The Mulberry Bush Bookstore Newsletter


The Canada Reads 2017 shortlist has been announced.

What is the one book Canadians need now? 
That's the question at the heart of the next edition of Canada Reads, which will take place from March 27 to 30, 2017. 
Ali Hassan, from CBC's Laugh Out Loud, will host the show for the first time.

Read them all and join in the fun during the Canada Reads debates.
Click on book covers for details.
The Right to
be Cold
by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Fifteen Dogs
by Andre Alexis

Company Town
by Madeline Ashby

The Break
by Katherena Vermette

by M.G. Vassanji

(Click on images to purchase or for details)
Young Elizabeth: The Making of
the Queen
by Kate Williams
Dyeing to Spin 
& Knit
by Felicia Lo

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen
by Joanna Faber & Julie King

Better Now Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for all Canadians
by Dr. Danielle Martin

There is No Good 
Card For This 
by Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell

Fireside Feasts & Snow Day Treats Indulgent Comfort Food Recipies for Winter Eating


We currently have tickets for the following community events:

Sweet Roses Handel's
German Arias
Friday, Feb. 10th 7:30pm
Knox United Church,
Tickets:  Adults $25.00 
Seniors $20.00

Maloomba Boogie Band
Fundraiser for Linda Tenney Cancer Fund
Friday, Feb. 17th 
Lighthouse Community Hall, Qualicum Bay
Tickets: $15.00 adults

Irish at Heart
by Fergus O'Byrne
Friday, Mar. 3rd 
Appetizers 6pm
Show 7:00pm
Knox United Church, Parksville
Tickets: $35.00 

Northern Tapestry
A Lost World 
Multimedia Concert
Saturday, April 1st
Qualicum Civic Centre
Tickets: $20.00 
Student/Child $10.00

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
 9am - 5:30pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

In Qualicum Beach:
130 West 2nd Ave
Ph: 250.752.9722

Qualicum Beach 
Store Hours
Monday 9am-5pm
Tuesday- Saturday
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


in our Qualicum Beach store
After more than ten years with us, our good friend and wonderful bookseller, Tina Timmermans, retired at the end of January.
We think back on countless times of fun and laughter with Tina.  She brightened each and every day as she served you, our customers, with professional knowledge and expertise, kindness, and her lovely sense of humour.  She will be greatly missed by Tom, Barb, and all our staff, and by all her friends and customers in the book store.
We wish Tina lots of happiness in the years ahead.
We want to welcome our daughter, Marianne Vickers, as our new bookseller in our Qualicum store.  Marianne has many years' experience with us and in the book trade.  For the past ten years she has done an amazing job  looking after our social media communications, including our monthly e-newsletters for adults and children.   Please come in and say 'hello' to her.
And of course, we are delighted that Leigh Buchanan, our talented book diva, will continue to be with us, serving her many customers in our Qualicum Beach book store.

Leigh's Pick
The Dogs of Littleford
by Suzanne Berne

Littlefield, Massachusetts, named one of the Twenty Best Places to Live in America, is full of psychologists and college professors, proud of its fine schools, its girls' soccer teams, its leafy streets, and quaint village center.

Yet when sociologist Dr. Clarice Watkins arrived in Littlefield to study the elements of "good quality of life" someone begins poisoning the town's dogs. Are the poisonings in protest to an off-leash proposal for Baldwin Park-the subject of much town debate-or the sign of a far deeper disorder?

"This is an incisively funny and tender examination of people in a small town. Beautifully written and psychologically tense, the story unravels the poisoning of Littlefield's most innocent inhabitants - its dogs."
Carol's Pick
History of Wolves
by Emily Fridlund
"This novel centers around a young girl living in a remote cabin in a former commune.  She is isolated at home and an outcast at school, but she wants to fit in, to belong somewhere.  Her life starts to expand when she becomes a babysitter for a family who is spending a few weeks in a house across the lake.  The story is told brilliantly, with some beautiful moments, and a tension that builds from the first chapter."
Barb's Pick
The Marriage Bureau
True Stories of 1940's London Matchmakers
by Penrose Halson

In the spring of 1939, with the Second World War looming, two determined twenty-four-year-olds, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, decided to open a marriage bureau. They found a tiny office on London's Bond Street and set about the delicate business of matchmaking. Drawing on the bureau's extensive archives, Penrose Halson-who many years later found herself the proprietor of the bureau-tells their story, and those of their clients.

"This is a charming biography about two 24 year olds, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, who opened and ran a matchmaking marriage bureau throughout WW2, giving us many delightful stories of the period.  A thoroughly enjoyable read!"
Tom's Pick
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See

"This is story telling at its best, set in a remote Akha Village in the Yunnan province, blending well researched culture that is immersed in the picking and cultivating of Tea Leaves. This story of Li-Yan and her family is bound together with a beautifully woven plot, that explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter. I highly commend this title."

Jan's Pick
Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly

"This is the fascinating true story of the "Human Computers" a group of African American female mathematicians and their experiences working at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton Virginia beginning in World War II. 

Like their counterparts, the Bletchley Girls in England, these women worked tirelessly and made important and until now largely unsung contributions. From warplanes to rockets to landing on the moon to space shuttles, these women were fundamental to NASA's greatest successes including the Apollo Missions of the 1960's and beyond."
Marianne's Pick
The Twilight Wife
by A.J. Banner

Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the last few years of her life, her world has narrowed to a few close friendships on the island where she lives with her devoted husband, Jacob.

But all is not what it seems. Kyra begins to have visions-or are they memories of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents, whom she believes to be her friends. 

"This book started out intriguing and ended up unputdownable. What seems obvious at the beginning becomes clouded as the layers build in this great suspense story. If you enjoyed Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, you'll enjoy this thriller."
Fresh Picked Fiction
Selection Day
by Aravind Adiga

Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket-if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI

But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn't know. Sometimes it even seems as though everyone has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself. When Manju meets Radha's great rival, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, everything in Manju's world begins to change, and he is faced by decisions that will challenge his understanding of it, as well as his own self.
Dragon Springs Road
by Janie Chang

Abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate outside Shanghai, seven-year-old Jialing learns she is zazhong-Eurasian-and thus doomed to face a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. The Yang family, new owners of the estate, reluctantly take her in as a servant. As Jialing grows up, her only allies are Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the courtyard for more than 300 years. But when a young English girl appears and befriends the lonely orphan-and then mysteriously vanishes-Jialing's life takes an unexpected turn and gives her hope of finding her long-lost mother.
Welcome to Night Vale
by Joseph Fine & Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale . . . a friendly desert community somewhere in the American Southwest. In this ordinary little town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are commonplace parts of everyday life, the lives of two women, with two mysteries, are about to converge.
  How to Find Love in a Bookshop
by Veronica Henry

Nightingale Books, nestled on the high street in the idyllic Cotswold town of Peasebrook, is a dream come true for booklovers. 

But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open. The temptation to sell up is proving enormous - but what about the promise she made to her father? Not to mention the loyalty she owes to her customers.

Sarah Basildon, owner of stately pile Peasebrook Manor, has used the bookshop as an escape from all her problems in the past few years. But is there more to her visits than meets the eye?

Fire By Night
by Teresa Messineo
In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo's heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school.
The Sudden Appearance of Hope
by Claire North

My name is Hope Arden, and you won't know who I am. But we've met before-a thousand times.

It started when I was sixteen years old.

A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger.

No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit, you will never remember who I am.

That makes my life difficult. It also makes me dangerous.

Her Every Fear
by Peter Swanson

Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life. 

But soon after her arrival at Corbin's grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own-curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey's. 
  family_bikes_garden.jpgFamily Day

February 13th

Parksville Store ~ 9am - 5:30pm
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 The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker in the Okanagan by Jennifer Schell , a $29.95 value.
Dee Arnold


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