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Women's Bookstore Yard Sale, Saturday 27.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

An absolutely wonderful story by Amy Jones.

Amy Jones, originally from Halifax, now lives in Thunder Bay. In 2006 she won the CBC Literary Award for Short Story in English. Her short fiction collection What the Boys Like was the winner of the 2009 Metcalf-Rooke Award.  I Think the Kids are in Trouble was first published in the Summer 2013 edition of Fiddlehead.

I Think the Kids are in Trouble
By Amy Jones
The baby falls down the stairs. There are carpet burns on her elbows and knees, a scrape just above her eye, jutting into her eyebrow. Blood leaking down her face. A miracle it’s not worse. Everyone runs around, not really doing much. The baby screeches, red-faced, indignant. How dare they let this happen to her? Pauline holds the baby, bouncing her up and down in her arms while she argues with her daughter, Carly, who is the baby’s mother, about whether or not she needs stitches.
            “It won’t stop bleeding!” Carly is yelling. She is frantic. She can’t stand still. Five minutes earlier, she had been out on the back deck drinking beer and playing Scrabble with her sisters while the baby played with her six year old cousin at the top of the stairs. Carly is young, and she hasn’t figured out appropriate levels of mothering: it’s all too much or too little. “Mom, what if she has a concussion? What if she has internal bleeding? Mom? Mom!
            “Shh, shh, it’s alright.” Pauline cradles the baby against her shoulder. “You’re scaring her.” The baby cries, blood spills onto Pauline’s blouse, red bleeding into white. Then, once all the blood and crying has stopped and the baby is asking for “juju,” which is her word for apple juice, they sit her on the couch in front of Dora the Explorer.
            “Donde esta Dora?” The baby squeals with laughter. All is forgiven.
            Pauline takes her blouse off in the kitchen and runs it under cold water with some dish soap. She can see Carly and her sisters on the back porch through the open window. “She skidded right down the stairs on her face,” Carly says uneasily. She looks as though she doesn’t know whether to be worried or amused. Her sisters shrug, take drinks of beer, fiddle with their Scrabble tiles. They’ve been through this before.
            “EXIT,” says Naomi. “Triple word score.”
            “Fuck you, you slut,” Eva says.
Pauline drops the soap container in the sink and they all look over. “Mom, for God’s sake, put your shirt back on,” Carly says, leaning back on her chair. Then they are all laughing, and Pauline’s skin turns cold. She holds the dripping blouse to her chest, feeling the weight of her sagging breasts against the backs of her hands

Saturday, September 20, 2014

And yet more yard sale offerings




Some of the DVD's plus a lot more audio books.  All available at the yard sale Saturday, Sept  27, at the bookstore, 65 S. Court, 11 - 2 pm.  Below a better shot. (also some neat clothes including the above cashmere scarf)




Friday, September 19, 2014

Yard Sale for Women's Bookstore.

Desk lamps?  Huh?

Look closely and you will see three - all for sale at the Women's Bookstore yard sale, 65 S. Court, on Saturday September 27 outside and in, (rain date Sunday 28) from 11 am to 2 pm.

We have piles of CD's, audio books, scarves, dishes, binoculars, canoe yoke, maps, jewellery, etc and etc.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Giller Prize Long List 2014


For all the local avid readers who read the entire Giller list, here it is. Lots of good stuff this year.

Miriam Toews at the Sleeping Giant Literary Fetival

The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted books are: 

Heather O'Neill

Monday, September 15, 2014

Writers Coming to Thunder Bay November

Michael Winter

Alison Pick. Michael Winter, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, arriving in Thunder Bay for a blow-out night of readings.

Date and Time: November 6, 7 pm
Place: Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1080 Keewatin Street
Box Office - Waverley Library for tickets at 10$ each.

Dear Joan
The 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors hits the road for its annual touring programme,IFOA Ontario, bringing literary events to 12 locations across the province from October 22 to November 7, 2014.

