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Miji Campbell
Nov. 14th 2015, 2 pm

Book Warehouse Main St.
presents Miji Campbell, author of Separation Anxiety.

Miji Campbell is a writer and teacher. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Today's Parent MagazineThe Edmonton JournalThe Calgary Herald and Women's Words: An Anthology, and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. Miji has received two National Magazine Award nominations and a literary arts grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She owns Write Where You Are, a business that offers writing workshops to individuals, schools, community and corporate organizations. Born and raised in Calgary, Miji lives in Red Deer, Alberta. Separation Anxiety is her first book.

For more information, call 604-879-7737 or email mainstreet@bookwarehouse.ca.



Novel Nights
Nov. 18th 2015, 7 pm

Book Warehouse Main St.
presents Novel Nights with June Hutton, author of Two-Gun & Sun.

In 1922 a lone woman arrives in a filthy frontier mining town in the Pacific Northwest. Her goal: to resurrect her dead uncle’s newspaper. Within two days a naked man is shot dead, a famous man is rumoured to be heading their way and the only man capable of fixing her broken-down press so that she might spread this news is a Chinese printer from the nearby forbidden settlement of Lousetown.

Over the next month, Lila Sinclair will take even bigger risks to see her business thrive—from her questionable news reporting to her negotiations with a partner who’s a liar and a gambler. Reckless, stubborn and with a maddening tendency to shed tears when provoked, Lila works long hours next to her printer to see her dream through, only to discover all that she could lose.

Inspired by the historical figures Morris “Two Gun” Cohen and Dr. Sun Yat-sen, whose joint pursuits would later bolster a revolution that ushered in the modern era for China, and further informed by Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, with its themes of intercultural love in the Old West, June Hutton blends fact with fiction in a dramatic tale that is part historical novel, part steampunk opera and part otherworldly Western.

Brutally beautiful, at times playful and absurd and then swiftly tragic, Two-Gun & Sun explores themes of truth, love and independence.

For more information, call 604-879-7737 or email mainstreet@bookwarehouse.ca.



Ann Walmsley
Nov. 19th 2015, 7 pm

Book Warehouse Main St.
presents Ann Walmsley, author of The Prison Book Club.

An attack in London left Ann Walmsley unable to walk alone down the street, and shook her belief in the fundamental goodness of people. A few years later, when a friend asked her to participate in a bold new venture in a men's medium security prison, Ann had to weigh her curiosity and desire to be of service against her anxiety and fear. 

But she signed on, and for eighteen months went to a remote building at Collins Bay, meeting a group of heavily tattooed book club members without the presence of guards or security cameras. There was no wine and cheese, no plush furnishings. But a book club on the inside proved to be a place to share ideas and regain a sense of humanity. 

For the men, the books were rare prized possessions, and the meetings were an oasis of safety and a respite from isolation in an otherwise hostile environment. Having been judged themselves, they were quick to make judgments about the books they read. As they discussed the obstacles the characters faced, they revealed glimpses of their own struggles that were devastating and comic. From The Grapes of Wrath to The Cellist of Sarajevo, Outliers to Infidel, the book discussions became a springboard for frank conversations about loss, anger, redemption, and loneliness. 

The Prison Book Club follows six of the book club members, who kept journals at Walmsley's request and participated in candid one-on-one conversations. Graham the biker, Frank the gunman, Ben and Dread the drug dealers, and the robber duo Gaston and Peter come to life as the author reconciles her knowledge of their crimes with the individuals themselves, and follows their lives as they leave prison. And woven throughout is the determined and compassionate Carol Finlay, working tirelessly to expand her program across Canada and into the United States. 

The books changed the men and the men changed Walmsley, allowing her to move beyond her position as a victim. Given the choice, she'd forsake the company of privileged friends and their comfortable book club to make the two-hour drive to Collins Bay.

For more information, call 604-879-7737 or email mainstreet@bookwarehouse.ca.



Vancouver Vanishes
Nov. 23rd 2015, 7 pm

Book Warehouse Main St.
presents the launch of Vancouver Vanishes.

Caroline Adderson will host this discussion of Vancouver's vanishing heritage. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 604-879-7737 or email mainstreet@bookwarehouse.ca.



Elizabeth McLean
Nov. 24th 2015, 7 pm

Book Warehouse Main St.
presents Elizabeth McLean, author of The Swallows Uncaged.

In The Swallows Uncaged, Elizabeth McLean paints a sweeping yet intimate panorama of Vietnam in the style of a Vietnamese eight-panel screen: eight narratives that each capture a moment in time and yet speak to one another. Interweaving historical and fictional characters over ten centuries, the stories portray the passions and turmoils of successive generations of the Nguy?n clan’s wives and daughters, and of their men.

When the men go away, to war or to advance their fortune, the women stay behind (not always idly or chastely). They dutifully pass down their ancestors’ traditions to their daughters and granddaughters, but also recast the iron rules to gratify their ambitions and desires. At their humble posts by the hearth, they defy authority, scheme to improve their lots, and love zestfully and wickedly.

Meticulously researched and beautifully crafted, these stories form a triumphant debut from an author with a superb gift for storytelling.

Elizabeth McLean immigrated to Canada from Warsaw, Poland, in the 1960s. She worked for several years as a CBC radio producer, a researcher for TIME Canada, and a government policy writer. In 2005, at the age of 63, she impulsively began her “life of adventure” and moved to Hanoi, Vietnam, where she spent six years immersed in and researching Vietnamese culture. A debut author at age 73, Elizabeth now lives in Vancouver.

For more information, call 604-879-7737 or email mainstreet@bookwarehouse.ca.



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