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.
October Box Theme: We Have Pi
Deadly. Mercenary. Superhuman. Not your ordinary math geek.
September Box: Women Talking by Miriam Toews
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Women Talking by Canadian author Miriam Toews is one of those rare books that could have been utterly devastating to read but is told in such a masterful way that it is instead empowering and hopeful. It didn’t take us long to realize why this book became an instant Canadian bestseller. The power of the women’s voices and their working together is enthralling.
- Our local vendor this month is Zack’s Coffee in Kamloops, BC who provided us with the delicious chocolate covered coffee beans – not quite the instant coffee the characters drink constantly in the book, but certainly a decadent alternative.
- The dragonfly scarf represents two things: the kerchief the women wear around their wrists; and the dragonfly which symbolizes the hope of migration for the children.
- The lovely, inspirational journal and the pencil are for the notes taken that record the minutes of the women talking. They are a reminder to use our voices.
- The bookmark again echoes the dragonfly theme as the women talk about whether they should migrate or not.
- The beautiful artwork on this card was done by Tara Pastro.
August Box: Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
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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.