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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 and 2014 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

Contact us

Where we are:

Blue Heron Books
62 Brock St W,
Uxbridge, ON
L9P 1P3
(905) 852-4282

How to find us:

We are across from the Post Office, just west of the four corners.

 

Directions from Toronto:

Take 404 North toward Newmarket

Take the RR-40/Bloomington Road exit (exit 41)

Turn Right onto RR-40/Bloomington Road

RR40/Bloomington Road becomes HWY47/RR-47

Turn Left onto Brock St. West (Roxy Theatres is on the corner)

Proceed to Number 62.

Directions from South Durham:

Take Lakeridge Road/RR-23 North

Turn Left onto Reach Street/RR-8

Turn right onto Main St. S./RR-8

Take Second Left onto Brock St. W./RR-47/HWY-47/RR-8.

Continue to follow Brock St W/RR-8 to 62 Brock St. W.

Directions from Markham: 

Take Main St./Hwy48 North to Bloomington  Road.

Turn Right onto RR-40/Bloomington Road

RR40/Bloomington Road becomes HWY47/RR-47

Turn Left onto Brock St. West (Roxy Theatres is on the corner)

Proceed to Number 62.

Directions from Newmarket:

Turn right onto Davis Dr/RR-31.

Turn right onto York/Durham Line/RR-30.

Turn left onto RR-8. Pass through 1 roundabout.

Follow to 62 Brock Street W.

 

15 Responses to Contact us

  • Judy Parker says:

    Please tell me when the Books and Authors night is September 2011.

    Will you please tell me the expected authors as well?

    I just love the evening and want to put it on my calendar (as well as my neighbours).

    Thanks
    Judy

  • Hello, Blue Heron -
    Your customers and local book clubs may be interested to know that a play called “After Mrs. Rochester”, based on the life of author Jean Rhys (who wrote an acclaimed prequel to “Jane Eyre” titled “Wide Sargasso Sea”) gets its Canadian premiere at Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre, Sept 23 – Oct 7.
    Read all about it at http://alumnaetheatre.com/1112after.html.
    Alumnae Theatre is located at the corner of Berkeley & Adelaide Streets in Toronto.
    Tickets range from Pay-What-You-Can (Sunday matinees) to a very affordable $20. Cash only at the door. Reserve seats by phone (416-364-4170, box 1) or e-mail (reservations@alumnaetheatre.com).
    There is a paid parking lot two blocks south on Berkeley, just south of Front Street, opposite Canadian Stage.
    Dining suggestions nearby: Skal Rockbar (good food, reasonable prices) on Adelaide, across from the theatre) or Betty’s (King Street east of Sherbourne).

  • Kait says:

    Hello,

    My name is Kaitlin McNabb and I help curate the books section on rabble.ca, a non-profit and progressive news website. We have a featured called ‘Bestsellers’ that highlights independent and Canadian bookstores and their top picks. I was intrigued by your book club and bookstore and have listed the last five picks from your book club on our website to promote your bookstore.

    Please take a look at the site http://rabble.ca/books and let me know if there are any questions or concerns,

    Thanks,

    Kaitlin

  • Allison Henning says:

    We recently enjoyed a visit to your store on our vacation from San Diego, California. Can you help us with a title? We are looking for a fiction or mystery book with the Canadian pipeline as the setting/ background. Thank you!

    We loved your store, town, and the hike that you recommended, located by Walmart.

  • Jill McWhinnie says:

    Hi. I’d like to obtain a book called The Mindful Writer by Dinty Moore. It was advertised in Shambhala Sun magazine.
    There were some numbers included – not sure what they are-
    9781614290070
    Hardcover 152 pages

    Do you have this in stock or could you obtain it?

    Thanks.

    Jill McWhinnie
    Stouffville
    905 640 2405
    W: 905 477 7000 x 3470

  • Sandra Metselaar says:

    http://vimeo.com/46750756

    Re: our conversation earlier this evening about ART BOOKS.
    I looked up that artist in Spain; she has multiple installations of that type, all hollow on the inside.
    The video above is from the London 2012 Olympics – a maze built of books in the pattern of a fingerprint. You’ll like it Shelley.

  • Rob Schwartz says:

    New book announcement – Your Soul’s Gift

    To the Owner/Manager,

    Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Robert Schwartz, and I am the author of the new spirituality book Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born (ISBN 9780977679461), which was published in March. My intention in this book (as well as my first book, Your Soul’s Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born), is to help people see the deeper meaning and purpose their life challenges, emerge from victim consciousness, and heal. Both books are are available from New Leaf, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and DeVorss.

    May I ask if you would consider offering one or both books in your store?

    If you do decide to carry the new book, I would be honored if you would consider featuring it in your newsletter. The cover image is available on Amazon, or I can send a high res jpg to you.

    To give you more information about my new book, I’ve copied some descriptive text below.

    Also copied below is an article I wrote about the new book. You are welcome to use this article in your newsletter to promote the book.

    I invite you to sign up for my email newsletter on the first page of my web site.

    Thank you for your kind consideration.

    With love,

    Robert Schwartz
    http://www.yoursoulsplan.com

    In his groundbreaking first book, Your Soul’s Plan, Robert Schwartz brought the idea of pre-birth planning into the mainstream.

    Now, his brilliant sequel Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born delves even deeper by exploring the pre-birth planning of spiritual awakening, miscarriage and abortion, caregiving, abusive relationships, sexuality, incest, adoption, poverty, suicide, rape, and mental illness. There’s also a chapter about the pre-birth planning we do with our future pets. Working with a team of gifted mediums, Schwartz brings forth great love and wisdom from the other side to explain why such experiences are planned and the deep, soul-level healing they can create.

    Through the stories in Your Soul s Gift you can:

     Develop greater self-love as you become aware of the tremendous courage it takes for you to plan a life on Earth and to live the life you planned

     Emerge from victim consciousness to know yourself as the powerful creator of your life

     Forgive those who have hurt you and create a lasting inner peace

    About The Author
    In a personal session with a medium in 2003, author Robert Schwartz was astonished to speak with nonphysical beings who knew everything about him – not just what he had done in life, but also what he had thought and felt. They told him that he had planned many of his most difficult experiences before he was born. Realizing that knowledge of pre-birth planning would bring great healing to people and allow them to understand the deeper purpose of their life challenges, he decided to devote his life to the study of pre-birth planning. The extraordinary insights that have emerged from his work speak to our heartfelt, universal yearning to know . . . why.

    Robert Schwartz is a certified hypnotherapist who offers spiritual guidance and hypnotherapeutic regressions to help people understand their life plan. For more information please visit him online at http://www.yoursoulsplan.com.

    ENDORSEMENTS

     “This book is an incredible guide map to your soul and the various jewels stored inside it. Read this to reconnect with your TRUE SELF”. James Van Praagh, author of Growing Up in Heaven
     “Robert Schwartz offers deep wisdom into the nature of our soul and the purpose of our lives. He explains life and karma with clarity and elegance.” Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret
     “I was deeply impressed by Your Soul’s Gift. This is a fine discussion of one of the great mysteries of existence: To what degree do we plan our lives before we are born? Robert Schwartz offers a profound spiritual analysis of some of life s most difficult crises and turning points. This book is well worth reading for its novel and surprising insights into the difficulties most of us face in life.” Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, author of Life After Life

  • Hi I came across your bookstore and just wanted to share my just published novel. My name is Edward Alex Smith and I am 22 years old with my first book finally on the market. It’s called Trudemption, you can check it out at http://trudemption.blogspot.ca/ and Amazon and Barnes & Nobel. I was just wondering if you had any services or recommendations about maybe boosting sales? I am currently working on the second and third of the series and am always able to discuss things further if you wish!

    Thank you for your time, and have a good day!

  • Shelagh says:

    Theresa, I know we got you all sorted out in the store, but all the registrations are now up and running…just in case you have a friend who might want to join you.

    Shelagh

  • Jenny Madore says:

    Hi Shelley, we’ve had a change in speaker for the February WCDR monthly meeting and I was asked to contact you about having our new speaker’s books ready to sell. Lena Coakley is the author of Witchlanders and will be presenting Feb 16.

