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!

Event: Our Faithfulness to the Past – Dr. Sue Campbell

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by Justin

Campbell Please join us in a celebration of the posthumous publication of Dr. Sue Campbell‘s book, Our Faithfulness to the Past: The Ethics and Politics of Memory, edited by Christine Koggel (Carleton University) and Rockney Jacobsen (Wilfrid Laurier University). 

Sue Campbell (1956-2011) was a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and in Gender and Women’s Studies at Dalhousie University. Her work in moral and political psychology and in feminist theory is profoundly influential in philosophy, gender studies, psychology, and aboriginal studies among other areas.

Date: October 2nd, Thursday
Time: 4:30 P.M.
Venue: University Club Pub, Dalhousie University
6529 Alumni Cres. Halifax, NS

Dr. Campbell’s book brings together several of her most important essays on the epistemology, ethics, and politics of memory, including three not previously published.

We have been invited to sell at the event, so there will be plenty of copies available for purchase. We hope to see you there!


New Releases, September 23rd

Posted on: September 23rd, 2014 by Justin

Loads of new releases this week – I think that’s why Autumn is my favourite time of the year for bookselling!


Blackfin Sky – Kat Ellis

By the Book 
- Diane Schoemperlen

Flagged Victor – Keith Hollihan

Gutenberg’s Apprentice – Alix Christie

Edge of Eternity
- Ken Follett

Leaving Tomorrow – David Bergen

Like Any Other Monday
– Binnie Brennan

Phoebe’s Way – Pamela Ditchoff

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
– Hilary Mantel

The Bees (Paperback) – Laline Paull

The Complete Cosmicomics
– Italo Calvino

The Empire of Night – Robert Olen Butler

The Freedom in American Songs
– Kathleen Winter

The Road Narrows As You Go – Lee Henderson

The Story of Land and Sea – Katy Simpson Smith

Tinker & Blue
– Frank Macdonald

Victus – Albert Sanchez Pino

Wolf in White Van
– John Darnielle



Agent Storm – Morten Storm

Belonging: CBC Massey Lectures
– Adrienne Clarkson

Circling the Midnight Sun
– James Raffan

Hanns and Rudolf – Thomas Harding

In Pursuit of Justice
– Stacey Bryne

In the Company of Animals
– Pam Chamberlain (Editor)

Left to Die – Gary Collins

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On Pluto
– Greg O’Brien


Rebel Souls – Justin Martin

Slim and None – Howard Baldwin

The Best Place to be Today – Lonely Planet

The Big Ratchet – Ruth Defries

The Last Asylum – Barbara Taylor

This Changes Everything
– Naomi Klein

Who We Are
– Elizabeth May


Cook Books

– Jennifer McLagan

Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food
– Jamie Oliver

The Everyday Squash Cook
– Rob Firing

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Thug Kitchen

The East Coast Literary Awards!

Posted on: September 13th, 2014 by Justin

It’s that time of the year again folks – time for the 2014 East Coast Literary Awards, hosted by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (http://writers.ns.ca/).  The East Coast Literary Awards celebrate and promote excellence in writing from Canada’s Atlantic region. Award jurors had the unenviable task of deliberating 64 submitted titles by writers from all four Atlantic provinces in order to select the nine finalists, and here they are: 

J. M. Abraham Poetry Award:

Mary Dalton (NL), Hooking (Signal Editions)

Don Domanski (NS), Bite Down Little Whisper (Brick Books)

Sue Goyette (NS), Ocean (Gaspereau Press)

Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/702569556500152/?ref=5

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award:

John DeMont (NS), A Good Day’s Work (Doubleday)

Richard Foot (NS), Driven (Goose Lane)

Stephen Kimber (NS), What Lies Across the Water (Fernwood)

Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/869423419749675/

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award:

Shashi Bhat (NS), The Family Took Shape (Cormorant Books)

Ed Kavanagh (NL), Strays (Killick Press)

William Kowalski (NS), The Hundred Hearts (Dundurn)

Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/346395005529974/

Winners of the East Coast Literary Awards will be announced in Halifax on Sept 20, 2014. We’ll be going to the awards ceremony on the 20th, best of luck to all the Shortlisters!


New Releases, September 10th

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by Justin

Here are some of the new arrivals at Bookmark Halifax this week. Enjoy!


Bones Never Lie – Kathy Reichs

The Children Act
– Ian McEwan

The Dog – Joseph O’Neill

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride

Girl Runner
– Carrie Snyder

How to be Both
– Ali Smith

Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute - Jonathan L. Howard

The King’s Curse – Philippa Gregory

The Madonna and the Starship
– James Morrow

The Marco Effect – Jussi Adler-Olsen

Smiler’s Fair: Book 1 of the Hollow Gods – Rebecca Levene

Stone Mattress
– Margaret Atwood

The World Before Us – Aislinn Hunter



Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart
– Lisa Rogak

Good Morning, Mr. Mandela
– Zelda la Grange

The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us – Diane Ackerman

Lady Parts
 - Andrea Martin

Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers – Anabel Hernandez

The Necessary War: Volume 1 – Tim Cook

Survivors on the Yoga Mat – Becky Thompson

The Virgin Way
– Richard Branson

Virtually Human: The Promise (and the Peril) of Digital Immortality
– Martine Rothblatt & Ray Kurzweil

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
– Sam Harris

Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
– Graham Nash

Author Reading: Catherine Cooper

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Justin


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!