Today, October 5th, will be our last day of business. We won’t have enough stock left to open tomorrow, as planned. We will be closing today at 6 PM
Thank you for your business and best wishes. Gail
Today I’m deeply saddened to announce that our last day of business will be Saturday, October 6th 10 AM – 4 PM (I wanted to extend professional courtesy and respect to David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin while selling tickets for their event on Wednesday, October 3rd – now sold out!).
My decision to close was precipitated by the recent death of my brother and business partner, Brad. He skillfully managed all store affairs and guided me on so many occasions. He was my rock.
So many thanks:
To all the authors we hosted for so many varied events and signings – You helped put us on the map and kept us there.
To all my sales reps – You were our lifeline to publishers and your hard work gave us so many opportunities.
To all my booksellers past and present (Scott, Karen, Tania, Kirt, and Renee) – You have been the wind beneath my wings, especially through this difficult time for all of us.
MOST OF ALL, to Edmonton booklovers – It has been my pleasure and privilege to have built so many relationships and to have been your bookstore of choice.
Thank you. Thank you for 33 years of wonderful support. It was a great ride and I will cherish it always.
Now living right here in Edmonton, Marina grew up living all over Canada. Her first novel, Open Arms, was short-listed for the Amazon/Books In Canada First Novel award in 2002. Her second, Good to a Fault, was a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize and won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean region. The Little Shadows, her latest book, longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize, was a finalist for this year’s Governor General’s Award (and was one of our personal favourites here at Greenwoods!). She is at work on a new novel, Hughtopia. For more about her go to her website.
1. What are you reading right now?
Food & the City, Urban Agriculture, by Jennifer Cockrall-King—makes me want to grow things
Algoma, by Dani Couture, a strangely dreamy/deeply real book which I like a lot
just beginning The Great Night, a reimagining of Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Chris Adrian
just finished City of Thieves, a great book about the siege of Leningrad, by David Benioff
I’m supposed to be reading Shell of the Tortoise by Don McKay, but after special ordering it at Greenwoods I have lost it. I hope it’s well read by whoever finds it, in whatever shop or coffee place I set it down…
…and of course the latest issue of 18 Bridges, Lynn Coady’s & Curtis Gillespie’s brilliant new magazine
2. What are some of your favourite books?
How long a list can I have?
The Beginning of Spring, Penelope Fitzgerald
Riddley Walker, Russell Hoban
Lightning, Fred Stenson
Miss Mole, E.H. Young
Mr Fox, Helen Oyeyemi
The Antagonist, Lynn Coady
The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje
The Outlander, Gil Adamson
There But For The, Ali Smith
3. When is the best time of day for you to write?
Early in the morning, late in the evening, when I’m too tired to be distracted.
4. If you could have dinner with any character from a book, who would it be and why?
Riddley Walker, I think. He’d be hungry. But I’d invite a few others to keep him company: E.H.Young’s Miss Mole, and Mole from Wind in the Willows; Clover from What Katy Did and my Clover from The Little Shadows. I’d serve strawberry meringues and fresh asparagus, and wild boar for Riddley.
5. What do you like best about the city/town where you live?
The streetcar over the High Level Bridge, the river winding through the city, that my children were born here, the beauty of the trees in summer and in deep winter. Not so much in this scraggly between-time.
6. What did you want to be when you grew up?
An actress—then a little later, when I knew more, an actor (much more professional-sounding). I did spend many years in theatre, first as an actor, later as a director, finally as a playwright and dramaturge… always moving towards writing.
So far, 2012 has been a great year for Edmonton & Alberta authors! The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize was just award to Judy Schultz for her novel, Freddy’s War. And there are a plethora of local offerings out this season, let us introduce you to some of them!
Anson Baird, a surgeon for the Union Army, is on the front line tending to the wounded. As the number of casualties rises, a mysterious soldier named John comes to Anson’s aid. Deeply affected by the man’s selfless actions, Anson soon realizes that John is no ordinary soldier, and that he harbours a dangerous secret. Twenty years later on the Fraser River in British Columbia, Anson discovers that John has gone missing. Haunted by the violence of his past, and disillusioned with his present, Anson is compelled to discover the fate of his missing friend, a fate inextricably linked to his own.
Remember these slogans? “Anything Goes.” “They wear longer because they’re made stronger.” If you do, chances are, you’ve own a few pairs of GWGs in your time. Here, at long last, is the complete, lushly illustrated history of the Great Western Garment Company. From its humble roots in Edmonton in 1911 to its final factory closing in 2004, GWG remains firmly fixed in the Canadian psyche.
In this intimate guide to Alberta’s sustainable food scene, writer, poet, professional chef, and food advocate Dee Hobsbawn-Smith profiles more than seventy-five of the province’s growers and producers. Learn the A to Z’s of each producer, from Asparagus growers to Zizania cultivators, and enjoy the twenty-six original recipes, one for each type of produce. Hobsbawn-Smith worked in Calgary for many years and now lives in Saskatoon.
Baba’s Kitchen Medicines: Folk Remedies of Ukrainian Settlers in Western Canada by Michael Mucz
From fever to frostbite, this incomparable compendium of tinctures, poultices, salves, decoctions, infusions, plasters, and tonics will fascinate and often mortify readers from all walks of life. The comprehensiveness of Mucz’s research and interviews framed with deftly painted historical, cultural, and botanical backgrounds guarantee that this chapter of the Canadian story will continue to be told for generations to come.
Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution by Jennifer Cockrall-King
An award-winning food journalist examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe and chronicles a game-changing movement, a rebellion against the industrial food behemoth, and a reclaiming of communities to grow, distribute, and eat locally.
The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages About Health, Fitness, and Happiness by Timothy Caulfield
Want great abs? You won’t get them by using the latest Ab-Flex-Spinner-Thingy. Are you trying to lose ten pounds? Diet books are a waste of trees. Do you rely on health-care practitioners—either mainstream or alternative—to provide the cure for what ails you? Then beware! In this book, health-law expert Timothy Caulfield exposes the special interests that twist good science about health and fitness in order to sell us services and products that mostly don’t work.
Margaret is trapped in a dreadful orphanage run by the sinister, beautiful Miss Switch. After an unsuccessful attempt to alert authorities to Miss Switch’s tyranny, Margaret is forced to endure a life of complete silence. But, on one incredible day, Margaret hears tiny voices coming from a strange, thorny tree and discovers a community of playful moths. Together Margaret and the moths prepare a plan to end Miss Switch’s reign of terror and provide a better life for everyone.