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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

CBA LIBRIS BOOKSELLER OF THE YEAR - 2012 and 2014 Click here for more information...

Series of Fortunate (literary) Events 2015 Passport Click here for more information...

Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine Click here for more information.

Inspiration Station - Art Club for Kids Click here for more information.

Author and illustrator Barbara Reid in store December 5th…

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An Evening with Douglas Gibson and Terry Fallis

poles apartJoin us for an evening with award winning author Terry Fallis and writer/editor extraordinaire, Douglas Gibson on Nov. 19th, at Wooden Sticks Golf Club, 7pm. Your $25 ticket includes a glass of wine and nibblies.

Poles Apart by Terry Fallis

Eve of Equality, a new feminist blog, becomes an overnight sensation when a wildly popular talk show host stumbles upon it, tweets about it, and promotes it on her show. The anonymous blog is intelligent, thoughtful, and bold, brazenly taking on various injustices in the lives of women. But it’s the blogger Eve’s post about the controversial entrepreneur behind XY, a new chain of high-end strip clubs opening up across the country, that sets off a firestorm. In a matter of hours, the site crashes, its Twitter count jumps from a paltry 19 followers to nearly 250,000, and Eve is suddenly lauded as the new voice of modern feminism.
But who, exactly, is the Eve behind Eve of Equality? Well . . . not who you might think. Meet Everett Kane, aspiring writer and fervent feminist. He writes his erudite blog in his new apartment, at his kitchen table, and his life is about to change forever.
Hilarious and smart, and offering timely commentary on a subject that is flooding our headlines, newsfeeds, Twitter streams, and conversations, Poles Apart is Terry Fallis at his best, confirming his status as a king of CanLit comedy.

Across Canada by Story by Douglas Gibson

More adventures from one of Canada’s premier editors and storytellers

Canada is a country rich in stories, and few take as much joy as Douglas Gibson in discovering them. As one of the country’s leading editors and publishers for 40 years, he coaxed modern classics out of some of Canada’s finest minds, and then took to telling his own stories in his first memoir, Stories About Storytellers.

Gibson turned his memoir into a one-man stage show that eventually played almost 100 times, in all ten provinces, from coast to coast. As a literary tourist, he discovered even more about the land and its writers and harvested many more stories, from distant past and recent memory, to share.

Now in Across Canada by Story, Gibson brings new stories about Robertson Davies, Jack Hodgins, W.O. Mitchell, Alistair MacLeod, and Alice Munro, and adds lively portraits of Al Purdy, Marshall McLuhan, Margaret Laurence, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Margaret Atwood, Wayne Johnson, Linwood Barclay, Michael Ondaatje, and many, many others. Whether fly fishing in Haida Gwaii or sailing off Labrador, Douglas Gibson is a first-rate ambassador for Canada and the power of great stories.

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Kate Morton, author of The Forgotten Garden, coming November 26th

kate mortonWe are pleased to announce that Kate Morton, international bestselling author of The Forgotten Garden and The Secret Keeper, is joining our fall roster!

Tickets are $45 and include a copy of Kate’s new book, The Lake House as well as dessert and coffee.

November 26th 2015, 7pm at Wooden Sticks Golf Course

Call the store to reserve your tickets! 905-852-4282905-852-4282


Book Launch – October 24th

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Shilpi Somaya Gowda — October 19th

secretSecret Daughter author, Shilpi Somaya Gowda coming Monday, October 19th…with her new novel, The Golden Son.

Wooden Sticks Golf Club
Tickets are $25 (include wine and nibblies) Available in store or by calling 905-852-4282

Short list for the Scotiabank Giller Prize…

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Up Close and Personal with Will Ferguson — in the Studio on October 4th!

will fergusonOn Sunday, October 4th, at 7pm, G-Mom’s of Port Perry and Blue Heron Books are pleased to present an intimate evening with Will Ferguson, as he introduces us to his new book, Road Trip Rwanda. Funny, engaging, poignant, and at times heartbreaking, Road Trip Rwanda is the lively tale of two friends, the open road, and the hidden heart of a continent. Will Ferguson is a three time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and the Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author of 419. The event will take place in the Blue Heron Studio and will be moderated by Terry Fallis, bestselling author and another  winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Tickets are $45, include a signed copy of Road Trip Rwanda ($34 value), refreshments and a donation to G-Moms of Port Perry on behalf of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.



Amnesty International Book Club…new titles for 2016

February 18     The Cellist of Sarajevo
April 21            Half-Blood Blues
June 16           China Dog and Other Stories
August 18        Sweetland
October 20      Three Day Road
December 16   Fall On Your Knees

Thomas the Tank Engine makes a stop in Uxbridge…. Aug. 14-16 & 21-23, 2015

thomas first storiesThomas the Tank Engine first appeared in the Railway Series of books by Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher. He endeared himself to children by coming alive in the pages of the books and later made the leap to animated superstardom in the television spin-off series, Thomas & Friends.

He is counted as a friend by many  Canadian children and this month Thomas is going to pay a visit to Uxbridge. This is one of only FOUR stops on the Canadian leg of his 2015 tour.

Besides having an amazing array of Thomas books on hand for the six day long Sidewalk Sale, Blue Heron will be participating in the BIA campaign to encourage little Thomas fans to enjoy their visit to Uxbridge with a Thomas-inspired game of I Spy (while the big Thomas fans get to explore the sites and shops of Uxbridge).  Game cards will be available at the Uxbridge Tourism Trailer by the YDHR.  The Grand Prize winner of four tickets to the final Thomas Train ride will be announced on Sunday, August 23rd.


Tickets available here.





Christmas Hours

Starting December 10

Mon - Wed 10 - 7
Thu/Fri - 10 - 9
Sat - 10 - 7
Sun - 10 - 5

For the final stretch...
Dec 21 9 - 9
Dec 22 9 - 9
Dec 23 9 - 7
Dec 24 9 - until the last shopper shops...

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Upcoming Events…

Thurs. Nov. 19th, 7pm, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Across Canada by Story with Douglas Gibson and Terry Fallis

Sat. Nov. 14th, 10 - 5pm, Blue Heron Studio, Home Show and Sale Home Decor, Infinity Scarves, Elemi Organics and much more

Thurs. Nov. 26th, 7pm, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, An Evening with Kate Morton

Dec. 10th - 22nd, 10 - 5pm, Blue Heron Studio Handmade in Uxbridge Show and Sale

Ted Barris on TV

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

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