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Welcome to our November newsletter. Our mailing list has now surpassed 1,000 subscribers! If you like what we are doing, please share the newsletter with your family and friends and help us to continue to grow our mailing list and spread our book love.

November 11th is Remembrance Day and both Bookmark locations will be closed. Check out the list of military titles in this month’s newsletter.  It is important that we remember and appreciate the sacrifices that were made for us and the freedoms that we enjoy. I plan to read The Great Escape: The Untold Story by Canadian military historian Ted Barris.

Also coming up in November: the winners of the Writer's Trust of Canada Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Awards will be announced. Congratulations to PEI's Nicholas Herring for being short-listed for the Atwood Gibson Writer's Trust Fiction Award for his debut novel, Some Hellish. We have all the short-listed titles in stock and encourage you to pick one to read in November. We are getting excited about the winning announcements!

Our 50th anniversary celebrations in Charlottetown continue with our Anniversary Reading Series. In November, we are hosting events with David Adams Richards and Ann-Marie MacDonald. Also, our Readerity Series event with authors Alexander MacLeod, Sheree Fitch and Deirdre Kessler in conversation with John Flood is happening in Halifax on November 2nd and November 3rd in Charlottetown. For more information on events and Readerity, visit our website events page and Readerity page. And lastly, please check out the story that Olivia Robinson wrote for Bookmark’s 50th anniversary here.

Both stores are bustling with customers and we are busy placing orders and getting promotions ready for the busy holiday season. As we mentioned in our October newsletter, the supply chain challenges that started during Covid-19 are expected to continue into this holiday season. Labour shortages, paper shortages, shipping delays, and printer capacity have combined to create a perfect storm for book supply. We encourage you to buy early to avoid disappointment in December. 

Finally, November 4th is Fountain Pen Day. We hope all our fountain pen friends do something special to commemorate the day. Happy Fountain Pen Day!

On the Night Table
In this section of the newsletter, booksellers from Halifax and Charlottetown will give you a sneak peek of what they’ve been reading or are looking forward to reading soon!
Marlene is a mother to 6 adult children and grandmother to 15 grandchildren. She is a serious quilter and has multiple projects on the go and fabric collections to prove it. She also finds time to read and enjoys historical fiction and cozy mysteries.
I am really enjoying reading through Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce Series. A delightfully dark English mystery, featuring precocious young sleuth Flavia de Luce and her eccentric family. Winner of the 2007 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger.
Another series that I buy every new release of is Canadian author, Steve Burrows’ Birder Murder Mysteries. Avid birder DCI Domenic Jejeune is delightful and entertaining.
Seems like I’m on a mystery spree here but this series is wonderful. By Canadian author, Iona Whishaw.
Combining prayer, poetry, art, and direct references to Christian spirituality, Smith and Wilt turn Psalms 1--75 into an utterly life-transforming devotional. A daily read, I have bought several copies for gifts and recommended it to friends.
Olivia is a bookseller and author who loves talking about books just as much as she enjoys reading them! Originally from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Olivia now lives in Charlottetown, PEI with her dapper tuxedo cat, Puss. In October, 2021, Olivia’s first novel, The Blue Moth Motel , was published by Breakwater Books. She especially loves books featuring LGBTQ+ stories, cats, and seaside settings (not necessarily all at once!).
I’m so excited to start this novel, which is part ghost story, part historical fiction.; a perfect spooky read for this time of year. In the 1400s, a young girl dies and haunts the hilltop monastery where she lived. In the 1800s, writer George Sand visits the same monastery and their stories intertwine.
I’ve been meaning to read this Spanish classic for a while now so I’m looking forward to getting to it before the year ends. Described as “a love letter to literature”, it follows Daniel, who is the son of an antiquarian bookseller, and his discovery of a mysterious book called The Shadow of the Wind. I’m already hooked!
When I was younger, I used to read almost exclusively books about horses. Even though I’ve thankfully branched out a bit with my reading, I still love when a book like this comes along. Set in 1850, 1954, and 2019, this is based on the true story of a racehorse named Lexington.
I’m trying to read more non-fiction, and this story about a woman and her relationship with a wild fox intrigues me. The fox visits her property every day at the same time and she decides to start reading aloud to him.
Journey is an old soul with a love for reading, and a particular fondness for sci-fi and fantasy books. When not curled up with a good story reading about magical worlds, she is playing in one of her weekly Dungeons and Dragons games. One day she aspires to have a room in her home entirely dedicated to reading, but until then will settle for having to rearrange her book collection every few weeks when the new books start refusing to fit on the shelf.

