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Upcoming Events, March-April 2014

• Join us on March 29 from 2–4pm, when John DeCoste will be in-store signing copies of his new book, Living the Dream: The Acadia Axemen at the Nationals 1963-2013. A fantastic gift for sports fans, historians, and Acadia grads, this book is a wonderful retrospective of a team with a rich history at Acadia University.

• On April 1 is the final instalment of the winter Authors@Acadia series. Take advantage of an exciting opportunity to hear celebrated Montreal writer and visual artist, Rawi Hage (author of Canada Reads 2014 runner-up for Cockroach), who will be at the KCIC Auditorium at 7pm, reading from his most recent novel, Carnival.
“Alternately laughing at absurdity and crying out at oppression, by turns outrageous, hilarious, sorrowful, and stirring, Carnival is a tour de force that will make all of life’s passengers squirm in their comfortable, complacent seats.”
There will be books for sale after the talk, with an opportunity to have them signed by the author. Don’t miss it!

• For parents of children attending the Glooscap Elementary School, The Box of Delights is happy to be running this year’s Book Fair from April 7-11, and will be offering a wide array of children’s books from most of the major publishers. Feel free to stop in at any time to place special orders!

• Though it may be dragging its heels, spring is indeed upon us! It’s Seedy Saturday on April 12th at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, and all the best gardening minds will be around to give advice as we enter a new growing season. Come by the shop and browse our gardening books, featuring titles by Jodi DeLong, Niki Jabbour, and Elizabeth Peirce.

• Last but not least, don’t forget that April is National Poetry Month. Stop in and peruse our selection of Canadian, international, kids’ and classic poetry, including a large selection of works published and printed by our local artisan press, Gaspereau Press. Poetry has never looked this beautiful!

Stay tuned and we will post any other events as they are added.

Happy spring!


DSCF2756Welcome to our new monthly feature. This is a work in progress…so bear with us! This started as an August newsletter and lo and behold! here it is September…so I had best get on with it before it’s October.
First of all, I would like to thank Ian McKay for setting up this website and getting us started. Secondly, many thanks to James Skinner for refining and defining it. James is also responsible for our newest tool, a very cool TV in the side window at The Box of Delights Bookshop.  It is directly linked with Valley Events and shows all the readings and events we are holding or are associated with, as well as, all the local events we are selling tickets for. (The picture above was taken during the day, one taken at night will be even cooler…we just have to do it.)
If you can’t get into Wolfville to check out the TV you can simple look at our website under Events & Readings or Tickets to get the same or, sometimes, more information.

Ramona Jennex and Jeff Cantwell Story Mob

Ramona Jennex and Jeff Cantwell Story Mob

Saturday September 7 saw the very first Story Mob in Wolfville. A large crowd gathered at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market to read and listen to Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. We had a blast. Keep your ears open for another one coming soon (maybe).

On Saturday September 14 from 11:00am to 1:00pm meet L.P.Suzanne Atkinson, author of Emily’s Will Be Done. This young adult novel offers the reader through engaging narrative, concrete information on the mechanics of executing a will.

Friday September 20 at 7:00pm we welcome Jerry Lockett, author of Discovery of Weather and Herb MacDonald, author of Cape Breton Railways : An Illustrated History. Both writers along with Steven Laffoley have been nominated by The Nova Scotia Writer’s Federation for the Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-fiction.

Monday September 30 at 7:00pm Wanda Campbell will read from her first novel Hat Girls at the KC Irving Auditorium. See all the details under our Events and Readings.

So much went on this summer, I don’t even know where to start. Here’s a brief recap:

Jan Coates launched her new novel, The Power of Harmony in early June. This young adult novel takes place in Springhill and is the story of a friendship between two young girls. This powerful book explores mortality, racism, peer cruelty and friendship. This is a must read for teens and adults alike.

Zanne Handley published her first novel Pilgrammage. It is a sweeping epic set in 15th century France, Spain and North Africa. The back cover describes it as an engaging, endearing story of moving from what we have been, to what we can become. So very true.

Lila Hope-Simpson and Nancy Tracey signed their newest books on July 13. Nancy is the author of The First Five Years Nuturing Your Child’s Ability to Learn and supplies very good parental advice on raising young children. Lila has compiled her Positive Parenting columns into The Clothesline Collection. She has also written a great beach read, Stepping Out.

In early July, Dr. Herb Wyile held the Thomas Raddall Symposium at Acadia University. Authors in attendance included Hermenegilde Chiasson, Lisa Moore and Alistair MacLeod. It was a remarkable event, such a pleasure to listen to these notable people.

The symposium was followed by Word@ the Market. Wendy McCallum, author of Real Food for Real Families and Peggy Kochanoff, author of Be a Wilderness Detective joined us at the book table.

Andy Brown, publisher of Conundrum Press accompanied Serena McCarroll to The Box of Delights in August. Serena is the author and artist of All Citizens. This eclectic book is a documentation of Serena’s experience setting up a cafe/art shop in Bruno, Saskatchewan.

October is another great month for books and readings so keep posted!
















Title: Alfred Silver
Location: The Box of Delights Bookshop
Description: Alfred Silver will read from his new novel ‘Runaway Horses’ published by Pottersfield Press. Alf is an award winning author and has written many notable books including Three Hills Home and Acadia.
Date: 2013-04-16


Title: Alfred Silver
Location: The Box of Delights Bookshop
Description: Alfred Silver will read from his new novel ‘Runaway Horses’ published by Pottersfield Press. Alf is an award winning author and has written many notable books including Three Hills Home and Acadia.
Start Time: 1:30pm
Date: 2013-04-28


imposterGary Blackwood is in Wolfville to direct his play Two Hours in the Madhouse. This one woman show stars Amanda Jefferson-Gillis and details one of Nellie Bly’s famous exploits.
Gary is the author of many novels for young readers. His award winning stories have captured the imagination of many teens. He has graciously agreed to drop by The Box of Delights Bookshop to sign copies of his newest novel The Imposter, an exciting story for both young readers and adults. Please join us! Saturday March 9 at 2:00pm.

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