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Stephanie Hrehirchuck: Anna and the Food Forest
Saturday August 25 | 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Join us for a Saturday Signing!
Mr. Sun, stop killing my strawberries!”
Anna struggles to grow a garden, but what she learns form her vegetable adventure may help feed a community.
Jeanette Dover: Finding Atlantis
Sunday August 26 | 4:00PM - 5:30PM
An interdimensional whirlpool transports Adam Danburg to Atlantis, a world filled with powerful forces, talking crystal skulls and a fluid space-time continuum. Adam, with his strange power drawn from nature, is prophesied to be part of a trio that must save the fabled city from destruction. Evil forces, natural disturbances, problems within the trio, and Adam’s inability to control his special talent, all threaten the safety of the ancient city. Adam must find his true path in a labyrinth of deceit and turmoil, or will he be trapped in Atlantis forever.
Jayne Barnard: When the Flood Falls
Thursday September 13 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
2016 Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel — Winner
When a phantom stalker targets her friend, Lacey McCrae’s crime-busting skills are tested to their limits.
With her career in tatters and her marriage receding in the rear-view mirror, ex-RCMP corporal Lacey McCrae trades her uniform for a tool belt, and the Lower Mainland for the foothills west of Calgary. Amid the oil barons, hockey stars, and other high rollers who inhabit the wilderness playground is her old university roommate, Dee Phillips. Dee’s glossy life was shaken by a reckless driver; now she’s haunted by a nighttime prowler only she can hear.
As snowmelt swells the icy river, threatening the only bridge back to civilization, Lacey must make the call: assume Dee’s in danger and get her out, or decide the prowler is imaginary and stay, cut off from help if the bridge is swept away.
Raina Schnider & Alex Terakita: My Canadian Family
Saturday September 15 | 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Join us for a Saturday Signing!
Canadian families come from all over the world. Learn about some of the cultures and languages that make being Canadian so great. Talk to the children in your life about your family, and add your family’s story to this unique book.
Del Suelo: The Musician's Compass
Saturday September 22 | 11:00AM - 2:00PM
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For a guy who loves to travel around playing music, Devon seems to have it made: he’s the bass player for the surging folk-punk band “North By Choice.” After years of grinding away, they’re finally starting to get their due, playing to bigger audiences in new places. When the band hits the big city lights of Berlin after their craziest gig yet, Devon knows he’s living the dream. That is, until things collapse into the agonizing morning after, when Devon begins to question everything. Will he survive the ride?
Iona Whishaw: The Sorrowful Sanctuary
Tuesday September 25 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
In the fifth book of the series that the Globe and Mail calls “terrific,” Lane Winslow investigates the murder of an unidentified man she found adrift in a boat near King’s Cove.
Lane Winslow is enjoying a perfect, sunny day at the lake when she spots a gravely injured young man drifting in a sinking rowboat. Hypothermic, bleeding, and soaked in icy, bloody water, he is unable to speak, leaving Lane at a loss. What series of events brought him to this grisly fate?
Darling and Ames are quick to pick up the case, but leads are few until Angela’s young son finds an unsettling clue on the beach—a bright red swastika lapel pin—that points to the National Unity Party of Canada. When the anonymous man succumbs to his injuries, Darling and Lane are thrown headlong into a murder investigation with ties to the old country.
Fans of Maisie Dobbs, Bess Crawford, and the ever-popular Kopp Sisters will be enchanted by Lane Winslow, a clever, no-nonsense sleuth based on the author’s own mother, who was a wartime spy.
Jim Jackson: Kiss of the Cockroach Queen
Thursday September 27 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Kiss of the Cockroach Queen
fantasy noir and old-style pulp explode in Hong Kong's seedy, mystical underbelly
King Wong, the world’s only exoterric consultant and expert on the Otherkind, is down on his luck with a leaky, keep-you-up-at-night shower and a fold-out bed in grungy Kowloon.
So, when an expensive-looking dame from the swanky Mid-Levels offers him a year’s rent to find her missing shady, financial-wizard husband, he takes the case.
