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Welcome to the 2017 edition of Bookmark’s Books Make the Perfect Gift catalog. This is our 18th annual Christmas catalogue and our biggest ever. Books make wonderful gifts and inside you will find some of the best books of the season. Plus, see what our booksellers are recommending in our staff picks section. We look forward to seeing you in-store this holiday season!

Contents Gifts for Book Lovers


Board Books


Atlantic Books


Kids Books




Young Adult


Canada 9

Health & Happiness




Humour 33

Current Affairs


Religion 34

Arts & Letters


Music Bio




Science & Nature




Hockey 38



Staff Picks


Graphic Novels


Farewell to Beloved Bookseller




Literary Events


Great Gift Ideas


Puzzles & Games


Novelty Bookends


More Atlantic Books


Pens & Paper


“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


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Getting to know


Merchants of Ideas, Inspiration and Insight

We are a locally owned, independent bookstore with a passion for books and reading. Since 1972 in Charlottetown and 1989 in Halifax, the Bookmark people have promoted the benefits of the written word, the beauty the book as physical object, and the value of sharing stories and ideas. We see independence as a virtue and are doing our part to keep our communities interesting.

Champions of Local

We believe in a local economy – we believe that spending money is a political act, every dollar we spend casts a ballot for the kind of world we want to live in. There is no right or wrong answer, but if you don’t shop locally, if you don’t support the local economy, in the real world, there won’t be one left when you step outside. At Bookmark, we are strong supporters of the local literary community. We also take seriously spending our dollars locally for marketing services, accounting, legal and other business services.

Mainly because of the Books!

At Bookmark, we carry some interesting sidelines but we live to promote and sell books. It’s all about a love affair with the written word. At Bookmark, booklovers are among friends. “Bookstores are incubators. Books, music, food, conversation, debate all take place at independent bookstores. As a result bookstores make us more informed, engaged and enlightened. Bookstores provide the venues that will grow our brains and our awareness of the culture and ideas and art of others. Bookstores also incubate readers of books. The world needs more readers of books. So let’s support those warm, well-lighted stores that allow our little chick selves to grow.” --Sarah Callender in a Writer Unboxed post headlined “Imagine Saving a Life: An Indie Bookstore Pledge.”

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Gifts for Booklovers

LOOK WHAT’S NEW FROM OUT OF PRINT Out of Print is dedicated to celebrating our favorite stories while promoting literacy in underserved communities.


Out of Print is the perfect gift (besides books!) for the booklover on your list and you are supporting literacy in underserved communities with every purchase. From $13.95

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Literary Themed Coffee Mugs

UNEMPLOYED PHILOSOPHER’S GUILD We carry a large selection of these very popular literary themed mugs. 12oz. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Please note disappearing mugs are not dishwasher safe but are microwave safe. From $16.95

Assorted Bookmark Pads KNOCK KNOCK Students, book lovers, and other erudite types—rejoice! Knock Knock’s Oh-So-Handy Bookmark Pads are back. With twenty-five tear-off placeholders, they’ll keep more than just your place—they keep your ideas, words, and conversation starters too. $8.95 ea.

Quicktionary (n.)

A Game of Lightning-Fast Wordplay

FORREST-PRUZAN CREATIVE A new, fast-paced casual card game for word lovers and anyone who loves to think on their feet. Simple to learn, with nearly endless possibilities, this free-for-all game is a fun addition to any game night. $21.95 ea.


The Recharge Book Light MIGHTY BRIGHT

This rechargeable book light has two bright white, dimmable LEDs rated for 100,000 hours. Its internal battery is fully charged after one hour and offers up to 60 hours of continuous illumination at its lowest setting, and 10 hours at its highest. The Recharge has a durable, softtouch silicon gooseneck and strong, versatile clip. Micro USB charging cable included. Check out our great selection of other book lights. $38.95 ea.

Personal Library Kit

KNOCK KNOCK For a bibliophile, there’s no greater pleasure than sharing beloved books, but no crueler pain than losing them for good—until the Personal Library Kit! Revive old-fashioned library circulation techniques for fun and book retention with this personal library kit! Refills available $21.95 ea.

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Gifts for Booklovers

Lit Chat: Conversation Starters About Books and Life

RIOT NEW MEDIA GROUP INC. Each of the 50 cards in this conversation deck is printed with two reading-themed questions (100 questions total). Some invoke books that are tied to memories (name your favorite childhood picture book); others prompt you to choose ideal reading material for a hypothetical situation (if you were stranded on a desert island, what book would you want with you?). $20.99 box Harry N. Abrams

Paint Chip Poetry:

A Game of Color and Wordplay

LEA REDMOND Composing a poem is easy and fun with this colorful and creative game! Players draw handfuls of paint chips and a prompt card, then rearrange the chips to create spontaneous poems out of the color names, with results that range from profound to hilarious. $27.95 ea.

I’d Rather Be Reading

A Library of Art for Art Book Lovers

GUINEVERE DE LA MARE For anyone who’d rather be reading than doing just about anything else, this book is the ultimate must-have. In this visual ode to all things bookish, readers will get lost in page after page of beautiful contemporary art, photography, and illustrations depicting the pleasures of books. $18.50 HC Chronicle Books


FORREST-PRUZAN CREATIVE Haikubes is a set of 63 word cubes that is attractive enough to display on the coffee table. Simply roll the cubes and use the words that come up to create an expressive haiku. Includes two cubes with inspirational cues to help guide the haiku. Everyone’s a poet with this latest entertainment from the team behind Cranium. $34.95 ea.

Remarkable Books:

The Book Lovers’ Miscellany

The World’s Most Beautiful and Historic Works

CLAIRE COCK-STARKEY How is ink made? What is the bestselling book of all time? What are the oldest known books in the world? And how does one make sense of the colours found on Penguin paperbacks? The answers to these questions and many more await readers in The Book Lovers’ Miscellany.

DORLING KINDERSLEY CANADA A beautifully illustrated guide to more than 80 of the world’s most celebrated, rare, and seminal books and handwritten manuscripts ever produced, with discussions of their purpose, features, and creators. Each exquisite chapter charts both the evolution and the legacy of every landmark book profiled. $39.00 HC DK

$22.99 HC Bodleian Library

Jane Austen: Illustrated Quotations EDITED BY THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY Drawing together fifty quotations from Jane Austen’s letters and novels with illustrations that illuminate everyday aspects of life in the Georgian era, this beautifully produced volume will make the perfect gift for Janeites. $20.99 PB Bodleian Library

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25 Years of 22 Minutes

An Unauthorized Oral History of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, as Told By Cast Members, Staff and Guests Angela Mombourquette A behind-the-scenes oral history of Atlantic Canada’s favourite satirical news show, celebrating its 25th anniversary

$29.95 HC Nimbus

400 Years in 365 Days:

A Daily Calendar of Events from Nova Scotia’s History By Leo Deveau

A fun, trivia-filled record reflecting the communities and peoples of Nova Scotia spanning the past 400+ years, covering a range of interests from military and Indigenous history to sports and the arts. $29.95 HC Formac Publishing Ltd.

Bird on Every Tree Carol Bruneau Short story collection by award-winning author of Purple for Sky featuring characters who find themselves connected to Nova Scotia by birth, through attempts at escape and new beginnings, or as a temporary resting place. $19.95 PB Nimbus

First Snow, Last Light

WAYNE JOHNSTON From the author of the critically acclaimed, prizewinning and internationally bestselling The Colony of Unrequited Dreams comes an epic family mystery with a powerful, surprise ending, which features the return of the ever-fascinating Sheilagh Fielding, one of the most memorable characters in fiction.

$34.95 HC Penguin Random

From Seed to Centrepiece

Amanda brown From one of the East Coast’s foremost flower farmers comes a colourful, narrative guide for growing and celebrating flowers in every season $29.95 HC Nimbus

The Long Way Home

john demont For lovers of history, travel writing, and sharp social observation comes a finely etched portrait of Nova Scotia by one of the province’s most gifted writers. No journalist has travelled the back roads, hidden vales, and fog-soaked coves of Nova Scotia as widely as John DeMont. No writer has spent as much time considering its peculiar warp and woof of humanity, geography, and history.

$32.00 HC Penguin Random


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Atlantic Books Lost in September

Kathleen Winter Long-awaited, thrilling new fiction from Kathleen Winter, whose previous novel Annabel was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller, Governor General’s Award, Writers’ Trust and Orange prizes, was a Globe and Mail “Best Book” and a New York Times “Notable,” and was a #1 bestselling Canada Reads selection.

$29.95 HC Penguin Random


Joey Comeau Sunday’s father is dying of cancer. She’s started recording everything her father says to write a computer virus that will live secretly on the hard drives of millions of people all over the world. Her father is going to live forever. A precisely crafted, darkly humorous portrait of a family in mourning.

$15.95 PB ECW Press


The Making of a Legacy 1820-2016 Leonard Cusack Owen Connolly was a special kind of entrepreneur; today, we recognize him as the bust on top of the Churchill Arms building, in downtown Charlottetown. Connolly landed on PEI in 1839 as a poor Irish lad and within forty years he was the wealthiest person on the Island, thanks to shipbuilding, retail, real estate, and booze. He believed in education as a path to progress and when he died in 1887, he designated his estate be used to provide bursaries to poor Irish Catholic students on PEI.

Piau: Journey to the Promised Land

Bruce Murray A glimpse into the life of Acadian folk hero Pierre Belliveau, known as Piau, who led his people into exile during the 1755 Acadian expulsion. Over the years Piau became a prisoner of war, was deported to Boston, before finally leading his people to Memramcook, New Brunswick, the Promised Land.

