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Books & Co wants to suggest some books for Dads this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is next weekend and if you’re like me, you find Mother’s Day a much easier holiday.  It’s not that I don’t love my Dad, I do, I really, really do.  He’s the most patient man on the face of the planet, creative, thoughtful and he can fix any problem big or small, but it’s just much easier for me to get presents for my mom, probably because Mom and I like the same kinds of things.  I like some to the same thinks my Dad does (golf, gardening, hockey) but I just have to think a little bit harder about how to celebrate Father’s Day.  To that end, I polled the other booksters here at Books & Co, and went through our shelves for Father’s Day ideas so we all have an easier time celebrating our wonderful Dads!

For dads that like the outdoors we’ve got lots of great books about hunting, fishing, camping and more. I pulled a couple of books off the shelf to give you an idea of what’s out there. A book I frequently recommend is Fly Fishing BC’s Interior: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to the Central Interior and North Cariboo Waters by Brian Smith.  It’s got more than 80 custom fly patterns and fly tying could be a fun activity to try with your dad.  I also flipped through Ralph and Judy Maida’s The Stories Behind the Dinners: Big Game Hunting Stories and Wild Game Cooking Recipes and this combination of wild hunting stories and recipes is exactly what it says it is.  It’s filled with stories about hunting everything from bear to moose and recipes – including roast beaver, grouse stroganoff and barbequed black bear – to cook it all.  And of course, if your dad doesn’t have a copy of Mike Nash’s Outdoor Safety and Survival, you should pick one up.  It’s full of useful information and captivating anecdotes and it could save his life.

If your dad is more of a do-it-yourself, Mr. Fix-it type guy, we’ve got books for that too. There are multiple books about carving, for beginners to experts looking for new techniques, and some very interesting project books, like Building with Secondhand Stuff: How to re-claim, re-vamp, re-purpose & re-use salvaged & leftover building materials by Chris Peterson.  From where to find salvaged materials, including wood, metal, stone, glass and architectural accents, to how to strip old varnish and remove grime without damaging the reclaimed item, this book is an excellent resource.  It also has projects, and includes safety tips, and general information about working with each type of material.  Handmade Music Factory: The Ultimate Guide to Making Foot-Stompin’-Good Instruments by Mike Orr is a really interesting project book, too.  It’s got some fascinating projects including how to make a cookie tin guitar and a one string washtub bass and includes information on how to electrify your homemade instruments.  This is the perfect book for a folk music loving, handcrafting dad.  

Not every dad has the time or inclination to be making stuff from scratch though.  For the overworked dad who just needs a break, there are some funny, fascinating and fabulous books too.  Jordan gave her dad Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern (we reviewed his new book I Suck at Girls recently, too) and he laughed until he cried at Justin’s Dad’s hilarious quips.  Or, if your dad is slightly quirky, how about giving him The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (author of the fascinating zombie apocalypse novel World War Z).  It’s funny, scary and perfect if your dad is just a little bit convinced zombies are inevitable (or if he just likes HBO’s The Walking Dead).  We’ve also got some very good books of interesting questions and answers.  What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper: 200 Curious Questions & Intriguing Answers by Andrew Thompson is an excellent resource if you want to know things like “what’s the difference between an ocean and a sea?” or “why don’t igloos melt on the inside?”

We’ve also got some great books for dads who just like to read! If your dad is interest in aviation or BC’s remote wilderness communities, Atlin’s Anguish by Brendan Lillis is a great choice.  It tells the story of the aftermath of one tragic plane crash for a pilot and her tiny community and gives extensive insight into aviation in the most remote parts of British Columbia.  Robert W. Mackay’s Soldier of the Horse is another great book.  It’s a novel that fictionalizes the true story of the last great Canadian cavalry regiment, Lord Strathcona’s Horse.  And, perennial favorite Guy Vanderhaeghe’s newest novel A Good Man is also an excellent choice if your dad likes historical fiction, westerns or just a really good read. Set at the end of the Wild West and crossing the American/Canadian border, A Good Man is peopled with memorable characters and complexity.  It’s a great choice for dads with some time to read this summer.

And of course, you can always just drop in and get some advice from our fantastic booksters.  We’ve all got personal favorites in the various sections around the store and can help you find the book that is perfect for your dad.

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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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Spring is in the air at Books & Company

Signs of spring are popping up (or, you know, sinking down in the case of gigantic potholes) all over Prince George!  Snow is melting, and I saw a couple of people wearing shorts the other day (I’m willing to go without my coat, but shorts seem a bit extreme).  The time change means it’s light out when the store opens and that the sun doesn’t go down before people head home from work.  A general feeling of well being has pervaded the bookstore and you can share that feeling if you drop in for one of the fantastic upcoming events at Books & Company, ArtSpace or Café Voltaire!

TONIGHT, TONIGHT there’s a party in ArtSpace! The Arrogant Worms are coming to ArtSpace on March 14! This is going to be a fantastically hilarious show from Canada’s funniest band and you can get tickets for only $30 each. There might be a couple left…maybe.

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!

Join the Caledonia Ramblers in ArtSpace on Friday, March 16 at 7:00 pm for a fantastic slideshow by Sheila Page!  Sheila will be presenting a slideshow of her recent trip to Central Asia on the Silk Road!

It’s back people! OPEN MIC NIGHT is back this Friday, March 16 at 8:00 pm in Café Voltaire.  So start singing those scales and get ready to wow the crowd with your musical talent.  As always, this Friday Night Mic event is free!

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!

The Sixth Annual Traveling World Film Festival rolls into PG on March 16! 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 if pleased to host:

City of Borders at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 18

Freedom Riders at 3:15 pm on Sunday, March 18

Vegucated at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 20

Urban Roots at 8:25 pm on Tuesday, March 20

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!

And we’re still running the Prince George Correspondents’ Club (That Letter Writing Thing)! Come in for coffee and a chance to catch up on your letters to friends, family and anybody else you think deserves to hear your thoughts (I plan on writing to my MLA about the teachers’ strike, and a few different MPs about saving both the CBC and Library and Archives Canada from significant funding cuts).  Monday, March 19 at 6:30 pm in Café Voltaire.  We’ve got stamps (and paper and pens and envelopes of you need them).

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.

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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