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Our Bestsellers in Books for 2017

2017 was a tumultuous year that had a lot of people searching for meaning,
and that can be seen in this year-end selection. Classics like Orwell’s 1984,
and Atwood’s A Handmaids Tale are more relevant than ever.

Which of these books have you read?

2017 Bestsellers in BooksHow many of these have you read?

Top Ten Music Biographies of 2015

Top Ten Music Biographies of 2015

Girl in a Band : A Memoir by Kim Gordon
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein
M Train by Patti Smith
Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hyde
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello
Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me by Bernard Sumner
Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon
Words Without Music: A Memoir by Philip Glass
Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone by Marky Ramone
Massive Pissed Love: Nonfiction 2001-2014 by Richard Hell

There have been so many music biographies coming through the store lately that I couldn’t resist putting together a list some of the more interesting autobiographies that have come out this year. Some of these I’ve read, and some are still on my want list.

Girl in a Band : A Memoir – Kim Gordon
Who : founding member of Sonic Youth
What : a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll
Quote from the book : “Punk rock felt tongue-in-cheek, in air quotes screaming, ‘we’re playing at destroying corporate rock.’ No Wave music was, and is, more like ‘No, we’re really destroying rock.’ Its sheer freedom and blazing-ness made me think, I can do that.”

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir – Carrie Brownstein

Who : guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney
What : From a leader of feminist punk music at the dawn of the riot-grrrl era, a candid and deeply personal look at life in rock and roll.
Quote from the book : “It makes for an interesting performance, attempting to both find yourself and lose yourself onstage.”

M Train – Patti Smith
Who : musician, artist, and poet
What : Her personal meditations on her life. including polaroids taken by Smith
Quote from the book : ’Everything changes. Boy grown, father dead, daughter taller than me, weeping from a bad dream. Please stay forever, I say to the things that I know.’

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender – Chrissie Hyde
Who: front woman and songwriter of the Pretenders
What : a no-holds barred memoir
Quote from the book : ‘I regret half of this story and the other half is the sound you heard.’

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello
Who : English musician, singer-songwriter
What : memoir on the ups and downs of his music career over the years
Quote from the book : “I had barely received a hint of encouragement from the world outside, but knew that there was a jealousy and malevolence to the pursuit of fame that would not allow you to get any older once the deal was struck.”

Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me – Bernard Sumner
Who : Founding member and guitarist of Joy Division and the lead singer of New Order
Quote from the book : ‘The noises I was making must have sounded pretty horrible. But I kept at it, because music had become the biggest thing in my life. I’d listened to it, I’d bought it, I’d watched people playing it, and now I was determined to make it myself’

Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon
Who : As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols
Quote from the book : ‘Anger is the root core of why I write songs. Sometimes I barely think I’m in control of myself when I’m writing. If there’s such things as guardian angels out there – well mine’s a real bleeding’ piece of work.’

Words Without Music: A Memoir – Philip Glass

Who : A world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores,
‘I don’t make music to go with the film, I write the music that is the film.’

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone – Marky Ramone
Who : the drummer of the punk rock band the Ramones
Quote from the book : ‘There was such a thing as the American Dream, and there was also the American nightmare. The nightmare was to spend your entire adult life doing hard labor in return for a few golden years and then get shortchanged.’

Massive Pissed Love: Nonfiction 2001-2014 – Richard Hell
Who : Richard Hell may best be known as a punk icon, a founding member of seminal bands Television, the Heartbreakers, and The Voidoids, as well as an accomplished writer.
Quote from the book : ‘I saw some pieces were lengthy, some were angry, and many were thrilled or adoring : massive, pissed, love. So I had a possible title too.’

Introduction to Aboriginal Canadian Fiction

Aboriginal Canadian Fiction 101

We just celebrated Canada Day, so why not delve into Canadian fiction and learn about some of our most important aboriginal writers. Here’s a short list to get you started:

Basil Johnston is one of the few speakers of the ancient Ojibway language who also writes in that language. Books: Crazy Dave

Thomas King is an award-winning novelist of Cherokee and Greek descent
Books: The Back of the Turtle; Medicine River, Green Grass; Running Water; The Inconvenient Indian

Richard Wagamese is Ojibway, from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario
Books: Indian Horse; Dream Wheels; One Story, One Song; One Native Life

Tomson Highway is a Cree from Brochet, in northern Manitoba. He wrote the plays The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Ought to Move to Kapuskasing. his nove Kiss of the Fur Queen was published in 1988.

