Welcome September! Whether you've worked all summer or had holiday time, we hope you enjoy the last few weeks of summer that are before us.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for your understanding and support, as we continue to adapt to the changes brought on by the coronavirus. We sincerely appreciate all the hand sanitizing and mask wearing you do when you come into our stores. From fogged up glasses to layers of sanitizer, we know the challenges of shopping these days and thank you for persevering nonetheless!
Fall is always a time of great anticipation in our stores because so many wonderful books are released in the next few months. We hope you'll have the opportunity to browse in person, or online at Our website is constantly being updated with new lists of books, perfect for discovering your next great read.

As always, you can find out what we've been reading in our Staff Picks section below. You'll also find some highlights of new books in our stores this month. Just click on the book covers for all the details, or to order online.

With grateful hearts for all your support,
Be safe and happy reading.
Barb & Tom
Parksville Store

Monday, September 7th
10am to 4pm
Qualicum Store

Monday, September 7th
New in Paperback
by Michael Christie
Canadian Fiction
Here & Now
by Santa Montefiore
A Room Called Earth
by Madeline Ryan
Murdered Midas
by Charlotte Gray
Canadian True Crime
The Testaments
by Margaret Atwood
Canadian Fiction
Anxious People
by Fredrik Backman

Releasing September 8th
The Finder
by Will Ferguson
Canadian Fiction
The Wake:
The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami
by Linden MacIntyre
Canadian History
Our House is on Fire
by Malena & Beata Ernman, and Svante & Greta Thunberg


The Golden Wolf:
The Golden Wolf Saga #3
by Linnea Hartsuyker

A true Viking saga: bold sea voyages, alliances made and broken, heroes and villains, love and tragedy.  Harald has seemingly united all of Norway but rebellion is brewing from sometimes unexpected quarters. An intricately plotted, meticulously researched, character driven series. 


Hamnet & Judith
by Maggie O'Farrell

Hamnet & Judith is a book that possess a very powerful, living breath of it's very own. The story is infused with the absolute weighty magic of O'Farrell's prose, ablaze with devotion, warmth, desperation, fear, and loss. It will cast a glow upon your face when opened, and leave an aching space within once finished. This is a book I will read many times over throughout my life.


All the Devils Are Here
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #16
by Louise Penny

Having taken a significant break from reading Louise Penny's mysteries I was excited to read her latest, set not in 3 Pines, but in Paris, France.

Inspector Gamache's Godfather is knocked down and critically injured in a hit-and-run accident, which appears to be a deliberate attempt on his life. Gamache's investigation not only involves his whole family, but threatens their safety as well.

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful city of Paris, with the warmth and familiarity of Gamache and his family, this mystery will leave you guessing until the end. Louise Penny fans will not be disappointed.

Eight Perfect Murders
by Peter Swanson

I was drawn to this thriller because the narrator, Malcolm Kershaw, is a the owner of Old Devil's Bookstore, a mystery bookshop in Boston. This story follows eight murders, copied from eight mystery books recommended by Malcolm the bookseller in a past blog post he created for his bookshop. The FBI has questions. The murderer is watching Malcolm's every move. A well told tale, with surprising twists and turns. If you liked The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, you'll enjoy this smart, fun mystery!


Fresh Water for Flowers
by Valerie Perrin

One of my favourite books of 2020.  The individuality and depth of the characters and the perfect measure of the prose create a world where beauty, hope, grief, and love are so beautifully revealed. A memorable must-read!

