Canada, 1991, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman called Ai-Ming, who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests.
Ai-Ming tells Marie the story of her family in Revolutionary China - from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao’s ascent to the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s and the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989. It is a story of revolutionary idealism, music, and silence, in which three musicians - the shy and brilliant composer Sparrow, the violin prodigy Zhuli, and the enigmatic pianist Kai - struggle during China’s relentless Cultural Revolution to remain loyal to one another and to the music they have devoted their lives to. Forced to re-imagine their artistic and private selves, their fates reverberate through the years, with deep and lasting consequences for Ai-Ming – and for Marie.
Madeleine Thien, daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants, was born in Vancouver and now lives in Montreal.
Meet Charles van Sandwyk
Wednesday, November 2nd
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
A reading, some time to chat,
a little wine & cheese... and perhaps
a glimpse into the new book
Charles is working on.
These beautiful books & cards
make wonderful gifts.
CVS collectible prints and artwork will also be available to purchase.
This is a free event
but seating is limitedso please reply to this email or call to reserve.
Charles van Sandwyk was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1966. In 1977, he emigrated with his family to Vancouver, Canada, where he studied graphic design at the Capilano College art programme in North Vancouver.
Upon graduating in 1986, the wanderlust of younger years sent him to the South Pacific where he fell in love with the Fiji Islands and its inhabitants.
Soon after, Charles began publishing his beautiful books which prompted a passionate venture into the world of handmade and private press books, cards and prints which continues to this day.
The National Library of Canada has maintained archives on his works since 1986 and his art is collected around the world.
“What an astonishing thing a book is.
It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles.
But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.
Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.
Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs.
Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
~ Carl Sagan, Cosmos ~
Much applause to all
of the 2016 Governor General's Award
short-listed authors for providing us
with such wonderful books to read.
We have all of them in stock!
As well as these new Fall releases...
*Hagseed by Margaret Atwood *Stranger by David Bergen *Wenjack by Joseph Boyden School Days of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee *Bit Rot by Douglas Coupland *The Wonder by Emma Donoghue *Secret Path by Gord Downie Before the Fall by Noah Hawley News of the World by Paulette Jiles Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch Nutshell by Ian McEwan *The Witches of New York by Ami McKay Paris for One by Jojo Moyes * By Gaslight by Steven Price Barkskins by Annie Proulx When the Music's Over by Peter Robinson Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple *All That Man Is by David Szalay
MEMOIR, HISTORY & CURRENT AFFAIRS *Surviving Logan by Bjarnson & Shaw In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett Utopia is Creepy by Nicholas Carr *Don Cherry's Sports Heroes by Don Cherry *Waiting for First Light by Romeo Dallaire *The Promise of Canada by Charlotte Gray Homeo Deus by Yuval Harari *Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet by Ross King The Pigeon Tunnel by John le Carre *Canada by Mike Myers Hostages to Fortune by Peter C. Newman *The Candidate by Noah Richler Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen *Barbarian Lost by Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance *The Return of History by Jennifer Welsh I am Brian Wilson by Brian Wilson The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
* Canadian Author
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