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I have to be away for the next 10 days and will be leaving the store in the capable hands of my staff.

However, it is not possible while I am away to have the store open from 9 am – 5:30 pm every day.

So we have compromised, and the store will be open from Wednesday 19 September to Friday 28 September from 11 am – 4 pm on weekdays – Saturdays we will be open 9 am – 5:30 pm as always. We will be closed on Sundays until December.

We appreciate your understanding, and please be assured that orders will be arriving every day – and your special orders within a week as usual.

Waubgeshig Rice at Trestle Brewing - Saturday 10 November 2018




Saturday 10 November 2018        

7 - 9 pm


We are delighted to present a reading by Waubgeshig Rice in partnership with Trestle Brewing Company.

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Tickets are available at Parry Sound Books and Trestle Brewing Company.

Your $40 ticket (plus HST) includes an evening with Waubgeshig Rice who will talk about and read from his most recent novel Moon of the Crusted Snow, a copy of the book, and a tasting flight of beer or a glass of house wine.

We encourage you to make a 5:30 reservation for dinner at Trestle Brewing Company before the event. Dinner seating is limited so please call 705-751-9108 for a reservation.


This has been a week of saying goodbye to many of the “summer people” and having time to say hello again to those who are here all year round. And a time at Parry Sound when stock changes and the new fall releases continue to arrive each day.

Some of the most notable this week are -


The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott is now in paperback. I loved this book! The story of a single mother, and Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the early 20th century. It is hard to find words to describe this simple, beautiful, complicated and profound little book. Delicious. You will fall in love with the story, the characters, and the author.


French Exit is the most recent by Patrick De Witt. Described as a “tragedy of manners” this book is another witty caper by the author of The Sisters Brothers, such a hit a few years ago.

Buffy Sainte-Marie by Andrea Warner is the authorized biography of this Canadian Icon – Folk hero, songwriter, activist and living legend, and the unforgettable voice of my generation.


Dam Busters by Ted Barris tells the story of the Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany. Based on interviews, personal accounts, flight logs, maps and photographs of the Canadians involved in the night raid against the hydroelectric dams of Germany’s Ruhr River.

A Casualty of War, the 8th in the Bess Crawford Mystery series by mother and son writing pair Charles Todd, is now in paperback. As the Great War nears its end Bess is confronted by a puzzling case of unexpected danger.


We have just received a new selection of Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzles, and more are on the way from Eurographics and Ravensburger.

The arrival of new books each and every day always makes a visit to Parry Sound Books worthwhile!



BOBBY – My Story in Pictures

The incredible story of the life and phenomenal career of hockey's most legendary superstar, told through never-before-seen photographs. 

Scheduled to be released on 30 October 2018

Parry Sound Books will have autographed copies available.

Please call 705-746-7625 to reserve your copy!


With each purchase you will receive a gift card for $5, with our thanks, to celebrate our 30 years of bookselling in Parry Sound.


The name Bobby Orr has become synonymous with greatness. With sublime, seemingly effortless grace. With complete dominance over his peers. But also with humility. 

No one who has ever played the game casts quite as long a shadow into legend. And yet, behind the statistics, the trophies, and the championships is the man himself. The son and brother, the teammate, the husband and father. There were losses to go along with the victories, disappointments alongside the accomplishments. Without those people around him, and without the challenges along the way, the triumphs would have meant much less. 

Now, for the first time, Orr opens up about these chapters in his life and the people he shared them with, telling his story though his personal collection of photos. Capturing not only a legendary career and incredible life, Orr: My Story in Photos also brings into focus a different time, when the hockey was grittier and being a good person was as important as being a great athlete.

Intimate, thoughtful, and full of never-before-seen shots of Bobby Orr and those close to him, Orr: My Story in Photos is a glimpse into the world of the game's most revered star.




Summer is over, the kids are back at school and we can take a deep breath and think of enjoying a lovely fall – and all of the great books that come in the door at this time of year.


Some of the most notable recently 

Talking Women by Miriam Towes

Described as her most astonishing novel to date, containing within its two short days and hayloft setting an expansive, timeless universe of thinking and feeling about women – and men – in our contemporary world.




Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

The publisher of this novel has personally assured me it is astounding! From the blistering fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco – an electrifying story of self invention and betrayal, of love and redemption. It is next on my “to read” pile.




But, first I am reading

Machine Without Horses by Helen Humphreys.

I made the mistake of starting this book at 11 pm last night and wish I could have kept reading!! Helen Humphreys is such a magical writer – with such compassion for her subject and her readers – I am swept away in wonder!


Fear by Bob Woodward

Lots of hype – and perhaps this time it is warranted. Bob Woodward has a reputation for excellence in journalism and as a man with integrity.

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