Local, B.C. Writers Delight with Summer Storytime Reads

Please enjoy our guest reviews by local writer and friend of the store, Jennifer Pownall

Caroll Simpson’s children’s books showcase her talents through vibrant artwork and the written word.  From stories of origin and adventure for young children in her Coastal Spirit Tales series, to sturdier volumes developed to engage infants and toddlers, her works utilize First Nations motifs and elements from the west coast.  Even in her board books there is a beautiful connection between the animals featured and the surrounding land or seascape, and embedded within the illustrations are familiar thematic images, further suggestive of the Indigenous mythos by which she is inspired.  Simpson’s reverential treatment of the art and stories of the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast is evident in these captivating works, and the additional information provided at the end of her picture books are an excellent resource for parents and educators to draw upon when seeking to deepen a discussion with children about nature or culture.

     Sarah and Michael Explore Port Coquitlam is as wonderfully local as a book can be.  Written and illustrated by a number of talented artists from the namesake city, this collection of stories has appeal for both kids and adults whether they are residents of PoCo or the Tri-Cities, have lived or spent time in Metro Vancouver, or are simply interested in historical accounts shared through the lens of a children’s book.  By using the common thread of the two young protagonists – as well as their friends and family – six different authors have scribed tales that examine some of the elements that have shaped Port Coquitlam.  From archaeological digs to visits from royalty, from terrible floods to the origins of landmarks, this anthology will spark community pride and encourage every reader to get out and explore!

Blowing Kisses and Fist Bumps, the first two picture books by children’s writer Jaime Windle, explain the steps involved in the perfect youthful gestures these titles promise.  Guiding the reader with step-by-step instructions, Windle’s delightful use of rhyme draws children in from the first sentence.  With an absorbing, conversational flair, these books will engage kids with sweet questions, entertaining details, and imaginative twists.  A great start to what will surely become a well-loved series, Blowing Kisses and Fist Bumps both demonstrate how the observation, examination, and description of the finest elements of any action can add up to more fun!

We wish to extend a big THANK YOU to Angela at What’s On! Port Coquitlam for publishing these reviews in the July/August 2018 issue of the magazine. 


Featured Book: A Tree for Teddy, by Sandra Walton

Sandra Walton’s A Tree for Teddy is a heartwarming story celebrating the most positive aspects of Christmas.  In a tale that harkens back to the 1940’s yet maintains a remarkably contemporary message, the reader will be delighted by this account of a boy’s lucky discovery of a lost holiday tree.  Following a move into the city after a significant loss, he and his mother set about to turn their rather drab winter into a colourful season they will always remember.  Through thoughtful ingenuity and loving cooperation, they not only turn a worn evergreen into a lovely Christmas tree, but also find a way to reconnect with one another and with what they have lost. ~Jennifer Pownall

You can find A Tree for Teddy in store and online.




Port Coquitlam Farmers Market ‘For the Love of Books’ Reading a Success!

Last Thursday, Western Sky Books hosted a reading featuring local, Tri-Cities writers, at the Port Coquitlam Farmers Market. The Market theme was “For the Love of Books.” Along with our usual bookselling stall at the market and alongside the Terry Fox Mobile Library team, writers read in two groups at the main stage. First up, Farida Somjee and Bev Gyori, reading excerpts of their fiction work. A while later, Jennifer Pownall, Pandora Ballard, and Nikki Hillman read their poetry and short fiction. Many thanks to both the Market and TriCity Wordsmiths for their help in creating a successful event!

Pandora Ballard

Bev Gyori

Farida Somjee

Jennifer Pownall

Tamara Gorin, MC

We look forward to hosting more literary events which feature local writers and authors!


Fundraising for BC Fire Evacuees

Like many of you, we have  friends and family in the Cariboo and the Okanagan who have been and continue to be impacted by the fires this summer.

We received over 100 new condition copies of this book today. We will sell them as a fundraiser for BC fire evacuees at all markets this week or until they are gone. $5/book.
Please come by our table at the Port Coquitlam Farmers Market, Market at Brewer’s Row, or the Cloverdale Flea Market to contribute. #portcoquitlamfarmersmarket #marketatbrewersrow #Evacuees #BCWildfires #BCWildfire

Western Sky Books is in the News!

We are very excited about the Tri City News article featuring Western Sky Books in the July 11, 2017 issue. And the response has been great! So many people came by our stall at the Port Coquitlam Farmers Market with questions, congratulations, well wishes, and of course, to browse our used book selection and buy books from us.

We’re at both the Port Coquitlam Farmers Market and the Market at Brewer’s Row this week, and we’ll have a whole new batch of books for you at both locations.

Here is the article: