ForthcomingNew Releases

Staff Picks

.Goldfinch sue monk kidd

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...

The Luminaries – 2014 Man-Booker Prize

luminaries “Sometimes – rarely – a novel arrives that is so good all you can do is shake your head in wonder. Brilliant in design, masterful in execution, and intensely pleasurable to inhabit, The Luminaries is a masterpiece, the work of a writer of apparently limitless range and talent.” —Peter Hobbs, author of In the Orchard, the Swallows

Lynn Coady wins Giller Prize

hell goingWinner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady gives us eight unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last. A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a schoolgirl takes on ever deeper, and stranger, shapes as the years progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage can’t seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day. Equally adept at capturing the foibles and obsessions of men and of women, compassionate in her humour yet never missing an opportunity to make her characters squirm, fascinated as much by faithlessness as by faith, Lynn Coady is quite possibly the writer who best captures what it is to be human at this particular moment in our history.
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...

Don Cavin One Day Workshop. Click here for more information...

May 1st Launch of the Foster Memorial Book. Click here for more information.

Terry Fallis Book Launch Event -- May 12th Click here for more information.

When you walk through the doors of Blue Heron Books you feel as if you’ve come home. The warmth and personal touch of Shelley Macbeth and her staff is exceeded only by the fabulous and extensive selection of books available. Young, old, and everyone in between will find the perfect book. Blue Heron Books is a true gem. — Kathy Kacer


Each member of the Blue Heron team possesses a unique set of skills. Our wide range of literary interests and exceptional event planning make Blue Heron Books the heart of Uxbridge’s book loving community.

Shelley Macbeth

Involved with the store since 1992, has been at the helm since 2005. Knows her books, her authors, and her customers; amazing things happen when they all come together at one of the multitude of events the store hosts throughout the year. Pick a genre and you’ll get a solid recommendation. In the publishing world she has been called a book promotion machine.

Joy Coxworth

Bookkeeper extraordinaire and general organizational goddess for the past two years. When not tallying columns in the back Joy enjoys first-rate crime stories, anything to do with horses, pop culture, music and good food porn (a.k.a. cookbooks). Resident egg lady and beekeeper!

Sue Saunderson

Nothing stops Sue — not ankle surgery, not a broken wrist. She is determined with an ‘I’ll do it’ attitude that is to be envied. She is Blue Heron’s almighty ladyship of school books for all things school related.  She has been know to sort books into the wee hours of the night when a calm quiet descends upon the usually busy store.  Sue is happiest at her cottage where this little Energizer Bunny recharges the batteries that power her million dollar smile.

Shelagh Damus

Writer-in-residence, web-mistress and procurer of press releases, newsletters and publicity. She loves non-fiction that reads like fiction and the voyeuristic nature of biographies. Her inner rock-star  had a work out recently with Keef’s Life and her long in the tooth biology degree was useful as she explored The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. No matter how many cities/countries she has knocked off her “I’m starting early ’cause I have a long way to go” bucket list, it never seems to get any shorter and she can’t believe she still hasn’t seen Paris!


Kristen Thornton

Kristen has traded her former jet-setting lifestyle as a  corporate toy and book buyer for the slightly less glamorous life of a full time mom to 2 young kids. Kristen loves Irish novels, Pinterest and a good DIY project. As Blue Heron Studio manager, Kristen brings a wealth of creativity and organization to the Studio as it enters its second year and will likely find there is no end to DIY projects for her to tackle in the Studio.

Maggie Finlayson

The greatest employee of all time, according to Shelley. She enjoys all things teen fiction, cookbooks and long walks on the beach. She’s also probably the most beautiful member of the Blue Heron Books. Away at University most of the time, Maggie will find her way back and behind the counter occasionally.

Laurel Crichton-Mailey

A grade 11 student at Uxbridge Secondary School, Laurel is an extra curricular activity aficionado with interests as diverse as rugby and dance. As comfortable on the stage performing musical theatre as she is curled up with a good read, Laurel has proven adept at thinking on her feet and brings with her a depth of reading knowledge.  Hunger Games and the Clockwork Angel are two series that have captured Laurel’s interest of late. Laurel loves working with the other Blue Heron Books employees where work and fun always seem to go hand in hand. Laurel enjoys the opportunities she has had to meet authors and hear about their books and their journeys.


Caileigh MacIsaac

Caileigh is a grade 12 student at Uxbridge Secondary School. Her greatest love is running, as she spends most of her time training and competing in track and field; most notably in hurdles events. She also has a passion for music; she is classically trained in the flute, and finds fun in improvising on the ukulele. Caileigh is an agreeable and friendly addition to our staff. She loves reading books which feature strong heroines. She enjoys connecting with customers who have come from far and wide to visit the store.

One Response to Staff

  • m.hodgson says:

    congratulations on being recognized as one of the top 10 book stores in Canada. Hard work does pay off.

December Book Club

reading between the wines Seasonal Book Club Party - Talk books, buy books, steal books December 11th at Blue Heron Books 7:30pm

January Book Club

munro My Best Stories by Alice Munro Venue: Veronica's Place Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Store Hours

  • Mon 10 - 6
  • Tues 10 - 6
  • Wed 10 - 6
  • Thurs 10 - 7
  • Fri 10 - 7
  • Sat 10 - 5
  • Sun 11-4
Using keyword, author name, workshop instructor, course title, book event etc. type into the search bar and hit enter.

Our May Artist


Marc Gagnon

  Temperature Rising Marc L. Gagnon is a full time artist who employs both the watercolour and acrylic mediums. He has been painting for over thirty years and holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture. An long time elected member of The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Marc's paintings have been Mr. Gagnon’s paintings have been exhibited in several juried exhibitions, including the 2004 - 6th International Water Colour Biennial in Mexico. He has been honoured with many awards for his work and has served as a juror various other exhibitions, including the 21st annual Toronto Watercolour Society Juried Spring Show. He is a sought after instructor and demonstrator of watercolour and acrylic painting working out of various venues in Southern Ontario including Loyalist College in Belleville and St. Lawrence College in Brockville

Upcoming in the Studio

  • March 8 – Vintage Art Anything, 1-5pm
  • March 22 – Fine Art Private Collections, 1-5pm
  • April 12 – Floral, Big Bold Artworks, 1-5pm
  • April 26 – 1-5pm & April 27– 11-4pm – BHAM Art Show & Sale – Pottery & Fine Art
  • May 3 – 10-5pm & May 4 – 11-4pm – Artists of Uxbridge Art Show and Sale

Ted Barris on TV

great escapePeter Mansbridge goes One on One with Ted Barris. Check out the interview here.
handmade in uxbridge2013