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Congratulations to the authors nominated for 2019 Literary Awards


2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis

Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles

The Innocents by Michael Crummey

Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin

Lampedusa by Steven Price

Reproduction by Ian Williams

2019 Governor Generals Literary Award for Fiction – English

The Innocents by Michael Crummey

The Student by Cary Fagan

Eye by Marianne Micros

Late Breaking by KD Miller

Five Wives by Joan Thomas

 2019 Rogers Writers’ Trust Award for Fiction

 Days by Moonlight by Andre Alexis

Season of Fury and Wonder by Sharon Butala

The Innocents by Michael Crummey

Shut up You’re Pretty by Tea Mutonji

Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin















THE DUTCH HOUSE by ANN PATCHETT is now in stock.

It is one of the best books you’ll read this year!

News - Week of 27 September 2019


From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada

 An Indigenous leader who has dedicated her life to Indigenous Rights, Jody Wilson-Raybould has represented both First Nations and the Crown at the highest levels. And she is not afraid to give Canadians what they need most – straight talk on what has to be done to move beyond our colonial legacy and achieve true reconciliation in Canada. In this powerful book, drawn from speeches and other writings, she urges all Canadians – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – to build upon the momentum already gained or risk hard-won progress being lost. The good news is that Indigenous Nations already have the solutions. But now is time to act and build a shared postcolonial future based on the foundations of trust, cooperation, recognition, and good governance.



The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason – now out in paperback

 Winner of the Northern California Book Award - A New York Times Editors' Choice Pick

Washington Post Notable Book of 2018 - An NPR Best Book of 2018

San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2018 - National Bestseller

"The Winter Soldier brims with improbable narrative pleasures...These pages crackle with excitement... A spectacular success." --Anthony Marra, New York Times Book Review

 "A dream of a novel... Part mystery, part war story, part romance." --Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See

 Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains, he finds a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single, mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains.

 But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon's scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal, makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient, and nurse forever.

 From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front; from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, The Winter Soldier is the story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the mistakes we make, and the precious opportunities to atone.

 The Institute by Stephen King


 From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of ItThe Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.


The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

 Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

“'Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?’ I asked my sister. We were sitting in her car, parked in front of the Dutch House in the broad daylight of early summer.”

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are. Filled with suspense, you may read it quickly to find out what happens, but what happens to Danny and Maeve will stay with you for a very long time.





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.



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