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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.

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. — Kathy Kacer

Course Descriptions

Master Writing Class with Karen Connelly

Writing about Places – Home, Away & Imagined
Sunday November 23rd from 11am to 4pm with Karen Connelly, author of The Lizard Cage.

Bring your memories of trips taken, places visited, or even imagined and learn techniques to make those memories into stories. How setting becomes character in prose and poetry, how to use suspense, humour, and human error to write well about places, whether they are close by, familiar or new to you. Award-winning author Karen Connelly will lead this class for beginners to accomplished writers in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.


Call the store to register – 905-852-4282


2014 Fall Courses – PEN IN HAND, INK ON PAGE


Pen in Hand, Ink on PageDo you have a hard time making sure that you get your writing done?

This class, led by instructor Sue Reynolds, is designed to create time and space to devote to your writing projects. Each week, through instruction and in-class exercises, this group focuses on some aspect of the writing craft. Writing prompts are designed to support each writer in his or her process. Participants leave each class with new pieces of writing, optional homework, one on one feedback on manuscripts and a new understanding of techniques designed to improve the writers’ skills.

6 Weeks – Friday, September 19th – October 24th, 9:30am to 12pm   $180

6 Weeks – Friday, October 31st – December 5th,    9:30am to 12pm   $180

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2014 Fall Courses – THE ARTIST’S WAY – Twelve Weeks to Reclaim Your Inner Artist


the-artists-wayA life-changing twelve-week program led by instructor Sue Reynolds. The Artist’s Way has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. It is a powerfully provocative work challenging artists of all sorts, but particularly writers, to identify what stops them from moving forward with their artistic dreams and goals and to help them set those goals into motion.

Week One: Recovering a Sense of Safety as an Artist – Discovering what Stops You from Creating

Week Two: Recovering a Sense of Artistic Identity

Week Three: Recovering the Power of Creativity – Dealing with the Inner Critic

Week Four: Artistic Integrity – Making the Commitment

Week Five: A Sense of Open Possibility – Dreaming as an Artist

Week Six: Abundance – Setting your Financial Goals as an Artist

Week Seven: Dealing with Perfectionism

Week Eight: Marshalling your Resources

Week Nine: Recovering a Sense of Enthusiasm and Blasting Through Blocks

Week Ten: Competition, Work, and Finding Balance

Week Eleven: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy – Movement and Defining Success

Week Twelve: Escape Velocity and Finding Your Wings

Each student will be required to have a copy of the basic “The Artist’s Way” book for the class.  Books can be ordered from Blue Heron to be picked up on the first night.

First 6 Weeks – Sunday, September 21st – November 2nd, 7pm to 9:30pm    $180

Last 6 Weeks – Sunday, November 16th – December 21st, 7pm to 9:30pm    $180

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2014 Fall Course: LIFE DRAWING

Life Drawing

By L. Rahusaar

To maintain a level of excellence a musician must practice, a dancer must dance and an athlete must train. Artists must work at their craft with a similar dedication if they are to maintain their own level of excellence, let alone get better. Life Drawing is calisthenics for the artists’ brain.
Draped/undraped models. All skill levels.
Drop In Sessions: Thursday, September 18th to December 4th, 7pm to 9pm
3 nights = $75, 6 nights = $126, 8 nights = $144, 12 nights = $180


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2014 Fall Course: ACRYLIC PAINTING: Taking it to the next level

Rosanne - AcrylicACRYLIC PAINTING: Taking it to the next level

Painting from a series of exciting still life subjects, Rosanne Middleton will teach you how to see more… line, shape and shadow. Explore and expand on painting to the light, making colour work for you and adding texture for excitement. Start the fun journey of developing your style and following your instincts while you learn to love painting.

6 Weeks – Tuesday, October 28th to December 2nd, 7pm to 9pm, $150

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2014 Fall Course: WATERCOLOUR

David GreavesCancelled  – WATERCOLOUR with David Greaves

Learn the tricks of the trade in the art of watercolour from David Greaves and make your paintings come alive. Students will learn how to do value sketches and will be introduced to wet in wet techniques for skies, backgrounds, and more. For beginner to advanced students.

6 Weeks – Thursday, Oct.2nd to Nov.6th, 1pm to 3pm $150



2014 Fall Workshop: EDITING WORKSHOP

EDITING: WORKSHOP: Revising for Strength and Story

Bring your work-in-progress and join author Erin Thomas for a six-week exploration of editing tricks and techniques. You’ll see your story’s strengths and needs through new lenses, and find ways to revise, repair and bring out the best in your manuscript.

6 Weeks – Wednesday, October 15th – November 19th, 7pm to 9pm $180


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Advanced Writing for WordiesADVANCED WRITING FOR WORDIES

Ready to take your writing to the next level? The Writing Fairy, Dorothea Helms, is ready to help you soar. Learn to mine ideas from unlikely sources, take risks that will capture the attention of editors/publishers, and polish your writing to the professional level. Forget hand-holding; in this course, The Writing Fairy will provide the kick in the butt that will get your “butt in chair” to live out your writing dreams. Previous participation in a creative writing course is preferred; this is for writers who have advanced beyond the beginner stage. Oh, and it will be a lot of fun!
6 Weeks – Tuesday, September 16th – October 21st, 7pm to 9pm $180

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Let The Writing Fairy, Dorothea Helms, introduce you to the world of writing and its many exciting possibilities. If you are a closet writer or someone who dreams of following your passion for words, this is the course for you. Using humour and 21 years of experience as an award-winning professional writer, Dorothea will awaken the magic inside of you in a safe, comfortable environment. Hundreds have already benefited from this course; many have gone on to win writing contests, be published, start freelance businesses, and even develop their craft far enough to teach

6 Weeks – Wednesday, October 8th – November 12th, 1pm to 3pm $180

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October Book Club

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Book Club Favourite…

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Store Hours

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  • Tues 10 - 6
  • Wed 10 - 6
  • Thurs 10 - 7
  • Fri 10 - 7
  • Sat 10 - 5
  • Sun 11-4

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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