Friday, October 28, 2011

Our holiday shopping catalogues are ready!

Starting your holiday shopping? Take a look at our catalogues. Just in time for Christmas!

You can even use them as a handy ordering tool if that's more convenient for you! Just click on the items you's like to order and send it off to us at the end. We'll take care of everything else and we'll give you a call and let know know when they're ready for pick up.

Click on the cover to see The Young Readers Edition:

Click on the cover to see The General Catalogue:


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lifting the Silence - Book signing with author David Scott Smith

Date: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Chat Noir Books

David Scott Smith is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and graduate of Sheridan College's Classical Animation program. His past writing has been in the form of screenplays and storyboarding for major motion picture studios. He now lives in Los Angeles.

Sydney Percival Smith served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and returned to graduate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. He was a dentist here in New Liskeard in his early career.

About the book:
At a time of great sacrifice in Canadian history, we are welcomed into the homes, the hearts, and the minds of mothers, sons, fathers, and friends as we follow Syd Smith and his high-school brotherhood of 13 when they answer the call to duty in 1941. Written with his son, David, Lifting the Silence is also a father-and-son journey of discovery that uncovers a remarkable letter that serves as testament to what still defines Canada today. Postmarked "France August 1946," the fragile letter bares the soul of a people beaten down by cruel times and extols their admiration and gratitude for Canada as a nation of spiritual and economic resources that helped them out so much during the war. Within the letter as well, a heartfelt and strikingly prophetic expression of hope to once again receive the downed pilot they had sheltered in 1942. As if by Providence, this letter now serves to reunite Syd with his angel of the French Resistance 61 years later.

10 Myths About Bookselling

I read this this morning and enjoyed it so much I thought I should share it.
Here are some excerpts from Lacey N. Dunham's Bookseller I'd Like to F*** column. Happy Thursday everyone! ;) - Jenn

10 Myths About Bookselling

MYTH 1: Booksellers Spend All Day Reading
Books don’t appear on the shelf in such a tidy order instantaneously. Someone has to unpack the FedEx boxes, add the books to the store inventory database, and place each one in the correct section (no Tolstoy in psychology, please!). Think of doing that for 200-300 books each day (double that on a new release day) all while answering phones, fielding customer questions, processing and sending out books ordered online, explaining e-books, setting up chairs for an author reading, hosting the author reading, updating the store’s social media, checking for shelving errors and re-alphabetizing as necessary, researching a rare title for a customer, collecting books for return to the publisher and selling books at the cash register — you understand why booksellers hate when people tell them, “Oh, I would love to sit and just read all day like you do.” Reading is the last thing booksellers have time to do.

MYTH 2: Booksellers Make Lots of Money, Otherwise Books Wouldn’t Cost So Much
Q: How do you make a small fortune in bookselling?
A: Start out with a large fortune.
Yes, books aren’t getting any cheaper, but neither is milk, bread, or a new car. For many of us, bookselling is a career we do as a labor of love. None of us are getting rich from it—but if you are topping off your bank account with this gig, I’d like to know if your store is hiring.

MYTH 3: Bookselling Isn’t a Career (i.e. so when are you getting a real job?
Although bookselling isn’t as lucrative as a law or business career, it’s still a career choice for literarily minded individuals who love working with the public by day and devouring books by night. Besides, if the legitimacy of a career is based on that career’s annual salary, than booksellers shouldn’t be the only ones asked by well-meaning family and friends when we’re finally going to get a “real” job

MYTH 4: Bookselling Is a Low-Stress Job
Any job is going to have high points and low moments; however, when you’re working with the public, it’s impossible to know if the next person who walks up to you is having the best day of his life and will shower you with rainbows and smiles or if he just lost the all-important Schnizicki account at work and is stomping into the bookstore like Godzilla.

MYTH 5: Booksellers Know Everything About Every Book Ever Published Since Gutenberg Invented the Printing Press

Booksellers possess pride in knowing the ins and outs of recently published books. However, if you’re looking for a book and you can’t recall the author, the title, what the book is about, where you heard about the book, or whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, we’re not going to be much help beyond recommending other books you might enjoy.

