ND Richman launches the second volume in the Boulton Quest Series

You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating the launch of

Survivors, Sinners and Saints

by N. D. Richman

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014
7:00 pm


Christopher and Michael become multi-millionaires and their greed endangers Katherine’s life. While Christopher, Michael and Thomas are racing to rescue her, Robert Cain’s army steals the mysterious machine and his frightening intentions become clear.

Can Michael beat his inner demons?

Will Katherine lose the will to survive?

In this exciting sequel to Brothers, Bullies and Bad Guys the future becomes clear, and it seems things can only get worse.

Published in: on April 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Suzanne North returns to the Owl’s Nest with her first literary novel, Flying Time!

You are cordially invited join us in celebrating the launch of

Flying Time
by Suzanne North

Where: Owl’s Nest Books & Gifts
815A 49th Avenue SW

When: Thursday, April 17th 2014 at 7:00pm

In 1939, Kay Jeynes, a lively, ambitious young working-class woman, goes to work for the only Japanese businessman in town, the elderly, wealthy, Oxford-educated Mr. Miyashita. Despite differences in their age, race, and class, a friendship develops between them in the peaceful vacuum of Mr. Miyashita’s office. But outside, on the city streets, a dark chapter in North American history is taking shape. As war looms, relations between Canada and Japan grow steadily worse. Travel outside North America becomes impossible for Mr. Miyashita, so he asks Kay to cross the Pacific Ocean, even as the Imperial Navy is manoeuvring into position for the attack on Pearl Harbor. He sends her to Hong Kong on the famous Pan American Clipper to collect a precious family heirloom. On this journey, Kay commits some seemingly small sins of omission. But in the paranoid climate of the times, these little white lies put Mr. Miyashita at risk of being arrested as a spy.Told through the eyes of an older Kay, and set during the turbulent and racially charged times of the Second World War, Flying Time is a triumphant story of love and adventure, the impetuosity of youth and the regrets of age.

About the Author
Suzanne North was born and raised in Calgary and now lives in Saskatoon. She is the author of the Phoebe Fairfax mystery series and has written for magazines as well as for CBC Television and documentary films. She has also worked variously as a bibliographic searcher at a university library, a waitress, a high school teacher, a television announcer, a pianist at a ballet school, and an unbalanced bookkeeper. Flying Time is her first literary novel.

Published in: on April 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Senior Owlets report on Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass

At this month’s Senior Owlets meeting, we had the pleasure of being joined by author Karen Bass as we discussed her book Graffiti Knight.

World War Two has ended.  Germany has been divided into four occupation zones.  Wilm and his family live in Leipzig, under Soviet control.  It is like living in a prison; they have no freedom.  The Soviets restrict their lives, their food and their opinions.  Wilm and his friends spy on the Schupos (the police) and leave graffiti messages.  They are playing a dangerous game.

Comments from the Junior Owlets:
- Book took a while to capture some readers
- Characters were well drawn.
- Wilm was an adrenaline junkie.
- Liked how Wilm was the leader.
- Expected more from Karl and Georg
- Really like how reader comes to understand how each character was affected by life after WWII.
- Very interesting to see what life was like in the Soviet Zone.
- All the characters were strong, even the adults.
- Nobody was truly good or evil.
- Very believable.
- Really enjoyed that this was from the German point of view.
- Felt part of the book.
- Some confusion at the beginning.
- Strong characters.
- Got to know the characters well.
- Excellent sense of place.
- Liked the use of German words/slang.

With 9 votes, Graffiti Knight earned a score of 8.506888 out of 10.

At next month’s Senior Owlets meeting, well be discussing Erebos by Ursula Poznanski.

An intelligent computer game with a disturbing agenda. When 16-year-old Nick gets a package, he wonders if it will explain the behavior of his classmates, who have been secretive lately. The package contains the mysterious computer game Erebos. Players must obey strict rules: always play alone, never talk about the game, and never tell anyone your nickname. Curious, Nick joins the game and quickly becomes addicted. But Erebos knows a lot about the players and begins to manipulate their lives. When it sends Nick on a deadly assignment, he refuses and is banished from the game. Now unable to play, Nick turns to a friend for help in finding out who controls the game. The two set off on a dangerous mission in which the border between reality and the virtual world begins to blur.

Senior Owlets is a book club for kids in Grades 6 to 9.  If you’re interested in joining Senior Owlets, please feel free to email owlsnestbooks@shaw.ca or call 403-287-9557 for more information.

