November 2018 Newsletter

October Bestsellers

1. The Boat People by Sharon Bala
2. Darkest Before the Dawn by Mike Martin
3. All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay
4. Lost Ottawa, Book Two by David McGee
5. French Exit by Patrick deWitt
6. The Secret History of Soldiers by Tim Cook
7. The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
8. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
9. Educated by Tara Westover
10. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

Greetings Book Lovers!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already November! It feels like only yesterday we were celebrating the arrival of summer, and now here we are staring down the oncoming winter! There is certainly no need to despair though, because with the dark, cold days ahead, we also get to experience the brightest and warmest time of year. From twinkle lights to sparkling snow, cozy blankets to marshmallow-smothered hot chocolate, the holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year! Made all the more wonderful, of course, by all the lovely new books and gifts!

Although it happens every year and we are solely responsible, it’s still amazing to see the transformation that comes over the store this time of year. Not only are there so many more books filling our shelves and front tables, but countless gift items seem to peek out at us from every available surface! From calendars to magnets, mugs to puzzles, zippered pouches to bookmarks, tote bags to card games, there’s a little something for everyone! Our front window is also full to bursting with boxed Christmas cards right now in preparation for sending good wishes across the country and around the world. As in previous years, our selection of Unicef cards hold pride of place alongside innumerable other designs ranging from cute wintry farmyard scenes to glorious angels and festive choirs. Keep your eyes peeled for yet more seasonal items such as advent calendars, wrapping paper, and Christmas crackers – all due to hit shelves next week!

Not only is it a busy time of year for us with all those boxes to open, customers to serve, and orders to fill, but we also have a large number of events going on both in the store and at our favourite local haunt. There are so many, in fact, that we can’t fit them all here in the body of our newsletter! So, to make them a little easier to access and clearer to read, we’ve listed them in their own little box further down in this e-mail. Just scroll down until you get to the big purple box and you’ll know you’ve arrived! Once you’ve finished marking everything down on your own calendar, check out the rest of our newsletter for some of our top picks from among our newest arrivals!

Since the time rolled back last weekend and the evenings have gotten so dark, it’s hard to resist the temptation to simply curl up in the cushioned corner of your favourite couch and delve into a dark, sinister, and slightly unsettling book. Never in favour of discouraging such a notion, we think that Born To Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery might be the perfect reading choice! As the author of timeless classics such as The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Saint Melissa the Mottled, Utter Zoo, and The Evil Garden, Edward Gorey has long held readers entranced with his quirky, tongue-in-cheek stories and spooky line drawings. Now, in this brand new biography, we finally get to take a peek behind the curtain to find out more about this extremely talented, eccentric artist and writer. For anyone who was a teen (or tween) between twenty and thirty years ago,  you can pretty much guarantee that at least a few of the books on your nightstand (and in your bookcase) bore covers featuring ballet shoes, gymnasts, a slumber party scene, or maybe someone horseback riding. That’s because you were living in the golden age of the girl-centric teen book – after the more serious books of the 1970s and before the arrival of the blockbuster YA fantasy trilogies of the 2000s. Now you can take a trip down memory lane with Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss. Full of nostalgic images, fun facts, and hilarious trivia worthy of even the coolest slumber party, this book might just be the perfect thing for that hard-to-buy-for thirty or forty-something in your life!

Although the hockey season is now well underway and the abundance of indoor arenas means that skating can take place pretty much year round, there’s still a strange kind of connection between the depths of winter and the beginning of the skating season. In light of that, every autumn we tend to get a bit of a rush of hockey books coming into the store and this year is no different. After the success of his previous books, Hockey Dad and Hockey Confidential, Canadian broadcaster, journalist, and author Bob McKenzie, along with fellow broadcaster Jim Lang, has gifted sports fans with a collection of stories about Canada’s national game in Everyday Hockey Heroes. Featuring players from all corners of the hockey world, this heartwarming book doesn’t simply relay personal anecdotes, but explores how one sport has become so woven into the fabric of our nation’s identity. From the love of a nation to one individual’s lifelong devotion, Born Into It by Jay Baruchel is a funny, soul-baring memoir about a life spent as a die-hard Habs fan. With his trademark humour and an intense spirit that can only be found in the heart of a true hockey fan, this Ottawa born, Montreal raised writer, actor, director and comedian has written a book that truly encapsulates what it’s like to love a team with every fibre of your being. If it’s not Les Canadiens, but our local Senators that have earned your fervour, why not dip into Chris Stevenson‘s 100 Things Senators Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die? Full of stories from players, fans, team staffers, and hockey watchers past and present, this book can be enjoyed by die-hard and casual fans alike!

Though we promise not to play any Christmas music until December, we don’t really feel guilty for singing “‘Tis the season to read mysteries! Fa la la la la la la la la!” Not just because we enjoy it, but because it’s true! From the talented pen that brought us Moriarty, Magpie Murders, and The Word is Murder, among many others, comes a brand new addition to the James Bond cannon! Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz is a prequel to Ian Fleming‘s first 007 adventure, Casino Royale. Complete with original material by Fleming himself, this new spy novel is a real treat for anyone looking for a riveting, satisfying read! Another familiar name around the store, Lynne Truss, the bestselling author of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, has entered the world of mystery writing with the first book in her new Constable Twitten SeriesA Shot in the Dark. When you combine one keen constable, a lazy captain, new stirrings around a seven-year-old cold case, a fresh murder at the Theatre Royal, and Truss’ signature wit, you’re guaranteed to enjoy every page of this wonderful Brighton-set novel! Since we all know that romance and mystery go together like peanut butter and jam, it’s little wonder that we were so excited to get our hands on Solace Island by Meg Tilly. Though there may not be any murder victims or cunning detectives in this particular story, we were more than satisfied with Tilly’s protagonist spending her time dodging a menacing stalker and being saved and protected by a mysterious, good-looking neighbour! What more could a reader want, really?

Not the first or last list we’ll be making this season, here are a few more recent and upcoming releases that we’re excited about: The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall SmithMy Stories, My Times by Jean Chretien, Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten WhiteCareless Love by Peter RobinsonFinal Report by Rick Mercer, The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve TucholkeA Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. HarrisDefying Limits by Dr. Dave WilliamsThe Library Book by Susan OrleanCujo by Curtis Joseph, The Lotterys More of Less by Emma DonoghueIn a House of Lies by Ian Rankin, Becoming by Michelle Obama (November 13), The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman (November 20), Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny (November 27), Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts (November 27), Murder in the Bookshop by Carolyn Wells (November 29), Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (December 4).

With so many books, events, and gifts to choose from, we predict that you’ll have some serious decision-making ahead of you! Just remember that outside of our newsletter and our website, our staff are always happy to help you out with a book recommendation here or a gift idea there. Helping you find the perfect present for everyone on your list (yourself included) is one of our favourite things, so don’t be shy! There are also still lots of new goodies due to arrive over the coming weeks and we do have some special promotions coming up between now and Christmas, so keep your fingers on the pulse and be sure to pop in and see us every so often!

In the meantime, the weather and the state of our bookshelves are doing a good job of reminding us exactly what time of year it is, so we’re off to get right back to it! We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Upcoming Events

Ottawa newspaper editor and columnist turned novelist, Kate Heartfield, will be launching her new time travel adventure book Alice Payne Arrives here in the store from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 13.

Saturday, November 17 will usher in three authors from Canadian publisher Invisible Publishing. Susannah M. Smith, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, and H.B. Hogan will all be here to read from their new publications The Fairy Tale Museum, Port of Being, and This Keeps Happening, respectively. The fun gets started at 7:00pm, so be sure to join us for what promises to be a great evening of poetry and storytelling!

On Sunday, November 18 at 5:30pm, our Titles@Table40 evening with former Governor General David Johnston will kick off! He will be discussing his new book Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country. This event is officially sold out, but we have started a waiting list and you never know what can happen in the span of a week, so give us a call if you want us to add your name to the list!

Newfoundland author, politician, and diplomat, the Honourable Roger Simmons, PC, will be here in the store from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Friday, November 23 to sign copies of his new book The Man in the Arena: From Railway Brat to Diplomat.

Come by the store on Saturday, November 24 between 11:00am and 1:30pm to meet former Canadian Ambassador and Manor Park resident John Graham as he signs copies of his book of political cartoons, Potholes and Politics.

Saturday, December 1 will be a day full of mystery as we’re joined by four authors and members of the Crime Writers of Canada. Brian Lindsay and T.E. Wilson will be here to sign their newest books (Back Story and Mezcalero, respectively) from 10:00am to 12:00pm and you’ll be able to meet and chat with R.J. Harlick and Michael McCann – the authors of Purple Palette for Murder and Persistent Guilt – from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

Local science fiction author Alex Binkley will be here on Sunday, December 2 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm to launch his new novel Ultimate Wizard.

Closing out our Titles@Table40 season for 2018, Whit Fraser will be joining us for dinner on Sunday, December 2 at 5:30pm. He will be discussing his time up North as well as his book True North Rising. There are still a handful of tickets left for this event, so be sure to call us soon if you want to attend.

Whit Fraser will paying us another visit on Saturday, December 15 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm to sign copies of True North Rising here in the store. So, if you can’t make it to dinner earlier in the month, be sure to stop by to say hi!

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Hilary’s Shelf

Fury by Rachel Vincent
(#3 in The Menagerie Trilogy)

“Rachel Vincent is undoubtedly a marvel of the urban fantasy world! I’ve read all her series and am always amazed at how she can build such believable worlds around her characters.

This series is fun and magical, yet full of moral dilemmas that really make you think. Its heroine, Delilah Marlow, is a strong, independent, compassionate woman who stands up for her friends and fights oppression at every turn. I can’t wait to see how her story ends…just a few more pages!”

Titles@Table40 with David Johnston

We’re so excited to announce that former Governor General David Johnston will be joining us for a wonderful evening of friends, food, and books as he introduces us to his new book, Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country.

About the book:

Trust is a much-needed manual for the repair and restoration of the social quality on which all democracies rely. One of Canada’s most revered governors general, David Johnston mines his long life and varied career to give Canadians twenty ways to make themselves, their institutions, and their country more worthy of trust.”

Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Table 40, 7 Springfield Road

How it works:
The evening starts at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the bookstore. The non-refundable cost is $60.00 which includes the cost of the meal (a set menu of three courses with a vegetarian option), tax and tip. All beverages are extra and will be charged at the end of the evening.

The Fraser Cafe can accommodate all special dietary needs if we are informed at the bookstore in advance.

Call or visit us to purchase your tickets today!
Books on Beechwood
35 Beechwood Avenue

Rich Larson Event

Join us on Saturday, November 10 between 12:00pm and 2:00pm to meet local Science-Fiction author, Rich Larson. Having lived in many countries and written innumerable speculative fiction stories for different print and online publications, it’s no surprise that Rich has gifted us with such an intriguing and colourful debut novel. Annex is the first in The Violet Wars Trilogy and, as booksellers and Sci-Fi fans, we’re excited to say that there will be much more to come from this new, young novelist!

About the book:
“At first it is a nightmare.

When the invaders arrive, the world as they know it is destroyed. Their friends are kidnapped. Their families are changed.

Then it is a dream.

With no adults left to run things, Violet is finally free to live life on her own terms. Taking the new kid, Bo, under her wing, she and her pack of ‘Lost Boys’ can do whatever they want to do and be whoever they want to be.”

But the invaders won’t leave them alone for long…”

What readers are saying:
“Rich Larson presents a uniquely compelling apocalypse – equal parts frightening and touching.” -Alex White

“A thrilling entry into the alien invasion genre with two fierce young protagonists you won’t be able to stop rooting for.” -Fonda Lee

Elie Nasrallah Signing

Local author, Elie Nasrallah will be here on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00am to 3:00pm 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:

Erwan Larher Event

Join us at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 1 to meet and talk with prolific French author Erwan Larher. He will be in the store to discuss his new book, The Book I Didn’t Want to Write.

About the book:
“Erwan Larher was enjoying a rock concert in Paris’ Bataclan Theatre on November 13, 2015, when the firing started in what is now known as one of the most gruesome terror attacks in Europe. Larher reflects on what the attack meant to him and to others with humour and passion (…) [in this] instant French bestseller that has received critical acclaim across Europe.”

Be sure to tune into CBC Radio’s q with Tom Power on October 30 to hear more about the book before coming down to meet the author!

Chris Stevenson Event

Chris Stevenson has covered the ups and downs of the Ottawa Senators for multiple publications, has appeared on both the pre- and post-game shows on TSN 1200, and will now be paying us a visit on Friday, November 2 from 5:30-7:00pm to talk about all things hockey and his new book 100 Things Senators Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die! Whether you’ve been a fan since the beginning, are a relative newbie, or are just having a hard time reconciling yourself to what’s been happening to the team over the last few years, this book (and this event) are for you!

