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Kit Sora: The Artobiography available at Broken Books!

img_6003We’re happy to say that Kit Sora: The Artobiography is now available at Broken Books, located at 245 Duckworth St, St. John’s. Stay tuned here and to the Engen Books Facebook to stay up to date on future signing date and times with the artist herself.

Broken Books has also been restocked with copies of After Dark Vapours! You guys have been doing a great job of making them sell out of our stock over the holidays, we can’t thank you enough!

Outside the city? We’ll gladly ship!

Kit Sora: The Artobiography

A stunning, hundred-plus page hardcover collection of over 80 of Kit Sora’s most ambitious photographs, paired with short fiction inspired by the art by Canada’s best authorial talents. Includes stories by USA Today Bestselling Author Kate Sparkes, USA Today Bestselling Author Victoria Barbour, and Bestselling Author Amanda Labonté.

C$75.00

 

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The NL Book Tax: Not for our readers

img_0417This year Newfoundland — which Engen Books calls home — became the first province in Canada to put a tax on books, adding 10% to what consumers pay at the register for all literature, bringing the total up to 15%. This is the latest in a long line of attacks on literacy by the new government, from grant reductions to attempts to close over a third of the province’s libraries.

Engen Books is not a venue for political digressions — I try to keep my own personal politics out of this forum, at least as much as one can. I could speak to the ignorant ethnocentrism that leads to an administration to tax literacy, a move that will make education more expensive for those both learning for their own benefit and those learning in post-secondary education. There’s a lot I can say, but I’ll leave it for another venue at another time.

Engen Books will be absorbing the extra tax. We will not raise the price per-book for our customers and readers. The vast majority (currently all) of our books are $20.00 CAD tax included, and will remain as such — this just means that the portion the government takes of that “tax in” part will be more than it has been.

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Engen Books available at Broken Books!

Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016
Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

As a part of our buy local / support downtown initiative, Engen Books will now be available at Broken Books, the trendy coffee bar and bookshop of downtown St. John’s! Broken Books is a bookstore that offers up hand-brewed coffees and teas, baked goods, and quality books and magazines from some of the finest publishers around! Located at 183A Duckworth Street, right next to the War Memorial, it’s a perfect place downtown to chill out, grab a coffee and a snack at Fixed Coffee, and start your next favorite book. it’s open from 11am-7pm daily.

Because of limited space, Engen will be rotating the titles in stock. This month it’s this year’s surprise classic Sci-Fi from the Rock, featuring the prequel to The Six Elemental by Ali House, as well stories by Sam Bauer, Gold and Steel‘s Chris Walsh, Matthew LeDrew, Erin Vance, Jennifer Combden, renowned Canadian sci-fi legend Kenneth Tam, award-winning author Scott Bartlett, Tara Murphy, Jay Paulin, Melanie Collins, and the premiere story by both Matthew Daniels and Peter J. Foote, and much more! Not to be missed!

The collection is on sale at Broken Books now for $20, the same price as here on the Engen website and at our table! With the same amount of money you can support two great local businesses, have a great collection of new fiction, and feel good about your purchase! Pick one up today, and stay tuned to Engen Books as we announce future titles coming to Broken Books!

St. John’s Mayor encourages consumers to “think local”

Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016
Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

After the closure announcements of four different staples to downtown shopping this week, including Ballistic, Biped, Healy’s Deli and Templeton’s, the Mayor of St. John’s spoke out in a rallying cry to consumers this holiday season and beyond.

“It’s very unfortunate that [these] businesses have closed their doors, and in many ways it’s a reaction to the economic slow down that we are going through,” said Mayor O’Keefe.

O’Keefe went on to recognize the growing trend to do shopping online or at big box stores, commenting that shopping at venues such as these has siphoned money from local retailers.

This speaks to a trend that Engen Books has commented on before. Buying local keeps money in our local economy instead of sending it away: $20 spent online only does on person good, whereas $20 spent locally can have a ripple affect that provides for many people, and is part of the reason we have encouraged shoppers to take advantage of more local and non-box store options, such as Boom IT, Mirth Publishing, Midnight Tailors, and yes, Engen Books.

In a further statement, O’Keefe mirrored that ‘think local’ sentiment: “We can lessen that, we can minimize that, all of us together, if we shop more locally… In particular we advocate for the downtown because our downtown is very, very unique, very vibrant. We do what we can as a city and as a council to keep it in a condition where it’s filled with vitality.”

One such location downtown ideally located is Broken Books, a great alternative to big box book buying. It’s right next to the War Memorial and Fixed Coffee, great place to stop and do a little holiday shopping.

Read the full article on CBC here.