From Doughnuts to Gardening and Everything Inbetween, Events at Books & Co

May is half over? How did that happen? The grass is greening up, the birds are singing and this last weekend was perfect weather to enjoy breakfast or lunch of the Café Voltaire patio. It feels like summer is right around the corner and, we’ve still got some awesome things happening at Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace!

TONIGHT local gardening expert Barbara Rayment launches her new book for all those green thumbs in the north: The Northern Gardener: Perennials that Survive & Thrive. We’re launching Barb’s new book (so new it’s still got that new book smell) at 7:00 pm Wednesday, May 16 in ArtSpace.  There will be chance to buy some of the photographs that Darwin Paton supplied for the book, and a great chance to get all of your gardening conundrums sorted out before things get out of hand.

Local favorite Gillian Wigmore is launching her new collection Dirt of Ages (available now from Books & Co) at The Twisted Cork on Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 pm.  Gillian’s new collection is, as Fred Stenson says, “place-literate, fully flexed, often suspenseful. When she writes of the life and death of northern people and northern rivers, you love and grieve.”

And for this week’s Friday Night Mics it’s the often imitated but never duplicated, long, long awaited OPEN MIC NIGHT! So bring out the banjo and dust off the washboard because Friday, May 18 at 8:00 pm it’s your turn to shine! As always this event is free!

Hey Moms and Dads, did you know every Saturday morning at 10:00 am we’ve got a fantastic storytime?  Come in and browse (or have a coffee and a chat) while our booksters delight and amuse with the best in classic and contemporary children’s stories!

Books & Company and Café Voltaire are CLOSED on Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day.

But just because Books & Co is closed, doesn’t mean things aren’t happening in ArtSpace! On Monday, May 21 at 6:30 pm ArtSpace hosts the Lakeland Mills Benefit Metal Concert! MC’d by Martin Bodo, the night features Slaughterfall, Noordvall, Seraphic Nihilist, and Vale of Hinnom! Tickets are at the door and cost a minimum donation of $5!

Letter Writing Night is back on TUESDAY, May 22 at 6:30 pm in Café Voltaire.  Because we’re closed for Victoria Day, we’ve bumped Letter Writing Night to Tuesday! Come in, enjoy a coffee or tea on us, and write a letter to anyone you like.  We’ll put a stamp on it and mail it for you!  It’s a great way to reconnect with distant (or close) friends and family!

Another great concert hits ArtSpace at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 22 at 8:00 pm.  We’re super excited to be hosting Anchorage, Alaska’s The Super Saturated Sugar Strings as they launch their first album Harmonic Toast.  Their layering of piano, cello, fiddle, guitar and multiple percussion instruments becomes, as one Anchorage reviewer says, “a marriage of Gothic Americana with Balkan punk.” So don’t miss out on this unique sound!  Tickets are only $10 and are on sale now!

May 25 is International Towel Day, the one day a year set aside to honour the cultural icon that was Douglas Adams, author of the many incarnations of The Hitchhikers Guide to the GalaxyCafé Voltaire (and the patio if it’s nice out) is going to be the site of a small Hitchhiker’s Read In. Bring your copy of any of Douglas Adams’ books (or buy one here) and read them from 4:42 pm (don’t panic) to 6:42 pm. Make sure to have your towel so you too can be “a hoopy frood who really knows where his towel is.”

Outdoor safety expert Mike Nash is back in Café Voltaire on Saturday, May 26 from 11 am to 1:00 pm to sign copies of his vastly informative and extremely useful Outdoor Safety and Survival. If you plan on going into the woods this summer, you need to get this book!

Ed Zaruk is back on Wednesday, May 30 to launch Ontario Central Airlines: The Kenora Years.  If you love to fly, or if you know someone who loves to fly, this is a must for your bush pilot collection!  Ed recreates the airlines history through the careful compilation of hundreds of hours of interviews with the pilots, mechanics, managers and dispatchers that kept the planes in the air.  The evening takes off at 7:00 pm!

June 1st is Doughnut Day! And no that’s not just a holiday made up by Tim Horton’s to sell more donuts.  During WWI, Salvation Army “Lassies” provided comfort, aid, and doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches and in 1938, the Salvation Army in Chicago thought honouring those brave volunteers would be a great way to raise some money. This idea quickly spread because people love war heroes (and doughnuts).   So, to honour Doughnut Day 2012, Café Voltaire going to make fresh doughnuts (baked not fried so they’re slightly, very slightly better for you).  All proceeds from doughnuts sold on June 1 will be donated to Prince George’s Salvation Army! So pop in for a doughnut, coffee and that feeling that comes from doing something good (and eating something delicious).

Friday, June 1 at 7:00 pm Western Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Delek, resident teacher of Tilopa Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Vancouver will be in ArtSpace to talk about and read from How to Solve our Human Problems: an introduction to Buddha’s Four Noble Truths.  Come out and discover how Buddhism addresses the modern problems and gain some insight into your own spiritual life.

Cod Gone Wild are back in ArtSpace on Saturday, June 2 at 8:00 pm This modern world Celtic band from Vernon is always a fantastic show and we can’t wait to have them back! Make sure to pick up your tickets soon! Tickets are $20 and worth every penny.

That’s it for this week folks, for more information about upcoming events or just the cool things that happen here, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter and did you know we’ve got a blog?  Well we do, find out our thoughts on all things books related at booksandcompany.wordpress.com

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