September 2017 Newsletter

Back to school is the surest sign that summer is coming to an end. In the book world the changing of the seasons is an exciting time of looking ahead to new fall titles, in-store events, and more. 

We have an exciting fall line up of Author Readings in our Parksville store, and you are invited to them all. Take a look below to find out all the details about these free evenings.

So many wonderful books are coming into our stores this month and we have been busy reading during the summer too. Find out what books we've enjoyed recently in our Staff Picks section.

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 September.
Happy reading,
Barb & Tom



Join us in our Parksville store, Thursday, October 26th, 7pm  for an evening with author Jack Knox.  

In this side-splitting follow-up to the bestseller Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada, Jack Knox presents his best writing, marking his twenty-year anniversary as a humour columnist at the Victoria Times Colonist, the newspaper that made him a household name.

Everyone welcome!

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. 

We are pleased to welcome Keith Ogilvie to our Parksville store, Thursday, November 23rd, 7pm  

The Spitfire Luck of Skeets Ogilvie is the story of an ordinary man who beat incredible odds on the frontlines, and the remarkable woman with whom he was reunited at the end of the War.

Everyone welcome!
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The Chilbury
Ladies' Choir

by Jennifer Ryan


" This is the story of the women in a small English village once the men go away to war. Thorough letters and journal entries we glimpse the triumphs and the tragedies of their daily lives.  Above all it is a story of hope and resilience illustrated best by the strength of people who pull together in difficult times."  
Kingdom of Olives
and Ash

by Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman


" Throughout 2016 internationally acclaimed writers from every continent except Antarctica travelled separately or in small groups to Palestine-Israel.  They walked among and talked to children, mothers, fathers, soldiers, rebels, terrorists and government.  This book is a collection of their stories, giving an insight into the human toll the occupation has taken .  An important read."

Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga
by Chris Czajkowski


"Chris has lived for 30 years  off the grid in the remote backcountry, where no roads exist, working as a back country guide. This is Chris's eleventh book about her wilderness living and is told through the perspective of her canine companions. This memoir is a delight to read with a fine sense of humour, a fine read for anyone wanting to get away from it all with a loyal dog for company, but never leaving your armchair."

The Last Tudor
by Philippa Gregory


" Great story: one royal family, two barren queens, three Tudor heirs to the crown.The characters are really well-written, especially Queen Elizabeth, as ruthless and unforgiving. 

This is good historical fiction at its best!"

The New Mrs Clifton
by Elizabeth Buchan


"Set amid the tensions of post World War 2 London, Gus surprises his sisters and fiance by returning from war with a German bride, Krista.

The hostilities Krista faces and the complicated feelings of anger and betrayal make this book a wonderful read as the author explores the experiences and feelings of this diverse set of characters."

Beekeeper's Lab
by Kim Lehman


If you keep bees or are interested in keeping bees, Beekeeper's  Lab  is the book for you. Filled with 52 beekeeping and hive-inspired projects to keep you involved with your bees and hive all year long. The tutorials are brief, accomplishable, and rewarding.
"The book was fascinating, practical, fun and informative for all ages, as well as being a lovely piece of work.."

New & Notable
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Glass Houses
by Louise Penny 

From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Quebec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel 

Pushing the Limits
How Schools Can Prepare Our Children Today for the Challenges of Tomorrow
by Kelly Gallagher-Mackay & Nancy Steinhauer

How do we prepare children for a future we can't even imagine?

Across Canada, a debate swirls around what our children will need to know in the face of huge technological, economic, social and political change. The question has become an ideological battleground, and there is a hunger for a deeper understanding of what we should be doing to prepare children now for the challenges of the future. This timely, important book is an answer to that call.
Life 3.0
Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
by Max Tegmark
How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology-and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.
Young Jane Young
by Gabrielle Zevin

Aviva Grossman is a bright, ambitious congressional intern with a promising political future ahead of her until she makes the mistake of having an affair with her very married boss ... and writing what she thinks is an anonymous blog about it. When the affair dramatically comes to light, it's not the popular congressman who takes the fall, it's Aviva, and her life suddenly seems over before it's hardly begun. Shamed and hounded by the media, she becomes a late-night talk show punchline. Determined to rebuild her life on her own terms, Aviva changes her name, moves from Florida to a small town in Maine, starts her own wedding planning business ... and decides to continue a surprise pregnancy.

In the Name of Humanity
The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust
by Max Wallace

Holocaust historian and  bestselling author Max Wallace, a veteran interviewer for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, draws on an explosive cache of recently declassified documents and an account from the only living eyewitness to unravel the mystery. He uncovers an astounding story involving the secret negotations of an unlikely trio, a former fascist President of Switzerland, a courageous Orthodox Jewish woman, and Himmler's Finnish osteopath, to end the Holocaust, aided by clandestine Swedish and American intelligence efforts. 
The Joy of Foraging
by Gary Lincoff

Discover the edible riches in your backyard, local parks, woods, and even roadside! In The Joy of Foraging, Gary Lincoff shows you how to find fiddlehead ferns, rose hips, beach plums, bee balm, and more, whether you are foraging in the urban jungle or the wild, wild woods.

by Joseph Kanon
Fiction - Thriller

Defectors is the gripping story of one family torn apart by the divided loyalties of the Cold War, but it's also a revealing look at the wider community of defectors, American and British, living a twilit Moscow existence, granted privileges but never trusted, spies who have escaped one prison only to find themselves trapped in another that is even more sinister. Filled with authentic period detail and moral ambiguity, Defectors takes us to the heart of a world of secrets, where no one can be trusted and murder is just collateral damage.

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 The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, by David Sax, a $33.99 value.
Sonia Lacuzzo!
If you see your name above come into our Parksville store to pick up your new book!
Coming soon...
From the author of the international bestseller 
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind 
comes an extraordinary new book that explores the future of the human species.
Releasing Oct 31st

Reserve your copy here

New Release Paperbacks

(Click on images for details)

How to Change
a Life
by Stacey Ballis
To The Bright Edge of the World
by Eowyn Ivey


The Wardrobe Mistress
by Meghan Masterson
The Luster of
Lost Things

by Sophie Chen Keller


by Carlo Donini
& Giancarlo De Cataldo


Keep Me Posted
by Lisa Beazley


Karolina's Twins
by Ronald H. Balson



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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  
Qualicum Civic Centre  
Tickets : $45.00  

Three concerts:

Cosmic Odyssey
Sunday, Sept 24, 2017  
2:00 pm

Harp & Organ
Sunday, Jan 14, 2018   
2:00 pm

Choir & Organ  
Sunday, May 27, 2018  2:00pm

Subscription: for all 3 
events: $75.00

Tickets: $30.00 each
(For individual performances)

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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