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Books & Co wants you to call your mother…and to bring her to some of our wonderful May events

It’s almost Mother’s Day! We here at Books & Co, ArtSpace and Café Voltaire love Mother’s Day because we love our mothers (and other peoples’ mothers, we’re not picky).  And did you know that great Mother’s Day presents abound at Books & Co? We’ve got tickets to fantastic concerts, and books about everything your mother loves (well except you, unless you’ve written a biography in which case we’ve even got that).  And we’ve got a wealth of wonderful events you could take your mother to all month long at ArtSpace, Books & Co and Café Voltaire!

Moms love the CBC so make sure to come out TOMORROW: Thursday, May 10 because we’ve got the Prince George gathering for Reimagine CBC hosted by Richard deMontigny! The ReimagineCBC.ca local gatherings will bring supporters together in their communities to learn about the budget cuts, talk about the best ideas from the online forum, and share your thoughts about the future of the CBC. This event will help create a powerful citizens’ report that we’ll deliver to decision-makers.  So come out to ArtSpace at 7:00 pm and share your ideas about our National Broadcaster, the wonderful CBC!

Friday, May 11 we’ve got a real treat, literally, in Café Voltaire.  Adrienne Johnston, the author of No More Secrets: Recipes from Cow Bay Café will be in to sign copies of her wonderful cookbook from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and you can sample some of the treats found in the book because our Café Voltaire specials will be following the marvelous recipes!  And after you get your copy signed…make  your mom some of the wonderful treats!

And our Friday Night Mics brings Ft St John’s own country songstress Kristy Howes! She’s climbing the country charts and we’re lucky to get her so early in her career! So come out for a top tapping good time on Friday, May 11 at 8:00 pmAs always, this event is free! So, if you’re on a budget, bring your Mom for a pre-Mother’s Day present.  She just wants to spend time with you, call your mother.

Hey Moms, 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! You might even get a special Mother’s Day present made while you wait!

Saturday, March 12 at 10:00 am drop by Café Voltaire for a book signing with Rob Bryce! Rob has revised and updated his wildly popular Hiking in North Central BC.  This edition includes an interactive DVD and over 100 different hikes!  Come in, get your book signed and talk to Rob about where you and your mom should spend some quality outdoor time this summer!

It’s your last chance to take Mom to a Theatre Northwest Play! We’ve still got tickets to the last Theatre Northwest Play of the season, Brighton Beach Memoirs, which has been held over until May 12.  Come by soon before all of the good seats are taken on the night you want to go!

Moms love folk music, so why not take your mom to a fantastic folk concert on Mother’s Day?  Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk are back on Sunday, May 13 at 7:30 pm in ArtSpace! We could not be more excited to have this amazing group back!  Their last concert was a rocking good time and this one is sure to please!  And local favs Sparethelove will be making a special guest appearance. Tickets are a steal at $10 and are on sale NOW at Books & Co.

We’ve also got tickets for Coldsnap’s cool night of music in May featuring Red Moon Road!  Make sure to mark your calendar for Monday, May 14th because this is a concert you and your mom won’t want to miss!  Tickets are on sale now (only $20)!  This concert takes place in ArtSpace! (You could always give your mom tickets for Mother’s Day…just a hint)

And if your Mom is like my Mom then she’s very excited about the beginning of gardening season! So why not take her to the fantastic Gardening Q & A with local gardening expert Barbara Rayment! We’re launching Barb’s new book (so new it’s coming hot off the press that day) The Northern Gardener at 7:00 pm Wednesday, May 16 in ArtSpace.  There will be a slideshow of images from Darwin Paton, who supplied the photographs from the book, and a great chance to get all of your gardening conundrums sorted out before things get out of hand.

For the poetry loving moms out there, 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.” So bring your mom to one of this season’s most anticipated poetry launches!

We’ve also got tickets to some fantastic upcoming concerts! The Super Saturated Sugar Strings will be in ArtSpace on Tuesday, May 22 at 8:00 pm (Tickets on $10) and Cod Gone Wild are back in ArtSpace on Saturday, June 2 at 8:00 pm (Tickets are $20 and worth every penny). So think about putting the gift of live music into that Mother’s Day card you made (you know, the one with your handprint…yep, that one).

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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Books & Co says: May the Fourth be with you! (we can’t help ourselves)

Happy May everybody!  May is chockfull of wonderful days, from Mother’s Day to Victoria Day, from Cinco de Mayo (which is being celebrated all week long by the Latino Canadian Association of Northern BC, check http://www.latinpg.com for events!) to National Missing Child Day (it’s a sad one, but something people should keep in mind on May 25), May isn’t just May Day! And Books & Company, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace have loads of wonderful events to keep you happy all May long!

TOMORROW! Thursday, May 3rd ArtSpace has got the wonderful Finnessee Trio!  Tickets are only $15 for this awesome acoustic event! Don’t miss out!

