When you walk into Blue Heron Books, you can actually feel the passion, the knowledge, and the love for the written word that reside there. Just as tangible, is that tinge of regret that comes when it’s time to go. —
Looking for a great Christmas gift for the hard to buy for person on your list. Blue Heron Books has a couple of gift bundles that are sure to please.
The Great Escape Movie/Book Package
Fifty years ago, Hollywood delivered a much beloved classic that told an amazing story of ingenuity and perseverance that was wrapped up in an American flag. Much like the movie Argo, Hollywood took liberties with the who did what part of the story. Ted Barris has uncovered the story behind the story that has a strong Canadian connection and written The Great Escape: A Canadian Connection.
On February 2, the Roxy Theatre and Blue Heron Books will bring together these two parts of the same story for an evening that will be engaging, entertaining and an education.
Pricing information $40 (Book and Movie).
Funnyman Colin Mochrie Book/Event Package
Colin Mochrie was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada. He is best known for his roles on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and as host of Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? He was influenced by the writings of Charles Dickens, Dr. Seuss, and Stephen King, and fulfilled his lifelong ambition to write a book after his agent forced him into it. The book, Not Quite the Classics, borrows from a well-known improv game. In the book Mochrie takes the first and last lines from familiar classics and re-imagines everything in between. With the same engaging humour he exhibits on stage, television, and film, he takes the reader in bizarre and hilarious new directions – Imagine Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick featuring a killer toupée. Imagine Sherlock Holmes doing stand-up and The Night Before Christmas with a time-travelling twist. This inspired collection is comical, quirky, and clever—classic Mochrie
Mochrie will be our guest author on February 4th at Wooden Sticks Golf Club. Tickets for the event are $35 and include a signed copy of the Not Quite the Classics and light refreshments.
Call store for tickets.
An Evening with Rachel Joyce – author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
December 4th at Wooden Sticks Golf Club – 7pm
On a foggy spring morning in 1972, twelve-year-old Byron Hemming and his mother are driving to school in the English countryside. On the way, in a life-changing two seconds, an accident occurs. Or does it? Byron is sure it happened, but his mother, sitting right next to him in the car, has no reaction to it. Over the course of the days Continue reading
Elf on the OUR shelves…Start your family tradition
How does Santa really know who is naughty or nice? The answer is finally revealed in…”The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition”. The Elf on the Shelf is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children’s book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity allows The Elf on the Shelf to become a delightful hide-and-seek game.
From Michael Winter: Henry Hayward is a drowning man. With a soured long-term romance finally at an end, no family, and no refuge to be had in work, he progressively spends his days in the solace of alcohol and his nights with a series of interchangeable partners. In a quest to simultaneously recover from unrequited love and to find meaning in what is becoming an increasingly emotionally arid life, Henry travels to Afghanistan as an army-affiliated contractor.
When Henry becomes embedded in a regiment, he doesn’t have time to think about his fixation on Nora or the fragments of his old life, a life he wasn’t really living anyway. But everything changes during a tragic roadside incursion when a routine patrol suddenly turns fatal. And Henry, who survives, knows in his heart that he is responsible.
Upon returning home, now tormented by guilt in addition to ennui, he begins to feel even more rootless and restless until the question of his deceased friend’s summer home arises. Soon Henry is trying to bring meaning back to his life and to make posthumous amends by planning to buy and repair his friend’s dilapidated family house. But he hasn’t factored family history into the picture—and his deceased friend’s girlfriend has a revelation of her own that may change everything.
From Joseph Boyden: A visceral portrait of life at a crossroads, The Orenda opens with a brutal massacre and the kidnapping of the young Iroquois Snow Falls, a spirited girl with a special gift. Her captor, Bird, is an elder and one of the Huron Nation’s great warriors and statesmen. It has been years since the murder of his family, and yet they are never far from his mind. In Snow Falls, Bird recognizes the ghost of his lost daughter and sees that the girl possesses powerful magic that will be useful to him on the troubled road ahead. Bird’s people have battled the Iroquois for as long as he can remember, but both tribes now face a new, more dangerous threat from afar.
Christophe, a charismatic Jesuit missionary, has found his calling among the Huron, and devotes himself to learning and understanding their customs and language in order to lead them to Christ. An emissary from distant lands, he brings much more than his faith to the new world.
As these three souls dance with each other through intricately woven acts of duplicity, small battles erupt into bigger wars and a nation emerges from worlds in flux.
Uxbridge Music Hall,
Friday, November 1st
7 – 10pm
Call the store for tickets 905-852-4282
(Part of our Series of Fortunate (literary) Events – check out the passport here.)
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