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Congratulations to Alice Munro

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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.
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Books and Brunch

Books and Brunch with Plum Johnson and Marissa Stapley

Join us for Brunch on October 19th at 11am at Wooden Sticks Golf Club.

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Plum Johnson – After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents—first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety-three-year-old mother—author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers experience conflicted feelings of grief and relief when their mother, the surviving parent, dies. Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, which hasn’t been de-cluttered in more than half a century. Twenty-three rooms bulge with history, antiques, and oxygen tanks. Plum remembers her loving but difficult parents who could not have been more different: the British father, a handsome, disciplined patriarch who nonetheless could not control his opinionated, extroverted Southern-belle wife who loved tennis and gin gimlets. The task consumes her, becoming more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger memories of her eccentric family growing up in a small town on the shores of Lake Ontario in the 1950s and 60s. But unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships with a more accepting perspective about who they were and what they valued.

They Left Us Everything is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future.

 

Marissa Stapley: With pitch-perfect honesty and heartwarming humor, this captivating debut explores marriage, motherhood, identity, and what it takes tomarissa stapley love someone—family members, friends, or spouses—for life.

Former folk singer Helen Sear was a feminist wild child who proudly disdained monogamy, raising three daughters—each by a different father—largely on her own. Now in her sixties, Helen has fallen in love with a traditional man who desperately wants to marry her. And while she fears losing him, she’s equally afraid of abandoning everything she’s ever stood for if she goes through with it.

Interweaving the alternating perspectives of Helen, her daughters, and the women surrounding them, “each new chapter brings a wise and tender look at single life, dating rituals, and marital unease” (New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Close). In this “absolute feat of storytelling” (bestselling author Grace O’Connell), Marissa Stapley celebrates the many roles modern women play, and shows that even though happy endings aren’t one-size-fits-all, some loves really can last for life.

Tickets are $25 and includes full brunch.

Part of the 2014 Series of Fortunate (literary) Events Passport.

November 9th – Books and Brunch with Francis Itani

tellOn Sunday November 9th at 11:00am, join us for the November edition of our Books and Brunch series. This month’s guest author is Frances Itani, the bestselling author of the award-winning international sensation Deafening. In her new release, Tell, Itani returns to the period following the First World War with a tour de force-an extraordinary novel of secrets withheld and secrets revealed.

In 1919, only months after the end of the Great War, the men and women of Deseronto struggle to recover from wounds of the past, both visible and hidden. Kenan, a young soldier who has returned from the war damaged and disfigured, confines himself to his small house on the Bay of Quinte, wandering outside only under the cover of night. His wife, Tress, attempting to adjust to the trauma that overwhelms her husband and which has changed their marriage, seeks advice from her Aunt Maggie. Maggie, along with her husband, Am, who cares for the town clock tower, have their own sorrows, which lie unacknowledged between them. Maggie finds joy in her friendship with a local widow and in the Choral Society started by Lukas, a Music Director who has moved to the town from an unknown place in war-torn Europe. While rehearsing and performing, Maggie rediscovers a part of herself that she had long set aside. As the decade draws to a close and the lives of these beautifully-drawn characters become more entwined, each of them must decide what to share and what to hide, and how their actions will lead them into the future.

Tickets are $25 and include full brunch.

 

Part of our Series of Fortunate (literary) Events Passport

Books and Brunch with Lauren B. Davis – April 6th

empty roomLauren B. Davis is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels The Stubborn SeasonThe 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.

 

April 6th,

11am

Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Elgin Park Drive, Uxbridge

Tickets are $25 (include full brunch)

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Books and Brunch with Maureen Jennings, author of the Murdoch Mysteries and a new historical mystery trilogy- March 9, 2014

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March 9 at Wooden Sticks Golf Club at 11am. Tickets are $25 and include full brunch.

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“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.

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Books and Brunch with Mary Lawson — SOLD OUT

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.

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Books and Brunch with Colin McAdam and Ania Szado

April 7th at Wooden Sticks Golf Club

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.

What is being said about April’s Books and Brunch Author Ania Szado

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IFOA Uxbridge with Jane Johnson and Laura Lippman

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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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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…

September 21st 2pm Wooden Sticks Golf Club -- Tea with Philippa Gregory, -- $45 (includes copy of The King's Curse ($35 value))   September 25th 7pm Uxbridge Music Hall -- Celebration of the Arts Books and Authors Night -- Amanda Lindhout, author of A House in the Sky, Kim Thuy, author of Ru and Man, Miriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness and All My Puny Sorrows, and Elyse Friedman, author of The Answer to Everything.   October 19th, 11am Wooden Sticks Golf Club - Books and Brunch with Plum Johnson and Marissa Stapley -- $25 (includes full brunch)   November 8th, 7pm Uxbridge Music Hall -- Ann-Marie Macdonald, author of Fall on Your Knees, As the Crow Flies and Adult Onset -- $25   November 9th, 11am Wooden Sticks Golf Club -- Frances Itani, author of Deafening and Tell - $25 (includes full brunch)   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)

Ted Barris on TV

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