A staff photo from November 2015 (l-r: Diane, Susan, Sarah [store owner], Chris, and Helen)
May 2016 News:
This month we have two authors joining us to talk about their latest books. First up on Wednesday, May 11 at 2 p.m., we welcome Helen Simonson, author of one of our favourites, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. She'll be discussing her new novel The Summer Before the War, the story of an idyllic summer in Rye set in 1914. Space is limited, so please RSVP early to avoid disappointment.
And on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m., Chris Cleave joins us. Chris is the author of Little Bee, Incendiary, and Gold, as well as the brand-new Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, Sarah's pick for this month. Read more about this new novel below, and again, please RSVP to attend.
Our May Novel Nights book club will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. We will be discussing Dominic Smith's The Last Painting of Sara De Vos, which we recommended in last month's newsletter. It's a vivid novel about a Dutch master painter in 1631 and the lives she affects centuries later. To attend this discussion, please contact us to arrange purchase of a copy of the book as well as a ticket.
Please note that we will be closed Sunday, May 22, and Monday, May 23, for the long weekend. Be sure to pick up your long weekend reads ahead of time.
And finally, don't forget mothers love to read! Surprise your mom with a new book or two this Mother's Day. As always, we are happy to make recommendations.
Sarah: Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Helen: The Dark Lady's Mask by Mary Sharratt
Diane: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh and Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton
Chris: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Chris and Mary: The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake
Mary: Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
Susan: The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson and Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson
Chasing Gold byGeorge M. Taber
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
The Network: Battle for the Airwaves by Scott Woolley
For Young Readers
Young adult: Stepping into Traffic by K.J. Rankin
Middle grade: Pieces and Players by Blue Balliett
Picture books: Chimpanzees for Tea! by Jo Empson and The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits by Douglas Florian
Board book: Are We There Yet by Sam Williams
Sunjeev Sahota with Sarah.
Kim Echlin, author of The Disappeared and Under the Visible Life.
Novelist Paula McLain with staff.
Eleanor Catton, Man Booker-prize winning novelist, with Sarah.
Kim Thuy (middle) with Helen (left) and Sarah.
Crime writer Peter May with 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.
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