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Yes it’s been hot on the west coast. All our crops are ahead of schedule.
The strawberries and cherries are pretty much done which means it’s
time for blueberries. Last weekend, with a little help from my friends,
I managed to pick 50 pounds at Whisperhill Farm U-Pick on the
Saanich Peninsula. Fortunately there is no before and after customer
You guys I am DYING! It’s so hot in Vancouver, all I can do is lay around and sweat. It’s gross!
I’m on vacation so I’ll talk to you next Friday.
Have a great weekend!
Last week David Downie and his wife, photographer Alison Harris were in Victoria.
Author of A Passion for Paris, just out from St. Martin’s Press, David is an American
who has lived in Paris for 30 years. He and Alison run walking tours of Paris,
Burgundy, Rome and the Italian Riviera. David spoke at Munro’s Books to an
enthusiastic audience. A combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, Downie
asks why Paris is the world’s most romantic city – and has been for over 150 years.
Downie says the city’s allure derives equally from hidden sources:
querulous inhabitants, a bizarre culture of heroic negativity, and a rich historical past.
Rarely do visitors suspect the glamour and chic and the carefree atmosphere
of the City of Light grew from and still feed off the dark fountainheads of riot, rebellion,
mayhem and melancholy – and the subversive literature, art and music of the Romantic Age.
Weaving together his own with the lives and loves of Victor Hugo, Georges Sand,
Charles Baudelaire, Balzac, Nadar and other great Romantics, Downie delights in the city’s
secular romantic pilgrimage sites. I am in!
As of this afternoon I am on vacation for a week.
I guess it qualifies as a staycation as I am only going
as far as the Sunshine Coast for a couple of the days
and the rest of the time I’ll be enjoying things
around where I live. I’ll talk to you when I’m back!
Have a great weekend. Here are some photos
of the Sunshine Coast for you.
I finished reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I am not a huge fantasy fan, (please don’t judge).
I want to be, but when I see maps in the beginning of a book tend to shut the book and run
the other way. I don’t know what happened but somewhere along the way one of the ring Lords must have
rubbed me the wrong way. But, there was so much buzz in the office about this book, and about Bardugo
that I had to give it a go.
I forgave the first two pages, (not one, but two maps) and went head-first into the world of
Ketterdam. The main character Kaz Brekker swept me off my feet in his swift, fast-paced, unforgiving world.
I had to switch my brain from the slower, character driven books that I usually read to an action packed plot
whose characters unfolded and revealed themselves throughout the story. Much to my delight, it is the
constant action that the reader is plunged into from beginning to end that allowed me to discover the
depth of each character through their seemingly impossible endeavors and the choices they make. I grew to
love the characters as their idiosyncrasies were revealed, making their relationships and decisions a perfect
mix of predictable and unpredictable. I was kept on my feet guessing what was going to happen next because
Bardugo meticulously reveals just enough to let me in on some, but not all secrets.
My conclusion is that I’m now a fan and I want to read more! As it seems, I am in very good company:
Six of Crows
Henry Holt & Co.
This week it’s Calgary! I’m pretty excited about all the librarians I’m meeting
with this week, and the great new fall books I’m presenting.
Some of my early favourites:
The Secrets Series from Orca
Superior Man, A
by Yee, Paul (09/01/15)
9781551525907 | Arsenal Pulp Press | UTD
Paperback | Price: $21.95
Children of the Broken Treaty
by Angust, Charlie (08/22/15)
9780889774018| University Of Regina Press | UTD
Paperback | Price: $27.95
I am on the road this week selling the new Fall titles
in the sunny Okanagan. It was great to see all my people
at the Western Reps Bookfair earlier in the week and now
I’ve been travelling around visiting some of them in their stores.
It is one of my favourite parts of my job – driving, listening to
a good book on CD and then spending time in bookstores. What
more could you ask for?
Have a great weekend!
One of the many wonderful views I see as I drive the
I just had my wisdom teeth out and I feel like this:
Much to my husband’s disappointment, I was not like this:
But like this:
Well, that’s kind of stretching the truth. It was more like this:
Apparently the only exchange I had after the surgery was when I asked if the hygienist’s eyelashes were
real. They weren’t but I gently whispered, “They’re beautiful,” to her as she explained
the medicine and rinsing instructions to me.
So here I am today, at work feeling puffy and proud that I didn’t make a fool out of myself.
I was thinking of posting an actual book review but that will have to wait until next week when
I can see properly out of my right eye.
My dog Jet is a senior dog. She is 10 and a half in human years so 70 + in dog years
depending on how you calculate. There are various formulas. She is a bit stiff but still
keen on walks and most visitors – not delivery men! So – one of my favourite books for
the fall is Dog Years – Faithful Friends Then & Now. Coming from Chronicle it documents
30 dogs throughout their lives. Truly heartwarming – this is a book for the dog people in