And on Friday, May 4 (May the Fourth be with you), our Friday Night Mics series is extra special with a show from Quesnel’s own Karin Ellis!  Things kick off in Café Voltaire at 8:00 pm so arrive early to get a seat! As always this event is Free!

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!

And a treat for local history lovers of all ages, a special preview story time of Mr. Huble Builds a House, the new children’s book to celebrate the centenary of the Huble Homestead.  There will be original art from the book on display and a sneak peak preview reading from the yet to be released book! Join us in ArtSpace on Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 pm for a reading from the book, a pioneer craft and loads of fun!

Letter Writing Night is back on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 pm in Café Voltaire.  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!

Thursday, May 10 we’ve got the Prince George gathering for Reimagine CBC hosted by Richard deMontigny! The ReimagineCBC.ca local gatherings will bring supporters together in their communities to learn about the budget cuts, talk about the best ideas from the online forum, and share your thoughts about the future of the CBC. This event will help create a powerful citizens’ report that we’ll deliver to decision-makers.  So come out to ArtSpace at 7:00 pm and share your ideas about our National Broadcaster, the wonderful CBC!

Friday, May 11 we’ve got a real treat, literally, in Café Voltaire.  Adrienne Johnston, the author of No More Secrets: Recipes from Cow Bay Café will be in to sign copies of her wonderful cookbook from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and you can sample some of the treats found in the book because our Café Voltaire specials will be following the marvelous recipes!

Saturday, March 12 at 10:00 am drop by Café Voltaire for a book signing with Rob Bryce! Rob has revised and updated his wildly popular Hiking in North Central BC.  This edition includes an interactive DVD and over 100 different hikes!  Come in, get your book signed and talk to Rob about where you should spend some quality outdoor time this summer!

Don’t forget we’ve got tickets to the last Theatre Northwest Play of the season, Brighton Beach Memoirs, which has been held over until May 12.  Come by soon before all of the good seats are taken on the night you want to go!

Guess what?  Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk are back on Sunday, May 13 at 7:30 pm in ArtSpace! We could not be more excited to have this amazing group back!  Their last concert was a rocking good time and this one is sure to please!  Tickets are a steal at $10 and are on sale NOW at Books & Co.

We’ve also got tickets for Coldsnap’s cool night of music in May featuring Red Moon Road!  Make sure to mark your calendars for Monday, May 14th because this is a concert you won’t want to miss!  Tickets are on sale now (only $20)!  This concert takes place in ArtSpace!

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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April Showers Bring May Flowers, and Events at Books & Co!

Well, since April showers bring May flowers, after the last couple of days we should be in for some lovely blossoms next week.  Even though National Poetry Month (to celebrate, why not pick up a fresh, recently released copy of Dirt of Ages by Northern BC poet Gillian Wigmore) is coming to a close, we’ve still got some hot events happening at Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace!

On Thursday, April 26 we’ve got a real musical treat in ArtSpace! Maureen Washington will be here to give us an incredible jazz performance with Karel Roessigh, Joey Smith and Damian Graham. It’s going to be be a night to remember!  Tickets are only $25 and are available NOW.

Doug Koyama is going to be here for our Friday Night Mics this week!  Don’t miss his exciting show.  Things start at 8:00 pm in Café Voltaire on Friday, April 27.  As always, this event is free!

Did you know we’ve got a Spectacular Story Time Every Saturday Morning at 10:00 am! Our expert storytellers provide spice (and excellent scary, funny and weird voices) to classic and modern tales! So drop in with your youngsters and enjoy a coffee while they listen to stories and make crafts!

And on Saturday, April 28 at 5:00 pm the BC Book Prize Northern Tour stops in Books & Co for a reading featuring Charlotte Gill reading from Eating Dirt and Pamela Porter reading from I’ll Be Watching. Come out for a fantastic reading from some wonderful books!

ArtSpace is hosting a screening of award-winning documentary The Sludge Diet on Saturday, April 28! Come out and discover the truth about “Fertile Residual Material” (Biosolid Sludge) and why the idea of spreading it around Salmon Valley is so problematic!

Books & Company and Café Voltaire are really pleased to be hosting one of the events for the 3rd Viva Lo Caliente Festival!  On Monday, April 30 at 7:00 pm join members of the Latino Canadian Association of Northern BC for A Brief History of Latin America: How Exhumations bring Closure to the Victims of the Armed Conflict in Guatemala presented by Cristan M. Zuniga, International Liaison Coordinator of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team! For more information about the other wonderful things happening during this week long public festival that celebrates Hispanic culture and traditions, visit http://www.latinpg.com! Don’t forget, Books & Co is selling tickets for the ¡Viva Lo Caliente! Latin Dinner & Dance Party presented by the Latino Canadian Association of Northern BC on May 5 (Tickets are only $40).

