Why historian Karolyn Smardz Frost tells the stories of freedom seekers

In anticipation of Karolyn Smardz Frost’s upcoming talk on February 28th, 2017 at 7pm at Acadia Art Gallery

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34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year

“I love white women’s books, and I love books by men, but I wanted to read women of color, too. (…) What I discovered was that (…) there wasn’t much else I could find. I wasn’t hunting for unicorns.”

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Arthur Grebneff showcasing his new photograph at the bookshop, the latest in his series of “People Who Make a Difference.” Thank YOU, Arthur, for making a difference!

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Booker club: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

The Not Dead Yet Collective is BACK! We are on the edge of our seats anticipating the screening of “The English Patient” next Monday. Come for the FREE movie, stay for the titillating cine-geek discussion with our friends and co-hosts from Cinematopia Wolfville afterwards. 7pm at the bookshop, BYO popcorn and snacks.

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The Radical Argument of the New Oxford Shakespeare

According to series editor Gary Taylor, the New Oxford Shakespeare (which credits seventeen plays with co-authors, including Marlowe) sees the Bard as “but one star among many,” which “could open us up to other models of literary value” and “raise a timely question about the relationship between books and history, about whether a society should value imaginative reading.”

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Author Philip Pullman Announces A Follow-Up Trilogy To 'His Dark Materials'

“I’ve been greatly criticized for the attention to religion that I give in the books, but I’ve been criticized, on the whole, by people who haven’t read the books. My attitude to religion is that religion is a most interesting and extraordinary human phenomenon. I’m fascinated by it, interested in it, and at some points critical of it.” For fans of the “Dark Materials” trilogy, get excited! Philip Pullman is back with a new trilogy about Lyra Belacqua and the nature of Dust this October.

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Nova Scotia Heritage Day

Heads up that we will be closed this upcoming Monday the 20th of February for Nova Scotia Heritage Day! In 2017 we celebrate Mi’kmaq culture.Take the opportunity to spend some time with your family and read work by a Mi’kmaq author. We suggest “Generations Re-merging,” poetry by Shalan Joudry published by Gaspereau Press ¶ Printers & Publishers, or the children’s book “The Thundermaker,” written and illustrated by Alan Syliboy, published by Nimbus Publishing and Vagrant Press.

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Stuart McLean: Creator of The Vinyl Café wove beguiling tales

“He was an awkward underdog of a kid who was more interested in stories than studies.” Thank you, Stuart, for your stories. I’m really going to miss hearing your voice on the radio. So long for now.

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Nothing like a beautiful, socially relevant card to start the day 🙂

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We will be closed today folks. Stay safe and warm out there. A great day to cozy up with a book and a warm drink.

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6 oh-so Canadian love stories to warm your heart this Valentine's Day | CBC Canada 2017

A very sweet article by the author of “Hot, Wet & Shaking,” Kaleigh Trace.

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Christopher Strachey’s Nineteen-Fifties Love Machine

Goethe once said that a good love letter should be “completely incomprehensible, so that friends and lovers would have complete liberty to put true meaning into it.”

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The True History of Fake News

”News of this sort—indeed, of most sorts—could not be published in France before 1789, but it traveled by word of mouth and underground gazettes, thanks to nouvellistes who fulfilled the same function as paragraph men. They picked up “news” from places where gossips gathered, such as certain benches in the Tuileries Gardens and the “Tree of Cracow” in the garden of the Palais Royal. Then, sometimes for the sheer pleasure of transmitting information, they scribbled the latest items on bits of paper, which they traded among themselves in cafés or (lacking the Internet) left on benches for others to discover.”

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The snow is piled high but we made it through the storm. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, we are open!

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Valentines Day is just around the corner! Stop by to fill out a heart for your chance to win a free book as part of the Hearts & Kisses campaign.

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10 books to read during Black History Month

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Roxane Gay pulls book from Simon & Schuster over Milo Yiannopoulos deal

“His book ‘Dangerous’ received a $250,000 advance from Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, horrifying many in the publishing industry.”

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Teens behind racist graffiti sentenced to visit Holocaust Museum, read books by black and Jewish authors

“The boys… have been sentenced to read books from a list that includes works by prominent black, Jewish and Afghan authors, write a research paper on hate speech, go to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and listen to an interview with a former student of the Ashburn Colored School… [The] reading list includes “The Beautiful Struggle,” the memoir of Ta-Nehisi Coates; and “Night,” Elie Wiesel’s searing account of Auschwitz… two works by Afghan author Khaled Hosseini and other important works by Alice Walker and Toni Morrison…. They also must write reports on the books they read.”

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Weird and Hilarious Illustrations from Victorian-Era Shakespeare Plays

“Scholarship aside, it’s fun to look at the images for their inherent wonder and weirdness—they’re a reminder that even the most highbrow of literatures can be exceedingly goofy.”

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Mo Willems’s Funny Failures

“Beatrix Potter had no children, Maurice Sendak had no children, Margaret Wise Brown had no children, Tove Jansson had no children, and Dr. Seuss had no children. Even [Mo] Willems began writing for children before he had a child. But what makes these adults so in touch with the distinct color and scale of the emotions of children?… I now have a new theory: Tove Jansson began her Moomin series during the Nazi occupation of Finland; Paddington Bear was modelled on the Jewish refugee children turning up alone in London train stations. Arnold Lobel, the creator of the Frog and Toad books, came out to his children as gay and died relatively young, from aids. I wonder if the truer unity among children’s-book authors is sublimated outrage at the adult world. If they’re going to serve someone, it’s going to be children.”

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