Published in: on April 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book Launch! Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen

You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating the launch of:

Stolen Songbird
Danielle L. Jensen

Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Owl’s Nest Books and Gifts
815A 49th Avenue SW

RSVP on Facebook or by calling 403-287-9557

Danielle Jensen began with writing several romance novels in 2006 before turning to her favourite genre, fantasy.

For almost three years, she juggled going to school full-time during the day and working full-time at night, writing during her very limited bits of free time.

In June of 2012, she graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Arts English (Honors).

Stolen Songbird

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

Published in: on April 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Meet the local author of Too Many Teddies, Shelley Arnusch!

Meet Shelley Arunsch, author of Too Many Teddies!

Saturday, April 5th 2014
1:00pm to 2:00pm

TooManyTeddies_Jan28_2014_HResToo Many Teddies tells the story of Trixie, a little girl who has accumulated way too many stuffed toys. Even though Trixie loves all her teddies, she has to admit that things have gotten way out of hand, especially when she’s crowded out of her own bed. The solution that Trixie and her mother come up with certainly isn’t easy for a girl who is attached to her toys, but in the end, Trixie learns the value of giving and makes a whole bunch of new friends.

A fun-to-read story that incorporates themes of philanthropy and generosity and also promotes the value of a less-cluttered living space, Too Many Teddies will win your heart.

About Shelley Arnusch
Shelley Arnusch is a National Magazine Award-winning writer currently based in Calgary, Alberta. Her work appears regularly in Avenue Magazine as well as Up! Magazine, the inflight publication of Westjet Airlines. An avid skier, she spent several years in Whistler, B.C. as the entertainment editor of Pique Newsmagazine. She has written for Skier Magazine, Mountain Life and the Ski Press and contributed the foreword to the first book by Whistler-based outdoor adventure photographer Blake Jorgenson. She’s also a music lover and a regular presence on the arts and culture scene in her home city.

Arnusch has always loved to read and her career as a writer has been inspired by wanting to create great things for others to read. As a kid growing up, she regularly brought home stacks of books from the library and spent hours sawing through them, absorbing the words and storylines. Too Many Teddies is her first children’s book. Inspired by her good friend’s daughter, Arnusch’s whimsical tale will both entertain kids as well as encourage them to be friendly and giving toward others.

Published in: on March 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book Launch! The Railway Beat: A Century of Canadian Pacific Police Service

You are cordially invited to celebrate the publication of The Railway Beat: A Century of Canadian Pacific Police Service by David Laurence Jones!

Thursday, April 3rd 2014
Owl’s Nest Books & Gifts (815A 49th Avenue SW)

Canadian Pacific at its apex operated the most expansive and comprehensive transportation system the world has ever seen, before or since. Vast amounts of freight and multitudes of people, including some of the 20th century’s most important and celebrated personalities, moved seamlessly back and forth on the North American continent and across the oceans to the far corners of the earth in the capable hands of a single, well-oiled administration.
When the Canadian Pacific Railway was built in the early 1880s to connect the thriving cities of Eastern Canada with the fledgling communities on the West Coast of British Columbia, however, this first, tenuous lifeline of the wildly ambitious enterprise stretched across more than two thousand miles of rugged, nearly uninhabited wilderness — with no blanket authority or viable system of law enforcement.

Initially the country’s own red-coated mounted police force took up the challenge of protecting the men and women who accomplished the national dream of forging a link from sea to sea and beyond; but, inevitably, the responsibility for the security of people and goods on the “World’s Greatest Transportation System” would fall to the Canadian Pacific itself and the private police force which grew up with the company. From its somewhat disreputable origins of ad-hoc groups of semi-autonomous armed watchmen and strike-breaking thugs organized at the local level to the fully-professional force created in 1913 by the CPR president himself, the stage was set for more than a century of Canadian Pacific Police Services to come. The quiet efficiency with which its officers have conducted themselves in their ongoing battles with fraud, theft, smuggling, bombings, murder and mayhem, and the degree to which they have managed to avoid controversy and public scrutiny, speak well for the men and women on the “Railway Beat.”

Published in: on March 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fledglings review The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

The Fledglings book club selection for March was The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan. 

The tradition at Irving is that the student who had your room last year leaves behind something.  Tim Macbeth, the albino, had Duncan’s room.  Tim has left Duncan a stack of CDs.  Rather than music CDs, Duncan listens to Tim’s recounting of his senior year.  Tim promises that if Duncan listens, he will find inspiration for the most important assignment of the year.  Duncan will have his topic for the Tragedy Paper.

