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News week of 23 June 2017

Welcome this weekend to the Dragon Boat teams – hope the rain stops for you!

New in hardcover this week is Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon, a collection of Outlander fiction including two novellas, all extending the story of Outlander in thrilling new directions.

Several new paperbacks worth noting –

Midnight Blue by Simone Van Der Vlught takes place in 17th century Holland, and tells the story of a young widow who becomes one of very few women working in the Delft pottery shops.


Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave is the story of a group of young friends in London, England who look for ways of contributing to the war effort. Humorous and heartbreaking – intimate losses, daily human triumphs, and a love story through the vast sweep of the Second World War.

The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop tells the story of a young woman, an artist, who struggles with motherhood and marriage. A fresh start in Australia is anything but, as she strives to find her place in the world. Beautifully written, perfectly paced, great read.

A Siege of Bitterns by Steve Burrows is the first in a series of Birder Murder Mysteries – winner of the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. And, no wonder! I’m now at the end of the second in the series and moving on to the third. Good mystery novel – with the bird watching element the icing on the cake.




Summer has arrived, along with the black flies. But also with the tourists and summer residents – thank goodness for them!

We are full gear into preparing for a busy summer. Boxes and boxes of books and stationery and puzzles are arriving every day. Please come in and see what is new.

The 2017 summer newsletter is about to be printed – lots of great books for your summer reading.

Some of the most notable books received in the past few weeks are

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy who wrote The God of Small Things so long ago – very exciting to have a new book from this author.  

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes is now out in paperback.

Peter Robinson’s 23rd Inspector Banks mystery, When the Music’s Over, is now in paperback.

We have a new selection of jigsaw puzzles for all ages, and Eeboo arts supplies for children.

2017 calendars featuring the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson are on sale for $2.50 each – and our sale table is full of wonderful books at bargain prices.

Happy Reading!

News week of 20 April 2017

A grey and cold day – but Mitch has his canoe paddles out across the street so it must be spring!

It has been a quiet week with only a few notable new releases.

The ever popular Wilbur Smith has a new Courtney Family novel War Cry, a thrilling tale of espionage, adventure, and danger, set in Africa from the Great War’s end to the dark days of World War II.

Donna Leon treats us to a taste of Venice with a new novel Earthly Remains, and the previous one, The Waters of Eternal Youth is now out in paperback. After a few less than superior books, I think Donna Leon is back in very good form with these two new Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery novels – and who doesn’t want to spend time in Venice!

Barbara Gowdy against all odds has completed her new book Little Sister – exploring the astonishing powers of empathy, the question of where we end and others begin and the fierce bonds of motherhood and sisterhood.

And just a reminder – there is an event worth attending Friday night – I am sure a good time will be had by all, supporting a great cause!



News Friday 7 April 2017

It has been a week of working on various projects and spending way too much time in front of a computer screen for me. Glad to go home at the end of the day and leave it all behind.




This Saturday we have a very special visitor in the Beatty Building – be sure to bring your children and grandchildren!





New & Noteworthy Books that arrived in the store this week

The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton

Now in paperback this is a wonderful story of a family farm, the brothers and their wives and children who live there. Changes threaten the future of the farm – but in this story we experience it as it was for Mary Frances “Frankie”. I loved it – look in our reviews to read more.

Dennis Lee – Collected poems 1967 – 2017 – Heart Residence

Once he was a young hot shot – now he’s the grand old man of Canadian poetry. Funny how that happens! 

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

Now in paperback, I read this novel a year ago and have found there are so many images that have stayed with me. It is the story about a young woman who, in the 1940s, gives up her own career to follow her physicist husband to Los Alamos. Really terrific book.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman is “now a major motion picture”.

The book is a wonderful story about the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo who survived the bombardment of the city and continued to attempt to protect the animals in their care – and a stream of Jews seeking safety. A really great book.



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