Current boxes’ contents are a surprise, so we only reveal the theme ahead of time.
Past boxes will be for sale as long as supplies last.
February 2019 Box Theme: Radio Silence
The theme for our February box is: Radio Silence. This is a gripping and poignant story of women who were all but lost to history but who made a huge difference through their skill, fortitude, and sacrifices. It’s a tale of courage, love, and sisterhood and the perseverance of women in even the direst of circumstances.
January Box: My Sister, The Serial Killer
Our January selection is My Sister, The Serial Killer by debut Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite. This clever gem of a book is different from anything we have ever read before – it kept us laughing and intrigued the entire time. Ms Braithwaite has used the relationship between the two sisters to highlight relationships, gender roles, and social media. She uses sharp satire and dry wit to get you thinking, though the story is deceptively simple.
- We are fortunate enough to have two artisan vendors this month. Korede, the main character, has an unusual but yummy sounding favourite snack: popcorn with syrup drizzled on it. We have provided you with the ingredients to try your own Canadian version. We have included a popcorn cob from Uncle Bob’s Popping Corn in Ontario. This family farm is fully sustainable and is GMO free, providing top quality products. And the syrup is a special Canadian blend of birch and maple from Uncle Berwyn’s in the Yukon. Birch syrup is uniquely northern and is much darker, stronger, and richer tasting than maple syrup. We hope you enjoy making this delicious treat.
- Korede’s sister, Ayoola, is a serial killer and stabs her boyfriends so we’ve found cute little dagger pens in the hopes that the pen is mightier than the sword.
- The rubber gloves are fun, pretty versions of what Korede wears when cleaning up after her sister’s misdeeds.
- The “Future Mrs.” hand sanitizer represents Korede – she cleans up after her sister, is a nurse, and is infatuated by a certain doctor at the hospital. It is even “Pretty as a Peach” scented, just like Ayoola.
- Ayoola demands roses from her boyfriends, hence the Rose Quartz hand cream. Besides, the sister’s hands would need a nice moisturizer after all of that cleaning.
- Finally, we have included a lovely bookmark referencing smart and beautiful women.
December Box: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
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Our December pick is Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. This cold, wintery fantasy is set in a mythical kingdom and has three strong women whose stories intertwine in this beautifully told tale. It draws loosely on the Rumpelstiltskin story where a young woman boasts about being able to turn silver into gold, and it compels you with heroines who are smart, fierce, and willing to do whatever it takes to survive. This is a perfect, magical book for those long winter nights.
- Our local vendor this month is Global Goddess who supplied us with the delicious smelling essential oil, blended specifically for us. It includes tangerine, cinnamon, clove, and coconut oils for that cozy, wintery feel.
- You can use your oil by putting a few drops on the felt discs and inserting them into the silver tree necklace. The silver tree plays a large part in the book and one of the characters wears a necklace made of fairy silver.
- We have included milk chocolate gold coins and milk and dark chocolate bells from Purdy’s Chocolates here in BC for you to nibble on while you read. The gold coins are what the fairies are after and they always arrive to the sound of bells.
- The fluffy reading socks are the perfect accompaniment to this cold winter’s tale so that you can be warm and cozy while you read (the pattern on the socks may be different than pictured).
- You will also find a lovely, icy bookmark with a great quote from the book.
November Box: Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
Our November selection is Split Tooth by the talented Canadian author Tanya Tagaq. Split Tooth is beautifully told with prose and poetry juxtaposing light and dark, reality and myth, good and evil.
- This month’s local vendor is Rainbow Moments located in Barriere, BC. They hand made for us the sensuous peppermint and lavender candles, reminiscent of the stars and lights in the northern sky. They can be found at www.rainbowmomentsbath.com.
- The fox is especially important in Split Tooth and is even featured on the cover, so we’ve included a pair of fox socks to help you channel your own foxy qualities.
- Northern animals play a big part in this book, so we’ve designed some unique notecards featuring animals that live in Nunavut.
- The decadent Peppermint Ice White Chocolate bar is reminiscent of the ice and snow so prevalent in the North. It was made by Purdy’s, a chocolatier here in BC known for their yummy treats.
- There is a fun bookmark with a quote about strength and tenacity that is especially fitting for this book.
- Tanya Tagaq was kind enough to answer a few questions for us in an exclusive author interview.
October Box: Zero Sum Game by SL Huang
Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang is a fast paced, explosive book with a fantastic, gritty, smart. badass heroine, Cas Russell, whose superpower is math. She’s deadly, mercenary, superhuman, and not your average math geek. This sci-fi action adventure was so much fun to read with math being thrown around just as much as bullets and its diverse cast of characters.
