September Newsletter

Bestsellers for August

  1. Tough on Crime by David Holdsworth
  2. Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
  3. Man by Kim Thuy
  4. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
  5. Strength of Conviction by Tom Mulcair
  6. What’s Happened to Politics? by Bob Rae
  7. His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay
  8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  9. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  10. Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith


The night are getting cooler, leaves are starting to crunch underfoot, and the kids are heading back to school – it’s not hard to tell we’re leaving summer behind and heading into autumn! Even though the changing of the seasons means that days spent having fun in the sun might be few and far between, it also means that the fall book season is just getting started!

With all kinds of exciting news to pass along to you, why don’t we start with the announcement that our Titles@Table40 series is back! Kicking off our new season will be John Ibbitson discussing his new book Stephen Harper on Sunday, September 27. As before, the evening will start at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Those who wish to attend must reserve their spot through the bookstore with a non-refundable deposit of $20. Later in the Table 40 series, we will have Tim Cook discussing his book Fight to the Finish (November 8), Elizabeth Hay presenting His Whole Life (November 15), and a special wine evening with Rod Phillips, the author of The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO (December 6).

If the new John Ibbitson book doesn’t peak your interest but you want to stay on the political theme, why not try Tom Mulcair’s new book Strength of Conviction or the brand new release, What’s Happened to Politics? by Bob Rae? With a number of weeks left in this federal election campaign, we’re bound to see lots more political books hitting our shelves before ballot-casting time comes around. If politics aren’t your thing, our fiction shelves are awash in great new releases. The newest eagerly-awaited Chief Inspector Gamache mystery, The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny, has just arrived and is already flying off the shelves! Other notable new releases include The Taming the Queen by Philippa Gregory, Circling the Sun by Paula McLaine (author of The Paris Wife), and Sue Grafton has finally ended all our speculation by releasing hew new Kinsey Millhone mystery, simply entitled X.

Not only do we have the Titles@Table40 series to be excited about, but we have a number of great local authors coming into the store to sign their books over the next month. Touching once again the theme of politics, Barbara Bond will be in the store onSaturday, September 5  from 12:00-1:00pm, signing copies of her book On Sober Second Thought, a novel set in the Canadian Senate; and David Holdsworth will be on hand to sign copies of his timely political novel, Tough on Crime, on Saturday, September 26 from 1:00-3:00pm. We will also be welcoming Ian McKinley (author ofThe Gallows Gem of Prallyn) on Saturday, September 12 from 12:00-1:00pm, Ian Prattis (author of Redemption and Trailing Sky Six Feathers) on Saturday, September 19 from 11:00am-1:00pm, James Bartleman (author of Exceptional Circumstances) onSunday, September 20 from 1:00-3:00pm, and east coast author Lesley Crewe (author of Amazing Grace) on Saturday, September 26 from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Our ever-popular Book Club is starting up again this month, leading off the season with a discussion of Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. If you want to get a head start on your Book Club reading heading into the fall, the book for October will be The Comeback by John Ralston Saul and November’s book will be Us Conductors by Sean Michaels. New members are always welcome. For more information on the club and their meeting times, check out our website.

Although we’ve only just dipped our toes into September, the gift-giving season is just around the corner. A variety of great gift items are starting to trickle into the store, including fun new puzzles for all ages, blank and lined writing journals, 2016 calendars for the whole the family, and of course beautiful new colouring books for the young and the young at heart.

With lots of exciting events coming up and tons of great new titles arriving every day, this is a great time of year to – dare we say it? – fall into a good book!

Happy Reading!

-The Staff of Books on Beechwood