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Some shelves in Mark Jokinens’ Bookstore. Photo by Jenny Fisher.

Knotaknew Bookstore:

I’m Your Man- The Life Of Leonard Cohen ($9.95) by Sylvie Simmons sits in the back of just after the fiction section. On a carousel right beside the Science Fiction shelf you’ll find Newfoundland writer Michael Crummey’s critical and fan favourite epic Galore ($8.50).

Within the science fiction shelf itself look for award winning horror novelist Caitlin R. Kiernan’s Murder Of Angels ($3.95) and Threshold ($4.95), Kiernan has been described as the contemporary ‘voice of weird fiction’ and the selections here provide a nice sample.

Mark Jokinen’s Bookstore (Pictured):

In the ‘Arabic and Others’ section, Egyptian feminist author Nawal El Saadawi is available with Woman At Point Zero ($10) and God Dies By The Nile ($9.50).

In that same section you’ll also find Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s The Silent House. Once cited by Pamuk as his book ‘most loved by youth,’ The Silent House follows the lives of Turkish youth as they come of age against the backdrop of the month leading up the military coup of September 12, 1980.

On the same shelving unit you’ll also find an anthology entitled New Caribbean Poetry – while a little pricey at $16, Mark’s has had a lot of great sales on lately, so there’s no better time to splurge on something a little more unusual.

Dixon’s (Water):

Canadian Anne Michaels’ award winning novel Fugitive Pieces is on the Contemporary Literature shelf for ($5.95), while over in the Classic Lit. section, drama fans will find a host of Henrik Ibsen collections for $3 and under.

Still in the Classic Lit. section, Nobel winning American novelist Saul Bellow’s More Die Of Heartbreak is a great deal at $3.50.

Books And Things:

Giorgio Bassani’s The Garden Of Finzi-Contini, a novel about a Jewish family in the last days of 1930’s Italy, is only $3 in the literature section.

Giorgio Vasari’s The Lives Of The Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects, Vol.1 ($8) is considered a seminal work of art-historical writing and details the lives of the Renaissance masters

The Philosophy section also has a few good offerings for anyone looking to explore Chinese Philosophy with A Sourcebook Of Chinese Philosophy ($16) and A Short History Of Chinese Philosophy ($12).

Scholar’s Bookstore:

Anne Ebright won the 2007 Man Booker Award for The Gathering – a tragic, moving novel about an Irish family’s reunion for a wake that explores the social and personal implications of one of the most pressing issues of our time. It’s selling for $8.95 in the fiction section and another copy sits in the front window.

British novelist Allison Moore’s The Lighthouse is available for $8.95. The Lighthouse was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2012, an exceptionally notable achievement given that it was Moore’s debut novel.

Finally, Trent Professor Emeritus Sean Kane’s Virtual Freedom is in the fiction section listed at $8.95. This satirical novel is actually set on the campus of a small liberal arts university based on Trent in the 90’s, and even features ‘the bridge’ on the cover. It was short-listed for the 1999 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour