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!

Author Reading: Catherine Cooper

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Justin

WesternHome

The word nostalgia comes from two Greek roots—nostos, meaning the return home, and algos, meaning pain or longing.

The Western Home tells the story of the folk song “Home on the Range” through characters seeking to integrate their experiences of upheaval and alienation into meaning and identity—to transform their longing into belonging, their pain into understanding—by retreat to the safety of an ideal. “Home on the Range” is the protagonist of The Western Home, and the supporting characters are the people who helped shape the song’s destiny by writing, rewriting, singing, recording, claiming and disowning it. Each story in the collection takes place in a different decade following the year of the song’s composition as a poem, in 1872.

Beginning with the lonely, alcoholic pioneer, Brewster Higley, who wrote the poem, and concluding with a disaffected teenager who works in a rural Kansas tourist kiosk near the original site of the poem’s composition, this collection explores themes of collective memory, collective forgetting and the loss that is implied in both. Whether they are seeking out ideal landscapes, or pursuing invincible beliefs, or trying to make meaning out of chaos, the characters in these stories are all trying find a way home.

When: July 11 (Friday), 6:30pm
Where:  Humani-T Cafe, 1451 South Park St.

We hope to see you there, cheers!

Author’s Stage Presents: Terry Fallis

Posted on: June 11th, 2014 by Mike

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In his fourth novel, winner of the 2011 Canada Reads competition and “CanLit’s crowned king of chuckles” (Telegraph-Journal) Terry Fallis’s sharp, funny wit takes readers into the world of identity, inheritance, and belonging, begging the question: What’s in a name? 
This is the story of a young copywriter in New York City. He’s worked at the same agency for fifteen years, and with a recent promotion under his belt, life is good. Then, one morning this copywriter finds himself unceremoniously fired from his job, and after he catches his live-in girlfriend moving out of their apartment a couple hours later, he’s also single. Believe it or not, these aren’t the biggest problems in this copywriter’s life. There’s something bigger, something that has been haunting him his whole life, something that he’ll never be able to shake. Meet Earnest Hemmingway.
What’s in a name? Well, if you share your moniker with the likes of some of the most revered, infamous, and sometimes dreaded names in history, plenty. This is Earnest’s lifelong plight, but something more recent is on his plate: His father is pressuring him to come home and play an active role in running the family clothing business. And as a complex familial battle plays out, Earnest’s inherited name leads him in unexpected directions. Wry, clever, and utterly engaging, No Relation is Terry Fallis at the top of his form.

Where: Alderney Gate
When: Monday, June 16/7:00 pm

We hope to see you there!

On War, Peace and The Orenda – an Evening With Joseph Boyden

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by Lori

Good day Halifax!

Next Friday May 30th, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Joseph Boyden will be in Halifax to give a talk! The event will be taking place at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Admission to the event is free; but space is limited! RSVP as soon as possible by contacting Matthew Ritchie at mritchie@pier21.ca.

 

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Linda Little at the George Wright House

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Lori

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 Lori

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.