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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 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.

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

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Intimacy and Solitude – Writing to Transform with Sue Reynolds

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Have you wrestled with any of these questions in your relationships:

1. Why do I go from one relationship to another without finding what I yearn for?
2. Why am I restless or critical with those I love?
3. Why am I uneasy with my own company when I’m alone?
4. Is it possible to be close to someone else – and Continue reading

Blue Heron Studio hosts Pat Schneider’s Ontario Launch -

Julia Cameron calls Pat Schneider “A fuse lighter,” and Peter Elbow says she is “the wisest teacher of writing I know”.

“When I begin to write, I open myself and wait. And when I turn toward an inner spiritual awareness, I open myself and wait.” With that insight, Pat Schneider invites readers to contemplate their lives and deepest questions through writing. How the Light Gets In gracefully encourages readers to consider writing as a spiritual practice.

Schneider’s new book is designed for the seeker, the pilgrim, and the writer, no matter from what spiritual tradition or level of expertise in writing. From an opening chapter that begins with Einstein’s statement, “There is a Spirit,” through seventeen chapters on subjects such as “Tradition in Writing,” “Tradition in Religion,” “Changing the World,” “The Body,” and “Joy,” the book is an example of using writing as a spiritual practice for purposes of courage and discover in relation to one’s deepest questions about spirit and about the art and practice of writing.

On the evening of October 25th, Pat Schneider will be in Uxbridge to read from and talk about her new book, released at last after nine years of pondering and writing.

Advance Praise for How the Light Gets In:

“Pat Schneider is one of America’s premier writing instructors. Her genius lies as much in her tenacity as in her talent, and in a wild incredible belief that there is a force in the universe, a ‘light’ if you will, that we—’cracked’ though we may be—can emit if we work hard enough. How the Light Gets In effortlessly shows us how to do that often difficult work. If there is one book on writing or writers you can read this year, I emphatically recommend this one.” —Sapphire, author of Push (which was made into the movie “Precious”) and The Kid

How the Light Gets In is a moving blend of memoir and reflections on creative writing through the lens of spiritual practice that leaves the reader comforted and challenged. This is an instructive, marvelous read.” —Emilie M. Townes, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology, Yale Divinity School

“[How the Light Gets In] will have wide appeal to both amateur and seasoned writers and spiritual seekers whether or not tied to any tradition. The book is also useful as a tool for growth through reflection and writing. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

A renowned teacher of writing, Pat Schneider is the author of ten works of poetry and nonfiction, including Writing Alone and With Others. Founder of Amherst Writers & Artists, she travels frequently to teach and has been leading workshops in creative writing for almost thirty years.

Garrison Keillor has read her poems sixteen times on “Writers Almanac.”

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Pen in Hand, Ink on Page

Five weeks of writing with instructor and certified AWA leader, Sue Reynolds

January 9 to February 6
Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:00

Do you have a hard time making sure that you get to your writing?

Each week this group will focus on some aspect of the writing craft, as well as writing in class to prompts designed to support each writer in his or her process. Leave each class with new pieces of writing begun to inspire you through the coming week and new understanding of techniques designed to improve your skills as a memoirist or fiction writer. Continue reading

“50 Shades of Naughty – How to write Erotica”


The advent of e-books has made it easy for readers to indulge in erotica anytime, anywhere.

The Fifty Shades of Grey series has topped best-seller lists around the world and is now available in 37 languages. The series has sold 40 million copies worldwide, and set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time. It has even surpassed the Harry Potter series. A Hollywood deal has been struck and it won’t be long until the movie bursts onto the screen.

Controversy abounds about the quality of the writing, the appropriateness of the relationship, the elevation of the sexual descriptions, even the concept that certain forms of stimulation, once considered deviant, might need to be reassessed in light of modern psychological profiling.

But no one is arguing about the success of the books. Continue reading

Book – Art Exhibition CALL FOR ARTISTS

Repurpose used books to new and funky objects!

Blue Heron Studio is celebrating its launch as a learning hub for the arts with a competition inviting artists and craftspeople to reimagine discarded books into new objects. These objects can be sculptural, functional or two-dimensional. You are invited to produce up to two objects for this event either in your own space or at our upcoming workshop on Wednesday, August 8th from 6:30 – 9:30pm. Submissions for the exhibition are due at Blue Heron Studio by Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 4pm.

For the more ambitious, we are also accepting proposals for installations which will be housed in various storefronts and retail spaces.
Please fill out the separate Installation Proposal Form, deadline: Friday, August 24th, 7pm.

The grand prize is $500. Jury selection for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will be announced at the opening reception on Saturday, September 22nd. The public will be invited to select a People’s Choice Award during the exhibition of entries from September 22nd to September 29th

All work must be picked up between the hours of 5:30—8:30pm on Friday, September 29th, 2012.

Submission forms and books to be used as material can be found at the following locations, or forms can be downloaded from our website. You may also use your own books.

Blue Heron Bookstore
62 Brock Street West,
Uxbridge, Ontario

Uxbridge Library
9 Toronto Street
Uxbridge, Ontario

A Book<>Art workshop will be held at Blue Heron Studio on Wednesday, August 8th from 6:30 – 9:30pm. This will be a creative book-art session hosted by local sculptor Fly Freeman. (Admission by donation). All ages welcome.

Blue Heron Studio is located at 62 Brock Street West, in Uxbridge, Ontario (rear entrance behind Blue Heron Books).

To download a PDF of this information on the exhibition and the BOOK<>ART workshop, please click HERE.

Writing Stories from Our Lives

Sunday evenings, 7 – 9:30 pm, 8 weeks, starting Sunday September 23rd

Humans are the Story Species. It’s one of the few characteristics we share across cultures, across genders, across ages — we understand our lives and ourselves through the stories we tell.

In this set of eight writing workshops we will be practicing how to make our ideas into essays, our memories into memoirs and our lives into literature.

Each class will cover some aspect of the writing craft – the skills necessary to create strong prose that engages the reader and keeps them turning the page, including strong characterization, sensory description, vivid details, metaphors and accuracy. Continue reading

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Learn from a Master – Writing with Donna Morrissey

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Sue Reynolds: Writing Stories from Your Life

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Dorothea Helms: The Write Magic

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James Dewar: Get Published Poetry

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Sue Reynolds: Words are Worth 1000 Pictures – Writing Your Memoirs

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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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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.
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