HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM THE BOOKSHOP!
“Personal connections and relationships can’t be replicated by the online shopping experience, and a feeling of connectedness was the common thread among the more successful [bookshop] owners… the common denominator seemed to be a very robust event calendar and integration into the neighborhood: live music, live readings, live discussions. Bookstores that double as community centers and cultural hubs make themselves invaluable on Main Street.”
Here begins a very overdue holiday message that promises to be as sappy and heartfelt as it is long, so take off your coat and stay awhile; it’s been a crazy year and we didn’t arrive here on our own. The shop celebrated forty years of independent bookselling. We helped to convince the Nova Scotia government that imposing provincial sales tax on books was a bad idea. We sold tickets for more than 40 live musical and theatrical performances. We organized, hosted, or facilitated 100 literary events (four of these attended by more than 150 people)… and we did it all while working secondary bookish jobs (myself as an editor, Mitzi as a librarian).
This place, this town, this Valley is incredible, in the basest sense of that word: it’s sometimes hard to believe that such a place can exist – let alone thrive – in such a remote part of the world. But I know the secret to our success, and so do you. It’s the reason why so many of us who were born in the Valley and have lived abroad for years now find ourselves trickling back and calling this place home again. It’s the reason you and your family came from away to trade your busy city life for an acre of land and a ramshackle farmhouse on a quiet road. It’s the community of like-minded, open-minded, and mindful people that we create as a whole.
The secret to our success is each other: the people who form our quirky little community. You are so creative, energetic, friendly, and willing to offer a helping hand that sometimes I am overwhelmed by the number of opportunities for collaboration. Therefore, I would like to end 2016 by thanking the individuals, organizations, and institutions who helped see us through another successful year. And while you’re reading, please bear in mind that it is only a fraction of the whole, and only represents those who participated in or otherwise helped with our 100 officially recorded events (and if I missed a couple of names I’m sorry! So many names!).
Missing from this list are the daily unsung supporters: the parents who bring their young ones in to indoctrinate them into a world of books, the quiet browsers, the expectant readers thrilled to see the latest title from their favourite author. Also missing are the anonymous helpers who make a noticeable difference: the woman and her daughter who minded the shop one afternoon while I ran to the post office to deliver a crucial package, the student who bought me a pack of construction paper from the pharmacy after overhearing me telling someone I had run out and needed some for a display, the scores of people who participated in our second annual public National Poetry Month project. And of course, last but certainly not least, you professors and librarians who choose to order your books from us instead of online, or from chains and big corporations – it’s the honest truth that without you, we’d be done. Thank you all, thank you always.
It’s a good place, (y)our little bookshop. Happy 2017 to everyone, and cheers to the next forty years.
<3 Mitzi and Hilary
STANDING OVATION FOR THE FOLLOWING:
AUTHORS, ARTISTS, & EVENT ORGANIZERS/PARTICIPANTS:
John Wall Barger
Jan L. Coates
Christy Ann Conlin
Peter M. Davison
Genevieve Allen Hearn
Alexander M. MacLeod
Kelly Marie Redcliffe
Alnoor Rajan Talwar
Wade Albert White
Jia Qing Wilson-Yang
Andrea Schwenke Wyile
John J. Guiney Yallop
INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS:
Acadia University Library
Acadia University Art Gallery
Al Whittle Theatre
Annapolis Valley Regional Library
Atlantic Publishers’ Marketing Association
Authors for Indies
Charles Macdonald Concrete House Museum
Conundrum Press – Canada
Deep Hollow Print
Deep Roots Music Festival
Devour The Food Film Fest
Gaspereau Press ¶ Printers & Publishers
Grand Pré Trails Society
Just Us Centre for Small Farms
Kaelyn’s Book Club
Merritt Gibson Library
Nimbus Publishing and Vagrant Press
The Not Dead Yet Collective
The Odd Book
One Book Nova Scotia
Proletarian Feminist Front – Wolfville
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
Rotary Club Wolfville – Mud Creek
Town of Wolfville
Valley Community Learning Association
Valley Youth Project
Wolfville Area Pride Group
Wolfville Farmers’ Market
Wolfville Historical Society
The Zine Makers’ Collective
INTREPID STAFF MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS:
Ben Bush Anderson
Olivia, Celeste, and Mercedes
Phew, what a list! If you’ve made it to the end, congratulations. You get the quiet bonus news that I (Hilary) will be taking a leave of absence from the bookshop from January – May. I’ll be back when the snow is melting, full of new ideas for future community projects and literary events. See you all there!
THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE BOOKSHOP…
Rainy days gotcha down? Cheer up with our post-Christmas sale! 50% off 2017 calendars and Christmas cards, 40% off Christmas books!
We will be opening at 12:30 tomorrow, January 3rd. Sorry for any inconvenience! See you soon 🙂
“Personal connections and relationships can’t be replicated by the online shopping experience, and a feeling of connectedness was the common thread among the more successful [bookshop] owners… the common denominator seemed to be a very robust event calendar and integration into the neighborhood: live music, live readings, live discussions. Bookstores that double as community centers and cultural hubs make themselves invaluable on Main Street.” Here begins a very overdue holiday message that promises to be as sappy and heartfelt as it is long, so take off your coat and stay awhile; it’s been a crazy year and we didn’t arrive here on our own. The shop celebrated forty years of independent bookselling. We helped to convince the Nova Scotia government that imposing provincial sales tax on books was a bad idea. We sold tickets for more than 40 live musical and theatrical performances. We organized, hosted, or facilitated 100 literary events (four of these attended by more than 150 people)…..
Happy Jólabókaflóð from all of us here at the bookshop! “Christmastime is just around the corner, which means that, soon, Icelandic publishing houses will be releasing hundreds of new titles onto the Icelandic book market, commencing a unique tradition known as the jólabókaflóð, or the Christmas Book Flood. Throughout this bustling and much-anticipated yearly event, bookstores across Iceland resemble miniature concert venues, where Icelandic authors of all genres read from and promote their latest work, transforming the holiday season into an extended city-wide literary festival.”
Head down to the Wolfville Farmers’ Market today for their special Solstice celebrations! We will be there with Soren Bondrup-Nielsen to promote his latest book (“Pukaskwa”) and we’ll also bring some new titles from Gaspereau Press ¶ Printers & Publishers. Soren is happy to sign copies and tell you about his research and travels! See you there!
Well, we were pretty excited about tonight’s event with Gwen Davies but the weather outside is truly frightful and we’ve decided to reschedule for another day. Stay tuned for the new date, and in the meantime follow Gwen’s literary musings on her blog… and throw another log on the fire! And make some hot chocolate. And stay off the roads if you can. Happy storm day!
“For the Center’s 75th anniversary, the CIA announced last month that it was releasing several albums of declassified maps, which represent its decades of activity, onto Flickr. From the Russian front of 1942 to the threatened elephant populations of Africa in 2013, the maps are an archive of American involvement in global conflicts and crises.” Does anyone else have a thing for old maps?
In case anyone was wondering! Thanks to my dear sister Clara for sending this one along.
Snow day! How about a fun quiz from Oxford Dictionaries before you settle down with that book you’ve been meaning to read…
Interested in a wintery read? Stop by the shop from 2-4pm today to meet local author Soren Bondrup-Nielsen and chat with him about his newest work, “Pukaskwa: A Naturalist’s Year Surveying Birds in the Lake Superior Wilderness”! He’ll be signing copies as well.
Thrilled to be hosting Falmouth native Jockie Loomer-Kruger tonight at 7pm! She will be talking about her life and her art. No charge to attend, books will be available for signing. See you there!
“In Wallace Stevens’s essay ‘The Noble Rider and the Sound of Words,’ he makes the argument that poetry is a place where we can preserve our imaginations, and resist the ‘pressure of the real,’ that is, the incessant drumming in of information, of news, of terrible events and realities. If we do not do so, he argues, we lose something essential to our humanity: our imagination.”
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.