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cat helping with laundry

Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you, but weekends are when I

try to get all the chores done, like laundry for instance.

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a little helper?

Have a great weekend.



Hi guys!

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!

- Tamara


The 10th Annual Lego Exhibit is on at the Sidney Museum.   The

whole town gets in on the action.  Here are a few models on display at

Tanner’s Books.



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.


Happy Friday!

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:

Where Monsters Dwell

978-1-250-06080-8  $18.50

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.


Happy Friday,

I know Valentine’s Day isn’t until tomorrow but

it is never to early to send good wishes.

Here is a box of them.  Hope you have a happy

Valentine’s Day.


Be my Valentine

Have a lovely weekend.


Hi there!

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!

Literary Girlfriend QuizLiterary Boyfriend Quiz


- Tamara


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!



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