When you walk through the doors of Blue Heron Books you feel as if you’ve come home. The warmth and personal touch of Shelley Macbeth and her staff is exceeded only by the fabulous and extensive selection of books available. Young, old, and everyone in between will find the perfect book. Blue Heron Books is a true gem. —
Congratulation to Ryan Lamoureaux
Ryan Lamoureux is our Youngest Uxbridge Arts Association member and has two pieces hanging in Blue Heron Studio in Uxbridge. He just won the 2013 Art Battle in Peterborough, where he is attending Trent University.
According to Ryan…
The 2013 Art Battle took place on November 21st at the Venue in Peterborough. There were two rounds of paint-battles (each round only 20min long). The top two voted by the crowd from each round moved onto the finals. The four finalists painted a second piece for the final round.
It was an amazing experience to be painting so fast in such a short period of time. The host announced the whole time and the crowd did a count down…so it was pretty intense.
Come the final round, it was crazy to look around at the other artists and realize that I was up against Art instructors and other people who had gone to school studying fine art! I was pretty excited, and now I get to go onto the upcoming provincial art battles and represent Peterborough there!
Winner 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.
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“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
Congratulations to Alice Munro winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature
WCDR member Heather Tucker has won the New York Literal Latte short prose contest. Heather thanks her Writing In Progress writing group, past and present, for their critiquing insights and James Dewar & Sue Reynolds for the workshop where the seed for the story was planted.
Blue Heron Instructors Sue Reynolds and James Dewar are no strangers to grateful students, however. One of their students from their year-long A Novel Approach course just signed a two novel deal with Simon & Schuster with the novel she drafted in that class. Furthermore for the last two years both winners of the $1000 WCDR Short Story contest have been students of Sue’s, and the most recent winning story was begun at one of Sue’s Writers’ Sanctuary Sundays.
Finally, Sue just returned from a week in Chicago where she was the co-trainer for a group of 10 new AWA writing group facilitators. AWA (or Amherst Writers) is renowned for helping writers discover and foster their own unique voices without damage to creativity or a writers’ artistic self-esteem.
Check out the writing classes Sue is teaching in the Studio this fall.
Edugyan’s fellow jurors this year are Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and American author Jonathan Lethem.
The longlist for the 20th anniversary of the Scotiabank Giller Prize is:
- Dennis Bock for his novel Going Home Again, published by HarperCollins Canada
- ***Joseph Boyden for his novel The Orenda, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada
- Lynn Coady for her short story collection Hellgoing, published by House of Anansi Press
- Craig Davidson for his novel Cataract City, published by Doubleday Canada
- Elisabeth De Mariaffi for her short story collection How To Get Along With Women, published by Invisible Publishing
- David Gilmour for his novel Extraordinary, published by Patrick Crean Editions
- Wayne Grady for his novel Emancipation Day, published by Doubleday Canada
- Louis Hamelin for his novel October 1970, translated by Wayne Grady and published by House of Anansi Press
- Wayne Johnston for his novel The Son of a Certain Woman, published by Knopf Canada
- Claire Messud for her novel The Woman Upstairs, published by Knopf Canada
- Lisa Moore for her novel Caught, published by House of Anansi Press
- Dan Vyleta for his novel The Crooked Maid, published by HarperCollins Canada
- ***Michael Winter for his novel Minister Without Portfolio, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada
*** Nominees Joseph Boyden and Michael Winter are our guest authors at the Uxbridge Music Hall on November 1st! More information here.
December Book Club
Seasonal Book Club Party - Talk books, buy books, steal books December 11th at Blue Heron Books 7:30pm
January Book Club
My Best Stories by Alice Munro Venue: Veronica's Place Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature