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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...

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.
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

CBA LIBRIS BOOKSELLER OF THE YEAR - 2012 Click here for more information...

Don Cavin One Day Workshop. Click here for more information...

May 1st Launch of the Foster Memorial Book. Click here for more information.

Terry Fallis Book Launch Event -- May 12th Click here for more information.

When you walk through the doors of Blue Heron Books you feel as if you’ve come home. The warmth and personal touch of Shelley Macbeth and her staff is exceeded only by the fabulous and extensive selection of books available. Young, old, and everyone in between will find the perfect book. Blue Heron Books is a true gem. — Kathy Kacer


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New in Paperback this month… April 2014

New to Paperback this Month…March 2014

The Troop by Nick Cutter

the troop“THE TROOP scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best. Not for the faint-hearted, but for the rest of us sick puppies, it’s a perfect gift for a winter night.”
“Lean and crisp and over-the-top….Disquieting, disturbing.”
— SCOTT SMITH, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan

Shelley’s Picks for Best Books of 2013

Here is the list; follow this link for more information on the titles.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
The Great Escape by Ted Barris
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Perfect by Rachel Joyce
and Kicking the Sky by Anthony De Sa

Books for Everybody – Digital Editions

Something new for 2013 – Books for Everybody the Digital Editions. Do some book shopping in the comfort of your own home and still support your local independent bookstore.






New Date Added!!!!!

Great Valentines idea

The Great Escape Movie/Book Package

great escapeFifty 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 2nd and February 9th, 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  SOLD OUT!

not quiteColin 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

perfectDecember 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

elf on the shelfHow 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.

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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Our April Artist


Anne León

  4. Detail of #3 Leon & Dortbudak, Fusion entry Jan 08 008 Potter, Painter, Photographer   At the age of 11, just before we left New Zealand in 1956, Anne had two lessons on the potter’s wheel. Little did the teacher know that she had introduced Anne to a love which has lasted a life time. While her husband was studying at Cornell University he discovered a student union clay studio in 1967. Anne took a short course there and ended up working there three days a week. As soon as they arrived in Toronto Anne set up with a treadle wheel and began teaching and exhibiting soon after. Anne has taught pottery, breathed pottery, looked at European, South American,American and Canadian museum’s collections of pottery, had articles published in England and Canada about potters in England and Ecuador, collected pottery, photographed pottery,  exhibited pottery and sold pottery.....   Along the way, after about ten intense years of focusing on my studio pottery, I also fell in love with painting, printmaking and photography and have also exhibited in all these media.

Upcoming in the Studio

  • March 8 – Vintage Art Anything, 1-5pm
  • March 22 – Fine Art Private Collections, 1-5pm
  • April 12 – Floral, Big Bold Artworks, 1-5pm
  • April 26 – 1-5pm & April 27– 11-4pm – BHAM Art Show & Sale – Pottery & Fine Art
  • May 3 – 10-5pm & May 4 – 11-4pm – Artists of Uxbridge Art Show and Sale

Ted Barris on TV

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