Join local author B. Heather Mantler for the launch of her latest novel For Wealth and Glory on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm in Café Voltaire.  For Wealth and Glory continues the story of Prince Proster, whose status as second son virtually guarantees he’ll never be king.  Instead of joining the church, he takes up arms, trains his friends and develops an elite private army that conquers a neighbouring kingdom, against the wishes of his father! Now he’s got everything he always wanted, except the acceptance of his father.

Thursday, May 3rd ArtSpace has got the wonderful Finnessee Trio!  Tickets are only $15 for this awesome acoustic event! Don’t miss out!

And a special treat for local history lovers of all ages, the launch of Mr. Huble Builds a House, the new children’s book to celebrate the centenary of the Huble Homestead.  Join us in ArtSpace on Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 pm for a reading from the book, a pioneer craft and loads of fun!

As always, Books & Co could be renamed Tickets & Co because we’ve got loads of tickets for fantastic events all over our fair city! We’ve got tickets for the Spring Showcase of Singers presented by Lyn Vernon on April 28 (tickets are $15 each), AbracaDAZZLE, Canada’s Favorite Magic Show, with John Kaplan on April 28 (tickets are $10 for both the matinee and the evening performances) and The Celtic Sessions featuring Out of Alba and the Prince George Youth Orchestra on Sunday, May 6!

We’ve also got tickets for Coldsnap’s cool night of music in May featuring Red Moon Road!  Make sure to mark your calendars for Monday, May 14th because this is a concert you won’t want to miss!  Tickets are on sale now (only $20)!

And don’t forget we’ve got tickets to the last Theatre Northwest Play of the season, Brighton Beach Memoirs, which runs from April 19 to May 6.  Come by soon before all of the good seats are taken on the night you want to go!

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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We Love April and April Events at Books & Co

I love April.  April means (usually) no more snow, and the return of birds and bees and buds – I saw some pussy willow buds the other day, I love pussy willows – and it’s got loads of interesting days in it.  It’s National Poetry Month (check out our Facebook page for a featured poet, and our Twitter feed for a quote about poetry everyday) and April 10 was Siblings Day.  We had Easter this year, the fourth week (which starts on Sunday) is Arts and Culture week here in BC and April 22 is Earth Day.  We love April and we’ve tried to make that clear through the events at Café Voltaire, Books & Company and ArtSpace!

The Caledonia Ramblers are in ArtSpace on Friday, April 20th at 7:00 pm for their Spring Annual Meeting and a wonderful slideshow (starting at about 7:45)detailing Carolyn Ibis’s fantastic bicycle journey from Prince George to Vancouver via Jasper! “The Adventures of Squirrel and Bunny” details her trip from volunteering as a sweep on the Tour de Jasper to riding a fully self-supported tour to Chilliwack with fellow rider Jim, adventure was found around every corner!

Our Friday Night Mics are really fun this week!  We’ve got Dave Parsons & Joey Onley coming in to give us their fantastic musical stylings! Things kick off in Café Voltaire at 8:00 pm and as always, this event is free.

Did you know we’ve got a Spectacular Story Time Every Saturday Morning at 10:00 am! Our expert storytellers provide spice (and excellent scary, funny and weird voices) to classic and modern tales! So drop in with your youngsters and enjoy a coffee while they listen to stories and make crafts!

Cinema CNC is BACK and Books & Company has got tickets!  Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm is the breathtaking documentary, Pina, about choreography and artistic genius. Make sure to drop in and get your tickets right away for these two fantastic films! (As always, Cinema CNC is held in Rm. 1-306 on the CNC campus).

And on Sunday, April 22 at 3:00 pm come celebrate Earth Day! We’ve got a Special Story Time and Crafternoon planned!  Come out for stories, crafts and the chance to plant something you can take home for your own garden!

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 pm, Mike Nash will be in ArtSpace for an Outdoor Safety Presentation and to launch his new book Outdoor Safety and Survival! Come out and see Prince George’s back country, learn how to navigate it safely and talk to Mike about all of your outdoor safety concerns!

We’ve already got tickets for the marvelous Maureen Washington show which will be in ArtSpace on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 pm.  Don’t miss this amazing jazz performance! Maureen will be performing with Karel Roessigh, Joey Smith and Damian Graham and it will be a night to remember!  Tickets are only $25.

And on Saturday, April 28 at 5:00 pm the BC Book Prize Northern Tour stops in Books & Co for a reading featuring Charlotte Gill reading from Eating Dirt and Pamela Porter reading from I’ll Be Watching. Come out for a fantastic reading from some wonderful books!

Books and Company is also selling tickets for the Spring Showcase of Singers presented by Lyn Vernon on April 28 (tickets are $15 each), AbracaDAZZLE, Canada’s Favorite Magic Show, with John Kaplan on April 28 (tickets are $10 for both the matinee and the evening performances) and ¡Viva Lo Caliente! Latin Dinner & Dance Party presented by the Latino Canadian Association of Northern BC on May 5 (Tickets are only $40).  Come in and pick up your tickets to one or all of these fantastic community events!