 This year, Canadian and international authors will visit BrantfordBurlington, Creemore, Hamilton, Kitchener, Markham (Young Readers event), Midland, Parry Sound, Port Hope, Thunder BayWindsor and Woodstock.

Now in its eighth year, IFOA Ontario partners with libraries, bookstores, universities and community organizations across Ontario to present the world’s best writers of contemporary literature in readings, interviews, round table discussions and public book signings. IFOA Ontario also brings authors into the classroom for students of all ages with its Young Readers programme.

Visit litontour.com for a full list of participants, events and biographies.

Barbara Philp, Head, Adult Services, Thunder Bay Library.





Thursday, September 11, 2014

Retreats for You, a writer's place.


The Lounge and the huge fire place. Wine not shown.

Not long ago, I am sitting at my lap top and looking out the window at the inhabitants of Sheepwash in Devon, England, as they walk by my window. Not to give the wrong idea, Sheepwash is so tiny a village that a Sheepwashian appears in about intervals of an hour, usually walking a dog. A couple of times during the morning, a car goes by.

I am trying to fix up a manuscript using a list of suggested changes and I am finding this less simple than I first thought. Make one change and that triggers others down the line, in house-of-cards fashion. This is not writing, it is slugging. The calming view from the window helps a lot.

Writing spot with handy water bottle and kettle, a selection of teas. 

I love writers’ retreats. I have stayed at Dairy Hollow Writers’ Colony in Arkansas, a cottage at Holly Beach in North Carolina and a bed and breakfast in the Rockies at Ouray, Colorado. This is a first for the U.K. and one of the best.

Deborah Dooley and husband Bob Cooper have taken a 500-year-old house and turned it into the most welcoming and pleasant place imaginable.  It is a quiet, quaint and writable space.  Add delicious meals, wine, a lovely fire every evening, a mix of interesting people, great conversation all set in a pretty village surrounded by luscious rural English countryside.

The Retreat. Note the thatched roof. 

As at most retreats, I write in the morning and walk in the afternoon and drink wine and talk to the other guests in the evening.  The late August weather was dampish, English, coolish both inside and out. I had my Stanfields, which I always take to England no matter what the season, and Deborah slips a hot water bottle into one’s bed every evening.  How spoiled can you get.

Deborah writes on her web site: “Every writer needs space. A place away from work, chores, family and other distractions.
Deep in the heart of the beautiful North Devon countryside, that space is waiting for you.”

My clothes closet was set in an old (disused) fire place.


You can check out Retreats for You at http://www.retreatsforyou.co.uk.  Note: Deborah is selling her cookbook, Eats for You, on LuLu. I ordered one post haste.  I ate her great food and now I want to cook it.

Take the footpath.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Neat News

Marion Agnew's essay "Words" (about her mother and Alzheimer's, originally published in Room) has been selected for Best Canadian Essays 2014, published by Tightrope Books (due out in November or so).
Congratulations Marion!!


The Journey Prize
We’re introducing the 13 contributors to The Journey Prize Stories 26 one at a time and in alphabetical order. Say hello to our fifth contributor, Amy Jones, whose story “Wolves, Cigarettes, Gum,” was published by ROOM.
AMY JONES is the author of the short fiction collection What Boys Like, which won the 2008 Metcalf-Rooke Award and was shortlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award. Originally from Halifax, she now lives in Thunder Bay, where she is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories.
Congratulations to Amy and to everyone at ROOM!

Time capsules are pretty awesome, but a new initiative called the Future Library project is taking them to a whole other level. For the next century, one author per year will contribute a piece that will then be sealed away until 2114. Margaret Atwood is up first. If you’re a fan, you have 100 years to get pumped up.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Straight to the Top of the Bestsellers

Take a quick guess. Which book hit the stores and almost immediately, hit the number one spot on the New York Times best seller list?

Louise Penny's latest of course.  A former resident of  Thunder Bay, and one of the world's top mystery writers, has produced another hit. Congratulations Louise!

Her new book, Long Way Home, brings us many well-loved characters, such as Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Surete du Quebec, and now retired; but, of course, not for long. The inhabitants of the lovely Quebec village of Three Pines, familiar to constant readers, appear as well in all their quirkiness.

Like many mystery novels, a disappearance kick-starts the action. But the crime is only a background to what really interests the readers - the lives of the main characters.  Penny is a master psychologist who always keeps us intrigued. Or as the New York times says in a sparkling review: Ms. Penny's books mix some classic elements of the police procedural with a deep-delving psychology, as well as a sorrowful sense of the precarious nature of human goodness, and the persistence of its opposite, even in rural Edens like Three Pines.'

For more reviews, a list of Louise's previous hits and lots of other info check out Louise's web site at http://www.louisepenny.com.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Calling Contributors and Sellers for our Yard Bazaar!

Wow, what an opportunity  for me to down size  and sell off the piles of DVD's and audio books and knickity knacks . I have been wondering what  to do with the three desk lamps I have somehow acquired.  Students want a printer??? And so on. Want to join in? Read the letter below.

Dear Joan, 
Northern Woman’s Bookstore will hold a Yard Bazaar on Saturday, September 27th (rain date Sunday, Sept. 28).
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where? In the parking lot of the Northern Woman’s Bookstore, with a few tables inside the store available. 

Bring your own table, suitcase, blanket, clothes rack, etc. to display your wares. Spaces are $10, with a few inside tables available for $20. The cost goes to helping the NWB. We are planning to replace the flooring in the store. After paying for your spot, the proceeds of what you sell are yours.

What to Sell? Second-hand goods, crafts, art, vintage, baking, plants, books, and so on.
If you would like to donate quality used goods for the Yard Bazaar with the proceeds going to NWB, please drop them off the morning of the sale before 10:30 a.m. Items not sold will be donated to the Salvation Army.

To reserve your spot, send an email to the Bookstore at northernwomansbookstore@gmail.com or to Taina Chahal at tainacee@yahoo.com or drop down in person during our store hours. Pay for your spot the morning of the Yard Bazaar. All sellers should have their spot set up by 10:30 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Taina.




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Northern Woman's Bookstore
65 South Court Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario  P7B 2X2
Phone (807) 344-7979
Store hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 11 am - 4 pm

Visit us online! www.northernwomansbookstore.ca

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Marina Writers Read at the Spirit Garden

Meet local writers Jane Crossman, Donna Faye, Marianne Jones and Jean E. Pendziwol, whose works of poetry and prose are featured at the waterfront on steel signs and granite benches. 

Find out why those selections are meaningful to them, and learn what new projects they have on the go! Hear their stories as you enjoy refreshments, take part in Q & A, and don't forget to buy a signed copy of their books. 

Also for sale that day: The City and the Spirit Garden, a full colour coffee table book about the waterfront redevelopment at Prince Arthur's Landing.

At Marina Park's Spirit Garden, September 28 from 1 - 2 pm. 

Jane Crossman, reading at the Spirit Garden

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Visiting Dickens in Bloomsbury


Dickens and his wife Catherine lived in this house on 42 Doughty Street in the Bloomsbury area of London. Inside, the place has been fitted up to 1837 standards and includes a tea room and gift shop.

I did a lot of thinking about Charles as I toured the four  floors. His big writing desk with its slanted top (alas no photos were allowed), reminded me that even though D. had 10 children, it was the wife and servants' job to make sure nothing interfered with his writing routine which took place between breakfast and lunch, every working day. No distractions of any kind were allowed. After lunch he spent time at his club or went for a long walk.  He also had many charitable and theatrical projects on hand as well as people to meet etc.  He often invited his pals home for dinner. Patriarchy creates the writer.

I learned that Dickens was instrumental is getting the concept of international copywriter drilled into the fuzzy brains of the legislators. He describes their views in his novel, Nickolas Nickelby. A member of parliament tells Nickolas: "if any preposterous bills were brought forward giving grubby devils of authors a right to their own property,  I should like to say, that I for one could never consent....the creations of the pocket, being man's, belong to one man, or one family, but that the creation of the brain, being God's, ought, as a matter of course, belong to the people at large...

