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“I like how the long form – this is a long poem – can reinvent or respond to a story that’s already been told in an inventive way, in a new way. It asks us to reconsider what we think about it. It is a good form of protest, a hospitable form of protest. In poetry, I can lean away from the non-fiction aspects of sticking with the facts, and yet present the more important truth of the story.”

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Congratulations to Gaspereau Press on no less than FIVE awards and honourable mentions at the 33rd annual Alcuin Society book design awards! Proving once again that, when it comes to Gaspereau Press publications, you absolutely can judge a book by its cover. Beautiful inside and out, and all available at the Box of Delights.

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Happy United Nations World Book Day! April 23rd is an auspicious literary day. Shakespeare and Nabokov were born. Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and Cervantes died. It’s National Adopt-a-Library Day in the States, and the opening day of the Buenos Aires Book Fair. And finally, the South Korean city of Incheon has been named UNESCO’s World Book Capital for 2015.

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Okay everyone, time to start getting excited about Authors for Indies Day! On Saturday May 2nd we will celebrate the special relationship between authors and independent bookshops by hosting Ami McKay (The Birth House; The Virgin Cure), Dean Jobb (Empire of Deception), Ron Lightburn (The Pumpkin People; Frankenstink), Jan L. Coates (The Power of Harmony; Rocket Man), Nancy Rose (The Secret Life of Squirrels), and Karolyn Smardz-Frost (I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land). These celebrated authors will be volunteering in the shop as honorary booksellers, recommending their favourite books to you. Stay tuned for updates, and find out more at

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We are loving these haikus and short poems from @municipoet! An insight into the mysterious inner workings of Municipal government in Canada. Wood panelled chic/ Horseshoe seats with no view for/ gotten promises

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“Poetry is from the Greek poiein, ‘to make': a poem is something made, or in English we would more naturally say crafted.”

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We all woke to the sound of rain this morning, here in the Annapolis Valley, and though we know it’s doing good things for all the trees and Spring flowers we are patiently waiting to come back to life, it’s hard not to feel a little melancholy on such a grey, wet, muddy day. Luckily for us, there are countless poems and stories to read that will either take us away to a far off, sun-drenched land, or keep us here at home in a gentle contemplation of the rain. To get you in the mood, here’s one of our favourite poems by e.e.cummings, and an article about the importance of rain in the history of English literature. i have found what you are like the rain, (Who feathers frightened fields with the superior dust-of-sleep. wields easily the pale club of the wind and swirled justly souls of flower strike the air in utterable coolness deeds of green thrilling light with thinned newfragile yellows lurch —in the woods which stutter and sing And the coolness of your smile is stirringofbirds..

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“It seems like a small thing,” she says. “But a bunch of studies show that when girls don’t see themselves in textbooks, they’re less likely to envision themselves doing great things.”

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It’s a beautiful sunny day in Wolfville, and did you know April is National Poetry Month? We are papering our windows with our favourite poetic quotes, and we’d love you to help us out by sticking up your favourites, too! Lines from poems that move you, quotes from your favourite poets, your own poetry – anything you like. “Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that loves poems.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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“The book wasn’t a simple allegory of communism. Instead, it’s about the risk of any country—including a democracy—placing too much value on security. The tension between safety and personal freedom is an idea that resonates in today’s politics. ‘It’s normal to be afraid… But you can’t let the fear control your decisions. Otherwise, you risk becoming like Camazotz.'”

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Fresh out of the box: “Ladies of Letterpress: A Gallery of Prints with 86 Removable Posters” by Kseniya Thomas and Jessica C. White. While you’re browsing this beautiful book, don’t forget to check out the brilliant work of Deep Hollow Print and Dyan Hatanaka, Artist, our local ladies of letterpress.

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Music students! Your 2015 Annapolis Valley Music Festival programmes have arrived. See you soon!

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“Mary Poppins – What sort of wages does this magical woman make? Why does she allow her unique and extraordinary gifts to be wasted on children, who have no money at all? Why does she permit them to associate with a public factotum, who has never mastered steel to his own will? Absurdities on absurdities. This magical woman should be the iron mistress of a steel foundry, or the consort to a leader of men, not tending to the worthless offspring of a visionless banker.”

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April showers keeping the kids indoors? Snuggle up and read! Until May 1 we are offering -25% on hardcover children’s picture books. More than 100 titles to choose from!

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“What difference does that make? Why does that change everything? There’s always war. There’ve been battles all the time, as long as I can remember. What’s different about this?”

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Good morning all! We usually open at 12pm on Sundays, but today we are doing some electrical work and may not get everything wrapped up in time to open as usual. We will be here all day, however, so if you have the need for some books, please swing by!

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The wonderful Michael Bawtree is in store right now, reading from his new memoir, ‘As Far As I Remember’. He’ll be here until 4pm, signing copies. Come down for a cup of tea or a cold cider, all are welcome!

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“My politics in a nutshell: let’s stop giving corporations and newfangled contraptions what they need, and get back to giving human beings what we need.”

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