April 2016

Winter is over and great new spring weather, and spring books, are here!

We have some wonderful Author Events planned this spring and hope you can join us. Take a look at our Staff Picks for some highly recommended reading this month.
We look forward to seeing you instore soon. 
Happy reading,
Barb & Tom




Thursday, April 7th 

7pm in our 

Parksville store


We are pleased to welcome Nanaimo author and boat builder, Barrie Farrell to read from his book Boats in My Blood. Books can be purchased after the reading and Barrie will be available to sign copies.
 Everyone welcome
Tricia Dower &
Kathy Page
 Wednesday,  April 27th 7:00pm

Join us for an exciting evening with authors, Tricia Dower author of  Becoming Lin, and Kathy Page, author of    Frankie Styne and the Silver Man.

Tricia and Kathy will be reading from their books and answering questions. Following the reading the authors will be available to sign copies of their books for purchase.

 Everyone welcome
Author Reading

Jim Lynch
 May, 30th 7pm

Join us in our Parksville store for an evening with Jim Lynch. 
Jim will be reading from his new book  Before the Wind and signing copies after the reading.

 Everyone welcome
Spring Staff Picks
Books we've read and recommend
Carol recommends
Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains
by Yasuko Thanh
Releases April 5th
This powerful novel opens in 1908 Saigon which is under French Rule.  Opium dens are rampant, once well-off people are forced to live in squalor, and Vietnamese rebels are marched through the streets to where they are beheaded in the main square.  The story follows wealthy Paris educated doctor Nguyen Georges-Minh and his friends as they plot revenge against the French.  Georges-Minh is eventually forced to flee into the jungle with his young son and a wife who's mind is quickly decaying into madness.
All the characters are well developed and fascinating.  I found myself very involved in the lives interwoven throughout the story, not just the main character. "
Tom recommends
Carry Me
by Peter Behrens

An intriguing cast of characters braid this harrowing story together, transporting the reader from a golden Edwardian summer on the Isle of Wight, to London under Zeppelin attack, to Ireland on the brink of its War of Independence, and at last to Germany during the darkening Weimar period.

"Great writing from a Master "
Jan recommends
Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest
by Ian McAllister
A book filled with breathtaking photographs on land, sea and underwater in  the Northern BC  realm of the Spirit Bear.  The accompanying text is filled with the vignettes of the fascinating lives and history of the animals and people that call the land home.  Another gorgeous book by Ian McAllister."
Marianne recommends
The Pharos Gate: 
Griffin & Sabine's Lost Correspondence
by Nick Bantock

The Pharos Gate  rejoices in the book as physical object, weaving together word and image in beautifully illustrated postcards and removable letters that reveal a sensual and metaphysical romance, one full of mystery and intrigue. Published simultaneously with the 25th-anniversary edition of  Griffin & Sabine The Pharos Gate  finally shares what happened to the lovers in a gorgeous volume that will surely delight Griffin and Sabine's longtime fans and a new generation of readers.
Tina recommends
The Hero's Walk
by Anita Rau Badami
"This is a beautifully written book that captures the bittersweet story of a family struggling to come to terms with tragedy and a father overwhelmed with regret as modern life begins to close in on him. The sights and sounds of India and the wonderful characters all serve to make this a must read."
Leigh recommends
Storytelling with Collage
by Roxanne Evans Stout
Tell your story in paper, fabric, and objects collected from your world. Storytelling With Collage will inspire you to capture your poetic thoughts, fond memories and passionate daydreams in a soft and simple style.
"....a beautifully inspirational book for all creative individuals"
Barb recommends
Spill Simmer Falter Wither
by Sara Baume

It is springtime, and two outcasts - a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life - find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small, seaside town suddenly takes note of them, falsely perceiving menace where there is only mishap; the unlikely duo must take to the road.
"Every once in awhile a novel comes along that takes you to a place you've never been before, with characters, and beautiful language that awakens your senses and emotions and touches your spirit.  This is that rare story.  Don't miss this one!"
 New & Noteworthy
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Queen Elizabeth II: A Celebration of Her Majesty's 90th Birthday 
by Tim Ewart

 Beautifully illustrated, this stunning book brings many aspects of Queen Elizabeth's personal story and achievements to life, with reproductions of a host of important documents.
On the Move: 
A Life

by Oliver Sacks

 From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. 

Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story 
by Steve Kamb

Targeted at those who grew up playing video games, the book shows how to take the best elements from the things they love -movies, video games, television, and pop culture - to transform their lives in extraordinary ways.
Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt 
by Chris Hedges 

Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers,
historians and literary figures. Chris Hedges shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. His message is clear, popular uprisings across the globe are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.


The Complete Art & Science of Sausage Making
by Tonia Reinhard

 There are techniques and secrets to learning how to make sausage in the home kitchen. Making sausages is an ancient art that has made a remarkable comeback in recent years. Tania Reinhard explains the science to making sausages, taking all the guesswork out of it, making it a fun, safe and exciting project for any aspiring sausage maker.
Blisters and Bliss: A Trekker's Guide to the West Coast Trail 8th Edition
by David Foster and Wayne Aitken

In this revised eight edition of Blisters and Bliss, David Foster and Wayne Aitken once again provide a safe and practical guide for the thousands of hikers who trek the West Coast Trail every year. Current, accurate information about trail access, hiking conditions, and trek planning are combined with hundreds of tips for novices and experienced trekkers alike.


Stalking Salmon &  Wrestling Drunks: Confessions of a Charter Boat Skipper by Peter L. Gordon

 Told with a skipper's authority, Stalking Salmon and Wrestling Drunks recounts the highs and lows of fishing with tourists, including dealing with rowdy guests, bad weather, near death experiences, lost fish, tangled lines, and sometimes even tragedy. Gordon's humour and tenacity shines through each tale to create an energetic memoir that will appeal to fishing enthusiasts, observers of human behaviour, travellers and anyone interested in recreational fishing.
The Perennial Matchmaker
by Nancy J. Ondra  

The Perennial Matchmaker features 90 individual perennial profiles, 300 exquisite photographs of plant partnerships, and Ondra's insight into the the array of plants, including annuals, bulbs, grasses, shrubs, and other perennials, that make great combinations. Each profile features dozens of ideas for pairings, the reasons why the pairings will work, and region-specific choices.

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Far From True  by Linwood Barclay
Noonday by Pat Barker
The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella


Falling in Love by Donna Leon


A Measure of Light by Beth Powning


What is Not Yours is Not Yours
by Helen Oyeyemi


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

The Parksville & District Community Choir presents
featuring Vivaldi's Gloria and other selected works
Sunday, April 3rd 2:30pm
Knox United Church
Tickets: $18.00

Saturday, April 9th 7-9pm
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre Tickets: $30.00 each
Acapella Plus presents
Sunday, May 1st - 7:30 pm
Fanny Bay Hall
Tickets: $23.00 each
Friday, April 8th &  Friday, April 15th 7:30pm 
Qualicum Beach Community Hall
Tickets: $15.00 each

Please note: We only accept cheque or cash for tickets
Hot New
Young Adult
(Books to borrow from 
your teen)
Recommended for age 
14 years+
Lady Midnight
by Cassandra Clare
Exit, Pursued
By a Bear
by E.K. Johnston
The Tragic Age
by Stephen Metcalfe

The Winner's Crime
by Marie Rutkoski

Into the Dim
by Janet B Taylor

Hardcover Fiction
Spill Simmer
Falter Wither
by Sara Baume
What's Left Behind
by Gail Bowen
The Waters of
Eternal Youth
by Donna Leon
The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

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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 Wrong Girl by David Hewson.
Suzanne Adkins
If you see your name above come into our Parksville store to pick up your new book!