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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

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).


  • 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
    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 (
    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:


    My name is Kaitlin McNabb and I help curate the books section on, 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 and let me know if there are any questions or concerns,



  • 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-
    Hardcover 152 pages

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


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

  • Sandra Metselaar says:

    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

    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


     “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 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.


  • 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,

  • 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: at Spinetinglers Publishing and she can arrange payment and order the books. As well, it is available at retail on and

  • jane warren says:

    Looking for Canadian author Jennifer Dance and her book Red Wolf from Dundern …a story for young adults about residential native 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,, and 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 ( and 4.4 on (*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
    (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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Wed. Jun 15, 7:30pm, Blue Heron Books Studio, Book Club - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

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