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Barb's Picks

Barb is our store manager and buyer. 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 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 Tuesday to Saturday. He’ll be delighted to talk with you about his latest great read and show you all the cool stuff we carry.

Marianne's Picks

Marianne started working in the bookstore 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 does the marketing, promotions, and monthly e-newsletter for the store. 

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.

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.