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News – Week of 16 September 2019

Half way through September already! Summer is over and the fall is upon us.

The fall is the busiest season in the publishing and literary world – with the most books released and the literary prizes about to be announced.

Of course, this fall it is all about Margaret Atwood and the publication of The Testaments – a book that has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and longlisted for the Giller – and may show up on the GG list as well.


Also on the Giller longlist are The Innocents by Michael Crummey and Lampedusa by Stephen Price – two of the best books I’ve read in a long time. We can only wait for the jury’s decision.

Ken McGoogan also has a new book this fall, Flight of the Highlanders. Sure to be on the Christmas wish list this year, it is the story of the courageous Scots who, ruthlessly evicted from their ancestral homelands, sailed in “coffin ships” to Canada where they would battle hardship, hunger and murderous persecution. 

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton is a powerful novel, set in the pre-World War II era, based on the true story of the Kindertransport rescue of thousands of children from Nazi occupied Europe – and one brave woman who helped them escape. 

Our 2019 promotion – 30 Years + 1 will continue until 10 November so you can take advantage of a 30% on some of our favourite books from the past 30 years!

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News – week of 19 August 2019

The early fall releases are arriving daily – the trickle before the fall deluge of new titles. Some of the most noteworthy are –

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk – a deeply satisfying thriller and a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate.

Her earlier novel, Flights, winner of the Man Booker International Prize, is now out in paperback. Flights interweaves reflection on travel with an exploration of the human body, broaching life, death, motion, and migration.


Terry Fallis returns with Albatross – heartwarming and funny, sweeping and entertaining, a new novel that takes readers on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery.

Rush to Danger – Medics in the Line of Fire is new from Ted Barris. This time he writes about the story of his own father, and the sacrifice and survival of the military medics, field surgeons, nursing sisters, stretcher-bearers, orderlies and ambulance drives who disregarded their own well-being in order to save the lives of others on the battlefield.

This Little Light is new from Lori Lansens (author of The Girls). Taking place over 48 hours in the year 2023 – two girls who are accused of bombing their posh California high school during a chastity ball. A novel fierce, and funny, and sad, and true.



Susan Swan

Our planned in store signing with Susan Swan has been cancelled. Summer is a busy time for all of us – and it is always a bit of a risk making plans so far in advance.

Anyone interested in speaking with Susan about her new book The Dead Celebrities Club can take advantage of her offer to speak with you directly.

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THE PLAYMAKER is a young adult novel about the challenges of a small town girl who is an impressive hockey payer.



ALEX O'BRIEN left a career in human resources to write novels, scripts, and songs. His writing has made him finalist and winner of several writing competitions and earned him a song publishing deal.

Alex lives in Parry Sound, Ontario.



We have 2019/2020 Academic year and 2020 Polestar &  Moleskine engagement books in stock now, as well as a few wall calendars with many more to come in the next few weeks.



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