As a one-time publicist and a forever fan of books and reading, I can’t speak highly enough about Blue Heron Books and the community it rallies around visiting authors who, truly, are treated like celebrities. It’s no exaggeration to say that as someone who has attended her fair share of readings, Blue Heron’s are among the most magical and engaging. —
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 SeenReading.com, 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.
A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.
Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.
Told by the father, but often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.
In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature—why we win, why we don’t, and how we really play the game of life. Bounce reveals how competition—the most vivid, primal, and dramatic of human pursuits—provides vital insight into many of the most controversial issues of our time, from biology and economics, to psychology and culture, to genetics and race, to sports and politics.
Backed by cutting-edge scientific research and case studies, Syed shatters long-held myths about meritocracy, talent, performance, and the mind. He explains why some people thrive under pressure and others choke, and weighs the value of innate ability against that of practice, hard work, and will. From sex to math, from the motivation of children to the culture of big business, Bounce shows how competition provides a master key with which to unlock the mysteries of the world.
Official Guide to the Players of the Hockey Hall of Fame by Andy Bathgate, Pat LaFontaine, Bryan Trottier
Don Cherry’s Hockey Stories, Part 2 by Don Cherry
Hockey Superstitions: From Playoff Beards to Crossed Sticks and Lucky Socks by Andrew Podnieks
Offbeat and charming, and filled with humour, insight, and a wide array of eccentric characters, Beyond Belfast tells the story of one man’s misguided attempt to walk the entire Ulster Way: a 560-mile path that circles Northern Ireland, from the city walls of Derry to the moorland heights of the Sperrins, and from the green glens of Antrim to the Mountains of Mourne. Along the way, Will Ferguson, grandson of a Belfast orphan, uncovers his own hidden family history—clues about a lost inheritance, a mysterious photograph, rumours of a vast estate. The truth, when it comes, is both surprising and funny …
Ah, here is one event for all the men in your life! But we know the grill is no longer just the man’s domain, so ladies you are most welcome too!
Join us on Thursday June 30th at Passionate Cooks Essentials for our Experience Steak event.
Your ticket entitles you to try 4 different steak cuts and wine pairings prepared to perfection by Chefs Jeremy Buckingham and Marko Gotowiec, a copy of STEAK by Mark Schatzker and a BBQ baster.
7:00 pm, at Passionate Cooks Essentials, 66 Brock Street W.
Tickets are $95 per person and are available at Blue Heron Books.
A bestselling author and prominent Catholic defends his faith.
Columnist, television host, author, and practicing Catholic Michael Coren examines four main aspects of Catholicism as they are encountered, understood, and more importantly, misunderstood, today. For some Catholicism is the only permanent, absolute body of truth, while for others it is the last permanent, absolute body that has to be opposed and stopped. Why Catholics Are Right opens with a discussion of the abuse scandal and the reality of what happened. Coren then traces Catholic history, with a discussion of the Crusades, Inquisition, Holocaust, and Galileo. He looks at Catholics and theology, explaining what and why Catholics believe what they do — Papal infallibility, immaculate conception, the Church rather than Bible alone. Finally, Coren outlines the pro-life position and why it is so important to Catholicism. In this challenging, provocative, and personal book, Michael Coren draws on history, politics, and theology to present the arguments for the truth of Roman Catholicism.
Foer’s unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives.
On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they’ve forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget: In every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.
Moonwalking with Einstein draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of memory, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human remembering. Under the tutelage of top “mental athletes,” he learns ancient techniques once employed by Cicero to memorize Continue reading
December Book Club
Seasonal Book Club Party - Talk books, buy books, steal books December 11th at Blue Heron Books 7:30pm
January Book Club
My Best Stories by Alice Munro Venue: Veronica's Place Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature