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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


Blue Heron Books is Canada’s Bookseller of the Year

(article by Shelagh Damus appeared in the Uxbridge Cosmos on Thursday June 7th)

“You need a fire in your belly,” says Shelley Macbeth, owner of Blue Heron Books when she speaks of the store’s recent successes.  First, recognized as one of Stuart McLean’s favourite bookstores, the shop was included on aCBClist of top ten books stores inCanadaand was listed among the 10 best books stores inNorth Americaby the Globe and Mail.  Macbeth then rode the wave of accolades to a spectacular finish winning its first Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) Libris Award for Bookseller of the Year.

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CBA Libris Nomination – Bookseller of the Year

We are thrilled to be nominated for Bookseller of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Awards. This is our second nomination in two years. Follow this link for a full listing of nominees.

Canadian Booksellers Association’s (CBA’s) Libris Awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of all of those people who create, promote and deliver to Canadian readers great books: the authors, the editors, the publishers, distributors, sales reps and, of course, the booksellers. By acknowledging their successes together, under one awards umbrella, CBA reinforces the idea that creating outstanding literature is a collaborative effort and that a vibrant, healthy book industry, and a well-served community of book consumers can only be achieved through working together.

The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 3rd.

Keep your fingers crossed, (toes and eyes too if you think it will help)!

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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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