What’s Happening at Books & Co in the New Year? I’m Glad You Asked…

It’s 2012! Happy New Year! It’s been said that “April is the cruelest month,” but clearly T.S. Eliot never spent a winter in Canada.  With Christmas behind us and cold, dark days still ahead – although the rain this week is reminiscent of April – we’ve all got to find ways to keep warm and cheerful through to Spring.  And Books & Company, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace can help with that!

Right now all calendars are 50% off! It’s like getting half the year for free.

Friday, January 6 at 8:00 pm our wildly successful and always fun Friday Night Mics are BACK with an Open Mic Night! Dust off that guitar and start humming those scales, because we want to see you on our stage come Friday night! If you’re not ready to take the stage, then simply drop by and listen to some of the best talent Prince George has to offer!  As always, this event is free!

The 2nd meeting of the Prince George Correspondents’ Club (our new letter writing club) is on Monday, January 9 at 6:30 pm in Café Voltaire.  Come in and do your part to resurrect the lost art of letter writing by writing a letter to whomever you wish.  There will be free coffee and stamps (for letters mailed to Canadian addresses).  Bring in stationary to trade and share and just write for a couple of uninterrupted hours.  Since it’s just after Christmas it might be nice to write thank you letters for all of your lovely Christmas books (and other presents) but you can write whatever you want!

UNBC’s Anthropology Department kicks off their Anthropology in Our Backyards series with the talk: “Forensics, Memory and Development: An Eclectic View from the Antipodes” by Jose Pablo Baraybar the executive director of Eqipo Peruano de Antropologia Forense (EPAF) Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team.  This fascinating look at how forensic science can be used as a means of addressing more than just the ‘hard facts’ of how human rights violations are committed starts at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, January 17 in ArtSpace! More Anthropology in Our Backyards talks are scheduled for every other Tuesday until the end of April.

On Wednesday, January 18 at 7:00 pm we’ve got local author and business leader Trevor Bolin coming in to talk about his new and highly acclaimed book Take Charge and Change Your Life Today.  Trevor Bolin, Chairman and CEO of Bolin & Co. International Training, has been leading the Real Estate industry for over a decade.  Using advanced selling skills, out of the box marketing techniques and the BCi fundamentals through the “Secret” to sales Trevor continues to have his best years no matter what the market conditions may be.   Take Charge and Change Your Life Today gives insight into Trevor’s techniques and skills and will help you reach the top 1% of you industry, no matter what industry you’re in.

Then on Thursday, January 19 at 7:00 pm in Café Voltaire, Mel McConaghy is back to officially launch his new book My Life Through a Broken Windshield, a collection of truck driving tales from our very own wild and rugged BC!  If you’ve ever been a truck driver, have ever known a truck driver or are thinking about making truck driving your profession, Mel’s book is a must read!

Don’t forget to pick up your Coldsnap Tickets! One surefire way to keep warm and cheerful this January is to attend one or all of the fantastic concerts and workshops available at the Coldsnap festival!  Books & Co has tickets for all of the concerts!  Drop in and pick some up today!

And starting in February, ArtSpace will be hosting Graphic Novel Writing Workshops for kids and teens!

Teen Graphic Novel Writers’ Workshops – Understanding Icons & Visual Shorthand, Facilitated by Nicole Larson.  In ArtSpace on Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22 and 29.  6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Join other graphic novel writers and artists aged 13 to 16 to improve your understanding of the process of graphic novel creation and discuss how writing a graphic novel is different from other kinds of creative writing.  Both writers and artists are welcome and we will be doing collaborative projects and exercises every week. Each week we will explore what makes graphic novels compelling and discuss why writers might choose the graphic novel genre to tell their stories.  There will also be time to work either collaboratively or independently on original stories.  The cost of this workshop is $50 and space is limited to 12 participants.  Please sign up at Books & Company before February 1st.  For more information please email booksandcompanyevents@gmail.com or call 250-563-6637

Young Graphic Novel Writers’ Workshops – What Makes a Graphic Novel? Facilitated by Nicole Larson.  In ArtSpace on Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23 and March 1.  6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Join other graphic novel writers aged 9 – 12 to improve your understanding of the process of graphic novel creation and discuss how writing a graphic novel is different from other kinds of creative writing.  Both writers and artists are welcome and we will be doing exercises and projects every week.  We will be discussing popular graphic novels for kids including Jeff Smith’s Bone series and we’ll talk about the parts of a graphic novel and how they fit together to tell complete stories. There will also be time to work either collaboratively or independently on original stories.  The cost of this workshop is $50 and space is limited to 12 participants.  Please sign up at Books & Company before February 1st. For more information please email booksandcompanyevents@gmail.com or call 250-563-6637

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