Congratulations to Alice Munro
2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize
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.
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LINWOOD BARCLAY, former columnist for the Toronto Star, is the #1 international bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The Accident, Never 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…
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.
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 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…
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
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.
- Mon 10 - 6
- Tues 10 - 6
- Wed 10 - 6
- Thurs 10 - 7
- Fri 10 - 7
- Sat 10 - 5
- Sun 11-4
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