January 2024 Newsletter

December Bestsellers

1. Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons by Charlotte Gray
2. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
3. Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein
4. 5 Ingredients Mediterranean by Jamie Oliver
5. The Wager by David Grann
6. Prophet Song by Paul Lynch
7. The Fraud by Zadie Smith
8. The Duel by John Ibbitson
9. The Road Years by Rick Mercer
10. Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy New Year!! Welcome to the first month of 2024! It’s certainly been a snowy one so far! While we love everything about the holiday season – the joy, the lights, the snacks, the books – there is something nice about getting back into the swing of things come January. Despite the snow and nippy air outside, it’s hard not to feel at least a little bit optimistic about what the weeks and months ahead can bring. So, here’s to a year filled with light, love, laughter, and piles and piles of great books!

As a slightly underappreciated month, we’re so happy to that we can show January a bit of extra love and attention by having it play host to two of our biggest sales of the year – our long-standing Annual Inventory Sale and our second annual Puzzle Month Sale! Both of these great sales are now in effect, doing their bit in our never ending quest to scan as few items as possible during our yearly inventory count. This year’s Inventory Sale features a store-wide discount of 25% off on all books, gifts, games, and stationery. Exceptions include magazines, CDs, DVDs, the Globe and Mail, and special order items. You can take advantage of our sale both in person here in the store, or through our online store. When shopping online, be sure to enter the promo code INVENTORY as you’re checking out to ensure that the discount is applied to all items in your cart that qualify. Our Inventory Sale will run from now until the end of the day on Saturday, January 20. Following our sale, we will be doing our inventory count on Sunday, January 21. We know we’re usually closed on Sundays, so if you happen to be walking by our windows that day and catch sight of some wayward booksellers wandering around the shop, don’t panic! It will just be us, making sure that every single item in the store gets scanned and counted so we can start the year with a nice clean slate!

Although January can traditionally be a very snowy, gray, and cold few weeks, it’s also National Puzzle Month! To celebrate this fact, we thought it would be fitting to have a special Puzzle Month Sale! So, from now until Wednesday, January 31, all our in-stock jigsaw puzzles will be 25% off! As an added bonus, if you shop on Monday, January 29National Puzzle Day – you can enjoy an extra 5% discount! Whether you enjoy a comforting 300 piece puzzle, a challenging 1000 piece puzzle, or something even a little more difficult, we’ve got you covered! With all kinds of different designs from a wide variety of companies including Ravensburger (On the Water 1000pc puzzle), Pomegranate (Seventeen Cats 300pc puzzle), Cavallini & Co. (Bees & Honey 1000pc puzzle), Cobble Hill (Busy as a Bee 500pc puzzle) New York Puzzle Company (Summer Painting 1000pc puzzle), The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild (Shakespearean Insults 1000pc puzzle), Piatnik, Heye (Lighthouse 1000pc panorama puzzle), Workman (Gopher Baroque 500pc puzzle), Janet Hill Studios (Ladybird 100pc mini puzzle), Laurence King Publishing (The World of Agatha Christie 1000pc puzzle), and Eeboo (Still Life with Flowers 500pc round puzzle), there’s a little something for everyone!

While our January has quickly been taken over by inventory concerns and the planning of two big sales, there are still lots of other fun things to pay attention to – like all the great new books that are arriving, despite the year being very young. Although January is often a slow retail month, that doesn’t mean that the publishing industry slows down any. We’re still receiving boxes of exciting new books on a daily basis and we can’t wait for you to come by to see them. There are lots of great new publications to look forward to in the coming weeks too! Here are just some of the recent and forthcoming titles we’re most excited about: Deadly Game by Michael Caine, How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix, Midnight by Amy McCulloch, Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Weird Sisters by Olga Wojtas, How to Be a Renaissance Woman by Jill Burke, Oh Miriam! by Miriam Margolyes, Maud Horton’s Glorious Revenge by Lizzie Pook, The Fury by Alex Michaelides, An Irish Country Courtship by Patrick Taylor, Murder at an Irish Bakery by Carlene O’Connor (January 23), Unraveling by Peggy Orenstein (January 23), Everyone On This Train is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson (January 30), Interesting Facts About Space by Emily Austin (January 30), The Women by Kristin Hannah (February 6), The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder by C.L Miller (February 6), A Meditation on Murder by Susan Juby (February 6), One Hour of Fervor by Muriel Barbery (February 9), The Phoenix Crown by Kate Quinn and Janie Chang (February 13), Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan (February 13), The Fox Wife by Yangsze Choo (February 13).

