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Staff Picks

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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

CBA LIBRIS BOOKSELLER OF THE YEAR - 2012 and 2014 Click here for more information...

Series of Fortunate (literary) Events 2015 Passport Click here for more information...

Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine Click here for more information.

Inspiration Station - Art Club for Kids Click here for more information.

Writing Classes



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

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Fall 2015 Courses – TURNING YOUR LIFE INTO STORY……and into Publication


Instructor Sue Reynolds will encourage participants to find a story within their own experiences and transform them into fictional short stories using writer’s craft techniques. By the end of this course writers will produce one or two polished stories and, if they choose, identify a contest or journal they think is an ideal market for their story and send the piece off.

6 Weeks – Friday, September 18th – October 23rd, 9:30am to 12pm   $180

6 Weeks – Friday, November 1st – December 4th,    9:30am to 12pm   $180

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Most of us can’t remember what it was like to feel pure joy:  not relief that we’ve negotiated our way through another crisis; not satisfaction that we’ve covered off the needs of someone close to us; but actual joy in our own lives, our own authentic delights.


Spouses, parents, friends, children, colleagues, employees, – we’re drowning in the roles we’ve assumed, panicking to be better, best, perfect, and running in place just to slip a little farther behind.

Instructor Sue Reynolds recognizes that most of us have complicated lives and relationships. Through the use of creative and reflective techniques (writing, collage, etc.) participants in this group will learn how to make space for and reclaim their lives, their joy and their essential Selves.

6 Weeks – Friday, September 18th – October 23rd, 12:30pm to 3pm    $180

6 Weeks – Friday, November 1st – December 4th,     12:30pm to 3pm   $180

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Fall 2015 Courses – FIND YOUR VOICE

For those of you who say you can’t sing but want to! Anne-Marie Dubuc will help to get rid of the “I can’t sing” in you!  Fun, relaxed and engaging, this class helps adults explore how to use their voice through exercises, group singing and basic theory. You will gain a better understanding of your voice, be able to recognize pitch and rhythm, and read basic musical notation.

6 Weeks – Wednesday, Sept. 30th to Dec. 2nd, 7pm to 8:15pm $125

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Fall 2015 One-Day Workshops – PRESENTING WITH PIZZAZZ

Whether writers are asked to do a reading of their original work, teach a workshop or present a keynote speech, delivery is as important as the words they come up with. Dorothea Helms is a sought-after emcee and speaker who will teach the 10 basic elements of success. When writers present with pizzazz they will be asked back again and again!

Saturday, October 3rd, 1pm to 4pm $50

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Fall 2015 One-Day Workshops – MAKE MONEY WRITING

An energizing, one-day workshop on how to earn money doing what you love. If you are a competent word-juggler but lack the left-brain skills to figure out how to derive revenue from it, this is the workshop for you. Let Dorothea Helms guide you through the basics on what pays, how to charge, what to keep track of and how to market your work.

Sunday, October 18th, 11am to 4pm   $90

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Author Daryl Sneath will look at different voices in fiction with the goal of helping participants to establish their fictional voices. Each week begins with a discussion on a short reading to ‘tap’ the voice in a published work, followed by an opportunity to write. Participants are then invited (if comfortable) to share an excerpt of their work to ‘tap’ the voice in each other’s works.

6 Weeks – Tuesday October 27th, to December 1st, 7pm to 9pm $180

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Fall 2015 One-Day Workshops – WRITING LIFE – An Insider’s Guide to Creating Short Stories

Susan Blakeney, author of stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, will provide you with the tools to create a short story ready for submission.

This workshop is for any writer with personal stories to share, motivation to improve writing skills and the desire for a greater chance at publication.

Sunday, November 1st, 1pm to 3:30pm  $45


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Christmas Hours

Starting December 10

Mon - Wed 10 - 7
Thu/Fri - 10 - 9
Sat - 10 - 7
Sun - 10 - 5

For the final stretch...
Dec 21 9 - 9
Dec 22 9 - 9
Dec 23 9 - 7
Dec 24 9 - until the last shopper shops...

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Upcoming Events…

Thurs. Nov. 19th, 7pm, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Across Canada by Story with Douglas Gibson and Terry Fallis

Sat. Nov. 14th, 10 - 5pm, Blue Heron Studio, Home Show and Sale Home Decor, Infinity Scarves, Elemi Organics and much more

Thurs. Nov. 26th, 7pm, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, An Evening with Kate Morton

Dec. 10th - 22nd, 10 - 5pm, Blue Heron Studio Handmade in Uxbridge 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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