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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!

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

Summer Camps

Fractured Fairytales with Ted Staunton


Happily ever after…Fractured Fairytales Camp with author Ted Staunton

Once Upon a Crazy Story

Have a crazily creative week concocting a “fractured” fairy tale with children’s author Ted Staunton. Script it, draw it, score it! Words and music, pictures and performing: all kinds of fun for everyone, and a CD launch at the end! Includes a personalized, signed Ted Staunton book. there will be a $15 material fee.

Instructor Ted Staunton (children’s author)


July 23 – 27th 9am – noon (ages 6-8)

July 23 -27th 1pm – 4pm (ages 9-14)

Aug 20 -24 9am – noon (ages 6-8)

Aug 20-24 1pm – 4pm (ages 9-14)

Course Fee: $160 + HST (+$15 material fee)

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Catch Puppetmania…Creative Puppet Camp

Ages: 9-14

Explore the imaginative world of puppet-making and story-telling with artist Diana Lopez-Soto. Bring your own intricate puppet characters to life, learning the basic techniques of structure and papier mache using recycled materials. Cap it off with a finale performance at the end of the week!

Instructor: Diana Lopez-Soto

Date/Time: July 16th to 20th, 9 am to noon.
Course Fee: $160 plus HST.

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Find Your Funny, Comedy Camps

Unleash your creativity through improv-based games and be introduced to writing and performing stand-up comedy. Your camp finale performance is a “whose line is it anyway” style improv show. (Pssst… Mom and Dad…. Great confidence builder for back to school!)

Instructor: Jacquie Hermans
Course Fee: $160 plus HST.


Date/Time: Three different camps for:
Ages 6 to 10 (Aug 6 – 10, 9 am – noon)
Ages 14+ (Aug 6 – 10 1 – 4 pm)
Ages 11 to 13 (Aug 27 – 31, 1 – 4 pm)

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Calling all Gamers – Make your own computer game…

Ages 13+

Have you ever wanted to build a video game? Learn the steps to writing a game story, making graphics and then coding it into something you can play. Make your own computer game, but still get to sleep in every morning!

Participants need to bring their own laptop. No special programs needed.

Instructor: Caitlin Bagg
Date/Time: Aug. 13 – 17, 1 to 4 p.m.
Course Fee: $160 plus HST.

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Dates for Kevin Sylvester one-day camps

 Dates have been set for our one day camps with Neil Flambe author, Kevin Sylvester!

July 4th, July 5th, July 10th and July 12th. Click on the image for more details.


To register call the store at 905-852-4282. Online registration will be available soon, but call to avoid disappointment.

Store Hours

  • Mon 10 - 6
  • Tues 10 - 6
  • Wed 10 - 6
  • Thurs 10 - 7
  • Fri 10 - 7
  • Sat 10 - 5
  • Sun 11-4
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Upcoming Events…

Wed. Jun 15, 7:30pm, Blue Heron Books Studio, Book Club - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Wed. May 18, 7:30pm, Blue Heron Books Studio, Book Club - The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami

Wed. May 18th, 7pm, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha

Tues. May 17th, 7pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 109 Franklin St, Uxbridge, Unflinching with Jody Mitic

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

Sat. Apr. 30th, 10 - 5pm, Blue Heron Books Store and Studio, Authors for Indies

Apr. 24th - May 15th, Blue Heron Books Studio, I Love Art Books Exhibit and Sale of Children’s Book Illustrations
Sat. Apr. 23rd, 1 - 2:30pm, Blue Heron Books Studio, Shakespeare and Champagne with the Bard's Bad Boy - Kenneth Welsh

Ted Barris on TV

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

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