March 2021
NEWSLETTER
MARCH VIRTUAL EVENTS
Author Event
with Eden Robinson
Eden Robinson will be in conversation with Cherie Dimaline, March 12th, 5pm PT.

Purchase a copy of Eden Robinson's new book Return of the Trickster and receive access to this exclusive, live virtual event.
Author Event
with Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro will be in conversation with Souvankham Thammavongsa, March 15th, 4pm PT.

Purchase a copy of Kazuo Ishiguro's new book Klara and the Sun and receive access to this exclusive, live virtual event.
Author Event
with Mary Lawson
Mary Lawson will be in conversation with Shelagh Rogers, March 22nd, 4pm PT.

Purchase a copy of Mary Lawson's new book A Town Called Solace and receive access to this exclusive, live virtual event.
GREETING CARDS

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From birthday cards, to thank you cards, sympathy, and more, come in and browse today.
CANADA READS
The debates take place
March 8th-11th

and the 20th edition of Canada Reads reminds us that books can be a safe place to go during tough times.

Find out more about the shortlisted titles here.
CANADA READS SHORTLISTED TITLES
Butter Honey Pig Bread
by Francesca Ekwuyasi
Midnight Bargain
by C. L. Polk
Hench
by Natalie Zina Walschots
Jonny Appleseed
by Joshua Whitehead
Two Trees Make a Forest
by Jessica J. Lee
STAFF PICKS
ANTONIA'S PICK
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
by Jenny Odell
Jenny Odell, an artist and teacher in many forms, unveils a pragmatic, critical, and rousing proposal to readers. Exploring concepts like the context collapse of social media, the beauty and necessity of bioregionalism, the I/it vs I/Thou philosophy, and the powerful act of 'manifest dismantling', her message aims to empower and provide us with choices that we are subliminally influenced to forget.
MITZI'S PICK
Featherhood: A Memoir of Two Fathers and a Magpie
by Charlie Gilmour
A long time love for Magpies and all of the birds that belong to the Corvid family drew me right to this gorgeous, well written memoir by Charlie Gilmour. I enjoyed reading about the challenges and the joys faced with raising a tiny Magpie discovered flailing about in a gutter one fateful day.

Reading Featherhood is like a journey, one with many bumps, and many rewards along the way. Charlie’s struggles with his own past, and his present are intertwined in a most satisfying and illuminating manner. This memoir is stunningly written, and multi layered, with writing that is poetic and moving. Read it and let your heart soar, mine sure did.
JAN'S PICK
Buffy Sainte-Marie:
The Authorized Biography
by Andrea Warner
This new biography guides the reader from her formative years, to the burgeoning folk scene in Toronto and New York, to her many hit songs (both her own and those she wrote for others) up to the present day. This is the life of a woman who refused to be defined by anyone but herself and created success on her own terms. A woman who has been both an activist and has often quietly helped others behind the scenes. Buffy Sainte-Marie maintains her optimism despite it all. An illuminating, powerful, hopeful book.
MARIANNE'S PICK
The Centaur's Wife
by Amanda Leduc
Blending mythology, post-apocalyptic survival story, and fairy tale, this book is hugely imaginative and beautifully written.

Having just given birth to twin daughters, Heather experiences the destruction of her city, and possibly the entire world as meteors fall from the sky. But there is more that meets the eye and Heather has a deep connection and understanding of what is happening.

Dark at times, unexpected, and memorable, I couldn't put this book down.

BARB'S PICK
One Good Thing
by M.A.C. Farrant
This book is a real gem. Featuring our own Helen Chesnut, gardening maven and Times Colonist gardening columnist, each chapter is a short “Dear Helen” letter, making insightful connections to the topics in Helen’s columns to the author’s quest for a “calm abidance” amidst the “breaking news” cycles of calamities that seem to swamp our world today. This is a book for our times!
TOM'S PICK
The Butterfly House
by Katrine Engberg
This well crafted mystery by Danish writer Katrine Engberg, set in Copenhagen, and featuring investigators Jeppe Kørner and partner Anette Werner, ticked all the boxes for me.

This story revolves around a serial killer murdering people and leaving their bodies in fountains around the city. Smart, well developed, and interesting characters makes this a satisfying crime story.
SUSAN'S PICK
The Sea Gate
by Jane Johnson
This beautifully crafted novel set in Cornwall revolves around Rebecca, who is struggling with the death of her mother. While sorting through her mother’s mail she comes across a letter that will change her life and that of her mother’s feisty cousin Olivia. 90 year old Olivia is hospitalized and cannot be discharged until her family home in Cornwall is made habitable. While undertaking the task of clearing out Olivia's home, Rebecca makes some profound discoveries about secrets from Olivia's past. A must read for those who love historical fiction. 
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The Beekeeper's Daughter
by Santa Montefiore
Paperback

Actress
by Anne Enright
Paperback

A Town Called Solace
by Mary Lawson
Hardcover
The Girl From the Channel Islands
by Jenny Lecoat
Paperback

Good Citizens Need Not Fear
by Maria Reva
Paperback

The Kitchen Front
by Jennifer Ryan
Hardcover

The Mission House
by Carys Davies
Hardcover
The Mercies
by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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NEW NON-FICTION
The Oak Papers
by James Canton

Thrown into turmoil by the end of his long-term relationship, Professor James Canton spent two years meditating beneath the welcoming shelter of the massive 800-year-old Honywood Oak tree in North Essex, England. While considering the direction of his own life, he began to contemplate the existence of this colossus tree.
Breath Taking: The Power, Fragility, and Future of Our Extraordinary Lungs 
by Dr. Michael J. Stephen

Pulmonologist Michael Stephen takes us on a journey to shed original and much needed light on our neglected and extraordinary lungs, at a most critical societal moment. He relates the history of oxygen on Earth and the evolutionary origins of breathing, and explores the healing power of breath and its spiritual potential. He explains in lay terms the links our lungs have with our immune system and with society at large.
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
by Bill Gates

In this urgent, singularly authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical, and accessible plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid an irreversible climate catastrophe.
The New Classics
by Donna Hay

Now for the first time in paperback, this revised edition is the ultimate Donna Hay cookbook, with every recipe for everything that you've ever wanted to cook. This is exactly the food that we want to cook and eat NOW, all written in Donna's trademark simple, clear and easy style, featuring stunning photography and over 275 mouthwatering recipes.
Unfinished
by Priyanka Chopra Jonas

From her dual-continent twenty-year-long career as an actor and producer to her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, from losing her beloved father to cancer to marrying Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s story will inspire a generation around the world to gather their courage, embrace their ambition, and commit to the hard work of following their dreams.
Fortune's Many Houses:
A Victorian Visionary, a Noble Scottish Family, and a Lost Inheritance.
by Simon Welfare

A unique and fascinating look at Victorian society through the remarkable lives of an enlightened and philanthropic aristocratic couple, the Marquess and Marchioness of Aberdeen, who tried to change the world for the better but paid a heavy price. This is a true tale of love and loss, fortune and misfortune.

Three Simple Lines:
A Writer's Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku
by Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg is a delightfully companionable tour guide into the world of haiku. She highlights the history of the form, dating back to the seventeenth century; shows why masters such as Basho and Issa are so revered; discovers Chiyo-ni, an important woman haiku master; and provides insight into writing and reading haiku.
The First Time Gardener:
Growing Vegetables
by Jessica Sowards

Jessica wants your first food-growing experience to be a positive one, and she’s prepared to go the distance to make sure tending the earth becomes your new favorite hobby.

A single growing season is all it takes to fall in love with growing your own healthy, organic, nutrient-dense food. With Jessica as your guide, you’ll soon discover all the satisfactions, challenges, and great joys of growing your own food garden.
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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.

This month our lucky winner will receive, a copy of The Answer Is: Relections on My Life by Alex Trebek, a $32.00 value.

Congratulations.....

DENNIS BELANGER!