THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE BOOKSHOP…
Join us today from 1-3pm and meet author Alex W. MacLeod! Drop by after the Wolfville Farmers’ Market – we can’t wait!
Attention authors! We are looking to fill the last two slots in our Summer Sidewalk Signing Series and would like to invite you to sign up. From 1-3pm on Saturday August 20 or 27 we will set you up at a table outside the bookshop; you will have the chance to chat with (and promote your work to) passers-by. Saturday afternoons after the Wolfville Farmers’ Market are busy times in downtown Wolfville, and we will help with cross-promotion and facilitate sales. If you (or anyone you know, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia) is interested in participating, please email email@example.com. And now, a reading of Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends.”
It’s a busy night for literature lovers in the Wolfville area! Tonight at the bookshop (7-8pm) intrepid bookseller Ben Bush Anderson invites you bold creative types to share poems, prose, and song at Broken Mic: Chapter One. Then at 9pm head to Ross creek Centre For The Arts to hear Sue Goyette give a fireside reading of her poetry (see attached review of her latest work). Summer nights, ocean air, bonfires, and poetry… how can you resist? More information about this event at http://www.artscentre.ca.
Schwartz decided that if he kept mum and Trump was elected he’d never forgive himself. In June, he agreed to break his silence and give his first candid interview about the Trump he got to know while acting as his Boswell. “I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”
In less than two hours this amazing woman – Kaleigh Trace – will be in Wolfville to host our first ever Queer Literature Open Mic night here at the shop (and our second Pride Week event). She also wrote a kick-ass book that we have on hand – you definitely need a signed copy of this one. Poets, musicians, songsters, slammers, thespians, all you creative and performative types, COME ON DOWN TO THE SHOP at 7pm to participate! All are welcome to drop by and watch the show. Support your #pride community!
“Battered over recent years by cut-throat competition from Amazon and the supermarkets, and by a huge rise in ebook sales, indie bookstores have had it tough. Now they’re fighting back, boosted by a surge in printed book sales – particularly children’s books – and innovative approaches to getting people through the door.”
Pride Week in Town of Wolfville = most fun week of all! So much colour, so much love. We are thrilled to participate by hosting TWO Pride events at the shop. Today we welcomed artist Sfé Monster, editor of “Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Comic Anthology” and author of several books. NB: there are only a handful of these books left on the planet (until Sfé prints more) so get ’em while they’re hot hot hot! Up next, author and activist Kaleigh Trace hosts our inaugural Collective Queer Lit Open Mic Night on Tuesday, it’s going to be an amazing evening and you’re invited! #wolfvillepride #queerlit #loveislove
Of course Sarah Mian is on this list; her book is one of the best I’ve read lately. Darkly hilarious, cuttingly incisive, “When the Saints” is a fully-realized story. “To Nova Scotia, you beautiful blue bastard,” says Mian in the acknowledgements, “I am proud to come from a place where everyone says thank you, thank you, thank you.” Thank you, Sarah, for telling it the way it is. Copies available in store right now, what the heck are you waiting for?? 🙂
I can’t even believe how many events in July. Come to all of them! Yeah!!
Calling all aspiring romance novelists… Harlequin Books has put out a call for submissions featuring sexy Canadian men. Hello, hunky hosers!
Do you love Vonnegut? The Kurt Vonnegut Museum * Library in Indianapolis needs your help. “At KVML, visitors can learn about Kurt Vonnegut’s life and work and see his personal items, including his Purple Heart (awarded for what he called a “ludicrously negligible wound” and later, “frostbite”), his pack of infamous Pall Malls as found near his bookcase by his children, military patches from his service in World War II, rejection letters, and an unopened letter the author’s father wrote to his son while Kurt was a WWII POW, imprisoned in the underground meat locker that would later inspire his masterpiece, ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’.”
I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to see our dear friend Ami McKay on this list of literary luminaries, the likes of which include Margaret Atwood, Noah Richler, Romeo Dallaire, Emma Donoghue, André Alexis, and Anne Carson. Well deserved, Ami, and well earned! We are so excited to help you launch “The Witches of New York” this fall! Readers: call or email the shop now to reserve your copy and receive a 15% discount!
Deborah Toogood is outside the shop today from 1-3pm chatting about and signing copies of her book “Chasing the Phantom Ship” (Nimbus Publishing and Vagrant Press). Please stop by! This is the first of our Summer Sidewalk Signing events held every Saturday in July and August from 1-3pm. Drop by and meet the author!
Happy Canada Day!
Don’t feel bad about buying too many books. When you’re finished reading, you can turn them into…
I’ve posted this before, but it’s so good I had to share again.
Interviewer: “What’s the craziest situation you’ve ever had to deal with in the [mobile book]store?” Joe: “Wow, where to start? Going to music festivals, it gets pretty surreal and strange at night, but we have another old Hunter S Thompson saying we like: ‘When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.’ People at festivals are often in fancy dress so we’ve had bears, zulu warriors, spacemen, and guys on stilts all buying books of us. Once the artist Gavin Turk came on the bus dressed as a tree. The thing with festivals is no one ever has any cash. People always want to trade books for alcohol or sunglasses or even hash cakes!”
We are thrilled to be working with another local print artist, Paradise Papercraft! Forget Hallmark – these cards tell it like it is. Ten designs currently in stock at the bookshop; more at paradisepapercraft.ca.
“Labeled, not so modestly, the ‘Gutenberg press of the 21st century’ by its creators, the machine sits in a back corner of the shop, humming as it turns PDFs into paperbacks. Customers use tablets to select the titles for print — adding, if they want to, their own handwritten inscriptions — while sipping coffee in the light and airy storefront in the Latin Quarter of Paris.”
Do you sometimes struggle with indecision, or wonder if you have made the right choices? Here’s an easy decision you won’t regret: come to the bookshop tonight at 7pm to hear psychologist Philippe Isler talk about solutions. All of our events are free, no purchase necessary to attend. See you there!