Second Story 25 Years


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The other day I was hunting around for my copy of Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant

(I have a signed copy! I wanted to show it off!), and I came across Haroun and the

Sea of Stories on my shelf. I particularly like the cover on the edition I have, so I was

admiring it again, and realized I haven’t read it in ages. So I’m working my way

through it, one chapter per evening, just like a bedtime story from my childhood.

It’s lovely to read something slowly, savouring it rather than racing to the finish line!



Happy Friday!

I have just started re-reading The Shell Seekers

by Rosamunde Pilcher as St. Martin’s Griffin is

bringing out a new edition this May.  I vividly

remember reading it when it first came out and

I was curious to see if it still held up; I wanted to

see if it affected the me who I am today as much

as it did the me then.  So far I am just over a

hundred pages in and I have to say it does hold

up.  I still really care about Penelope Keeling, her

daughter Olivia and still really dislike her other

daughter Nancy and her son Noel.  Yes, it is

definitely set in another time (I guess it is a

historical novel now!) but the storytelling still

works and I think it is a book worth reading.

If you want to be taken away to a different time

and place, drawn into the sometimes happy sometimes

fraught life of others and just revel in a tale well told,

give The Shell Seekers a try.

Have a great weekend,


The Shell Seekers

9781250063786 $18.50

St. Martin’s Griffin  (Raincoast)

Hello friends!

I had a week away from the office and came back to these beautiful flowers sent from the lovely

peeps out west:


And from the lovely peeps in Toronto I got something slightly different but equally as thoughtful:


And sometimes a little scary:


And this is why I love my job.




Just back from a week in Palm Springs where I saw many palm trees,

mid-century modern homes and stores carrying lots of mid-century modern

furnishings.  And lots of this Gibbs Smith title piled up in stores!  Check it out

to find out the history of mid-century modern design in the desert.


Were you as captivated this week as I was by
Canada Reads? I think this was the best one
ever and I loved the very different personalities
and the way they championed their very different
books. I think all the books sounded great but I
really, really wanted When Everything Feels Like the
Movies to win. This book has been getting praise and
damnation since it was published but at least that gets
people talking about it and now, hopefully more people
will want to read it. That will accomplish what Canada
Reads set out to do this time, break down some barriers.

Have a great weekend!


When Everything Feels Like the Movies

9781551525747  $15.95

Arsenal Pulp Press (UTP)

We’re just getting started with our Open House here in Vancouver! We invite

accounts to come in and check out books and gift items in person, place

orders, and send them home awesome gift bags. This spring we’re featuring

awesome Star Wars books, in honour of May the Fourth.




Last week I got my hot little hands on an advance of Jo Walton’s newest novel,

The Philosopher Kings. It’s the sequel to last year’s The Just City.

These books are a fictional account of Athene’s experimental attempt to recreate

Plato’s Just City in ancient Greece (like, really ancient). Because there are

humans involved, things, of course, go awry. But in such interesting ways!

Walton does such a great job of creating these complete worlds that are so

wonderful and terrible, and I just want to live in one of her stories (but not


I’d also highly recommend her Small Change series, which are mysteries set

in an alternate history England during a facist rise to power in the 1950s.

The Philosopher Kings
by Walton, Jo (06/30/15)
9780765332677 | TOR | RAI
Cloth | Price: $28.99

The Just City
by Walton, Jo (01/13/15)
9780765332660 | TOR | RAI
Cloth | Price: $29.99



Happy Friday!  I have been on the road selling books this week so I                                                                                                                                                     will keep this short and sweet.  Hope you have had a great week and                                                                                                                                                   don’t forget how wonderful books are.

Books vs TV

Thanks to Sarah Klassen from Mosaic Books for this.                                                                                                                                                                         Have a great weekend!        Dot

I’ve been running pretty regularly for almost ten years now. I love it! I love

how strong I feel when I run, and I love how grounded in my body it makes

me feel. Generally I run 5kms three or four times a week. Last spring I was

getting a bit bored though, so to challenge myself, I started a sixteen week

training program to run 10kms in under 55 minutes. It took me closer to

five months, but in the end, I ran my 10kms in 47.38!


I decided to go for it again this spring, and last week was our first week.

It starts easily, so last week was nice and breezy. Talk to me again in a

few months when I’m running 40kms a week!


Happy Friday!  Once a month, we in the Richmond office of Ampersand try to

have a potluck lunch using recipes from cookbooks that we sell.   Today was the March

installment and actually the first lunch we’ve managed to achieve in 2015.

Office potluck lunch March 2015

To start, Cheryl made Herby Baked Feta with Pita Chips. It was amazing and baking the

cheese seemed to take away the bitterness that feta sometimes has. Next up was Mark’s

offering, Cucumber  Salad with onion, yogurt and cumin- refreshing and delicious. Ali’s dish

was Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemons.  So far  we were three for three! All wonderful.

To top off the meal I made Peanut Butter Bacon Fat Cookies  and everyone seemed to enjoy the

bacon-y  aftertaste. I wonder what they’d taste like with crumbled bacon inside???

Here are the cookbooks we used:

Herby Baked Feta with Pita Chips Family Cookbook

DK  9781553532252  (PRH)

Cucumber Salad

Well Fed, Flat Broke

Arsenal Pulp Press

9781551525792 (UTD)

Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemons

Modern Jewish Cooking


9781452127484 (RAI)

Peanut Butter Bacon Fat Cookies

Well Fed, Flat Broke

Arsenal Pulp Press

9781551525792  (UTD)

Have a great weekend,


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