Bill Bhaneja Signing “Troubled Pilgrimage: Passage to Pakistan” on Thursday, November 28 from 6:00-7:30pm

troubledpilgrimageCome by Books on Beechwood on Thursday evening to meet local author Bill Bhaneja as he signs copies of his new book Troubled Pilgrimage: Passage to Pakistan. He will be here to sign and chat from 6:00 to 7:30pm.

From the jacket:

“Troubled Pilgrimage: A Passage to Pakistan is about a journey by the author, a retired Canadian diplomat, who is visiting his ancestral land of Sindh and Punjab in Pakistan, the first visit since he was five. Bhaneja’s Hindu family had to leave their homeland following the Partition of the Indian subcontinent in August 1947.

The trans-cultural narrative deals with the universal theme of displacement and how it impacts mind and psyche of those involved. It is a thoughtful work about how our multiple identities shape and get played out in a globalized world. What makes some to leave their homelands while others to stay on despite fears and uncertainties of impending future?”

Snacks and refreshments will be served. We hope to see you all here!

Jan Andrews Signing “The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley” on Saturday, November 23 from 1:30-3:30pm

silentsummerCome by the store on Saturday, November 23 to meet young adult author Jan Andrews. She will be here signing copies of her new teen novel The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley from 1:30-3:30pm.

From the jacket:

“When no one listens, what’s the point of talking?
Kyle McGinley doesn’t say a word. Fed up with being shuttled from one foster care home to another, he has stopped speaking. But at the home of Scott and Jill Wardman, with the help of a crow, and a swamp, and an excess of blank paint, he begins to think that maybe, just maybe, life could be better.
As long as his frigging dad doesn’t mess things up.”

Paul Wells Signing “The Longer I’m Prime Minister” on Saturday, November 23 from 11:00am to 1:00pm

longerprimeministerCome by Books on Beechwood on Saturday to meet and chat with local author Paul Wells. He will be here signing copies of his new book The Longer I’m Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

From the jacket:

“In The Longer I’m Prime Minister, Paul Wells explores just what Harper’s understanding of Canada is, and who he speaks for in the national conversation. He explains Harper not only to Harper supporters but also to readers who can’t believe he is still Canada’s prime minister. In this authoritative, engaging and sometimes deeply critical account of the man, Paul Wells also brings us an illuminating portrait of Canadian democracy: ‘glorious, a little dented, and free.'”

“The War That Ended Peace” by Margaret MacMillan

warendedpeaceWith the coming next year of the 100th anniversary of the Great War (1914), there are already a number of books marking this date. One of the best is Margaret MacMillan’s The War That Ended Peace.

MacMillan is a Canadian who studied at the University of Toronto before getting her PhD at Oxford. She is now a professor of international history at Oxford, where she is also the warden of St. Anthony’s College. She has written a number of prize-winning books, including Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World. Her skill in both writing and teaching makes her a brilliant storyteller. The result is popular history with a solid backing of research.

This new one gives a picture of Europe in the century after the end of the Napoleonic Wars when peace settled across the countries and for some time they enjoyed a Concert of Europe and managed to pull back from military force in 1905, 1908, 1911, 1912 and 1913. Eventually the tug of shifting alliances, colonialism, complex personalities and rivalries strained relations. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, killed the one person close to the Emperor who counseled peace and so war broke out.

By this time, MacMillan has given us a close picture of the people involved. Winston Churchill becomes First Lord of the Admiralty in 1913. She also notes the intensity of the arms race which, between 1908 and 1914, went up by 50%, with the exception of Italy.

This is a heavy book to hold – 700 pages – but not to read.

Review by Anne McDougall

Joy Johansen Signing “Fair Wind and a Following Sea” on Sunday, November 17 from noon to 2:00pm

9781771230148-500x500Come by Books on Beechwood to meet Joy Johansen on Sunday, November 17. She will be signing copies of Fair Wind and a Following Sea from noon to 2:00pm. Fair Wind and a Following Sea is a collection of stories from her husband’s travels

From the jacket:

“Born in Bristol, England, Anthony (Jo) Johansen grew up with the sea. His love of ships and sailing led him to a fascinating life in the British Merchant Navy. This book is filled with his adventures, as he lives through the Blitz, travels the world, encounters some unforgettable characters, and faces dangers, not the least of which is the dreaded rogue wave.

Men at sea indulge in pranks and humour, which Johansen shares with us: His role as Neptune s daughter in a ceremony to mark the crossing of the Equator; the toilet bowl incident; the mysterious disappearance of the third mate; and so on. There are many serious moments as well, as one might expect in the life of a Master Mariner who would carry the grave responsibility of a large oceangoing ship. This was a man who truly followed his bliss.”

Kevin Morris Signing “In Times Wanting” Saturday, November 16 from 11:00am to 1:00pm

51M1GczPXPL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Come by the bookstore to meet local author Kevin Morris. He will be here signing copies of his new novel In Times Wanting from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, November 16.

From the jacket: “After surviving near execution and emotional breakdown in Mexico, Berrin and Eileen meet up in Ottawa after a decade long separation, both in search of a new beginning. Their story, which draws upon a little-known history of youth and community engagement between Canada and Mexico, throws new light on our times and our New World Order, as told in the novel In Times Wanting, by Kevin Morris. Ending his retreat into Canada s hinterlands, Berrin has found shelter in a co-op of community activists in Ottawa, his return also landing him in a job in the nearby craft market, distraction in an Artist-Run-Centre, and renewed contact with his family farm. And hope, which materializes with the re-appearance of Eileen in his life. But the ideals and dreams that had initially taken him into international development return to plague him. As the story swings between Mexico and Canada, city and country, Berrin struggles to find his roots, transcend his trauma, and create a new life with Eileen.”

Books ‘n Brew Sundays in December

livesfamiliychongBooks on Beechwood & Clocktower Brew Pub Announce…Books ‘n Brew Sundays in December!

December 1: Denise Chong on Lives of the Family

December 8: Mark Abley on Conversations With a Dead Man  NOW  IN STORE

December 15: Robert C. Sibley on The Way of the 88 Temples

Join us for dinner at 5:30pm followed by the author’s presentation, questions and book signing. Attendance includes 15% off the book and 15% off your meal if accompanied by one of the Clocktower’s House Brews.

To guarantee a spot for any of the reading, book your table for 5:30pm at the Clocktower Brew Pub, 422 Mackay st., 613-742-3169.

For details call 613-742-5030 or e-mail: staff@booksonbeechwood.ca

stories of the Chinese who came to and settled in small- town Canada.