November 2015 

November is here again and Christmas is just around the corner. Here at The Mulberry Bush Bookstore we are excited to share all the events we have planned for the next month, wonderful new titles, and so much more! 

We are very excited to announce our brand new website. We hope you'll visit us there often to find lots of information about our store events, new books, the services we offer and so much more! See side panel for details.

Below we have some timely new books in honor of Remembrance Day. These books remind us of how thankful we are to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country both at home and abroad.

We hope to see you all at our Customer Appreciation Day on November 27th, in our Parksville store. We truly appreciate each one of you!


Don't forget to read all the way to the bottom of this newsletter to find out if you are our Reader of the Month for November.
Happy reading,
Barb & Tom

Meet & Greet 

with Bill Proctor & Yvonne Maximchuk

Parksville Store
Thursday, November 5th  2pm
Come in to our Parksville store and meet Bill Proctor and Yvonne Maximchuk, authors of the new book,  Tide Rips and Back Eddies: Bill Proctor's Tales of Blackfish Sound.
Chat with Bill, about his collection of stories, memories and local knowledge of the central BC coast region. Talk with writing collaborator Yvonne Maximchuk whose drawings illustrate Proctor's personal anecdotes as well as carefully detailing an eclectic array of interesting items collected by Proctor throughout his lifetime.
Everyone welcome!
Author Reading
with Miji Campbell

Join us in our Parksville store as we welcome author Miji Campbell. Miji will be reading from her new book, Separation Anxiety
Click here for details about the book.
She will be signing copies of her book after 
the reading.
Everyone welcome

Author Reading
with Andrew Nikiforuk

We are pleased to be hosting author Andrew Nikiforuk in our Parksville store for an author reading, Wednesday, November 18th at 6:30pm.

Andrew will be reading from his important  new book,  Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider's 
Stand Against the World's Most Powerful Industry.
To find out more about the book click here.

Andrew will be avaliable to sign copies of his book after the reading.

Everyone welcome

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In Flanders Fields 100 Years: Writing
on War, Loss and Remembrance

by Amanda Betts

A beautifully designed collection of essays on war, loss and remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the writing of Canada's most famous poem.

In this anthology, Canada's finest historians, novelists and poets contemplate the evolving meaning of the poem; the man who wrote it and the World War I setting from which it emerged; its themes of valour, grief and remembrance; and the iconic image of the poppy.

Our Finest Hour:
Canada Fights the Second World War
by David J. Berguson

From Hong Kong to the Rhine River Crossing, 
Our Finest Hour  delves incisively into the pivotal battles of the Second World War and the roles of the Canadian army, navy and air force. Bestselling author David Bercuson probes the war on the ground, on the seas and in the air - from the bomber offensive over Germany to the Typhoon fighter squadrons with the Second Tactical Air Force in Europe. With an unfliching eye, he provides insight into the successes and failures, triumphs and shortcomings of the Canadian military.

Fight to the Finish
by Tim Cook

Historian Tim Cook displays his trademark storytelling ability in the second volume of his masterful account of Canadians in World War II. Cook combines an extraordinary grasp of military strategy with a deep empathy for the soldiers on the ground, at sea and in the air. Whether it's a minute-by-minute account of a gruelling artillery battle, vicious infighting among generals, the scene inside a medical unit, or the small details of a soldier's daily life, Cook creates a compelling narrative. 
Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain's Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940
by John Kelly

London in April, 1940, was a place of great fear and conflict. Everyone was on edge; civilization itself seemed imperiled. The Germans are marching. They have taken Poland, France, Holland, Belgium, and Czechoslovakia. They now menace Britain. Should Britain negotiate with Germany? The members of the War Cabinet bicker, yell, lose their control, and are divided. Churchill, leading the faction to fight, and Lord Halifax, cautioning that prudence is the way to survive, attempt to usurp one another by any means possible. Their country is on the line. And, in  Never Surrender , we feel we are alongside these complex and imperfect men, determining the fate of the British Empire.

