Kevin Morris Signing “In Times Wanting” Saturday, November 16 from 11:00am to 1:00pm

51M1GczPXPL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Come by the bookstore to meet local author Kevin Morris. He will be here signing copies of his new novel In Times Wanting from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, November 16.

From the jacket: “After surviving near execution and emotional breakdown in Mexico, Berrin and Eileen meet up in Ottawa after a decade long separation, both in search of a new beginning. Their story, which draws upon a little-known history of youth and community engagement between Canada and Mexico, throws new light on our times and our New World Order, as told in the novel In Times Wanting, by Kevin Morris. Ending his retreat into Canada s hinterlands, Berrin has found shelter in a co-op of community activists in Ottawa, his return also landing him in a job in the nearby craft market, distraction in an Artist-Run-Centre, and renewed contact with his family farm. And hope, which materializes with the re-appearance of Eileen in his life. But the ideals and dreams that had initially taken him into international development return to plague him. As the story swings between Mexico and Canada, city and country, Berrin struggles to find his roots, transcend his trauma, and create a new life with Eileen.”

Books ‘n Brew Sundays in December

livesfamiliychongBooks on Beechwood & Clocktower Brew Pub Announce…Books ‘n Brew Sundays in December!

December 1: Denise Chong on Lives of the Family

December 8: Mark Abley on Conversations With a Dead Man  NOW  IN STORE

December 15: Robert C. Sibley on The Way of the 88 Temples

Join us for dinner at 5:30pm followed by the author’s presentation, questions and book signing. Attendance includes 15% off the book and 15% off your meal if accompanied by one of the Clocktower’s House Brews.

To guarantee a spot for any of the reading, book your table for 5:30pm at the Clocktower Brew Pub, 422 Mackay st., 613-742-3169.

For details call 613-742-5030 or e-mail:

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November Newsletter

We’re all set for the pre-Christmas rush with over 6000 books in stock and more on the way. Come in and take a look and maybe you’ll find that perfect gift, possibly even for yourself! You can also browse on our e-store website and order other books from our suppliers. There is now a search station in the store too. We have new electronic gift cards which can be purchased at the store or on-line. To cope with the rush, we’ve added another staff member, Stephanie, who has a lot of bookstore experience.

In November and December we have many special events –book signings and book readings. It’s always interesting to meet the authors. We’ve added a calendar page to the website so that you can see all the events well in advance. Our Books and Brew series has been an outstanding success so far with sold-out sessions in many cases. The series is held at the Clocktower Pub next door. You can buy the books at a discount and there is a discount (15%) on dinner if you also buy one of the Clocktower brews. Early reservations are recommended. In December, the series switches to Sunday nights with dinner suggested for 5.30p.m. The December schedule is

Dec. 1                    Denise Chong                    “Lives of the Family”

Dec 8                     Mark Abley                         “Conversations with a Dead Man”

Dec 15                   Robert Sibley                     “The way of the 88 Temples”

A new series will begin in January.

We have just posted our 20 best sellers for the month of October (see the posting below)– headed by Charlotte Gray’s “The Massey Murder” for the second month in a row.  Once again history and biography dominate the list but there are a few surprises too. This month we might expect Lynn Coady’s Giller Prize winner “Hellgoing” to head the list.

Drop in for a visit and enjoy the friendly neighbourhood atmosphere of Books on Beechwood. Please note that we are open on November 11th but only after 1.00p.m.

Erika Chase Signing “Cover Story” on Saturday, November 9 from 11:00am to 2:00pm

m-9.phpLocal mystery author Linda Wiken (writing as Erika Chase) will be in the store on Saturday, November 9 from 11:00am to 2:00pm signing copies of her new book Cover Story. This is the third novel in the Ashton Corners Mystery series.

From the jacket:

“It’s time to celebrate when club member Molly Mathews’s childhood friend, Teensy Coldicutt, moves back to town—complete with a published book. But as the club plans Teensy’s book launch, Molly is attacked and Teensy’s books are stolen. Who would be so desperate for 150 copies of a sexy novel written by an elderly widow? Then Ashton Corners is hit with another shock when Teensy’s publisher turns up dead—and fellow club member and former police chief Bob Miller is taken into custody.

Convinced that Teensy’s missing books hold the key to the murder, Lizzie Turner and her band of readers are determined to hunt them down. But the plot thickens when their search leads them straight into a counterfeiting ring. Now they must unravel this surprise twist before the killer gets the chance to write someone else off…”

Ken McGoogan Signing “50 Canadians Who Changed the World” on Friday, November 8 from 7:00 to 9:00pm

m-8.phpCome by the store on Friday, November 8 to meet author Ken McGoogan. He will be here from 7:00 to 9:00pm signing copies of his new book 50 Canadians Who Changed the World.

From the jacket:

“Using the successful format of How the Scots Invented Canada, Ken McGoogan takes the reader on a compelling journey through the lives of fifty accomplished Canadians born in the 20th century who have changed—and often continue to change—the great wide world.

He discovers an astonishing array of activists, humanitarians, visionaries, scientists and inventors, all of whom have made an impact internationally. From Tommy Douglas, Pierre Trudeau, John Kenneth Galbraith, Naomi Klein, Marshall McLuhan, Stephen Lewis and Roméo Dallaire to Glenn Gould, David Suzuki, Mike Lazaridis, Margaret Atwood, Oscar Peterson, Leonard Cohen and thirty-seven others, Ken McGoogan shows us why and how Canadians move in the wider world as influencers and agents of progressive change.

Say hello to fifty Canadians who are shaping the future.”

We look forward to seeing you all here on Friday!

Our Bestsellers for October

  1. The Massey Murder                         Charlotte Gray                                   History
  2. The Library Tree                               Deborah Cowley                              Biography
  3. Dear Life                                            Alice Monro                                      Fiction
  4. The Forgotten                                   Nathan Greenfield                            History
  5. Shopping for Votes                           Susan Delacourt                               Politics
  6. The House of Hades                        Rick Riordan                                       Youth/Fantasy
  7. The Inconvenient Indian                 Thomas King                                      History
  8. However Long the Night                  Aimee Molloy                                    Biography
  9. The War that Ended the Peace     Margaret MacMillan                             History
  10. Stories about Storytellers             Douglas Gibson/Alice Monro               Biography
  11. The Orenda                                        Joseph Bryden                                  Fiction
  12. Memoirs of Mourning                   Claudia Chowiniec                               Biography
  13. The Whispers of Legends             Barbara Fradkin                                   Fiction
  14. Is This your First War?                    Michael Petrou                                  History
  15. Fire and Ashes                                  Michael Ignatieff                              Politics
  16. Food for the Gods                           Karen Dudley                                      Fiction
  17. Jack and the Manger                      Andy Jones                                          Kids
  18. Mrs Lincoln’s Dressmaker            Jennifer Chaverini                                 Fiction
  19. What W.H.Auden can do for you Alexander McCall Smith                       Literary
  20. The Love Monster                           Missy Marston                                     Fiction