$25.99 PB Dundurn

$29.95 PB, $49.95 HC Island Studies Press

Time and a Place:

An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island Editors: Edward MacDonald, Joshua MacFadyen, and Irene Novaczek

Time and a Place is the first book of its kind in Canada to study an entire province’s environmental history; its 12 essays explore how PEI – Canada’s “Garden Province” – has evolved from the Ice Age to the Information Age. This book puts PEI at the forefront of Canadian environmental history, and illuminates the many forces that shape and change ecosystems.

Winter Atlantic Canadian Stories

dan soucoup Anthology of winter fiction and memories from Atlantic Canadians. Some Canadians greet winter with a cold shoulder, while others celebrate the snow and ice. One thing we can all agree on: winter brings ideal reading weather. $22.95 PB Nimbus

$34.95 PB Island Studies Press

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Biography s Atlantic Book

All We Leave Behind


(a dog memoir) Eileen Myles In her newest book, literary trailblazer Eileen Myles paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: a pit bull named Rosie. Starting from the emptiness following Rosie’s death, Afterglow (a dog memoir) launches a heartfelt and fabulist investigation into the true nature of the bond between pet and pet-owner.

Carol Off One of Canada’s most respected journalists, As It Happens’s Carol Off, relates the gripping story of a family’s desperate attempts to escape Afghan warlords, Taliban oppression, and the persecutions of refugee life. $32.95 HC Random House Canada

$34.95 HC Grove/Atlantic

Notes from a Feminist Killjoy:

Essays on Everyday Life Erin Wunker Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life attempts to think publicly about why we need feminism, and especially why we need the figure of the feminist killjoy, now. $18.00 PB Book Thug

Orwell’s Nose

A Pathological Biography JOHN SUTHERLAND In 2012 writer John Sutherland permanently lost his sense of smell. At about the same time, he embarked on a rereading of George Orwell and— still coping with his recent disability—noticed something peculiar: Orwell was positively obsessed with smell. In this original, irreverent biography, Sutherland offers a fresh account of Orwell’s life and works. $20.99 PB Reaktion Books

The Six

The Lives of the Mitford Sisters Laura Thompson The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives-recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson-hold up a revelatory mirror to upperclass English life before and after WWII. $24.00 PB Picador

The World’s Most Travelled Man:

A Twenty-Three-Year Odyssey to and through Every Country on the Planet Mike Spencer Bown In 1990, Mike Spencer Bown, the “patron saint of backpackers,” began a two­ decade journey that would include each of the world’s 195 countries. This rollicking and eye-opening travel memoir describes how he fully immerses himself in each experience – however diverse, dangerous or dirty – to see the world through an unparalleled perspective. $29.95 HC Douglas & McIntyre


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150 Fascinating Facts About Canadian Women

Compiled by Margie Wolfe with the help of women across the country Full of fascinating facts about Canadian women who have—for much longer than 150 years—helped to shape this country. Fun facts, surprising facts, shocking facts and shameful facts—this little book will teach, entertain, and inspire.

The Faraway Nearby

Denise Birkhofer Faraway Nearby highlights images of major political events and conflicts, the Canadian role in wartime, iconic landscapes across the nation, hockey and other sporting heroes, and candid reportage on the lives of ordinary citizens. $45.00 HC Black Dog Publishing

$9.95 PB Second Story Press

A History of Canada in Ten Maps ADAM SHOALTS Envisioning the mysterious land that would eventually be called “Canada” through the eyes of the explorers who first set foot on these shores, A History of Canada in Ten Maps brings our stories to life.

The Inconvenient Indian

THOMAS KING An illustrated edition of the award-winning, bestselling Canadian classic, featuring over 150 images that add colour and context to this extraordinary work. $45.00 HC Doubleday Canada

$36.00 HC Allen Lane

O Canada Crosswords Book 18

Gwen Sjogren Climb aboard the O Canada Crosswords express and embark on a brain teasing journey with over 13,000 clues and 100 new crosswords. The 18th installment of this bestselling series features wordplay puzzles as well as a suitcase full of Canadiana, trivia, puns and fun! $14.95 PB Nightwood Editions

Original Highways ROY MACGREGOR Expanding on his landmark Globe and Mail series in which he documented his travels down 16 of Canada’s great rivers, Roy MacGregor tells the story of our country through the stories of its original highways, and how they sustain our spirit, identity and economy--past, present and future.

$36.00 HC Random House Canada

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History s Atlantic Book

Dead Reckoning:

The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage Ken McGoogan Dead Reckoning is a multi-dimensional saga that demolishes myths, exposes pretenders, and celebrates unsung heroes. For international readers, it sets out a new story of Arctic discovery. For Canadians, it brings that story home.

$33.99 HC HarperCollins Canada

Grouchy Historian

Ed Asner In The Grouchy Historian, Ed Asner leads the charge for liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who use it as their justification for doing whatever terrible thing they want to do, which is usually to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. It’s about time someone gave them hell and explained that progressives can read, too. $35.00 HC Simon and Schuster

Homo Deus

YUVAL NOAH HARARI From the author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind comes an extraordinary folllow-up that explores the future of the human species. Now available as a trade paperback. $23.00 PB Signal


How the Sea Fed Civilization BRIAN FAGAN From a best-selling author and archaeologist, a global history of humanity’s last major source of food from the wild and how it enabled and shaped the growth of our modern world. This is a painstakingly researched, previously untold story, sure to have global appeal. $39.00 HC Yale University Press

The Halifax Explosion:

Canada’s Worst Disaster Ken Cuthbertson December 6, 2017, marks the centennial of the great Halifax explosion. The Halifax Explosion tells the gripping, as-yet untold story of Canada’s worst disaster—a haunting tale of survival, incredible courage and, ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit. $34.99 HC HarperCollins Canada


Philip Turnor in Rupert’s Land in the Age of Enlightenment Barbara Mitchell Philip Turnor, the first inland surveyor for the Hudson’s Bay Company, travelled 15,000 miles by canoe and foot between 1778 and 1792. In her search for Turnor’s story, Barbara Mitchell discovers her own ancestry as one of thousands of descendants of Turnor and his Cree wife. $39.95 HC University of Regina Press


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Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts

On the Ocean:

CHRISTOPHER DE HAMEL “An extraordinary and beautifully illustrated exploration of the medieval world through twelve manuscripts, from one of the world’s leading experts

The Mediterranean and the Atlantic from Prehistory to AD 1500 Barry Cunliffe For humans the sea is, and always has been, an alien environment. Ever moving and ever changing in mood, it is a place without time, in contrast to the land which is fixed and scarred by human activity giving it a visible history. While the land is familiar, even reassuring, the sea is unknown and threatening.

$60.00 HC Penguin Press

$49.50 HC Oxford University Press

Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World

The Raftsmen

Ryan Barnett Dmitry Bondarenko In The Raftsmen, Barnett and comic illustrator Dmitry Bondarenko explore the adventure-fueled men aboard the L’Egare II, and the complex emotional undercurrents that led to their daredevil voyage. Sixty years after they set sail, the epic story of the raftsmen’s historic Atlantic crossing is brought to life for the first time. $24.95 HC Firefly Books

Road Through Time:

The Story of Humanity on the Move Mary Soderstrom “A thought-provoking, modern overview of humanity’s grand migrations in the ancient past, framed by her own nostalgic memories of a childhood road trip … Soderstrom explores the paths humans took on land and by sea, the objects they carried, and the ways in which they transformed the world.” Publishers Weekly $26.95 PB University of Regina Press

The New Book of Snobs:

A Definitive Guide to Modern Snobbery D.J. Taylor Inspired by William Makepeace Thackeray, the first great analyst of snobbery, and his trailblazing The Book of Snobs (1848), D. J. Taylor brings us a field guide to the modern snob. What constitutes snobbishness? Who are the snobs and where are they to be found? Are you a snob? Am I? What are the distinguishing marks?

The Written World

to J.K. Rowling today.

The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization MARTIN PUCHNER On this remarkable journey, the power of literature to shape people, civilizations and world history is explored through 16 key stories from over 4,000 years of literature – from The Iliad’s influence on Alexander the Great, through

$42.00 HC Random House

$17.99 PB Constable/Hachette UK

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Could It Happen Here?:

Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit MICHAEL ADAMS From award-winning author Michael Adams, Could It Happen Here? draws on groundbreaking new social research to show whether Canadian society is at risk of the populist forces afflicting other parts of the world. $26.99 HC Simon & Schuster

I’m Right and You’re an Idiot:

The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up

JAMES HOGGAN The most pressing environmental problem we face today is not climate change. It is pollution in the public square, where a smog of adversarial rhetoric, propaganda and polarization stifles discussion and debate, creating resistance to change and thwarting our ability to solve our collective problems. Author James Hoggan grapples with this critical issue, conducting interviews with outstanding thinkers from the Himalaya to the House of Lords.

Global Discontents

$25.00 PB Henry Holt

Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy Noam Chomsky David Barsamian Global Discontents is a compelling set of interviews with Noam Chomsky, who identifies the “dry kindling” of discontent around the world that could soon catch fire.