How wonderful if  Dickens could time travel to the present and take on both Amazon and Google. Or all those who think intellectual property should be free. A Dickensonian curse upon you!

Dickens was a great humanitarian and his books roused the social conscience of the nation. No argument. But at home, Dickens, a loving father, was a not so great husband. For one thing, he blamed Catherine for having too many children!  Eventually they separated, against her wishes. She wasn't up to his exacting household standards perhaps due to her post-natal depression.  Since the law stated that all children belonged to the father, he decided to take all the children except the eldest boy who lived with Catherine.  To make matters worse, her own sister stood by Charles and took her place running the household.  To make matters worser, Catherine loved him to her death, showing that patriarchy also creates the female.






Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wealth Secrets Hits London


A letter from Producer and writer Ahti Tolvanen

Dear Joan

After almost a year of reverses and anxious planning, we finally did it....took a Thunder Bay originated show to London's West End! "Wealth Secrets" just completed a run of over a week at Soho's Phoenix Artist Club, the famous second stage of the Phoenix Theatre where stage legends like Coward and Olivier once premiered.

It was all part of The Camden Fringe Theatre Festival- London's answer to the Edinburgh Fringe. Many will remember this play which opened in Thunder Bay in 2012 before going on to the Hamilton Fringe and then the Winnipeg Fringe in 2013.


The Music was arranged and performed by our own Erik Johannes Riekko and the script developed by the undersigned in consultation with many local talents including Heather Stowell and Josephine Hamilton. Mike Sobota's and Isaac Kakegamic's staging input was also invaluable.


The play tells the story, of an African immigrant who flees murdering diamond bandits and lands a job in the investment industry in the West. After he reports his discovery of conflict diamonds in his company's holdings to his boss, both become targets of increasingly cruel organizational harrassment.

In words, music and dance the play also addresses the larger "Faustian" theme: can any person be true to their ethical principles in an environment focused on limitless material acquisition?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Literary Letter from Little Moma a.k.a Debbie Metzler


Little Moma 

Hello Joan,
 
As you already know Book Girl’s Big Read left the LU Radio building this spring.

 I am still sincerely committed to offering radio space to our local writers and I have a new opportunity for authors to chat on air. Little Moma’s Kitchen Party has been airing on Wednesday mornings (9:00 to noon) on LU Radio for over 3 years now and recently the station has asked me to increase my broadcasting by featuring a Monday afternoon edition of Little Moma’s Kitchen Party

Starting on August 11, 2014 I began hosting the afternoon edition of Little Moma’s After Party as well as continuing my Wednesday morning show. Each sow is a separate live broadcast. I no longer broadcast on Tuesday mornings.
 
I will be interviewing authors, musicians, artists of all genres, art reps, administrators & funders each Monday at approx. 4:30 pm. My Monday afternoon edition of Little Moma’s After Party begins at 2:30 pm and runs until 6:00 pm. I feature an eclectic line-up of folk, blues, light jazz, country, roots, Celtic and swing music. The last hour (5:00 to 6:00) Little Moma’s Got the Blues will feature exclusively blues music. The interviews will be shorter than the Book Girl interviews, running from 15 to 30 minutes in total.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

POEMS by KARL WENDT


Karl Wendt

books are pleasant things
you can read them if you want to

*****
come grey dawn
so perfect and predictable
so give my tired wanderings
the peacefulness of rest

*****

we fold our hands
and close our faces
but underneath....
just think of summer sands

******

the sound of your
hair
burns like incense
in my mind

****
i sat among the pines
in the park
and listened to someone
play music in the dark

*****
a simple time
with apple wine
and daisies
spread upon a lap

A BOREAL LOVE SONG by SHARON IRVINE

A round lake pink in evening's blush
sauna wood smoke hanging in trees:
hazy blue gauze weaving through the boreal forest
Loons calling across the lake.
Waves licking up the sandy shore
Five fuzzy ducks swimming in a row
behind mama.

You and I on the deck
and two mugs of hot tea.

More than enough.