Now, he’s tracking down an ancient, Tang-dynasty magic and a buxom, violet-eyed barmaid cult leader in Hong Kong’s seedy, mystical underside with only the help of a hippie girl in dreadlocks and whatever allies he can muster from the mists of Chinese myth.
Or is he just making all this mythical stuff up?
Leanne Baugh: The Story of My Face
Sunday September 30 | 4:00PM - 5:30PM
After being attacked by a grizzly bear in the Rocky Mountains, seventeen-year-old Abby Hughes' facial scars are all she can think about, and all that she thinks anyone else can see when they look at her. It’s now March, and Abby’s months of hiding out at home are over. Returning to finish her last term of high school feels as daunting as enduring seven plastic surgeries. She knew it would be hard to show her new face to the world, but she didn’t expect to be rejected by her so-called friends. Or ignored by Liam, who had said he loved her. Or tormented by Mason, who may be capable of much worse than she suspected. If she wants others to move past the surface, Abby has to learn to do that herself. Her love of acting and her return to drama class may be the key to going on with her new life, or it may be the disaster that drives her from high school (and society) altogether.
Linda Smith: Dawn Through the Shadows
Saturday October 20 | 11:00AM - 2:00PM
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Often through the shadows we more clearly see the light.
In Terrifying Freedom, Andrew Covick, bewildered by the withdrawn and enigmatic Rebecca Holden, pries into her past and unearths a facet of her life that Rebecca has painstakingly concealed and sought to forget. In time, Andrew’s regard and kindness break through Rebecca’s pain, unleashing a deluge of memories and emotions. Who is Andrew Covick and what makes him so perceptive to Rebecca’s plight? How is he able to see beyond the brusque mannerisms to the wounded, empathetic person within?
Dawn Through the Shadows delves into the background of Andrew Covick and his engagement with a cultish church Movement, the Proclaimers of Christ. From his unsuspecting association during his college years to his startling, unsought involvement many years later, this fast-paced novel will keep you turning pages.
Dawn Through the Shadows reaffirms the resilience of the human spirit, our innate longing for authenticity, and the reach of love beyond remorse and rejection.
Lauren Elliott: Murder By the Book
Tuesday October 30 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Addie Greyborne loved working with rare books at the Boston Public Library—she even got to play detective, tracking down clues about mysterious old volumes. But she didn’t expect her sleuthing skills to come in so handy in a little seaside town . . .
Addie left some painful memories behind in the big city, including the unsolved murder of her fiancé and her father’s fatal car accident. After an unexpected inheritance from a great aunt, she’s moved to a small New England town founded by her ancestors back in colonial times—and living in spacious Greyborne Manor, on a hilltop overlooking the harbor. Best of all, her aunt also left her countless first editions and other treasures—providing an inventory to start her own store.
But there’s trouble from day one, and not just from the grumpy woman who runs the bakery next door. A car nearly runs Addie down. Someone steals a copy of Alice in Wonderland. Then, Addie’s friend Serena, who owns a nearby tea shop, is arrested—for killing another local merchant. The police seem pretty sure they’ve got the story in hand, but Addie’s not going to let them close the book on this case without a fight
Judy Arnall: Unschooling to University
Wednesday November 07 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
School is one option for education; homeschooling is the second, and unschooling is the third.
Many parents are frustrated by the school system, perhaps because of bullying, crowded classrooms, and outdated, dull, online courses. Disengaged learners that have no say in their coerced curriculum, tend to act out, tune out, or drop out. Education must change and unschooling is the fastest-growing alternative method of learning.
Two decades ago, students registered with their local school based on their house address. Now, with the internet, students are borderless. Learning can occur anywhere, anytime, anyway and from anyone—including self-taught.
Self-directing their education, unschoolers learn through:
* Video games
This book explores the path of 30 unschooled children who self-directed all or part of their education and were accepted by universities, colleges, and other postsecondary schools. Most have already graduated.
What children need most are close relationships-parents, teachers, siblings, relatives, coaches, and mentors within a wider community, not just within an institutional school. Educational content is everywhere. Caring relationships are not.
Families that embrace unschooling, do not have to choose between a quality education and a relaxed, connected family lifestyle. They can have both.