August Newsletter

The Man Booker Prize Long-list was just released.

Joshua Ferris “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour” In Store;R. Flanagan “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” Release Aug 12; K.J. Fowler “We are all Completely Beside Ourselves” In Store; Siri Hustvedt “The Blazing World” In Store ;Howard Jacobson “J” Releases Sept 30; Paul Kingsnorth “The Wake” ?Crowd Published; David Mitchell “The Bone Clocks” Releases Sept 2; Neel Mukherjee “The Lives of Others” To Order ;David Nicholls “Us” Releases Oct 28; Joseph O’Neill “The Dog” Releases Sept 9; Richard Powers “Orfeo” To Order; Ali Smith “How to be Both” Releases Sept 9; Niall Williams “History of the Rain” In Store.


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August is a quiet time for booksellers except for the inflow of new books for the fall and holiday seasons. You can see some of the new books to be published soon by going to our webstore and using the search feature. Forthcoming titles can be seen by scrolling down the boxes at each side of the page. There is also a list feature where you can create your own list of books for later reference. Of course you can advance order the new books -or existing stock -on line. We also accept telephone orders -just phone the bookstore. You might also want to look up details of the Man Booker long list nominees given above. This year American novels were eligible for the first time. There are four on the long list. My favorite entry so far is “History of the Rain”. It is witty and profound and uses the English language in a way that it seems only the Irish can master.

Our two book clubs resume in September on the second and last Wednesdays of the month. Click on Book Club for full details. The theme for the fall sessions is the commemoration of authors recently lost to us featuring “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Gracia Marquez, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou and “The Snow Walker” by Farley Mowat. We sell the books at a discount each month.

One future event to take note of is our celebration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the bookstore on Beechwood which will occur on September 13th. Yes. 20 years ago, two intrepid women started the bookstore; Jean Barton and Mary Mahoney. Quite an adventure! Their legacy lives on in the spirit of the neighbourhood bookstore that continues today. We’ll have some details of the celebration to announce later but please plan to drop by and help us celebrate. Another September event is the renewal of the “Titles at Table Forty” series- the opportunity to meet an author over dinner and hear about the creation of their latest book. We’ll announce the full details shortly.