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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


A party fit for a wizard

HP_CursedChild_SpecialRehearsal_FlatCover_Harry Potter turns 36 on July 31st, and we’re throwing him the best (belated) birthday party a wizard could ask for! Join us for an evening of sorting, photo booth, trivia, potion mixing, butterbeer, Bertie Botts and chocolate frogs, costume contest, live performance by professional acting company (pssst…you too could have a starring role…sign-up with Director Rebecca in store), costume contests, and, of course, magic!

Where: Blue Heron Studio (rear of Blue Heron Books)
When: Monday, August 1, 2016 from 7pm – 10 pm
How: RSVP in store or by calling 905 852 4282

Please note that space is limited! Please RSVP as soon as possible to ensure you receive entry to this event. Activity passes for the night are available at a discounted price of $15.

As an added bonus, pre-order your copy of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child before August 1st to receive a $10 coupon towards future purchases at Blue Heron Books!

See you there!

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


Shilpi Somaya Gowda — October 19th

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

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

Short list for the Scotiabank Giller Prize…

scotiabank giller shortlist 2015

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.





Let The Writing Fairy, Dorothea Helms, introduce you to the world of writing. If you are a closet writer or someone who dreams of following your passion for words, this is the course for you. Hundreds have already benefited from this course; many have gone on to win writing contests, be published, start freelance businesses, and even teach.

 6 Weeks – Tuesday, September 15th – October 20th, 7pm to 9pm    $180

Call store to register.


May 2nd is Independent’s Day…



Authors for Indies Day: So far Blue Heron Books has confirmed this bevy of fabulous authors – Ted Barris, Gerry Fostaty, Terry Fallis, Helaine Becker, Katherine Govier, Andrew Borkowski, Deborah Kerbel, Stella Grasso, Sheila Dalton, Jennifer Dance Bowen, Helaine Becker, Ted Staunton

2015 Series of Fortunate (literary) Events — Winter/Spring


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Book Signing Event with Destiny’s Gate author Lee Bice-Matheson

Saturday, December 6th from 1pm until 4pm drop by the store to meet Lee Bice-Matheson, author of Destiny’s Gate.

Live from a place of love. It conquers all that is evil.

Shaken by the haunting from Conall, Paige Maddison hopes to put it behind her. When Paige’s premonitions, nightmares, and ghostly visions return, however, she realizes there is no way of getting back to the normal she once knew. Try as she might to adjust to her new life at the O’Brien Manor, dark forces begin to brew on the grounds of the haunted O’Brien estate. Paige becomes the unwilling target of the Earthbounds, anguished souls who seek revenge and retribution. 

But where there is darkness, there is also light. Through an enigmatic string of events that has her questioning who she truly is, Paige soon learns that she is not only being watched over by guardians of both the spirit and mortal realms, but also being called upon by a greater power beyond her wildest comprehension. As her world is turned upside down, Paige faces a life-changing dilemma: Should she embrace her special gift and fulfill the destiny that is unfolding before her? Or will she succumb to the evil that surrounds her and deny her true identity? 

Destiny’s Gate, book two in the Paige Maddison Series, follows the young heroine on her personal journey of discovering inner strength, undying loyalty, and the profound power of unwavering love.

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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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