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About me"Wear the old coat and buy the new book." --Austin Phelps

I'm not a bibliophile, I'm a bibliophiliac.
Put me in a bookstore, & my wallet bleeds. - John Stracke, 2001

"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world." - Voltaire.

"Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity... we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access, reassurance."
--- A.E. Newton

"Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live."
Gustave Flaubert

About my librarySlowly (very slowly!) being entered into LibraryThing. Our library is very chaotic at the present time -- many books are still in boxes.

"The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones." -- Joseph Joubert

Groups1001 Fantasy Roadies, 15th Century Europe, 18th Century British Literature, 18th-19th Century Britain, A Quieter LibraryThing, Aerial Warfare, Agatha Christie, Amateur Historians, And Now For Something Completely Different, Anglophilesshow all groups

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Pat Barker, R. F. Delderfield, Helen Forrester, Dorothy L. Sayers, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAudreys Books, Chapters - St. Albert, Old Strathcona Books

Favorite librariesDevon Public Library, Edmonton Public Library - Stanley A. Milner Library (Main Branch), Edmonton Public Library - Whitemud Crossing Branch, Fort Saskatchewan Public Library, Leduc Public Library, Spruce Grove Public Library, Stony Plain Public Library, Strathcona County Library

Other favoritesEdmonton Journal "Raise a Reader" Book Drive & Sale

Favorite publishersNYRB Classics, Orbit Books

Favorite listsThe Best of Canadian Literature, Favourite Virago Modern Classics, Fiction Featuring Cranky, Eccentric Old Folks

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Hi Bernadette

Really pleased the book arrived in time for the group read in a couple of month's time. Hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for accepting my friend request. I am looking forward to see what you are reading in 2012
Thanks for your prompt answer of July29

to my "not getting onto the screen"

inquiry. Looks like it was just slow, not

broken down.
Has something broken down on the "Hangman 44" thread; or is just my system?
Iʻve tried 3 times to ask for an L; nothing has gone through.

I've just seen your message about The Son's Wife arriving- a month after you wrote it! I couldn't understand it how I missed it but I did receive a private message which was above yours on the same day. I probably read that one and missed yours!

Anyway, I'm very pleased the book arrived safely. Thank you very much for the offer re. Alice Munro. I would hate you to feel obliged in any way but I have been coveting the Alice Munro Penguin Modern Classic editions which only seem to be available in Canada. If you ever find a cheap copy of any of those I will probably find it impossible to refuse it!

Many Thanks


Thank you! And..... among the 20 books we share are some of my most favorite.
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Me too. (Now if only another ant were veering off the other way in search of yarn, I'd replace the museum piece I currently use.
Just to let you know that I managed to post Her Son's Wife today.

You're very welcome! I hate to see an out-of-print Virago Modern Classic on a charity shop shelf when I know someone out there would give it a good home! I'll let you know once it's in the post.

I'm a big admirer of Alice Munro though I must admit that I'm not enjoying Too Much Happiness quite as much as I enjoyed the other two of her's that I've read (Runaway and The Love of a Good Woman). Nothing to do with the quality of her writing- just a little too much darkness (and not enough happiness perhaps!) to suit my mood right now. I'm reading a story or two between novels to diffuse the mood a bit!
Hi Bernadette

I picked up a cheap, duplicate copy of Her's Son Wife by Dorothy Canfield Fisher today as I thought I'd seen it on someone's wishlist. Checking the wishlist threads on the Virago forum it looks like it was yours so give me a shout if you still want it! I still have your address.


If only the time to read books was as easily achieved!
Just to let you know that Invitation to the Waltz was posted yesterday by standard airmail. I hope it doesn't take too long to arrive. I have memories of the post between Canada and the UK being variable!
No problem, Bernadette! I'll let you know when I've posted it.

I'm glad you like my dragon- I don't know if you saw the picture but Jen made me a lovely bag as a Secret Santa gift with the dragon appliqued on!
Thanks for catching my overlap-listing. . . and I notice that the books we share are among my favorites
I owe you many thanks, because your suggestion
did, after all, restore the icons that I was looking for
(Pencil and X). I have never seen "power editing"
written out any where, and I didnʻt until your
post in "Site..." know that the lightning icon had
anything to do with it.

Others have given advice that seemed too technical
(including to enter LT through Firefox rather than
Safari), whereas your advice was what I call "incisive"
-- getting right to the point. Many Thanks!
Yes, I'm volunteering again - wouldn't miss it :)

I'm not sure of the official open times for either the donation days or the sale - all I have is partial info based on the volunteer shifts that the Young Alberta Book Society offered me. I figured I'd keep updating as more info came in.

