I can only think of a few other ways that would compare to spending a few moments on sunny February afternoon talking with Sheryl McKay from North By Northwest on CBC radio about books. Those other ways would of course be reading books, selling books and ordering books. A true book nerd am I.
If you read my last blog, you’ll know that I mentioned the first interview with Sheryl last spring, just after the store had closed along with the rest of Golden in an attempt to slow the rate of infection in our majestic mountain town. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I answered the phone at the store to hear that very distinct voice once again. Well, you will hear how thrilled I was. If nothing else comes across in my conversation with Sheryl, it’s definitely that I love to talk about books.
It was a hard ask this time. I’m thankful I didn’t have days to think about it. I thought quickly and honestly and picked five of the many, many books that came to mind. I had already planned to write reviews for each of these and you will see those in the coming weeks. I did review Tony’s book after I read it and you can find that on our Facebook page. Just search The Night Nurse. Or better yet, come in and buy it before they run out and I have to get Tony to bring more!
Here’s the list if you haven’t seen it yet. Each of these books can be ordered via our online shop (find the link just at the top right of this page), or you can call us, email us or visit us.
What Happens At Night by Peter Cameron
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
The Night Nurse by Tony Berryman
And an honorable mention to Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars because I was pretty sure other booksellers would recommend this book too!
Each of these books completely captivated me. They were hard to put down, which is a desirable quality in a book. The stories have stayed with me and that’s saying something because I have lost track of the number of books I actually read in 2020. Each one was completely different from the other and all of them were fiction except for my first book of 2021, If Women Rose Rooted, which I am about to read again.
Sheryl’s support of and interest in BC’s excellent cache of independent bookstores is so appreciated. We are a small but mighty group of passionate folks who are so stoked to provide our beloved bookies with books. While this whole pandemic situation has had a serious impact on our business as well as the businesses of our neighbours we are so happy that the world of bookstores remains in your hearts. In the wise words of Pa Book, bookstores are an essential community service and we are doing our best to be resilient and relevant.
Our customers have had to change, the business has had to change, we have had to change, but the books have not. The books are still here, waiting to come home with you.
*you can find the episode of North by Northwest that featured Bacchus Books on our Facebook page or directly on the CBC website cbc.ca, just look in programs for the Sunday February 7 episode.