I actually brought this home a while back but made the mistake of reading the opening pages to my partner who promptly stole and devoured it. Now that I’ve finally got it back, I am excited to sink into the book myself.

This one was recommended to me by a regular at Bookmark who said it was probably the best book she had read all year. I immediately wrote down the title and cannot wait to finally check it out.
Magical secret societies and the idea of a surviving Library of Alexandria drew me to this series a year ago. Now that this sequel has finally come out, I am looking forward to getting back into the story.
Space, sword fights, and lesbian necromancers are always going to get my attention. I know this one won’t let me down, after all Tamsyn Muir’s writing is fantastic and the first two books in the series were brilliant.
Erica is Bookmark Halifax’s in-house artist. She loves to hand-draw signs and occasionally paint the store windows. She prefers to read seasonally. This autumn she has been captivated by Nordic literature and has a soft spot for pulpy horror. She recently discovered that owning over 1000 books constitutes a personal library. (Of which she is the proud owner).

After her previous novel Geek Love, Katherine Dunn has become a literary cult icon. She passed away in 2016, so seeing this posthumous publication had me absolutely thrilled. I can’t wait to see what happens among the pages of this unexpected gem.   

I look forward to these little Christmas Ghost Stories from Biblioasis every year. They are perfect to slip in a pocket and take with you wherever you go.   

I love a translated novel, and Schweblin has never disappointed me. Her stories are not quite sci-fi and not quite horror, but just unsettling enough to capture the essence of both genres. 

I’m going to be honest; the cover of this book really intrigued me. I’m excited by the prospect of a spooky story about abusive mothers, codependent mothers-in-law, and becoming a motherthing. 
Readerity - By the Book
Interview with Readerity author, Deirdre Kessler

The Readerity Series is a Bookmark initiative to promote books and reading. The idea is to give voice to Atlantic Canadian authors and their thoughts on the value of books and reading. Each author’s contribution is preserved in a limited-edition chapbook, which is given away free, and through an annual event, a Readerity Talk.


We are pleased that Deirdre Kessler, author of Readerity No. 4 agreed to be interviewed for this issue of our newsletter. You can hear Deirdre and other Readerity authors Alexander MacLeod and Sheree Fitch in conversation with Dr. John Flood on November 2nd in Halifax and November 3rd in Charlottetown. Event details are here.

Deirdre and a young friend reading a book

What does the word Readerity mean to you?

It’s frabjous (thank you, Lewis Carroll) when people make up words. John Flood made up readerity to describe an experience common to many of us. What happens when we enter wholeheartedly into the books we read, when we both lose ourselves and gain ourselves in the worlds of books? In Words Are My Matter: Writings on Life and Books , Ursula K. Le Guin says: “To read a story well is to follow it, to act it, to feel it, to become it — everything short of writing it, in fact. Reading is not ‘interactive’ with a set of rules or options, as games are: reading is actual collaboration with the writer’s mind.” 


What value is there in this reflection on books and reading?

The value of reflecting on a childhood book of influence can lie in the serendipities of memory. A long-forgotten feeling or the origin of a particular idea or wish or dream can arise from turning the attention to a book or books we have read in childhood and remember into adulthood.


Sometimes revisiting a book read in childhood can lead us to recall an entire scene or landscape or a particular tree in whose roots we nestled as we read a particular book. 


Some might say that this project is just “preaching to the choir,” that those that read your chapbook or attend the talk already know the value books and reading. How would you respond to this?

Even people who are not avid readers respond to the exercise of reflecting on an influential book of childhood. Those from families where books were not part of family life make a sideways leap to another medium, to an influential childhood movie or video or game or story. The process is similar to the readerity process: there is a reflection on how we engaged with story or image as children and how we as adults contemplate who we were then and the lasting impressions or influence of the childhood experience.


Tell us about your Readerity essay?

Writing the essay for the Readerity series was pure pleasure. It was the equivalent of a long hike along a beautiful trail, sometimes through a forest, sometimes along a coast. The experience resembled what I imagine walking the Camino de Santiago will be like when I fulfill that dream. I asked myself questions such as: How do we orient time and place in ourselves, in our interior landscapes, in our imagination? Part of the fun of asking oneself questions is answering them. For some of us, the books we have read as children (and the books we read as we go along in life) are our polestars and our navigation systems. In Are You Somebody? Irish journalist and memoirist Nuala O’Faolain wrote: “I never thought of being from Ireland . . . where I came from — from inside the books I’d read.”


Why should someone attend the Readerity Talk?

Anyone who has attended Bookmark events in the past knows how jolly they are, with free-flowing conversation, lovely hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and some of us rustling up jokes and one-liners to suit the occasion. There will be a 15-second instruction on the pronunciation of readerity (ree-DER-ih-tee) and lively discussions about early influential books. What an accomplishment for Bookmark to be in business for fifty (50!) years. Come celebrate our independent bookshop and its dedicated owners and staff.


We are always interested to hear about what others are reading. What are you currently reading?

I am reading The Tragedy of Eva Mott by David Adams Richards, who will be a Bookmark guest author in mid-November. Recently I’ve read a brilliant novel, This Is Happiness , by Irish writer Niall Williams.
Gaspereau Press
Congratulations to Gaspereau Press celebrating 25 years of publishing. At the core of Gaspereau’s philosophy is a commitment to making books that reinstate the importance of the book as a physical object, reuniting publishing and the book arts, a philosophy that we wholeheartedly applaud. Here is a list of some of the Gaspereau titles available at Bookmark.
Bookmarks & Dog-Ears

Celebrity Narrated Audiobooks

If you’re looking for an immersive audiobook experience, look no further than this list of audiobooks narrated by celebrities including Tom Hanks and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Books About Books

What’s better than a book? A book about books, of course!  We have an entire section in the store dedicated to this type of book. Check out the list here.

Best Science Books for Children
The 2022 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize
The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrates books that stimulate children’s curiosity and enthusiasm to explore, innovate and debate. Alan Wilson, Chair of this year’s judging panel, talks us through the six outstanding science books for kids that made the 2022 shortlist. See the list here.
The Best Book Cataloging Apps for Managing Your Overflowing TBR
If you've been thinking about keeping track of your reading, Book Riot has a rundown of the Best Book Cataloging apps.
Congratulations to Rick Mercer, who won the Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for his memoir Talking to Canadians, published by Doubleday Canada.                 

The 2022 CCBC Book Awards Celebrate Excellence in Literature for Young People

Congratulations to Julie Flett and David A. Robertson for taking home the top prize! Check out the other winners here.
Remembrance Day Books
Why We Remember – by Ted Barris

As a writer and historian, since the 1970s, I have tried to go beyond that iconic veteran’s image – the elderly, former warrior clad in beret, flannels, and a chest full of service medals – standing solemnly for two minutes of silence at the community cenotaph. I’ve encouraged those mostly mum Second World War veterans to start talking at schools, business banquets, Canadian Club luncheons, church picnics, and on radio and television … and not just once a year, on November 11. On one hand – wherever I’ve worked or had occasion to MC Remembrance Day observances – I have encouraged and insisted on that two-minute silence. Meanwhile, on the other hand, I’ve campaigned to break that stereotypical silence and have pushed veterans to give us the reasons we should remember and recognize them for giving the world a second chance.

“There can be no dedication to Canada’s future without a knowledge of its past.”
- John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada
Canadian New Releases
Dates, times and locations are current as of publication date. Please refer to for updates or changes.

Bookmark’s Readerity Series featuring Alexander MacLeod, Sheree Fitch, Deirdre Kessler, and John Flood

Thursday November 3, 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Bookmark is thrilled to present an evening in conversation with outstanding Readerity authors Alexander MacLeod, Sheree Fitch, and Deirdre Kessler moderated by Dr. John Flood on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Rotary Auditorium in the new Charlottetown Library Learning Centre.


