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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

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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.

Book Madam

You Think You Know Me, But You Have No Idea

May 2nd, 7:00 pm

Most readers will confess to mining the details of their favourite novels for evidence of the writer’s life. Switch out one gender for another, add ten years and relocate a character to another province or territory and we’re all but certain that the writer is talking about his or her first love, a parent, an old boss, maybe a child.

What, though, of the non-fiction writer and the memoirist? What of the people we’ve come to know only through a very focused view of their world? Do we take for granted that we know something about them? Do we as readers fictionalize non-fiction writers?

Presented by Blue Heron Books and the Book Madam, join Sue Reynolds in a fascinating conversation featuring:

• James FitzGerald, author of What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son’s Quest to Redeem the Past (winner of the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize), an astounding memoir about multiple generations of successful physicians gripped by mental illness.

• Andrew Westoll, author of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary (winner of The Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction), which has garnered praise and media attention in large part due to Westoll’s first-hand experience as a volunteer caregiver

• Julie Wilson, founder of, the addictive online literary voyeurism movement that tracks the reading habits of Torontonians, now a book of microfictions (Freehand Books, print; HarperCollins Canada, ebook)

Your $40 ticket will include wine and cheese from the Passionate Cook’s Essentials and a $20 voucher towards book of your choice and wine and cheese.

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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