The Blue Heron is a one-of-a-kind bookstore where you are welcomed in by brilliant, warm-hearted, knowledgeable staff. You’ll leave with the exact book your mind and spirit seeks and return again and again. —
Lauren B. Davis is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels The Stubborn Season, The Radiant City and Our Daily Bread, which was longlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize and named as a best book of the year by both The Globe and Mail and the Boston Globe. She was born in Montreal, now lives in Princeton, New Jersey and will be in Uxbridge on April 6th. Her latest novel, The Empty Room is a raw and groundbreaking journey to the depths of addiction.
Colleen Kerrigan wakes up sick and bruised, with no clear memory of the night before. It’s Monday morning, and she is late for work again. She’s shocked to see the near-empty vodka bottle on her kitchen counter. It was full at noon yesterday; surely she didn’t drink that much last night? As she struggles out the door, she fights the urge to have a sip, just to take the edge off. But no, she’s not going to drink today.
But this is the day Colleen’s demons come for her. A very bad day spirals into night as a series of flashbacks take the reader through Colleen’s past—moments of friendship and loss, fragments of peace and possibility. The single constant is the bottle, always close by, Colleen’s worst enemy and her only friend.
In this unforgettable work, acclaimed novelist Lauren B. Davis has created as searing, raw and powerful a portrayal of the chaos and pain of alcoholism as we have encountered in fiction. Told with compassion, insight and an irresistible gallows humour, The Empty Room takes us to the depths of addiction, only to find a revelation at its heart: the importance and grace of one person reaching out to another.
Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Elgin Park Drive, Uxbridge
Tickets are $25 (include full brunch)
Books and Brunch with Maureen Jennings, author of the Murdoch Mysteries and a new historical mystery trilogy- March 9, 2014
***DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME WARNING*** CLOCKS SPRING FORWARD!!!!
March 9 at Wooden Sticks Golf Club at 11am. Tickets are $25 and include full brunch.
“Ignorance is not bliss. That’s the short and firm message in this terrific second Tom Tyler mystery from Maureen Jennings. Fans who mourn for the Murdoch tales of Victorian Toronto should not despair; he will return. But the Tyler series, set in Second World War England, shows all of Jennings’s talent for historical mystery. . . . With great historical detail, solid characters and a really good plot, this series is another winner for Jennings. Fans of the Foyle’s War TV series should rejoice.”
—Globe and Mail
Born in England, MAUREEN JENNINGS taught English before becoming a psychotherapist. The first Detective Murdoch mystery was published in 1997. Six more followed, all to enthusiastic reviews. In 2003, Shaftesbury Films adapted three of the novels into movies of the week, and four years later Shaftesbury (with CityTV, Rogers, UKTV, and Granada International) created the Murdoch Mysteries TV series which is now shown around the world, including on CityTV in Canada, the Alibi channel in the UK, and on most PBS stations in the United States. Her new trilogy, set in World War II-era England, got off to a spectacular start with 2011′s Season of Darkness.
About Beware this Boy: November, 1940. Tom Tyler, Detective Inspector of the small Shropshire Continue reading
November 17th, 11am at Wooden Sticks
Mary Lawson, author of Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge (which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the Roger’s Writers Trust Award) will be joining us for the return of our popular Books and Brunch series with her hot off the press new novel – Road Ends.
In Road Ends a new family is at the centre of Mary’s third novel–the Cartwrights–with Continue reading
We feel fortunate to have such an extraordinary line-up to share with you — what we are billing as our Series of Fortunate (literary) Events.
The five events are as follows:
October 8 at 7pm - Lawrence Hill will be in conversation with Ted Barris at Wooden Sticks Golf Club. Your ticket includes one glass of wine and appetizers – $25
* Lawrence Hill, award-winning author of The Book of Negoes is the presenter of this year’s Massey Lecture titled Blood: The Stuff of Life
October 17 7pm - Patrick deWitt - a fundraiser for the G-Moms of Port Perry – Wooden Sticks GC – includes one glass of wine and appetizers – in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation – $25
* author of The Sisters Brothers and Ablutions. Learn more about Patrick deWitt here.
