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News Week of 9 April 2019

April showers today, again, and another dreary day. It feels like a very long and slow spring. But, our year end and inventory are complete and the store is filling up again. This week we have received new greeting cards and art supplies and of course an increasing selection of wonderful books!


May will be here before we know it along with the return of those who have gone south for the winter – and we will be ready.

We have a lovely assortment of Easter books for little people, a great selection of board books for babies, and novels for the older kids.


New and noteworthy this week

Birds of Eastern Canada – the 2nd edition of the DK guide – just in time for the return of the birds, this definitive field guide uses beautiful close-up photography to showcase over 350 bird species found in Eastern Canada. 


The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear is the 15th in the Maisie Dobbs series of mystery novels. This one involves an investigation into the death of an American correspondent in London during the Blitz.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson is now out in paperback. This novel follows a woman from the Second World War, and her work for MI5, to the present time, as secrets are kept and revealed.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje is also new in paperback. This is one of the best books you’ll read this year – the story of two abandoned teenagers in London in the days and years immediately following the Second World War.

The Man With No Face by Peter May is a new stand alone novel that takes place in Brussels, and a case that involves the death of a British Cabinet minister.


Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney (of Wimpy Kid fame) brings us Rowley Jefferson’s Journal.



It is that time of year again – spring seems to finally be here, and once again I am looking for staff.

I need a flexible part-time year round employee!

To start immediately.


You will need to be willing to work independently, one or two, or three days a week all year round – more in the summer and two or three full weeks at a time in the spring and fall months so I can be away from the store. I am always willing to be flexible about the schedule as long the store remains open!

You must be a person who pays attention to detail, and is literate, friendly, responsible, honest and ready to learn all the many procedures involved in retail bookselling.

I have no desire to retire but I would like to occasionally work less – I am looking for someone who is interested in making a commitment to this business, and to eventually work more as I work less.

If you are seriously interested please come see me so we can talk, to see if we might suit each other, and if the job suits you.

Being tech savvy in the use of Facebook and twitter and the like would also be useful.





The end of March - the end of winter!

We are now back to our regular hours - Monday - Saturday 9 am - 5:30 pm

Here are a couple of books, both in paperback, that I can unreservedly recommend to you this week.

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is a wonderful novel. Well written and perfectly plotted it is the story of a young couple from Bangalore who settle in California to raise their family and make a life in America.  What follows is a fascinating story of family expectations and conflict through one generation and into the next. As the world changes around them, they change as well, some becoming more liberal, especially as America becomes more and more xenophobic. This is a completely absorbing novel that will change perceptions and leave you feeling you have just read a really great book.

The Friendly Ones by Philip Hensher is finally out in paperback! This book was a hard sell in hardcover, ugly cover, strange shape – but now in paperback I urge you to trust me and read it. It is, again, an immigrant story, this time set in London, England. We meet the family as they host a party, welcoming family and friends. Their neighbour observes from his side of the fence – and the relationship between the two families begins. I loved everything about this book – the writing, the characters, the changing world of the changes and shifting loyalties and relationships within the family.

Perhaps by the time you’ve read these it really will be spring.



I am taking a pile of books and heading south to the sun. So, once again, and for the last time this winter, we will be open reduced hours during the coming week.

Tuesday – Saturday (19 – 22 March)  11 am – 4 pm

Saturdays 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Closed on Sunday & Monday

Great Expectations Quote

And, before we know it spring will be here – and we’ll be back to regular hours, Monday – Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

News – week ending 22 February 2019


It may not be a leap year but we took the leap and planned a BOOKS & BEER in the middle of winter! In partnership with TRESTLE BREWING we are presenting FRANK WOLF, author of Lines On A Map – Unparalleled Adventures in Modern Exploration.

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS EVENT and join us for dinner & an evening reading! The reading will take place on Tuesday 26 February from 7 - 9pm. Dinner reservations at 5:30.

Your $40 ticket includes a copy of the book, a tasting flight of beer or glass of house wine, and an evening of literary and adventurous entertainment.

FRANK WOLF will share stories from his new book Lines on a Map - Unparalleled Adventures in Modern Exploration. From the shores of Georgian Bay to the high Arctic, this funny and engaging presentation will give you an intimate glimpse into the world of a lifelong adventurer. The evening will feature a reading by Frank and Q & A discussion.

Frank Wolf is a Canadian adventurer, filmmaker, writer and environmentalist. He is known for books, films, and feature magazine articles that document wilderness expeditions around the world, with a focus on the Canadian North. His expeditions include being the first to canoe across Canada in one season and cycling 2,000 km in winter on the Yukon River from Dawson to Nome. In 2012 he was named one of Canada's Top Ten Adventurers by Explore Magazine, and in 2015 he was named One of Canada's Top 100 Explorers by Canadian Geographic Magazine.

To make a reservation for dinner seating from 5:30pm-6:45pm, call 705-751-9108. The reading and Q&A will take place from 7 - 9pm.

Please support this winter Books & Beer and enjoy a fun and informative evening out – be an adventurer!



We have all of the shortlisted books in stock!

The Debate takes place between 25-28 March.


It is a quiet time of year in the book business – but one of my favourite novels of 2018 is now out in paperback – Thisbe Nissen’s Our Lady of the Prairie is the absolutely wonderful story of a woman who risks it all for a new love. Perfectly plotted and beautifully written – loss, love, motherhood, marriage – great book!


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