THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE BOOKSHOP…
“Controlling access to the scrolls has always been a form of power.”
Dear Rogers Hometown Hockey, welcome to Wolfville! Please let Mr. MacLean know that we’d love him to sign “Hockey Towns” if he has a moment to pop downtown and visit our shop on Main Street. Goooooooooal!
Coders, illustrators, educators, and publishers, take note! If you’re looking for a way to help welcome the thousands of refugees imminently arriving, this could be a good one: Design and distribute a free picture dictionary tailored for ESL learners.
“Our relationships to our most meaningful books are long and textured. And until we can trust our digital reading platforms, until the value propositions of digital are made clearer, until the notes and data we produce within them is more accessible and malleable, physical books will remain at the core of our working libraries for a long time coming.”
Mind. Blown. Just a little bit… okay, who am I kidding. A LOT. Could everyone please read this and then we can start a dialogue? “Let us name those things that are nameless, as Solnit describes, the way “mansplaining” or “rape culture” or “sexual harassment” were nameless before feminists named them. Let those names sing. Let us hear the stories we are telling ourselves about ourselves. Let us remember that we become the stories we tell. Let us embrace a do-it-yourself canon, wherein we each make our own canon filled with what we love to read, what speaks to us and challenges us and opens us up, wherein we can each determine our artistic lineages for ourselves, with curiosity and vigor, rather than trying to shoehorn ourselves into a canon ready made and gifted us… Let us burn this motherfucking system to the ground and build something better.”
In anticipation of the Syrian refugees arriving in Nova Scotia, Grapevine Editor Emily Leeson has spearheaded “Fill a Backpack,” a public project aimed at welcoming a very specific (and often overlooked) demographic: teenagers. It’s already hard enough being a teenager, so let’s be sure to give these young people an extra-special welcome. Click on the link to find out more about this project, and for suggested donation ideas. We here at the bookshop are happy to contribute as the drop-off point for donations in the Valley until December 31st.
Alan Staton from the UK Booksellers Association said that Black Friday was ‘the antithesis’ of what booksellers stand for: an informed, relaxed environment in which to purchase the most thoughtful kind of Christmas gift – a book. “We’re going to invite people in the shop to take a seat… and explain to us what they’re looking for and how they’re feeling… Then we’ll go about plucking titles off the shelf to bring back for them to look at in the chair… It’s the most civilised thing ever to happen in a shop – absolutely the antidote to Black Friday.” Thanks to letterpress printer Laura MacDonald for sending this article our way. Who knows – we may host a “Civilised Saturday” ourselves. Drop into the bookshop next weekend to find out!
“My self… is a dramatic ensemble. Here a prophetic ancestor makes his appearance. Here a brutal hero shouts. Here an alcoholic bon vivant argues with a learned professor. Here a lyric muse, chronically love-struck, raises her eyes to heaven. Here papa steps forward, uttering pedantic protests. Here the indulgent uncle intercedes. Here the aunt babbles gossip. Here the maid giggles lasciviously. And I look upon it all with amazement, the sharpened pen in my hand.”
Book lovers across the region wait all year for the release of Atlantic Books for the Holidays, the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s guide to new and popular books for the holiday season. #giveatlanticbooks #eastcoastliving #booksmakethebestgifts
The OED has chosen an emoji as the 2015 “word” of the year. I’m not sure how to process this. Pictographic languages are not a new concept, and even alphabetic symbols are arbitrary “drawings”… but.. Thoughts? Emojis?
Is there a connection between Sherlock Holmes and Greek mythology? Yes, and it’s literally a tie that binds. Watch and learn!
“There are misconceptions about the intentions of migrants, and immigrants, and refugees… From this piece of work, I’d like people just to get a sense of what it is to make these journeys, and what it is these young people are trying to escape… No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.” Writer Inua Ellams created “Dolphins” based on refugee children’s stories about travelling from their home country to the UK. This piece is part of “The Refugee Tales”, a collection of stories told by writer and artists to highlight the journeys of refugees and asylum seekers to the UK.
Kenton Nelson, “Read #2” 2013, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 30 inches.
“Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery.” – Reverend Charles Caleb Colton, from the deliciously titled “Lacon; or, Many Things in Few Words, Addressed to Those Who Think.” 8th ed. (London: S. Marks, 1842), 114.
Politician, lawyer, and author BOB RAE will be at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville tonight at 6:30 to receive Acadia University’s H. T. Reid Lectureship. This event is free and open to the public. Mr. Rae will be speaking on the topic “What’s Happened to Politics?” Books will be available for purchase and signing following the event.
“A fiery denunciation of war and oppression, the abuse of press and dysfunctional political institutions, [Shelley’s] poem goes even further, asking if ‘rank corruption’ shall ‘pass unheeded by’, mourning how ‘Millions to fight compell’d, to fight or die / In mangled heaps on War’s red altar lie’. He also fulminates against the ‘cold advisers of yet colder kings … who scheme, regardless of the poor man’s pang, / Who coolly sharpen misery’s sharpest fang, / Yourselves secure.’”
We’re closed for Remembrance Day and in honour of the occasion we recommend “In Flanders Fields: 100 Years” (ed. Amanda Betts, Penguin Random House, 2015). Marking the centennial of John McCrae’s evocative poem, this new collection of essays by thirteen historians, poets, and novelists pays heartfelt tribute to his timeless work, which entered the collective consciousness of the western world soon after its publication and has steadfastly remained there ever since. This important book includes contributions by Romeo Dallaire, Tim Cook, Ken Dryden, Patrick Lane, Wade Davis, Frances Itani, Margaret Atwood, and George Elliott Clarke.
Local editor and food writer Avery Peters has just launched “Wild Eats,” where she muses about cooking and creative, healthy living. Visit the site to download her free ebook, “Soup Vignettes.”
“Benjamin Rush, a founding father of the United States, noted that booksellers were peculiarly susceptible to mental derangement. Recasting Seneca’s ancient warnings in the language of psychology, Rush reported that booksellers were prone to mental illness because their profession required the ‘frequent and rapid transition of the mind from one subject to another’.” The Odd Book, King’s Co-op Bookstore, Atlantis Books, Bookmark II, The Inside Story, Lunenburg Bound, Lexicon Books, Shakespeare and Sons Bookstore, Berlin, Mosaic Books, Tidewater Books, Dartmouth Book Exchange…