We know the last few years have been a bit on the challenging side, and it’s unlikely that this new year will be without its own set of ups and downs, but January always seems to bring with it a strange sense of hope – hope that the coming year will be filled with health, happiness, light, and love. That it will be rejuvenating, relaxing, and enriching, and, of course, that it will be filled with wonderful reads to make us laugh, touch our hearts, lift our spirits, and feed our souls. As your local booksellers, we promise to try to make the store and our stacks of books tick as many of those new year’s boxes as possible!

Wishing you all the best in 2024!
Happy Reading!

– The Staff at Books on Beechwood


Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: The Wake-Up Call by Beth O’Leary

“Since I first read The Flatshare, I have been a dedicated fan of Beth O’Leary’s sweet, funny novels about love, friendship, and the awkward spaces between the two. Her characters are quirky and endearing, and you can’t help but root or them!
Set in a run-down hotel in the lead up to the holidays, this story of Izzy and Lucas’ relationship is at once maddening and captivating. We guarantee that you’ll fall in love with them as quickly and easily as we did.”


December 2023 Newsletter

Top 10 Books on 2023

1. Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons by Charlotte Gray
2. Eleanor’s Moon by Maggie Knaus
3. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
4. Private Power, Public Purpose by Thomas d’Aquino
5. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
6. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
7. Best Hikes: Ottawa-Gatineau by Vickie Lanthier
8. The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
9. Snow Road Station by Elizabeth Hay
10. Old Babes in the Wood by Margaret Atwood

Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy December! Can you believe it’s the last month of the year already? Time has certainly been flying by! Although the weather has been a bit up and down recently, we can no longer deny that winter is here to stay. With the ice and snow piling up outside, and that nippy air starting to throw its weight around, there’s nothing we’d rather do than curl up at home with a good book! Before we can do that though, we do still have a few pre-holiday tasks to accomplish. Read on to find out what will be happening in and around the store between now and December 24th!

With Christmas fast approaching, our shelves are full to bursting with great reads, fun games, neat puzzles, and beautiful gift items of all shapes and sizes – in other words, lots of goodies for everyone on your holiday gift list! Whether your shopping M.O. involves detailed lists of gift ideas or casual browsing until something special catches your eye, our bookstore elves will be in-store and on-hand to help with all your shopping needs!

As we’re just over a week away from Christmas, most of our order deadlines for “guaranteed Christmas delivery” have now passed, but there are still a couple of suppliers who will be able to get books to us in time for the big day! So, if there is a certain special book you’d really like to have wrapped and under the tree this year, please don’t hesitate to ask us about it! There is still a chance we may be able to get it for you. Please note that our final “in time for Christmas” orders will be going out this coming Thursday (December 15), so be sure to contact us before then if there’s a certain title you’d like to order. If the book you’re looking for happens to be one we don’t have and can’t order, we’re always happy to see if one of our fellow independent stores might have it – just one of the perks of sharing a database with your other go-to Ottawa bookstores! Even though our order deadlines have mostly passed, that doesn’t mean that we won’t be getting anymore books between now and December 24. We’ve been busily placing orders daily with all our suppliers over the last few weeks, so there are lots of great titles and gifty goodies still winging their way to us. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages to get the latest on all our newest arrivals!