Bookmark’s passion for books and reading and its motivation for this project is well articulated in a quote from Mark Hansen, a professor of political science, who said, “The bookseller’s passion – for books, for the experience of reading, for the culture of the written word – is a source of inspiration for readers. Even more important, it is a crucial support for readers as they convey their enthusiasm to their children, their students, their friends, and their associates. For we, the habitués of bookstores, the readers of books, the patrons of the book culture, must also be booksellers. We too must model our belief that books, among all the world’s commodities, have special properties: the arguments, the narratives, the stories, and the poetry within. We must cultivate readers as farmers tend their fields.”


Sidelined for 2 years by Covid-19, Readerity is back in 2022 with three installments in the series. Dr. John Flood will moderate a lively discussion between the three authors and each author will read an excerpt from their work. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome.

In Conversation with David Adams Richards

Monday November 7, 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Bookmark's 50th Anniversary Reading Series is thrilled to present David Adams Richards in conversation with Dr. John Flood and Deirdre Kessler on Monday, November 7th at 6:30 pm in the Rotary Auditorium at the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre, 97 Queen Street, Charlottetown. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.


A literary legend, David Adams Richards, follows the epic Miramichi Trilogy with a startling standalone novel of concentrated power.


The Raskin brothers were once proud to be producers of a much sought-after material of great benefit to society--asbestos. But now their mine is under close scientific scrutiny, with reports of serious illness linked to the place. The world is changing, no doubt for the better...


The Tragedy of Eva Mott has all the power and brilliance--and many flashes of wry humour--of David Adams Richards at the very top of his form. It will attract controversy but its fierce authenticity cannot be denied.

Bookmark Presents: An Evening with Dr. Brent Macdonald

Thursday November 10, 7:00PM - 8:30PM

We are very pleased to host an evening with Dr. Brent Macdonald discussing his book, Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight: Mental Toughness for Everyone on Thursday, November 10th at 7 PM at The Carriage House, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown.


Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight is a highly readable, user-friendly book that draws on robust evidence and incorporates lessons from history, sociology, psychology, pop culture, and personal and clinical examples. Readers will learn about what Mental toughness (MT) is, how it can be assessed, and how it can be applied to their professional and personal lives. Specific strategies for enhancing performance using MT are included!

In Conversation with Ann Marie MacDonald

Monday November 14, 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Bookmark's 50th Anniversary Reading Series is thrilled to present Ann-Marie MacDonald in conversation with Greg Doran on Monday, November 14th at 7 pm in the Florence Simmons Hall, 140 Weymouth Street, Charlottetown. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.


In the late nineteenth century, Charlotte Bell is growing up at Fayne, a vast and lonely estate straddling the border between England and Scotland, where she has been kept from the world by her adoring father, Lord Henry Bell, owing to a mysterious condition. Charlotte, strong and insatiably curious, revels in the moorlands, and has learned the treacherous and healing ways of the bog from the old hired man, Byrn, whose own origins are shrouded in mystery.  Her idyllic existence is shadowed by the magnificent portrait on the landing in Fayne House which depicts her mother, a beautiful Irish-American heiress, holding Charlotte’s brother, Charles Bell.

Japanese Stationery
Many of our most popular stationery brands originate from Japan including Midori, Platinum, Pilot, Pentel, Maruman, Itoya, Lihit Lab, Kokuyo and more. We carry many products that aren’t readily available elsewhere in Atlantic Canada. We source products from Canadian and American distributors and also import products direct from Japan. Japanese stationery is known for its quality, design and innovation. Mechanical pencils are a great example of a simple product with significant design features and innovation. Check out our Kuru Toga, Platinum Oleenu Shield, or Pentel mechanical pencils for their unique and innovative features. They are really quite fascinating.
  “I have shaken off almost all of my other addictions, but never my insatiable desire for more and more books.

Books about William Blake.

Books about climate change.

Books about spider goats.

Books about the evolution of flight.

Books about avant-garde performance artists.

Books about Princess Margaret.*

Books about satanic transport cafes.

*Actually, I only have one book about Princess Margaret, but it is very good.

Those just happen to be the ones that have come home with me today.”

- Robin Ince
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Time Travel, Literary Scifi, Canadian

This epistolary novel is the brain-child of Canadian poet Amal El-Mohtar and sci fi author Max Gladstone. The concept, language and presentation are stunningly beautiful and unique. Time travel and spy antics blend seamlessly with romance and intrigue.

