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April 2018

Spring is officially here and with it comes 
many wonderful new books, cards, and journals. Come in and see what's new!

We have some exciting Author Event s
planned this spring. Please read below for all the details. We hope you can join us!  We also sell tickets to many community events. See our current list of tickets further down in this newsletter. 

If you are looking for your next great read look no further than our Staff Picks section, where we give our recommendations on the latest books.

Be sure to read to the bottom of the newsletter to see if you are our Great Book Giveaway Winner for April.
  
We look forward to seeing you instore soon. 
  
Happy reading,
  
Barb & Tom
Author Event

AUTHOR DINNER EVENING
with
PATRICK LANE & 
LORNA CROZIER

Tickets selling fast!

Join us for an exciting evening with respected Canadian authors Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier. Enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Lefty's Restaurant, and hear Patrick and Lorna read from, and talk about, their new books.  

Thursday, May 10th
6pm at  Lefty's Restaurant in 
Parksville

Tickets: $35.00
including dinner and both author talks. 
  
Tickets on sale now in both stores.

Spring Staff Picks
Books we've read and recommend
 
Leigh recommends
Piano Tide
by Kathleen Dean Moore
  
"This story brought back memories of living in a rural fishing village. Funny, tragic, and so poetic, Piano Tide is about our relationship with the land and with each other. Loved the writing.
"
Marianne recommends
My Lady Jane
by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

My Lady Janeis a one-of-a-kind young adult fantasy in the tradition of  The Princess Bride , featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history, because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren't for Jane to worry about. Jane  gets to be Queen of England.

Like that could go wrong.
 
" What a fun young-adult crossover book! I started reading and couldn't put it down. A great weekend read. Pure escapism and thoroughly enjoyable.
"
Jan recommends
It Begins in Betrayal
by Iona Whishaw

" The fourth book in the Lane Winslow series set near Nelson BC.  This one finds Darling pulled back to England on the other side of a murder investigation.  Lane follows to do some investigating of her own only to be thwarted at every turn.  Meanwhile, Ames is left to look into a murder closer to home.  Complex plot, compelling characters, and an intriguing look at life in post World War England."
Tom recommends
Love and Ruin
by Paula McLain

Releasing May 1st

"In my view, this title is the best historical fiction based on real lives. This story which reimagines the relationship of noted war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, and Ernest Hemingway, is a beautifully written account of their life, their love, and the ruin Martha faced when she left him. A very impressive and well written book."
 
Click on the book cover to reserve your copy
Barb recommends
The Feather Thief
by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Releasing April 24th
 
"This rollicking true crime adventure has it all:  the world's most exotic birds, early naturalist explorers, a daring 2010 museum heist, the lengths that fly-tiers will go to get the feathers they need to make classic fishing flies, women's Victorian fashions, and yes - what possessed the author to track down the missing dead bird skins.   A thoroughly well-written and enjoyable story!"

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Rachael recommends
Every Note Played
by Lisa Genova
 
"
A moving story of a family struggling to emotionally reconnect after an ALS diagnosis turns their world on its head. When the book opens, Richard, a renowned classical concert pianist, in the early stages of this devastating disease, is estranged from his wife and college-age daughter. He is also in denial and coping poorly. He's no Steven Hawking and the disease takes its toll quickly, leaving this proud and self-centred man vulnerable and alone. He finds himself at the mercy of his ex-wife, Karina, whose musical career he sabotaged for his own, and his daughter, aptly named Grace. But Karina has her own lies and regrets to contend with, as well as her sense of who she really is. You'll need kleenex at the ready for this one.
"
  
  CUSTOMER
REVIEW
 
Click here to read more about this book.

"As I read each story of a prisoner in The Graybar Hotel, I was struck by the thought that each one of them didn't differ too much from many of the people in everyday life outside of prison. They each had hopes and dreams, daily survival skills to hone, and challenges that sometimes got the better of them. The hardest part for most was finding ways to make the daily grind more enjoyable or to adjust, with limited support, to life outside when released. Dawkins gives a clear, genuine insight into the lives of each storyteller."

~Reviewed by Eleanor

 
WE'LL BE 
  IN OUR COMMUNITY
 
PETE THE CAT EVENT



We are pleased to be attending the
Building Learning Together Pete-the-Cat event again this year at Oceanside Place, 

Thursday, April 19th, from 
5 pm - 7pm. 

Come and see our book table at this fantastic, free family event!     

Click here for all the details. 

