Thank you. All of you.

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I just got home.  Just walked in the door.  Just sat down.

I need to say thank you.  To you.  All of you.  And to Books & Co.

Because of a personal scheduling mishap I was able to pick up a shift tonight to help a friend.  This was the first time I’d worked the Books & Co. register for the better part of two years.  After I got my bearings and started to lose some of my OMG-what-am-I-doing-!? stress, I had a blast!

I got to play with books, talk about books, got to know one of your amazing Booksters I had not had the pleasure of working with until this evening, caught up with some of my favourite (regular) people and was able to catch Eric Tompkins and Tom Young in action!  You made it possible.  You, the outstanding patrons ofPrince George’s favourite independent bookshop.  And you, the phenomenal Booksters and Voltarians – the people I look up to and envy the heck out of!

Thank you, all of you, for making this an awesome night!  You are truly the finest that Prince George has to offer.  You absolutely rock!

City and Colour – Fragile Bird

UNT.

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Summer is just around the corner (really, it’s just behind that thundercloud) at Books & Co, ArtSpace and Cafe Voltaire

It’s the middle of June and summer is just around the corner (really it is, I can see it behind that huge thundercloud).  Everyone is thinking about their summer holidays and whether it’s a simple get away to a lake or a destination more exotic, you should drop by for some great summer reads! Nothing beats a sunny day, a cool drink, a deck chair and a great novel (but don’t forget your sunscreen, melanoma isn’t cool people). So come in for advice on what to read while you unwind this summer. And if you’re looking for something to do in PG on a sunny or not so sunny day, nothing is cooler than the things happening in ArtSpace, Books & Co and Café Voltaire!

We’ve so excited that Sheila Peters is going to be in Café Voltaire TONIGHT, Wednesday, June 13 at 7:00 pm to read from her brand new (and very first) novel The Taste of Ashes! This wonderful new novel sees two unlikely worlds collide in a story of redemption and the resilience of the human spirit.  David Carpenter (a fantastic, award winning author from Saskatoon, who you can trust because I know him personally and he wouldn’t lie to you) says “Peters presents life at the ragged, angry and passionate edge of things and the result is a deeply felt love story.  What an impressive first novel.”

Looking for a concert that will defy expectations?  Well, we’ve got just the thing.  TOMORROW, Thursday, June 14th at 9:00 (doors open at 8:30) we’ve got renowned Hamilton comedic musician B.A. Johnston and the psychedelic garage rock sounds of Ketamines! If you think there aren’t enough songs about poutine, B.A. Johnston is your man! Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

Are you concerned about Bill C-38? Well, you’re not alone! The Citizens’ Environmental Advocacy Group is facilitating the Our Canada, Our Budget meeting for Prince George in ArtSpace at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 15! The meeting will provide an overview of Bill C-38, followed by invited speakers, and discussion.  Results from the meeting will be used by Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen to oppose the bill as it moves through the House and Senate!

We’ve also got our regular Friday Night Mics at 8:00 pm in Café Voltaire on Friday, June 15!  This week we’ve got the guitar and fiddle tunes of Tom Young. Tom will have your toes tapping and your fingers snapping with his fantastic sound!  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?  And this week is Star Wars Storytime! Come in and browse (or have a coffee and a chat) while our booksters delight and amuse with Star Wars books and crafts!

And we’ve got another great concert on the way! Willy Blizzard will be in ArtSpace on Sunday, June 17 (a great outing for your Dad this Father’s Day) at 8:00 pm.  The music from this country folk group is never clichéd and always filled with Canadiana!  If you love folk, blue grass and a good old fashioned time, you need to come to this concert! Tickets are only $15 and are on sale NOW!

Monday, June 18 is the latest installment of the Prince George Correspondents’ Club (that letter writing thing we do).  Come in and write a letter to whomever you want (seriously, it can be anybody) and we’ll give you a coffee or tea and stamps.  We’ll event mail your letters at the end of the night! So, whether you’re a regular writer or want to start writing, come and visit us! We encourage all kinds of correspondence, but I really think it’s time to write to some MPs about what’s happening in Ottawa.  Are we really happy with the budget?  Who wants an oil pipeline through pristine forest? Really, back to work legislation for everything? Or if you like what’s happening, give them a pat on the back.  The PGCC meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month!

The PG Idol Preliminary Rounds are in ArtSpace June 18 to 21! We’ve got the best in Prince George’s undiscovered talent and these are great nights of fantastic music! The list of performers is up on the Dawn Boudreau Music website (http://www.dawnboudreau.com/node/6995), so come out and cheer for your PG Idol! Tickets available at the door!

Every Tuesday starting June 19, members of the Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance will be in Café Voltaire from 7:00 to 8:30 pm help people put together their Joint Review Panel presentations.  If you’ve registered to make an oral presentation and want some help polishing your thoughts and keeping to the time limits, they are the people to see!

Tickets for Sweet Serenade – Summer Edition (Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 in ArtSpace) brought to you by Dawn Boudreau Music are now available!  This amazing night of musical excellence features Olivia Johnson, Victoria Gabriel & Alyssa Gould with special guests Lorna Jane Simmons, Mackenzie Clarke & Sophia Egan.  Tickets are only $10!

Scrabble Addicts Unite! Do you know all of the 2 letter words for Q, X and Z (qi, ax, ex, xi, xu and za)?  Are you always playing Scrabble on your phone or Facebook? Do you do a little dance when you get a Bingo? Then we want you! Books & Co is starting a Scrabble Club (because a lot of us here are spending a lot of time playing Scrabble online and we want some human contact).  Come out on Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 pm and meet other word addicts.  Bring your own board (if you’ve got one).  Scrabble club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month!

And in honour of Pride Week (which runs from July 4nd to 8th with events all over the city) ArtSpace is excited to be the venue for a Pre-Pride Open Mic/Literary Karaoke! Come out for a fantastic night of readings and music.  Things kick off at 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 30 and tickets are by donation at the door.

Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace are CLOSED on Sunday, July 1st for Canada Day so you’ve got a chance to go to the Huble Homestead’s Dominion Day Celebrations! Celebrate Canada the old fashioned way with contests, prizes and cake! Events run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and a family admission is only $10! (We like to give the Huble Homestead a shout out once in a while, their office is just off ArtSpace and they’re great neighbours) Don’t forget the fantastic children’s book Mr. Huble Builds a House (illustrated by another ArtSpace neighbour, June Swanky Parker) is available at Books & Co NOW!

Are you an insane and slightly masochistic individual who occasionally dallies in the written word? Then the 3 Day Novel Support Group wants you! If you’re planning on attempting the 3 Day Novel Contest this year and want to meet other PG writers just as crazy, we’re the place to be.  For more information email Kayli at pyschopencils@hotmail.com.  There will be meetings throughout the summer up until the big weekend in September!

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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Book Review: Player One: What is To Become of Us, A Novel in Five Hours by Douglas Coupland

When I came across Douglas Coupland’s Player One in our Literature section, I was certain it was a mistake. I only knew Coupland for his science-fiction works, and was completely unaware that he had a CBC Massey Lectures side to him. It was this shocking (to me, at least) departure from his most popular genre that lead me to purchase Player One.

A novel in five hours, Player One is a real-time story taking place within a seedy airport cocktail-lounge. Inside the lounge are 5 vastly different people, and outside the lounge, the world is ending. This story proposes that our world, which has taken millennia to evolve, devolves almost completely in just 5 hours. For these 5 desperate people, these hours will prove to be the most enlightening hours of their lives. While the world around them comes to an end, the characters of Coupland’s story slowly reveal the truth about themselves and how they see the world.

It would be impossible to not identify in some way or another with at least one of the 5 voices in Player One. Whether you see yourself in Karen, the single mother looking to find love; Rick, the beaten-down airport cocktail-lounge bartender who is desperately searching for a way to make himself new again; Luke, the pastor who lost his faith and became a fugitive; Rachel, the beautiful girl who is incapable of true human contact; or finally, the mysterious and omniscient voice of Player One, you will see more of yourself in this story than you would have thought possible. It is this personal sense of identification that fully hammers home the realizations that Player One brings you to.

Coupland’s voice is one reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut’s, and any fan of Slaughterhouse-Five will feel right at home in Player One’s universe. Just as Vonnegut so aptly managed to, Douglas Coupland forces his reader to examine the modern crises of our time, our society, and our own humanity. This novel posed more questions than it answered, which was sometimes frustrating, but oddly, the challenge simply became part of the reading experience.

