Thursday, March 26, 2009

What's coming up at Chat noir Books

Upcoming News & Events

Date: March 28th 12:15pm
Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

This week Cobalt has been hosting the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. It runs from March 21st to the 28th. Chat Noir Books always try's to help sponsor the event and this year I am proud to announce that my Grandfather Dave McLaren will be induction into the Poetry of Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held at the Cobalt Public Library at 12:15 p.m. My sister a few of our cousins and I will be reading poems selected from our grandfather collection of Poetry books. The festival wraps up with a gala show incorporating music, poetry and drama at the Classic Theatre later that day.

If you get a chance come out and check out the events.

Date: April 11th 2009 7:00pm
Easter Weekend Coffee House

I just finished talking with Philippe Lafreniere of Souljazz and the People Project. He is currently preparing to leave with Souljazz for another European tour at the end of May and he will also be releasing a new CD with People Project!! Luck for us Phil will be in town Easter Weekend and has agree to come out and play at store Saturday evening. Doors will be open around 7:00pm and Phil will start around 7:30pm. There will also be a $5.00 cover charge.

New Souljazz CD 'Manifesto', some Souljazz vinyl, some EPs of People Project's new stuff will also before sale!! So hope to see you out!

Date: TBA
Author Event with Hap Wilson

That right folks Hap Wilson has a new book coming out called Trails and Tribulations: Confessions of a Wilderness Pathfinder. We are currently waiting to find out the actual release date for the book, before we announce the author event, so stay tuned for updates. Local Band Headframe will also be playing at the Author event!!

In an age when 'survival' shows permeate the media, noted northern traveller Hap Wilson shares accounts of his lifelong involvement with wilderness living within the Canadian Shield. Wilson knows better than most how to live in the woods. As park ranger, canoe guide, outfitter, trail builder, and environmental activist, he learned from firsthand experience that nature can neither be beaten or tamed.Presented in three sections, [i]Trails and Tribulations[/i] takes the reader on a journey with the author through natural settings ranging from austere to mysterious and breathtaking. Contents include animal attacks, bush fires, the threat of hypothermia, and vision-quest sites, to name but a few.

Author Bio

Hap Wilson has paddled over 50,000 km from coast-to-coast and is the recipient of the Bill Mason Award. He is the author of numerous books including Canoeing, Kayaking and Hiking Temagami. During the making of the Attenborough movie "Grey Owl," Wilson worked as actor Pierce Brosnan's personal outdoors-skills trainer. He lives in Rosseau, Ontario.

Date: April 24th 4pm to 6pm
Author Event 25 "must see" attractions in America

Author Mike Gelinas will be in the store April 24th from 4 to 6 pm show casing his new book "25 'must see' attractions in America". This book chronicles a two year trip across America. Mike and Karin Gelinas left the comforts of home to travel in a 35 foot motor home to visit America. What they discover is not only the every day attractions like Disney World and New Orleans, but the "off the beaten path" attractions that probably would not make it in most books.

Date: April 24th
Festival des Folies Franco-Fun

Chat Noir Books will have extended hours for the Festival des Folies Franco-Fun. We will be open until 8:00pm. So come out and drink lots of coffee!!

Date: May 2nd 2009 8pm
Mark Bradford Opening for Joel Plaskett at the Classic Theatre

This is not really a store event but we are excited to announce that our own Mark Bradford( other wise know as Punch Me Hard), will be playing at the Classic Theatre May 2nd opening for Joel Plaskett!! Tickets are $30 Advance $32 door. Call the Classic Theatre to order your ticket today at 679-8080.

Friday, March 20, 2009

More news on Old City Hall

Just got an email From Robert Rotenberg and it looks like the Book Launch was a hit, just wish Jenn and I could have made it. "Old City Hall" is also getting great reviews from the media and other authors!! It is also what I currently have by my bedside table and it is a really gripping, sit on your seat kind of book that I wouldn't recommend reading before bedtime, as I was up unitl 2:00am last night!!

You can Check out Roberts website at That is where I snagged the cool ad below. Not sure why there is no sound though?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Las Chicas Del Cafe

Things are changing around here at the Chat Noir Books!! Nothing too drastic but we have added some new shelving where you will find a selection of Torani Syrups, Teas from the Algonquin Tea Co. and Coffee from Reunion Island and our *NEW* Supplier Las Chicas Del Cafe!!

A little about La Chica del Cafe:

Helping out the small grower and receiving top quality coffee in return is a win-win situation for the coffee aficionado

Las Chicas Del Cafe are London based micro-roasters who started up their business in November 2005, it is owned and operated by sisters Maria Fialls and Valeria Fialls. As the daughters of a third generation coffee grower, they know first hand the challenges of a small coffee grower, Maria and Valeria know that direct trade is the only way to go. Their precious beans are now available at Chat Noir Books at 57 Whitewood Ave in New Liskeard.

Maria describes a situation which she has encountered one too many times when visiting small growers in her region. "Small growers with low production struggle to get descent prices from a transnational. Their coffee's quality is exceptional and they take such pride in their product that they do not want it blended in by a coop with hundreds of other growers, resulting in the loss of its uniqueness." By not having the funds to be certified organic, these growers are left with very little options when trying to receive fair market value.

Their struggle continues, as Maria explains "They are not big enough to play in the international market and win; they are not certified becasue they simply don't have the economic sustainability to take the decrease in production that organic certififcation requires, nor can they afford to make the investment in their farms that these organizations ask for, "Maria states, "We want to be the avenue for those coffee growers that in limbo." The coffee that Las Chicas del Cafe brings, is a coffee based on its quality merits alone."

Las Chicas del Cafe began as a result of Maria and her Father wanting to provide an outlet for small coffee growers, such as himself, with excellent coffee but limited options when it came to receiving a good price. Maria and Valeria's father grows and processes his own coffee in the northwest region of Nicaragua. He then ships it to Canada to be received and roasted by his daughters. Las Chicas del Cafe also donates a portion of its profits to the Canadian registered charity, Los Frutos Del Cafe. The Charity originally began as a type of relief effort after Hurricane Mitch devastated many coffee growing communities in and around the Las Sabanas region. Los Frutos Del Cafe's mandate is to promote educate and protect the biodiversity of the region's forest.

Las Chicas Del Cafe and Chat Noir Books would like to share with all coffee lovers out there what direct trade coffee embodies. So drop by the store and try out their coffee!

"We believe the health of our forest equates with the long term economic health of our coffee industry, and therefore of our human communities" -Reynaldo Fiallos."

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Have Bag will Travel

Robert Rotenberg author of Old City Hall was recently in London, and he sent these back for us - our little bag has gone international!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Thanks for the all the fish!

So it has been a hell of a few weeks, with trying to finish up the build and the lighting for the Classic Theatres production of the "Sound of Music"! Also a good friend of ours and the Costume Designer for the "SOM" was in an car accident last Wed night. So it was so nice of the City to leave a lovely present for us after cleaning the snow from the streets last night. Thanks for taking the time guys!

So now for an update on "Old City Hall". Well first off Jenn is reading the book first. After much grumbling I finally had to agreed with her that I just did not have the time to start reading the book(theatre build to do), so I handed it over to Jenn. Luckily she is a fast reader...really fast so I should have it by this weekend. Oh and New Liskeard gets a brief mention in the book as well. Also "Old City Hall" is freaking amazing!!

Have a great book release tomorrow Robert!