woman long before the more famed "Johnny Appleseed"; how bountiful Indigenous orchards were targeted to be taken over or eradicated by white settlers and their armies; how the once - 17,000 varietals of apple cultivated were catalogued by watercolour artists from the United States' Department of Pomology;  how apples wove into the life and poetry of Robert Frost; and how Humphreys' own curiosity was piqued by the Winter Pear Pearmain, believed to be the world's best tasting apple, which she found growing beside an abandoned cottage not far from her home.
A Reckoning
by Linda Spalding
Literary Fiction

It opens in the spring of 1855, when John Dickinson is involved in a shameful secret that will require a tragic decision. The family's resources have been wasted by a reckless brother who holds all of them hostage and, adding fuel to John's desperation, the enslaved workers have been visited by a Canadian abolitionist who pushes them to escape. Bry does, and his pursuit of freedom will involve a dangerous quest to find his mother and child in Canada. 
Best of Bridge Sunday Suppers
by Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Sue Duncan, and Julie Van Rosendaal

Quick and easy meals will always have a place in our kitchens (and in our hearts), but sometimes it's nice to take your time and put a meal together with a little extra care and love. This all-new collection of recipes will tempt family and friends to the table for Sunday supper, or for a home-cooked dinner any day of the week. 

Whether you want to prepare an elegant feast for a special occasion or need some simple ideas for meals that will entice your family back to good food, good conversation and laughter at the dinner table, these recipes celebrate what's on the table - and who's around it.
Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart
by Scott Stabile

What happens when you fully commit yourself to love? Endless good, insists Scott Stabile, who found that out by overcoming plenty of bad. His parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose. Soon after that, Scott joined a cult that dominated his life for thirteen years before he summoned the courage to walk away. In  Big Lovehis insightful and refreshingly honest collection of personal essays, Scott relates these profound experiences as well as everyday struggles and triumphs in ways that are universally applicable, uplifting, and laugh-out-loud funny. 
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 Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook, by  Beth Hensperger, a $29.99 value.
Dorothy Douglas
If you see your name above come into our Parksville store to pick up your new book!
October 9th
From all of us at The Mulberry Bush Bookstores we wish you and your family a joyful Thanksgiving!
Both of our stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Monday.
Parksville store 
Friday, Nov 24th
Join us in our 
Parksville store for 
all day specials, prize draws, refreshments and fun!
It's our way to thank all our wonderful customers for your support and friendship over the year.
You'll find lots of great ideas for your Christmas list, and maybe even something special for yourself too!
Cyber  Cider Monday
Monday, Nov 27th
Come in to 
The Mulberry Bush Book Stores in Parksville and Qualicum Beach 
for a warm cup of apple cider, a cookie and receive a 
10% discount 
off select titles.  

Join us for 
the fun of it !
Qualicum Beach
Save the date

Thursday, November 16th

Watch for details coming soon!

New Release Paperbacks

(Click on images for details)

The Seagull
by Ann Cleeves
The Child Finder
by Rene Denfeld
by Annalee Newitz


Death of an Avid Reader
by Frances Brody


The Snowman
by Jo Nesbo


The Confectioner's Tale
by Laura Madeleine


A Conspiracy in Belgravia
by Sherry Thomas



Our beautiful 2018 Calendars are in!  

We have the best wall calendar and engagement diaries selection in Oceanside.
Young Adult Novels to 
Borrow from your Teen

The Agony of Bun O'Keefe 
by Heather Smith

It's Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O'Keefe has lived a solitary life in an unsafe, unsanitary house. Her mother is a compulsive hoarder, and Bun has had little contact with the outside world. Hitchhiking out of town, Bun ends up on the streets of St. John's, Newfoundland. Fortunately, the first person she meets is Busker Boy, a street musician who senses her naivety and takes her in. Together they live in a house with an eclectic cast of characters.

The Lie Tree
by Frances Hardinge

Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy, but inside Faith is full of questions and curiosity. And when her father is discovered dead, she learns that he was murdered.

In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father's possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it, and when that fruit is eaten, it delivers a hidden truth. But while the tree might hold the key to her father's murder, it could also lure his murderer directly to Faith.

Like a River Glorious
by Rae Carson

After her harrowing journey west to California, Lee Westfall has finally found a new home - one rich in gold, thanks to her magical power, a power that seems to be changing every day. But this home is rich in other ways, too: with friends who are searching for a place to be themselves, just as she is, and with love. Jefferson - her longtime best friend - hasn't stopped trying to win her heart. And Lee is more and more tempted to say yes.
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 A listing of tickets we are currently selling
Cello/Piano Duo Recital
Saturday, October 7th 
2:00 pm 
Knox United Church, Parksville
Tickets: Students $15
Adults $30

Thursday, October 12th    7:30pm   
Qualicum Civic Centre   
Tickets : $45.00   

A Tribute to Elvis starring 
Steve Elliot  
Saturday, Nov. 18th
Doors open at 6 pm, 
Dinner at 6:30 pm.
Lighthouse Community Hall, Qualicum Bay
Includes dinner, silent auction, entertainment and dancing.       

Tickets: $42.00 each
All proceeds to the     Bowser Seniors Housing Society to build affordable housing for seniors.  
     Please note: We only accept cash or cheque 
for tickets

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At Thrifty Foods Centre

Ph: 250.248.1193


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