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Just a few more days until Steve Burrows, the author of the Birder Murder Mystery Series, appears at Trestle Brewing Company. Look at our Author Events listing for more information – there are still some tickets available.


Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance is now in paperback.


Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper, is new from the author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James. Set in Newfoundland in 1992 the story unfolds as an outport village is abandoned and the residents re-settled.


Seven Stones to Stand or Fall – a Collection of Outlander Fiction by Diana Gabaldon is now in paperback.


War in Val D’Orca – An Italian War Diary, 1943-44 by Iris Origo has been re-issued with an introduction by Virginia Nicholson. I read this book several years ago and found it a fascinating story of the life of a woman with American and Irish/Anglo heritage who married an Italian in 1924. They established a home south of Montepulciano, a farm and a garden. There they survive the Second World War, a very challenging experience. The farm is now open to the public and well worth a visit – read this book first, and the excellent biography of Iris Origo by Caroline Moorehead. You will see a full review, written in 2010, on our website.


So Much Left Over by Louis de Bernières is now on the top of my “to read” pile. This new novel is described as a “sort of sequel” to the story that begins in The Dust That Falls from Dreams – a novel I loved, and I look forward to being reacquainted with the characters first met there.


A moment of kindness - 9 July 2018

This morning I was witness to a lovely moment that confirms my faith in human kindness. An elderly customer, a man I’ve known for 30 years, came into the store today for the first time this summer. He is a veteran of the Korean War, as is my father, and we have often had chats about that time. He was once a robust man, but last summer it was obvious that he was ill. He was very thin and I wondered if he was still alive, and was sad to think he might not be. And, how would I know.

This morning he came into the store, and we chatted as usual, and I told him a story about my father playing hockey in Korea – an event re-created this past winter during the Olympics. At the same time I was helping another customer select some mystery novels, a younger man who I do not know. Both men came to the sales desk at the same time, and the younger man insisted on paying for the older mans books, as he thanked him for his service in Korea.

A kindness to my elderly customer – and a gift to me as witness, barely managing not to shed tears. A truly remarkable moment. Thank you, whoever you are.

News 1 July 2018

Summer is very definitely here!!

We are fully stocked and ready to help everyone looking for great books to read this summer.

We have some special events happening as well that we would like you to know about, and plan to attend.

Please see the links below to articles that appeared in Parry Sound Life about our special events in July.

Andrea Curtis and Jessica Bromley Bartram will sign books in the store

I am sharing this story from
"Writers Inspired by Georgian Bay Connection"

Please visit the following page for more information:

Giles Blunt will appear at  Trestle Brewing



News – Week of 22 June 2018


Returning from several weeks in Newfoundland to full on summer in Parry Sound! And all set for summer at Parry Sound Books – the store is stocked and we are ready for you to shop for your summer reading.

One of the best books I read, of many, during my time away was The Ghost Keeper by Natalie Morrill. This is an astounding first novel from a young Canadian writer. The story is set in Vienna, before, during and after the Second World War. It is beautifully crafted and tells a deeply moving and important story.


Bee by Britta Teckentrup is another very lovely Peek-Through Picture Book by this very talented writer and illustrator.

The Land Of Stories novels by Chris Colfer have become one of our best selling series for young readers – if you have a precocious early reader in the family this series is just right – but also good for young teens. The most recent, the sixth in the series, Worlds Collide, is now in paperback.


We have a great selection of hand made St. Armand Paper in stock. Professional quality drawing and painting paper made on the Lachine canal in Montreal.

The 2018/2019 and 2019 Moleskine date books are in, as well as Polestar engagement calendars – get yours while they are still available.

Have a wonderful weekend – safe on the water and the roads of this beautiful place. We are indeed lucky to spend our time here on Georgian Bay.

News – Week of 15 June

Sarah Cassidy writes for Parry Sound Books -

The arrival of our annual newsletter makes it official that we are in summer mode. You can find the newsletter on our Facebook page, at or--of course--in store where all the books are!

We have so many new titles in this week, it was hard to choose just a few to highlight. Here are the ones we are most excited about.

"Strangers with the Same Dream" is a new release by acclaimed author Alison Pick. Three individuals, each with their own rich histories, become pioneers in a region that will later become Israel. The novel shows the dramatic war between the light and the dark of human nature: hope and idealism clash with ignorance, violence, and hardship. 


Featured in the newsletter, we've just received the paperback edition of "Do Not Become Alarmed" by Maile Meloy. What happens when safety, comfort, and civilized order are no longer ours to rely on? This cast of characters finds out when the children become separated from the adults during a vacation in Central America. Suspenseful and well written.

(I read this book a few weeks ago and LOVED it! I hesitated at the description of children being lost in an unknown Central American country but I was out of other books on hand and I’d liked earlier books by Maile Meloy, and I was captivated from the first page and could not put it down. It was so plausible and absolutely riveting. Charlotte)


New from Laurie R. King is the newest chapter in the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mystery series that we so enjoy. "Island of the Mad" takes us to Bethlem Royal Hospital--an asylum that has become better known as Bedlam. Mary does not want to take the missing person case, but she offers her expertise despite her foreboding. Mary and Sherlock floor readers with their cleverness as this series continues on strong. 

The third installment of Leif G. W. Persson's Backstrom mystery series is here: "The Sword of Justice." This author is quickly becoming a staff and customer favourite. 

Summer can be a perfect time to indulge in some of those guilty pleasure reads that take a backseat during the rest of the year. "The Lost Letter" by Jillian Cantor and "The Restless Sea" by Vanessa de Haan have good balance between fluff and substance. Both are stories of love amidst World War II, each rendered in their own unique ways. 


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