 New & Noteworthy
Non-fiction
Emigrants:
Why the English Sailed to the New World
by James Evans

During the course of the seventeenth century nearly 400,000 people left Britain for the Americas, most of them from England. Crossing the Atlantic was a major undertaking, the voyage long and treacherous. There was little hope of returning to see the friends and family who stayed behind. Why did so many go?
Using contemporary sources including diaries, court hearings and letters, James Evans brings to light the extraordinary personal stories of the men and women who made the journey of a lifetime.
Hear My Heart:
What I Would Say to You
by Billy Graham

Hear My Heart  also presents stirring tributes, collected over many years, about Billy and his legacy from those who knew him best in all the seasons of his life-including his family members, his friends, and his co-laborers in ministry. Though their lives may have changed, Billy's impact remains the same, and their words are beautifully preserved in essays that reflect the power of his ministry. This book was assembled and printed to be released upon his passing so that his final words would bring comfort and peace to the many lives he touched.
  
The Natural Baker:  A New Way to Bake Using the Best Natural Ingredients
by Henrietta Inman

In this beautifully designed baking book, trained patisserie chef Henrietta Inman presents over 80 baking recipes - sweet and savoury - using natural, wholesome and wholegrain ingredients. Taking in every occasion from breakfast right through to supper and dessert, with plenty of joyous cakes, breads, brownies and biscuits along the way, it is full of unique bakes that are actually good for you. While some of the recipes are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and/or dairy-free, this book focuses on the natural goodness of the ingredients Henrietta chooses and offers a naturally healthier option to most baking books. 
The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled From India to Europe for Love 
by Per J Andersson

Pradyumna Kumar, aka PK, was born into a poor, untouchable family in a small village in eastern India. Throughout his childhood he kept a palm leaf bearing an astrologer's prophecy: 'You will marry a girl who is not from the village, not even from the country; she will be musical, own a jungle and be born under the sign of the ox'. Incredibly, it was a prophecy that would come true, but only after the most remarkable journey that would take PK, armed with only a handful of paintbrushes and a second-hand bicycle, from the jungles of eastern India to the forests of Sweden. 
Wild Fierce Life:  Dangerous Moments on the Outer Coast
by Joanna Streetly

WILD FIERCE LIFE is a heart-stopping collection of true stories from the Pacific Coast that build a vivid portrait of life on the continental edge and one woman's evolving place within it.

From a near-death experience while swimming at night to an enigmatic encounter with a cougar, these stories capture the joys and dangers of living in a wild environment. Streetly's vivid storytelling evokes a sincere respect for nature, both its fragility and its power.
JOURNALS

We just received a new shipment of gorgeous
Paperblanks journals. Come in and see our selection today!
 
New 
Paperback
Fiction
(Click on images for title details)
Little French Bistro
by Nina George
An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope
  
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
by Mario Giordano

Earthly Remains
by Donna Leon

 

Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore

 

Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman

 

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

 

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Tickets
Here are the local events we are currently selling tickets for:

HAPPY HOUR
WITH CARO FEELY
Thursday, April 5th 
5:00pm - 6:30pm
at The Mulberry Bush Bookstore, Parksville
Tickets: $10 each

THE ROTARY CLUB OF QUALICUM 
BEACH PRESENT 
16th ANNUAL 
WINE FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 7th   7pm
Qualicum Civic Centre  
Tickets: $40 each

VILLAGE VOICES CONCERTS
Saturday, April 7th 7pm
at Knox United Church,
Parksville 

Sunday, April 15th 2:30pm
Christian Fellowship Centre, Qualicum Beach   
Tickets: $15   Cash only

SPRING 2018 CONCERT 
WITH THE 
GREATER VICTORIA POLICE CHORUS 
Sunday, April 8th 2pm
Knox United Church, Parksville   
Tickets: $17 each
or $20 at the door 

KNOX PRESENTS
AN EVENING OF JAZZ 
WITH PHIL DWYER & VOCALIST MELINDA WHITAKER 
Friday, April 13th 7:30pm
Knox United Church, Parksville   
Tickets: $25 each
or $30 at the door 

THE ISLAND CONSORT
PRESENTS
THERE IS SWEET MUSIC 
Saturday, April 14th 2:30pm
St. Marks Anglican Church, Qualicum Beach   
Tickets: $20 adults,
Students $5

KSS GRAD 
FASHION SHOW
Thursday, April 19th 7pm
Qualicum Civic Centre
Tickets: $10 cash only

AUTHOR DINNER EVENING WITH PATRICK LANE & LORNA CROZIER
Thursday, May 10th 6pm
Lefty's Restaurant, Parksville
Tickets: $35 ~ includes a delicious dinner and both author talks.

ORGANWORX
CHOIR & ORGAN
Sunday, May 27th 2pm
Knox United Church,
Parksville
Tickets: $30 Adults,
Students $15

Please note: We only accept cheque or cash for tickets
Hardcover New Releases
   
A Long Way 
From Home 
by Peter Carey
  
The Temptation of Forgiveness 
by Donna Leon
  
I'll Keep You Safe
by Peter May
  
The Sparsholt Affair
by Alan Hollinghurst

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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.

Our lucky winner for the month of April will receive a copy of the book, Vegetable Gardening by Carol Klein, a $24.99 value!
  
Congratulations....

LORI GARSON
If you see your name above come into our Parksville store to pick up your new book!