And don’t forget we’ve got tickets to the last Theatre Northwest Play of the season, Brighton Beach Memoirs, which runs from April 19 to May 6.  Come by soon before all of the good seats are taken on the night you want to go!

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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No matter what Mother Nature Says, it’s Spring At Books & Company…

Well despite the fact that we had a blizzard yesterday, it is indeed April, which means Spring – in all its gravelly, gritty glory – here in Prince George. April is also National Poetry Month so when you come by Books & Company, Café Voltaire or ArtSpace for one of the fantastic events we’ve got all month long, don’t forget to pick up a collection of poetry (might we suggest The Enpipe Line: 70,000+ kilometres of poetry written in resistance to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines proposal, available in store now!).

TONIGHT (Wednesday, April 4) at 7:00 pm the Toastmasters are back in Café Voltaire! Come find out how one of Prince George’s 8 toastmasters groups can help you grow into the business and community leader you were meant to be.

The Huble Homestead is having its Annual General Meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 5 (Tomorrow) in ArtSpace.  The Huble Homestead turns 100 in 2012 and new members are invited to attend and find out more about this historic anniversary!  If you need more details please contact Krystal Leason at either 250-564-7033 or admin@hublehomestead.ca

Books & Company and Café Voltaire are closed on Friday, April 6 for Good Friday! Hopefully the wonderful weather from last weekend will return and you can spend your holiday hunting brightly coloured eggs outside!

Did you know we’ve got a Spectacular Story Time Every Saturday Morning at 10:00 am! Our expert storytellers provide spice (and excellent scary, funny and weird voices) to classic and modern tales! So drop in with your youngsters and enjoy a coffee while they listen to stories and make crafts!

And the good folks from the Anthropology Department at UNBC are back on Tuesday, April 10 with another installment of their popular lecture series: Anthropology in Our Backyards.  Stay tuned for more details!

Don’t forget, we’ve got Letter Writing on Monday, April 16th at 6:30 pm.  Drop into Café Voltaire for a quiet place to write that letter that will reconnect you with a long lost friend, or help you reestablish your relationship with your estranged brother. Coffee, stamps and stationary are available!

We’ve already got tickets for the marvelous Maureen Washington show which will be in ArtSpace on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 pm.  Don’t miss this amazing jazz performance! Maureen will be performing with Karel Roessigh, Joey Smith and Damian Graham and it will be a night to remember!  Tickets are only $25.

Books and Company is also selling tickets for the Spring Showcase of Singers presented by Lyn Vernon on April 28 (tickets are $15 each), AbracaDAZZLE, Canada’s Favorite Magic Show, with John Kaplan on April 28 (tickets are $10 for both the matinee and the evening performances) and ¡Viva Lo Caliente! Latin Dinner & Dance Party presented by the Latino Canadian Association of Northern BC on May 5 (Tickets are only $40).  Come in and pick up your tickets to one or all of these fantastic community events!

And don’t forget we’ve got tickets to the last Theatre Northwest Play of the season, Brighton Beach Memoirs, which runs from April 19 to May 6.  Come by soon before all of the good seats are taken on the night you want to go!

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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“The Cruelest Month” is almost upon us, but Books & Co isn’t worried

April starts on Sunday.  We’ve got a few more things packed into March, but for the most part, it’s on to what TS Eliot called “the cruelest month.” April is also Poetry Month here in Canada, it’s the month that hosts the prankster’s favorite holiday, April Fools’ Day, it has Easter (this year) and Earth Day on the 22nd.  And, based on the last few days, it’s also hosting Spring! So, start hunting snowdrops and daffodils! But before you get too carried away, don’t forget we’ve got loads of fun things happening at Books & Company, ArtSpace and Café Voltaire!

You’ve only got a few more days to experience the wonderful Envisioning Change – Prince George Women Share their Experiences of Substance Use and Mental Health Photography ExhibitionWe’ve been proud to host this thought provoking collection of photographs since March 5 and on March 30 it’s going to be taken down, so head up and look around anytime ArtSpace is open!

TOMORROW (March 29, 2012), the Citizens’ Environmental Advocacy Group is showing the film On the Line in ArtSpace at 6:30 pm.  In the summer of 2010, filmmaker Frank Wolf and his friend Todd McGowan biked, hiked, rafted and kayaked the GPA track of the pipeline in order to uncover the truth about the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.  Through the voices of the people they meet along the way, their rough and tumble journey reveals the severe risks and consequences associated with this $5.5 billion mega-project.  Admission to this thought provoking film is free but a $5 donation would be appreciated!

This Friday, our Friday Night Mic is a Café Voltaire favorite.  We’ve got Tony Tabora and Co coming in to give us a fantastic night of live music.  So make sure to be in Café Voltaire at 8:00 pm on Friday, March 30. As always this event is free.

