Marsden Books Newsletter March 2017

Now that we are well into 2017, the year of the Rooster, the Marsden Books team is working hard to stock the best books, cards, and extra little treasures you might need. It is great to see our fellow local businesses in Marsden Village thriving and enjoying much deserved support. In the difficult times, some communities such as Christchurch and Kaikoura have faced, the importance of a supportive local community comes to the fore.

“Leap of Faith”
We are thrilled to be hosting an event to celebrate Jenny Pattrick’s new novel Leap of Faith.
Thursday April 6th
5.30pm at St Ninians in Karori.

Refreshments and seating will be available so join us to hear Jenny talk about the book and read from it.
Please rsvp by 3 April.
Copies of the book will be available to buy at the event, and Jenny will be happy to sign them then.

Gecko Promotion:
For the month of March, we are promoting local publisher Gecko. Buy a Gecko book during the month of March and go into the draw to win a wonderful collection of their children’s books.

The winner will be able to nominate a local school or preschool to receive an identical collection of Gecko books. Our thanks to Gecko publishers for their support of this promotion.

Facebook followers can be in to win a copy of The Gecko Annual edited by Kate de Goldi and Susan Paris. You can access our Facebook page here.

Stocktake:
Our stocktake will be on April 1st which means the shop will close early at 1 pm.

Easter Hours:
CLOSED: Good Friday, 14 April.
OPEN: Saturday 9 till 3.
CLOSED: Easter Sunday and Monday

Books To Look Forward To by some of our favourite authors:

Leap of Faith by Jenny Pattrick. A vivid novel about ingenuity and hard slog, crooks and dreamers, bootleggers and love, during the construction of the main Trunk Railway line, set in a rugged difficult landscape.

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore. An unsettling mystery set in Britain in the 1700’s as the French Revolution takes hold just across the water.

House of Names by Colm Toibin. A retelling of the story of Clytemnestra and her children.-spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling.

How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster. This is her last novel published after her death last year and written in her wonderful style reminiscent of her best earlier novels.

Breaking Ranks by James McNeish. Three distinct stories about three New Zealanders, a doctor, a soldier and a judge, but with one thing in common — they all paid the price for standing up for what they believed in.

 

We welcome Charlotte and Emily Sinclair who will be working on Saturdays. They have shown a great passion for reading and will now be able to share that knowledge with our customers. We look forward to having them as part of our team at Marsden Books.

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The Book of Bees

Piotr Sacha tracks the history of bees from the age of dinosaurs to their current plight, examining along the way the role bees have played in history and in the rest of the natural world.

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Best books February 2017

Non-fiction

 

Fiction

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Christmas Book List 2016

Non-Fiction

Fiction

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The Story Orchestra

The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day

The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day  Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day
Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

From the dawn chorus to an icy sunset, follow one girl and her dog as they adventure through spring, summer, autumn, and winter in just one day.

On each page you can hear the story come to life with music from Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’, then listen to all the sounds again at the back of the book.

 

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Man Booker Prize 2016

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Sellout
by Paul Beatty

 

A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant.

Born in the “agrarian ghetto” of Dickens―on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles―the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: “I’d die in the same bedroom I’d grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that’ve been there since ’68 quake.” Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father’s pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family’s financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that’s left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral.

Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town’s most famous resident―the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins―he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

 

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Ockham Fiction Book Award 2016

Coming Rain by Stephen Daisley

Coming Rain
by Stephen Daisley

 

A universal story of love and aspiration, betrayal and disappointment, the prose is masterful, simple and moving. The characters are utterly believable and complex in their ordinariness. The author’s portrayal of hard physical tasks in conjunction with the mental effort required to carry on in the face of everyday obstacles and heartbreak is a thing of beauty.

“Coming Rain is a universal story of love and aspiration, betrayal and disappointment. The prose is masterful, simple and moving. The characters are utterly believable and complex in their ordinariness. It was a book that all three judges came across joyfully and read with the ease of those who know they’re in the hands of a confident writer.” Jill Rawnsley, convenor of the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Fiction category

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Best Books for adults

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Best Books for children

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Marsden Books October Newsletter

Marsden Books Newsletter October 2016

How fortunate we are to be embedded in such a great little community where we are supported by such a loyal group of customers.

Many of you have been shopping with us for so long we count you as friends. It’s especially rewarding to see all our young readers coming in to buy books with such enthusiasm, followed by encouraging and involved parents and grandparents.

Long live the book.

New Zealand Bookshop day, Saturday October 29th
This is a special day when we celebrate bookshops around New Zealand. At 3pm we will have Ned and Gillian, the authors of “In the Bush” and “At the Beach” series. They will be talking about their books and will run a small quiz for visiting children. We shall have spot prizes. All children who visit the shop on Bookshop Day will get a goody bag to take home. Adults will be able to choose a “blind date with a book.” We will also have some surprise special entertainment in the afternoon.

“The Viaduct Postcard” Launch
Thursday November 3rd at 6pm: We are launching a new children’s book written by our very own local author Susan Price and with a very Wellington theme. Please rsvp by November 1st.

CDs
We have a selection of Christmas CD’s available and many of the award-winning classical CD’s for 2016.We also have the full range of Harry Potter series on CD read by Stephen Fry.

NZ Post
These are the dates for Christmas Posting.
Rest of the World —Wednesday November 30th
Asia, UK and Europe — Friday 2nd December
Australia —Wednesday 7th December.

There is no economy rate for postage on  letters or parcels. International Courier is available to most destinations, and can be posted a bit later. With recent changes to the Karori Postshop we are anticipating extra NZ post business especially at Christmas so please bear with us if service at the counter is a bit slower.

Christmas Hours
We shall be open Sundays in December, 11am till 3pm
Closed: December 25th, 26th, 27th
Open: Wednesday 28th, 29th, 30th 9am—5pm
Closed: Saturday December 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Open: Wednesday January 4th, 5th, 6th 9am—5pm
Open: Saturday January 7th 9am—3pm

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year, and a safe and relaxing holiday. There is a small Christmas gift for you to collect from us when you are next in the shop.

Happy reading, and thank you for your support this year from the team at Marsden Books.

 

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