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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...

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 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.

Blue Heron Books is on my map. How could you fail in the book business with a name like Shelley Macbeth? She runs great events and never disappoints with hundreds in attendance. She knows each of her customers and their tastes. Shelley is that great combination of woman of letters and an entrepreneur. Her staff loves books and thrive on recommendations. — Cathy Gildiner

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:

    Hi:
    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 shelleymacbeth@hotmail.com but had no reply, so I thought I’d try this.
    Neil

  • 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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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

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  • Wed 10 - 6
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  • Fri 10 - 7
  • Sat 10 - 5
  • Sun Closed
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Our April Artist

 

Anne León

  4. Detail of #3 Leon & Dortbudak, Fusion entry Jan 08 008 Potter, Painter, Photographer   At the age of 11, just before we left New Zealand in 1956, Anne had two lessons on the potter’s wheel. Little did the teacher know that she had introduced Anne to a love which has lasted a life time. While her husband was studying at Cornell University he discovered a student union clay studio in 1967. Anne took a short course there and ended up working there three days a week. As soon as they arrived in Toronto Anne set up with a treadle wheel and began teaching and exhibiting soon after. Anne has taught pottery, breathed pottery, looked at European, South American,American and Canadian museum’s collections of pottery, had articles published in England and Canada about potters in England and Ecuador, collected pottery, photographed pottery,  exhibited pottery and sold pottery.....   Along the way, after about ten intense years of focusing on my studio pottery, I also fell in love with painting, printmaking and photography and have also exhibited in all these media.

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.
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