News 12 September 2016
The kids are back in school and the lazy days of summer are over.
Most of our customers have returned to their year round homes and those of us who live here are settling into a slower pace of life.
The nights are a little cooler but the book selling business is heating up with the release of books by many of the big names in advance of the next season of literary awards and the Christmas shopping season.
Some of the most notable books that we have received in the past week are -
The Fortunate Brother by Donna Morrissey
After being uprooted from their fishing outport, the Now family is further devastated by the tragic loss of their eldest son, Chris, who died working on an Alberta oil rig. Kyle Now is still mourning his older brother when the murder of a local bully changes everything. The victim's blood is found on the family's pier, and suspicion falls first on an alienated wife, and then finally on the troubled Now family.
The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
The long-awaited new novel by the two-time Giller-shortlisted author is full of the qualities Gail Anderson-Dargatz's fans love: it's an intimate family saga rooted in the Thompson-Shuswap region of British Columbia, and saturated with the history of the place. A bold new story that bridges Native and white cultures across a bend in a river where the salmon run.
Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch
Once a celebrated writer, M had his greatest success with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. It told the story of a history teacher who went missing one winter after having a brief affair with a beautiful student of his. The teacher was never found. Upon publication, M’s novel was a runaway bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough.
That was years ago, and now M’s career is fading. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbour who keeps a close eye on him and his wife. Why?
And a couple of great ones for teenage readers
A Day of Signs and Wonders by Kit Pearson
Can your whole life change in a single day?
Emily dreams of birds. She feels constrained by nearly everything--her overbearing sisters, the expectation to be a proper young lady, and even her stiff white pinafore.
Kitty feels undone. Her heart is still grieving a tragic loss, and she doesn't want to be sent away to a boarding school so far away from home.
When the two girls meet by chance, on a beach on the outskirts of Victoria, BC, in 1881, neither knows that their one day together will change their lives forever.
Inspired by the childhood of acclaimed Canadian artist Emily Carr, A Day of Signs and Wonders is a sensitive and insightful look at friendship, family, and the foundations of an artist, drawn over the course of a single day--a day in which a comet appears, an artist is born and an aching hole in one girl's heart begins to heal.
The Art of Picking up Girls by Eric Walters
Graham is in a new school in a new city - having left his the small town where he was born and raised - dumped by his long-term girlfriend who is now dating his old best friend. He meets a new friend, Ethan, who lives his life in search of meeting girls. Ethan has a whole series of theories, rules, games, and cons that he uses - and teaches to Graham. All goes well until Graham meets somebody who he falls in love with - somebody who doesn't even know his real name.