On April 23rd, Blue Heron Books will celebrate William Shakespeare’s 400th ‘BirthDeathDay’ with the words of the Bard himself. From 1pm to 2:30pm Kenneth Welsh, Canadian and American film, television and stage actor and self-proclaimed Bard’s Bad Boy, will perform ‘audience choice’ selections from a big list of dramatis personae…if he can remember all the words! Welsh has had a long career as a Shakespearean actor and also wrote and performed the acclaimed off-Broadway cabaret musical Standup Shakespeare.
We also encourage shoppers to brush up on their Shakespeare, as we will be offering 20% off to customers who can correctly answer a Shakespeare-based trivia question at the checkout counter.
What would a “BirthDeathDay” be without cake? But the question remains, can Kenneth blow out the candles on a cake celebrating a 400th birthday? Drop by the studio for a glass of champagne, a piece of cake and the chance to hear Shakespearean actor Kenneth Welsh breathe life into William Shakespeare’s celebrated words.
Meet Canadian elite sniper, Ottawa City Councillor and finalist in 2013’s Amazing Race Canada, Jody Mitic, author of Unflinching, a memoir that reveals his personal journey into the Canadian military and what happened after he returned home.
Jody will be in conversation with author and journalist Ted Barris. Books will be sold on site through Blue Heron Books.
The event will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170, 109 Franklin St, Uxbridge, ON.
Elite sniper Jody Mitic loved being a soldier. His raw, candid, and engrossing memoir follows his personal journey into the Canadian military, through sniper training, and firefights in Afghanistan, culminating on the fateful night when he stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs below the knees.
“Unflinching is one of those books that you just can’t put down. What a book! What a life! Jody is an inspiration. He never quit, he never gave up, no matter how tough the road was. This book will make you proud that Jody is a Canadian.”
— Don Cherry
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We all die. Most of us spend the majority of our lives ignoring this uncomfortable truth, but Dr. Larry Librach dedicated his life and his career to helping his patients navigate their final journey. Then, in April 2013, Larry was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.
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