In Search of A Better World:

A Human Rights Odyssey PAYAM AKHAVAN CBC Massey Lectures (series) A work of memoir, history, and a call to action, In Search of a Better World, the 2017 CBC Massey Lecture, is a powerful and essential work on the major human rights struggles of our times. $19.95 PB House of Anansi Press

$19.95 PB New Society Publishers

Making Sense of the Alt-Right

George Hawley Hawley explains the movement’s origins, evolution, methods, and core belief in white-identity politics. He explores how the alt-right differs from traditional white nationalism, libertarianism, and other online illiberal ideologies, as well as from mainstream Republicans and even Donald Trump. Hawley points to the alt-right’s growing influence and makes a case for coming to a precise understanding of its beliefs without sensationalism or downplaying the movement’s radicalism. $37.00 HC Columbia University Press


Seven Fallen Feathers

Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City Tanya Talaga Over the span of eleven years, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. Awardwinning journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities. $22.95 PB House Of Anansi Press

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Arts & Letters


Collecting the World:

Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum James Delbourgo In 1759 the British Museum opened its doors to the general public—the first free national museum in the world. James Delbourgo’s biography of Hans Sloane recounts the story behind its creation, told through the life of a figure with an insatiable ambition to pit universal knowledge against superstition and the means to realize his dream. $45.95 HC Harvard University Press

Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing:

Encounters with Language DANIEL TAMMET Is vocabulary destiny? Why do clocks “talk” to the Nahua people of Mexico? Will A.I. researchers ever produce true humanmachine dialogue? In this mesmerizing collection of essays, Daniel Tammet answers these and many other questions about the intricacy and profound power of language.

of creative invention.

PATTI SMITH In this enchanting book a beloved artist and author offers an intimate account of the process of creativity, from first spark through final polishing. The diversely talented Patti Smith begins with an original tale, then explores its sources, inspiration, mechanics, and more, to illuminate the nature

$23.95 HC Yale University Press

The Origin of Others

Toni Morrison America’s foremost novelist reflects on themes that preoccupy her work and dominate politics: race, fear, borders, mass movement of peoples, desire for belonging. Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Toni Morrison’s most personal work of nonfiction to date. $29.99 HC Harvard Uniersity Press

$35.00 HC Little, Brown/Hachette US


A Canadian Anthology of the Sea Michael L. Hadley & Anita Hadley, editors This salt-soaked anthology celebrates our relationship with the three seas that frame our country. Featuring 170 pieces of writing from over 130 of the nation’s most significant literary voices, including Lawrence Hill, Joy Kogawa, Yann Martel, Lisa Moore and Al Purdy, it paints an evocative portrait of Canada. $36.95 HC Douglas & McIntyre

The Art of Loading Brush:

New Agrarian Writings WENDELL BERRY Wendell Berry’s profound critique of American culture has entered its sixth decade, and in this new gathering he reaches with deep devotion toward a long view of Agrarian philosophy. “Vintage Berry sure to please and instruct his many admirers.” – Kirkus Reviews $37.50 HC Counterpoint Press

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Poetry s Atlantic Book

Absurdity Woe Is Me, Glory Be

J. J. Steinfeld The 100 wide-ranging and idiosyncratic poems of Absurdity, Woe Is Me, Glory Be confront, grapple with, explore, argue with, and ultimately embrace the human condition as they wend their way through the worldly and the otherworldly aspects of absurdity and existence. They are an attempt to make sense out of senselessness.

Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan

EDITED BY BRIAN BARTLETT For many years, Alden Nowlan has been one of Canada’s most-read and -beloved poets, but only now is the true range of his poetic achievement finally available between two covers. The long-awaited Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan enables readers to experience, for the first time, the fullness of his poetic genius. $55.00 HC Goose Lane Editions

$20.00 PB Guernica Editions


Mary Oliver Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. $40.00 HC Penguin Press


Sue Goyette Penelope waits for Odysseus’s return, so the story goes, but literary tradition tells us little about this act of waiting, an act every bit as epic as her husband’s exploits. In this suite of poems, Sue Goyette steps into the disorienting world of Penelope’s domestic upheaval, a world populated by a swarm of opportunistic suitors, a tempestuous teenage son, a goddess and sundry sentient objects and talking creatures. $19.95 PB Gaspereau Press

Collected Poems

1909-1962 T.S. ELIOT No book has done more to define modern poetry than T. S. Eliot’s Collected Poems. This new, reset publication establishes a corrected and reliable text for Eliot’s poetry that enables an authoritative edition of Collected Poems 1909–1962 to be presented here for the very first time. $42.95 HC Faber & Faber


Who Reads Poetry

50 Views From “Poetry” Magazine EDITED BY FRED SASAKI AND DON SHARE Who reads poetry? We know that poets do, but what about the rest of us? When and why do we turn to verse? Seeking the answer, Poetry magazine since 2005 has published a column called “The View From Here,” which has invited readers “from outside the world of poetry” to describe what has drawn them to poetry. $31.50 HC University of Chicago Press

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All is Beauty Now

Sarah Faber Set against the seductive world of 1960s Rio de Janeiro, an exquisite debut novel about family secrets, divided loyalties, and the lengths we’ll go to save ourselves and those we love. $29.95 HC McClelland & Stewart

A Column of Fire

Kingsbridge # 3 (series) KEN FOLLETT Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett’s most exciting and ambitious works yet. It will delight longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series and is the perfect introduction for readers new to Ken Follett. $45.00 HC Viking

Fools and Mortals

Bernard Cornwell New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell transports us to the Elizabethan era— following the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. Cornwell brings to life the intrigue, romance, betrayal, and adventure of life at court. $22.99 PB Harper Collins UK

The Golden House

Salman Rushdie One of the truly great writers of the century reaches beyond the very top of his game in this uncannily timely knockout of a novel. In quality and compelling scope, this is Rushdie’s The Godfather meets The Great Gatsby--an unparalleled modern-day American thriller, with wonderful, moving characters and a grippingly entertaining story straight out of today’s headlines, set against the panorama of American culture and politics from the inauguration of Obama to post-election Trump. $34.95 HC Knopf Canada




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Fiction s Atlantic Book


A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Gregory Maguire New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire weaves an imaginative novel rooted in the legend of the famous Nutcracker, intertwined with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carved him.

$33.50 HC HarperCollins US

It Devours!

A Welcome to Night Vale Novel Joseph Fink; Jeffrey Cranor Following the New York Times bestseller Welcome to Night Vale, the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a new page-turning mystery exploring the intersections between faith and science.

$26.99 HC HarperCollins US

In the Midst of Winter

Isabel Allende New York Times and worldwide bestselling “dazzling storyteller” (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. $22.00 PB Atria

Manhattan Beach

Jennifer Egan With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. $24.99 PB Scribner

The Only Café

LINDEN MACINTYRE, Scotiabank Giller prizewinner Linden MacIntyre is back with a timely and gripping novel in which a son tries to solve the mystery of his father’s death--a man who tried but could not forget a troubled past in his native Lebanon.

Radio Free Vermont

bill mCKIBBEN A book that’s also the beginning of a movement, Bill McKibben’s debut novel Radio Free Vermont follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that their state might be better off as its own republic. $29.00 HC Blue Rider Press

$34.00 HC Random House Canada


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That’s My Baby

This Side of Sad

Frances Itani A new Deseronto novel from the internationally bestselling author of Tell, comes the story of a young woman, determined to unearth the past and discover the secrets hidden from her since birth.

Karen Smythe A powerful debut novel. As novelist Ian Colford says, it’s “one of the most searing explorations of love and grief you will ever read.”

$32.99 HC HarperCollins Canada $22.95 PB Goose Lane Editions

The Power

NAOMI ALDERMAN In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. $34.00 HC Little, Brown/Hachette US

To Be Where You Are

Jan KARON #1 New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon returns with the fourteenth novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs. $37.00 HC G.P. Putnam’s Sons


Roddy DOYLE From the Booker Prize winning author Roddy Doyle, a bold, haunting novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past. Smile has all the features for which Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humor, the superb evocation of adolescence, but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to reevaluate everything you think you remember so clearly. $22.00 PB Knopf Canada

To Capture What We Cannot Keep

Beatrice Colin Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young Scottish widow and a French engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love. $22.95 PB Flatiron Books

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Mystery s Atlantic Book

Cod Only Knows

The Scarred Woman

Hilary MacLeod In this Shores mystery, everyone is after the one that got away. Big business gets involved in finding the legendary giant cod, but the fisherman who snapped the only photograph of the fish has gone missing. But does anything—or anyone—who is attached to The Shores ever actually get away… alive? Cod only knows.

Jussi ADLER-OLSEN The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Causes delivers his most captivating and suspenseful Department Q novel yet--perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson. $37.00 HC Dutton $22.95 PB Acorn Press

Cast Iron

PETER MAY In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-yearold Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the west of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heat wave, a drought exposed her remains--bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime. No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone-cold case--the toughest of the seven he has been challenged to solve.

The Seagull

Ann Cleeves The eighth novel in the bestselling Vera Stanhope series. When a prison inmate and former detective conveys information about a missing wheeler-dealer, Vera re-opens the cold case. But it hits closer to home than anticipated, as she faces the possibility that her father may have been involved in a murder. $24.99 PB Pan Macmillan

$32.49 HC Quercus/Hachette UK

The Secrets She Keeps

MICHAEL ROBOTHAM Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it’s Meghan Shaughnessy’s. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone. $24.99 PB Sphere/Hachette UK

Two Kinds of Truth

MICHAEL CONNELLY Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town’s 3-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. $38.00 HC Little, Brown/Hachette US


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Adulthood Is a Myth:

A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection SARAH ANDERSEN 2016 Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Graphic Novels and Comics! Adulthood Is a Myth presents many fan favorites plus dozens of all-new comics exclusive to this book. Sarah’s frankness on personal issues like body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and the frequency of bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and deeply hilarious. $16.99 PB Andrews McMeel Publishing

Poppies Of Iraq

BRIGITTE FINDAKLY LEWIS TRONDHEIM Findakly’s nuanced tender chronicle of her relationship with her homeland Iraq, co-written and drawn by her husband, the acclaimed cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. Poppies of Iraq is intimate and wide-ranging; the story of how one can become separated from one’s homeland and still feel intimately connected yet ultimately estranged. $24.95 HC Drawn & Quarterly

The Outside Circle

PATTI LABOUCANE BENSON KELLY MELLINGS Winner, CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Literature. In this important graphic novel, two Aboriginal brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives. Powerful, courageous, and deeply moving.

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too:

A Book JOMNY SUN Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too is the illustrated story of a lonely alien sent to observe Earth, only to meet all sorts of creatures with all sorts of perspectives on life, love, and happiness, all while learning to feel a little better about being an alien—based on the enormously popular Twitter account, @jonnysun. $19.99 HC HarperCollins

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Farm to Chef

Nova Scotia Cookery, Then and Now

Lynn Crawford Bestselling author and acclaimed chef Lynn Crawford celebrates the bounty of the seasons with over 140 recipes featuring farm-fresh produce for every occasion.

Valerie Mansour A then-and-now cookbook, pairing Nova Scotia’s best chefs with historic recipes for a modern twist on old favourites.

$40.00 HC Penguin Canada $27.95 PB Nimbus Publishing

Arab Cooking on a Prairie Homestead:

Recipes and Recollections from a Syrian Pioneer Habeeb Salloum, foreword by Sarah Carter

With stories of courage and creativity, Arab Cooking on a Prairie Homestead brings to life the struggles of early Middle Eastern immigrants and the sweetness of Salloum’s heritage. Over 200 recipes will provide today’s foodies with delicious dishes that are gentle on the earth--and your wallet! $34.95 PB University of Regina Press


SHARON HAPTON Recipes for wholesome classics like Chicken Noodle and Italian Wedding are joined by imaginative, kid-inspired creations such as Dragon Soup, Cheeseburger Soup and Green Monster Soup.


DAVIN DE KERGOMMEAUX In this newly revised and updated version of an award-winning book, Davin de Kergommeaux takes readers on a journey through Canadian whisky: how it’s made, who makes it, why it tastes the way it does, its history, and the rich, centuries-old folklore surrounding it. $25.00 PB Candlewick


CAREN MCSHERRY A go-to collection of more than 80 stunning recipes, to take your cooking from “ho hum” to “hot damn!” Never again will you find yourself wondering, “What should I make with my main?”

$24.95 PB Appetite by Random House

$24.95 PB Appetite by Random House


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Great Gifts

The Cities Book

A Journey Through the Best Cities in the World 2nd Edition LONELY PLANET This a celebration of 200 of the world’s most exciting urban destinations, beautifully photographed and packed with trip advice and recommendations from our experts - making it the perfect companion for any traveller deciding where to visit next. $70.00 HC Lonely Planet

Cool Plants for Cold Climates:

A Garden Designer’s Perspective BRENDA C. ADAMS A cold climate is no excuse for a dull, colorless garden. The key is knowing the right plants that will survive and thrive in even the chilliest environments. Who better to guide gardeners than an expert from the far north? In Cool Plants for Cold Climates, Brenda Adams presents vivid and detailed portraits of the best and most beautiful of the bunch. $45.50 PB University of Alaska Press

Robert Bateman’s Canada

ROBERT BATEMAN From Canada’s most beloved painter comes a deluxe, over-sized art book showcasing Robert Bateman’s vision of the Canadian landscape, coast to coast, for the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

$75.00 HC Simon and Schuster Canada


Andrew Hunter The bestselling book on Alex Colville — now available at last in a deluxe paperback edition. Spanning the entirety of Colville’s career and featuring more than 100 reproductions, Colville both honours the legacy of an iconic Canadian artist and explores the contemporary reverberations of his work. $39.95 PB Goose Lane Editions with the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada

Leonardo Da Vinci

WALTER ISAACSON “Majestic...Isaacson takes on another complex, giant figure and transforms him into someone we can recognize... Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review. He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. $45.00 HC Simon and Schuster

The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook:

Charming Recipes from Anne and Her Friends in Avonlea KATE MACDONALD A recipe collection inspired by L.M. Montgomery’s famous children’s book series, Anne of Green Gables. Have you ever wanted to sneak a sip of Diana Barry’s Favorite Raspberry Cordial or try a slice of Anne Shirley’s Liniment Cake (without the liniment!)? Now you can, with the delightful teatime snacks, mains, desserts, and more created by Kate Macdonald, L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter $24.99 HC Race Point/Quarto Publishing

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9 Things You Don’t Know About Our Literary Heritage by Sarah Sawler

Did you know that Halifax used to be a busy newspaper printing hub? Or that Charlottetown has an annual celebration of literature called Reading Town PEI? Atlantic Canada has a rich literary heritage that’s as varied as its population, but there are probably a few things you don’t know. Here are a few bits of trivia to work into conversation at your next holiday gathering.

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Beautiful Joe was the first Canadian book to sell over a million copies.

The book, written by Margaret Marshall Saunders and published in 1893, highlighted issues of animal cruelty and adoption. By the 1930s, it had sold more than 7 million copies.

George Elliott Clarke started writing seriously when he was 15.

He was looking for a way to distinguish himself from his peers, so he started studying songwriting and wrote four songs every day for two or three years. Clarke, who is now the Parliamentary Poet Laureate, published his first poem in 1979.

Comic creator Hal Foster was born in Halifax.

The man behind the influential 1930s comic strip Prince Valiant lived on the corner of Lower Water and Fawson Streets. At the age of eight, he demonstrated a sense of adventure and took a raft across the Halifax Harbour.

Anne wasn’t everything for LM Montgomery.

In addition to her work as a journalist and essayist, Lucy Maud Montgomery also published 20 novels, and more than 1000 short stories and poems.

Canada’s longest running literary periodical was launched at UNB.

The Fiddlehead which was launched in 1945, has featured work by Alistair MacLeod and Alden Nowlan. Don McKay, one of The Fiddlehead’s former editors, has won two Governor General Awards for poetry.

Wayne Johnston seemed destined for literary greatness.

The author wrote his first novel, The Story of Bobby O’Malley, while he was still in grad school. In 1985, the novel won the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award and two years later, Johnston won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Most Promising Young Writer.

Evangeline was originally written in English.

Although Evangeline was reprinted five times in its first six months, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1847 epic poem about the deportation of the Acadians wasn’t accessible to all Acadians until 20 years later, when the English poem was finally published in French.

An important Mi’kmaq novel was never reprinted.

Lorne Joseph Simon, a Mi’kmaq of the Elsipogtog First Nation, was a remarkable novelist and short story writer. His one and only novel, Stones and Switches, was published 1994, just before Simon died in a tragic accident. The work won the Simon Lucas Jr. Award, but was never reprinted.

Some of Newfoundland’s best authors have roots in the same writing group.

The Burning Rock Collective, the writing group that launched the careers of highly respected authors like Lisa Moore, Michael Crummey, Michael Winter, Edward Riche, and Jessica Grant, grew out of a Memorial University English class with Dr. Larry Mathews. Sarah Sawler is an award-winning journalist whose with bylines in publications like the Quill & Quire, Halifax Magazine, Atlantic Books Today, and Atlantic Business Magazine. Her first book, 100 Things You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia, was published by Nimbus Publishing in April 2016, and her next book, 100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada (For Kids) will be published in April 2018.

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Brause Junior Calligraphy Set

BRAUSE Founded in 1850, Brause calligraphy nibs have been considered by many calligraphers to be among the best on the market. This set includes 1 calligraphy notebook, 1 plate of adhesive labels, 1 pen holder, 3 nibs, 1 bottle of ink and 1 brush. $52.95 ea.


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CLAIREFONTAINE These new notebooks from our favourite papermaker are nice! Leatherette embossed, brushed vellum Clairefontaine 90g Paper 5žX8Ÿ 72 pages lined. Assorted colors. $15.95 ea.

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Piano Black


LAMY This Lamy Studio fountain pen has a polished black lacquer finish with a high gloss chrome grip. It has a propeller shaped bright chrome metal clip, an fine 14k gold nib, and comes with an ink cartridge and a Z26 converter to get you started writing right away! A terrific value for a 14K gold nib.

new! Conklin Minigraph Collection CONKLIN PEN COMPANY The new Conklin Minigraph Collection features a miniature pocket fountain pen that posts to become full-sized. It comes with F, M or stub steel nib, and accepts short standard international cartridges only. BLUE Available in 3 colors - Baltic Blue, Purple Dunes and White Satin. Special Offer $54.00 ea. Regular $70.00

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2018 Reading Woman Wall and Engagement Calendars

POMEGRANATE COMMUNICATIONS A perennial bestseller! This collection of artworks from American, European, and Russian artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries presents a cornucopia of images on a single subject: a woman reading. Yet how varied that one idea can be: From lush gardens and summer seashores to grand sitting rooms or stark interior scenes, women steal a moment or an hour or a day to read. From $9.99


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Nava Notebooks

From Italy, finely designed notebooks and notepads, available in various formats and different weights of paper. With rigid or flexible covers in various materials. Fountain pen friendly. From $6.95

Paper Blanks Journals HARTLEY AND MARKS Paperblanks are beautiful writing journals that celebrate human artistry and craft. From French textile design to Persian Safavid binding art, each Paperblanks design honors the beauty of artistic creation. These notebooks are a connection to the richness discovered within centuries of world art and culture. From $14.95

Hand Lettering and Contemporary Calligraphy

LISA ENGELBRECHT Calligraphy, the art of elegant, beautiful lettering, has increased in popularity over the last several years. From brides who want to address their wedding invitations to do-it-yourselfers who want to prepare certificates or make a family tree, and even for art journalers and scrapbookers who like creative text in their works, calligraphy books and classes. $16.99 HC Crestline Books/Quarto Publishing

Rotring Mechanical Pencils

ROTRING Rotring is a German technical writing and drawing instruments company. The name “Rotring” (rot ring) means “red ring” in German. This iconic red ring is still placed around the barrels of Rotring products today. We carry the 300, 500, 600 and 800 series mechanical pencils in .5 mm and .7mm lead sizes. From $14.00

Studio Series Canvas Pencil Wrap PETER PAUPER PRESS Roll it up! Store and organize pencils, pens, and more in this stylish case. Includes 30 elastic slots, plus 3 pockets for accessories. Holds pens, pencils, markers, brushes, crochet hooks, smaller knitting needles, eraser, and sharpener. Perfect for on-the go drawing, painting, or crafting.

