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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

Prizes

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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 2014 Passport Click here for more information...

Tea with Philippa Gregory on September 21stClick here for more information.

Ann-Marie Macdonald Event --Nov. 8thh Click here for more information.

Blue Heron Books is a wonderful book store. Hardwood floors, comfy chairs and the best book selection you could ask for. Shelley and her wonderful staff know every book in the place, and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for–even if you don’t know what it is yet. Blue Heron is one of my favourite places to visit. — Erin Thomas

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Books and Authors Night – The Line-Up so far…

LINWOOD BARCLAY, former columnist for the Toronto Star, is the #1 international bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The AccidentNever Look Away, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film.

Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. At least, that’s what she tells people. She watches the news for stories of missing people, then waits a few days and goes to see the family. She tells them she’s had a vision and that she may know where their missing loved one is–for a price, of course.
Keisha’s latest mark is Wendell Garfield, whose wife disappeared a week ago. She’s seen him on TV, pleading for his wife to come home, or for whoever took her to let her go. Keisha tells Wendell her vision of what might have happened. Unluckily for Keisha, her vision turns out to be alarmingly close to the truth. As she wades deeper into the mystery, Keisha inadvertently finds herself caught in a web of suspicion and violence that’s much more complicated than she first thought–and which may end up with her own disappearance. . .

The book will include a sneak peak of Barclay’s next work, A Tap on the Window.

 

 

 

 

MARY SWAN’s first novel, The Boys in the Trees, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2008. She is the winner of the 2001 O. Henry Award for short fiction and is the author of the novella The Deep, a finalist for the Canada/Caribbean Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and the collection Emma’s Hands. Her work has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines and anthologies, including Malahat Review and Best Canadian Stories, as well as in American publications such as Ploughshares, Harvard Review, Zoetrope and Harper’s Magazine.

In My Ghosts, with an uncanny eye for the telling detail, Mary Swan brings to vivid life a household of Scottish orphans trying to make their way in Toronto in 1879. The youngest, Clare, has rheumatic fever; the oldest brother has run away. The fate of them all rests on the responsible Ben, the irrepressible Charlie and the two middle sisters: Kez, sarcastic with big ears and a kind heart, and Nan, benignly round but with a hidden talent for larceny and mischief. Fascinating lives spool out from these siblings: a cast of indelible strivers and schemers, spinsters and unhappy spouses, star-crossed lovers and hidden adulterers, victims of war and of suicide–proof of how eventful the lives of “ordinary families” can be.

 

 

 

 

Our very own Ted Barris will serve as interviewer and if all goes according to plan in the publishing world he may also make the leap into the interviewee’s seat. Stay tuned for more info on Ted’s new book…

2012 Books and Authors with Miranda Hill, Vincent Lam, Annabel Lyon and CS Richardson

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Giller Prize nominees coming to Uxbridge!

Not just one but TWO Giller Prize nominees are coming to Books and Authors night!!!! Check out the list of nominees  here.  And then plan to attend Books and Authors with CS Richardson and Annabel Lyon.

 

Bookclub Pick for September 2012 – The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam

Wednesday September 26th – Venue: Tin Mill Restaurant
From Giller Prize winner, internationally acclaimed, and bestselling author Vincent Lam comes a superbly crafted, highly suspenseful, and deeply affecting novel set against the turmoil of the Vietnam War.
 
Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon. He is also a bon vivant, a compulsive gambler and an incorrigible Continue reading

Books and Authors with Vincent Lam!

Books and Author’s Night…..September 20th

We are so excited to share with you the extraordinary line up we have for Books and Authors. Joining us at the Music Hall for our Celebration of the Arts will be Vincent Lam along with Annabel Lyon, C.S. Richardson and Miranda Hill, wife of Lawrence Hill.

More info to follow…

Books and Authors Night 2011 with Karen Connolly, Neil Pasricha, and Peter Behrens

Three Authors, One Night….Books and Authors is coming

Three of Canada’s acclaimed writers read from their work, and talk with MC Ted Barris and the audience. Presented by Blue Heron Books.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

8:00pm

Uxbridge Music Hall

Tickets $15 (includes refreshments). Tickets from Blue Heron Books or at the door.

Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to the Globe and Mail and National Post, Barris has authored 16 non-fiction books and is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. He has also written a weekly newspaper column – The Barris Beat – for more than 20 years. Visit his website at tedbarris.com.

Karen Connelly is the author of nine books of non-fiction, fiction and poetry, the most recent being The Lizard Cage, which the New York Times Book Review compared to the works of Solzhenitsyn, Mandela and Orwell, and which this year won Uxbridge Reads. Raised in Calgary, Connelly has lived for extended periods of time in different parts of Asia and Europe and now has two homes, one in Toronto and one in Greece. Visit her website at www.karenconnelly.ca.
 
Neil Pasricha works an office job in the suburbs, eats frozen burritos for dinner, and needs to go to the gym more. He’s just a regular guy who loves warm underwear from the dryer, the cool side of the pillow, and snow days. He is the author of The Book of Awesome, and The Book of Even More Awesome. Visit his website at 1000awesomethings.com. You will be one of 37,361,743 individuals to do so!
 
Peter Behrens is the author of the Governor General’s Literary Award-winning novel, The Law of Dreams, published around the world to wide acclaim, and a collection of short stories, Night Driving. His short stories and essays have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, Saturday Night, and the National Post. He was born in Montreal and lives on the coast of Maine with his wife and son. Visit his website at www.peterbehrens.org.
 

 

 

October Book Club

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Book Club Favourite…

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Books and Authors Night

Sept 25th This just in... Amanda Lindhout, author of A House in the Sky will be joining Miriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness, Kim Thuy, author of Ru and Elyse Friedman, author of The Answer to Everything on September 25th for Books and Authors Night in the Uxbridge Music Hall. Tickets on Sale now.
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Upcoming Events…

September 21st 2pm Wooden Sticks Golf Club -- Tea with Philippa Gregory, -- $45 (includes copy of The King's Curse ($35 value))   September 25th 7:30pm Uxbridge Music Hall -- Celebration of the Arts Books and Authors Night -- Amanda Lindhout, author of A House in the Sky, Kim Thuy, author of Ru and Man, Miriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness and All My Puny Sorrows, and Elyse Friedman, author of The Answer to Everything.   October 19th, 11am Wooden Sticks Golf Club - Books and Brunch with Plum Johnson and Marissa Stapley -- $25 (includes full brunch)   November 8th, 7pm Uxbridge Music Hall -- Ann-Marie Macdonald, author of Fall on Your Knees, As the Crow Flies and Adult Onset -- $25   November 9th, 11am Wooden Sticks Golf Club -- Frances Itani, author of Deafening and Tell - $25 (includes full brunch)   November 17th, 7pm Wooden Sticks Golf Club --  An evening with Meg Tilly, Meg Wolitzer and Lev Grossman - $25 (includes a glass of wine and nibblies)

Ted Barris on TV

great escapePeter Mansbridge goes One on One with Ted Barris. Check out the interview here.
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