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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

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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

Art Class

Canvas, Corks & Cocktails

cccLove to create, but are a little afraid of the commitment to formal art classes?

Always thinking outside the books, Blue Heron Books is excited to promote our newest partnership with Stouffville’s Canvas, Corks & Cocktails. Next Wednesday evening in Blue Heron Studio, we want you to join us for a fabulous, yet casual night out with the girls (guys are welcome, of course!) painting, noshing, and in the end, creating your own unique acrylic masterpiece based on the real life masterpiece Lavender Landscapes (pictured above). Not only that, organizer and DJ, Steve Caldwell will be turning out fab tunes to get your creative juices flowing. Feel free to hit the dance floor if the spirit moves you! Lots of yummy ‘refreshments’ available for purchase to round out an evening that is guaranteed to inspire.

This is a fun and frivolous painting adventure meant to be shared with friends or family. Canvas Corks & Cocktails provides the artistic materials, the instructor, the canvas; you simply need to be willing and able to engage your creative side, have fun and enjoy the ride. This is sure to be an entertaining evening of laughter, with a good dose of camaraderie, a generous helping of encouragement and a boatload of fun.

“Life is too short for blank walls; unleash your inner Da Vinci”

Who: Canvas Corks & Cocktails
What: Evening of fun and frivolity painting with your girlfriends!
Where: Blue Heron Studio (rear of Blue Heron Books)
When: Wednesday July 20, 2016 starting at 7:00 pm
How: Pre-register at Blue Heron in person or by calling 905 852 4282; have your VISA card handy for the $45 pre-payment

Grab a girlfriend or two and head out for a summer evening of creativity!!

Winter 2016 Inspiration Station — Saturday Morning Art Classes for Kids

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Fall 2015 Inspiration Station for Kids…

 Take a ride to Inspiration Station‐ a once a week artistic adventure  to capture the hearts and minds of kids.


Working with highly qualified instructors in a small class  environment, children will have the unique opportunity to dabble  in many art forms.

Sign up for 6 of the 8 programs to be part of the most creative art  club in town – your child will receive a vip membership card that  entitles them to 10% off all their purchases in Blue Heron Books.

Class sizes are limited. 9:30 – 10:30am Ages 6 – 12  $100


September 26th  ‐ “Here’s Looking at YOU!” In this self‐portrait class, taught by artist Caroline Doyle, students will  examine the proportions of the human face. Working with oil pastels on  card stock, each child will take home a self‐portrait. Bring along a mirror!

October 3rd   ‐ Abstract Expressionism What is Abstract Expressionism? Art that originated in New York in the  1940s and 1950s aimed at capturing emotional expression with emphasis  on creative spontaneity. Caroline Doyle will lead this class, teaching color  mixing and using paint and canvas on board with masking tape as a resist.

October 17th – How to think like an Architect  Come learn the way local residential Architectural Designer, Hailey  Weatherbee goes about creating schematic designs. Design is a discussion.  Come talk, explore, sketch and model make in an interactive class about 3D  design.

October 24th – Express Yourself ‐ Move! Shake! Let it go! In this class led by Expressive Arts Therapist Christina Demunda, kids will let  their imagination run free to create a unique and fun story together. This  class will utilize movement and voice to get kids out of their heads and into  their bodies!

October 31st ‐  It’s Halloween! Painted Pumpkins!  Celebrate Halloween by creating a one of a kind foam pumpkin centerpiece  that will adorn your home with spooky greatness. Artist Caroline Doyle will  help students paint and decorate their way through this special themed  class. Feel free to come dressed in costume!

November 7th  ‐ Doodle a Holiday Card Come learn a relaxing art form based on doodling.  Nadine Lauder will lead this class with a step‐by‐step process. The final  product is a one of a kind holiday card that can then be made into custom  cards by local business Red Hot Design. If you can put pen to paper, then you can ‘tangle’!

November 28th – Watercolour Streetscapes Come learn to “paint” with watercolour pencil crayons. Architectural  designer Hailey Weatherbee will lead this class using a hand‐sketched  image of a local Uxbridge streetscape. Students will ‘paint by numbers’ to  complete a 5″x7″ canvas to take away.

December 5th  ‐ The Oh So Brilliant Barbara Reid Canadian illustrator and author Barbara Reid has been an inspiration to  people of all ages. Artist Caroline Doyle will help students create images the  Barbara Reid way, using plasticine to make a beautiful relief sculpture.


Call store to register.

Fall 2015 Courses – FIND YOUR VOICE

For those of you who say you can’t sing but want to! Anne-Marie Dubuc will help to get rid of the “I can’t sing” in you!  Fun, relaxed and engaging, this class helps adults explore how to use their voice through exercises, group singing and basic theory. You will gain a better understanding of your voice, be able to recognize pitch and rhythm, and read basic musical notation.

6 Weeks – Wednesday, Sept. 30th to Dec. 2nd, 7pm to 8:15pm $125

 Call store to register.

Fall 2015 One-Day Workshops – EXPRESS YOURSELF!

Make space for creativity by quieting the mind and body through a guided meditation. From there, Expressive Arts Therapist Christina Demunda will help you harness your energy into creating a piece of artwork on canvas using water based paint. Beginner’s welcome!

Saturday, October 24th, 11am to 1pm  $45


Call store to register.



Fall 2015 One-Day Workshop – HAND LETTERING

This workshop will look at using text to create a beautiful image, and at how the shaping of letters and words can enhance meaning. Instructor Fly Freeman will explore various writing implements such as brushes, pencils, ink pens, and more. Students will design a single word or short phrase into a finished piece of hand lettering.

Sunday, October 25th,  11am to 4pm  $65  *additional $10 materials fee

Call store to register.





Fall 2015 Courses – DRAWING USING PEN & INK


This class teaches the process of pen and ink drawing.  Instructor Ron Peter will explore a number of concepts and techniques which will include: perspective, basic drawing, composition, pen line patterns, producing light and shadow, wash and watercolour techniques and tricks.

6 Weeks – Monday, October 26th to November 30th, 1pm to 3pm  $150

Call store to register.



Fall 2015 Courses – HACK YOUR WARDROBE

This course explores the darker depths of your wardrobe where the seldom worn but impossible to give away clothes lurk. Clothes you love but don’t quite fit right or cost you too much money to get rid of. Can they be adjusted, re-imagined? Well yes! Using basic sewing techniques and a fresh approach to recreating your clothes, Fly Freeman aims to take the fear out of refashioning and helps you put your own clothing ideas into action.

6 Weeks – Monday, October 26th to November 30th, 7pm to 9pm  $150

*additional $20 materials fee

Call store to register.



Animation Workshop Video

Check out the work done by some of our animation workshop participants did. Click on the image to run the video…

Store Hours

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  • Thurs 10 - 7
  • Fri 10 - 7
  • Sat 10 - 5
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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

Ted Barris on TV

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

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