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Local, B.C. Writers Delight with Summer Storytime Reads

Please enjoy our guest reviews by local writer and friend of the store, Jennifer Pownall

     Caroll Simpson’s children’s books showcase her talents through vibrant artwork and the written word.  From stories of origin and adventure for young children in her Coastal Spirit Tales series, to sturdier volumes developed to engage infants and toddlers, her works utilize First Nations motifs and elements from the west coast.  Even in her board books there is a beautiful connection between the animals featured and the surrounding land or seascape, and embedded within the illustrations are familiar thematic images, further suggestive of the Indigenous mythos by which she is inspired.  Simpson’s reverential treatment of the art and stories of the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast is evident in these captivating works, and the additional information provided at the end of her picture books are an excellent resource for parents and educators to draw upon when seeking to deepen a discussion with children about nature or culture.

     Sarah and Michael Explore Port Coquitlam is as wonderfully local as a book can be.  Written and illustrated by a number of talented artists from the namesake city, this collection of stories has appeal for both kids and adults whether they are residents of PoCo or the Tri-Cities, have lived or spent time in Metro Vancouver, or are simply interested in historical accounts shared through the lens of a children’s book.  By using the common thread of the two young protagonists – as well as their friends and family – six different authors have scribed tales that examine some of the elements that have shaped Port Coquitlam.  From archaeological digs to visits from royalty, from terrible floods to the origins of landmarks, this anthology will spark community pride and encourage every reader to get out and explore!

  Blowing Kisses and Fist Bumps, the first two picture books by children’s writer Jaime Windle, explain the steps involved in the perfect youthful gestures these titles promise.  Guiding the reader with step-by-step instructions, Windle’s delightful use of rhyme draws children in from the first sentence.  With an absorbing, conversational flair, these books will engage kids with sweet questions, entertaining details, and imaginative twists.  A great start to what will surely become a well-loved series, Blowing Kisses and Fist Bumps both demonstrate how the observation, examination, and description of the finest elements of any action can add up to more fun!

We wish to extend a big THANK YOU to Angela at What's On! Port Coquitlam for publishing these reviews in the July/August 2018 issue of the magazine. 


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                                                             Western Sky Books News                                               

July 2018

We'll be at local markets through the summer.
Please look for us at the Port Coquitlam Farmer's Market and the Market at Brewer's Row in Port Moody at Rocky Point (at the train museum - take the Port Moody Shoreline Shuttle!) We loved bringing books to their readers last summer and we can't wait to hang out with you all at these grassroots and community based events, where shopping local in fun and festive!

Please check out our events page for our updated event listings this summer too! Local Artist/Painter Martin Sollanych is in the gallery, Tri-City Poetry Slam/Open Mic continues, and there will be more author readings too! Check back often for updates!

May 2018


Thank you Port Coquitlam! 

Did you know that our very first day to sell books was at last year’s Biz Alley at the weekend May Day events? We have come a long way since our little table with our small selection of gathered books.

To celebrate and offer a big Thank You to our Port Coquitlam (and Tri-Cities, of course!) customers, all used books are 10% off this weekend, Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th.

Come on in before or after the parade & picnic and other fabulous Port Coquitlam May Day festivities.
We changed our hours slightly, in order to be responsive to your requests and also to do a bit of book seller self-care. We are still open 7 days a week, so come on in to find your next book love!

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 10am-6pm
Thursday, Friday 10am-7pm
Sunday, Monday  11am-4pm

Also, we extended our Sunday/Monday Buy-One-Get-One 50%/25% through the month of May! Yay cheap books! 

April 2018

Please join us Saturday, April 28th for Canadian Independent Bookstore Day

Writers Linda Clement  and K.A. Thompson  visit the store to help out from 1pm on, (so come in and chat with them about their books!)  and tea will be on. Local writer Jason Lee‘s reading starts at 2pm.

And here is a fun contest, sponsored by Penguin Randon House: Independent Bookstore Bingo!

March 2018...

     We have several events coming up, including Colin Craig's Poetry Reading and Art Show, Friday March 16th, 7-9pm. Please check our event listings so you can plan to attend a gathering with local writers & book lovers.

The Canada Reads 2018 short list books are all in the store, as well as several books from the long list and previous years' Canada Reads picks. 

February 2018...

Western Sky Books had our our very first BOOK SALE!

If a book is in a box, bin, or bag, it is on sale. We took the boxes off the floor but we're hauling them back out so you can sort and sift through the stacks. We have hundreds of books of every genre, on all subjects, for you to choose from.

Prices range from $0.25 -$3.00 /book.

Bring your own bag: fill it up for $15.00.
Bring your own box: fill it up for $20.00.

All sale books are sold for CASH ONLY.  

Jan 21...
We've got new book cases which are filling up with all the books folks are bringing by the store as donations and for credit. There was a full house here Janaury 11th, for Farida Somjee's reading. The Canada Reads 2018 Long List books are on order, and we are searching for used copies so we will have a variety available price points for you.

We were in the Tri-City News !! 

And here is the link to our Crowdfunding Campaign for the store. It is ongoing, so please head on over for updates, and also pass the link along through your social networks. We re very thankful for the donations so far!

And don't forget to check out our events pages (on this site, the main website or on facebook)for all the literary events coming up. Plus local writers are welcom to drop in for writing sessions on Thursday afternoons from 2-5pm!

  Featured local writer: Sandra Walton 

We are pleased to sell local writer Sandra Walton's storybook, A Tree for Teddy, illustrated by Ida Heron. You can find A Tree for Teddy at the front of the store, alongside books by many local authors and writers. 


The Store is Open!

We got our first shipment of new books, and we can order any new book you may be looking for. We are also getting  quite good at finding used books for our customers.

Our set up is ongoing, so come join the fun and dig through some boxes with us!


TwoBlackEyes Book LaunchSee more
Join Western Sky Books on Tuesday August 29th for a bookselling event with author Tyler Trafford and members of the Brandon Flock Foundation, as we gather around Trafford's book TwoBlackEyes.

Tuesday August 29th 11:30-1:30
Vancouver Film School Cafe
390 West Hastings, Vancouver

Full event details: Western Sky Books/Tell the Bees


To order your copy of TwoBlackEyes, click the book cover image once and then one more time to reach the order page.