Did you know we’ve got a Spectacular Story Time Every Saturday Morning at 10:00 am! Our expert storytellers provide spice (and excellent scary, funny and weird voices) to classic and modern tales! So drop in with your youngsters and enjoy a coffee while they listen to stories and make crafts!

Books & Company is very pleased that victim-advocate and addictions counselor Gail Pilgrim will be in ArtSpace sharing her very personal book Tightly Knit Secrets Unravelled: My Knitting Story.  When Gail found out her husband, a pastor and pillar of their church community, was a paedophile who had abused their own daughters, it turned her life upside down and unraveled the structure of her world.  Tightly Knit Secrets Unravelled tells the tale of her life, the good times and bad, and gives hope for survivors of trauma and abuse. Gail will be speaking at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 31.

Saturday, March 31 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) we’ve got a very dark evening planned for ArtSpace!  Embracing the Darkness features dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and dark comedy presented by the Nechako Community Theatrics Society! Tickets are only $20 and are available at Books & Company.  Seating is limited to pick up a ticket today!

On Sunday, April 1st we’ve got a Special Easter Story Time and Crafternoon planned for ArtSpace at 3:00 pm.  So put on your Easter bonnet with all the ribbons on it and come out for a fun-filled afternoon of stories and crafts for kids!

Don’t forget, we’ve got Letter Writing on Monday, April 2nd at 6:30 pm.  Drop into Café Voltaire for a quiet place to write that letter that will reconnect you with a long lost friend, or help you reestablish your relationship with your estranged brother. Coffee, stamps and stationary are available!

And, Monday, April 2nd at 8:00 pm (note the later time) we’ve got award-winning author Hiromi Goto launching Darkest Light, the follow up to her fantastic YA novel Half World.  Come in to hear from one of British Columbia’s most talented authors!

Then on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm the Toastmasters are back in Café Voltaire! Come find out how one of Prince George’s 8 toastmasters groups can help you grow into the business and community leader you were meant to be.

Books & Company and Café Voltaire are closed on Friday, April 6 for Good Friday! Hopefully our wonderful weather will hold out and you can spend your holiday hunting brightly coloured eggs outside!

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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Spring is in the air…sort of at Books & Company

March is nearing a close and I’m still not sure which end was leonine and which end was ovine, but we’ve only got a little over a week to figure it out! All I know is it feels like Spring in Prince George – dirty, gravelly snow, giant pot holes, icy sidewalks and all – and that means green things are just around the corner!  Why not celebrate the change of season with some of the fabulous upcoming events at Books & Company, ArtSpace and Café Voltaire?

From March 5 – 30 we’re proud to be hosting the Envisioning Change – Prince George Women Share their Experiences of Substance Use and Mental Health Photography ExhibitionHead up and look around anytime ArtSpace is open!

The Sixth Annual Traveling World Film Festival rolled into PG on March 16 and continues until March 24! With films about social justice, the economics of agriculture, oil and general consumption and much, much more, this is a fantastic week of wonderful documentary film!  ArtSpace is pleased to host:

Survival, Strength, Sisterhood at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21

Raw Opium at 7:45 pm on Wednesday, March 21

Point Holmes at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 23

Rainforest at 7:20 pm on Friday, March 23

SpOil at 8:20 pm on Friday, March 23

A full schedule is available on the Books & Company website (www.booksandcompany.ca).  Festival passes ($30 for the whole week or $5 per day) are available now!

Then on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 pm, Dr. Jane Shearer, Ph.D. will be in ArtSpace to talk about Friend or Foe? The Impact of Coffee Consumption on Chronic Disease RiskDr. Shearer is a metabolic physiologist who investigates the impact of nutrition and exercise on the development of chronic disease.  Her research is sponsored by the Canadian Diabetes Association as well as the Hearth and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Did you know we’ve got a Spectacular Storytime Every Saturday Morning at 10:00 am! Our expert storytellers provide spice (and excellent scary, funny and weird voices) to classic and modern tales! So drop in with your youngsters and enjoy a coffee while they listen to stories and make crafts!

Drop in and see author Robert Mackay while he’s here signing his fantastic historical novel: Soldier of the Horse! Set during WWI and detailing the life of one of the few cavalry units in the war, Soldier of the Horse has been called a “grand gripping yarn” by the Vancouver Sun.  Robert Mackay will be in Books & Company from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 24th.

In conjunction with Creekstone Press, Books and Company is really please to present a night of Resistance Poetry on Monday, March 26 at 7:00 pm in ArtSpace.  This wonderful evening features the launch of The Enpipe Line: 70,000+ kilometres of poetry written in resistance to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines proposal.  The evening will feature readings from northern contributors Rob Budde, Al Rempel, Sheila Peters, Weston McGee & Charlene Mattson and special guests Sarah de Leeuw and Gillian Wigmore.

