Bolen Books in Monday Magazine

Have you picked up a copy of May’s Monday Magazine? Fantastic cover and a great article about Bolen Books in this issue.

cover“Bolen Books celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, mounting a massive carnival-style party to mark the occasion. The now 20,000 square-foot store – one of the largest independent bookstores in the country – had humbler beginnings when it was started by Mel Bolen in 1975.”

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Lawrence Hill Wins This Year’s CBC Canada Reads – His 2nd Win!

Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, has been crowned the winner of this year’s CBC Canada Reads debates for his latest novel, The Illegal, which was defended by former olympian Clara Hughes.

This is Hill’s second win of the annual debate, which sees five literary fiction titles, represented by guest panelists, pit against each other to see which one best embodies that particular year’s theme. Hill is the debate’s first repeat winning author. His novel Book of Negroes took the award in 2009.

The 2016 theme was “Starting Over”. The Illegal was in competition against Anita Rau Badami’s The Hero’s Walk, Tracey Lindberg’s Birdie, Saleema Nawaz’s Bone & Bread, and Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio.

Lawrence Hill’s The Illegal.

Lawrence Hill’s works have won Canada Reads twice.

Former olympian Clara Hughes defended The Illegal in this year’s debates.

Thank You Yann Martel

Yann Martel (12)This past Friday night, we welcomed acclaimed Canadian novelist Yann Martel to our store for a chat about his newest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal. Martel, best known for 2002’s Life of Pi, which was adapted into a feature film, travelled from his Saskatchewan home to be here with us and talk about some of the meanings and symbolism in his latest work, as well as field questions from the audience – of which their were plenty!

A crowd of about 200 watched, listened, and hung around afterwards to get their books signed! It was a great night. If you weren’t able to make it, but still want to get your hands on a signed copy of the book, we Yann Martel (9)have some left over in the store right now. But don’t delay any further! Give us a call to set one aside for you, or better yet, swing by and pick one up today. They won’t last forever. In fact, given the popularity of the book, they may not last the week.

Is this the first you’re hearing about this fantastic book reading event? You should probably be paying closer attention to our events page (follow the link in the navigation bar above), or the events listing on our Facebook page, or perhaps our email newsletter (again, link above). Don’t find out after the authors have come and gone!