The Mulberry Bush Bookstore Newsletter

Canada Reads 2016 is all about "starting over."

Explore the books below as you get ready for the debates, which are taking place
March 21-24.

Wab Kinew is back as host.
H ere are the finalists:
by Tracey Lindberg
Bone & Bread
by Saleema Nawaz
Minister Without Portfolio
by Michael Winter
The Hero's Walk
by Anita Rau Badami
The Illegal
by Lawrence Hill
We stock all Canada
Reads 2016 titles!
(Click on images to purchase or for details)
The End of Memory 
by Jay Ingram
Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive
by Mark L. Winston
This Book Will Make You Feel Beautiful
by Dr. Jessamy Hibberd
& Jo Usmar

Caring for a Loving
One with Dementia
by Marguerite


We currently have tickets for the following community events:

Valentine's Day Dance
Feb. 13th 8pm
Lighthouse Community Centre, Qualicum Bay
Tickets: $15.00 
Tickets for sale in Qualicum store only

Nico Rhodes Trio
Friday, Feb. 26th 7:30pm
St. Anne & St. E dmund
Church, Parksville
Tickets: $15.00 adults
$10 seniors & students
Under 12 free
Please note: We accept cheque or cash only for tickets. 

In Parksville:
102 - 280 E. Island Hwy
At Thrifty Foods Centre

Ph: 250.248.1193


Parksville Store Hours
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Sunday 10am - 4pm

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130 West 2nd Ave
Ph: 250.752.9722

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Sunday 11am-4pm


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Happy Valentine's Day! 
This year, why not give your Valentine something they can enjoy over and over again, a book!

If you are looking for some new reading, we have some wonderful new books in our stores this month. Check below in our  New Releases   section. We also personally recommend our favourite books in our  Staff Picks  section.
Happy reading!

Barb & Tom


Leigh's Pick
Wild Rose
by Sharon Butala

Wild Rose, an epic story of The West, now long gone, charts Sophie's journey from underloved child in religion bound rural Quebec, to headstrong young woman to exhausted homesteader to deserted bride and mother to independent businesswoman finding her way in a hostile, if beautiful, landscape. 

"Sharon Butala's  Wild Rose  is   a beautifully written historical fiction about the experience of pioneer women in the Canadian prairie."
Tina's Pick
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a captivating read.  It follows Frankie's life from his tumultuous birth in 1930's Spain through the musical world of the twentieth century.  The author cleverly intertwines Frankie's life with well known musicians of the 50's, 60's and beyond, even taking him into the craziness that was Woodstock.  I loved this book and didn't want to put it down!
"Everyone joins a band in this life, be it through music, family, friends or lovers and those connections change the world." This is Mitch Albom at his best!
Barb's Pick
Enough Bull: How to Retire Well Without the Stock Market, Mutual Funds, or Even an Investment Advisor
by David Trahair

Enough Bull  overturns the conventional wisdom about retirement planning, and offers the simple secrets to securing a comfortable retirement. In an accessible and straightforward style, this practical guide explains how it's possible to save for retirement starting later in life, retire comfortably on less money, and incur less risk. Updated to apply to both the U.S. and Canada, this new second edition offers a message of hope for average, cash-strapped baby boomers by detailing a step-by-step plan for avoiding all the traps, doing the exact 
opposite  of what the major financial institutions recommend, and still coming out further ahead.
Jan's Pick
The Fox and the Star
by Coralie Bickford-Smith

The Fox and the Star  is the story of a friendship between a lonely Fox and the Star who guides him through the frightfully dark forest. Illuminated by Star's rays, Fox forages for food, runs with the rabbits, and dances in the rain-until Star suddenly goes out and life changes, leaving Fox huddling for warmth in the unfamiliar dark. To find his missing Star, Fox must embark on a wondrous journey beyond the world he knows-a journey lit by courage, newfound friends, and just maybe, a star-filled new sky. 
Tom's Pick
The Chessmen
by Peter May

Book 3 of the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
Now, with  The Chessmen,  Peter May gives us a dramatic conclusion to his award-winning Lewis trilogy. Living again on the Isle of Lewis, the ex-Detective Inspector Fin McLeod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate Fin encounters the elusive poacher and former childhood friend Whistler Macaskill.