About the book:
“Most Ottawa Senators fans have attended a game at the Canadian Tire Centre, seen highlights of a young Daniel Alfredsson, and remember exactly where they were when the team reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. But only real fans know all the components of the trade which landed Jason Spezza or how to get a seat at Sens Mile. 100 Things Senators Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of Ottawa hockey. Whether you’re a longtime member of the Sens Army or a new supporter of Erik Karlsson, this book contains everything Senators fans should know, see, and do in their lifetime.”

Titles@Table40 with Whit Fraser

Renowned reporter Whit Fraser spent 25 years living in Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit) reporting on Canada’s Arctic for CBC. Now living in Ottawa, he will be joining us for an evening of good friends, wonderful food, and amazing stories, as he talks to us about his book True North Rising.

Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Table 40, 7 Springfield Road

How it works:
The evening starts at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the bookstore. The non-refundable cost is $60.00 which includes the cost of the meal (a set menu of three courses with a vegetarian option), tax and tip. All beverages are extra and will be charged at the end of the evening.

The Fraser Cafe can accommodate all special dietary needs if we are informed at the bookstore in advance.

Call or visit us to purchase your tickets today!
Books on Beechwood
35 Beechwood Avenue

Titles@Table40 with Tim Cook

We’re so excited to once again have our favourite Canadian war historian Tim Cook joining us for one of our dinner events this coming November! He will be discussing his brand new book, The Secret History of Soldiers – a book that delves deep in to our country’s military history to discover what daily life was really like for our young soldiers at the front when they weren’t going over the top.

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Table 40, 7 Springfield Road

How it works:
The evening starts at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the bookstore. The non-refundable cost is $60.00 which includes the cost of the meal (a set menu of three courses with a vegetarian option), tax and tip. All beverages are extra and will be charged at the end of the evening.

The Fraser Cafe can accommodate all special dietary needs if we are informed at the bookstore in advance.

Call (613-742-5030) or visit (35 Beechwood Avenue) us to buy your tickets today!

John Owens Book Launch

Join us on Saturday, October 20 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for the launch of local mystery author John Owens‘ new book Connecdead!

“The first book in the Jake Lydon mystery series, ‘Connecdead’ has been called ‘Chandler-like, if Raymond Chandler were a bit more cynical.’ Come out and meet John and decide for yourself if he bears any resemblance to his Hawaiian-shirt-wearing, chain-smoking, curmudgeon-on-a-good-day, anti-hero.”

October 2018 Newsletter

September Bestsellers

1. Fear by Bob Woodward
2. All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay
3. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
4. A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre
5. French Exit by Patrick DeWitt
6. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
7. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
8. Educated by Tara Westover
9. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
10. The Secret History of Soldiers by Tim Cook

Greetings Book Lovers!

Well, there’s no denying it now – it’s officially fall! There are crunchy leaves on the ground, sweaters and jackets have made their way back into our wardrobes, and we’ve already heard the word “Christmas” crop up in the store a few times! Though we’re a little ways away from our first snow fall (we hope), you can never start feathering your winter nest too early. Plus, we hear that warm apple cider tastes even better when enjoyed while reading!

With the arrival of autumn, and the inevitable lead up to Christmas, things have been busy around the shop recently. There are new books coming in by the minute, event requests flooding our inbox, and lots of new gift items to find shelf space for…somewhere. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like things are going to be slowing down any time soon! As we announced a few weeks ago, one of the things we’re most excited about this fall is the return of our Titles@Table40 series! We’re proudly going local this year with two wonderful Ottawa authors to kick off our 2018 season. Elizabeth Hay will be joining us on Sunday, October 14 to discuss her new memoir All Things Consoled, and Tim Cook will be paying us a visit on Sunday, November 4 to tell us about his brand new release, The Secret History of Soldiers. Though we have already sold out our October dinner with Elizabeth, we do have a waiting list started and you never know what the coming days will bring. So, if you’re very keen on that event in particular, it may still be worth putting yourself on our wait-list. There are still seats available for our evening with Tim, though they’re going fast, so if your’e interested, the sooner you buy your tickets, the better! Scroll down to the bottom of our newsletter for more details and a quick refresher on how our Titles@Table40 events work.

