The Next Chapter

Dan MacDonald of The Bookmark shares what's selling at his Charlottetown store

The Bookmark is an independent bookstore in Atlantic Canada with locations in Halifax and Charlottetown.
The Bookmark is one of the oldest bookstores in Atlantic Canada. (Submitted by Dan MacDonald)

This interview originally aired on Oct. 26, 2019.

Dan MacDonald is co-owner of The Bookmark, an independent bookstore that was founded in 1972. With locations in Halifax and Charlottetown, MacDonald says they represent Atlantic Canada's oldest independent bookstore.

He checked in with The Next Chapter to discuss the popular books at the Charlottetown location.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of The Testaments. (Alastair Grant/Canadian Press, McClelland & Stewart)

"The latest by Margaret Atwood has been a popular book. The book is the literary event of the year as it's the much anticipated sequel to The Handmaid's Tale."

The Bygone Days by Reginald "Dutch" Thompson

Dutch Thompson is a historian and storyteller. (Pat Martel/CBC, Nimbus Publishing)

"Dutch Thompson has had a program on our local CBC Radio station for 29 years talking about stories of islanders born between 1895 and 1925. He's recorded over 900 hours of oral history of islanders stories with this book. The book is popular with people who get excited when they discover a relative's story has been memorialized in the pages of this book."

The Wake by Linden MacIntyre

The Wake is a nonfiction book by Linden MacIntyre. (Joe Passaretti, HarperCollins Canada)

"This book tells the deadly legacy of a Newfoundland tsunami in 1929. It reads like a novel. It describes the resilience and bravery of the Newfoundland people, including their generosity throughout the hardship and loss. It's also the story of how unscrupulous, corrupt capitalism and an inept government prolonged the hardship and suffering. It's a story that people should know about."

Dan MacDonald's comments have been edited for length and clarity.

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