Book 1 The Black House       Book 2 The Lewis Man
Fresh Picked Fiction
The Shut Eye
by Belinda Bauer

Five footprints are the only sign that four-year-old Daniel Buck was ever here. And now they are all his mother has left. Every day, Anna Buck guards the little prints in the cement. Polishing them to a shine. Keeping them safe. Spiraling towards insanity.

Anna is desperate for hope, which she's not getting from the police, or her husband James. So when a woman tells her she's found a true psychic, a 'shut eye,' she grasps at it. Maybe he can tell her what happened to her son. But when she meets the psychic, what she gets is not at all what she suspected.
At the Water's Edge
by Sara Gruen

After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year's Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis's father, a former army colonel who is already embarrassed by his son's inability to serve in WWII due to color-blindness. Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father's favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and, when he finds it, he will restore his father's name and return to his father's good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day, the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. Meanwhile, Maddie undergoes a social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and, finally, to love.
Paul Temple and The Madison Case
by Francis Durbridge

Paul and Steve plan to relax and take in some fresh sea air on board a luxurious trans-Atlantic liner ... that is until they meet the elusive Sam Portland. After the innocent introduction, grave danger lies ahead for the couple.
  The Piano Maker
by Kurt Palka

The story moves back and forth in time as Helene, settling into a simple life, playing the piano for church choir, recalls the extraordinary events that brought her to this place. They include the early loss of her soldier husband and the reappearance of an old suitor who rescues her and her daughter, when she is most desperate; the journeys that very few women of her time could even imagine, into the forests of Indochina in search of ancient treasures and finally, and fatefully, to the Canadian north. When the town policeman confronts her, past and present suddenly converge and she must face an episode that she had thought had been left behind forever.
The Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Buried Giant  begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards-some strange and other-worldly-but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.

The Princeling of Nanjing
by Ian Hamilton

Ava is in Shanghai for the launch of the PÖ clothing line. She has invited Xu, and over the course of the glitzy event and a late-night dinner, she detects a certain hesitancy in him. He confides that the Tsai family, headed by Tsai Lian, the governor of Jiangsu Province and a "princeling" - he is the son of a general who was on the Long March with Mao and a member of China's power elite - is trying to force him and his Triad organization back into the drug business. Xu is already paying millions of dollars a year to various Tsai businesses, but the family wants more and thinks the new venture can deliver it. Xu believes this move would lead to his eventual destruction and feels he has nowhere to turn. If he opposes them, they will crush him. If he goes along with them, he thinks that inevitably the police and military will hunt him down.
A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Travelers-magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes, connected by one magical city.

There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad king-George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered-and where Kell was raised alongside Rhys Maresh, the rougish heir to a flourishing empire. White London-a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Sins of the Father
by Graham Hurley

A rich old man, Rupert Moncrieff, is beaten to death in the silence of his West Country waterside mansion, his head hooded and his throat cut. His extended family are still living beneath his roof, each with their own room, their own story, their own ghosts, and their own motives for murder. And in this world of darkness and dysfunction are the artefacts and memories of colonial atrocities that are returning to haunt them all.

At the heart of the murder investigation is DS Jimmy Suttle who, along with his estranged journalist wife Lizzie, is fighting his own demons after the abduction and death of their young daughter, Grace.
Family Day

Monday, February 8th

Parksville Store ~ 9am - 4pm
Qualicum Store ~ 11am - 4pm


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 

This month our lucky winner will receive Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and Change in the Invisible Arctic by James Raffan , a $34.99 value.
 Shelia Artiss


If you are this month's winner, please come into our Parksville store to collect your prize.