In addition to our dinner events, we do have a number of in-store events coming up that we’re excited to share with you. On Friday, October 12 we are planning a fun evening for mystery lovers, mystery readers, and mystery authors! British Columbia author Iona Whishaw and Ottawa authors Brenda Chapman and Barbara Fradkin will all be here in the store to launch their new books, A Sorrowful Sanctuary,  Bleeding Darkness, and Prisoners of Hope, respectively. There will be readings, a Q&A, book signings, and snacks and refreshments to enjoy over the course of the evening. We’ll even have another local mystery author, Linda Wiken, here to moderate the proceedings and keep us all on the straight and narrow! It’s bound to be a fun night, so don’t forget to mark it on your calendar! Right before we head off to our Elizabeth Hay dinner event on Sunday, October 14, we will be welcoming local historian David McGee into the store from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to launch his new book Lost Ottawa: Book 2. Gathered from his ever-popular Facebook page, Lost Ottawa, and following hot on the heels of his first collection of National Capital nostalgia, Lost Ottawa: Book 2 is a treat for Ottawa residents old and new! Filling your October with just a little more mystery, local author John Owens will be here on Saturday, October 20 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to launch his new Jake Lydon Mystery, Connecdead. A slightly different kind of sleuth – Hawaiian shirt and long hair, anyone? – Jake’s laissez-faire attitude takes a hit when a former boss of his is found dead under mysterious circumstances. With the help of his homicide detective daughter, his neighbour cum drinking buddy, and a genius computer hacker, Jake sets off on a wild quest to discover the truth…in his own unique way.

Taking a quick peek into November, prize-winning French novelist Erwan Larher will be here in the store on Thursday, November 1 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm to promote his new book, The Book I Didn’t Want to Write. A slight departure from Larher’s previous works, this real-life account of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks is a deeply moving memoir that explores not only what those attacks meant to him as a victim and as a French citizen, but also what they meant to the thousands of others who lived through that terrifying experience, their loved ones, the millions who followed the events through social media, and event the attackers themselves. Multi-layered, heartfelt, literary, and immensely readable, this is not a book about terrorism or death, but an ode to the sometimes precarious balance between human fragility and our strength of spirit.

With the arrival of fall’s cooler breezes and early darkness, it’s not hard to convince ourselves to do more reading in warm, cozy places. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that there are also so many wonderful books to tempt us into relaxing in said cozy places this time of year. A fitting read for the lead up to Halloween, Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker is presented to readers as a prequel to Bram Stoker‘s iconic Dracula and explores the origins of both this celebrated author and the infamous vampire he introduced us to. Inspired by notes and texts left by Bram, and co-written by his great grand-nephew and a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, this tale full of blood, mystery, darkness, and death is sure to ensorcel and beguile you from the very first page! If one gothic novel per season is not quite enough for you, the next book on your list should definitely be Chris Womersley‘s City of Crows. Set in the seventeenth century, this story introduces readers to Charlotte, a young woman who travels from her country home to the dirty, dangerous cobbled streets of Paris in search of her lost son. It is only when the slippery, silver-tongued former prisoner Adam Lesage hitches his wagon to hers that the real adventure begins! Full of thrills, chills, humour, and magic, this novel is positively dripping with atmosphere and is sure to please anyone who enjoyed By Gaslight by Steven Price or The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton!

If history has proved nothing else it’s that sometimes the greatest discoveries can come out of the strangest circumstances. This month, we find one such scenario in Harriet Paige‘s debut novel, Man With a Seagull on His Head. Ray Eccles is not an interesting man – he even knows this himself – but on the morning of his fortieth birthday, while taking a walk on the beach, it seems like The Fates have a plan for him after all. At the precise moment that a dying seagull falls from the sky, hitting Ray squarely in the head, a woman in the distance turns towards him, becoming the last thing he sees before losing consciousness. No one would ever suspect that this strange shared moment would mark Ray’s transition from uninteresting man to the darling of the art world, but that is exactly what happens! The transformation is fascinating to read and the eventual meeting of Ray and his unwitting muse treats readers to a truly moving snapshot of human connection. Beautifully written and masterfully told, this novel is a must read! With just a bit more fantasy to take us through the magical month of October, Sonia Faruqi invites us to the bottom of the sea in The Oyster Thief. When her brother falls ill due to an oil spill, mermaid Coralline sets out on a journey to find a legendary elixir that could save his life. When she comes across Izar, a human man who has been transformed into a merman against his will, it seems to make sense that they continue their quests together. Drawn to each other by more than just the ocean’s currents, their blossoming rapport is soon threatened by dangerous secrets, worlds at odds, and the ever-present threat of toxic pollution. A far cry from the story of The Little Mermaid as Disney would have us know it, this entertaining deep sea adventure is a wonderful fantasy story with just a hint of environmentalism!

Whether it’s a conscious thing or something we do everyday without even thinking about it, it’s pretty safe to say that all humans are at least a little bit superstitious. From not walking under ladders to always entering and leaving a building through the same door to never uttering the name of The Scottish Play inside a theatre, the acts we associate with bad luck are seemingly infinite. Exploring the origins of luck around the world, and whether or not it actually exists at all, Jeffrey S. Rosenthal‘s Knock on Wood: Luck, Chance, and the Meaning of Everything is a great read for believers and non-believers alike. While some superstitions can be explained away as pure common sense – it’s just a dangerous thing to do – others, like four-leaf clovers, rabbit feet, and “lucky” pennies as signs of good fortune are a little harder to explain away. With humour, science, and a bit of a tongue-in-cheek attitude this University of Toronto statistics professor is sure to entertain and inform you in equal measure! In our experience, there’s nothing that brings history lovers quite as much joy as a really intriguing social history, especially when it’s been written by a master of the genre. Having written about the Great Fire of London, 17th Century pirates in the Mediterranean, life in the 20th Century English country house, and The Royal Society among other things, celebrated historian Adrian Tinniswood has now turned his lens to all the people it takes to support a monarch in his new book Behind the Throne. Spanning the years from the Middle Ages through to Queen Elizabeth II, this study of the age-old relationship between upstairs and downstairs is an interesting look at how many aspects of society have changed and how some things are still very much the same. In certain situations, it definitely takes a village!

For some reason, the fall always seems to be the time of year when big biographies start hitting our shelves, and we certainly do have a lot right now. The memoirs of two legendary entertainers have caught our interest this month and they will undoubtedly make you laugh as much through reading as they have through their years of acting. Best known, of course, for his time as part of the ground-breaking comedy group Monty Python, Eric Idle is a name that few people are not familiar with. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – the title itself a nod to the classic Monty Python song from their movie Life of Brian – is a story-filled romp through not only Idle’s time with his Python cohorts and other big names of the 1960s and ’70s – Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Steve Martin – but through his whole life, from a childhood spent in a strict boarding school to the present day. Branded “A Sortabiography” this book is the perfect read for anyone who has ever met an Enchanter named Tim, had a confrontation over a potentially dead parrot, or been charged to fetch a shrubbery for a group of strange forest-dwelling knights. It might also be a good book to pick up if you just love a good laugh! Newfoundland born comedian Mark Critch has also set out to tickle our funny bones in his new memoir, Son of a Critch. Having spent many years entertaining us from CBC’s flagship comedy show This Hours Has 22 Minutes, Mark now invites us to take a walk down memory lane with him as he revisits his childhood growing up in 1980’s Newfoundland. Full of the same humour and puckishness we’ve come to know and love in his comedy today, this new book is just as charming and heart-warming as it is funny!

One of the rare treats of working in a retail store like ours is not just getting to see all the new blockbuster books upon arrival, but getting the chance to uncover the lesser-known tomes that capture our hearts and, perhaps, wouldn’t get noticed right away without a champion. With that in mind, one of the most intriguing teen books we’ve run across recently is Christelle Dabos‘ A Winter’s Promise. Originally written in French and just recently translated, this epic tale of fantasy and adventure features a strong heroine, travels to vastly different lands, and magical abilities that will capture readers’ imaginations. Set to be the first of four books in The Mirror Visitor Quartet, we’re excited to know that there’s much more to come from this wonderful author! It would make a perfect read for fans of V.E. Schwab‘s Shades of Magic series, Margaret Rogerson‘s An Enchantment of Ravens, and the Airborn series by Kenneth Oppel. Full of ancient demons, blood sacrifices, and chilling secrets, Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko is a dark fantasy that is sure to appease anyone who loves reading stories that will give them goosebumps and make the hairs on the back of their neck stand on end – or anyone who’s ever read a Kelley Armstrong book! Roan Harken has always considered herself to be a typical teenager…well, mostly. After being saved from sharing her parents’ deadly fate by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan suddenly finds herself thrust onto an ancient battlefield where she might have to sacrifice more than she bargained for in order to maintain the world’s precarious balance of good and evil. The Realms of Ancient series continues in the newly released second volume, Children of the Bloodlands.

Just as readers must often wait for their favourite authors to come out with a new book, so too do some books have to wait a while before we pick them up to read them. You really have to be in the right mood in order to read and enjoy certain titles. Because of this, it wasn’t until last year that we finally picked up David Levithan‘s Every Day after having it on our to-read pile for a good long time. Though we let it mature for a while, it was definitely worth waiting for! Centred around an amorphous character named A who wakes up in a different body each day, we had never read a young adult book that made us think quite so much. Needless to say that we quickly devoured Another Day, the follow up to A’s story, and are now extremely excited to get our hands on the newest book in the series, Someday. Delving deep into questions about the soul and what really makes us human, Levithan has once again given us a fascinating, thoughtful read that will not only intrigue you, but will satisfy you in a way that other books seldom do.

As usual, so many books, so little space! Here are some more recent and forthcoming releases that we wanted to shine a light on: Potato Pants by Laurie KellerThe Waiter by Matias FaldbakkenGiraffe Problems by Jory JohnCraic Baby: Dispatches from a Rising Language by Darach O SeaghdhaAn Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret RogersonI Hate My Cats (A Love Story) by Davide CaliA Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem by Christopher HealyThere’s a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor by Wade BradfordSkylark and Wallcreeper by Anne O’Brien Carelli, The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, Half Spent Was the Night by Ami McKay (October 16), Erebus by Michael Palin (October 16), The Winters by Lisa Gabriele (October 16), Jamie Cooks Italy by Jamie Oliver (October 23), Careless Love by Peter Robinson (October 23), Born Into It by Jay Baruchel (October 30), The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay (October 30), A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss (November 6), Born To Be Posthumous by Mark Dery (November 6).

Now, before we let you get back to whichever book you’re currently reading, we wanted to share a quick, yet very exciting, announcement with you! Earlier this month we became a partner store of the digital audiobook retailer,!! Don’t panic – nothing about our physical store is changing. This new partnership just means that our customers can now buy audiobooks online while still supporting their independent bookstore! We’ve listed more details about below, but if you’re already interested and want to check out our new online presence you can visit our store here:

With the magical month of October well underway now, the urge to start snuggling with our books is almost irresistible! Unfortunately, leaving the coziness of our blankets every now and then is a necessity – if nothing else you’ll need to feed and water yourself! So, on one of these forays from your den of tea, cookies, books, and wool, be sure to swing by and see us for the latest on new releases, our favourite reads, and to hash out what just happened to your favourite character – sometimes you just need to talk it out! We’re here for all of that and more, and we look forward the autumn breezes blowing you in through our front door!

Happy Reading!

— The Staff of Books on Beechwood

Titles@Table40: Fall 2018

An Evening with Tim Cook

Date: Sunday, November 4
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Table 40 Restaurant

How Our Titles@Table40 Events Work
The evening starts at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the bookstore. The non-refundable cost is $60.00 which includes the cost of the meal (a set menu of three courses with a vegetarian option), tax and tip. All beverages are extra and will be charged at the end of the evening.

The Fraser Cafe can accommodate all special dietary needs if we are informed at the bookstore in advance.
Call us at 613-742-5030 or visit us to book your tickets today!

Shop with us on!!!

Our store: is an independent audiobook company that makes it possible for us to sell digital audiobooks to our customers. You can listen to these audiobooks on your iPhone, Android device, or your computer. All sales are conducted through our store (link above) and support the continued survival of your local independent bookseller.

You can buy audiobooks through our site either by signing up for a membership or by simply buying audiobooks as the mood strikes you. You don’t even have to have the app on your phone or device in order to buy, download, and listen!

While we will always be champions of the print book, audiobooks can be a great way to enjoy more books while you’re traveling, exercising, or relaxing!
Be sure to check out our site to see if audiobooks are for you!

Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife

“After visiting The Tower of London for the first time this past spring, there was never any question of my not reading this book. The Tower Ravens stole my heart in person and have now done it again with paper and ink. Unabashedly enamoured of his feathered charges, the Ravenmaster has gifted us with a candid, humorous, and unique look at life within The Tower, his own path to the position of Ravenmaster, and the daily lives of the majestic, powerful, and unapologetic corvids on whose shoulders rest the fate of a nation.”