Modern Lettering

A Guide to Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering REBECCA CAHILL ROOTS Learn a variety of quirky, contemporary alphabets with these easy-to-follow guided worksheets. Explore stunning letterforms, create your own hand-lettering style, and make fun projects with this immersive guide to contemporary calligraphy. Offering practice worksheets on professionalquality paper, Modern Lettering explores the best materials and equipment to use and teaches a range of techniques—including mixing fonts, working with colored inks, and basic brush calligraphy $22.95 HC Batsford

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How to Think:

A Survival Guide for a World at Odds

ALAN JACOBS In the bestselling tradition of On Bullshit, a contrarian and compulsively readable treatise about how we’ve lost the ability to think clearly in the age of partisan bickering--and how we can get it back $30.00 HC Crown Business | Currency

Find Your Why:

A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team SIMON SINEK DAVID MEAD PETER DOCKER A hands-on guide to the most important step any business can take: finding your why. This paperback original workbook is the next step for applying the life-changing lessons of the mega-bestseller Start With Why, which has sold nearly a million copies worldwide. $27.00 PB Portfolio

Forged In Crisis

NANCY KOEHN An enthralling historical narrative filled with leadership insights that will be of interest to a wide range of readers—Forged in Crisis, by Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, spotlights five masters of crisis: polar explorer Ernest Shackleton; President Abraham Lincoln; legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and environmental crusader Rachel Carson.

$47.00 HC Scribner

Tribe of Mentors.

Short Life Advice from the Best in the World TIMOTHY FERRISS When facing life’s questions, who do you turn to for advice? We all need mentors, particularly when the odds seem stacked against us. To find his own, best-selling author Tim Ferriss tracked down more than 100 eclectic experts to help him, and you, navigate life.

$40.00 HC Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Charlie Munger:

The Complete Investor TREN GRIFFIN Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway’s visionary vice chairman and Warren Buffett’s indispensable financial partner, has outperformed market indexes again and again, and he believes any investor can do the same. This book presents the essential steps of Munger’s investing strategy, condensed here for the first time from interviews, speeches, and shareholder letters. $24.95 PB Columbia University Press

BOOK POWER by Gwendolyn Brooks

Books feed and cure and chortle and collide In all this willful world of thud and thump and thunder man’s relevance to books continues to declare. Books are meat and medicine and flame and flight and flower, steel, stitch, and cloud and clout, and drumbeats in the air.

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The Story of Ferdinand

MUNRO LEAF ROBERT LAWSON A true classic with a timeless message! All the other bulls run, jump, and butt their heads together in fights. Ferdinand, on the other hand, would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when Ferdinand is picked for the bullfights in Madrid? $11.99 BB Viking Children’s Book

The Puppy’s Wish

LORI EVERT The creators of the bestselling picture book The Christmas Wish bring us another original board book featuring the adorable husky puppy from The Brave Little Puppy. $11.99 BB Random House Books for Young Readers

Uni the Unicorn

Amy Krouse Rosenthal Uni the unicorn is told there’s no such thing as little girls! No matter what the grownup unicorns say, Uni believes that little girls are real. Somewhere there must be a smart, strong, wonderful, magical little girl waiting to be best friends. In fact, far away (but not too far), a real little girl believes there is a unicorn waiting for her.

Little Hockey

MATT NAPIER RENNE BENOIT “Round and black--do you know its name? You need this disk to play the game.” Answer: Puck. Now even the smallest of fans can enjoy a book about their favorite sport. Rhyming riddles accompanied by colorful artwork help introduce the game’s simplest, most basic elements. $9.95 BB Sleeping Bear Press

$11.99 BB Random House Children’s Books

100 Words On the Go: Tiered Shaped Board Book

REDD BYRD CHRISTOPHER FLINT Colorful, busy scenes teach 100+ words about vehicles and the places they go! You’ll explore a busy town, a construction site, a county fair, and more. Shaped board pages feature interactive elements such as lift-a-flaps, pull tabs, and finger channels. $16.99 BB Thomas Allen

The Three Little Pigs: A Finger Puppet Theater Book

MICHAEL ROBERTSON The story of The Three Little Pigs comes to life in this brand-new novelty format! With a carry-along handle, four adorable felt puppets, and a die-cut stage in the back cover, this board book is chock-full of innovative and imaginative play value. $19.99 BB Scholastic Inc

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The Agony of Bun O’Keefe

HEATHER T. SMITH Little Miss Sunshine meets Room in this quirky, heartwarming story of friendship, loyalty and discovery. It’s Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O’Keefe has lived a solitary life in an unsafe, unsanitary house. Her mother is a compulsive hoarder, and Bun has had little contact with the outside world.

You Must Bring A Hat

PHILIP SIMON “You are cordially invited to the BIGGEST, BESTEST, HATTIEST party of all time!” Come join the fun—but only if you have a hat. AND you know the entry rules. Unfortunately, there seems to be a surprising number of those, as a young boy discovers. Will he—and the cool collection of animals he befriends along the way—ever get in? $19.95 HC Sterling Children’s Books

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And All the Stars Shall Fall

HUGH MACDONALD The sequel to The Last Wild Boy is here! In the matriarchal society of Aahimsa, is suddenly under brutal attack by The World Federation of City Stats. Despite all of their differences, the women are forced to join together to try to escape extinction.   $12.95 PB Acorn Press

Broken Pieces:

An Orphan of the Halifax Explosion ALLISON LAWLOR Part of the popular Compass series, this full-colour non-fiction book includes highlighted glossary terms, informative sidebars, over 50 illustrations and historical photographs, a detailed index, and recommended further reading. In commemoration of the tragic event’s 100th anniversary, Children of the Halifax Explosion is a great resource for young readers and educators.

Baseball Bats for Christmas

MICHAEL KUSUGAK and VLADYANA KRYKORKA The boys in Repulse Bay “smack dab on the Arctic circle” have never seen trees before. What are they supposed to do with the six green spindly things that they’ve just received? A beautifully illustrated story about growing up in the Arctic by an acclaimed Inuit author. $12.95 PB Annick Press

Christmas Wind

STEPHANIE SIMPSON MCLELLAN & BROOKE KERRIGAN McLellan’s spare text is complemented by the subtle but beautiful art of Brooke Kerrigan highlighting the heroic spirit of a young girl and the generosity of a stranger in a book that reveals what the real spirit of Christmas is all about. 19.95 HC Red Deer Press

$17.95 PB Nimbus Publishing


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The Flying Squirrel Stowaways: From Halifax to Boston

Love You More than Anything

DORETTA GROENENDYK This colourful new picture book is filled with whimsical images of love from many different backgrounds. It is between friends and neighbours, children and seniors, women and family. $19.95 HC Acorn Press

MARIJKE SIMONS A fun holiday story following flying squirrels who choose the Boston Christmas Tree as their home and are treated to an international adventure. $22.95 HC Nimbus Publishing

Here We Are:

Notes for Living on Planet Earth OLIVER JEFFERS The heart-felt new book from the multi award-winning, internationally best-selling picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers. Dive in and explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey.

$22.99 HC HarperCollins UK Illustrated

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12

The Gateway Jeff Kinney Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some muchneeded rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.


JOHN LENNON; JEAN JULLIEN Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a journey to spread a message of tolerance around the world. Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon’s iconic song and illustrations by the award-winning artist Jean Jullien, this poignant and timely picture book dares to imagine a world at peace. Imagine will be published in partnership with human rights organization Amnesty International. $24.99 HC Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Picture the Sky

BARBARA REID Wherever we may be, we share the same sky. But every hour, every day, every season, whether in the city or the forest, it is different. The sky tells many stories: in the weather, in the clouds, in the stars, in the imagination. Picture the sky. How do you feel? $19.99 HC Scholastic Canada Ltd.

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Red and Lulu

The Road to Ever After

MATT TAVARES Red & Lulu is a heart-tugging story combining the cheer of Christmas, the magic of New York City, and the real meaning of the holiday season: how important it is to be surrounded by love.

MOIRA YOUNG Part Benjamin Button, part Harold and Maud, part Brian Selznick and part Neil Gaiman, this is a unique, magical story that will draw readers in and make them fall in love with both characters. $11.99 PB Puffin Canada

$23.99 HC Candlewick

Runny Babbit Returns:

Another Billy Sook SHEL SILVERSTEIN The star of Shel Silverstein’s hugely bestselling poetry collection is back in Runny Babbit Returns, with forty-one charming never-beforepublished poems and drawings! Filled with humor, tongue-twisting wordplay and uproarious characters. B&W Illustrations

The War I Finally Won

really is now that she’s free.

KIMBERLY BRUBAKER BRADLEY This sequel to the Newbery Honorwinning The War that Saved My Life continues Ada’s World War II journey as new challenges force her to figure out who she

$22.99 HC Dial Books

$24.99 HC HarperCollins US

When Santa Was A Baby

LINDA BAILEY A sweet tonguein-cheek look at Santa’s formative years as a jolly oneof-a-kind kid, sure to become a new Christmas classic. Available for the first time in board book. $13.99 BB Tundra Books

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

COLIN MELOY; CARSON ELLIS A boring Tuesday turns extraordinary when Charlie Fisher witnesses an amazing robbery by a group of child pickpockets. The whiz mob are independent and incredibly skilled, and make their own way in the world—they are everything Charlie yearns to be, but are the stakes too high? B&W Illustrations $21.99 HC HarperCollins US


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All the Crooked Saints

MAGGIE STIEFVATER From bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, a gripping tale of darkness, miracles, and family. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

$22.99 HC Scholastic Inc.

Book of Dust

PHILLIP PULLMAN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! “Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them.” —The Washington Post Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novel The Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, “one of fantasy’s most indelible characters.” (The New York Times Magazine) $29.99 HC Random House Children’s Books

The Hate U Give

ANGIE THOMAS A National Book Award Longlist title with eight starred reviews! #1 New York Times Bestseller! Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Tower of Dawn

SARAH J MAAS In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire. $24.99 HC Bloomsbury USA

$21.99 HC Harper Collins

Turtles All the Way Down

JOHN GREEN In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. $25.99 HC Dutton Children’s Books

Wonder Woman: Warbringer LEIGH BARDUGO

The highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo. $24.99 HC Random House Children’s Books

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A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging:

Misfits Manifesto: TED Book LIDIA YUKNAVITCH A self-defined misfit makes a powerful case for not fitting in—for recognizing the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path.

7 Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy & Strong VIVIEN BROWN A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging is the first book written by a medical authority to tackle the key challenges women face as they grow older, including brain health and heart disease.

$22.99 HC Simon and Schuster

$24.95 PB Barlow Book Publishing

Barking to the Choir GREGORY BOYLE

A moving example of unconditional love in difficult times, the bestselling author of Tattoos on the Heart, Father Gregory Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gangs in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of radical kinship. $35.00 HC Simon and Schuster


LYDIA KANG, NATE PEDERSEN Ranging from the merely weird to the outright dangerous, here are dozens of outlandish, morbidly hilarious “treatments”— conceived by doctors and scientists, by spiritualists and snake oil salesmen (yes, they literally tried to sell snake oil)—that were predicated on a range of cluelessness, trial and error, and straight-up scams.

Ageless Soul

The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy THOMAS MOORE Thomas Moore is the renowned author of Care of the Soul,the classic #1New York Times bestseller. In Ageless Soul, Moore reveals a fresh, optimistic, and rewarding path toward aging, one that need not be feared, but rather embraced and cherished. In Moore’s view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled, loving, and connected person. $33.99 HC St. Martin’s Press

Replogle Globes

A globe is both a source of wonder and a way to help people make sense of their world. Since its beginning in 1930, Replogle has been making globes of unsurpassed quality. From handcrafted masterpieces to educational globes, Replogle has taken pride in manufacturing the finest globes in the world. From $18.95 Limited quantities. Special order at Halifax location.

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BARRY BLITT A gorgeous, entertaining, and provocative compendium of the award-winning artist’s iconic illustrations for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and more. $54.00 HC Riverhead Books


Tales from the True North Strong and Freezing JEREMY TAGGART; JONATHAN TORRENS Sprung from their hugely successful podcast, Taggart and Torrens share a collection of showbiz tales from the road and relatable everyday anecdotes, all wrapped up in a nostalgic fondness for this great country. $22.99 PB HarperCollins Canada

Christmas At The Vinyl Café

STUART MCLEAN For many, the Vinyl Cafe Christmas stories became beloved family traditions. Now, for the first time, they have been brought together in this special collection—including the classic “Dave Cooks the Turkey,” as well as five new, never before published Christmas stories. $32.00 HC Viking Canada

Beaverton Presents: Glorious & Free Glorious & Free:

The True History of Canada RITA FIELD-MARSHAM & KIM BOZAK, Illustrator: FRANK VIVA We are more than just landscapes, polar bears, Mounties, and canoes. More than just “thank yous,” “sorrys,” hot prime ministers, and doughnut shops. We are global-village visionaries, world record setters, ambassadors of the imagination, and conquerors of the Rockies. We are Canadian. We are whoever we dream ourselves to be. $24.95 PB House Of Anansi Press

The Woulda Coulda Shoulda Guide to Canadian Inventions

RED GREEN In The Woulda Coulda Shoulda Guide to Canadian Inventions Red surveys, analyzes, critiques and in some cases tells you how to recreate at home, the best Canadian inventions, from the Wonderbra to the hardcup jockstrap, by way of insulin, the walkie-talkie, synchronized swimming and more world-changing innovations than you can wave a Canadarm at. $29.95 HC Doubleday Canada


RAVENSBURGER Ravensburger, the puzzle expert for over 130 years, is a stickler for the highest-quality standards. We offer a wide selection of children’s and adult puzzles from 60 pieces to 18,000. From $10.00

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Awaiting the King:

Reforming Public Theology JAMES K SMITH Cultural Liturgies In this culmination of his widely read and highly acclaimed Cultural Liturgies project, James K. A. Smith, offers a well-rounded public theology as an alternative to contemporary debates about politics. Smith explores the religious nature of politics and the political nature of Christian worship, sketching how the worship of the church propels us to be invested in forging the common good. $28.99 PB Baker Academic

God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life:

A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs TIMOTHY KELLER KATHY KELLER From pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller comes a beautifully packaged, yearlong daily devotional based on the Book of Proverbs. Keller offers readers a fresh, inspiring lesson for every day of the year based on different passages within the Book of Proverbs. $27.00 HC Viking


Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution DIANA BUTLER BASS Winner of the RNA Book Award, Nautilus Award, and Wilbur Award. This special paperback edition includes a 40-day devotional that pairs passages from Grounded with prayers and reflections, ideal for use during the Lenten season or any season of reflection. $18.50 PB HarperCollins

Hallelujah Anyway:

Rediscovering Mercy ANNE LAMOTT From the author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Bird by Bird, a powerful exploration of mercy and how we can embrace it. “Mercy is radical kindness,” Anne Lamott writes in her enthralling and heartening book, Hallelujah Anyway. It’s the permission you give others—and yourself—to forgive a debt, to absolve the unabsolvable, to let go of the judgment and pain that make life so difficult. $27.00 HC Riverhead Books

The Sacred Enneagram:

Unshakeable Trust:

Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth CHRISTOPHER L HEUERTZ | RICHARD ROHR The Sacred Enneagram is a trustworthy, richly insightful guide to finding yourself in the enneagram’s 9-type profiles, and applying this practical wisdom for a life transformed. Far more than a personality test, author Chris Heuertz writes, the enneagram is a sacred map to the soul.

Find the Joy of Trusting God at All Times, in All Things JOYCE MEYER In her new book, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer explores a life lived in complete and total dependence on God. Drawing on her own experiences and inspiration from the Word of God, Joyce makes the case that in every area of your life-spiritually, relationally, emotionally, financially--you can trust that God has your very best in store.

$23.99 PB Zondervan

$31.50 HC FaithWords


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Feeding My Mother:

grip of Alzheimer’s.

Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss JANN ARDEN Feeding My Mother is a frank, funny, inspirational and piercingly honest account of the transformation in Jann Arden’s life that has turned her into the primary “parent” to her mom, who is in the


NICHOLAS JENNINGS The definitive biography of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriter, a legendary musician who helped define the folkpop era. $36.00 HC Viking

$35.00 HC Random House Canada

Something is Always on Fire:

A Newfoundlander in Canada:

My Life So Far MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN Opera sensation Measha Brueggergosman’s professional triumphs have been matched in equal measure by profound personal hardships. This is an intimate look inside a life that seems always to be on fire.

Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home ALAN DOYLE Alan Doyle turns his perspective outward from Petty Harbour toward mainland Canada, reflecting on what it was like to venture away from the comforts of home and the familiarity of the island.

$33.99 HC HarperCollins Canada

$32.95 HC Doubleday Canada

Reckless Daughter:

A Portrait of Joni Mitchell DAVID YAFFE With unprecedented access to Joni Mitchell and to those who know her, David Yaffe has the intimate new biography of Mitchell, one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. $34.99 HC HarperCollins Canada

“Books never really end. They stay with you, good or bad, and can float into your mind quite without warning. Years later, the faint embers of a line drift across your conscience or a place you have visited only in print flickers by. The name of a character whirls around the brain like that of a primary school classmate. Books take root. A book alters you, only in a minor way and sometimes fleetingly, but you’re never completely the same when you’ve finished as you were on page one.” Daniel Gray in Scribbles in the Margins 50 Eternal Delights of Books

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Scienceo& Nature ks Atlantic Bo

Ancient Oaks In The English Landscape

ALJOS FARJON The ancient native oaks of England are a national treasure, beautiful and beloved. And England has more of them than the rest of Europe combined. How did that happen? How, as Europe was deforested over the course of centuries, did England manage to preserve so many ancient trees? $64.99 HC Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Birds of Canada

2nd Edition DORLING KINDERSLEY CANADA This definitive field guide uses beautiful close-up photography to showcase the wide variety of bird species found in Canada. Full page profiles of more than 430 of the most commonly seen species ensure quick and accurate field identification. Produced in association with David M. Bird, one of Canada’s leading authorities on ornithology.

