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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

fifteen dogs

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

Store History


When Barb Pratt opened Blue Heron Books in 1989, she had a life-long dream to be at the helm of a bookstore, a background in publishing and a confidence in the need for a
local bookstore. From its humble beginnings the store has become a stalwart on the main drag, and a hub for all things literary.

Shelley Macbeth, the store’s present day impresario, is proud of Uxbridge’s arrival on the literary map of Canada. The store has brought headline authors such as Timothy Findley, Michael Ondaatje, and Nino Ricci to town.

An original, and continuing, store mandate is to foster early literacy and keep kids enthusiastic about reading.  Who can forget the final Harry Potter extravaganza that transformed Brock St into Hogsmeade? Or the 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables event that saw red tresses braided and period costumes paraded

Blue Heron serves as an anchor for the arts community, the source of who, what, where and when, as well as being the conduit for how

by selling tickets.  Over two decades Shelley says “a conservative
estimate puts ticket sales for community events over 100,000.” An
astounding number when one considers the time, energy, and enthusiasm
invested in this task and the fact the store has never taken a fee for the service.

In 2000, the store changed hands and new owner Marilyn Maher ramped up service to the school market. The store became the area’s premiere resource for schools. In 2004, the store moved to its present location at 62 Brock Street West.

3 Responses to Store History

  • neil campbell says:

    This is about a book of mine you have been selling, Cell Phones and Sap Buckets. I just left you a telephone message; my number is 705-457-7158.
    I wanted to be sure you still had copies in stock and figure out whether I should invoice you for what you’ve sold.
    I’ve emailed you in the past at but had no reply, so I thought I’d try this.

  • Gayle Clarke says:

    Hi Shelley,
    I just left a message for you to let you know about another great book we have just published to see if you’d be interested in having it on the shelves at Blue Heron. On behalf of Sheri, I also wanted to get an update our her book, Hearts Linked by Courage, along with the matching journals she gave you on consignment last Spring and a couple of our newest author’s book at the time, Jump for Joy.

    We missed seeing you earlier this year at the WCYR monthly meetings, and then this past meeting, we were not able to make it. It would be lovely to reconnect, and I’ll look forward to hearing back from you.

    Have a beautiful day.
    Gayle Clarke
    Tel. 905-853-1968

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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

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