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From Doughnuts to Gardening and Everything Inbetween, Events at Books & Co

May is half over? How did that happen? The grass is greening up, the birds are singing and this last weekend was perfect weather to enjoy breakfast or lunch of the Café Voltaire patio. It feels like summer is right around the corner and, we’ve still got some awesome things happening at Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace!

TONIGHT local gardening expert Barbara Rayment launches her new book for all those green thumbs in the north: The Northern Gardener: Perennials that Survive & Thrive. We’re launching Barb’s new book (so new it’s still got that new book smell) at 7:00 pm Wednesday, May 16 in ArtSpace.  There will be chance to buy some of the photographs that Darwin Paton supplied for the book, and a great chance to get all of your gardening conundrums sorted out before things get out of hand.

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.”

And for this week’s Friday Night Mics it’s the often imitated but never duplicated, long, long awaited OPEN MIC NIGHT! So bring out the banjo and dust off the washboard because Friday, May 18 at 8:00 pm it’s your turn to shine! 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?  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!

Books & Company and Café Voltaire are CLOSED on Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day.

But just because Books & Co is closed, doesn’t mean things aren’t happening in ArtSpace! On Monday, May 21 at 6:30 pm ArtSpace hosts the Lakeland Mills Benefit Metal Concert! MC’d by Martin Bodo, the night features Slaughterfall, Noordvall, Seraphic Nihilist, and Vale of Hinnom! Tickets are at the door and cost a minimum donation of $5!

Letter Writing Night is back on TUESDAY, May 22 at 6:30 pm in Café Voltaire.  Because we’re closed for Victoria Day, we’ve bumped Letter Writing Night to Tuesday! 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!

Another great concert hits ArtSpace at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 22 at 8:00 pm.  We’re super excited to be hosting Anchorage, Alaska’s The Super Saturated Sugar Strings as they launch their first album Harmonic Toast.  Their layering of piano, cello, fiddle, guitar and multiple percussion instruments becomes, as one Anchorage reviewer says, “a marriage of Gothic Americana with Balkan punk.” So don’t miss out on this unique sound!  Tickets are only $10 and are on sale now!

May 25 is International Towel Day, the one day a year set aside to honour the cultural icon that was Douglas Adams, author of the many incarnations of The Hitchhikers Guide to the GalaxyCafé Voltaire (and the patio if it’s nice out) is going to be the site of a small Hitchhiker’s Read In. Bring your copy of any of Douglas Adams’ books (or buy one here) and read them from 4:42 pm (don’t panic) to 6:42 pm. Make sure to have your towel so you too can be “a hoopy frood who really knows where his towel is.”

Outdoor safety expert Mike Nash is back in Café Voltaire on Saturday, May 26 from 11 am to 1:00 pm to sign copies of his vastly informative and extremely useful Outdoor Safety and Survival. If you plan on going into the woods this summer, you need to get this book!

Ed Zaruk is back on Wednesday, May 30 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 recreates the airlines history through the careful compilation of hundreds of hours of interviews with the pilots, mechanics, managers and dispatchers that kept the planes in the air.  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 2012, Café Voltaire going to make fresh doughnuts (baked not fried so they’re slightly, very slightly better for you).  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.

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.

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 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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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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