Halifax

Our Halifax location, also known as Bookmark II, is situated on the corner of Spring Garden Rd and South Park St in beautiful downtown Halifax. We’re directly across from the Public Gardens, and within walking distance to a number of fantastic stores, restaurants and cafes.

Make sure to stop in and say hello to Mike and the rest of our staff, and if you’re from out of town, send us a note or your special orders online!

Hope to see you soon!

Linda Little at the George Wright House

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Justin

We are happy to invite you to celebrate the launch if Linda Little’s new novel “Grist” at the George Wright House (Local Council of Women). Linda will be giving a reading from her novel, plus there will be refreshments to be had! Hope to see you there.

Grist

About Grist:

“This is the story of how you were loved,” Penelope MacLaughlin whispers to her granddaughter.

Penelope MacLaughlin marries a miller and gradually discovers he is not as she imagined. Nonetheless she remains determined to make the best of life at the lonely mill up the Gunn Brook as she struggles to build a home around her husband’s eccentricities. His increasing absence leaves Penelope to run the mill herself, providing her with a living but also destroying the people she loves most. Penelope struggles with loss and isolation and suffers the gradual erosion of her sense of self. A series of betrayals leaves her with nothing but the mill and her determination to save her grandchildren from their disturbed father. While she can prepare her grandsons for independence, her granddaughter is too young and so receives the greater gift: the story that made them all.

Dan Falk at the Alderney Gate Library and SMU

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Justin

Join us as we explore the changing conceptions of the cosmos through the works of Shakespeare and the eyes of author Dan Falk with his latest book “The Science of Shakespeare”.

Dan will be presenting excerpts from his book on two Dates:
April 15th – 7pm at the Alderney Gate Library Helen Creighton Room (2nd Floor), 60 Alderney Drive.

April 17th – 7:30pm at the Saint Mary’s University atrium (room 101), 923 Robie Street.

We hope to see you there!

 

Shakespeare

About The Science of Shakespeare:

William Shakespeare lived at a time when the medieval world — a world of magic, astrology, witchcraft, and superstition of all kinds — was just beginning to give way to more modern ways of thinking. Shakespeare and Galileo were born in the same year, and new ideas about the human body, the earth, and the universe at large were just starting to transform Western thought. Shakespeare was not a scientist — the word did not even exist in Elizabethan times — but a handful of scholars are now examining Shakespeare’s interest in the scientific discoveries of his time: what he knew, when he knew it, and how he incorporated that knowledge into his work.

His plays, poems, and sonnets were not “about” science — but they often reflect scientific ideas, and the more carefully we look at those ideas the better we can appreciate the scope of Shakespeare’s achievement. A close reading of Shakespeare’s works reveals the depth of his interest in the natural world.

Falk examines the world that the playwright and poet lived in, taking a close look at the science of his day — exploring where and how that knowledge is reflected in Shakespeare’s work. He also delves into how other writers and artists of the period were influenced by the revolution in science unfolding around them — a subject that has received little attention beyond specialized academic works.

Throughout the book Falk stops to ask what Shakespeare knew, and how it may have influenced his work. Obviously, Shakespeare was not the Carl Sagan of the Elizabethan Age — his first commitment was to his stagecraft, not to philosophy or science. However, Falk argues that a close reading of Shakespeare’s works reveals the depth of his interest in the natural world, and shows that he was more conscious of the changing conception of the cosmos than we usually imagine. Shakespeare’s writing often reflects the scientific ideas of his time — and the philosophical problems they were raising — and the more carefully we look at those ideas the better we can appreciate the scope of his achievement. This book is aimed squarely at the lay reader — those who enjoy Shakespeare’s plays and poems for the joy of it, and armchair astronomers and historians who enjoy a trip back in time.

Brian Bartlett at The Spring Garden Library

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Justin

Join us for an evening of reflection and insight of the natural world at the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library for the launch of Brian Bartlett’s “Ringing Here & There”. Brian will be presenting excerpts from his first work of prose. Hope to see you there!

Ringing

Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar

“Amidst the tapping of fine rain on moss, leaves, twigs & logs, light bells are ringing here & there. A Junco flits up & down branches of a young spruce rooted in a nurse stump: white bordering tail-feathers flick against its grey. What insects stir within the wood rot? Bells inter¬spersed with the subtle rain: those clear voices from all four corners of the compass. Each nurse stump deserves a Junco ringing.”

In his first book of prose, distinguished Canadian poet Brian Bartlett offers a book of days, a daily diary from spring to spring. In the tradition of John Clare’s notebooks and letters, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and his voluminous journals, and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Bartlett looks out at his local surroundings with a poet’s eye for detail, his ear attuned to the ringings of the natural world. Grounded in Nova Scotia, but reflecting travels further afield to Alberta, Nebraska, New York City and Ireland, the entries take on the qualities of field reports, sketches, commentaries, tributes and laments, quotations and collages. Over 366 daily entries, Bartlett shows that the resonance between human life and nature is there waiting to be heard.

Saint Mary’s Reading Series : Rawi Hage

Posted on: March 29th, 2014 by Mike

 

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Born in Beruit, Hage grew up in Lebanon and Cyprus. He moved to New York City in 1984. In 1991, he relocated to Montreal, where he studied Photography at Dawson College and Fine Arts at Concordia University. He subsequently began exhibiting as a photographer, and has had works acquired by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Canada’s capital. He holds an MFA from the Universite Du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM).

Hage’s 2008 novel, Cockroach was this years CBC Canada Reads runner-up.

Cockroach is as urgent, unsettling, and brilliant as Rawi Hage’s bestselling and critically acclaimed first book, De Niro’s Game.

The novel takes place during one month of a bitterly cold winter in Montreal’s restless immigrant community, where a self-described thief has just tried but failed to commit suicide. Rescued against his will, the narrator is obliged to attend sessions with a well-intentioned but naive therapist. This sets the story in motion, leading us back to the narrator’s violent childhood in a war-torn country, forward into his current life in the smoky emigre cafes where everyone has a tale, and out into the frozen night-time streets of Montreal, where the thief survives on the edge, imagining himself to be a cockroach invading the lives of the privileged, but wilfully blind, citizens who surround him.

In 2008, Cockroach was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. It won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, presented by the Quebec Writers’ Federation.

 

Please join us Monday March 31st at 7:00p.m. The reading will be held in the Artrium- Room 101 at Saint Mary’s University 5490 Inglis Street.

 

Hope to see you there!

Debra Komar Reading

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by Mike

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Please join us Friday March 28th for Debra Komar’s reading of The Lynching of Peter Wheeler,  at the Halifax Public Library.

At 2:21 am on September 8, 1896, authorities in Nova Scotia killed an innocent man. Peter Wheeler — a “coloured” man accused of murdering a white girl — was strung up under a porch with a slipknot noose. The hanging was state-sanctioned but it was a lynching all the same. Now, a re-examination of his case using modern forensic science reveals one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Canadian history. On the night of January 27, 1896, 14-year-old Annie Kempton found herself home alone in the picturesque village of Bear River, Nova Scotia. She did not live to see the morning. Shortly after midnight, Annie was assaulted and bludgeoned with a piece of firewood. Her killer slit her throat three times with a kitchen knife then coldly sat and ate a jar of homemade jam before fleeing into the night. The senseless and brutal slaying devastated the town and plunged her parents into a near-suicidal abyss of guilt and grief. At trial, the prosecution’s case focused on the inconsistencies in Wheeler’s statements, the testimony of two children who placed Peter near the house on the night in question, and the detective’s novel analysis of the physical evidence. It was one of the first trials in Canada to use forensic science, albeit poorly. Wheeler’s defense team called no witnesses and did little to challenge the evidence presented. The jury deliberated less than two hours before declaring Peter Wheeler guilty of murder. The trial itself was a media sensation; every word was front page news. Several papers each ran their own version of “Wheeler’s confession,” an admission of guilt supposedly authored by the condemned man. Each rendition tried and failed to make sense of the conflicting timeline. With every new iteration, it became clearer that the case against Wheeler was not as airtight as the detective in charge, Nick Power, and the media had proclaimed. The Lynching of Peter Wheeler is a story of one town’s rush to judgment. It is a tale of bigotry and incompetence, arrogance and pseudoscience, fear and misguided vengeance. It is a case study in media distortion, illustrating how the print media can manipulate the truth, destroy reputations, and so thoroughly taint a jury pool, that the notion of a fair trial becomes a statistical impossibility. At the height of the Victorian era, the media created a super villain in the mold of Jack the Ripper, the perfect foil for its other creation, super-sleuth Nick Power. The masterfully constructed narrative was perfect, save for one glaring detail: Peter Wheeler did not kill Annie Kempton.

Location:
Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library, 5381 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 – 12:00pm