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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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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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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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Combat the Dark Days of January with Events at Books & Co

Did you know January is National Soup Month?  We didn’t either, but it makes sense.  It’s usually cold and dark and soup is one of the best ways to combat the cold, dark days of January!  Another great way to combat the cold, dark days of January is coming out to one of the great events held at Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace!

Friday, January 13 at 8:00 pm we’ve got another fantastic Open Mic Night as part of our Friday Night Mics series.  If you’ve been waiting to sing in public, this is the week for you!  Break out the banjo, dust off the dulcimer and get ready for your chance to impress on the Café Voltaire Stage.  Or if you’re still not ready, simply sit back and enjoy the best of Prince George’s local talent.  As always this event is free.

The first in the exciting series of lectures Anthropology in Our Backyards kicks off with Jose Pablo Baraybar the Executive Director of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (Equipo Peruano de Antropologia Forense) will be speaking on “Forensics, Memory and Development: An Eclectic View from the Antipodes.” This will be a truly amazing lecture on how forensic science can be used as a means of discovering how human rights violations are committed!  Everything kicks off at 7:30 pm, January 17 in ArtSpace. There will be a new Anthropology in Our Backyards lecture in ArtSpace every other Tuesday night this winter!

Then on Wednesday, January 18 come in to Café Voltaire for the launch of Real Estate Expert Trevor Bolin’s new book Take Charge and Change Your Life Today!  Trevor will let you in on the business secrets that took him to the top of his field and give you advice on how to become successful in every part of your business life.  Take Charge and Change Your Life Today! has received a number of awards including the Editor’s Choice in September and the prestigious Rising Star award in October.

Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 pm in Café Voltaire, Mel McConaghy is back to officially launch his exciting memoir My Life Through a Broken Windshield.  It’s the perfect book for anyone who drives for a living or who wants to drive for a living.  Filled with stories from the road, and told in Mel’s signature style, it’s a great read!

It’s that time of year again, the annual Books & Company sale is just around the corner! From Thursday, January 19 to Saturday, January 21 you can come in and pick up all of those books you wanted and didn’t get for Christmas at 25% off.  Even bargain books! So make sure to stop in and take advantage of our yearly sale!

And Sunday, January 22 at 3:00 pm in ArtSpace bring your little ones in for a Storytime and Crafternoon celebrating Family Literacy Day (Officially celebrated across Canada on January 27).  Come in for a storytime and crafts and take home some ideas on how to keep reading and writing forefront in your home!

Have a good week folks, and if the January weather is getting you down, come in for a bowl of soup and a book.  That always makes me smile!

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