Fall is here once again! This is the time of year to get cozy with some wonderful new books. Many of our favourite authors have new books out this fall, but it's also the perfect time to discover new authors.

You are invited to join us for the Author Signing this week in our Parksville store! Caroline Woodward and Carol Evans will be in our store signing copies of this beautiful new children's book, featuring stunning watercolour images of the west coast. This book would make a perfect gift! Everyone is welcome at this free event. Details below.

Read further down to discover a few of the many exciting new fall titles we now have in stock, as well as our October Staff Picks.

We hope to see you soon. If you can't make it in to our stores, shop online 24 hours a day at our webstore. You can order books online, to be paid for and picked up in store!

Happy reading,
Barb & Tom
From all of us at
The Mulberry Bush Bookstores,
we wish you and your loved ones
a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Our stores will be open regular hours Saturday and Sunday,
and CLOSED Thanksgiving
Monday, October 8th.
3PM - 5PM

Bring the whole family into the village for a safe, fun, trick-or-treating experience. Children 12 years and under in costumes will receive treats from Qualicum Beach merchants.

The final novel from Richard Wagamese, the bestselling and beloved author of  Indian Horse  and  Medicine Walk , centres on an abused woman on the run who finds refuge on a farm owned by an Indigenous man with wounds of his own. A profoundly moving novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion -- and the land's ability to heal us.

" Another very moving and reflective story from Wagamese, whose writing is such a joy to read, pure poetry."

"I have a friend who’s mum survived the Blitz. And it is her voice I heard in my head as I read Emmy’s story. I never imagined I would laugh this much reading a book about the War. Emmy is a plucky heroine in the finest sense of the word --- determined, cheerful, loyal to her friends, her family and her city. And while the author doesn’t sugar coat the horrors of the time she does show how people find hope, strength, compassion and dignity in circumstances most of us can barely imagine."

Jean and Gordon Hay were a colourful, formidable pair. Jean, a late-blooming artist with a marvellous sense of humour, was superlatively frugal; nothing got wasted. Gordon was a proud and ambitious schoolteacher with a terrifying temper, a deep streak of melancholy, and a devotion to flowers, cars, words, and his wife. As old age collides with the tragedy of living too long, these once ferociously independent parents become increasingly dependent on Lizzie, the so-called difficult child. By looking after them in their final decline, she hopes to prove that she can be a good daughter after all. 

"Elizabeth Hay has written the refreshingly honest story of the complications and challenges involved in caring for her aging parents. This beautifully written memoir, though difficult to read at times, is powerful and important."

"Unsheltered , by Barbara Kingsolver, is a story about shelter in all its various forms, and about a particular house in Vineland, New Jersey. Built on weak foundations, the house is structurally unsound and begins falling apart just as the lives of its occupants -- we follow two families in different centuries - -begin to crumble. In the 1880s, Thatcher's naturalist leanings set him against his wife and on a collision course with real-life Vineland founder Charles Landis, a controlling narcissist who lands in jail accused of murder. On the eve of the Trump presidency in 2016, Willa Knox's family find themselves reeling from their daughter-in-law's suicide and trying to raise their grandson while their son grieves. On a larger scale the novel is about core beliefs and systems -- racism, health care, economics, sexism, environmentalism and democracy --that shelter, or don't shelter -- citizens, and once again proves Barbara Kingsolver is a master of the socially engaged novel." 

"I love this cookbook. At the risk of showing my age, this charmingly illustrated historical cookbook contains all the recipes and dishes that I grew up with. And I love that we get the original recipe and also a modern equivalent. And just as in my Mom’s 70 year old handwritten recipe book, the “method” was always simple, because everyone knew their cooking basics in those days.  Recipes For Victory’s original instructions for making a Pumpkin Pie: “Make a crust, put in filling, and cook in the oven until done”. The modern-day equivalent Pumpkin Pie recipe has step-by-step instructions for the modern cook. My mouth is watering!"

Based on personal accounts, flight logs, maps and photographs of the Canadians involved,  Dam Busters  recounts the dramatic story of these young Commonwealth bomber crews that were tasked with a high-risk mission against an enemy prepared to defend the Fatherland to the death.

"Written by noted author, journalist, and broadcaster Ted Barris. Excellent research, with new insights into the raid. Barris fleshes out the many Canadians involved, with post war history."
by Kate Atkinson
Lethal White
by Robert Galbraith
In Pieces
by Sally Field
Cooking in Color:
Vibrant, Delicious,
Beautiful Food
by Adrian Harris &
Jeremy Inglett
Math with Bad Drawings
by Ben Orlin
How to Invent Everything:
A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler
by Ryan North
In Qualicum Beach

Thursday, Nov. 15th
5pm until late!
In Parksville

Friday, Nov. 23rd
9:30am - 5pm

Monday, Nov. 26th
9:30am -5pm

Organworx proudly presents

An evening including works
by Bach and Vierne,
plus music from Harry Potter.

Sunday, October 7th 2pm

Knox United Church, Parksville

TICKETS: $30 each
Can a broken town survive a second tragedy? The follow-up to the international bestseller  Beartown.

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local junior hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. As the tension between the two towns simmers, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to try to save the Beartown club.
In the fifth book of the series, Lane Winslow investigates the murder of an unidentified man she found adrift in a boat near King’s Cove.

Lane Winslow is enjoying a perfect, sunny day at the lake when she spots a gravely injured young man drifting in a sinking rowboat. Hypothermic, bleeding, and soaked in icy, bloody water, he is unable to speak, leaving Lane at a loss. What series of events brought him to this grisly fate?


Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.
A witty, insightful, refreshingly unsentimental novel about one woman’s unconventional path from heartbreak to hope . . .
After losing her husband, Harold, and her beloved grandson, Cody, within the past year, Louisa has two choices. She can fade away on her Indiana family farm, where her companionship comes courtesy of her aging chickens and an argumentative cat. Or, she can concoct a plan. Louisa, a retired schoolteacher who’s as smart, sassy, and irreverent as ever, isn’t the fading away type.
Nominated, Scotiabank Giller Prize

Lisa Moore returns with her third story collection, a soaring chorus of voices, dreams, loves, and lives. Taking us from the Fjord of Eternity to the streets of St. John’s and the swamps of Orlando, these stories show us the timeless, the tragic, and the miraculous hidden in the underbelly of our everyday lives. A missing rock god may have jumped a cruise ship — in the Arctic. A grieving young woman may live next to a serial rapist. A man’s last day on earth replays in the minds of others in a furiously sensual, heartrending fugue. 
Winner of the
2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize


Jean Mason has a doppelganger. She's never seen her, but others swear they have. Apparently, her identical twin hangs out in Kensington Market, where she sometimes buys churros and drags an empty shopping cart down the streets, like she's looking for something to put in it. Jean's a grown woman with a husband and two kids, as well as a thriving bookstore in downtown Toronto, and she doesn't rattle easily — not like she used to. But after two customers insist they've seen her double, Jean decides to investigate.
A modern-day House of Mirth , not for the age of railroads and steel but of hedge funds and overnight fortunes, of scorched-earth successes and abiding moral failures. A brilliant portrait of love, betrayal, fate and chance, Mrs. marries razor-sharp social critique and page-turning propulsion into an unforgettable tapestry of the way we live in the 21st Century.
At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel, The Dinner List , a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day , and the life-changing romance of Me Before You .
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.

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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 Battle of Arnhem: The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II , by Antony Beevor, a $47.00 value.
Sylvia Baldwin