Nettie Cronish Signing

Join us on Saturday, March 25 at 3:00pm to welcome cookbook author Nettie Cronish to the store. She will be here to sign copies of her newest cookbook Nourish. Her two previous cookbooks, Everyday Flexitarian and Flex Appeal, will also be available.

About Nourish:

“Eating healthily and well isn’t about a pinch of calcium here and dose of Vitamin C there, it’s about eating whole foods that are rich in nutrients, and no type of food has more readily accessible nourishment than whole, unprocessed foods that are close to nature.Nutritious, inexpensive, tasty and underutilized, legumes like beans, lentils, nuts and seeds are more flexible than their reputation suggests. Vegetarians have been in on the secret for a long time, but everyone should benefit from the nutritional impact of these small wonders. Legumes can be incorporated seamlessly into familiar foods like granola and chili, your morning oatmeal, and the crust on tuna or lamb chops. You do not need to follow a different eating plan for weight control, heart health, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes or many other health concerns. The very same eating plan-—more whole foods, less processed foods, and more home cooking—is recommended for anyone who wants to be healthy. This book provides dozens of delicious, approachable recipes made with wholesome beans, nuts, seeds and lentils.”

We look forward to seeing you on the weekend!

March 2017 Newsletter

February Bestsellers

1. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
2. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
3. Declassified by RHOMA
4. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
5. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
6. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
7. The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
8. The Break by Katherena Vermette
9. The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
10. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

 

Greetings Book Lovers!

Welcome to March! “In like a lion” seems to be the verdict for this third month of the year – a wet lion which quickly froze, but a lion nonetheless. Perhaps, if the saying holds true, we will have a nice, calm “out like a lamb” to look forward to. Well, regardless of the weather, there is no time like the present to escape into a great new book (or books). So,while we make our way through what we hope are the last weeks of winter, come down and browse our shelves for some new intriguing and enticing titles that would be more than willing to keep you company while we say goodbye to one season and hello to the next.

As we creep closer and closer to spring, our in-store events are starting to pop up like bright green sprouts from the snow-covered soil. On Saturday, March 4, Newfoundland author Chad Pelley will be in the store from 1:00-3:00pm signing copies of his books Four-Letter Words, Every Little Thing, and Away From Everywhere. The last of these, Away From Everywhere, has just been made into a movie starring Jason Priestley which just had its Ottawa premiere at the NAC. Perennial event favourite, Elie Nasrallah will be paying us a visit on Saturday, March 11 from 12:00-4:00pm to sign copies of his book Hostage to History. On the Titles@Table40 front, we still have a few tickets left for Tim Cook‘s appearance on Sunday, March 26. So, if you’ve been waffling about whether or not  you want to go, give us a call or visit us today to reserve your spot before we’re sold out!

It’s only the beginning of March, but we wanted to give you a quick sneak peak at a couple of events we have coming up in April that we’re very excited about! First up, on Friday, April 28, St. John’s singer/songwriter Amelia Curran will be stopping by to sign copies of her new book Relics and Tunes: The Songs of Amelia Curran and then, to cap off the month, we will be celebrating Authors for Indies Day on Saturday, April 29. We’ll be giving you updates and more information about both these events, so be sure to keep an eye on our website and newsletter over the next month as we get all the details ironed out for you.

As always, it’s no great hardship to find some real gems amongst all the books we receive at the store everyday. Always a favourite, Ali Smith has given us yet another great novel in Autumn. Part saga, part meditation on the state of the world, this is the first in Smith‘s planned Seasonal Quartet, a series of four standalone novels that are both individual and interconnected, much like the seasons themselves. Although it’s been four years since her last book, Sarah Dunant has made a triumphant return with her new historical novel In the Name of the Family. Set once again in Renaissance Italy, this novel will plunge readers into the dangerous and turbulent world of the Borgias, with a special guest appearance by none other than Niccolo Machiavelli! Full of bright passion and rich history, In the Name of the Family is the perfect read for fans of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, and Diana GabaldonMiss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson features a London mystery like no other! When American star Iolanthe Green goes missing after giving an evening performance, the fickle public quickly lose interest in her very real vanishing act. Determined to find Iolanthe, her dresser, Anna Treadway, is joined by an Irish policeman, a Turkish coffee house owner, and a Jamaican accountant as she navigates a world of underground music clubs, brutal back alleys, and mist-shrouded streets in her search for a star no one else seems willing to look for. Finally, from Steve Burrows, the beloved author of A Siege of Bitterns, A Pitying of Doves, and A Cast of Falcons, comes his newest mystery, A Shimmer of Hummingbirds. Full of life-changing choices and impossible situations, this fourth book in the Birder Mystery Series will delight old and new fans alike.

The teens and kids in your lives won’t feel at all left out when they see some of the great YA and children’s books making their way onto our shelves for spring. In The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale, readers are invited into a dark, dark wood where legends are real and the existence of good and evil is as much a part of everyday life as children’s nursery rhymes. Spooky and thrilling, Van Arsdale delivers a great story for anyone who likes a little darkness with their fantasy. On a lighter note, Garth Nix‘s Frogkisser is a fun, magical story that will keep you laughing to the very end. In an attempt to save her kingdom from her evil step-stepfather (the new husband to her evil stepmother), Princess Anya enlists the help of a loyal talking dog, a young thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some mischievous wizards as she sets out on a quest full of new friendships, fun, and adventure. How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss is a wonderful story of reinvention, self-discovery, and the healing power of the open road. After being abandoned by her two best friends and discovering that she’s pregnant, Hattie’s summer takes yet another surprising turn when her gin-loving Great Aunt Gloria – a relative no one knew existed – comes crashing into her life. Together this unlikely pair set out on a journey to confront both the secrets of their pasts and the choices that will determine their futures.

For the little ones in your lives, there are some beautiful, adorable, and hilarious children’s picture books to choose from. As a follow-up to his supremely successful board books, Dog, Cat, Moo, and Tails, Matthew Van Fleet gives us the colourful and interactive Dance. Featuring lots of different animals and large easy-to-pull tabs to make those animals dance, this board book is sure to keep any toddler entertained for hours on end. A sweet story of opposites and comparisons, Me Tall, You Small by Lilli L’Arronge is a parent-child story full of fun and fancy, not to mention adorable otters! Perfect for the extremely imaginative child, Stephanie Graegin‘s wordless picture book Little Fox in the Forest is a beautiful story of love and friendship. Boy and Girl live in a world of black and white until the day when Girl’s favourite stuffed animal, Little Fox, goes missing. As the two children search the nearby forest, they enter a world full of bright colours and lively critters and eventually find Little Fox in a very appropriate place. The Prince and the Porker by Peter Bently and David Roberts is a wacky and hilarious rhyming story perfect for any child who loves to laugh. As a twist on the age-old story of The Prince and the Pauper, Pignatius’ tale of mistaken identity will charm and delight children and parents alike!

As March has only just begun, we still have almost four full weeks of great book releases to look forward to. Here are a few things we’re keeping our eye on: Feast: Recipes and Stories From a Canadian Roadtrip by Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller (March 7), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (the original Hogwarts textbook; March 14), Triangle by Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett (March 14), The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (March 21), The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon and Dean Hale (March 21), and War Cry by Wilbur Smith (April 4).

As the weather continues to haphazardly fluctuate from rain to snow and puddles to ice, our reading list is one thing that we do have control over. So, be sure to pile your nightstand high and avoid the messy world outside by escaping into ancient times, magical worlds, intriguing lives, and everlasting loves on a magic carpet made of books.

Happy Reading!

–The Staff of Books on Beechwood

Elie Nasrallah Signing

Local author, Elie Nasrallah will be here on Saturday, March 11 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm to sign copies of his book Hostage to History.

Check out the following links to find out more about Elie Nasrallah and his work!

Elie’s essay from the Ottawa Citizen:

Nasrallah: Let's stop the myth-making around multiculturalism

This is a great article from Ottawa Life Magazine in which Elie Nasrallah is named one of the top 25 people in the Capital:

http://www.ottawalife.com/2016/09/meet-the-16th-annual-top-25-people-in-the-capital-2/

“The Meaning of Michelle” by Veronica Chambers

This is a quite inspiring book on how the United States’ first Black First Lady has shown the way for Black women all across the country.

The Latina writer, Veronica Chambers, has got 16 other writers (including a chef and a jazz musician) to explain how Michelle Obama has changed their lives. She came to the White House from a background in the poor part of Chicago. Her story is now well-known: her successful law career and marriage to Barack Obama who went on to become President.

Michelle’s quiet determination to open the world to Black women has made a huge difference to how these women see themselves in a country where race still remains a powder keg. In this collection, Veronica Chambers shows how Michelle’s sense of humour and confidence has lifted up other Black women who want to be just as comfortable in their own skin. There is a line of thankfulness that runs through the anthology. She even quotes a famous Black writer, James Baldwin, who  wrote: “your crown has been bought and paid for. All you have to do is wear it.” This book shows how.

Reviewed by Anne McDougall

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Chad Pelley Signing

Join us on Saturday, March 4 from 1:00-3:00pm to meet Newfoundland author Chad Pelley! He will be here to sign copies of his books Every Little Thing, Four-Letter Words, and Away From Everywhere, the last of which has been made into a film that will be having it’s Ottawa premiere at the NAC on Friday, March 3.

About Away From Everywhere:

“Brothers Owen and Alex Collins are brought together when mental illness claims their father and sets off a chain reaction of unrelated, heart-breaking events. Both tender and bold in its delivery, Away from Everywhere cuts no corners in telling the story of their crushing childhood, the reasons the brothers become different men, and the unthinkable act of love that tears them apart.
Part warped love story, part family tragedy, Away from Everywhere is a heart-stomping page-turner.”

Titles@Table40 with Tim Cook – March 2017

Join us for our first Titles@Table40 evening of 2017! Beloved local historian Tim Cook will be on hand to talk about his new book Vimy: The Battle and the Legend.

When: Sunday, March 26 at 5:30pm

Where: Table 40, 7 Springfield Road

The evening starts at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Attendees must reserve their spot at the bookstore with a non-refundable deposit of $20.00 which will go towards the cost of the meal (a set menu with a vegetarian option). The total cost of the meal is $40.00, which includes a three course meal (family-style). No substitutions will be allowed.

Tax, 18% gratuity, and refreshments are not included.

Tickets for this event are available in-store now! They’re bound to go quickly, so call us or come by to get yours today!

February 2017 Newsletter

January Bestsellers

1. The Promise of Canada by Charlotte Gray
2. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
3. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
4. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
5. The Trump Survival Guide by Gene Stone
6. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
7. Nutshell by Ian McEwan
8. Wenjack by Joseph Boyden
9. Conclave by Robert Harris
10. Declassified by RHOMA

Greetings Book Lovers!

The month of love is upon us! Or is it the month of outdoor winter activities? Maybe the month of groundhogs? No matter how you slice it, there’s no denying that February is still safely situated in the depths of winter – a time of year when we are more in need than ever of good reads to bring us comfort and keep us company until spring finally arrives.

What better way to relax and clear your mind this time of year than with a few lovely, quirky books full of musical and literary curiosities? Currently capturing our attention is For the Love of Classical Music by Caroline High. This charming book takes readers on a light yet thorough tour of the history of the world’s finest music. From the Medieval period to modern times, this exploration of famous pieces, performances, composers and surprising facts will delight all music lovers – from the casual listener to the serious aficionado! What Caroline High has done for music, Oliver Tearle has done for books. The Secret Library is a delightful tome of little-known facts, surprising stories, and curious truths about famous (and not so famous) authors, ancient texts, and how history itself has been influenced and affected by different writings over the centuries. On a slightly less grand and more scientific bend, A is for Arsenic: the Poisons of Agatha Christie by Katherine Harkup, explores fourteen of the Queen of Crime’s mysteries and the different poisons featured in each one. Written with finesse and a real admiration for Christie and her mysteries, this book will simultaneously inform and delight you!

As an author who lights up the literary world with his dark humour and often twisted and chilling tales, Neil Gaiman is always a treat to read! In his newest book, Norse Mythology, he takes on the mammoth task of retelling the legends of Odin, Thor, Loki and company. Although this is a collection of individual myths, Gaiman has ordered the stories from the genesis of the gods through to their eventual downfall in Ragnarok. So, while it can be enjoyed in bits and pieces, one story at a time, it can also be read all the way through, leaving the reader with the satisfying feeling of having read a great novel. In Garden of Lamentations, mystery author Deborah Crombie gives us a peek into the serene, sun-dappled private gardens of Notting Hill. While they may look peaceful and picturesque, these oases of relaxation soon become tangled up in a series of tragic murders that fall to DI Kerry Boatman to solve. As the sixteenth installment in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series, this mystery is bound to thrill new and longtime Crombie fans alike. Heather O’Neill, the Giller Shortlisted author of Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, and Daydreams of Angels, has gifted us with yet another stunning read. The Lonely Hearts Hotel is set in Montreal between the two world wars and follows the exploits of two orphans with extraordinary talents. A story full of love, music, struggle, and adventure, Pierrot and Rose will capture your heart and take you on the journey of a lifetime.

So far this year, our young adult section has been graced with some wonderful new fantasy releases that are definitely worth a look. Hot off the press is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Combining the sensibilities of Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games and Erin Morgenstern‘s The Night Circus, Caraval will sweep you away to a magical once-a-year performance where audience members get to participate in the show. For Scarlett, receiving an invitation to the show is not only an opportunity to escape her cruel and powerful father, but it’s also the fulfillment of a dream she never thought would come true. While she’s been assured that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance, when her sister is suddenly kidnapped, Scarlett must decide what is real and who she can trust in order to save herself and her sister before it’s too late. In Mechthild Glaser‘s new novel The Book Jumper, Amy Lennox discovers that she has the most incredible (an enviable) talent: she can leap into any story and interact with the world inside! As she becomes more comfortable with her new existence, Amy soon discovers that someone is stealing from the books she’s been visiting. With the help of a fellow book jumper, Amy must track down the thief before he strikes again…or catches up with Amy herself. Another real gem of a read is The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. This intriguing story of fantasy and time travel will hook readers on page one and keep their eyes glued to the action until the very end.

In CBC book news, the Canada Reads 2017 Shortlist has been announced. This year’s books are Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis, Company Town by Madeline Ashby, The Right to be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji, and The Break by Katherena Vermette. Defended by Humble the Poet, Tamara Taylor, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jody Mitic, and Candy Palmater respectively, this year’s edition of our national Battle of the Books will no doubt be marked by lively, passionate debate as the panelists decide which book all Canadians should read. The debates kick off on March 27.

For those of you who have been anxiously counting down the days until our next Titles@Table40 event, your wait is almost over! Our first dinner event of the spring season will take place on Sunday, March 26 and will feature none other than our wonderful local historian, Tim Cook. Tim will be talking to us about his forthcoming book Vimy: The Battle and the Legend (due to release March 7). Here’s a bit of a refresher on how our Titles@Table40 events work:

The evening starts at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Attendees must reserve their spot through the bookstore with a non-refundable deposit of $20.00 which will go towards the cost of the meal (a set menu with a vegetarian option). The total cost of the meal is $40.00, which includes a three course meal (family-style). No substitutions will be allowed. Tax, 18% gratuity, and refreshments are not included.

Tickets are available for purchase in-store now. They usually go pretty quickly, so call or visit us to get yours today!

It might be miserable outside, but it’s cozy and warm here in the store. So, throw off those February blahs and come down to visit us and buy a book or two! Whether it’s a romantic book for your honey for Valentine’s day (maybe The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Persuasion by Jane Austen, or a biography of the world’s most famous lover, Casanova by Laurence Bergreen), or just a treat for yourself (like City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong, The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne, or Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt), we’re sure we have the perfect thing to tickle your fancy and keep you safe from the cold, winter weather!

We look forward to seeing you!
Happy Reading!

–The Staff of Books on Beechwood

Book Club Reads Through March 2017

FebruaryMinister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter

Session 1: Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30pm

March: Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

Session 1: Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30pm

 

Attendees only need to attend one session per month and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. New members are always welcome.

For more information or to join the Book Club, give us a call at 613-742-5030 or send us an e-mail at staff@booksonbeechwood.ca

“The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben

When Peter Wohlleben began his life as a forester, he knew only what the modern forestry industry needs, i.e. to produce lumber it fells trees and plants new seedlings.

As his career  progressed, he got closer to the life of the trees themselves, discovering that they produce electrical impulses that pass through their roots and in this way communicate with their neighbours. This includes their child-saplings and the fact they can feed them sugar and other nutrients.

Wohlleben has spent some time  at a forest he manages in the Eifel mountains in Germany. In recent years Aachen University began conducting scientific research when it was realized that forests develop differently and more effectively when left to their own devices than when used merely for commercial gain. They need to communicate with each other, one of the most important ways to stay connected is a “wood wide web” of soil fungi that connects vegetation in an intimate network.

Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany. He now runs an environmentally friendly woodland, working for the return of primeval forests. He has written a number of books about trees. This is an astonishing one and takes the reader into a brand new world.

Reviewed by Anne McDougall

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