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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


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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 2014 Passport Click here for more information...

Tea with Philippa Gregory on September 21stClick here for more information.

Ann-Marie Macdonald Event --Nov. 8thh 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:

    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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Books and Authors Night

Sept 25th This just in... Amanda Lindhout, author of A House in the Sky will be joining Miriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness, Kim Thuy, author of Ru and Elyse Friedman, author of The Answer to Everything on September 25th for Books and Authors Night in the Uxbridge Music Hall. Tickets on Sale now.
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Upcoming Events…

November 17th, Blue Heron Studio in conjunction with the Passionate Cook-- Chef Jamie Kennedyi, SOLD OUT   November 17th, 7pm Wooden Sticks Golf Club --  An evening with Meg Tilly, Meg Wolitzer and Lev Grossman - $25 (includes a glass of wine and nibblies)   November 22 Santa Claus Parade (note the date change!), In store story time and treats.   December 6th, In Store Book Signing with Destiny's Gate author Lee Bice Matheson1pm   December 7th, In Store Book Signing with The Stain author Charlene Jones1pm

Ted Barris on TV

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