If you loved the lyrical language and gentle weirdness of Time War, you may enjoy Sea of Tranquility. Mandel revisits scenes and characters from earlier books in this lovingly quirky science fiction novel that spans three centuries.

Epic World Building, Old School Scifi, Movie Treatment

Dune rocketed to the top of several bestsellers lists more than 50 years after it was published due to the popular 2021 film. A new generation of readers is now enjoying the world building and dialogue that made it a genre classic.

If you loved the sand worms and spice of Arrakis, you may enjoy the numerous worlds in the Hyperion series. Simmonds’ award-winning novel is another classic science fiction book that is rising in readership. It is also set to have a big-budget adaptation coming soon, so be sure to read it before it hits the big screen.

Dystopian, AI, Literary Scifi

Klara is a beautifully written, fragmented dystopian novel in which the characters grapple with the pressures of technology and questions of what it means to be human. It is notable for what is not written, and the guessing games the reader must play to make the story whole.

This debut novel is both gut-wrenching and rewarding. It is a dystopian novel made up of individual vignettes set in the near future. Perfect for readers who enjoy Ishiguru’s slow-burn type novels rife with big picture questions.

Thought Provoking, Idyllic Settings, Bots

In the Monk and Robot series, we find AI’s and humans attempting a utopian (yet separate) society. Chambers’s characters ponder their mark upon the land and weigh what would be best for all involved. It is the most loving, gentle exploration of what it means to be human or machine.

The Wild Robot series is a natural progression from the Monk and Robot series. In it, Roz awakens in a natural world, unaware that she is a machine. She must figure out how to behave within her community for the maximum benefit of all. It is a kid lit book, and makes for a fantastic read aloud for kids ages 6+, or a short read for anyone.

Local Book Spotlight
Dale McIsaac is back with his follow-up to the bestselling book The Porridge is Up! Packed with more funny and heartwarming stories of a family of ten kids growing up on a PEI farm. From swimming in a ditch, to chasing cows all over the district, to trying to grow Juicy Fruit in the garden - McIsaac's childhood becomes fodder for heartwarming and hilarious tales.
The pandemic was an unprecedented time of stress for Islanders. The Island was locked down at the border, and Islanders were cut off from family and friends everywhere. Normally a very social and welcoming people had their worlds turned upside down. Adrian McNally Smith was not immune to the effects of these lockdowns and so he started to write about his own experiences and what he was learning about himself on thoughtful and inspiring social media posts. These posts became a lifeline for many of his followers and he realized that the things he was feeling were universal. This collection of mediations comes out of his work to save his own mental health with the hope that he can help others through difficult times.
In Monoculture, Sue Goyette imagines that Nova Scotia’s last surviving stand of intact forest has been preserved for the enjoyment of the public–a premise that seems more like an inevitability than a speculation. Framing the text as visitors’ comments posted on the forest’s official website, Goyette speaks through a chorus of voices to explore the long consumptive, anthropocentric attitude that permeates our relationship with the natural world–from destructive harvesting practices to our expectations about outdoor recreation and leisure. This unique work takes its cue both from the incessant chatter of social media and from the long slog of a map-less hike, showing how a little scrap of wilderness can still unsettle and disorient us, humble and astonish us, and open its truths to us.

A classic work of Acadian history from the award-winning journalist and author of Empire of Deception is finally back in print. The Deportation of the Acadians — one of the darkest events in Canadian history — is replete with the drama of war, politics, and untold human suffering. Starting in 1755, thousands of French-speaking settlers were expelled from their homes on Canada's East Coast by a tyrannical British governor with the support of New England troops. 


Now, in a revised and updated edition of the book published to mark the 250th anniversary of first deportations, award-winning author Dean Jobb revisits his dramatic and compelling account of "Le grand dérangement".

What's In Your Bag?
Charlottetown customer Tania Pendergast is an avid reader and lover of historical fiction, well crafted crime procedurals, spy novels, good writing, good characters, and also interesting, unpredictable and imaginative plots. She spent 20 years as a Signals Officer and electrical engineer in the Canadian Army and is now a calligrapher and bookbinder. She’s always interested in great book recommendations!
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