- This month’s local vendor is Love & Lavender Bath and Body from the Interior of BC. They supplied us with the luxurious bath bombs, a much more pleasurable and relaxing version of a bomb than the ones being thrown around in the book.
- The brain teaser puzzle is based on a scientific mind and will challenge you in your own math skills.
- It’s always handy to have a pen around, especially this math pen tool.
- Cas Russell is definitely a salty character, so we’ve included some yummy salted caramels for you to enjoy.
- This month’s bookmark would be enjoyed by any book loving math geek.
- Finally, we have an exclusive author interview with S.L. Huang about her exciting math based superhero book.
August Box: Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
Our August book is Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik. This is a novel based on Forugh Farrokhzad, the feminist, Iranian poet of the 1950s who’s voice helped to define her generation. Her bravery and determination to use her voice stayed with us long after we turned the last page. Included with the hardcover book are:
- Cashews — the same snack that Forugh eats throughout the book. We sourced ours from Ayoub’s Dried Fruit & Nuts, an artisanal supplier in Vancouver, BC. They are freshly roasted by hand and are as close as we could get to buying nuts from a street vendor.
- 2 Persian rug inspired coasters for you to set the tone while enjoying your favourite beverage as you pour through your book.
- Forugh was encouraged by many people in her life not to use her voice, to bottle it up and do what was expected of her. Symbolic of this is the rolled paper in the bottle, for you to write your own message and to use your own voice.
- You can do this with your lovely, inspirational pen, a reminder that we all have valuable things to say.
- The bookmark encourages us all to push our boundaries and to read banned books, just as Forugh’s poems were banned. These works are often the ones that challenge us the most and are the catalysts for change.
- Also, we have an exclusive author interview with author Jasmin Darznik where we get to find out more about this wonderful book.
- Finally, our lovely art has been provided to us by the talented Jade Gott.
July Box : The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
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Our July book is The Witches of New York by Canadian author Ami McKay. As soon as we picked this book up, we knew we wanted to share it with you. This is a novel full of magic, intrigue, history, and not one, but three strong female characters, each with her own unique voice. Included with the book is:
- The handcrafted soap made by Forest Garden Soap & Sundry is scented with lavender, lemon, and mint, which are the ingredients to one of the calming teas that Eleanor brews for Adelaide.
- Tea and the brewing of tea is a big part of The Witches of New York – they are used for everything from relaxing to medicine, so we’ve included a Traditional Medicinals tea for you to enjoy. Many of the ingredients of this blend are found in the relaxing teas that Eleanor brews.
- The honey sticks from North Thompson Apiary represent the honey used in the spells and the tea, and the fact that Eleanor keeps bees. We hope you enjoy the fun flavours as you read.
- You can keep your place with the beautiful brass bookmark featuring a raven and flowers. The raven represents Perdu, Eleanor’s pet raven, and the flowers and herbs are for the ingredients the witches use in their spells.
- The lovely Spell Cards contain recipes and spells from throughout the book, enchantments that might be found in Eleanor’s grimoire. You can use the string to tie your own Witches Knot!
- The gorgeous art on the back of this card is the 9 of Hearts from the Tarot as designed by Tara Pastro, the Luck Card, according to Adelaide.
- We were fortunate enough to be able to connect with Ami McKay, and she answered a few questions for our readers in her exclusive author interview.
June Box: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeywell
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Our June book is the internationally acclaimed novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This is a book that could have been sad and tragic, but is made funny and quirky by the writing, which brings out the humanity in the characters. We love Eleanor and her unique way of looking at things helps us to understand what she is going through and that she is persevering in the best way she knows how.
Included with the book is:
- An adorable elephant tea strainer that represents Eleanor herself, who is the elephant in the room.
- Fragrant, organic Darjeeling tea from Teaberry’s Fine Teas in Kelowna, BC. You’ll quickly see why this is Eleanor’s favourite tea.
- Eleanor is always carrying around her shopper and has a frog pouf in her apartment — both of which are represented in the handy frog shopping bag.
- For convenience’s sake, Eleanor makes the same dinner every day — pasta with pesto. We’ve found a yummy, locally made organic pesto mix from Made With Love in Kamloops, BC.
- The lovely bookmark features a quote from the book and also a little monkey charm, reminiscent of how Eleanor sees her therapist.
- The crossword puzzle included is inspired by Eleanor’s love the crosswords and by the animal themes in the book.
- There is a gorgeous, original watercolour of an elephant holding a yellow tulip by Tara Pastro because Eleanor hates tulips.