PATRICK deWITTwas born on Vancouver Island in 1975, and now lives in Portland Oregon. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Undermajordomo Minor, Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Stephen Leacock Medal. The Sisters Brothers was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The film rights for TheSister Brothers were purchased by John C Reilly. This highly anticipated film was directed by Jacques Audiard, and will release to theatres this fall. The movie stars John C Reilly, Jake Gyllenhall, Joaquin Phoenix, Carol Kane, Rutger Huar, and Riz Ahmed.
Patrick’s new novel, French Exit is a sublimely crafted poetic work of fiction, filled with flawed and damaged characters that quickly endear themselves to the reader. Forced from their swank apartment on the Upper East Side, Frances Price her son Malcolm and her ageing cat Small Frank set sail on an ocean voyage and land in their beloved City of Lights, Paris. Brimming with pathos and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind tragedy of manners, a riotous send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother/son caper which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute.
LMM fans! Meet Melanie Fishbane & Benjamin Lefebvre
Friday October 26 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM
October 27th is Lucy Maud Montgomery Day in Leaskdale. In anticipation of a great roster of events, two visiting authors will be in-store the evening before for a meet and greet and book signing.
Drop in between 4 and 6 pm on Friday, October 26th for some cordial and cookies and chat with Melanie Fishbane and Benjamin Lefebvre.
Melanie’s critically acclaimed YA novel, Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery, will be re-released in paperback at the beginning of October by Penguin Teen, and Lefebvre's edition of Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted, was reissued as a Penguin Modern Classics Edition in July.
Books and Brunch with Dr Dave Williams and Dr Brian Goldman
Sunday October 28 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
We are SOLD OUT! Thank you so much for your support.
DR DAVE WILLIAMS is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist, and CEO. The former Director of Space & Life Sciences at NASA, he has flown to space twice, once on the space shuttle Columbia and once on Endeavor, logging over thirteen million kilometres in space and over seventeen hours of spacewalks. He has lived and worked on the world’s only undersea research habitat and is the recipient of five honourary degrees, the Order of Canada, and the Order of Ontario. Williams lives in Oakville with his wife, Cathy, two kids, Evan and Olivia, and nephew, Theo. Connect with him on Twitter @AstroDaveMD.
For more than thirty years, DR BRIAN GOLDMAN has been an active participant and keen observer of the culture of modern medicine. Since 2007, he has hosted White Coat, Black Art, a multi-award-winning show on CBC Radio that reveals what goes on behind a hospital’s sliding doors. Goldman is the author of the bestselling The Night Shift and The Secret Language of Doctors. He lives in Toronto with his family.
Earth to Table Dinner with Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann
Tuesday October 30 | 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Pretty darn excited about this upcoming event! We are once again partnering with the fabulous Urban Pantry to bring to you Chef Jeff Crump and an amazing four-course meal. Jeff, and co-author and pastry chef, Bettina Schormann will be on hand on October 30th to share their Earth to Table story, while the Urban Pantry tickles your palate with an amazing meal cooked from the new cookbook. You will go home with a very satisfied belly and a signed copy of a truly wonderful book.
About the book:
"Slow Food advocates and accomplished chefs Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann, effortlessly turn the bounty of the seasons into a stunning collection of approachable everyday recipes.
Earth to Table Every Day is all about seeking out good ingredients for a delicious, seasonal approach to cooking. For chefs Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann, nothing is more satisfying than creating comforting meals that change with the seasons.
Here is a collection of 140 simple, everyday recipes, full of familiar ingredients and vibrant flavours--peppered throughout with inspiring stories and gorgeous photography--including Curried Lentil Soup with Coconut Yogurt, Arugula and Fennel Salad, Mushroom Tarts with Taleggio Cheese, Creamy Hummus with Fried Chickpeas, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Piri Piri Baby Back Ribs, Apple Bacon Pizza, Rhubarb Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Brownies, and Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake."
Your $85 (plus tax) ticket includes a 4-course meal and a signed copy of the book. Tickets available at Blue Heron Books. 905-852-4282.
November Noir with Iain Reid, Nathan Ripley and Craig Davidson
Sunday November 04 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
IAIN REID is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction. A recipient of the prestigious RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award, Reid has written for a variety of publications throughout North America, including The New Yorker. Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman is writing and directing a film of Reid’s debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, for Netflix. Reid will coproduce. This is his second novel.
NATHAN RIPLEY is the pen name of literary fiction writer and journalist Naben Ruthnum. His stories and essays have appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt, Sight & Sound, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, among other places. He lives in Toronto. Visit him at NabenRuthnum.com or follow him on Twitter @NabenRuthnum.
CRAIG DAVIDSON was born and grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, near Niagara Falls. He has published three previous books of literary fiction: Rust and Bone, which was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film of the same name, The Fighter, and Sarah Court. Davidson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his articles and journalism have been published in the National Post, Esquire, GQ, The Walrus, and The Washington Post, among other places. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his partner and their child.
Craig's new book, The Saturday Night Ghost Club is described as,
An infectious and heartbreaking novel from "one of this country's great kinetic writers" (Globe and Mail)--Craig Davidson's first new literary fiction since his bestselling, Giller-shortlisted Cataract City
Book and Brunch with Debbie Travis
Sunday November 25 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
We are SOLD OUT! Thank you so much for your support.
DEBBIE TRAVIS is an international television icon, a bestselling author, a newspaper columnist, a sought-after public speaker and the centre of a small business empire. Her shows, Debbie Travis' Painted House, Debbie Travis' Facelift, From The Ground Up and All For One--and most recently the six-part documentary, La Dolce Debbie, about how she transformed a 13th-century Tuscan farmhouse into a hotel and retreat--have been seen in Canada, the United States and 80 other countries. She has authored nine previous books (eight on decorating); Oprah has called her "the master of paint and plaster." Having stepped back from TV producing, she gets to relax, just a little, running a luxury boutique hotel where like-minded women can experience the Tuscan lifestyle at her Girls' Getaways and a 100-acre farm where she produces an organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a variety of lavender products. Debbie shares her journey with her husband, Hans, and two sons, Josh and Max.
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