I'm only doing two shifts for YABS because not all the ones they had available worked for me, but I am hoping that I can volunteer for a few other organizations to get some more time.
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I LOVE it.
You're welcome. The weather here is not much improved, mid 20's, strong winds off the lake, and snow showers. At least no ice. On a happier note, I am leaving for two weeks in Rome on Feb 23! Now if we don't get socked in by a blizzard....


I mailed Women in the Wall today. Got lazy.....

Thank you so much for the invitation to Canadian Bookworms - it's great. I've already posted - the "Canada Also Reads" information requested by LauraB (I think, if my memory is any good at all). But I noticed after the posting I noticed that not all my books were properly labelled for Touchstones. Do you know how I can go back and edit? I'm going to check the FAQs etc, so don't fret about answering me fast - ignore it and it will go away! :)
And, greetings from Ontario. My new home for the past year.
Same to you! we got some snow Saturday night, just enough to be fun for the children to play in, not enough to slow anything up.
Dear B- thank you so much for the books. I am very excited to have them. You made such good choices! You really have made my season bright.
Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
Don't you regret those generous impulses? I am a confirmed Scrooge as far as books are concerned. I won't even lend them except to one niece and her husband who understand about how important books are.
Did I say that at the old SciFiVine we had a group that read feminist science fiction together for two or three years? Six or eight of us, male and female, read and discussed: one of my all-time favorite group experiences! I'll be on the lookout for Helen Forrester when I've read at least a couple from Mt. Bookpile which is actually a range scattered all over the house.
And I didn't ask whether you read the Orange Broadband lists. I just discovered the prize last year and have been playing catch-up. They haven't nominated a bad book as far as I'm concerned although some are naturally better than others. Anyhow, I find them a good source for contemporary women writers.
Now I'm off to Margaret Laurence. Wonderful writer!!!
HA! Let's see..... My very favorite Teppers are After Long Silence (which is a very early effort with some of the themes she addresses in Grass), Grass - of course!, The Fresco, and Gate to Women's Country. As I look at them, I see that they are all relatively early ones except *Fresco." I was less than carried away with The Margarets, but I think she may have intended it as a YA effort. I absolutely adore Shirley McClintock and wish she would write more of them. The other mystery series features an antique dealer, Jason Lynx, and she wrote them under the name A. J. Orde. They're pretty good too.
I did read some of the Elizabeth McPherson books as they were coming out. Then I bought another batch that I haven't read. That was in the late 80's when I was working in a bookstore and enjoying the employee discount. In the past year or so I've read more scifi than mystery. By the by, all your favorites are mine also except Helen Forrester whom I don't know at all. I will now head into your library to find out what more I'm missing.
Well, you've bailed me out again. Thanks!
And how, I wonder, did I miss that you are a Sheri S. Tepper fan the last time I visited you? (But I don't see my favorite Teppers in our "books in common.") Do you also enjoy her mysteries?
Peggy - a bimbo of the dim bulb
Thanks for the info in a Combiners! thread about how to find what you added to CK: turns out adding a description for a book is considered "common knowledge." Who knew? I have two print-on-demand titles which had no description; when I added them to my catalog, I typed the back cover blurbs in.

Merci, Renee
Oh yeah! Would you believe Farley Mowat and Eric Newby, not to mention Ngaio Marsh?
Thank you for the tip about British spelling of "Harbour." You're right, of course! I have a feeling that when I get more catalogued, we'll have a lot more in common. (I don't think I've gotten to any of my Margaret Atwood, and she's a great favorite.) Then too, your Austin Phelps quotation is my signature at The Reader's Place, and I identify completely with A.E. Newton too.
I haven't read a bad Elizabeth Taylor yet, but *VotH* was my first, and it is special in and of itself.
Now I'm going to enjoy browsing in your library!
THANK YOU! Somehow I'd missed info about changing location for LTblog (and had not seen it 'way down there!).
Thanks for helping me out! I've got a feeling we'll have a lot more books in common as I come to add mine ;) And now that I know how to combine/uncombine I'll be able to paint a more accurate picture..
If you're ever in Gent, you're guaranteed a VIP guided tour!
Dear Bernadette (Secret Santa),

Thank you so much for the 3 beautiful Viragos! I will cherish them always.
Best wishes for the new year and see you on the Virago board!

Astrid (Tuppy)
Christmas greetings, fellow Canuck and Viragoite. I see we are both getting a cauld northern blast. Hot tea and lemon tarts indeed! Hope your hols are safe and full of contentment, sq.
Tiffin aka Tui
How funny. The package as been mailed for some time. Julie got hers ages ago. Apparently, the Brits are more trusting.
Thank you for explaining (about the marks on my entries on threads). I notice among the books we share Findley and Leacock ~~~~ odd couple, but splendid authors both!

Just to let you know that I posted the Virago anniversary booklet on friday, via airmail so hopefully it won't take too long!

Dee (Soupdragon)
Hi! Did you get to the book sale, and if so, did you get anything good? I tried to keep an eye out for Virago Modern Classics, but didn't see any. However there were stacks of boxes that never got unpacked and who knows what treasures they contained?

I ended up with a good stack of books - 5 large gardening books, 4 mysteries, some SF/fantasy (some I had but was able to get better copies), and some other odds and ends. Mostly free as volunteers get credit for time worked to apply to book purchases.

I helped pack up on Sunday night - most of the boxes that didn't get unpacked have been put in storage for next year, along with the leftover mysteries and SF and a few other things, but some areas just went in the recycle (like the computer books, most of which were too old already and won't be made more useful by a year in storage, and the "self help" books, which sold really badly).

I'm compiling ideas for next year to pass on to the organizers (with, of course my permission to ignore what I say - they won't hurt my feelings). It was interesting to see what sold and what didn't, and frustrating to have so little space to get everything out on tables. If you have suggestions, let me know and I'll add them to the list.
Hi! I will get your book in the mail by Monday, if not before.

The painting on my profile page is by John William Waterhouse, one of the pre-Raphaelite painters. He did a lot of portraits for Shakespearean characters; this one is Ophelia.
I just added the Edmonton Journal Raise A Reader Book sale to LT Local (as a fair/festival). Have you been in previous years? Great event. Billions of books. Of course, most of them are junk health and pop fiction, but there are some gems. Best part - I volunteer and volunteers get first pick :)
I saw the duplicate for EPL was gone. Thanks! I hope they actually pay attention and add events to their locations. I may add a few more bookstores myself at lunchtime but I'm away all weekend so won't get anything else in until next week so you'll probably beat me again :)

Definitely too bad about Laurie Greenwood closing. I guess she's going to stay in the book trade, but doing more promotion type work - author readings and stuff. There was something in the Journal and on RadioActive.

Alhambra is a good used bookstore - they have the usual range, including lots of Canadiana. My sister collects books about the North and she got a few items there. I mostly buy SF, mysteries, and gardening books, and have purchased all three there in the past. Not a great selection of kids' books, but then most don't.

There's a newish used bookstore across from where Athabasca Books used to be that is quite good, too. I discovered it a couple of weeks ago.

I wonder if Tim and co would mind if we added locations for thrift stores? Some of them have quite large book sections. I won't add them yet, but will think on it a while and maybe consult.
Good job on adding venues for Edmonton & area to LibraryThingLocal! I notice one of the librarians from EPL didn't bother to check and added a duplicate for EPL's main branch. Left him a message but I don't think there's a way of combining or deleting entries yet.

Did you know Laurie Greenwood is closing her shop?
Thanks for being so encouraging. I'm a complete fraud on Thucydides, as I've never read the whole of the Peloponnesian War in English or Greek. I've been very much a cherry-picker. The translation I have used is Rex Warner's in the Penguin Classics series. However, on LibraryThing I've seen the Landmark Thucydides praised - especially for its maps. Good maps are definitely important for understanding. In fact, you've inspired me, and I'm going to order a copy through Amazon. There is another modern translation by Donald Kagan. Mary Renault brilliantly uses Thucydides' description of the setting off of the Athenian expedition to Sicily in The Last of the Wine. I wonder if you might be interested in another Greek expedition: Xenophon's Anabasis translated by Robin Waterfield as The Expedition of Cyrus. It's not high-brow but great fun. Waterfield's book on this is Xenophon's retreat and is a good read.
Thank you very much for solving my editing profile problem. Durrh! I've posted a message on the group, in case anyone else is as stupid as me. I've also added some(too much)information about my profile picture. I read about the quarries when learning Greek 40 years ago, so it was a real thrill actually to visit them.
Thanks for replying to my question about the Readercon. Love your library BTW. It's a bit far away from me also, I'm in Key West.
All the best,
Yes,we have an advanced reader copy-my sweetie is Connie's webmaster. The stories have been published previously,but a lot of the have not been collected-they appeared in magazines or obscure anthologies first. I think it's well worth getting-I mean there were stories my sweetie doesn't have and he's a fanatic collector of her work. Basically,I do think it's worth the money-her whole career is really well represented.
Have you taken a lokk at The Winds of Marble Arch yet?
Thanks for joining the bioethics group! I look forward to your contributions =)
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