Past & Gift Boxes
MAY 2020 CALLISTO CRATE
The May Callisto Crate selection is the mind-bendingly written After She Wrote Him by Australian author Sulari Gentill. This unique murder mystery will have you questioning what it means to get lost in a book as author Madeleine writes about Edward as he writes about her. Masterfully done, we delve into murder, friendships, and domestic problems, all the while wondering about the line between fiction and reality.
To compliment this month’s selection we’ve included luxurious, handmade Espresso Cardamom Organic Caramels from Tout de Sweet in Victoria, BC. Coffee is a staple among writers, and the authors in this novel are no exception, and getting your coffee in candy form is an extra treat!
One of Madeleine’s favourite things to eat is Black Forest Cake, which is reimagined here as Cherry Chocolate Lip Balm from Éclair Lips in Moncton, NB.
When thinking about writing and creativity, the obvious place to go is Writerly Kits of Kamloops, BC. They created these lovely Creativity Booster cards, perfect for stimulating your creative spirit.
Wild Roots Art of Kamloops, BC designed these gorgeous book plates especially for us because every book lover can use a way to ensure their loaned books get returned.
The bookmark features a quote from the book and you’ll find an interesting exclusive interview with the author in the brochure.
APRIL 2020 CALLISTO CRATE
Our April pick is the riveting and sometimes difficult novel, The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham. This Canadian novel vividly explores the lives and history of the British Home children, 120,000 children who were sent to Canada to be nothing more than indentured servants. Told largely from the point of view of Winnie, now an elderly woman, we learn about these largely forgotten children, where they came from, how they were treated, and their contributions to creating Canada as we know it, all in a story of heartbreak and hope.
This novel is a mix of British and Canadian history, symbolized by the Duchess of Earl tea provided by Soulstice Herbals in 108 Mile, BC. This quintessentially British Earl Grey tea is mixed with rose petals, cardamom, and lavender for a Canadian twist.
Winnie's story is both "salty and sweet", so we have included Chocolate, Sea Salt, Caramel Corn from Skippy's Kettlecorn in Kamloops, BC.
Winnie had to be brave to release her shame and tell her story to her family. You can find your own voice with this Canada themed notebook from Paper Canoe Print Shop in Winnipeg, MB.
And to write your story, you can use this lovely pen containing an inspirational quote from Brene Brown.
You’ll also find a custom bookmark with a quote summing up the hopefulness found in the book, as well as an exclusive author interview.
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