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Bookshop News and Upcoming Author Events

By Janet Boger, Museum Shop and Visitor Services Manager

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If you have not been in the shop this summer, we encourage you to drop by. With our doors closed to the public during the winter months, we worked to reimagine our shop – it is now a fuller bookstore with a wider selection of great award winning local, regional, national, and international content. Since re-opening July 15, members and visitors have responded positively to the shift to a bookshop format as it has enabled us to improve the scope and depth of the book content available for purchase. In addition to new publications, we have made room for a variety of vintage books for sale. All books have been donated for resale purposes in order to generate revenue for our Archives and Special Collections department. Titles change regularly, so please drop-in often and look at what is new!

To make the new bookshop format a success, we are taking steps this fall to create a much needed awareness campaign for our bookshop through social media marketing initiatives. We recently updated the name of the shop to, Whyte Museum Bookshop, from the former, Whyte Museum Shop. This will help us effectively remarket and establish the bookshop within the booksellers’ marketplace. Our focus will be to create awareness for the bookshop and establish it as a trusted local source for books. A fresh strategy to promote and support the shop operations will commence this fall.

Publishers are uniting their efforts and so too are independent booksellers – who opened up membership affiliation to include museum bookshops as of just recently. This month the Whyte Museum Bookshop became a registered member of the Canadian Independent Book Sellers Association (CIBSA) – which broke away from the Retail Council of Canada this past year to re-establish itself as its own entity. New government initiatives are available to support Canadian authors, publishers and booksellers and so we feel that the future prospects for local independent bookshops looks quite positive – the Whyte Museum Bookshop is poised well to take advantage of this situation. We will update you regularly with our progress and keep you informed on what is happening in the bookshop, the world of books, and ongoing book events. Be sure to stop by the Whyte Museum Bookshop and check out our offerings! Can't make it in? We feature a curated selection of titles online at

Bookmarks (things to remember)

  1. Arriving weekly, book titles competing in this year’s Banff Mountain Book Competition

  2. Featured author readings and discussions in our upcoming Online Author Talks

  3. New books can Pre-ordered Now

  4. Remember, current Members SAVE 15% off regular retail priced product in our shop – go to our website and use promo code, member15, to receive your discount online.

2021 Banff Mountain Book Completion

Image Courtesy of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Check out these new titles featured in this year’s up and coming book competition. Some titles in stock now, others arriving soon.

For further details visit our shop here.

Upcoming Book Talks

Booze & Bars: A Brief History of Pub Culture in the Crowsnest Pass

Thursday, September 16 at 7 p.m.

Stephanie Laine Hamilton

Join Stephanie as she discusses the history of buildings in the area that facilitated the bars and pub culture in the Crowsnest Pass area. As stated, “Surviving amazing hardships early on in in the Crowsnest Pass was an accomplishment in itself, how did those early residents do it? Well…to be honest, they had a little help from a few libations now and then.”

Book info here

Event info here

Tom Thomson's Fine Kettle of Friends: Biography, History, Art, and Food

Thursday, September 23 at 7 p.m.

Angie Littlefield

Join Angie, accomplished writer and curator from the Art Gallery of Hamilton, as she discusses her research for her essay on Provenance for, Tom Thomson: The Art of Authentication, along with her book, Tom Thomson’s Fine Kettle of Friends, which was recently shortlisted for Whistler’s Independent Book Award.

Book info here

Event info here

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