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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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