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Heaven is Beautiful:
How Dying Taught
Me that Death 
is Just
the Beginning
by Peter Baldwin Panagore


"In March 1980, Peter Panagore went ice climbing with a climbing partner on the world-famous Lower Weeping Wall, along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park in Alberta.  On their descent, they became trapped on the side of the mountain.  As the sun set, Panagore was overcome by exhaustion and hypothermia and died on the side of the mountain.   In his minutes on the other side, he experienced hell, forgiveness, and unconditional love.  Heaven was beautiful.
This book is about hope, and about how we live our lives today.  A memorable story."

Don't Panic: Isis, 
Terror and Today's Middle East
by Gwynne Dyer


In  Don't Panic , Dyer first explains why the Middle East has become the global capital of terrorism. He then examines how terrorist organisations in the Arab world have evolved over time, with particular emphasis on the events of the past fifteen years and the current situation in Syria and Iraq. And in the end Dyer departs from his long-standing position that foreign interventions always make matters worse to argue that a little military intervention of the right kind may avert a genocide in Syria.

Cabin Porn: Inspiration For 
Your Quiet Place Somewhere
by Zack Klein


"I open this book to any page and feel like I can breathe.  It is a collection of more than 200 cabins (and other small structures) built by hand all over the world.  In the woods, in the desert, in the trees, sometimes even in the water.  Beautifully photographed, it's inspiration for anyone dreaming of leaving it all behind or just taking a mini break in the middle of the day."
Masterworks from
the Audain Art Museum, Whistler
by Ian Thom


Art is a window into culture and history, and there is no collection that portrays the astonishing breadth of British Columbia's art from the early nineteenth century to the present as superbly as the one at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. This beautiful book brings together in a single volume many highlights from the museum's permanent galleries.
The Lake House
by Kate Morton


One midsummer's eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo's case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit.

"One of my favourite authors does it again with this new novel. Morton is a wonderful storyteller and has written another page turner. Highly recommended."

New & Notable
(Click on titles for full details or to purchase)
Where My Heart Used 
to Beat
by Sebastian Faulks

Having accepted a strange but intriguing invitation to a French island, psychiatrist Robert Hendricks meets the man who has commissioned him to write a biography. But his subject seems more interested in finding out about Robert's past than he does in revealing his own. For years, Robert has refused to discuss his past. After the war ended, he refused to go to reunions, believing in some way that denying the killing and the deaths of his friends and fellow soldiers would mean he wouldn't be defined by the experience. Suddenly, he can't keep the memories from overtaking him. But can he trust his memories and can we believe what other people tell us about theirs?

A Banquet of Consequences
by Elizabeth George

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's newest novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful fa├žade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
by Alexander McCall Smith

The New No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Novel

Precious Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are both back in harness at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but for once business is a bit slow. At Mma Makutsi's suggestion, Mma Ramotswe allows herself to be persuaded to take a holiday - her first ever, even if she finds it a bit odd that Mma Makusti should be so adamant about it. But just as Mma Ramotswe is ready to depart, a new client arrives, a young woman whose father was regarded as a hero in the history of Botswana. Now his reputation is being called into question - was he courageous, as is widely believed, or was he merely a philanderer and opportunist?

Rogue Lawyer
by John Grisham

Sebastian defends people other lawyers won't go near: a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house.  Why these clients? Because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he, Sebastian, has to cheat to secure one. He hates injustice, doesn't like insurance companies, banks, or big corporations; he distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the justice system's notions of ethical behavior.

On the right side of the law. Sort of.
The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island
by Bill Bryson

In this hotly anticipated new travel book, Bryson's first in fifteen years and sure to be greeted as the funniest book of the decade, he sets out on a brand-new journey, on a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis on the south coast to Cape Wrath on the northernmost tip of Scotland.  Once again, he will guide us through all that's best and worst about Britain today, while doing that incredibly rare thing of making us laugh out loud in public.
An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea
by Patrick Taylor

Long before Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly came to the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, young Surgeon-lieutenant O'Reilly answered the call of duty to serve in World War II.  Decades later, the war is long over, and O'Reilly is content to mend the bodies and souls of his patients in Ballybucklebo, but there are still changes and challenges aplenty. A difficult pregnancy, as well as an old colleague badly in denial concerning his own serious medical condition, tests O'Reilly and his young partner, Barry Laverty. But even with all that occupies him in the present, can O'Reilly ever truly let go of the ghosts from his past?