Player One opened my eyes to what the back of the book suggests is “a new phases of existence as a species” and left me believing, without a doubt, “that there is no turning back.”

Reviewed by Jordan Stewart

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Books & Co wants to suggest some books for Dads this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is next weekend and if you’re like me, you find Mother’s Day a much easier holiday.  It’s not that I don’t love my Dad, I do, I really, really do.  He’s the most patient man on the face of the planet, creative, thoughtful and he can fix any problem big or small, but it’s just much easier for me to get presents for my mom, probably because Mom and I like the same kinds of things.  I like some to the same thinks my Dad does (golf, gardening, hockey) but I just have to think a little bit harder about how to celebrate Father’s Day.  To that end, I polled the other booksters here at Books & Co, and went through our shelves for Father’s Day ideas so we all have an easier time celebrating our wonderful Dads!

For dads that like the outdoors we’ve got lots of great books about hunting, fishing, camping and more. I pulled a couple of books off the shelf to give you an idea of what’s out there. A book I frequently recommend is Fly Fishing BC’s Interior: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to the Central Interior and North Cariboo Waters by Brian Smith.  It’s got more than 80 custom fly patterns and fly tying could be a fun activity to try with your dad.  I also flipped through Ralph and Judy Maida’s The Stories Behind the Dinners: Big Game Hunting Stories and Wild Game Cooking Recipes and this combination of wild hunting stories and recipes is exactly what it says it is.  It’s filled with stories about hunting everything from bear to moose and recipes – including roast beaver, grouse stroganoff and barbequed black bear – to cook it all.  And of course, if your dad doesn’t have a copy of Mike Nash’s Outdoor Safety and Survival, you should pick one up.  It’s full of useful information and captivating anecdotes and it could save his life.

If your dad is more of a do-it-yourself, Mr. Fix-it type guy, we’ve got books for that too. There are multiple books about carving, for beginners to experts looking for new techniques, and some very interesting project books, like Building with Secondhand Stuff: How to re-claim, re-vamp, re-purpose & re-use salvaged & leftover building materials by Chris Peterson.  From where to find salvaged materials, including wood, metal, stone, glass and architectural accents, to how to strip old varnish and remove grime without damaging the reclaimed item, this book is an excellent resource.  It also has projects, and includes safety tips, and general information about working with each type of material.  Handmade Music Factory: The Ultimate Guide to Making Foot-Stompin’-Good Instruments by Mike Orr is a really interesting project book, too.  It’s got some fascinating projects including how to make a cookie tin guitar and a one string washtub bass and includes information on how to electrify your homemade instruments.  This is the perfect book for a folk music loving, handcrafting dad.  

Not every dad has the time or inclination to be making stuff from scratch though.  For the overworked dad who just needs a break, there are some funny, fascinating and fabulous books too.  Jordan gave her dad Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern (we reviewed his new book I Suck at Girls recently, too) and he laughed until he cried at Justin’s Dad’s hilarious quips.  Or, if your dad is slightly quirky, how about giving him The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (author of the fascinating zombie apocalypse novel World War Z).  It’s funny, scary and perfect if your dad is just a little bit convinced zombies are inevitable (or if he just likes HBO’s The Walking Dead).  We’ve also got some very good books of interesting questions and answers.  What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper: 200 Curious Questions & Intriguing Answers by Andrew Thompson is an excellent resource if you want to know things like “what’s the difference between an ocean and a sea?” or “why don’t igloos melt on the inside?”

We’ve also got some great books for dads who just like to read! If your dad is interest in aviation or BC’s remote wilderness communities, Atlin’s Anguish by Brendan Lillis is a great choice.  It tells the story of the aftermath of one tragic plane crash for a pilot and her tiny community and gives extensive insight into aviation in the most remote parts of British Columbia.  Robert W. Mackay’s Soldier of the Horse is another great book.  It’s a novel that fictionalizes the true story of the last great Canadian cavalry regiment, Lord Strathcona’s Horse.  And, perennial favorite Guy Vanderhaeghe’s newest novel A Good Man is also an excellent choice if your dad likes historical fiction, westerns or just a really good read. Set at the end of the Wild West and crossing the American/Canadian border, A Good Man is peopled with memorable characters and complexity.  It’s a great choice for dads with some time to read this summer.

And of course, you can always just drop in and get some advice from our fantastic booksters.  We’ve all got personal favorites in the various sections around the store and can help you find the book that is perfect for your dad.

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Cool Things Are Happening for Dads and Grads (and everybody else) at Books & Co

It finally feels like summer is coming, we’ve had some lovely days (and some less lovely ones but we’re in Prince George so we wear shorts anyway!).  It’s time for graduations, (congrats to all of the UNBC, CNC and high school grads in the city) and to get out the grill and cook over an open fire.  We’ve got a display of cookbooks all set up for you grill aficionados (and they make great Fathers’ Day gifts, I’m just saying).  And not just that, but we’ve got a busy couple of weeks coming up at Books & Co, ArtSpace and Café Voltaire!  There are concerts and signings and readings and talks and a brand new Scrabble Club!

We’ve got a really interesting event for BC history buffs TONIGHTWednesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm.  Brendan Lillis will be in to talk about his new book Atlin’s Anguish, the true and tragic story of the crash of Taku Air Flight 2653.  On September 27, 1986, pilot Theresa Bond and five passengers took off on a routine flight from Atlin, BC, in her beloved de Havilland Beaver. After an uneventful eighty minutes, the plane crossed the edge of Dease Lake, turned south and descended for landing. But something went tragically wrong in those last few minutes of Flight 2653. According to eyewitnesses the Beaver nosedived into the lake at full cruising speed. As the plane sank into the icy depths of the lake, only pilot Theresa Bond managed to escape. All five passengers drowned. Atlin’s Anguish is Theresa Bond’s brother’s journey to understand what happened that fateful day on Dease Lake. And Caitlin Press, author Brendan Lillis and Books & Co are running a contest! If you buy a copy of Atlin’s Anguish you’ll be entered in a draw to win one (1) of two (2) one week stays in a deluxe condo in Kinsale, Ireland (some conditions apply, check in store for all of the small print, airfare not included).

TOMORROW! Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 pm in ArtSpace we are ridiculously excited to be hosting the world premiere of the PG produced movie My Unwanted Guest.  This tragic story of one man’s quest to reconnect a final time with his soul mate is fraught with peril.  On the way to his soul mate’s funeral, Daniel finds himself stranded at the bottom of a cliff where his very survival – let alone his chance of getting to the funeral on time – is not assured. Tickets are only $8 (and include pop and popcorn) and are available now at Books & Company!

Friday, June 8 is a big day at Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace! The Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance is in Café Voltaire at 6:00 pm to celebrate Ocean’s Day! Come out for a lively discussion about how Bill C-38 will impact our oceans, learn what is at risk and strategize for the future.  We’ve also heard a rumour that you can win a Fish & Bird ticket for their concert in ArtSpace that night at 8:00 pm.

We’ve also got our regular Friday Night Mics scheduled for 7:00 pm in Café Voltaire! Prince George musical celebrity Raghu will be in with his gritty, achingly beautiful songs! We’re so happy to have him back and this is a show you won’t want to miss (I’ve heard Fish & Bird might drop by for a jam, too)! As always, this event is free, but note the earlier time because….

Our favorite indie-rock-folk-art band is back on Friday, June 8 at 8:00 pm in ArtSpace!  Victoria’s own Fish & Bird is back with their fabulous old-timey art-folk sound and we’ve got tickets (only $12) on sale at Books & Co RIGHT NOW!

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!

Saturday, June 9 at 11:00 am in Café Voltaire Elizabeth Hutchinson will be signing God, Are You Listening? Are you so tired and burned out that you feel life is running you instead of you living it? Have you lost faith in yourself, in your life, and in God? In God, Are You Listening? Elizabeth Hutchinson provides the inspiration you need to find meaning and purpose in your life. She shares her own story of how the stress and strain of her responsibilities propelled her toward a life-threatening case of burnout. She describes in accessible language the process she undertook to arrive at what she calls “heart consciousness.”

Are you pregnant?  Thinking about getting pregnant? Have a pregnant partner? Then come out and discover what doulas do! Books & Company is super excited to present an informative Evening with Prince George Doulas on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 pm in Café Voltaire! Find out what doulas can do for you during and after your pregnancy and get all your questions answered by this panel of experienced doulas!