November 1st 7:30pm - Joseph Boyden and Michael Winter in conversation with Ted Barris – Uxbridge Music Hall – light refreshments – $25
*Boyden’s new novel completes the loosely connected trilogy that opened with Three Day Road and continued with Giller winner Through Black Spruce. Read an excerpt of Joseph Boyden’s new novel The Orenda and find out more about Michael Winter here
November 17th 11am – Books and Brunch with Mary Lawson in conversation with Barb Pratt – Wooden Sticks GC – includes full brunch – $25
*Lawson’s new book, Road Ends is set in a fictional Northern Ontario town in the tradition of her earlier works – Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge. Learn more about Mary Lawson and her new book Road Ends here
December 4th 7pm - Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Wooden Sticks GC – includes one glass of wine and appetizers – $25
* Rachel Joyce’s new novel Perfect is well…just that…perfect. Check out the book trailer here.
All five events are bundled together with three $5 dollar off coupons for $100!
That’s a $140 value for $100 (one free event + $15 dollars in coupons!)
(Coupons cannot be combined i.e. one coupon per purchase. May be used at events or in store)
If you can’t make it to one event, fear not. The tickets are transferable.
Call the store for your passport to this Series of Fortunate (literary) Events! 905-852-4282…
Susanna Kearsley is coming to brunch on April 28th to launch her latest novel, The Firebird.
About the novel:
Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes sees images; glimpses of those who have owned it before.,
But when a woman offers her boss, one of London’s premier dealers in Russian art, a small wooden carving for sale, claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, it’s a problem. There’s no proof. Sebastian believes that the plain carving—known as “The Firebird”—is worthless. But Nicola’s held it, and she knows the woman is telling the truth, and is in desperate need of the money the sale of the heirloom could bring.
Compelled to help, Nicola turns to a man she once left, and still loves: Rob McMorran, whose own psychic gifts are far greater than hers. With Rob to help her “see” the past, she follows a young girl named Anna from Scotland to Belgium and on into Russia where they unearth a tale of love and sacrifice, of courage and redemption.
Susanna will be interviewed by Ingrid Ruthig, writer, editor, visual artist and retired architect.
Join us at Wooden Sticks Golf Club, 11:00am
Tickets are $25 and include a full brunch.
Tickets $25 (includes full brunch)
A novel about the simple truths that transcend species, about the meaning of family, the lure of belonging, and the capacity for survival. Walt and Judy are deeply in love, but Judy longs for a child and finds that life is holding few surprises. Walt measures all beauty against that of Judy but doesn’t want her eyes to get any sadder. They stay side by side and search for distractions, realizing they may never have a family. Enter Looee, who changes everything.
Colin McAdam has written for Harpers’ and The Walrus. His novel Some Great Thing won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in the U.K. His second novel, Fall, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and awarded the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennon Prize. He lives in Toronto.
Studio Saint-Ex is an imaginative, sensual exploration of the creation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince, set in a moodily evocative 1940’s New York. It is an imagined love triangle reminiscent of The Paris Wife. In depicting the breathtaking collision between desire and art, passion and inspiration, Szado spins a tale that will make you view this beloved classic in an entirely different, and very surprising, way. – Melanie Benjamin, author of The Aviator’s Wife.
Szado’s novel Beginning of Was was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean), nominated for the international Kiriyama Prize, and was named a NOW magazine Top Ten book. She lives in Toronto.
The line up has changed but what a replacement we have in Linden Macintyre. Many may be aware that our scheduled guest for January 27th was Patrick de Witt, author of the Sisters’ Brother. Due to circumstances of geography and bureaucracy Mr. de Witt cannot attend until later in the year. In his place we have landed the equally impressive Linden Macintyre, author of The Bishop’s Man and Why Men Lie.
• 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner
• 2010 Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction winner
• 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award short-listed
• 2010 Atlantic Independent Booksellers¿ Choice Award winner
• 2010 Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award – Fiction Book of the Year winner
• 2010 Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award – Author of the Year winner
Books and Brunch will take place on Sunday, January 27th at 11:00am at Wooden Sticks. Linden will be interviewed by our very own Ted Barris.
Ticket holders for the de Witt event can use the same ticket for the Macintyre event or return for a full refund.
*** Postponed***Join us on Sunday, January 27th when Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers, will be our guest author. In The Sisters Brothers, Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn’t share his brother’s appetite for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. But their prey isn’t an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm’s gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living – and whom he does it for.
With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable comic tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters – losers, cheaters, and ne’er-do-wells from all stripes of life – and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humour, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.
The book won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the $25,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. It was awarded the 2012 Stephen Leacock Medal for humour writing and was honoured with the award for Best Fiction at the CBA Libris Awards. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Walter Scott Prize
Local author and radio personality Ted Barris will serve as interviewer.
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