$45.00 PB DK

The Ghost Orchard

HELEN HUMPHREYS Award-winning author Helen Humphrey delves deep into the storied past of the apple in North America, and explores the intricate link between agriculture, settlement, and human relationships. With her signature insight and exquisite prose, Humphreys reveals a moving journey into the secret history of an iconic food. $29.99 HC HarperCollins Canada

How to Read Nature:

Awaken Your Senses to the Outdoors You’ve Never Noticed Tristan Gooley Gooley introduces readers to his world— where the sky, sea, and land teem with marvels. Plus, he shares 15 exercises to sharpen all of your senses. Soon you’ll be making your own discoveries, every time you step outside! $29.95 HC The Experiment

Inner Life of Animals

Other Minds

PETER WOHLLEBEN In this, his latest book, Peter Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, feelings, and intelligence of animals around us. Animals are different from us in ways that amaze us—and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought.

The Octopus, The Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness PETER GODFREY-SMITH In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how subjective experience crept into being—how nature became aware of itself. Named a Top Ten Science Book of Fall 2016 by Publishers Weekly

$29.95 HC Greystone Books

$22.99 PB Farrar Straus & Giroux


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Science & Nature

The Living Forest

A Visual Journey Into the Heart of the Woods Robert Llewellyn Joan maloof From the leaves and branches of the canopy to the roots and soil of the understory, the forest is a complex, interconnected ecosystem filled with plants, birds, mammals, insects, and fungi. Some of it is easily discovered, but many parts remain difficult or impossible for the human eye to see. Until now. $51.99 HC Thomas Allen

Science of Why 2

JAY INGRAM An all-new volume of science questions to delight, entertain, and inform readers of all ages, from bestselling author Jay Ingram. With wit, wisdom, and whimsical illustrations, The Science of Why 2 will delight readers of all ages with the answers to all these questions and more. Full of fun science facts, this is the book that everyone’s inner science geek needs to read. $29.99 HC Simon and Schuster Canada

Stars and Planets:

Wild and Crazy

The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and Solar System (Updated and Expanded Edition) IAN RIDPATH & WIL TIRION In this newly updated and expanded edition of their classic work, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion illuminate the night sky as never before, providing novice stargazers and professional astronomers alike with the most informative, user-friendly, comprehensive, and authoritative celestial field guide available.

PAUL JOYNSONHICKS & Tom sullam When the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards announced a contest for the funniest animal photo, they received entries from all over the world. Now authors and original award founders Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam showcase the best of the best—as well as some never before seen—to present the most joyful photographs of wildlife ever printed.

$29.99 PB Princeton University Press

$15.99 HC Simon and Schuster

Wild Things, Wild Places:

Wise Trees

Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth JANE ALEXANDER An Oscar-nominated actress’s deeply personal look at the impact of human actions on the animal world, and the crucial work of those trying to help.

$49.95 HC Harry N. Abrams

Diane Cook and Len Jenshel Leading landscape photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel present Wise Trees—a stunning photography book containing more than 50 historical trees with remarkable stories from around the world.

$24.00 PB Vintage

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A Century of NHL® Memories: Rare Photos from the Hockey Hall of Fame

JIM HYNES, PHIL PRITCHARD, LANNY MCDONALD A Century of NHL® Memories celebrates the league’s centennial by throwing open the doors to the Hall of Fame’s photo archives and unveiling some of its treasures. $49.95 HC Griffintown Media

Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father

MURRAY HOWE Part Tuesdays with Morrie, part Mr. Hockey, Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father is a son’s intimate account of all that lies behind the towering legacy of the beloved Gordie Howe. $29.95 HC Viking Canada

How We Did It: The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life

KARL SUBBAN, SCOTT COLBY The ultimate hockey dad, Karl Subban is a former school principal and father of five, including three sons--P.K., Malcolm and Jordan--who have been drafted to the NHL. Karl’s inspirational and moving story follows the hockey journey from house league to the big leagues and shows how to grow the unlimited potential that is in every child. $32.00 HC Random House Canada

Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey

KEN DRYDEN From bestselling author and Hall-of-Famer Ken Dryden, this is the tragic story of NHLer Steve Montador (who was diagnosed with CTE after his untimely death) and a passionate prescriptive to counter the #1 risk to hockey in the future: head injuries.

Killer: My Life in Hockey

DOUG GILMORE; DAN ROBSON From a big role in the 1989 Stanley Cup victory, scoring the winning goal for the Calgary Flames, to multiple winning seasons. Doug Gilmour bares all about his on- and off-the-ice exploits and escapades in Killer.

$33.99 HC Harper Collins Canada

$32.00 HC McClelland and Stewart


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Staff Picks 2017

All these books are regularly available at Bookmark or easy to order.


Bunnies Book Club

The Baker’s Secret

Dying in the Wool

Beautiful watercolor illustrations! A love letter to the pleasures of books, reading and libraries.

Moving and thought provoking! A dazzling novel of World War II—a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day.

Mystery, scandal and a amateur sleuth extraordinaire set in the quiet English countryside. I will definitely read on in the series!

The Cover Art of Blue Note Records : The Collection

The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale

Hard Rain Falling

The graphic design work is iconic! An essential collection for every jazz fan. Record art for many jazz greats including Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others make this anthology an evocative piece of jazz history.

This 1947 Dutch novel, considered the Netherlands’ greatest in the twentieth century and now published in English for the first time. Darkly funny and mesmerising, The Evenings takes the tiny, quotidian triumphs and heartbreaks of our everyday lives and turns them into a work of brilliant wit and profound beauty.

A little known masterpiece! Falling is a tough-as-nails account of being down and out, but never down for good—a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an everelusive redemption.

Annie Silvestro | Tatjana Mai-Wyss 

Stephen P Kiernan

Frances Brody


Graham Marsh & Glyn Callingham

Gerard Reve

Don Carpenter


Upstream: Selected Essays Mary Oliver

I’ve long been a fan of Oliver’s poetry but this is my first experience with her prose. Highly recommended! Rich and immersive, makes you want to experience more of nature and improve your powers of observation.

Bizarre Botany: An A-Z Adventure Through the Plant Kingdom Christina Harrison | Lauren Gardiner |  Livi Mills 

Something different for the gardener to help pass the winter months.

The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction  Mark Lilla

Concise, timely and accessible. The Shipwrecked Mind is the book to read for a more profound understanding of the political upheaval occurring in many places in the world today.

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Staff Picks Mike

A Take For The Time Being

A Horse Walks Into A Bar

Amsterdam Stories

The worlds of a British Columbian woman and Nao, a Japanese teenager, intersect after a lunchbox is washed upon a beach after the 2011 tsunami. The story, mysterious and haunting, the language, sparkling.

The winner of 2017’s Man Booker International Prize, this is a contemplation of a life’s achievements and a man’s place within his family and country, the dangers faced as a participant and an observer when love and politics rear their ugly heads.

In these stories from the early 1900’s, youthful wanderers enjoy each other’s company, scrounge cigarettes, seek a warm room for the night where they dream of staring at the sea for the rest of their lives. Winsome pieces of Dutch Bohemia.

Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002

People in the Trees

Ruth Ozeki

David Grossman



The Door Magda Szabo

A Hungarian novel, translated and made available by The New York Review Books; the Savior of Lost Greats! A major modern European masterpiece!

David Sedaris

For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.

Hanya Yanagihara

A remarkable writer! The debut novel of the author of A Little Life. An anthropological adventure story with a profound and tragic vision of what happens when cultures collide.


For As Long As It Rains

Baking With Kafka

This award-winning graphic novel tells the story of two lovers spending an evening together. Originally published in French, English readers can now experience this intimate and poignant story.

Baking with Kafka is bound to please the book-lover in your home with its hilarious take on the literary world. This collection of comic strips had me laughing out loud.



Tom Gauld

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck:

The Complete Daily Newspaper Comics Volume 1 These Donald Duck strips first appeared in newspapers in 1938. This collection of reprints starts from the very beginning and highlights the timeless familyfriendly humor that will be sure to please any age.

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Staff Picks Neil

Perchance to Dream

Ghost Stories

Every story in this collection of some of Beaumont’s best is fascinating, strange, frequently unsettling and wholly captivating. I strongly encourage anyone interested in stories weird and wonderful to check this out.

All nine of the gruesome tales collected here are chilling, but “The Room in the Tower” in particular filled me with dread like nothing I had read before. A perfect companion on a stormy winter’s night.

E F Benson

Charles Beaumont

The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories This collection of thirteen festively frightening tales by a diverse range of authors is destined to become a fireside favourite. It will chill your bones whilst you warm your toes.


Exit West

Prussian Blue

Mohsin Hamid

An astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. A beautiful and very detailed look at what it means to be an immigrant.

Philip Kerr

History paired with suspense! The muchanticipated return of Bernie Gunther, our compromised former Berlin bull and unwilling SS officer.

And It Was Good Madeleine L’Engle

Book #1 of The Genesis Trilogy. A classic work of spirituality from the author of A Wrinkle in Time offers life-transforming insights on the rich heritage of the Bible and shows how the characters of this ancient text are relevant for living the good life now


Gangster Warlords



A riveting account of the causes and effects of the international drug trade. Grillo explores the issue while offering a prescription beyond the decades-old war on drugs that has done nothing to curb the problem.

A funny examination of the degree to which we change as we age. Unsentimental yet moving, N/W is a story by a master of setting and dialog. Smith is one of the best writers of her generation.

A story about an attempt to colonize another planet that examines the role of language, the importance of place and what is that makes us human. The characters are strong, the story is exciting, and it’s accessible to people who don’t read much SF, like me.

Ioan Grillo

Zadie Smith

Kim Stanley Robinson

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Staff Picks Danielle

Southern Reach trilogy

Story of Love in Solitude

Fantastical and surreal worlds that will bend your mind out of shape. Vandermeer is my favourite guilty pleasure and the author that made sci-fi a new genre to obsess over for me.