The Diamnd Caper
by Peter Mayle

When a Riviera socialite's diamonds are stolen-the latest in a string of seemingly unconnected but ever more audacious jewelry heists across France, Elena flies in to investigate the insurance claim. It's a trip she's more than happy to make, as it gives her a chance to meet up with old friends in Marseille-and, particularly, with Sam. 

Once reunited, Sam isn't entirely distracted by domestic matters. In the pattern of these "perfect crimes" he's beginning to see a master at work, and he's quickly determined to connect and solve the cases. But as he and Elena dig deeper, they begin to realize just how much is connected and how dangerous it may be to pursue the whole truth.

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  The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan  a $22.99 value. This gritty Irish novel was winner of The Guardian First Book Prize and an Irish Book Awards Winner "Book of the Year."   
Grant Auchincloss 
If you see your name above come into our Parksville store to pick up your new book!
Parksville store 
Friday, Nov 27th
Join us in our Parksville store for all day specials, prize draws, refreshments and fun!
It's our way to thank all our wonderful customers for your support and friendship over the year.
You can get something for yourself and tackle your Christmas list at the same time!  


We are pleased to announce our brand new website. On this mobile friendly site you'll find everything you need to know about upcoming events, tickets, staff picks, as well as our online store, with access to searching, reserving, and ordering books.

Go there now,
click here

Then bookmark it!

Cyber Cider Monday

Monday, Nov. 30th
Come in to 
The Mulberry Bush Book Stores in Parksville and Qualicum Beach 
for a warm cup of apple cider, a cookie and receive a 
10% discount 
off select titles.  

Join us for 
the fun of it !
Qualicum Beach
Don't miss out on this great night!

Thursday, November 19th
5pm - 9pm

Come in to our Qualicum store for an exciting night of shopping and fun for the whole family. We will have hourly specials as well as a chance to win a gift basket!

New Release Paperbacks

(Click on images for details)

About Grace
by Anthony Doerr From the author of All The Light We Cannot See


Us Conductors
by Sean Michaels


Blood Salt Water by Denise Mina


Golden Lion
by Wilbur Smith
& Giles Kristian


Night Blindness
by Susan Strecker


All the Stars in
the Heavens
by Adriana Trigiani


The Art of
Baking Blind
by Sarah Vaughan


The Winter Family 
by Clifford Jackman

Longlisted for The Scotiabank Giller Prize


Ancillary Mercy: Imperial Radch #3 by Ann Leckie


Dark Corners
by Ruth Rendell


Stocking Stuffers

Now in-stock, brand new purse pads. We also have many other gifts and stocking stuffers.

More arriving daily.

Come in now for the best selection!

Books For Everybody
Gift Guide
Is Here!

Don't miss out on our complimentary fall gift guide, in both stores now.

Catalogues include a wonderful selection of new books including fiction, reference, history, children's titles and include a 
$ 5 off coupon!

Pick up your free copy in store now.



Here is a list of local events we are selling tickets for:

Sunday, Nov. 15th 7:30pm
Civic Centre in Q.B. 
Tickets: $40.00 each

Monday, Dec. 14th
Q.B.Civic Centre. 
Tickets: $35.00 each

Thusday, Nov. 19th 1pm
Q.B. Civic Centre
Tickets: $10.00

Saturday, Nov. 7th 7pm
Fanny Bay Hall
Tickets: $15.00

Sunday, Nov 22 7:30pm
Beach Club Resort Parksville
Tickets: $23.00

Knox United Church Parksville    
Saturday, Dec. 12th 
3:00 pm  
Tickets : $32.00 &
$18.00 Students 
Please note - We do not reserve tickets.  Cash only - no debit or credit cards accepted for tickets.
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