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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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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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Seasons Greetings from Books & Co

The Christmas Count Down is reaching its final hours and Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace want to help you make these last few days as relaxing and stress free as possible.  We’re open 8 am to 9 pm Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 10 pm on Friday, December 23 and we open at 8 am on Saturday, December 24 (for those last minute shoppers).

We also have a few things happening this week!

On Friday, December 23 local favorite Mel McConaghy will be in to sign his brand new, hot off the press book My Life Through a Broken Windshield, a collection of truck driving tales from Canada’s wild and rugged British Columbia. If you’ve ever been a truck driver, or are thinking of making truck driving your profession, this book is a must read! Mel will be signing from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This is a great book for the professional driver in your life or anyone who likes a good road story!

Then stick around, on Friday, December 23, for a Café Voltaire holiday musical treat with Joel Kress Peterson, Mike Vigano and Tony Tabora from Sound Addition Lite.  It’s everyone’s last chance to kick back and relax and promises to be a great evening of songs and entertainment. So leave your Christmas stress behind and kick back and relax at our Friday Night Mic.  The show starts at 8:00 pm and is, as always, free.

Don’t forget that Café Voltaire can provide all of your holiday baking needs with their beautiful and delicious Holiday Goodies Trays.  Packed with fresh baking and made with love, these treats are perfect for any kind of get together (and make an excellent addition to New Year’s Eve parties).  Drop in and pick up a menu today, or call 250-563-6637.

On behalf of all of everybody at Books & Company, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace we want to wish you and your loved ones a happy holidays and a joyous new year!  We’d also like to thank you for visiting us throughout the year and for supporting local Prince George businesses like us!

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Upcoming Events at Books and Co and ArtSpace

There aren’t many days left until Christmas, and even fewer events are planned for Books & Company, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace.

This week’s Friday Night Mics, (on Friday, December 16 at 8:00 pm) is a real treat and features Country Singer and Guitarist Theresa Jordan.  Her original songs and covers are stylish and delightful.  As always this event is free.

Don’t forget to get a jump on Christmas with Out of Alba on December 17 in ArtSpace.  This festive Celtic concert starts at 7:30 and tickets are only $18.

On Friday, December 23 local favorite Mel McConaghy will be in to sign his brand new, hot off the press book My Life Through a Broken Windshield, a collection of truck driving tales from Canada’s wild and rugged British Columbia. If you’ve ever been a truck driver, or are thinking of making truck driving your profession, this book is a must read! Mel will be signing from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

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