The Anthropology in our Backyards Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, March 27th at 7:30 pm in ArtSpace with the talk “Unearthing Ancient Villages and Salmon: The UNBC Archaeology Field School at Babine Lake an don Calvert Island, central coast of BC.” Over the last few years the department of Anthropology at UNBC has been developing a unique community based field school that provides training to aboriginal communities and university students, and focuses on archaeological research in the north.  Ancient settlements were investigated at Babine Lake and on the central coast and despite the differences in location and environment, salmon and other fish played a major role in the subsistence at both sites for thousands of years.

And just when you thought March’s association with special films was over the Citizens’ Environmental Advocacy Group is showing the film On the Line in ArtSpace on March 29thIn the summer of 2010, filmmaker Frank Wolf and his friend Todd McGowan biked, hiked, rafted and kayaked the GPA track of the pipeline in order to uncover the truth about the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.  Through the voices of the people they meet along the way, their rough and tumble journey reveals the severe risks and consequences associated with this $5.5 billion mega-project.  Admission to this thought provoking film is free!  

Books & Company is very pleased that victim-advocate and addictions counselor Gail Pilgrim will be in ArtSpace sharing her very personal book Tightly Knit Secrets Unravelled: My Knitting Story.  When Gail found out her husband, a pastor and pillar of their church community, was a paedophile who had abused their own daughters, it turned her life upside down and unraveled the structure of her world.  Tightly Knit Secrets Unravelled tells the tale of her life, the good times and bad, and gives hope for survivors of trauma and abuse. Gail will be speaking at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 31.

On Sunday, April 1st we’ve got a Special Easter Story Time and Crafternoon planned for ArtSpace at 3:00 pm.  So put on your Easter bonnet with all the ribbons on it and come out for a fun-filled afternoon of stories and crafts for kids!

And, Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm we’ve got award-winning author Hiromi Goto launching Darkest Light, the follow up to her fantastic YA novel Half World.  Come in to hear from one of British Columbia’s most talented authors!

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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Spring is in the air at Books & Company

Signs of spring are popping up (or, you know, sinking down in the case of gigantic potholes) all over Prince George!  Snow is melting, and I saw a couple of people wearing shorts the other day (I’m willing to go without my coat, but shorts seem a bit extreme).  The time change means it’s light out when the store opens and that the sun doesn’t go down before people head home from work.  A general feeling of well being has pervaded the bookstore and you can share that feeling if you drop in for one of the fantastic upcoming events at Books & Company, ArtSpace or Café Voltaire!

TONIGHT, TONIGHT there’s a party in ArtSpace! The Arrogant Worms are coming to ArtSpace on March 14! This is going to be a fantastically hilarious show from Canada’s funniest band and you can get tickets for only $30 each. There might be a couple left…maybe.

From March 5 – 30 we’re proud to be hosting the Envisioning Change – Prince George Women Share their Experiences of Substance Use and Mental Health Photography ExhibitionHead up and look around anytime ArtSpace is open!

Join the Caledonia Ramblers in ArtSpace on Friday, March 16 at 7:00 pm for a fantastic slideshow by Sheila Page!  Sheila will be presenting a slideshow of her recent trip to Central Asia on the Silk Road!

It’s back people! OPEN MIC NIGHT is back this Friday, March 16 at 8:00 pm in Café Voltaire.  So start singing those scales and get ready to wow the crowd with your musical talent.  As always, this Friday Night Mic event is free!

Did you know we’ve got a Spectacular Storytime Every Saturday Morning at 10:00 am! Our expert storytellers provide spice (and excellent scary, funny and weird voices) to classic and modern tales! So drop in with your youngsters and enjoy a coffee while they listen to stories and make crafts!

The Sixth Annual Traveling World Film Festival rolls into PG on March 16! With films about social justice, the economics of agriculture, oil and general consumption and much, much more, this is a fantastic week of wonderful documentary film!  ArtSpace if pleased to host:

City of Borders at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 18

Freedom Riders at 3:15 pm on Sunday, March 18

Vegucated at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 20

Urban Roots at 8:25 pm on Tuesday, March 20

Survival, Strength, Sisterhood at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21

Raw Opium at 7:45 pm on Wednesday, March 21

Point Holmes at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 23

Rainforest at 7:20 pm on Friday, March 23

SpOil at 8:20 pm on Friday, March 23

A full schedule is available on the Books & Company website (www.booksandcompany.ca).  Festival passes ($30 for the whole week or $5 per day) are available now!

And we’re still running the Prince George Correspondents’ Club (That Letter Writing Thing)! Come in for coffee and a chance to catch up on your letters to friends, family and anybody else you think deserves to hear your thoughts (I plan on writing to my MLA about the teachers’ strike, and a few different MPs about saving both the CBC and Library and Archives Canada from significant funding cuts).  Monday, March 19 at 6:30 pm in Café Voltaire.  We’ve got stamps (and paper and pens and envelopes of you need them).

