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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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The Deep Freeze is Over and Just in Time for More Events at Books & Co

The deep freeze is over and just in time!  I don’t think anybody wanted to be housebound much longer and there are so many things happening in PG that cold or no cold we were going out anyway! And there’s many, many more things happening at Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace in the next couple of weeks, too.

Just because the cold snap is over, doesn’t mean Coldsnap is over!  We’ve still got tickets for the rest of the fest and tonight (January 25) ArtSpace is hosting the FolkFest Reunion of Gordie Tentress and John Wort Hannam, the singer-songwriters who were crowd favorites back with Coldsnap was a summer festival!

Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 pm we’ve got the second Anthropology in Our Backyards Lecture!  This time it’s Dr. Mark Nuttall talking about Sheep Rustling and Cutting Slate: Genealogy & Movement Across, Within & Below a Welsh Mountain Landscape. Dr. Nuttall will be exploring family experiences of social upheaval and transition in late 19th and early 20th century Northern Wales.  The presentation talks about identity, storied landscapes and pathways, and about how slate only understands Welsh.

This week’s Friday Night Mic is a real treat provided by Eric Tompkins, Brad Hawke and Bruce Baycroft.  Come out for an evening of jazzy blues and bluesy jazz with this wonderful local trio!  Things kick off at 8:00 pm on Friday, January 27 and as always, this event is free!

Kick off the Red Cedar Readers’ Club (and the Year of the Dragon) in style with a chat about Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate!  Come into Café Voltaire at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 31 for a lively discussion of this Red Cedar pick and an art project related to the book! The Red Cedar Book Award is BC’s young readers’ choice award for students in grades 4 through 7.  It was launched by the Young Readers’ Choice Awards Society of BC in 1996 to encourage children to read, develop their ability to judge the quality of published works and create an awareness of the works of Canadian authors and illustrators.  Each year, 2 awards are given – 1 in the fiction category and 1 in the information book category.

And Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 pm is the first in a 3 part series presented by the Prince George Toastmasters! This month’s workshop is on Communication. Communication might be the most important competency to master for your success.  Enjoy educational sessions on the art of communication & contribute to the conversations: Fred Punko, CGA and business owner, will be speaking on how to prepare and deliver an effective PowerPoint presentation; Laura Honeyman, employment councilor will be sharing with us how to manage nerves to communicate confidently; and Tom Ireland, Toastmaster leader and mill worker, will offer insights in how to begin a presentation effectively to wow and gain the attention of an audience. This session is the first of a 3 part series intended to raise the communication and leadership abilities of participants to make Prince George a better place to live.  To register: http://goo.gl/VBphp.  For more info, visit: www.pgtoastmasters.ca or 250-564-5191.

The Prince George Photographic Society will be in Café Voltaire at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 2 to talk about who they are and what they do and to show us some of the wonderful photographs taken by their members on recent PG Photographic Society day trips and personal photographic expeditions.

Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folks are coming to ArtSpace!  On Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 pm join us for a fantastic concert by the captivating Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folks.  The energetic and authentic performance of their extraordinary indie folk-pop melodies will leave you enraptured.  You’re sure to be drawn into their music!  Tickets are $10 and are on sale now at Books & Co.

And on Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 am local author and retired teacher Glen Sargeant will be in to sign copies of his thrilling young adult mysteries: Slalakum and Finders Keepers.

The Lost Art of Letter Writing, Prince George Correspondents’ Club Meeting, is meeting again on Monday, February 6 at 6:30 pm in Café Voltaire.  Our letter writing club is booming, but we could always use more writers so come in (bring stationary, extra to share or trade if you want) and just write.  We don’t care who you write to, or what you write (and we won’t judge your handwriting) we just want people to start writing and sending (and hopefully receiving) letters again.  We’ll have coffee (free for letter writers) and stamps available (also free for letters sent to Canadian recipients) and we’ll make sure your letter makes it to a Canada Post mailbox.  We’ve had a request for pen pals from an incarcerated gentleman, so if you don’t have someone to write to, you could always write to him.

Books & Co also has tickets for An Evening of Musical Comedy starring Dawn Boudreau & Guests and hosted by Carter Horie on Saturday, February 18 in ArtSpace.  Tickets are only $15.

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

That’s it for today folks! Get out and enjoy the snow then come in and enjoy a book.

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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Cold enough for ya? How about some hot events to take the chill off

Baby it is cold outside!  So, I guess somebody heard all of the complaints about how January felt like April and now we’ve got a really January out there!  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come in to Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace for fantastic upcoming author events and concerts!

Big, big news sure to make you drop by despite our arctic weather, it’s time for Books & Co’s Annual Sale!  Everything (with a very few exceptions) is 25% off.  So come in Today, Tomorrow and Saturday (January 19, 20 and 21) and pick up all of those books you wanted for Christmas but didn’t get!

TONIGHT (January 19) Mel McConaghy braves the cold to launch his new memoir My Life Through a Broken Windshield.  In his trademark style, Mel will be giving a rundown of some of the fascinating and hilarious stories that make up this new book about the open road in BC!  Things kick off at 7:00 pm in Café Voltaire.