In other holiday news, our special 12 Days of Christmas promo is back for another year! Starting on Wednesday, December 13, we will be counting down the days to Christmas by featuring one great book each day at 25% off! This year’s countdown will include the likes of store favourite Charlotte Gray, fantasy superstar Rebecca Yarros, and Canadian sport hero Donovan Bailey, among many others. This promo will be available in store and online, and each book will only be discounted on its specific day. Keep your eyes on this space and our social media pages for daily announcements on when each book is stepping into the spotlight! (Please note that since we will be closed on Sunday, December 17th, that day’s promo will be available online only.)

While we have you here, we also wanted to let you know what our store hours will be like over the next ten days. We will be maintaining our regular hours of operation (Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm) in these last days leading up to December 24, and while we will remain closed on Sundays, we will be open from 10:00am to 3:00pm. on Sunday, December 24. After all the hubbub of holiday shopping is over, we will once again be closing up shop for a week to give our staff a much-deserved rest. The store will be shut from Monday, December 25 through to Monday, January 1. Regular store hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2023.

While we love being in the store all year round, there’s just something extra special about the holidays. From the fascinating books arriving everyday to the seemingly endless “Best of” lists, the copious gift items filling our shelves to the many literary prize winners, there’s just an extra little frisson of excitement in the air. If we had to pick our very favourite thing about the store though, no matter the time of year, it would of course be all of you. While our bookstore itself is made up of bricks and mortar, and staffed by happy booksellers, it’s all our lovely customers that really breathe life into it. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love and “the little bookstore that could” wouldn’t be the community hub that it’s become. Thank you so much for your continued support of our little shop. It really means the world to us, especially after facing some unprecedented events over the last few years. We’ve encountered a number of bumps in the road since first opening our doors in the fall of 1994, but now as we approach our 30th anniversary, we know that no matter what we face going forward, we have the kindest and most supportive customers to help us along the way.

From the bottom of our book-loving hearts, we want to thank you for all that you do, and wish you and yours a lovely holiday season filled with peace, joy, and laughter! And maybe a few books too!

Happy Reading!
Take good care,
The Staff at Books on Beechwood

October/November 2023 Newsletter

September Bestsellers

1. Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons by Charlotte Gray
2. Tom Lake by Anne Patchett
3. Snow Road Station by Elizabeth Hay
4. The Fraud by Zadie Smith
5. Raging Storm by Ann Cleeves
6. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
7. Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman
8. A New Season by Terry Fallis
9. A Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein
10. Murder Most Royal by S. J. Bennett

Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy Halloween! Our favourite holiday of the year is officially here – the crunchy leaves, the witchy reads, the chilly air – we love it all! A little part of us actually wishes that Halloween (and its host-month of October) could come twice a year! Whether you’re an autumn fan or someone who deeply feels the loss of those sunny summer days, there’s no denying that this time of year is perfectly designed for cozying up with a great read! After all, what could be better than snuggling under a blanket with a warm beverage and a new book while the world around us prepares for the long dark?

When walking around the store these days, it’s not hard to tell that we’ve left the beach read days behind in favour of exciting new fall and winter tomes. Our shelves and tables are packed and stacked with great biographies, fascinating histories, famously-penned novels, and highly-anticipated kids books! Not to mention all the award nominees! Things are certainly shaping up to be a wonderful fall season! From Chris Hadfield to Naomi Klein, Walter Isaacson to Micheal Crummey, Richard Osman to Michael Palin, Jann Arden to Barbra Streisand, there’s a little something for everyone here this fall!