Drop in and see author Robert Mackay while he’s here signing his fantastic historical novel: Soldier of the Horse! Set during WWI and detailing the life of one of the few cavalry units in the war, Soldier of the Horse has been called a “grand gripping yarn” by the Vancouver Sun.  Robert Mackay will be in Books & Company from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 24th.

In conjunction with Creekstone Press, Books and Company is really please to present a night of Resistance Poetry on Monday, March 26 at 7:00 pm in ArtSpace.  This wonderful evening features the launch of The Enpipe Line: 70,000+ kilometres of poetry written in resistance to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines proposal.  The evening will feature readings from northern contributors Rob Budde, Al Rempel, Sheila Peters, Weston McGee & Charlene Mattson and special guests Sarah de Leeuw and Gillian Wigmore.

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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In Like a Lion – We’ve got Loads of March Events at Books & Co!

In like a lion, out like a lamb? In like a lamb, out like a lion? All the snow is fluffy like a lamb, but I’ve got to say the cold is a bit leonine.   But don’t let March’s changeable temperament keep you from enjoying all of the wonderful events we have planned at Books & Co, ArtSpace and Café Voltaire!

The countdown has begun! The Arrogant Worms are coming to ArtSpace on March 14! That’s only 7 days away people! This is going to be a fantastically hilarious show from Canada’s funniest band and you can get tickets for only $30 each. Tickets are going fast and it’s going to be a sold out crowd, so pick yours up TODAY! (This concert is so important I had to put it first!)

TODAY (Wednesday, March 7) is World Read Aloud Day!  So take some time and read aloud to your child, your friends, your family or yourself.

And TONIGHT, Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm, members of the Prince George Toast Masters are back to talk about Leadership! Our families, organizations and communities could all benefit from more effective leadership! Learn leadership insights from local leaders and share your own knowledge of this sought after skill. For more info contact Greg Jonuck at thejonuks@shaw.ca or to register go to www.pgtoastmasters.ca (registration is free).

On Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 pm in ArtSpace, we’ve got another (and very timely) Anthropology in Our Backyards Lecture.  This time Professor Charles Menzies will be speaking on Abolone, Pipelines, and Aboriginal Rights – Making Sense of Coastal Opposition to the Northern Gateway Project. Battle lines have been forming for several years now but with the start of the public hearings on the Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project the charge has begun! Leaving aside the spurious claims about foreign intervention, this presentation examines the cores issues that undergrid coastal First Nation concerts and opposition to the tanker traffic through traditional territory.

From March 5 – 30 we’re proud to be hosting the Envisioning Change – Prince George Women Share their Experiences of Substance Use and Mental Health Photography ExhibitionOpening Night is Friday, March 9, but you can always go up and look around!

This Friday Night Mic is not to be missed.  We’ve got The Wingdawn Ramblers – Bob Campbell & Murray Boal coming in to delight us with their musical stylings.  As always, this event is free and things kick off at 8:00 pm on Friday, March 9 in Café Voltaire.

The 16th Annual Cinema CNC Film Festival runs March 9 – 11 at the Prince George Playhouse and we’ve got tickets! Festival Passes (for all 8 fantastic films) are only $48 (other ticket pricing is available for individual days and films).

And we’ve got a Spectacular Storytime Every Saturday Morning at 10:00 am! Our expert storytellers provide spice (and excellent scary, funny and weird voices) to classic and modern tales! So drop in with your youngsters and enjoy a coffee while they listen to stories and make crafts!

Saturday, March 10 ArtSpace is super pleased to host the Northern Women’s Centre’s Jezebel’s Jam 2012! Come out and celebrate International Women’s Day with music and entertainment! Doors open at 7:00 pm and tickets are already on sale for only $10.

And on Sunday, March 11 at 7:30 pm in ArtSpace we’ve got a Night of Acoustic Alternative with Windborn! This event also includes Nathan Kelly, Darby Yule & Mike Houg!  This lively and lovely concert is going to be a lot of fun.  Tickets are already on sale at Books & Co and only cost $10!

And don’t forget, we’re holding the launch of SubTerrain Magazine’s Prince George Spotlight Folio!  This event, hosted by the redoubtable Rob Budde, will feature readings from Alex Faktor, Josh Massey, Adrienne Fitzpatrick, Al Rempel, Justin Foster, Irene Fyvie & Darcie Smith! So come out to ArtSpace on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 pm for some fantastic poetry and a really good time.

But that’s not it for Monday, March 12!  Downstairs in Café Voltaire, NDP Leadership Candidate Brian Topp will be answering all of your questions about why he should lead our official federal opposition from 7:00 – 9:00 pm!