Rabbit Foot Bill
by Helen Humphreys

Helen Humphreys delivers, as always, in this tender, raw, and compelling novel.
Her beautifully descriptive writing captures the essence of the prairie. Grass and big skies come to life, as do her characters , in a story that is captivating and impossible to put down.
This historical novel, based in Saskatchewan beginning in 1947, is an impressive read, it lingers long after the last page has been read.
A Russian Sister
by Caroline Adderson

An immersive dip into 19th century Russia, A Russian Sister tells the story of seven years in the life of Anton Chekhov, through the eyes of his younger sister, Masha. Adderson recounts the lives and loves of this dysfunctional family and offers socio-political commentary on the serf and ruling classes with evocative, convincing detail and a dose of wit. A lens on the limited and suffocating roles 19th century women were allowed.
Arriving weekly!
Our 2021 calendars and engagement diaries are arriving now.

Perennial favourites, our Polestar planners and 2021 Lang Calendars are now in.

Come in and check out our wonderful selection today!
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Squeeze Me
by Carl Hiaasen

A hilarious new novel of social and political intrigue, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida's gold coast.
by Joseph O'Connor

A magnificent portrait both of lamp-lit London and of lives and loves enacted on the stage, Shadowplay's rich prose, incomparable storytelling, and vivid characters will linger in readers' hearts and minds for many years.
Indians on Vacation
by Thomas King

An unforgettable tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political.
by Ali Smith

Here is the exciting culmination of Ali Smith's celebrated Seasonal Quartet, a series of stand-alone novels, separate but interconnected, as the seasons are.
The Lying Life of Adults
by Elena Ferrante

Another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.
A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom
by John Boyne

An epic tale of humanity that stretches across space and time.
The Woman in Red
by Diana Giovinazzo

At once an exhilarating adventure and an unforgettable love story, 
The Woman in Red is a sweeping, illuminating tale of the feminist icon who became one of the most revered historical figures of South America and Italy.
Against the Loveless World
by Susan Abulhawa

Written with Susan Abulhawa’s distinctive prose, this powerful novel presents a searing, darkly funny, and wholly unique portrait of a Palestinian woman who refuses to be a victim.
The Certainties
by Aislinn Hunter

A vivid, moving novel reminiscent of Anthony Doerr and Michael Ondaatje, about the entwined fates of two very different refugees. A moving and transformative blend of historical and speculative fiction - a novel that shows us what it means to bear witness, and to attend to those who seek refuge, past and present.
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Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.
In The Socrates Express, Weiner invites us to voyage alongside him on his life-changing pursuit of wisdom and discovery as he attempts to find answers to our most vital questions.
With unique access and written with the participation of those closest to the couple, Finding Freedom is an honest, up-close, and disarming portrait of a confident, influential, and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world.
Their demise was ignominious, and historians often depict the Habsburgs as leaders of a ramshackle, collapsing empire at Europe's margins. But in The Habsburgs, Rady reveals how they saw themselves -- as destined to rule the world, not through mere territorial conquest, but as defenders of Christian civilization and the Roman Catholic Church, guarantors of peace and harmony, and patrons of science and learning.
Guiding us through cutting-edge science and major concepts in quantum mechanics, cosmology, string theory, and much more, The End of Everything is a wildly fun, surprisingly upbeat ride to the farthest reaches of all that we know.
A Lab of One’s Own shares the sheer joy a scientist feels when moving toward a breakthrough, and the thrill of uncovering a whole new generation of female pioneers. But it is also the science book for the #MeToo era, offering an astute diagnosis of how to fix the problem of sexism in science - and a celebration of the women pushing back.

Recounted with wit and humility, Blue Sky Kingdom is an engaging travel memoir as well as a thoughtful exploration of modern distraction, the loss of ancient wisdom, and the challenges and rewards of intercultural friendships.
Horse Crazy is a fascinating, funny, and moving love letter to these graceful animals and the people who - like her - are obsessed with them. It is also a coming-of-age story of Nir growing up an outsider within the world’s most elite inner circles, and finding her true north in horses.
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Parksville, BC V9P 2H6

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Each month we give a book away to one of our wonderful customers.

This month's book is a signed copy of A Better Man by Louise Penny in hardcover, a $36.99 value.

If you see your name below, you are this months winner!

Please call our Parksville store to arrange pick-up.