THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE BOOKSHOP…
As an experienced feminist killjoy, I am thrilled to host sister killjoy Erin Wunker tonight at 5:30pm to discuss her brand-new book of essays. Erin is an assistant professor at Acadia University so this event will be well-attended by her colleagues and students… get here early if you want a good seat! BookThug
Baby, it’s cold outside! On a slushy snowy day like this, I fondly remember my days minding Atlantis Books in Santorini… here’s hoping they continue to find improbable, inspirational success.
A bookish quiz for prospective employees? Hmmm, you may be onto something there, Strand Book Store. The Literary Aptitude Tests. I like it. Thanks to Bill Fleming for pointing this one out to us.
Wow, what an amazing night at the bookshop! We had so many people turn up for the screening of Blade Runner I ran out of chairs. Anyone who is disappointed they missed it can like the The Not Dead Yet Collective page to get updates for the next book-to-film event, or just stay tuned here for cross-postings. Suggestions welcome… Jaws? The Princess Bride? Lord of the Flies? The options are endless. Thanks so much to Megan from Cinematopia Wolfville for making it happen. Rent videos, people… she is an important community resource and we need to support her in order to keep events like these going.
Calling all sci-fi geeks and film buffs! Tonight at 7pm The Not Dead Yet Collective (a friendship between us, a bookshop, and Cinematopia Wolfville, a video store) presents the second in a series of FREE film screenings based on books. This round features “Blade Runner” adapted from Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” We will watch the movie together and then discuss afterwards. BYO snacks and drinks (and beanbag chairs and blankets!). We had a great turn-out for “The Shining” last month and hope even more people will be able to join this time!
“Combining two of my favorite winter (or rather any season) activities is the project Librottiglia, a newly designed set of wines which feature short stories built into their labels.” Interesting… perhaps an idea for a future collaboration between local authors and vineyards in Nova Scotia? Gaspereau Winery, Grand Pré Wines, Jost Vineyards, Avondale Sky Winery and D’Vine Morsels Restaurant, Blomidon Estate Winery, Luckett Vineyards, Planters Ridge.
Fred dropped in to show me his latest drawings! This one is called “Spirit Eagle.” Always nice to chat with Fred.
Uh, so cool! No, we can’t order it (available only online via the publisher, no worries) but everyone should check this out. What a GREAT IDEA!!
Here’s a little reminder that magic is real: Hermione Granger – aka Milla Saklofske – paid us a visit on Saturday, handily winning our costume contest and a free copy of J. K. Rowling’s latest! Posted with permission from Milla’s dad (aka Hagrid).
“Lullabies for Little Criminals” is one of my favourite novels, so I’m pretty excited to welcome Heather O’Neill to Wolfville tonight as part of the Authors@Acadia reading series. BAC Room 132 at 7pm, see event page for more details.
We’ve been in knee-deep in political conversations at the bookshop for the past week, and you know what? It feels good to discuss these things with you, book community. So, in that spirit: I’ve been thinking a lot about the Steven Galloway case tonight, especially in light of that open letter that has been signed by many of CanLit’s most recognizable names. I would like to share with you this deeply moving article that Lawrence Hill wrote in response to the case for the Globe and Mail, but I would also like to know your own opinion and thoughts about how the story is playing out…
Is your Friday strangely lacking political activism and poetry readings? You’re in luck; we have BOTH and it won’t cost you anything to come along for the ride! At 4pm join the Proletarian Feminist Front – Wolfville here at the bookshop as we “Reject the Politics of Hate and Fear” together. (Remember last week, when we were all depressed? This week we’re getting organized.) Then at 7pm, we celebrate poets Genevieve Lehr and Margo Wheaton’s latest works with a special doubleheader reading. Check out each individual event page for more info. See you there!
Busy times here at the shop! Tonight we welcome Marcel Morin and Jamie Robertson of the Grand Pré Trails Society discussing their book “The Landscapes of Grand Pre.” This slim book is beautifully designed and well-researched, and would make a great gift for anyone interested in local history and cartography. 7-8pm, no charge to attend. See you there! And thanks to intrepid reporter (and newly minted town councillor) Wendy Elliott for the great article highlighting this week’s upcoming events!
NOTICE: The bookshop will close early today due to the death of part of my soul. Also due to the need to breathe fresh air and feel sunlight on my face before I go home. Also because I can’t stop crying and it’s embarrassing the customers. So if you need a hug and/or a novel, try to come visit before 4pm. Recommended reading: Plato, “The Republic,” Simone de Beauvoir, “The Second Sex,” Neil Gaiman, “Instructions,” Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Dispossessed,” Kafka, “The Trial,” Rousseau, “The Social Contract,” Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time,” Shaun Tan, “The Red Tree,” Terry Fallis, “The Best Laid Plans,” Machiavelli, “The Prince,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, “We Should All be Feminists,” Aristophanes, “Lysistrata,” Harry G. Frankfurt, “On Bullshit,” John Kennedy Toole, “A Confederacy of Dunces.” In whatever order you like. I’m out.
“In” by Nikki McClure I only want to stay in. In my pajamas. Inside. In . In. In. I’ll climb in this basket and there I will stay. Until I make a rocket ship to fly away. But I will only fly in innerspace. I’ll pour milk in mint tea and put marmalade in hot popovers then more marmalade in more popovers. I’ll read book in laps. And in the bathroom. I only want to stay in. Inside. Indoors. In. In. In…
“On the eve of World War I, three American male explorers stumble onto an all-female society somewhere in the distant reaches of the earth. Unable to believe their eyes, they promptly set out to find some men, convinced that, since ‘this is a CIVILIZED country… there must be men.’ So begins this sparkling utopian novel, a romp through the whole world of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine,’ as on target today as when it was written  years ago.” Oh, Charlotte Perkins Gilman… I wish you could be here with us tonight.
“How have we not exploded into a new civil rights movement with women and men together rushing on to the streets to demand that female humanity matters? Where is our primal scream against being bullied, dismissed, reviled for the misdeeds of others and witch-hunted for the crime of being competent while female?” Award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver weighs in on “this misogynistic horror show.”
A few photos from Friday evening’s event at the bookshop!
Chef John Sundstrom is here signing copies of his cookbook “Lark: Cooking Wild in the Northwest” until 6pm! Come say hello!