Economical at 64 pages, this is a book about the beauty of just sitting and watching plants grow, or a spider walk along the wall- a beautiful lesson on how to slow down, stop, and fall in love.

Jeff Vandermeer

Roger Lewinter

Love at Last Sight Vedrana Rudan

Rudan speaks with an autobiographical and resonant tone about a lifetime of violence, and the realities of life as a woman in modern Croatia. A heartbreaking and empowering book filled with equal parts of rage and humour.


Watership Down Richard Adams

Watership Down is kind of like Lord of the Rings...but with rabbits. It’s well written, and the characters in it are like people you know. It’s a 70’s classic.

The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay

This edition is will be a pleasure to any lover of the Wizarding World. These illustrations have a life of their own and offer another way of entering into this much loved series.

Leonard Cohen, Book of Longing, (Illustrated poetry) A good way to spend some time with Leonard Cohen.


First Snow, Last Light Wayne Johnston

Johnston is a master storyteller who has yet to disappoint me. This novel gives us another piece of the puzzle that is Sheila Fielding.


Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

Rather Be the Devil

This novel is set is an English village in the early days of WW2. Told in a series of letters between the villagers, we learn of the trials, scandals, heroics of the women left to keep the home fires burning.

Sometimes you just need to pick up a book that you know won’t disappoint. Rankin and Rebus are my go -to guys for crime!

Jennifer Ryan

Ian Rankin

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A Tribute to One of Bookmark Halifax’s Most Cherished Employees... Margaret Foster From late 2001 to this year, Bookmark Halifax has been overly fortunate to have had Margaret Foster as a member of staff and a friend. We know our paths will always overlap as we continue to see Margaret at the library, NS Symphony, church and countless civic meetings … and at future Bookmark author events. Officially, however, we will part ways as Margaret begins to enjoy 2018 as a civilian, outside the bookselling trade. There are so many ways in which we will miss having Margaret here on a weekly basis. Nobody I know has been as consistently conscientious and tireless in her work ethic, as mindful a team player, willing to accept shifts in an emergency, respectful and helpful to everyone on staff and our reading community at large. For these long years, she has been our go-to mystery expert, garnering fans as her recommendations never disappoint. There is a casual competition in the store: whose pick will sell from the staff favourites selection .... Margaret is often the champion. And when a book can just NOT be found on the shelves and we’re all exasperated by the hunt, who out-sleuths Holmes and finds that elusive copy? It’s Detective Foster. As Margaret is about to finish her working relationship with our store, we’ve begun to reminisce, wondering what it is about books and literature that we hold so dearly in our lives, what makes bookselling so fulfilling and ennobling. Here, Margaret offers some perspective on the impact reading and books have made on her family and life. “There was no doubt that I was interested in the world of books. One of my earliest memories is of scanning my parents’ bookshelves, with their ranks of Modern Library giants on the lower shelves. One day I was inspired to remove all the dust jackets, so that the books could be arranged nicely by colour, all the navy, all the dark green etc.. For some reason, my attempts at decorating were not appreciated.” “One series of books has held my interest for many years: John le Carré’s “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold”, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and recently, “Legacy of Spies”. In the ‘60s, there was the drama of Cold War Berlin, which lost some of its shine in the ‘70s, and finally left Smiley and Peter Guillam reassessing their life’s work from the viewpoint of old men.” “A favorite children’s book was “PIppi Longstocking”. Pippi was a feminist long before I had heard the word: fearless, living an unconventional family life, and unwilling to call anything impossible.” “Love of books is contagious. When I gave my grandson “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors”, he and his parents fought over whose turn it was to read at night, and indulge in superhero language that begged to be overacted.” As the end of the year approaches, I know I can speak for everyone at Bookmark Halifax in saying we are not looking forward to that last shift when the forever nattily dressed Margaret Foster heads for the door and says ‘So long’. She is not one for effusiveness so please forgive us, Margaret, if on that day, we make an enormous fuss over you.

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Literary Events

Literary Events with Bookmark

We participate in or sponsor over 100 literary events a year. These events are always enthusiastic, enriching and entertaining. We encourage everyone to attend events. We are sure you will personally benefit, as well you will be supporting and encouraging the author. Here are some of the events we have recently attended. Frank Cameron, Sa rah Sawler and Ka ren Forrest at Authors for Indies Day in Halifax

nch at the Local Sally Reardon book lau use Women’s Council Ho JJ Steinfeld reading in Charlottetown during Authors for Indies Day

Selling Books at the Atlantic Wine Symposium at the Westin in Halifax

Lori and Marlene with Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring at The Confederation Center of the Arts


Wayne Johnston, Dr. Richard Lemm and Linden MacIntyre in conversation at Rodd’s Charlottetown

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Literary Events

Ken McGoogan at the Halifax Central Library

Saleema Nawaz bo ok event at Keshen Goodman Library

Jan Wong with Rod Weatherbie at The Confederation Centre Art Gallery

Charlotte Grey in our Charlottetown store

Diana Gabaldon an d MC Matt Rainnie at the Delta Prince Edward

Adam Michael James

at Holland College

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BOOKMARK IS PUZZLE HQ! Cobble Hill puzzles have been described as nostalgic, lively, endearing, sweet, durable, and fine quality. In an ever-growing technological market, it has become increasingly more important to find ways to bring families and friends together in a social atmosphere that lends to good conversations and quality time together. From $19.99


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Games Qwitch

PLAY MONSTER Race to play matching cards on top of the pile: letters and numbers can go up, down, or stay the same and switch at any time. It may seem easy, but seeing letters and numbers can play tricks on your mind! Includes 64 switch cards, 12 direction cards, storage tin and rules. For 1 to 5 players, ages 6 and up $16.99 ea.

Christmas Activity Game

OUTSET MEDIA Features hundreds of cards with different activities from Hum it! Find it! Act it! Draw it! Move it! Describe it! List it! These cards will keep kids and adults busy during the holidays. See Instructions tab for descriptions of these funtastic categories! Ages 7+ $12.99 ea.

Canadian Trivia 150th Limited Edition


OUTSET MEDIA Italian Scopa is a centuries old card game requiring memory, skill, strategy and a little luck. Scopa is easy to learn, a challenge to master, and just plain fun for the whole family. Great entertainment when family and friends get together for game night. Ages 8+

$29.99 ea.

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PLAY MONSTER Fast and Fun Number Crunchin’!™ It’s a race to get rid of your cards! Players add or subtract 1, 2, or 3 to the number on card pile to see if they have a card that can be played next. Sounds easy, but with everyone racing and playing cards, the numbers are always changing! For 1 to 4 players. Ages 8+ $16.99 ea.

OUTSET MEDIA A fun and informative way for know-it-alls to test their knowledge of Canada. Geography, History, Arts, and General knowledge questions cover the 150 years of Canada. How much do you know? Ages 14+

OUTSET MEDIA The fast and furious game of strategy and bluff! Outthink, out-lie, and out-bluff your neighbors in this fast and furious version of the South American Liar’s Dice. A poker face, a sharp mind, and a bit of luck is what you’ll need to be the last one standing. It’s so addictive you’ll want to play it again and again. Ages 10+ $19.99 ea.

Crazy Letters

MINDWARE This fast-paced word game will strengthen quick-thinking skills and leave everyone wondering which way is up! Players roll the die to determine a category (such as “Games & Hobbies” or “In the Kitchen”) and then draw a card. The first player to figure out the jumbled letters shouts out the word to win the card. Ages 10+ $36.99 ea.

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More Atlantic Canadian Books Just Jen: Thriving Through Multiple Sclerosis

Branches Over Ripples:

A Waterside Journal

BRIAN BARTLETT Bartlett's experiment in plein-air writing wanders beyond everyday personal journal-keeping into a meditation on the rich connections between the seemingly disparate experiences of our days, and on the enduring value of indulging our curiosity.

$29.95 PB Gaspereau Press

JEN POWLEY “Jen Powley’s intimate and provocative writing will wake you up. Jen brings insight, compassion, and humour to these memorable stories of living “waist high” among family, friends, and lovers. Trust this writer: she’s the real thing.”— Lorri Neilsen Glenn $21.00 PB Roseway Publishing

From Black Horses to White Steeds:

East Coast Crafted:

Building Community Resilience

The Essential Guide to the Beers, Breweries and Brewpubs of Atlantic Canada

Editors: Laurie Brinklow and Ryan Gibson

This book discusses how small communities can survive and flourish. The book’s chapters focus on the strength of local initiatives, the impacts of collective power, and reenvisioning local assets. They explore how various “black horses”-including minorities, small towns, peripheries, Aboriginal communities, those with little money, status, voice, or political leverage can rise to the occasion and chart livable futures.

$29.95 PB Island Studies Press


Behind-the-scenes profiles of each of Atlantic Canada’s nearly 70 breweries and brewpubs. Features a foreword from Canada’s preeminent beer writer, Stephen Beaumont (World Atlas of Beer), and over 60 colour photos from celebrated photographer Jessica Emin. $39.95 PB Nimbus Publishing

Historic Furniture of Prince Edward Island

JAMES W. MACNUTT Photography by Maurice Roy This book is the first of its kind in Prince Edward Island and certainly the most comprehensive study of furniture in Atlantic Canada. This work will create a new interest in our heritage furnishings and hopefully stimulate further interest and research. $59.95 HC PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation

The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy

by Naomi Klein

ARTHUR MANUEL and GRAND CHIEF RON DERRICKSON Iconic activist Arthur Manuel challenges virtually everything non-Indigenous Canadians believe about the steps needed to place their relationship with Indigenous Peoples on a healthy and honourable footing. Preface

$22.95 PB James Lorimer & Company Ltd.

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