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!

Brian Bartlett at The Spring Garden Library

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Lori

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!

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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

Book Launch: Zachariah Wells & Richard Norman

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by Lori

Good day, good day! We’re partnering up with Biblioasis to present a book launch at the always fantastic Company House (2202 Gottingen St.)March 13 starting at 6pm.

Zachariah Wells and Richard Norman give a reading of their latest books. So drop on by for a pint and an evening with some seriously talented writers!

 

Career Limiting

 

Career Limiting Moves – Zachariah Wells

“By turns celebratory and sceptical, ‘Career Limiting Moves’ is a selection of essays and reviews drawn from a decade of immersion in Canadian poetry. Inhabiting a milieu in which unfriendly remarks are typically spoken ‘sotto voce’ —if at all—Wells has consistently said what he thinks aloud. The pieces in this collection comprise revisionist assessments of some big names in Canadian Poetry (Margaret Atwood, Lorna Crozier, Don McKay and Patrick Lane, among others); satirical ripostes parrying others’ critical views (Andre Alexis, Erin Moure, Jan Zwicky); substantial appraisals of underrated or near-forgotten poets (Charles Bruce, Kenneth Leslie, Peter Sanger, John Smith, Peter Trower, Peter Van Toorn); assessments of promising debuts (Suzanne Buffam, Pino Coluccio, Thomas Heise, Peter Norman) and much else besides—including a few surprises for anyone who thinks they have Wells’s taste figured out.”

 

Zero Kelvin

 

 

Zero Kelvin - Richard Norman

“Present-day astronomy, vast, complex, is looking through darkness to distant objects and times. Yet its discoveries aren’t exclusively scientific: from the moons of Pluto to the Doppler effect, the night sky screens a place where math meets myth. Now, in Zero Kelvin, in scenes that shift from the mountains of Goma to the mountains of the moon, from galaxies that feast upon their neighbours to a solar sail unfurling above Earth’s orbit, Richard Norman’s poetry probes both newly glimpsed corners of the universe, and the myths which bring them into focus.”

 

And here’s a poem from Richard Norman’s collection:

Experiment

It is a human urge—
to orbit backwards at great speed.
Experimentally, you do it
and then the crack of lightning,
the open-ended snowflake, splits the sky.
Just as the sculptor cut the fat off space,
you going backwards renders time.
Seconds drop like filings
when a magnet is turned off.

SMU Reading Series: Diane Schoemperlen

Posted on: March 1st, 2014 by Mike

Happy Saturday everyone! Finally, a lovely day of sunshine! Next up for the Saint Mary’s Reading series is Diane Schoemperlen. Diane will be giving a reading from her work on March 5th, 7:00pm, at the Saint Mary’s Atrium (Room 101). We certainly hope to see you there!

At A Loss For Words

At a Loss For Words

“In a “he said, she said” story, the writer always gets the last word.

She is a writer, established and successful, with a full life and supportive friends. Then he walks into a book signing and back into her life 30 years after he broke her heart. This time, things seem different. The pair reconnects through emails, messages and fragments of conversation. But love leaves her with a nasty case of writer’s block. Looking for inspiration in the texts around her—optimistic horoscopes, evasive fortune cookies and the inane suggestions from books on writer’s block—she tries to find a way through the relationship that has seemingly stolen her gift for language.

Spinning us through the whirlwind love of her nameless protagonist, award-winning author Diane Schoemperlen weaves a stylish, innovative novel out of to-do lists and text messages. Exploring the different emotional languages spoken by men and women, At A Loss For Words is a charming take on the modern romance, warm and witty right through to its surprising and delicious resolution.”

Red Plaid Shirt

Red Plaid Shirt

“Diane Schoemperlen won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction with Forms of Devotion, her collection of short stories and pictures. That same distinctive and wonderfully entertaining voice infuses this latest collection, a compendium of 21 stories chosen by Schoemperlen from new, out-of-print and favorite works. “Losing Ground” is a remarkable coming-of-age story; “The Man of My Dreams” pulls us into a place where we too wonder what is real and what is dreamed; and “Forms of Devotion” explores with delicate irony what it means to be faithful in a secular, consumer-driven world.

Every one of these pieces shines with Schoemperlen’s fresh and often deadpan funny voice, offering a compulsively readable mix of deeply felt emotion and finely wrought intellect. Red Plaid Shirt was shortlisted for the Upper Canada Brewing Company Writers’ Craft Award.”