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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.

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Upcoming Events at Books and Co for November 16

It’s getting cold and snowy folks, but we’ve got hot concerts and events all month at Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace.

This Friday, November 18, Café Voltaire is pleased to welcome Eric Tompkins to the stage for our Friday Night Mics series.  Eric, as most of you will know, is our usual host for our Friday Night Mics, but this week he takes to the stage (at 7:00 pm because of the Alex Cuba concert in ArtSpace at 8:00 pm) on his own for a selection of jazz and blues guitar classics.  This is an event not to be missed!

There’s still time to get tickets for Alex Cuba in ArtSpace for this Friday, November 18.  This hot latin concert will warm the cold night!  Tickets are available NOW (and only $30)!  Come in and pick them up so you don’t miss out on one of the most fantastic concerts of the fall!

On Saturday, November 19 at 2:00 pm in Café Voltaire, Phoenix Whylock will be launching her new short story collection The Good, The Bad and Everything Inbetween.  Her collection explores all aspects of the human condition and this young PG writer is going to be a voice to watch in the future!

And Ed Zaruk, is presenting the 3rd in his Writing 101 workshops at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 19 in ArtSpaceDrop in for this week’s workshop: Developing Characters With Emotion and get some valuable tips on how to make your reader really care about you characters.  Each workshop is $15.

And on Sunday, November 20 at 3:30 pm in ArtSpace, we’ve got a special All Things Munsch storytime and crafternoon!  We’ll be celebrating the wonderful world of Robert Munsch (Robert Munsch not included) with stories and crafts including paper bag puppets for The Paper Bag Princess.  This event is open to kids of all ages so if you love Munsch, drop by!

On Wednesday, November 23 at 7:00 pm in Café Voltaire, come in and see realtor extraordinaire Trevor Bolin explain how to Take Charge and Change Your Life Today!  Trevor’s new book explains how he reached the top of his industry and provides techniques and skills to help you reach the top 1% of you industry.

And on Thursday, November 24 at 7:00 pm, Café Voltaire is pleased to welcome PG’s Outdoor Pool Open Mic hosted by Prince George Poet Josh Massey!   There will be 10 slots available for readers and you’re invited to come in beach attire! Come early and enjoy some of the best Prince George’s literary scene has to offer!

On Saturday, November 26 at 11:00 am, author and paramedic Michael Burzek is back to sign copies of his fascinating look into emergency medicine, Blood on My Shirt.  Mike’s book is an intriguing look into freak accidents, bar fights and heart attacks and provides an honest, eye-opening snapshot of a day in the life of an EMT!

And we’ve got tickets for some hot concerts later in November too!  On Saturday, November 26 Smithers musician Mark Perry, will be in ArtSpace with his unique brand of folk and BC favorite, Jill Barber will be in ArtSpace on Sunday, November 27.  Come in for tickets to both of these soon, ‘cause they’re going fast.

Books & Co and Café Voltaire are very, very pleased to announce our first Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 11 at 8:00 am.  Bring in your little ones for a special breakfast of French Toast Fingers (with berries and whipped cream of course), Fruit Salad, Bacon and Punch (and Coffee for Mom and Dad) and a visit from Santa and his elves!  There will be a Christmasy storytime, a holiday sing-along, crafts and lots of opportunity to tell Santa what you’d like for Christmas (and to take pictures).  Your $10 ticket includes your breakfast, but hurry because tickets are limited and on sale now!

No time for holiday baking and tired of Costco trays?  Look no farther than Café Voltaire’s Holiday Goodies Trays! These freshly baked plates of holiday cheer are perfect for office parties and family get-togethers.  The trays come in a variety of sizes to suit any office or family event.  They are sure to bring a smile to even the grinchest Grinch! Drop in and pick up a menu right away!

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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July 27 – Upcoming Events Email!

Welcome to the end of July and (hopefully) beginning of some summer weather!

We have a pretty special treat for you on Thursday (July 28th), folks!  Grassroots and gypsy blues Queen Miss Quincy is going to be stopping by the Artspace stage on her way to Artswells!  She’ll be here at 8pm – be here, you will not want to miss this show!  Tickets are $10 each and are available at Books & Co.!

Alas, we are loathe to inform you that there will not be any music in Café Voltaire this Friday.  However!  In lieu of your regularly scheduled café concert, our fabulous Friday Night Mics host Eric Tompkins has booked the Artspace stage for a night of Navaz!  This Persian fusion group is always a treat, featuring the sufi singing of Neda Jalali with setar virtuoso Ali Razmi, and we highly recommend you stop on by!

On Sunday August 7th, from 2-4pm, we are hosting a special and super exciting event at Books & Co.!  To celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh’s 90th birthday we’re inviting all of you to come down for an afternoon of card making!  Once your greeting card masterpieces are complete our favourite Booksters will collect and send them to the New York Public Library, the home of the original Winnie-the-Pooh doll set, for the festivities later in the month (Pooh’s actual birthday is on August 21st)!  This is definitely something to attend with the family!  See you there!

Then, on Wednesday August 10th, we’re calling on all of our writers, wannabe-writers and anyone entertaining the thought of someday putting a pen to a piece of paper for any reason whatsoever to come down to Café Voltaire for a meeting with the members of the Federation of BC Writers for some fun and an introduction to the Federation!  This event will be hosted by PG darling Vivien Lougheed (FBCW’s Northern Representative), will feature an introduction to the Federation by FBCW President (the honourable) Craig Spence, and will be graced by readings from local legends Jacqueline Baldwin, Joylene Lowell Butler (who you may remember from this month’s author visit to Café Voltaire) and a host of other awesome homegrown talent!  Another amazing event you do not want to miss!

Books & Co. is also excited to announce the incarnation of a brandy new book club!  The Nitty-Gritty Non-Fiction Book Club, brainchild of Bookies Erin and Asia, is as it sounds: a study of sometimes controversial, but always interesting non-fiction.  This club will be studying some of the best non-fiction to hit our shelves, starting with Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals (available in the shop now for $16.99).  The inaugural meeting will take place on Sunday August 28th from 3pm until 5pm in Café Voltaire.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us via our handy-dandy Facebook page, through 140 fantastic characters (or less) on Twitter, telephonically ((250) 563-6637), or just stop on by!

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) and on our fantastic homepage!

Have a fantastic week!

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Kevin Hutchings at Café Voltaire!

Kevin Hutchings:  University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) professor extraordinaire, William Blake enthusiast, recording artist, rock star.

Last night (February 25th) Dr. Kevin Hutchings graced Books & Co. and the Café Voltaire stage for the shindig celebrating the release of his third album, “Light to Shine”!  As always, the show was phenomenal.  Kevin crooned some of his tried-and-true tunes, introduced us to a few new ditties, and showed the crowd why George Gordon Lord Byron is the rock star of the Romantic Era.

Café Voltaire was packed for the show last night!  Books & Co. Friday night regulars were in attendance along with UNBC faculty, Kevin’s students (current and past) and curious passers by.

Whenever Kevin Hutchings takes the stage, the audience is in for a treat.  Not only is he a phenomenal musician – singing, strumming his guitar and showing off his harmonica skills – but he is a spellbinding storyteller.  Each of his songs has a story behind it, and that story is as much fun to listen to as the song itself.  I have been fortunate enough to have seen Kevin in two other Café Voltaire shows on Friday nights (and one stint at the Great Santa Claus Debate at UNBC seven years ago, give or take).  As with those shows, Kevin invited local troubadour (and Café Voltaire Friday Night Event Director) Eric Tompkins an stage to jam with him.  An outstanding duo, complementing each other beautifully.

I had the chance to have a quick chat with Kevin between sets.  He, very cheerfully, let me know that the Café Voltaire stage is his favourite to frequent.  In fact, he said that playing Café Voltaire was like playing in his own living room.  Folks, this has less to do with the physical ambiance of Books & Co. and (much, much) more to do with you.  Part of what makes Kevin Hutchings such an engaging performer is that he’s so comfortable with what he does.  He addresses his audience as though they’ve been friends for years (and in some cases they have), and his audience treats him in the same relaxed, comfortable manner . . . although we tend to be a little awe-struck, too.

An outstanding show by Kevin Hutchings and Eric Tompkins!  Thank you gentlemen, you are phenomenal and Prince George is so very lucky to have you.

This post (also) brought to you by Kim G.

For previous Kevin Hutchings Café Voltaire reviews, be sure to visit Kim’s blog:

November 28, 2009
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