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I just want to remind you to check out our monthly Staff Picks up in our scroll bar.
This month is Foodie Fun and our reps have chosen their favourite food related
titles of the season. Remember to check these out every month so that you can
be in the know from the experts!
Last week: the BC Bookfair, in Victoria; cherry trees blossoming, daffodils peeking out, sun shinning.
This week: the Alberta Bookfair, in Calgary; snow blowing; subzero temperatures; salt stains on my boots.
This week I thought I should tell you about a book
I just finished. Where Monsters Dwell by Jorgen Brekke
is a book about a horrific murder in the Edgar Allan Poe
Museum in Richmond, Virginia and a very similar one in
a library in Trondheim, Norway. These murders are also eerily
reminiscent of a spate of murders in the 16th century in Europe.
The murders from the present day both seem to have a connection
to a handwritten book that is bound in parchment made from human
skin. If you can handle that, then settle in for a good read. The story
is well told and moves along quickly but not too quickly; suspense
continues throughout and the denoument is satisfying and surprising.
Check it out:
Minotaur Books | Raincoast
Have a great weekend.
We are enjoying an early Victoria spring while toiling at the
Book Fair. Out of respect for those of you still battling real
Canadian winter I am refraining from posting photos of cherry blossoms
and daffodils. Instead enjoy the tea towel humour from our new
Steady Custom line out of Vancouver. They are a hit at the fair!
I’m on fair two of three for this month! Last week’s Atlantic fair was wonderful,
as always, and so far the BC fair has been great too. Although I do love presenting
new titles to bookstore buyers, my favourite thing about the fairs is getting together
with other reps and booksellers, to talk about how things are going in the industry.
I love when I get great news (a store had their best December on record!), and
chatting about what’s working, and what’s not. I feel pretty strongly that the best
part of my job is the people I get to work with in this industry.
Everyone’s favourite/most despised day is quickly approaching this Saturday, Valentines Day!
Whether you care or don’t care, have a date with a special someone or have a date with a special
tub of ice cream, (or both) you should probably take these quizzes that I found online. If you’ve
always wanted to know who your literary boyfriend/girlfriend would be then your questions will
finally be answered! I took the liberty of taking both quizzes. My literary boyfriend is brave, likes
Etta James, and picnics. My literary girlfriend is intelligent and also likes Etta James and picnics.
Girlfriend = Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska, Boyfriend = Edward Cullen from Twilight.
One is wild, moody, and beautiful. The other is, um, well I don’t want to say a “cannibal” but…you know.
So it’s given me a lot to think about.
It’s your turn!
A rainy Family Day on the west coast was a perfect day to
read Moone Boy: The Blunder Years by Chris O’Dowd and Nick V.
Murray. Featuring eleven year old Martin Moone and his imaginary
friend Sean Murphy, the book is based on an Irish sit com featuring Chris O’Dowd better
known to fans of the IT Crowd as Roy. It is a book about family, friends,
bullies and the stuff of everyday life. Enhanced by comical cartoons and
coming in May from Macmillan!