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A staff photo from November 2013 (l-r: Chris, Susan, Sarah [store owner], Helen, and Diane)
January 2015 NEWS:
Happy New Year! Thanks for all of your support in 2014—we look forward to helping you find more great reads in 2015.
The following is a list of our top ten bestsellers from 2014. If you haven't read them, you might want to give some a try this month:
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Prayers for the Stolen, Jennifer Clement
Somewhere in France, Jennifer Robson
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin
The Light in the Ruins, Chris Bohjalian
Natural Causes, James Oswald
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
The Orenda, Joseph Boyden
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
Great Village, Mary Rose Donnelly
Our Novel Nights book this month is Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder and there are still a few spots left. If you wish to attend on Wednesday, January 21st at 7:30 p.m., please call to reserve a spot as well as your copy of the book.
Sarah: Vanessa and her Sister by Prima Parmar and After the War Is Over by Jennifer Robson
Helen: The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant
Chris: The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
Diane: The Hangman's Story by James Oswald and The Accident by Chris Pavone (now in paperback)
Susan: The Escape by David Baldacci and And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass
Caroline: Embassy Row by Ally Carter
FOR YOUNG READERS:
Our favourite picture book this month is the whimsical The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, story and illustrations by Julia Sarcone-Roach.
Kate Saunders's Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop, about a mysterious, boarded-up old chocolate shop, is an excellent pick for fans of Roald Dahl. Adventurous middle-grade readers will enjoy The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis, a book featuring a master thief, a bumbling wizard, and many more enjoyable characters. And we've also been loving Beyond the Stars, a collection of magical stories edited by Sarah Webb.
We are fortunate to still have some copies of the gorgeous art book Impressionism in Canada. The book is currently reprinting, but you'll want to snatch up one of ours before they're all gone.
Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton is a fascinating, unsettling, and enlightening look at the history of imperialism and the role cotton played in the global economy.
Don't Give Up, Don't Give In by Louis Zamperini is an inspiring book written by the man who survived the unimaginable (and whose story is told in Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken). Read about Zamperini's journey from young troublemaker to Olympic athlete to POW, told in his own words.
Eleanor Catton, Man Booker-prize winning novelist, with Sarah.
Kim Thuy (middle) with Helen (left) and Sarah.
Crime writer Peter May discussed his newest book.
Jacqueline Winspear during her second visit to our store.
British author and historian Ben Macintyre with Sarah.
Have you heard about our frequent buyer programme? It's completely free and best of all, we keep track of it for you in our computer. No cards, no hassle. Each regular priced purchase you make earns you points. When you reach $20, you can redeem your points for free books, or keep collecting.We have a number of great reads in the store. But if you can't find what you're looking for, we are more than happy to order it in for you. If it's print, we will find it.
We are more than just novels - we have a great selection of bios, mysteries, classics, cookbooks, history, and of course, children's books! We like to have a little bit of everything at A Novel Spot.
If you can't decide what to get the avid reader in your life, we also offer gift certificates in any denomination.
Toronto author Anthony De Sa visited in July 2014.
Governor General's Award-winning author Linda Spalding signs books in June 2014.
Rachel Joyce speaks to a customer during a book signing in December 2013.
Diane Setterfield reads from her new novel Bellman and Black
in November 2013.
Customers and staff with Mary Rose Donnelly, the author of staff favourite Great Village
Staff with novelist C.S. Richardson. (l-r: Chris, Helen, Diane, C.S., Sarah, and Susan)
Our staff with novelist Rhidian Brook in June 2013. (l-r) store owner Sarah, Rhidian, Diane, Helen, and Chris