Updated: Nov 5, 2019
Hey, book clubbers. We have a fall/winter reading list for you! Go browse at Ten Old Books for more exciting titles, or pre-order some big November releases online from Volume 1.
On a chilly day, what sounds better than curling up somewhere cozy with a good read?
Ten Old Books, the bookshop in the Duncan Garage at 330 Duncan Street, is stacked with great finds for that person also craving an apple pie chai at the Cafe and Bakery! Run by a former librarian, this store is just the place to get inspired to make your own reading list.
Before you head out, take a moment to browse some titles on the BIA Fall Book List. These titles should keep your reading time all booked up until Christmas!
5 Must-Read Illustrated Books for the Whole Family
Flip through one of these little pleasures. They're not just for kids. Some of these illustrated books would make great gifts for coworkers, friends, and family of all ages.
1) Kate Blackburn and Sholto Walker, Where the Wild Moms Are and Where the Wild Dads Went. These funny homages to Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are will bring a smile to the face of any new parents.
2) Craig Smith, The Wonky Donkey. Illustrations by Katz Cowley. Based on a song that went viral, The Wonky Donkey is every bit as sweet as the singsongy title suggests.
3) Ann Droyd, Goodnight iPad: a Parody for the Next Generation. A cute take on the difficulties of putting all the technology to bed. Not just for kids!
4) Candace Savage, Hello, Crow. Illustrated by Chelsea O'Byrne, Hello, Crow is the story of a little girl who befriends a crow that gifts her buttons and silver hearts. Unfortunately, her father won't believe her story because, he says, crows and kids can't be friends. Written by an author out of Saskatchewan, this sweet story says friendships come in all kinds.
5) Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees: Illustrated Edition and Can You Hear the Trees Talking? Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest for Kids. This classic exploration of the forest was re-released and re-vamped in honor of National Tree Day. Now the illustrated version includes exquisite images of forests, and the kids' version simplifies the message to ask important questions for budding environmentalists, like "How do trees breathe?"
+ 5 Exciting New Releases
If you can't make it to Downtown Duncan, you can still support a local bookstore by calling Ten Old Books for a book to order at 250-715-1383. Or, before you order online from Amazon, check out the Volume 1 web site for a quick and simple order that way, too.
1) Leonard Cohen, The Flame: Poems and Selections from Notebooks
One of Canada's most celebrated writers, the late Leonard Cohen, will bequeath a collection of his last works, selected personally by the author, on November 5 2019. This edition includes prose, lyrics, self-portraits, and an intimate look into the notes and mind of the artist. The Guardian calls the book "grand," so be sure to check it out.
2) Michelle Obama, Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice
Michelle Obama put a twist on the typical memoir by writing about creating the space for others to tell their stories. The former First Lady of the United States has buffed up her memoir with writing prompts to help the reader reflect on his or her own goals, challenges, family history, and personal narratives, too. This book, perfect for a hearty book club discussion, is sure to generate some inspiration!
3) Diane Setterfield, Once Upon a River
This story is about an unconscious child found under strange circumstances in a small town, and three families desperately seeking to claim her as their own. It is a "mystic tale," according to the Washington Post.
4) Maria Campbell, Halfbreed
Originally published in 1973, this important memoir by a Metis woman from Northern Saskatchewan is being re-released with an introduction by Indigenous scholar Dr. Kim Anderson. This edition includes restored passages about a sexual assault by a Mountie, which went unpublished until now.
A non-fiction but secondary account of the adoption of Chika Jeune, an orphan from Haiti who is gradually taken in by a family when a health crisis forces the child to move to Detroit for treatment. Based on interviews with this child, who is featured on Mitch Albom's Twitter, this book will move you or someone you love at Christmastime.