Comments from the Fledglings:
- Liked the voices of the two narrators.
- For the amount of talking about the tragedy paper and how it consumed Duncan’s life, felt wanted more info of Duncan’s hysteria.
- Why did Duncan feel so responsible at the time of the accident? It was Patrick’s game.
- Liked the different points of view.  The strength of the story is in the two voices.
- Like how Tim tells the story, but Duncan interprets.
- Tim’s story is stronger because of the first person narration.
- Discussion made participants realize there are areas in this book that are not as strong as others — many characters are very thin.  Even Duncan is not very fleshed out.
- Lots of build up, bit of a weak climax.

Final score: 7.92666

The selection for April (and the final book of the year for Fledglings) will be The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater.

Some race to win. Others race to survive.

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Some riders live.

Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.

If you’re a teen in grades nine and up and are interested in joining Fledglings, please email owlsnestbooks@shaw.ca or call 403-287-9557 for more information.

Published in: on March 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book Club Night is now twice the fun!

Book Club Recommendation Night(s)

There are two choices for Book Club Night this year!
Both evenings include a handout with over thirty book recommendations!
20% off everything in-store!

Night One
Tuesday, April 29th 2014 at 7:00pm
Our classic book club night experience.
Tons of book recommendations!

Night Two
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 7:00pm
A more casual party atmosphere with musical entertainment from Hazel Grey and a few recommendations from the staff. Especially for folks looking to join or form a book club.

All are welcome to attend either evening, but RSVPs are required.

Please email owlnestbooks@shaw.ca with your preferred date and the number of people in your party, or call the store at 403-287-9557.  Door open at 6:30pm

Published in: on March 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Owl’s Nest welcomes USA Today bestselling author Steena Holmes!

Join us to celebrate the launch of Steena Holmes third novel The Memory Child.

Tuesday March 25
7:00 pm

About the Book

When Brian finds out that his wife, Diane, is pregnant, he is elated. He’s been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. But Diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family’s dark past. The timing of the pregnancy also isn’t ideal—Diane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a new London office for his company. Fast-forward one year: being a mother has brought Diane a sense of joy that she’d never imagined and she’s head over heels for her new baby, Grace. But things are far from perfect: Brian has still not returned from London, and Diane fears leaving the baby for even a moment. As unsettling changes in those around Diane began to emerge, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.

About Steena Holmes

Steena Holmes is the author of the heart wrenching Finding Emma series and The Memory Child. Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a Bachelors degree in Theology. In 2012 she received the Indie Excellence Award.  Holmes enjoys writing stories other mothers of young children can related to.  She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.

Published in: on March 10, 2014 at 10:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Junior Owlets report on Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke

The March selection for Junior Owlets was Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke, author of the Inkheart and Reckless series.

Jon Whitcroft’s mother’s new boyfriend is messing with Jon’s life.  “The Beard,” as Jon calls him, has decided that Jon would benefit from a boarding school education.  It will get Jon out of the way.  Jon is determined to hate the school and everyone in it.  On his first night, Jon looks out the window and sees three very menacing ghosts.  Even more alarming, he seems to be the only one who can see them.  worst of all, the ghosts want to kill him!

Comments from the Junior Owlets:

- Picture added to the story.
- Story gave lots of history.
- Found that the book was a bit confusing, but than so was Jon.
- Story was quite dark.
- Liked the illustrations, but they did give some of the story away.
- Great story.
- Story was very compelling; made the reader read on.
- Very detailed illustrations.
- Creepy in places; built up the fear.
- Liked all the description.
- Best book I ever read.
- Liked how Jon was able to channel Longspree.
- Sometimes things happened really fast, then slowed right down.
- Bit gory in places.
- Believed the characters, even the evil ghosts.
- Very quick.
- Liked the humour.

15 members voted.  Final score: 8.176666 out of 10

The April selection for Junior Owlets will be How I Got a Life and a Dog by Art Corriveau.

Nicky Flynn’s life just got a whole lot harder. His parents are going through a messy divorce, and as a result he’s starting a new life, in a new city, in a new school. Now his mom has brought home Reggie, a German shepherd from the animal shelter. At first Nicky isn’t sure about Reggie, but soon he discovers that Reggie—who used to be a seeing-eye dog—is a true friend he can rely on. But when Nick tries to reconnect with his dad, he puts everything on the line, including the life of his new best friend.

Junior Owlets is our book club for kids in Grades 3 to 6.  If you’re interested in becoming a Junior Owlets feel free to contact the store for more information.

Published in: on March 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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