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    Make way for three of the Island’s finest writers, whose new collections frame love and loss in ways both mythic and intimate. In Minerva's Owl, Nanaimo’s Carol Matthews sets out to discover what bereavement means to her after the loss of her husband. Meanwhile, God of Shadows introduces a whole new host of earthy, wry, and delightful deities from poetry legend Lorna Crozier. And in Amateurs at Love, Patricia Young sidesteps the epic for subtle, closely observed poems set in the space between lovers: that charged, mysterious distance so many of us strain to close. Sip, nibble, and make connections at a thought-provoking triple launch.
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    An Autographing with IAN RANKIN

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    The wait is over! Ian Rankin returns this fall with a thrilling new novel starring everyone’s favourite “dour Presbyterian Edinburgh cop,” John Rebus. Even better? The author has added Victoria as the final stop on his Canadian tour for In a House of Lies. Stop by the store for an exclusive signing with the king of crime fiction. A personalized copy may be the perfect gift for the mystery lover in your life…
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    An Evening with Atticus

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    Trade screen time for face time (well, masked face time) with Instagram poetry sensation Atticus. His new collection, The Dark Between Stars, continues the “soft summer love song” of Love Her Wild with moody and romantic vignettes about wine, sunsets, jazz clubs, and the delicate dance between light and dark that keeps the world in motion. Don’t miss out!
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    An Evening with Patrick DeWitt

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    Patrick DeWitt is one of Canada’s most prominent young novelists. Best-known for his blackly funny western, Sisters Brothers (soon to be a film!), he trades grit for foie gras in French Exit, a “tragedy of manners” that riffs on high society in New York and Paris. With a refreshingly dark take on the world’s most romanticized city, the story of a mother and son mired in scandal, codependency, and metaphysical lore promises to be the most demented novel you’ll read all year. Join us for an evening of conversation with a truly original talent.
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    Book Launch with Monique Gray Smith

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    She’s a celebrated author and mother who brings the wisdom of her Cree, Lakota, and Scottish roots to everything she does. Now, the award-winning Monique Gray Smith returns with the sequel to her semi-autobiographical 2013 novel, Tilly. In Tilly and the Crazy Eights, the title heroine finds herself on the road with eight elders as they journey to Albuquerque for the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. Sparkling with humour, pain, hope, and resilience, their story will open eyes to the richness of First Peoples culture and the challenges that lie ahead. With an author who doubles as an international speaker, this is sure to be a powerful launch. We can’t wait!
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    Book Launch with Bill Stenson & Kathy Page

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    This fall, explore two very different takes on marriage by local authors known for their wisdom and sensitivity. The winner of this year’s Great BC Novel Contest, Bill Stenson’s Ordinary People follows a couple who lose their dog one hot summer day in 1971 and find something far more mysterious—and devastating. Across the pond, Kathy Page’s Dear Evelyn follows one British couple through their dramatic WWII romance to the subtler struggles of lifelong partnership. Don’t miss this double launch by some of our very best novelists.
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    Join internationally renowned authors and environmentalists David Suzuki and Peter Wohlleben for a unique celebration of the natural world. Moderated by CBC's Gregor Craigie, this special event is a rare opportunity to see the two master storytellers together in conversation. Sharing the stage for the first time, the duo will offer insight into the wonders of old growth forests, questions about society's changing connection to nature, and thoughts on our shared future. Both authors have written numerous books about the natural world, including the acclaimed The Hidden Life of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals (Wohlleben) and Tree: A Life Story and The Sacred Balance (Suzuki). They can speak to the role art can play in activism and the potential for literature to create lasting change. A Q&A and book signing with the authors will follow the main event.
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    Celebrate 55 years of Munro’s and join us for our most interactive event yet! Artist Jane Mount, founder of Ideal Bookshelf, will be here signing copies of her new book Bibliophile, an illustrated collection of all things bookish. While you're here, grab some treats and flex those creative muscles as you draw your very own Ideal Bookshelf or book cover alongside Jane! And best of all, Jane will hand draw three winners’ favourite book covers, while another lucky reader will have a custom shelf drawn and sent to their home after the event.
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    Book Launch with Esi Edugyan

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    Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues captivated readers across the globe, winning the Giller Prize and earning a place on the Man Booker shortlist. Her new novel, Washington Black, has already landed a second Booker nomination for its wildly inventive portrayal of a young slave’s flight from Barbados alongside a mysterious inventor. Ambitious and powerful, it’s sure to appear on many more prize lists in the coming months. Get your copy signed by the author at this very special launch from one of Victoria's own!
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    Book Launch with Robert Amos

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    A beloved local artist and writer turns his eye to one of the greats this spring. In E.J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island, Victoria’s own Robert Amos collects paintings, sketches, and handwritten letters from Hughes’ estate that show the iconic painter’s love for his island home. Bask in all things local at this very special launch.
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    Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Ave Doors will open at 7 pm. Tickets: $40 | 1 ticket & 1 copy of Warlight $50 | 2 tickets & 1 copy of Warlight TICKETS AVAILABLE IN STORE OR ONLINE Preorder now! TICKETS & BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP STARTING MAY 8TH. One of Canada’s literary giants is coming to Victoria with a dazzling new novel. Join Michael Ondaatje—winner of the Man Booker Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize and the Prix Médicis—for a fascinating conversation with Giller Prize nominee Steven Price, about his much-anticipated new novel Warlight, and his writing career to date. Set against the haunted postwar backdrop that made The English Patient an international sensation, Warlight tells the story of Nathaniel and Rachel, teenage siblings left to unravel their parents’ secrets after an abrupt and unexplained estrangement in 1945.
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    Book Launch with Sarah Cox

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    Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard St Free to attend. Doors will open at 7. Cash Bar. Seating is limited, so arrive early! BC’s Site C dam exemplifies the dark side of clean energy megaprojects, with activists urging government to consider the land at stake. Now, award-winning journalist Sarah Cox takes us into the lives of the farmers, First Nations, and scientists fighting to save the Peace River Valley. Hear their stories in Breaching the Peace, a frank and urgent cautionary tale in the age of climate change.
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    Join us for a triple feature of local authors! Patrick Friesen delves into his Mennonite roots and beyond with Songen, single-sentence poems that draw from Low German and Middle English to explore music, language, and mortality. And in Quarrels, her first book since the breathtaking In The Slender Margin, Eve Joseph crafts prose poems rich with imagery and intrigue. Finally, the brilliant Bill Gaston is back with a new memoir on fatherhood, Just Let Me Look at You. Enjoy readings, refreshments, and maybe even some early Father’s Day shopping… Free to attend. Doors will open at 7. https://munrobooks.com/?q=h.calevents
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    An Evening with Kim Thuy & Kerri Sakamoto

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    Stories of migration and belonging have never been more relevant. Broaden your horizons with two Canadian authors famous for their nuanced portrayals of life in the minority. Following the smash hits Ru and Man, Kim Thuy’s Vi tells the story of a coddled youngest daughter forced to leave her father behind as she flees the Vietnam War for Canada and beyond. Meanwhile, Kerri Sakamoto’s Floating City returns to the lasting effects of Japanese-Canadian internment through the eyes of Frankie Hanesaka, a young businessman from Port Alberni rekindling his ambitions in postwar Toronto. Please join us to welcome these two award-winning novelists to Victoria. Free to attend. Doors will open at 7. https://munrobooks.com/?q=h.calevents
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