Joseph Boyden is a Canadian writer with Irish, Scottish and Metis roots. He has a book of short stories titled Born with a Tooth, and two highly celebrated novels Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce.

Jordan Wheeler is a member of the Gordon First Nation. writes for children, for television, and gives workshops for Indigenous youth. His books are Brothers in Arms, Achimoona: Native Stories, Chuck in the City, Just a Walk

Sherman Alexie is an award-winning author, poet, and filmmaker. His work primarily focuses on contemporary Native American identity. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Smoke Signals, Reservation Blues, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, War Dances

Lee Maracle is an award-winning poet, novelist, performance storyteller, scriptwriter, actor and keeper/mythmaker. Maracle has given hundreds of speeches on political, historical, and feminist sociological topics related to native people. Her books are Sojourner’s Truth and Other Stories , Sundogs , Ravensong, Daughters are Forever, First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style, Celia’s Song

Louise Erdich grew up in North Dakota (Chippewa), so she’s not Canadian. She wrote a series of four novels: Love Medicine, Beet Queen, Tracks and The Bingo Palace.

Father Day Gift Guide

Father Day Books

Father Day Books

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so here are some gift ideas for every kind of dad :

Thomas King – The Back of the Turtle

David Mitchell – the Bone Clock

Michael Chabon – Manhood for Amateurs

David Sedaris – Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Henning Mankell – Faceless Killers

Ronald Wright – What is America (or A Short History of Progress)

Jim Henson: The Biography By Brian Jay Jones

For the first time ever – a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth-century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson.

Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally by Bob Zmuda

Andy’s writer and best friend, and Lynn Margulies, the love of Andy’s life, reveal all?including surprising secrets that Andy made Lynne and Bob promise never to tell until both of his parents had died.

Bowie: A Biography by Mark Spitz

Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews

The never-before-anthologized interviews chronicle the transformation of Robert Zimmerman into the influential and timeless Bob Dylan. These interviews provide an insight into Bob Dylan’s musical genius and vary from his thoughts on what his songs mean, how he views the media, his rise to stardom, and such tidbits as his relationship with John Lennon.

Amy Poehler – Yes Please Quote

I am currently reading Amy Poehler’s new book “Yes Please”. I love the savvy advice :

“When someone is being rude to you … call them out on it … act like they are an actor who has forgotten what part they are playing”

Amy Poehler - Yes Please

Amy Poehler – Yes Please

Shop the Neighbourhood

Shop The Neighborhood

Shop The Neighborhood

November 29 is Shop The Neighbourhood

Guess what? Zoinks Music and Books is proud to be participating in Shop The Neighbourhood! So be sure to stop by and say hello.

We will be offering 20% off all books, as well as Buy 1 DVD get another FREE!


What is Shop The Neighbourhood?

A free event that supports small businesses by encouraging people to make local purchases on November 29, 2014.

If we all choose to make our next purchase locally, we’re helping to strengthen our small businesses and by proxy, the neighbourhoods where we live, work and play.

The Giller Prize Winner Sean Michaels

Congratulations to Sean Michaels, author of US Conductors, on his #GillerPrize win!!

us_conductors giller prize sean michaels

us_conductors giller prize sean michaels

Keep Calm Read a Book

Keep Calm and Read a Book

Keep Calm and Read a Book

Just in: Aleister Crowley Books

Aleister Crowley fans, come and get it. We have three books:

  • White Stains: & The Nameless Novel
  • 777 And Other Qabalistic Writings
  • The Equinox: Volume III

    Aleister Crowley Books

    Aleister Crowley Books

Anime Short of A Country Doctor by Franz Kafka

In celebration of Kafkas 130th bitrhday here is a short anime film by Koji Yamamura.