Francois Mai Book Launch

Local author Francois Mai will be in the store on Thursday, November 30 from 6:00-8:00pm to launch his new novel Father, Unknown.

About the book:

Father, Unknown is a beautifully crafted novel of a family struggling to survive before, during, and after the French revolution. It is a story of courage, devotion, mystery, and betrayal, set against the dramatic backdrop of the harrowing and violent days that accompanied the creation of the Republic under Maximillien Robespierre. Through Francois Mai’s powerful gift of description, one almost feels the bite of the guillotine, along with the tragic consequences of the revolution on the French people.”

Be sure to come by the store to meet Francois, have a chat, enjoy some yummy snacks, and buy a book or two!

Bob Plamondon Signing

Local author, consultant, and historian, Bob Plamondon will be in the store on Sunday, November 26 from 2:00-4:00pm to sign copies of his new book about Jean Chretien, The Shawinigan Fox. Uncovering some of the truths and misconceptions about this often controversial Prime Minister, this new political biography is a must-add for your Christmas wish list!

About the book:
“Jean Chrétien’s critics have said he was a man with no vision and a short attention span — a small-town hick who stumbled his way to become Canada’s 20th prime minister. Whatever credit the Chrétien government deserved was often given to Paul Martin, the heir apparent who was touted to be the brains behind the operation.

But while Chretien was the subject of ridicule, he was quietly giving his competitors — both inside and outside of the Liberal party — a master class in politics, leadership, and nation-building.

Until now, the story of Chretien’s time as prime minister has been largely misunderstood. Plamondon sets the record straight and provides compelling lessons about political leadership and problem-solving from a critical chapter in Canadian history.”

Claire Smith Launch

Join us on Sunday, December 3 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to meet former local Olympian, Claire Smith. She has written a memoir entitled Falling Into Now: Memories of Sport, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Education which tells the story of her recovery from a brain injury sustained when she fell from her horse at an international competition.

Claire’s memoir captivates readers with its heart-wrenching description of her life during the first three years of her recovery. When she realized she had no choice but to relinquish her equestrian identity, her journey became one of reinvention. She eventually went on to compete in triathlons and ran several half marathons, before losing her power to run and ride because of Dystonia.

Claire’s compelling story is one of loss intermingled with achievement, and is sure to engage and inspire readers of all ages.

For more information, visit Claire’s website:

Dog-Eared Books Event

On Saturday, November 25, we have a very special treat planned for you! Two authors from the newly-minted Ottawa publishing house, Dog-Eared Books will be in the store to promote their newest releases. Be sure to come by to meet Tanis Browning-Shelp and Larry McCloskey who will be signing their new teen novels. Copies of their fellow writer, Susan Prosser‘s newest non-fiction release will be available as well, though Susan is unable to join us in person.

It’s going to be a great event, so we hope to see you here!

Dog-Eared Books is an independent Ottawa book publisher whose mission is to make books with good stories, strong characters, and positive themes. The publishing house has released three new titles this fall:

Crushed by Tanis Browning-Shelp
Second in the Maryn O’Brien Series, teen mountain biking sensation Maryn O’Brien is going all out as she closes in on her goal of racing in the Olympics. But then love enters her life and she finds herself at a crossroads.

The Dog Who Cried Snake by Larry McCloskey
Life is never easy on the street, especially during the coldest week of a cold winter, in one of the coldest capitals in the world. Mickey, a feisty old woman, and her dog Max get by on the street, determined to solve the mysterious death of a friend and save their pals.

Growing Home by Susan Prosser
Growing Home is a self help book designed to encourage readers to live their lives in self awareness, self love and self compassion so that they can grow to become their best and truest selves in order to live healthier lives and extend their compassion and goodwill to others.