    If you could let me know if there are any problems, I’d appreciate it,
    Thank you,
    Jenny

  • Paul says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Please see attached a description for a book I wrote and published.

    Its called :ARCTIC by Paul E. Casey. Spinetinglers Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-906755-31-7

    This book would be an excellent item to sell in store’s, gallery’s, gift shops and museums catering to gifts, tourism, travel and Canadian Military related items. It has many interesting photographs taken throughout Canada’s Arctic region including Inuvik, Yellow Knife, Cambridge Bay, Jenny Lind Island, Hall Beach, Iqaluit , Cape Dyer, Pangnirtung, Goose Bay and more. I worked as a Safety Officer on the North Warning System and spent considerable time in the region taking pictures of the landscape, wildlife, wildflowers and plantlife, old DEW Line equipment and the the towns that I visited. There is also a history of the DEW Line and pictures of aircraft, defense missiles and radar equipment from the Cold War era. The aircraft pictured in the book are on display in various locations throughout Canada and were part of our Air Force through this period.

    The book is signed up to the Ingram catalogue, which allows book stores to purchase the book at a discounted price. I’m not sure that museums would have access to this, so there’s no issue with the publisher ordering copies for them. If this occurs you can contact Lauren Neil , e-mail: lauren@spinetinglers.co.uk at Spinetinglers Publishing and she can arrange payment and order the books. As well, it is available at retail on Amazon.com and

    Indigo.ca

  • jane warren says:

    Looking for Canadian author Jennifer Dance and her book Red Wolf from Dundern …a story for young adults about residential native schools..do you have a copy?

  • Susan McKenna says:

    Dear Sue:
    Thank you for the Education Books sent. I appreciated the delivery.
    From the order, I am missing Neson Mandela and Leave Me Alone. Are they on back order?
    Also, can you suggest a science fiction book or series or a book that has a number of science fiction short stories for the grade 8 students.
    Susan McKenna
    St. Bridget Catholic School

  • Brian Smith says:

    Hello: My name is Brian Robert Smith, and I’m from Oshawa, Ontario. I’ve recently published my debut novel “Purified” with 323 Books. In the interest of making it more available in Southern Ontario, I’m wondering if Blue Heron Books has programs that support new and local authors.

    Purified is currently available on all eBook platforms; and as paperback and hardback at Amazon.com, BarnesAndNobel.com, and Amazon.ca. It is available in the Ingram Catalogue (ipage – ISBN – 9780992048334 and 9780992048341) and directly from 323 Books. It currently has a 4.3 average review rating on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZDJNWC) and 4.4 on Amazon.ca (http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00GZDJNWC?*Version*=1&*entries*=0).

    Please inform me of programs available that will allow me the opportunity to stock this novel in your store.

    Thank you for your time. I look forward to your response.

    Brian Smith
    brs@rogers.com
    (905) 435-0298

  • PETER YOUNG says:

    I have been trying to source a book here in Australia called “Beyond Belfast” by Canadian author Will Ferguson. For some reason no-one seems to be able or willing to source it here! In a Google search, your site came up as having had the book, at least at some point in the recent past. Would you be willing/able to ship to Australia if you have it if I were to pay by Mastercard?
    many thanks
    Peter Young
    Canberra, Australia

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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 May Artist

 

Marc Gagnon

  Temperature Rising Marc L. Gagnon is a full time artist who employs both the watercolour and acrylic mediums. He has been painting for over thirty years and holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture. An long time elected member of The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Marc's paintings have been Mr. Gagnon’s paintings have been exhibited in several juried exhibitions, including the 2004 - 6th International Water Colour Biennial in Mexico. He has been honoured with many awards for his work and has served as a juror various other exhibitions, including the 21st annual Toronto Watercolour Society Juried Spring Show. He is a sought after instructor and demonstrator of watercolour and acrylic painting working out of various venues in Southern Ontario including Loyalist College in Belleville and St. Lawrence College in Brockville

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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