Our Friday Night Mics is a real treat this week!  Tim Krause will be hosting an acoustic jam session in Café Voltaire starting at 8:00 pm on January 20.  Bring your voices and your acoustic instruments for a rare chance to just jam with other local musicians!

Talk about Coldsnap!  I guess our recent weather is just a helpful reminder to pick up your tickets ASAP for the hottest winter festival in the North (every other community stuck in this deep freeze is jealous; I’m looking at you Saskatoon).  Everything kicks off tomorrow (Friday, January 20) so make sure you drop in and get your tickets today!

Sunday, January 22 at 3:00 pm Books & Co will be celebrating Family Literacy Day with a special storytime and crafternoon in ArtSpace. Come in for stories about families, a craft and ideas on how to keep reading and writing central in your child’s life! Family Literacy Day 2012 is January 27.  For more information about Family Literacy Day, please visit http://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy-day

The 3nd meeting of the Prince George Correspondents’ Club (our new letter writing club) is on Monday, January 23 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!

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

That’s it for today folks! Stay warm!  I suggest coming for a bowl of soup and a book.  There’s nothing like curling up with a good book under a blanket on the couch while the weather outside is frightful.

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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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Upcoming Books & Co Events for October 26th

There’s a definite nip in the air and it’s snowing like crazy…in Mackenzie, but that doesn’t mean hot things aren’t happening at Books & Co in the next couple of weeks!  We’ve got authors and parties and music and more!

TOMORROW: Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 pm we’ve got Bonita Forsyth, the fantastic children’s and young adult author who wrote the classic Snowboarding Bunny.  Bonita will be reading from her wonderful new fantasy novel Fire, the sequel to her marvelous Ice

Friday Night Mics is super psyched to present Folksinger Denis Straussfogel at 8:00 pm in Café Voltaire this Friday, October 28.  Come out for a fantastic night of classic covers of fabulous folk music!  As always this event is FREE.

Tickets are still available (but going fast) for the Navaz & Los Gringos show in Art Space on October 29 at 8:00 pm. All the way from Argentina to Iran, this show will blow you away with fantastic global music!  Tickets are only $15 ($10 for students) and available at Books & Co right now!

If that’s not enough, Books & Co is having a Howling Halloween Party on October 30 at 2:00 pm in ArtSpace.  There will be a special storytime, games, crafts and prizes for kids who come in costume!

But wait, that’s not all!  Come on out for the special Warm-Up to Coldsnap Party on October 30th at 8:00 pm in ArtSpace.  The entire Coldsnap 2012 Lineup will be announced and blues legend Colin Linden will provide a taste of the wonderful concerts coming up in the new year!  Tickets are still available at Books & Co, but don’t wait to get them at the door or you might miss out on a fantastic night!

And if politics is your purview, Books & Co and Café Voltaire are hosting an all Candidates Forum focused on issues near and dear to our hearts: Arts Funding and Downtown Business Development on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 pm.  Come in to find out each candidate’s ideas about how to keep the arts vital in Prince George and how to encourage people to shop, eat and just spend time downtown!  There will be time for questions and a chance to talk to the candidates!

On Saturday, November 5 at 11:00 am, local author Whisper Demoss is in to sign copies of her thrilling new book Escape from Manhattan.  Drop by and learn about this death defying tale of mystery, adventure and one family’s travels from New York to Alberta after the towers fell on 9-11.

Starting on November 5 at 2:00 pm in ArtSpace (and continuing on every Saturday in November) Quesnel author and writing instructor Ed Zaruk is offering a series of writing workshops!  Workshops are $15 each or $50 for all four ($10 each for students).  Drop in for one or all!  Topics include: Show Don’t Tell, How to Write Dialogue, Developing Characters with Emotion and Mistakes I’ve Made Along the Way.  For more information please contact Nicole at booksandcompanyevents@gmail.com

November 7 is a bit night in Café Voltaire and ArtSpace! Not only dies it see the return of Literary Karaoke at 7:00 pm, but Peter Katz will be upstairs for the Prince George leg of his “Live at the Music Gallery” CD/DVD release tour!

And we’ve got tickets for Joanna Chapman-Smith, the Canadian Songstress that CBC’s Q called “The slinky-voiced Canadian whose arch acoustic musings and fondness for the accordion come laced with a hint of Parisian cafes and East European Klezmer music.”  Tickets for her November 12 show in ArtSpace ($12 in advance, $15 at the door) are available NOW!

And who could forget: Alex Cuba (seriously, Alex Cuba)!  He’s going to be in ArtSpace on November 18th.  Tickets are available NOW!  Come in and pick them up so you don’t miss out on one of the most fantastic concerts of the fall!

And remember, if you’ve got a club, group or organization that needs a place to meet, Café Voltaire has the perfect atmosphere!

That’s it for this week, folks!  Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook (we love your feedback), Twitter (140 characters or less), our blog and on our fantastic homepage!

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