Red Cedar Readers’ Club is once again meeting for a fun and informative evening of book chat and crafts on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm in Café Voltaire.  This week we’re going to be discussing Zoobreak and making puppets, so bring your ideas and an old sock! Come out and chat with other young readers and get ready for the Red Cedar Battle of the Books later this year!

And upstairs, on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 pm in ArtSpace, Dr. Angèle Smith will be speaking on Globalization, Culture and Politics of Identity in Ireland and the Isle of Man: Field School Reflections as part of the Anthropology in our Backyard Lecture Series.

March really is film season in Prince George, because not only is the Cinema CNC Film Festival happening this weekend, but the Sixth Annual Traveling World Film Festival rolls into PG on March 16 and runs through spring break all the way to March 24! Make sure to catch some of the incredible films on offer that week (ArtSpace is hosting several of them).  Festival Passes are on sale now at Books & Co!

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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Use Leap Day to Get Ready for all the Events March Has in Store at Books & Co

Happy Leap Day Everybody! It so nice that we’ve got one more day of February this year. We’ve got loads of stuff happening at Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace in March, so it’s nice to have a day of breathing room before all the fun starts!

Did you know The Arrogant Worms are coming to ArtSpace on March 14! That’s only two weeks away! This is going to be a fantastically hilarious show from Canada’s funniest band and you can get tickets for only $30 each. Tickets are going fast and it’s going to be a sold out crowd, so pick yours up TODAY! (This concert is so important I had to put it first!)

Freedom to Read Week runs from February 26 to March 3rd this year!  Did you know that books by the great Canadian authors Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, Timothy Findley, and Alice Munro have all challenged or censored?  For a complete list of books challenged or banned in the last few years, check out: http://freedomtoread.ca/docs/challenged_books_and_magazines_february_2012.pdf. Then come in, pick up a banned book and see what all the fuss was about!

This week’s Friday Night Mic is a real treat! Non-Prophet Society, from Smithers, is here for some good ol’ rockin’, bluesy fun!  This trio is amazing so don’t miss out on this fantastic night of music, Friday, March 2 at 8:00 pm in Café Voltaire.  As always this event is free!

And we’ve got a Spectacular Storytime Every Saturday Morning at 10:00 am! Our expert storytellers provide spice (and excellent scary, funny and weird voices) to classic and modern tales! So drop in with your youngsters and enjoy a coffee while they listen to stories and make crafts!

Bring your kids to Dr. Seuss Day on Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 pm in ArtSpace.  We’ll be reading some of the best of Seuss, doing Seussian crafts and having some general Seussian silliness! Everyone welcome!

“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart” – Phyllis Theroux.  Lost Art Of Letter Writing Evening, Monday March 5 at 6:30 pm.  Come by Café Voltaire and write letters to your loved ones.  We’ve got stamps and coffee (and we’ll lend you pens and give you paper if you need them).  Help prove that letters aren’t an anachronistic remnant of a bygone era and write!

And while you’re here, check out the new photography exhibition upstairs in ArtSpace.  From March 5 – 30 we’re proud to be hosting the Envisioning Change – Prince George Women Share their Experiences of Substance Use and Mental Health Photography ExhibitionOpening Night is Friday, March 9, but you can always go up and look around!

Red Cedar Readers’ Club is once again meeting for a fun and informative evening of book chat and crafts on Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 pm in Café Voltaire.  This week we’re going to be discussing Zoobreak and making puppets, so bring your ideas and an old sock! Come out and chat with other young readers and get ready for the Red Cedar Battle of the Books later this year!

Wednesday, March 7 is World Read Aloud Day!  So take some time and read aloud to your child, your friends, your family or yourself.

Then, on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm, members of the Prince George Toast Masters are back to talk about Leadership! Our families, organizations and communities could all benefit from more effective leadership! Learn leadership insights from local leaders and share your own knowledge of this sought after skill. For more info contact Greg Jonuck at thejonuks@shaw.ca or to register go to www.pgtoastmasters.ca (registration is free).

On Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 pm in ArtSpace, we’ve got another (and very timely) Anthropology in Our Backyards Lecture.  This time Professor Charles Menzies will be speaking on Abolone, Pipelines, and Aboriginal Rights – Making Sense of Coastal Opposition to the Northern Gateway Project.

And on Sunday, March 11 at 7:30 pm in ArtSpace we’ve got a Night of Acoustic Alternative with Windborn! This event also includes Nathan Kelly, Darby Yule & Mike Houg!  This lively and lovely concert is going to be a lot of fun.  Tickets are already on sale at Books & Co and only cost $10!

And don’t forget, we’re holding the launch of SubTerrain Magazine’s Prince George Spotlight Folio!  This event, hosted by the redoubtable Rob Budde, will feature readings from Alex Faktor, Josh Massey, Adrienne Fitzpatrick, Al Rempel, Justin Foster, Irene Fyvie & Darcie Smith! So come out to ArtSpace on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 pm for some fantastic poetry and a really good time.

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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