Mill Street Books and The Almonte Public Library invite you to meet local author and Officer of the Order of Canada,Tim Wynne Jones. He has written numerous award winning novels for adults, teens and children. Listen to him read from his new riveting murder mystery The Ruinous Sweep and learn about his writing process and experiences in the publishing business. Both adults and teens to encouraged to attend this special event at the library on October 27 at 1:30 pm Seating is limited. Call 613-256-9090 to reserve your place and for further information.
One day soon it will happen. Someone is going to walk into Mill Street Books looking for a recommendation. If they are new to the store, Terry might say “I loved this book. The main character is a wonderful old geezer” Debbie would enthuse “It makes you laugh; it makes you cry and then you don’t want it to end” and Mary would explain that the setting in Cape Breton reminds her of their community. After placing the book in their hands, allowing them to read the description and get a feel for the book, that customer will set a store record. The 300th copy of The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil will be sold and that customer will win a bottle of prosecco!
This book’s appeal lies in its characters. John Alexander MacNeil is eighty years old. Sharp-tongued and quick-witted, he lives alone in rural Cape Breton, but he still cooks breakfast for his wife, who’s been dead for thirty years. He silently starts to question his own mind after stopping to pick up a hitchhiker — a hitchhiker who turns out to be his neighbour’s mailbox. Everything shifts, though, when Emily, a pregnant teenager, shows up at his house with no place else to go. Determined to help Emily as best as he can, John must also keep the wolves from his door and maintain some semblance of sanity.
Author Lesley Choyce lives in Halifax. Last year he wrote the store owners: “I have found it difficult to make good connections with audiences outside of Atlantic Canada. So I just wanted to write and let you know that it is much appreciated that you like the book and can share it with your customers.” When I recently contacted him regarding reaching this milestone he added: “This is a testament to the power and importance of the bookseller – especially the independent bookseller who is not only financially independent but independent of mind and spirit. It is so good to know that John Alexander MacNeil is alive and well in Almonte, Ontario. I had lost track of him in recent months and realize he’s carried his world – lock, stock and barrel of opinions and laughs – to this lively Ontario town where his voice echoes through the chambers of those readers’ minds and hearts. Long live John Alex and long live Mill Street Books!”
Almost 40% of the total sales for this book to date are through Mill Street Books. Beverley Rach of Fernwood Publishing responded that she finds it heartening to know that there are still people hand-selling books – places where readers can rely on a trusted bookseller to put a good read into their hands.
Mill Street Books is a small store with limited space so they keep close tabs on inventory and only stock between 3-4,000 titles. Owner Mary Lumsden explains “We are always looking for something unique to read – a book nobody has heard of. When I look through catalogues, I am imagining potential readers and thinking about the various interests of my kids, my friends and our local customers.” When you tell someone to read a book that you love it is like an offer of friendship that will connect you, sometimes for the rest of your lives. Personal recommendations are the life blood of independent bookstores and their value is evident when they can shine a light on a gem.
The 300th book was sold October 7th and customer Gudrun Mendzigall looked very pleased with her gift!
Did you see the Facebook photo of me hiding in bed doing research? This was the book I was reading – so beautifully written I read in every minute I could spare. When I finished, I ordered a dozen copies – a big deal for our small store. It’s our book club selection for this evening.
Terry recommends Canada 365 to anyone that loves starting their day with a little piece of Canadian trivia.
Beautifully illustrated over 400 photographs, this book shows what happened on this day in Canada–from January 1 to December 31–from historical turning points to the odd and unusual, to milestones in sports, business, politics and entertainment.
We have 10 copies on hand at 50% off the regular price.
A successful fundraiser was organized by Mill Street Books who invited Charlotte Gray to make a presentation about her new book The Promise of Canada. As Charlotte preserves our Canadian history in her books, the $450 which was raised will assist the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in preserving local artifacts.
We now have a wide range of titles by the author of the Gruffalo.
My favourite is The Smartest Giant in Town.
Keeper of the Lost Cities is a series written by Shannon Messenger.
Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either.
The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…
Find out more in the first book, right here.
Local author Nancy Higham has a new story of adventure for Murray Mouse and his family entitled The School Mice and the Summer Vacation. This is the third book she has written. They are gentle stories to read aloud with children.