CBA LIBRIS BOOKSELLER OF THE YEAR - 2012
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.
November 18th @ Wooden Sticks, Terry Fallis will be our guest author for November’s Books and Brunch event. Terry will be discussing his latest bestselling novel Up and Down. We are once again honoured to have local talent Ted Barris serve as interviewer.
- Sept. 14th – Donna Morrissey and Tricia Dower, wine and cheese book launch at Passionate Cook’s Essentials
- Sept. 15th – Donna Morrissey, writing workshop in Blue Heron Studio
- Sept. 16th – Diane Tait – In store book launch
- Sept. 20th – Celebration of the Arts Books and Authors Night with CS Richardson, Vincent Lam, Annabel Lyon, and Miranda Hill, wife of Lawrence Hill, at Uxbridge Music Hall
- Sept. 22nd – Opening of Blue Heron Studio BOOK < > ART exhibition, Street Art party and Culinary event featuring a visit from Canada’s Local Food Ambassador, Lynn Ogryzlo
- Oct. 14th – Ruth Walker – In store book launch
- Oct. 18th – Raw Food Chef Doug McNish, in partnership with Passionate Cook’s Essentials
- Oct. 28th – IFOA Event with Laura Lippman, Books and Brunch at Wooden Sticks Golf Club
- Nov. 18th – Books and Brunch with Terry Fallis for the release of his new novel, Up and Down, at Wooden Sticks Golf Club
And a couple of winter ones too!!!!
- Dec. 4th – Improv – er extraordinaire Colin Mochrie,with his book Not Quite the Classics interviewed by television personality Neil Crone, at the Music Hall
- Jan. 27th – multi-nominated, multi-winning author Patrick de Witt for The Sisters Brothers, Books and Brunch at Wooden Sticks
**Please note venue change from Wyndance Golf Club to Wooden Sticks Golf Club this fall
1677, Morocco. Behind the magnificent walls and towering arches of the Palace of Meknes, captive chieftain’s son and now a lowly scribe, Nus Nus is framed for murder. As he attempts to evade punishment for the bloody crime, Nus Nus finds himself trapped in a vicious plot, caught between Continue reading
Laura Lippman is the author of eleven novels featuring Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan, seven stand-alone novels, and a short story collection. Her six most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers. Lippman has won numerous literary prizes for her work, including the Edgar®, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity Awards. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor’s Prize, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, David Simon; their daughter; and her stepson.
On October 28th at 11:00 am, as part of LITonTour, the travelling portion of the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront, Laura Lippman will be our guest author for the wildly popular Books and Brunch series being held at Wooden Sticks Golf Club (new location**).Tickets are $30 and includes full brunch.
Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon (“Go-Go”), the youngest and wildest of the five, has died unexpectedly and the other four have come together for the first time in years. Suddenly each of these old friends has to wonder if the dark secret they’ve shared for so long is the reason for their troubles today . . . and if someone within the circle is trying to destroy them all.
Blue Heron is:
As a one-time publicist and a forever fan of books and reading, I can’t speak highly enough about Blue Heron Books and the community it rallies around visiting authors who, truly, are treated like celebrities. It’s no exaggeration to say that as someone who has attended her fair share of readings, Blue Heron’s are among the most magical and engaging. —