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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!

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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

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2016 Book Club

First 2016 Book club met on Wednesday February 17th to discuss All the Light We Cannot See, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Anthony Doerr.

 

Next meeting will be held in store/studio on March 16th. The book we will be reading is Ian McEwan’s The Children Act.

children actFiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child’s welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor
than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.
But Fiona’s professional success belies domestic strife. Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house. His departure leaves her adrift, wondering whether it was not love she had lost so much as a modern form of respectability; whether it was not contempt and ostracism she really fears. She decides to throw herself into her work, especially a complex case involving a seventeen-year-old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their beliefs as Jehovah’s Witnesses. But Jack doesn’t leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case–as well as her crumbling marriage–tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page.

May Book Club Pick – The Painted Girls by Cathy Buchanan

painted girlsThe discussion touched  on several themes found in the book – themes like love, redemption, classism, sexism, poverty. It was generally felt that Degas was an ass; Marie was pretty amazing; Antoinette was also amazing and the story maybe tied up a little too neatly! We were impressed with Buchanan’s research and her ability to weave such a sensory story out of rather sketchy facts. Overall rating was 7.76 – not bad!

Book Club Picks….

Here are the next few book club picks for the store book club. Location and book details to follow…

 

February 20: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, presented by Janet
March 20: 419 by Will Ferguson, presented by Anjie
April 24: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, presented by Lesa
May 15: Painted Girls by Catherine Buchanan, presented by Sherrill
June 19: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, presented by Nathalie – and hosted at a house, somewhere in rural Uxbridge (as opposed to townie Uxbridge), details to follow at a later date!

 

 

Book Club Pick for April

In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.JournalIn a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.

 

April 18, 2012 – Passionate Cook’s Essentials, 68 Brock Street W. 6:30 dinner, 7:30 discussion

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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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