Scrabble Addicts Unite! Do you know all of the 2 letter words for Q, X and Z (qi, ax, ex, xi, xu and za)?  Are you always playing Scrabble on your phone or Facebook? Do you do a little dance when you get a Bingo? Then we want you! Books & Co is starting a Scrabble Club (because a lot of us here are spending a lot of time playing Scrabble online and we want some human contact).  Come out on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30 pm and meet other word addicts.  Bring your own board (if you’ve got one).  Scrabble club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month!

We’ve so excited that Sheila Peters is going to be in Café Voltaire on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:00 pm to read from her brand new (and very first) novel The Taste of Ashes! This wonderful new novel sees two unlikely worlds collide in a story of redemption and the resilience of the human spirit.  David Carpenter (a fantastic, award winning author from Saskatoon, who you can trust because I know him personally and he wouldn’t lie to you) says “Peters presents life at the ragged, angry and passionate edge of things and the result is a deeply felt love story.  What an impressive first novel.”

And we’ve got another great concert on the way! Willy Blizzard will be in ArtSpace on Sunday, June 17 (a great outing for your Dad this Father’s Day) at 8:00 pm.  The music from this country folk group is never clichéd and always filled with Canadiana!  If you love folk, blue grass and a good old fashioned time, you need to come to this concert! Tickets are only $15 and are on sale NOW!

Monday, June 18 is the latest installment of the Prince George Correspondents’ Club (that letter writing thing we do).  Come in and write a letter to whomever you want (seriously, it can be anybody) and we’ll give you a coffee or tea and stamps.  We’ll event mail your letters at the end of the night! So, whether you’re a regular writer or want to start writing, come and visit us! We encourage all kinds of correspondence, but I really think it’s time to write to some MPs about what’s happening in Ottawa.  Are we really happy with the budget?  Who wants an oil pipeline through pristine forest? Really, back to work legislation for everything? Or if you like what’s happening, give them a pat on the back.

The PG Idol Preliminary Rounds are in ArtSpace June 18 to 21! We’ve got the best in Prince George’s undiscovered talent and these are great nights of fantastic music! The list of performers is up on the Dawn Boudreau Music website (http://www.dawnboudreau.com/node/6995), so come out and cheer for your PG Idol! Tickets available at the door!

Tickets for Sweet Serenade – Summer Edition (Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 in ArtSpace) brought to you by Dawn Boudreau Music are now available!  This amazing night of musical excellence features Olivia Johnson, Victoria Gabriel & Alyssa Gould with special guests Lorna Jane Simmons, Mackenzie Clarke & Sophia Egan.  Tickets are only $10!

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 atbooksandcompany.wordpress.com

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Books & Co says stop by during Bike to Work Week!

Happy Bike To Work Week! Books & Co and Café Voltaire has an unofficial team and we support all cyclists with our lovely bike racks at the back of the store. It’s been beautiful weather for reading outside, on the deck, on the beach, in the park and our fantastic booksters would be happy to give you a recommendation about what to read this summer so drop in and hit them up for advice! Or, you can drop in for one of our fantastic book, community or musical events happening at Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace throughout June.

TONIGHT! Ed Zaruk is back on Wednesday, May 30 to tell you all about The Bush Pilot: Our Canadian legend and 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’s got a fantastic presentation planned with rare footage of historical bush pilots and all kinds of spectacular information!  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 2012Café Voltaire going to make fresh doughnuts (baked not fried so they’re slightly, very slightly better for you and there are rumours there will be a gluten free option).  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.

Our Friday Night Mics showcase is a Café Voltaire favorite! We’ve got the tremendously talented Tony Tabora with Mike & Megan! Their wonderful show is a rocking good time and we can’t wait for it to start at 8:00 pm on Friday, June 1 in Café Voltaire! 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?  This week is a special treat, Owen our intrepid boss is going to guest read one story! 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!

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.

Then, Sunday, June 3 at 1:00 pm ArtSpace has got a Princess Party (for kids 3+) hosted by Miss Teen Prince George – World Kristie Gerard! There will be beading, friendship bracelet making and crown decorating.   Tickets are only $10 and all proceeds will go to Free the Children.

