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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...

2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

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Bookseller Shelley Macbeth of Blue Heron Books (Uxbridge, ON), recommended Andre Alexis 's Fifteen Dogs on 49th Shelf , and gushed that the novel was her pick for a Giller nomination this year!

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An utterly convincing and moving look at the beauty and perils of consciousness.

- I wonder, said Hermes, what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.

- I'll wager a year's servitude, answered Apollo, that animals - any animal you like - would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they were given human intelligence.

And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto vet­erinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change.

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

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Events

2016 Winter Series of Fortunate (literary) Events…

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Author and illustrator Barbara Reid in store December 5th…

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First Guys Shopping Night…Dec 18th, 6 – 9 pm

11950641_1094499900562233_309505289_nFor anyone who has seen the Instagram account miserable_men, it will be clear that this holiday (aka shopping) season is not a time of joy for many men…but what if it didn’t have to be so? What if no mall walking was necessary, what if it was made easy, fun and entertaining, with a stop at pub, coffee shop or cinema while your gifts are wrapped. Men, do we have your attention now?

What started as an invitation for men to visit the Handmade in Uxbridge sale in the Blue Heron Studio forsome personalized service has grown into a full on evening’s entertainment. The First Guys Shopping Nightwill take place from 6 – 9pm on the 18th of December. The event now encompasses many stores up and down Brock street, and participating shops will make it easy for the ‘last minute shopper’. Armed with the list their significant other has prepared ahead (or not) stores will assist with choices/sizes/flavours/colours whilst the menfolk can drink beer, eat snacks, watch the game, listen to good music and then ‘wrap it all up’ over a latte at Nexus, a beer at Wixan’s or while watching the new Star Wars movie at the Roxy. It doesn’t get any easier.

 

An Evening with Douglas Gibson and Terry Fallis

poles apartJoin us for an evening with award winning author Terry Fallis and writer/editor extraordinaire, Douglas Gibson on Nov. 19th, at Wooden Sticks Golf Club, 7pm. Your $25 ticket includes a glass of wine and nibblies.

Poles Apart by Terry Fallis

Eve of Equality, a new feminist blog, becomes an overnight sensation when a wildly popular talk show host stumbles upon it, tweets about it, and promotes it on her show. The anonymous blog is intelligent, thoughtful, and bold, brazenly taking on various injustices in the lives of women. But it’s the blogger Eve’s post about the controversial entrepreneur behind XY, a new chain of high-end strip clubs opening up across the country, that sets off a firestorm. In a matter of hours, the site crashes, its Twitter count jumps from a paltry 19 followers to nearly 250,000, and Eve is suddenly lauded as the new voice of modern feminism.
But who, exactly, is the Eve behind Eve of Equality? Well . . . not who you might think. Meet Everett Kane, aspiring writer and fervent feminist. He writes his erudite blog in his new apartment, at his kitchen table, and his life is about to change forever.
Hilarious and smart, and offering timely commentary on a subject that is flooding our headlines, newsfeeds, Twitter streams, and conversations, Poles Apart is Terry Fallis at his best, confirming his status as a king of CanLit comedy.

Across Canada by Story by Douglas Gibson

More adventures from one of Canada’s premier editors and storytellers

Canada is a country rich in stories, and few take as much joy as Douglas Gibson in discovering them. As one of the country’s leading editors and publishers for 40 years, he coaxed modern classics out of some of Canada’s finest minds, and then took to telling his own stories in his first memoir, Stories About Storytellers.

Gibson turned his memoir into a one-man stage show that eventually played almost 100 times, in all ten provinces, from coast to coast. As a literary tourist, he discovered even more about the land and its writers and harvested many more stories, from distant past and recent memory, to share.

Now in Across Canada by Story, Gibson brings new stories about Robertson Davies, Jack Hodgins, W.O. Mitchell, Alistair MacLeod, and Alice Munro, and adds lively portraits of Al Purdy, Marshall McLuhan, Margaret Laurence, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Margaret Atwood, Wayne Johnson, Linwood Barclay, Michael Ondaatje, and many, many others. Whether fly fishing in Haida Gwaii or sailing off Labrador, Douglas Gibson is a first-rate ambassador for Canada and the power of great stories.

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Kate Morton, author of The Forgotten Garden, coming November 26th

kate mortonWe are pleased to announce that Kate Morton, international bestselling author of The Forgotten Garden and The Secret Keeper, is joining our fall roster!

Tickets are $45 and include a copy of Kate’s new book, The Lake House as well as dessert and coffee.

November 26th 2015, 7pm at Wooden Sticks Golf Course

Call the store to reserve your tickets! 905-852-4282905-852-4282

 

Book Launch – October 24th

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Shilpi Somaya Gowda — October 19th

secretSecret Daughter author, Shilpi Somaya Gowda coming Monday, October 19th…with her new novel, The Golden Son.

7pm
Wooden Sticks Golf Club
Tickets are $25 (include wine and nibblies) Available in store or by calling 905-852-4282

Up Close and Personal with Will Ferguson — in the Studio on October 4th!

will fergusonOn Sunday, October 4th, at 7pm, G-Mom’s of Port Perry and Blue Heron Books are pleased to present an intimate evening with Will Ferguson, as he introduces us to his new book, Road Trip Rwanda. Funny, engaging, poignant, and at times heartbreaking, Road Trip Rwanda is the lively tale of two friends, the open road, and the hidden heart of a continent. Will Ferguson is a three time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and the Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author of 419. The event will take place in the Blue Heron Studio and will be moderated by Terry Fallis, bestselling author and another  winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Tickets are $45, include a signed copy of Road Trip Rwanda ($34 value), refreshments and a donation to G-Moms of Port Perry on behalf of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

 

 

Amnesty International Book Club…new titles for 2016

February 18     The Cellist of Sarajevo
April 21            Half-Blood Blues
June 16           China Dog and Other Stories
August 18        Sweetland
October 20      Three Day Road
December 16   Fall On Your Knees

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Upcoming Events…

Sun. February 7, 11am, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Books and Brunch with George Elliot Clarke
 

Wed. March 30, 7pm, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Dessert and Coffee with Yan Martel and Gary Barwin
 

Sun. April 10, 11am, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Books and Brunch with Katherine Govier
 

Tues. May 10, 7pm, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Dessert and Coffee with Jim Lynch and Helen Simonson
 

Ted Barris on TV

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

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