OCTOBER NEWSLETTER
EXCITING UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS
Purchase a copy of one of these brand new books to attend that author's event!
Virtual Author Event
featuring Richard Powers
Monday, Oct. 4th - 4pm

Find out about the brand new book by Richard Powers: Bewilderment.
Virtual Author Event
featuring Katherena Vermette
Thursday, Oct. 7th - 5pm

Find out about the brand new book The Strangers
by Katherena Vermette
Virtual Author Event
featuring Jesse Wente
Thursday, Oct. 14th - 5PM

Find out about Jesse Wente's brand new book Unreconciled.
Virtual Author Event
featuring Jonathan Franzen
Tuesday, Oct. 19th - 4pm

Find out about the brand new book by Jonathan Franzen here.
Thrills & Chills
Author Event
featuring Louise Candlish, Robyn Harding,
& Lisa Jewell
Tuesday, Oct. 19th 9am

Find out more about this Facebook Live Event here.
Virtual Author Event
featuring Chris Hadfield
Tuesday, Oct. 26th - 5pm

Learn about Chris Hadfield's new book The Apollo Murders.
Virtual Author Event
featuring David A. Robertson
Thursday, Oct. 28th

Find out all about David A. Robertson's new children's book The Great Bear.
Virtual Author Event
featuring Amor Towles
Tuesday, Nov. 2nd - 5pm

Amor Towles brand new book The Lincoln Highway releases Oct. 5th.
Swept Away
Author Event
featuring Roxanne Veletzos, AJ Pearce, & Janet Beard
Thursday, Nov. 18th - 9am

Find out more about this Facebook Live event here.
IN OTHER NEWS...
Tickets to the upcoming Colin James Concert at the Qualicum Civic Centre on November 8th are now
ALL SOLD OUT.
The 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist has been announced. Find out about all the books here. The shortlist will be announced on October 5th.
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND HOURS
WARM UP
WITH NEW FALL FICTION
Beautiful World,
Where Are You
by Sally Rooney

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. 
Harlem Shuffle
by Colson Whitehead

From two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.
The Heron's Cry
by Ann Cleeves

 Bestselling author Ann Cleeves, and creator of the Shetland and Vera series, returns to North Devon in The Heron's Cry, the second book in the Two Rivers series featuring Detective Matthew Venn.
Cloud Cuckoo Land
By Anthony Doerr

Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr’s gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience and hope.
Bewilderment
By Richard Powers

With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing visions of life beyond and its account of a father and son's ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers' most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?

August into Winter
By Guy Vanderhaeghe

The first novel in nearly a decade from the three-time Governor General's Award‒winning author of The Last Crossing, August Into Winter is an epic story of crime and retribution, of war and its long shadow, and of the redemptive possibilities of love.
Ring
By Andre Alexis

From their first meeting, it was clear that Gwen and Tancred were meant to be together. But, as we know, the course of true love never did run smooth. Ring turns the literary romance upside down and shakes out its pockets. It’s a playful meditation on the past, on magic, on race, on honour, on faith, and, yes, on love.

All is Well
By Katherine Walker
Nanaimo author

Christine Wright is having a bad day. She’s an ex-special forces soldier and a recovering alcoholic, and now her new career as a church minister has started off with the worst kind of bang. Could it be her reflexes are a little too twitchy for this job?

From the opening page, this fast-paced tale is all about a cover up: the burying of a body, while fending off an angry widow, and a very suspicious parishioner appalled by the loss of a precious church artifact.
Em
By Kim Thuy

In the midst of war, an ordinary miracle: an abandoned baby tenderly cared for by a young boy living on the streets of Saigon. The boy is Louis, the child of a long-gone American soldier. Louis calls the baby em Hồng, em meaning "little sister," or "beloved." Even though her cradle is nothing more than a cardboard box, em Hồng's life holds every possibility.

The Dark Remains
By William McIlvanney & Ian Rankin

Lawyer Bobby Carter did a lot of work for the wrong type of people. Now he’s dead and it was no accident. Besides a distraught family and a heap of powerful friends, Carter’s left behind his share of enemies. So, who dealt the fatal blow?
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STAFF PICKS
KYLEE'S PICK
Piranesi
by Susanna Clarke
”The Beauty of the House is immeasurable. It’s Kindness infinite.”

Piranesi, winner of the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction, is a strange yet enjoyable read. Within the labyrinth of Piranesi’s house is a mystery just waiting to be solved and the twists it takes to reach the end kept me reading for hours just to figure it out.
ANTONIA'S PICK
The Dig
by John Preston
The Dig is a novel written with the utmost of understated elegance. The central characters through whose hearts and eyes we experience this story are much like the ghostly ship buried within its pages; mysterious and of a most unyielding quality. It is impossible to not be deeply moved by the tender reflection of such themes as legacy, looming war, silent yearning, and loneliness in this timeless book.
SUE'S PICK

The Other Black Girl
by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Nella is the only Black woman working as an editorial assistant in a prestigious publishing house, striving to achieve a top management position. Hazel, the other Black girl, arrives and Nella is excited to have someone she can confide in and share experiences with. But things quickly deteriorate and Nella becomes progressively more excluded and alienated. The ending was not what I expected, but a superb twist. Satirical, humorous but chilling, this is a powerfully written debut novel and a must read. 
BARB'S PICK
The Man Who Died Twice
by Richard Osman
Everyone’s four favourite septuagenarian sleuths from the first Thursday Murder Club Mystery are back again in another fiendishly clever, funny, bighearted, and unputdownable pleasure of a read. This book is so much fun and just the tonic we all need right now.
TOM'S PICK
China
by Edward Rutherfurd
Rutherfurd, author of many notable titles of historical fiction, including London, Sarum, New York, and Russka, penned a 764 page story of China in the 18th Century involving the Opium Trade, tension in the Chinese Court, along with navel attacks by the British. This is an informative and satisfying read that historical fiction fans will appreciate. I recommend it.
THANKSGVING CHUCKLE
NON-FICTION
NEW RELEASES
Peril
by Bob Woodward &
Robert Costa
Hardcover - Politics

The transition from President Donald J. Trump to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stands as one of the most dangerous periods in American history.

But as bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa reveal for the first time, it was far more than just a domestic political crisis. Woodward and Costa interviewed more than 200 people at the center of the turmoil, resulting in more than 6,000 pages of transcripts and a spellbinding and definitive portrait of a nation on the brink.
"Indian" in the Cabinet:
Speaking Truth to Power
by Jody Wilson-Raybould
Hardcover - Memoir

“Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power is the story of why Wilson-Raybould got into federal politics, her experience as an Indigenous leader sitting around the Cabinet table, her proudest achievements, the very public SNC-Lavalin affair, and how she got out and moved forward.
 
Unreconciled:
Family, Truth, and
Indigenous Resistance
by Jesse Wente
Hardcover - Memoir

 A prominent Indigenous voice uncovers the lies and myths that affect relations between white and Indigenous peoples and the power of narrative to emphasize truth over comfort.

Part memoir and part manifesto, Unreconciled is a stirring call to arms to put truth over the flawed concept of reconciliation, and to build a new, respectful relationship between the nation of Canada and Indigenous peoples.
Vanderbilt:
The Rise and Fall of An
American Dynasty
by Anderson Cooper &
Katherine Howe
Hardcover - History

Bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty - his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts.  
The Ultimate 5 Ingredient Cookbook
by Rebecca White
Paperback - Cookbook

Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming with Rebecca White’s nourishing and exciting meals, prepared with only a few key ingredients already found in your pantry. With one-pot, sheet-pan and slow-cooked recipes, she'll show you how to make simple staples into standout meals.
Uncharted:
How to Navigate the Future
by Margaret Heffernan
Paperback - Business

Most of us are addicted to prediction, desperate for certainty about the future. But the complexity of modern life won’t provide that; experts in forecasting are reluctant to look more than 400 days out. History doesn’t repeat itself and even genetics won’t tell you everything you want to know. Tomorrow remains uncharted territory, but Margaret Heffernan demonstrates how we can push aside uncertainty and forge ahead with agility.

China Unbound:
A New World Disorder
by Joanna Chiu
Paperback - Politics

As the world’s second-largest economy, China is extending its influence across the globe with the complicity of democratic nations. Joanna Chiu has spent a decade tracking China’s propulsive rise, from the political aspects of the multi-billion-dollar “New Silk Road” global investment project to a growing sway on foreign countries and multilateral institutions through “United Front” efforts.
Out of the Sun:
On Race and Storytelling
by Esi Edugyan
Hardcover - Social Science

In this groundbreaking, reflective, and erudite book, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and internationally bestselling author Esi Edugyan illuminates myriad varieties of Black experience in global culture and history. Edugyan combines storytelling with analyses of contemporary events and her own personal story in this dazzling first major work of non-fiction.

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This month our lucky winner will receive, a copy of the book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackery, a $28.50 value.

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