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Congratulations to Alice Munro

Click on the image for the story on Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature...

Click on the image for the story on Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature...

2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

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Bookseller Shelley Macbeth of Blue Heron Books (Uxbridge, ON), recommended Andre Alexis 's Fifteen Dogs on 49th Shelf , and gushed that the novel was her pick for a Giller nomination this year!

An utterly convincing and moving look at the beauty and perils of consciousness.

- I wonder, said Hermes, what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.

- I'll wager a year's servitude, answered Apollo, that animals - any animal you like - would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they were given human intelligence.

And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto vet­erinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change.

Blue Heron books pic The unpretentious atmosphere of Blue Heron Books with its comfy chairs, wood shelving and creaky floors lends itself to a long slow, browsing session, but under that sleepy atmosphere vibrates a strong pulse. The store has a quaint, old-fashioned look with an up tempo vibe, because there is always something happening. The store is a hub for the community and a bastion of calm chaos where everyone is welcome, even the local dogs that drop by with their owners for a treat from the tin kept under the front counter. 62 Brock St. W., Uxbridge, Ontario. 905-852-4282

Neil Pasricha – May 18th

Awesome is everywhere but tonight…awesome will be at Wooden Sticks. Neil Pasricha, author of the #1 best selling book The Happiness Equation will be our guest author and tour guide on the path to happiness.

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Come and see…original picture book art on display in the Blue Heron Studio…

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There will be cake, there will be champagne, there will be soliloquies

ken welshOn April 23rd, Blue Heron Books will celebrate William Shakespeare’s 400th  ‘BirthDeathDay’ with the words of the Bard himself. From 1pm to 2:30pm Kenneth Welsh, Canadian and American film, television and stage actor and self-proclaimed Bard’s Bad Boy, will perform ‘audience choice’ selections from a big list of dramatis personae…if he can remember all the words! Welsh has had a long career as a Shakespearean actor and also wrote and performed the acclaimed off-Broadway cabaret musical Standup Shakespeare.

We also encourage shoppers to brush up on their Shakespeare, as we will be offering 20% off to customers who can correctly answer a Shakespeare-based trivia question at the checkout counter.

What would a “BirthDeathDay” be without cake? But the question remains, can Kenneth blow out the candles on a cake celebrating a 400th birthday? Drop by the studio for a glass of champagne, a piece of cake and the chance to hear Shakespearean actor Kenneth Welsh breathe life into William Shakespeare’s celebrated words.

Meet the Illustrator in the Blue Heron Studio…

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May 17th Canadian Sniper Jody Mitic, Unflinching at the Legion

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Meet Canadian elite sniper, Ottawa City Councillor and finalist in 2013’s Amazing Race Canada, Jody Mitic, author of Unflinching, a memoir that reveals his personal journey into the Canadian military and what happened after he returned home.

Jody will be in conversation with author and journalist Ted Barris. Books will be sold on site through Blue Heron Books.

The event will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170, 109 Franklin St, Uxbridge, ON.

Elite sniper Jody Mitic loved being a soldier. His raw, candid, and engrossing memoir follows his personal journey into the Canadian military, through sniper training, and firefights in Afghanistan, culminating on the fateful night when he stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs below the knees.

“Unflinching is one of those books that you just can’t put down. What a book! What a life! Jody is an inspiration. He never quit, he never gave up, no matter how tough the road was. This book will make you proud that Jody is a Canadian.”
— Don Cherry


On April 30, do something wonderful. Shop at an independent bookstore.

guyAuthors for Indies Day on April 30th promises to be an even bigger venture than last year! As well Blue Heron Books will play host to this amazing collection of Canadian authors and illustrators. Come out and show your support for independent bookstores and have a chance to hear about the books these successful authors and illustrators read and love!

The Blue Heron Studio will play host to a selection of original art, prints and preliminary drawings from our guest illustrators.

Look who is coming…

Historical fantasy writer and assistant editor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion Guy Gavriel Kay, parenting expert Ann Douglas, Haunted Canada author Joel Sutherland, fiction humourist Kate Hilton, slam poet Spencer Butt, non-fiction for young readers author Linda Granfield, Durham region authors Kevin Craig, Heather O’Connor , Marissa Campbell, and Andrew Sullivan and illustrators Rebecca Bender, Eugenie Fernandes, Jan Dolby, Suzanne Del Rizzo

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Saturday April 16th 2 – 4 pm – Phil Dwyer Book Launch in Store

conversationsThe story of the end-of-life experience of a palliative care physician who helped thousands of patients to die well.

We all die. Most of us spend the majority of our lives ignoring this uncomfortable truth, but Dr. Larry Librach dedicated his life and his career to helping his patients navigate their final journey. Then, in April 2013, Larry was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

Unlike the majority of us, Larry knew the death he wanted. He wanted to die at home, surrounded by his family: his wife of forty years, his children, and his grandchildren. He did. He was peaceful and calm at the end. Larry proved that the “good death” isn’t a myth. It can be done, and he showed us how.

Donna Morrissey Workshop…


Meet the Illustrators…and take home a piece of book art

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Upcoming Events…

Wed. Jun 15, 7:30pm, Blue Heron Books Studio, Book Club - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Wed. May 18, 7:30pm, Blue Heron Books Studio, Book Club - The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami

Wed. May 18th, 7pm, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha

Tues. May 17th, 7pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 109 Franklin St, Uxbridge, Unflinching with Jody Mitic

Tues. May 10, 7pm, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Dessert and Coffee with Jim Lynch and Helen Simonson

Sat. Apr. 30th, 10 - 5pm, Blue Heron Books Store and Studio, Authors for Indies

Apr. 24th - May 15th, Blue Heron Books Studio, I Love Art Books Exhibit and Sale of Children’s Book Illustrations
Sat. Apr. 23rd, 1 - 2:30pm, Blue Heron Books Studio, Shakespeare and Champagne with the Bard's Bad Boy - Kenneth Welsh

Ted Barris on TV

great escapePeter Mansbridge goes One on One with Ted Barris. Check out the interview here.

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