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Barb's Picks

Barb is our Parksville store manager and buyer for both stores. She loves spending time with her family, working on her immense family tree, and reading everything from literary fiction, history, biography, and current affairs to West Coast stories. When she’s not in the back office taking care of business, you’ll find her in the store on Tuesdays to Thursdays, sharing her passion for her favourite reads with our customers.

Tom's Picks

One of our best-loved booksellers, Tom has co-owned and managed our Qualicum Beach Book Store for over 27 years. Inquiring minds want to know - what does he do in his spare time? Well, he loves washing and polishing cars, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren. And reading, of course . . . all kinds of genres from mysteries and  thrillers, history, biography, current affairs, and so much more. Come in and chat with Tom Monday to Wednesday. He’ll be delighted to talk with you about his latest great read and show you all the cool stuff we carry.

Jan's Picks

Jan has worked in bookstores for 25 years. You will most often find her reading Canadiana, (both fiction and non fiction), historical fiction, biography and anything with an archaeological bent or populated by quirky characters. Pop by to see her Monday through Friday in our Parksville store.

Marianne's Picks

Marianne started working in the bookstores while she was still a teenager and has grown up with a passion for books and reading. Her favourite genres are historical fiction, biography, and mystery. Marianne works in the Qualicum Beach store, and also does the marketing, promotions, and e-newsletters for the stores. 

Antonia's Picks
Since she was a very small girl, Antonia has never left home without a book. Some of her favourite genres include historical fiction, nature writing, animal behaviour and science, Indigenous voices of Canada, as well as anything to do with ancient Celtic and Scandinavian civilizations. Antonia loves a hot cup of tea, a roaring hearth, and hiking with her beloved Husky dog Arya. She still never leaves home without a book.

Mitzi's picks
Mitzi has worked as a bookseller for well over a decade and happily joined the Mulberry Bush Book Stores a few years ago. Her favourite books are about nature, art, and photography.  History and biographies are also of great interest to her, especially stories of women from other eras. In fact, most of her favourite books are to be found in the non-fiction section. When Mitzi is not working in the Parksville store she is usually on her bike heading towards the forest learning to identify the many treasures she discovers there, and all along the shoreline.

Susan's Picks

Books have always been part of Susan's life, thanks to her parents, who treasured them and bought copiously. They were a contant presence but also a solace to her during times of her life when she lacked an anchor including the culture shock of moving to Canada at age nine, then to the city at age fourteen, and the many losses along the way. Stories provided an escape from life and a chance to believe in something fantastical. Susan's book choices have changed somewhat with age and experience. She reads much more non fiction now - particularly history, biographies of people who have made a difference to our world, and stories of nature and our place in it.