Welcome! Why not stay for a spell?

Hello and welcome to the brand-new home of the book witches! Those of you familiar with our talks and work as booksellers on the beautiful rain-soaked coast of western Canada will be well-aware of our enthusiasm and passion for language and literature. We believe that there is a book out there for everyone–an extraordinary story that will change your life forever–and we want to help you find it. We also love to talk about the books that have changed our lives, or made us think, or just provided us with a great deal of pleasure and entertainment, and we love to explore the myriad ideas and opportunities afforded us through the medium of the written word (or illustrated page). We’re just getting started here, so watch closely over the coming days and weeks, as the magic gets underway…


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3 responses to “Welcome! Why not stay for a spell?

  1. Jenny coad

    Yay! I’m delighted to see this blog!

    I was sad to miss the most recent book night, that Freda and Maddy put on, at Bolen Books. I did however go to Bolen Books the next day in search of a novel that I could read to my older boys but would still hold the interest of my littlest boy. I had friendly staff offer me help and suggest titles but none of the books fit what I needed. Then I saw Freda! She listened and picked a title I would not have chosen on my own and read me little excerpts and hooked me, (to be honest I was a little skeptical but after hearing her read allowed I wanted to hear the rest of the story-I took a chance). I had known Freda to get it right before. At a book night she had suggested a title that I purchased and it quickly became one of my boys favourite Christmas reads.

    Just to continue being honest I am very cheap and prefer to pick up titles at the library or used book stores but she had hooked me. I didn’t want to wait! Before I knew it I was buying an anthology of short stories she suggested, the novel, and a beautiful picture book. If I had not seen her that day I would have left empty handed. I came home very happy with my purchases but still a little unsure about whether the novel would really “work” for all three. Well 50 pages later, with my active 4 year old snuggled beside me asking for “one more page mom, please?” at the end of each page, I knew she got it right! After my older boys suggested leaving the park to go home and eat popcorn while I read the last half of the book to them… I knew I would trust any recommendations that Freda could offer me!

    Thank you Freda and Maddy for your new list! I’m excited to find some new favourite books.

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    • Hi Jenny,
      How lovely of you to send this our way! it was a real pleasure to meet you and I’m so glad that the boys enjoyed the story( I’m assuming that you’re talking about Fortunately the Milk). I hope that they enjoy the others that you took home too.
      By the way, if a little poo humour doesn’t offend you or the boys, you might pick up Roddy Doyle’s The Giggler Treatment next time you’re at the library; read a bit of it first, to see if it will work for your sons, without creating more challenges for you! And, if you haven’t done so already, take out It Was a Dark and Stormy Night by Janet and Allen Ahlberg; the boys will love it.
      Thanks again for the kind words; we really appreciate them.
      All the best,


  2. Jenny

    Thank you! I certainly will. Thanks again,


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