Monday, June 4 is the latest installment of the Prince George Correspondents’ Club (that letter writing thing we do).  Come in and write a letter to whomever you want (seriously, it can be anybody) and we’ll give you a coffee or tea and stamps.  We’ll event mail your letters at the end of the night! So, whether you’re a regular writer or just want to get a jump on Father’s Day, come and visit us!

And we’ve got another great concert on Tuesday, June 5! Kiros will be in ArtSpace at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm). This amazing melodic band crafts original faith-based songs that imbue their music with an infectious positivity.  With special guests, the locally fantastic The Statistics.  Tickets will be $10 and available at the door.

We’ve got a really interesting event for BC history buffs on Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm.  Brendan Lillis will be in to talk about his new book Atlin’s Anguish, the true and tragic story of the crash of Taku Air Flight 2653.  On September 27, 1986, pilot Theresa Bond and five passengers took off on a routine flight from Atlin, BC, in her beloved de Havilland Beaver. After an uneventful eighty minutes, the plane crossed the edge of Dease Lake, turned south and descended for landing. But something went tragically wrong in those last few minutes of Flight 2653. According to eyewitnesses the Beaver nosedived into the lake at full cruising speed. As the plane sank into the icy depths of the lake, only pilot Theresa Bond managed to escape. All five passengers drowned. Atlin’s Anguish is Theresa Bond’s brother’s journey to understand what happened that fateful day on Dease Lake.

Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 pm in ArtSpace we are ridiculously excited to be hosting the world premiere of the PG produced movie My Unwanted Guest.  This tragic story of one man’s quest to reconnect a final time with his soul mate is fraught with peril.  On the way to his soul mate’s funeral, Daniel finds himself stranded at the bottom of a cliff where his very survival – let alone his chance of getting to the funeral on time – is not assured. Tickets are only $8 (and include pop and popcorn) and are available now at Books & Company!

And if that’s not enough entertainment for you, your favorite (and ours) indie-rock-folk-art band is back on Friday, June 8 at 8:00 pm in ArtSpace!  Victoria’s own Fish & Bird is back with their fabulous old-timey art-folk sound and we’ve got tickets (only $12) on sale at Books & Co RIGHT NOW!

Are you pregnant?  Thinking about getting pregnant? Have a pregnant partner? Then come out and discover what doulas do! Books & Company is super excited to present an informative Evening with Prince George Doulas on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 pm in Café Voltaire! Find out what doulas can do for you during and after your pregnancy and get all your questions answered by this panel of experienced doulas!

Scrabble Addicts Unite! Do you know all of the 2 letter words for Q, X and Z (qi, ax, ex, xi, xu and za)?  Are you always playing Scrabble on your phone or Facebook? Do you do a little dance when you get a Bingo? Then we want you! Books & Co is starting a Scrabble Club (because a lot of us here are spending a lot of time playing Scrabble online and we want some human contact).  Come out on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30 pm and meet other word addicts.  Bring your own board (if you’ve got one).  Scrabble club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month!

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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Book Review: I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern

Justin Halpern is funny.  It’s that simple.  And fans of Justin Halpern’s Sh*t My Dad Says will be happy to have another book in the same vein.  I Suck at Girls is a self-deprecating memoir of his experience with women from the first girl he liked – and tormented – at age seven to the day he proposed to his wife Amanda.

Unlike Sh*t My Dad Says, I Suck at Girls focuses solely on Justin, and only includes a few of his Dad’s classic bon mots (“do you realize I’m a crazy son of bitch who owns a shotgun and hates shadowy figures walking around in his fucking house?”) but that shouldn’t dissuade readers.  In fact, the longer, more in depth recollections are hilarious and touching and give an insight into one man’s struggle to understand women and his relationship to them, which until he met Amanda was usually terrible.  I Suck at Girls makes it clear that Halpern does not need to rely on his father’s one liners to get a laugh and that his own life, and his willingness to expose its most embarrassing elements, is enough to keep readers entertained.

I Suck at Girls is not high art.  It’s not going to go down in history as one of the classics of English literature, but not every book needs to be an emotionally complex, angst filled literary masterpiece.  It’s funny, really funny and that’s enough to make it one of the best books in the Humour Section here at Books & Company and one of the funniest memoirs in the Biography Section.

Nicole Larson

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