April 2017

Happy Easter from all of us at The Mulberry Bush Bookstores.

This month we received many wonderful spring books, art cards, journals, and cds. Come in and see what's new!

We have some  Author Events planned this spring and hope you can join us and check out the tickets we are selling for local events. See what we are reading in our Staff Picks section and 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





We were pleased to be invited to the Qualicum Streamkeepers meeting in March. Special guest speaker Dr. Richard Beamish (right), gave a fascinating and informative talk and we were privledged to be able to sell signed copies of his book, The Sea Among Us , afterwards. Also in attendance was local author, Rob Kaye (left), author of Born to the Wild

Spring Staff Picks
Books we've read and recommend
Carol recommends
The Color of Our Sky
by Amita Trasi
Releases April 18th
"Mutka and Tara are two childhood friends in India who are separated when Mutka is kidnapped and Tara moves to America with her father. Eleven years later Tara returns to India to search for her friend. This story is engrossing, well written, and emotional - a great read.
Tom recommends
Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren
A Story of trees, science and love. Hope is a renowned bipolar Geobiologist  who has written this well crafted funny, honest, and poignant memoir. This engaging story alternates details about her personal life with the science of trees and plants. The science portion is very understandable for the non-scientist like me and blends in well with her personal story. A book to remember. "
Leigh recommends
Contemporary Artists Working in Clay
by Kate Singleton

This beautiful modern volume presents the work of 30 contemporary artists who have turned to clay to shape their most innovative ideas into stunning works of art. From cups shaped like crystals to a tree trunk made of porcelain and stoneware planters painted to look like ladies, popular curator and blogger Kate Singleton collects here whimsical pieces with narrative, graphic, curious, and organic qualities that blur the line between fine art, design, and craft.

"This is an inspiring collection of brilliantly creative ceramic work by many talented artists. "
Marianne recommends
Hope Diamond
by Richard Kurin

Since its discovery in seventeenth-century India, the Hope diamond, a glimmering deep blue gem weighing over 45 carats, has been shrouded in mystery and steeped in intrigue. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Richard Kurin goes beyond the speculation to reveal the truth behind a legendary stone.

"A engaging look at the history and myth surrounding this famous gemstone. A great read."
Jan recommends
The Battle and the Legend
by Tim Cook
"April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge.  It was the first time in our history that all four divisions of the  Canadian Corps had fought together as a single Canadian unit. This book gives a detailed account of the personalities of both commanding officers and regular soldiers, as well as the extensive preparation for, and execution of, the four day battle. Cook also examines what meaning Vimy had post World War 1 and up to the present day. It is a sobering, fascinating glimpse into our history and some of the essential themes of what makes Canada what it is today."
Barb recommends
The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson
by Nancy Peacock
"Writing furiously in a jail cell in Drunken Bride, Texas in April 1875, on the days leading up to his hanging, former slave Persimmon "Persy" Wilson's last wish is to set the record straight.  He may be guilty, but not for the murder and rape that he stands accused of.  This story of slavery, plantation life in the 1850s, the Civil War, the culture of the Comanche Indians, and their clash with settlers and the Texas army, is a fascinating read, well-researched, with strong characters, revealing the power of love and the depth of the human spirit.  I couldn't put this one down until the very last page."
 New & Noteworthy

Botanical Shakespeare
An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses as Cited by the World's Greatest Playwright
by Gerit Quealy

In this striking compilation, Shakespeare historian Gerit Quealy and respected Japanese artist SumiĆ© Hasegawa combine their knowledge and skill in this first and only book that examines every plant that appears in the works of Shakespeare. 
Naturally Nourished
by Sarah Britton
Sarah Britton streamlines vegetarian cooking by bringing her signature bright photography and fantastic flavors to an accessible cookbook fit for any budget, any day of the week. Her mains, sides, soups, salads, and snacks all call for easy cooking techniques and ingredients found in any grocery store. With vegan and gluten-free options and ideas for substitutions, Naturally Nourished shows readers how to cook smart, not hard.
From the Klondike to Berlin:  The Yukon in World War I
by Michael Gates
Historian Michael Gates tells us the stories of both those who left and those on the home front, including the adventures of Joe Boyle, who successfully escorted the Romanian crown jewels on a 1,300-kilometer journey through Russia in spite of robbers, ambushes, gunfire, explosions, fuel shortages and barricades. Gates also recounts the home-front efforts of Martha Black, who raised thousands of dollars and eventually traveled to Europe where she acted as an advocate for the Yukon boys. Stories of these heroes and many others are vividly recounted with impeccable research.
The Boundless Life: 13 Lessons Learned The Hard Way
by Simon Donato
In his compelling first book, Donato details the quest for adventure and the opportunities to test ourselves in a very primal way - in ways that we aren't able to in our lives very much anymore. Describing the key moments and adventures that put him on the path to Boundless, Simon takes you on an adventure-filled journey around the globe and shows how you can apply his lessons and experience to your everyday life.
Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era
by Daniel J. Levitin
Investigating numerical misinformation, Daniel Levitin shows how mishandled statistics and graphs can give a grossly distorted perspective and lead us to terrible decisions. Wordy arguments on the other hand can easily be persuasive as they drift away from the facts in an appealing yet misguided way. The steps we can take to better evaluate news, advertisements, and reports are clearly detailed. 

We just received a new shipment of gorgeous
Paperblanks journals. Come in and see our selection today!
(Click on images for title details)
The Accusation
by Bandi
The Midnight Sun
by Cecilia Ekback
In This Grave Hour
by Jacqueline Winspear

City of Friends
by Joanna Trollope


Lilac Girls
by Martha Hall Kelly


The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep
by Steven Heighton


Mississippi Blood
by Greg Iles


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

Saturday, April 8th 7-9pm
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre 
Tickets: $30.00 each

Celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday 
Parksville & District Choir  
Sunday April 9th   2:30pm
Knox United Church Parksville   
Tickets: $18.00 each

Thursday April 20th  6 pm
Lefty's Restaurant, Parksville 
     TicketsSOLD OUT

Sunday April 23rd 2:30pm
Christian Fellowship Centre Qualicum Beach   
Tickets: $15  Cash only
25 years and under: Free

Sunday May 7th 2:30pm
Knox United Church, Parksville   
Tickets: $20:00 each
or $25.00 at the door 

Please note: We only accept cheque or cash for tickets
Hardcover New Releases
The Hearts of Men
by Nickolas Butler
Earthly Remains
by Donna Leon
Triple Crown
by Jim Prentice with Jean-Sebastien Rioux
In the Mood for Colour
by Hans Blomquist

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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, The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

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