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OPEN MIC NIGHT FEATURING: IAIN S. THOMAS & TRISTA MATEER

Join poets Iain S. Thomas and Trista Mateer as they take the stage to read from from I Wrote This For You: 2007 – 2017 and Honeybee. Following their performances, local artists will be invited on-stage to share their own poetry.

Open Mic Guidelines:

  • Local artist sign-up sheet will be available in store starting at 9am on the day of the event
  • Each artist will have 2-3 minutes onstage
  • Each artist will be provided with a microphone and speakers; additional equipment is not recommended
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Bookstore Highlight - The Royal Museum Shop in Victoria, BC @RoyalBCMuseum #museum #shop

The Royal Museum Shop, located within the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC, offers an eclectic selection of finely curated gifts, books, jewelry, toys, and art. The store and the museum are both a must-visit if you're in the area. 

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, in its 53rd year organized by the Natural History Museum in London, just recently finished, but there's still plenty to see. Founded in 1886, the museum has collected and preserved the province’s most significant artifacts and specimens for visitors to explore. 

For more information visit http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca, and be sure to pick up of your copy of Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 27 (978-0565094157). Photos below!

 

675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 9W2
Phone: 250-356-0505
Email: shop@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

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Publisher Spotlight: Orenda Books

The Man Who Died   9781910633847

The Man Who Died
9781910633847

[A] relentlessly funny crime novel.
— Publishers Weekly **Starred Review**
This one is a winner right from the first sentence. [...] An offbeat jewel.
— Booklist **Starred review**
A tightly paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humor and a bumbling ne’er -do-well at its center.
— Foreword Reviews

A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he's dying. What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him. Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful roller-coaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists. With a nod to Fargo and the best elements of the Scandinavian noir tradition, The Man Who Died is a page-turning thriller brimming with the blackest comedy, marking a stunning new departure for the King of Helsinki Noir.

I’ve read the French original edition of We Were the Salt of The Sea and loved that book; probably the best French-Quebecois novel I’ve read in the past 10 years. It’s that good!
— Jacques Filippi

As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman is dredged up in a fisherman's nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man's heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he's thrown into the deep end of the investigation. On Quebec's outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen's wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide, and the truth lingers in murky waters. It's enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky.

Wolves in the Dark   9781910633724

Wolves in the Dark
9781910633724

[S]tellar [...] Staalesen does a masterful job of exposing the worst of Norwegian society.
— Publishers Weekly **Starred review**
Mr. Staalesen’s latest—ably translated by Don Bartlett —employs Chandleresque similes with a Nordic twist.
— The Wall Street Journal

Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum's life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts. When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he's accused of being part of a pedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material, and who is seeking the ultimate revenge. When a chance to escape presents itself, Varg finds himself on the run in his hometown of Bergen. With the clock ticking and the police on his tail, Varg takes on his hardest and most personal case yet. Chilling, shocking, and exceptionally gripping, Wolves in the Dark reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen's position as one of the world's foremost thriller writers.

Snare   9781910633847

Snare
9781910633847

A taut, gritty, thoroughly absorbing journey into Reykjavik’s underworld.
— Booklist
Thriller of the year.
— New York Journal of Books

After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonia is struggling to provide for herself and keep custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi: a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies.Things become even more complicated when Sonia embarks on a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath the Icelandic financial crash. Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller.

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IPG Adds 11 New Publishers

PrintA few weeks ago IPG announced that they will be representing 11 NEW PUBLISHERS starting January 1st, 2014. Here's a list of the new publishers including a brief description about each of their incredible programs:

Madison Press Books, which publishes cookbooks, history and culinary titles, as well as books for young readers (9-13) about history, exploration and discovery.

Vinologue, which publishes travel guides to the best wine and enotourism destinations around the world.

NNK Press (Never Not Knitting Press), founded last year by knitwear designer Alana Dakos, publishes knitting books and patterns, including Coastal Knits and Botanical Knits.

Smart Guide Publications, a series geared towards educating readers on topics ranging from astronomy to zoology.

Luminis Books, which publishes literary fiction for adults, young adults and middle grade readers, as well as a non-fiction reference series called the Simple Guide.

Urim Publications, which publishes some 15 books per year on topics related to Jewish tradition, including Jewish religious thought and modern life, Jewish law, Bible commentary, Passover Haggadahs, modern Jewish biographies, and spirituality. (IPG began distributing Urim Publications on August 1.)

The Puzzleworks, the exclusive publisher of Merl Reagle's Sunday Crosswords, syndicated in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. (IPG began distributing the Puzzleworks in June.)

Caramel Tree Readers, which offers a paperback series of readers, leveled by MetaMetrics, for children ages 3 to 12.

Dream Big Toy Company, which created Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls and books, a collection of fun and educational products to promote self-appreciation and the benefits of healthy life-skills for girls ages 3-12.

Jolly Fish Press, which publishes trade fiction and select nonfiction.

Monsieur Notebook, founded by Hide Stationery in the U.K., a new line of leather-bound journals, notebooks and sketchbooks with ribbon markers and elastic closures.

Visit http://www.ipgbook.com for more information.