MYTH 6: Booksellers Are Literature Snobs
while you’re likely to find that one bookseller at every store who claims they only enjoy seventeenth-century Restoration era literature of the French persuasion, you’ll also find booksellers wild about J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and other “commercial” writers.

MYTH 7: Booksellers Have No Other Interests and Only Talk About Books All Day
The most satisfying and intellectually stimulating conversation I’ve ever had on the topics of our “post-race” culture and the deconstruction of meaning behind Orko’s curious garb both occurred while bookselling.

MYTH 8: Booksellers Just Want to Sell You Something
Ninety-nine percent of booksellers aren’t used car salesmen. We want you to find a book you’ll love because reading should be a passionate endeavor driven by your lust for another page.

MYTH 9: Bookselling is Dead (or Dying)
The entire publishing and retail book industry is experiencing a titanic shift and while this will result in a few casualties, one or two missing limbs (or the entire collapse of Borders) it isn’t the same as flat lining. Publishers are worried. Writers are worried. Bookstore owners are worried. The next few years will be rocky but I firmly believe—and the news of bookstores thriving in the face of Borders decline and Amazon’s giant paws dirtying everything should be proof—that bookselling and books are going to survive.

MYTH 10: That Cute Bookseller You’ve Been Flirting With Won’t Date You

Read more from Lacey N. Dunham on her Bookseller I'd Like to F*** column on


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sheesham and Lotus Tonight at the Classic!

We just had a great visit from Sheesham and Lotus who were in the store for some coffee. These guys are playing at the Classic Theatre tonight as part of the Piped Piper Kids Show series! If you get a chance go out and see these guys perform!!

Unfortunately Jenn and I will not be able to see the show as we are going to be one of the guest speakers at tonight Enterprise Temiskaming's "The Business Mindset" seminar.(which is also very exciting!!)

Lucky I was able to pick up some of Sheesham and Lotus cd's which we have been listening to today in the store. You can also check out the Classic Theatre website here to see some of their music!

They also gave me some great tips on my banjo playing!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fred Eaglesmith at the Classic Theatre

Did you hear? Fred Eaglemsith will be playing at the Classic Theatre on October 15th 2011!! As a Classic Theatre business partner we would like to invite you out to this great show at the Classic Theatre!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Up coming MTG Tournaments

Tournament: Sealed
Time: 10:30pm Doors open
Date: Jan 29th 2012
Where: Chat Noir Books

The Prerelease tournament will be a Sealed event. Entry fee is $30.00

Doors open at 10:30am and the Tournament starts at 11:00am

There will be a Booster Draft after the event, the price to entry is 4 booster packs. This will not be a rare draft event!


Tournament: Booster Draft
Time: 10:30pm Doors open
Date: Feb 5th 2012
Where: Chat Noir Books

The Launch Tournament will be a Booster Draft Event. Entry Fee is $20.00

Doors open at 10:30am and the Tournament starts at 11:00am

There will be a Booster Draft after the event, the price to entry is 4 booster packs. This will not be a rare draft event!

Check out our Facebook group Temiskaming Magic The Gathering Guild to find out more on Events, local players and trading cards!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Lovely Miss Chat Noir Books

A photo from the Fall Fair Parade we thought we'd share with you all.
Thanks for the picture Bill!


The Scorpio Races Interview with Maggie Stiefvater

With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous water horse race—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

In this interview, Maggie Stiefvater speaks about her love of audiobooks, the inspiration for The Scorpio Races, her career as an author, and her love for playing the dudelsack.

What is a dudelsack? You may just have to listen to find out!

The Scorpio Races Interview with Maggie Stiefvater by Scholastic Audio

You can check out and pre-order the book here!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Dem Northerners are not like dose Southerners eh!

Just a interesting link I found on the National Post today about the area.

'Recently, a team of three undergraduates deployed to Temiskaming Shores and Kirkland Lake by Ms. Tagliamonte uncovered linguistic relics of Ireland, such as residents using the words “dese” for “these” and “dem” for “them.”' the rest HERE.