Before we get too carried away talking about all our new arrivals, we want to take a minute to let you know about some exciting book events we have on our schedule in the coming weeks. The biggest event news we have to share with you this fall is the return of our ever popular author dinners! Renamed, reborn, and ready to treat you to unforgettable evenings with wonderful authors, the Books on Beechwood Author Dinner series has started with a bang with two very special local authors, Roy MacGregor and Charlotte Gray! After hosting a very appropriate forty Titles@Table40 dinners over the years with our friends at Fraser Cafe, rebooting our dinner series wasn’t just a question of picking up where we left off – it meant searching out a whole new venue willing to host us. In our ongoing quest to find a new permanent home for our dinners, we’ve chosen two different restaurants for our first two author dinners of the year. Our first dinner took place last week at The Bridge Public House at the Rideau Sports Centre where Roy MacGregor talked to us about his new memoir, Paper Trails: From the Backwoods to the Front Page. It was a truly wonderful evening and a lovely time was had by all – author, diners, and booksellers alike. For our second dinner, the incomparable Charlotte Gray will be giving a presentation on her new book, Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons, on Monday, November 6 at 6:00pm. This special evening will be taking place at Dhruvees Restaurant right on the corner of Beechwood and Charlevoix. Tickets cost $62 and cover your meal (a set menu served family style), the tax, and the tip. Dhruvees is happy to accommodate any special dietary needs if we are informed at the bookstore ahead of time. Though our Roy MacGregor dinner has now passed, you still have a chance to attend our dinner with Charlotte Gray. Tickets are very close to being gone, so be sure to call, visit, or e-mail us to get yours soon! If you do happen to miss out, you can always put yourself on our waiting list in event that we have a cancellation.

In addition to our Author Dinner series, we also have a number of in-store events to tell you about. On Wednesday, November 1 (tomorrow) between 5:00pm and 7:00pm, we hope you will join us in celebrating the publication of Maggie Knaus‘ debut picture book Eleanor’s Moon! Beautifully written and illustrated by Maggie, this charming picture book explores our relationships with our loved ones and how we can stay connected even when we’re far apart. Saturday, November 4 sees the return of our longtime friend, Rick Houle to the store. He will be here from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to sign copies of his newest mystery novel, Cordial Venues. This new book is the fourth in Rick’s Vicky Veston series and we’ll be sure to have copies of the previous three books, Affable Scavengers, Violet Shoal, and Vicky Veston Inc., on hand for those who want to start reading from the beginning! Looking further into November, Ottawa mystery mavens, Barbara Fradkin and Mary Jane Maffini will be paying us a visit for a joint signing on Saturday, November 25 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Barbara and Mary Jane will be signing copies of their newest releases, Wreck Bay and You Light Up My Death, respectively, as well as a selection of their earlier titles. Be sure to mark all these great events on your calendar so you don’t miss a minute of the fun!

Although the darker days and cooler nights mean that winter is on its way, there’s still lots to enjoy about autumn before we get to that seemingly endless long dark. For one thing, what better way is there to relish the beauty, mystery, and spookiness of the season than to read books with all those qualities? In the first ever authorized return to Shirley Jackson‘s The Haunting of Hill House, Elizabeth Hand has delivered a chilly, eerie, and entirely delightful story in A Haunting on the Hill. When it looks like Holly is finally going to get her big break as a playright, all that’s left for her to do is find somewhere to rehearse her play, Witching Night. Stumbling upon Hill House, Holly thinks she’s found the perfect place! Sure, it’s pretty dark and dingy… and, yes, it creaks quite a bit… and it’s definitely what one would call drafty… but it will serve Holly’s purposes perfectly! Once her best friend and company of actors join her though, the house (and its spectral residents) begins to express itself in ever creepier and more frightening ways! Following on the same theme, from the critically acclaimed author of Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow, comes a brand new creepy mansion story called Starling House. Set in a small Kentucky town and featuring a mysterious old house once owned by a reclusive 19th Century author, this spooky novel will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end! A perfect read for fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Shirley Jackson, and chilling reads for dark, stormy nights!

More eerie, magical thrills await in Beth Revis and Sarah Raasch‘s new collaboration, Night of the Witch! This adventure-filled young adult novel introduces readers to Fritzi, a witch who narrowly escapes a brutal attack on her coven, only to set off immediately in search of vengeance against the ruthless perpetrators. Dogging her every step are the hexenjagers, an elite group of witch hunters who are not only responsible for her family’s demise, but are determined to obliterate the world of all witches. However, unbeknownst to Fritzi, Otto, the hexenjager captain hot on her trail, has a secret not even his commanding officers are aware of – his position as a witch hunter is a cover for his own quest for vengeance. As witch and hunter trade barbs and backstories, an uneasy (and unlikely) alliance is formed. Can their fragile relationship survive the epic, magical battle that is to come? Perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, P.C. Cast, and Cassandra Clare, this is the ideal enemies-to-lovers historical fantasy to keep you company on a cold, fall night. If you’re a fan of Naomi Novik‘s The Scholomance series or other books in the Dark Academia genre, be sure to put Pascale Lacelle‘s new book, Curious Tides, on your reading pile. Emory’s magical abilities have never been very remarkable, but all that changes after the devastating events she witnesses one night in the sea caves near Aldryn College. Now possessed of innumerable strange abilities and dark, troubling magic, Emory enlists the help of a classmate in an effort to understand (and gain control over) these new powers coursing through her veins. Despite her efforts, her unusual new abilities remain unchecked and begin to attract some very unsavoury attention from dangerous quarters. Suddenly, the mystery of what happened in the sea caves begins to morph into a much more sinister and twisted plot than she ever expected! Full of twists and turns, magic and mystery, this debut novel by an Ottawa author is one that should not be missed!

Although murder, mystery, and mayhem is often thought to exist mostly within the pages of the novels we love so much, there is more to find than you might think within your own flower plots and hedgerows! Evolutionary biologist Noah Whiteman takes readers deep into the uses, abuses, and origins of some of the most commonly used (but also deadly) plants in existence in his book, Most Delicious Poison. From the caffeine-riddled coffee bean to the deliciously crunchy poppy seed, the colourful mushroom cap to the humble apple seed, Whiteman outlines how although most of these items have innocent, everyday uses, in certain combinations and quantities, the consequences of consumption can be fatal! Fascinating and frightening, this book is most definitely worth a deep dive! The very real impacts of some of the world’s most toxic plants can indeed be troubling, but also, as Marta McDowell tells us, inspiring. In her new book, Gardening Can Be Murder, McDowell (an avid gardener herself) illustrates how the garden and all its contents have inspired some of the world’s most famous mystery writers – from classic authors like Agatha Christie and Edgar Allan Poe to more contemporary ones like Colin Dexter. Whether your detective has a penchant for all things horticultural, the manor you’re visiting employs a very shady groundskeeper, or your civilized tea time devolves into a shocking murder scene, there’s really no end to the connections between our beloved mysteries and the lush, green, shadow-filled gardens we find all around us. Guaranteed to appeal to gardeners and mystery lovers alike, this book is an ideal read for the long, dark, garden-less season ahead of us.

Though the height of autumn is pretty much behind us now, there’s still lots of time to enjoy the crisp, cool air, the carpets of golden leaves, and the deliciously haunting reads before the seasons officially turn again. And if you’re ever at a loss for a book to keep you company, be sure to pop by the store where one of our on-site book experts will be happy to help you find the perfect literary world to disappear into.

Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Meet, greet, and eat with Charlotte Gray!

Date: Monday, November 6
Time: 6:00pm (seating available as of 5:30pm)
Place: Dhruvees Restaurant (18 Beechwood Avenue)

Contact the bookstore for more details and to purchase tickets.



Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: The Scandalous Confession of Lydia Bennet, Witch by Melinda Taub

“I couldn’t believe my luck when I came across this title that perfectly combines my love of witches with my love of Jane Austen! Narrated in the first person, Lydia Bennet recounts the events of Austen’s famous novel directly to the reader with lots of sly comments and snarky asides. Though not every beloved character in the book has magical qualities, you may be surprised at the ones who do… and what they use said qualities for. Funny and charming, this book is proving to be endlessly entertaining! And it may even cause me to like Lydia Bennet just a bit more than I did before.”


Summer 2023 Newsletter

June Bestsellers

1. The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
2. Everyone in this Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin
3. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
4. 111 Places in Ottawa That You Must Not Miss by by Jennifer Bain
5. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
6. The Wager by David Grann
7. Pageboy by Elliot Page
8. Best Hikes: Ottawa-Gatineau by Vickie Lanthier
9. Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey
10. Standing in the Shadows by Peter Robinson

Spring Bestsellers

1. Best Hikes: Ottawa-Gatineau by Vickie Lanthier
Snow Road Station by Elizabeth Hay
3. Old Babes in the Wood by Margaret Atwood
4. Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
5. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Homecoming by Kate Morton
7. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
8. The Wager by David Grann
9. When Last Seen by Brenda Chapman
10. When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill

Greetings Book Lovers!

So it took a little while, but summer finally arrived and is now going strong!! The days have been nice and warm (but not too hot), the sun has been shining more than not, and our shelves here at the store are absolutely filled to the brim with great summer reads! Do you like solving thrilling mysteries? Spending time exploring the shades of the past? Escaping to exotic locales? However you like to spend your warm, sunny days, we know we’ve got the book for you!

While we get great enjoyment out of curling up with a good book and a toasty drink during the dark, winter months, there’s just something extra special about the prospect of summer reading. The dream of spending those long, lazy summer days lounging in a hammock in a sun-dappled grove with a pile of great books and a mojito close at hand lives on from year to year, even if it never quite becomes a reality (not yet, anyway). Regardless of where you find yourself reading though, as long as the book is good, not much else matters. And with so many new books hitting our shelves every day, you have lots of great ones to choose from! One of our favourite places to travel by book these days is Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean, and there’s certainly no shortage of books eager and able to take us there! We’ve read and enjoyed the works of Madeline Miller (Circe and The Song of Achilles), Elodie Harper (The Wolf Den and The House With the Golden Door), Marie Phillips (Gods Behaving Badly), Claire North (Ithaca), and Natalie Haynes (A Thousand Ships and Pandora’s Jar), and now Jennifer Saint has gifted us with another retelling of an ancient myth, Atalanta. As in her previous two books, Ariadne and Elektra, in this new novel, Saint focuses her creative lens on yet another strong, underestimated woman. After being abandoned by her parents for not being the son they longed for, Princess Atalanta is taken into the protective orbit of the Goddess Artemis. Raised by a mother bear in the wilds of the forest, Atalanta grows into a strong, free-spirited young woman with a taste for adventure. In an effort to fulfill Atalanta’s longing to explore the world, Artemis grants her charge the opportunity to fight alongside the famed Argonauts in their quest for The Golden Fleece. In true Greek deity form, her parting gift is an ominous warning – marriage will be Atalanta’s undoing. Torn between the joy she feels at proving herself in a world dominated by men and her protector’s warnings, Atalanta sets out to blaze her own trail and achieve her dreams while avoiding dire divine consequences.

In the wake of television shows like Bridgerton and the recent adaptations of two of Jane Austen‘s novels, Sanditon and Persuasion, interest in all things Regency has been renewed! Our own interest may be deeply rooted in original works, but we are definitely still able to appreciate all the new stories out there that take their inspiration from the likes of Jane Austen, Susan Ferrier, and Sir Walter Scott. In fact, we were so delighted by last year’s release of The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray, that we couldn’t contain our excitement when the sequel, The Late Mrs. Willoughby, showed up not long ago. While Jonathan Darcy (son of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam of Pride and Prejudice fame) is not overjoyed about visiting his old schoolmate John Willoughby, things become decidedly less bleak when he finds himself once again in the company of his crime-solving companion, Juliet Tilney (daughter of Catherine and Henry Tilney of Northanger Abbey), who happens to be in Devonshire visiting her new friend, Marianne Brandon (known as Marianne Dashwood prior to marrying Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility). When Mr. Willoughby’s new, young wife is poisoned at a party meant to welcome her to town, rumours begin to fly immediately, and Jonathan and Juliet join forces once more to try to solve the case! Full of twists and turns, fresh scandal, and some very messy romantic history, this Regency mystery will keep you guessing to the bitter end! Even more murder and mayhem await in Melodie Campbell‘s new mystery novel The Merry Widow Murders. If you enjoy the incredible sleuthing of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, and the quirkiness of television shows like Frankie Drake Mysteries and Murdoch Mysteries, then you will love this 1920s ocean liner murder mystery! Lady Lucy Revelstoke is a widow with deep roots in the Canadian mob scene, who, thanks to her late husband’s position in society, is now an accepted member of the British aristocracy. When an unknown dead man is suddenly discovered in her first class cabin, it’s up to Lucy, Elf (a pick-pocket turned maid), and her dashing friend, Lord Tony, to solve the mystery before the authorities can dig too deeply into Lucy’s colourful past.

The end of the school year has come and gone, which means it’s time to start thinking about what books the young people in your life will want to read over the coming weeks. Whether they’re off to camp for the summer or planning on sticking closer to home, they will never be bored with a handy literary companion by their side! For kids who love adventure and devoured books like Gary Paulsen‘s Hatchet, the newest Dusti Bowling book might be just the ticket! Across the Desert tells the story of 12-year aviation-obsessed Jolene, who spends as much of her free time as possible at the local library watching her favourite livestream, The Desert Aviator. A 12-year-old herself, aviator Addie Earhart loves sharing her adventures through her online platform, even if she only has a single fan. As each girl deals with troubles at home, they both find a kind of freedom and solace through Addie’s ultralight plane trips over the Arizona desert. So when Addie has an accident during her livestream and the picture goes black, Jolene knows she has to find a way to help her friend! What follows is a tale of true bravery, selflessness, and devotion. Jolene is a clever, loving, beautifully crafted character who will capture readers’ hearts despite some of her more questionable decision-making! Described as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them crossed with the fiction of Neil GaimanOnce There Was by Kiyash Monsef would make for a truly enchanting summer read for the magically-inclined! Part thriller, part mystery, part fantasy, this debut novel follows the story of Marjan, a young woman cast adrift in the world after her father’s mysterious death. Left with a struggling veterinary practice on top of her already busy school life and her mixed up feelings about her dad, the last thing Marjan needs is more surprises. So when she gets a strange phone call about a gryphon who needs medical attention, she can barely believe her ears! Thus begins a wondrous (and often dangerous) journey of discovery as Marjan learns more about herself, her father, and the magical creatures she thought only existed in fairy tales! Surrounded by a cast of lovely, quirky characters, this young heroine is one you can’t help but root for!

Given how many books we’ve been receiving lately (and how long it’s taken us to actually write this newsletter), there are so many more titles we wish we had space to tell you about. Here are just some of the other recently released and forthcoming books we think are worth a closer look: The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece by Tom HanksWhen Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill, In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune, A Shadow Crown by Melissa Blair, The Postcard by Anne Berest, Everything She Feared by Rick Mofina, The Midnight News by Jo Baker, The Half Moon by Mary Beth Keane, The World by Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Merry Widow Murders by Melodie CampbellStanding in the Shadows by Peter Robinson, The Malevolent Seven by Sebastien De Castell, The Story of Art Without Men by Katy Hessel, Outside by Ragnar Jonasson, The Poisoner’s Ring by Kelley Armstrong, The Lock-Up by John Banville, Truth Telling by Michelle Good, Killing Moon by Jo Nesbo, Pebble & Dove by Amy Jones, Death Comes to Marlow by Robert Thorogood, The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies by Alison Goodman, Lady Sapiens by Thomas Cirotteau, Nothing Good Happens in Wazirabad on Wednesday by Jamaluddin Amal, The Little Italian Hotel by Phaedra Patrick, Imagining England’s Past by Susan Owens, Lady Caroline Lamb by Antonia Fraser, The Ghost Ship by Kate MosseLady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See, Girlfriend on Mars by Deborah Willis, A Lady’s Guide to Scandal by Sophie IrwinMorgan is My Name by Sophie Keetch, 100 Places to See After You Die by Ken Jennings, How to Survive History by Cody Cassidy, Loot by Tania James, The Skull by Jon Klassen, The Collector by Daniel Silva, Silver Nitrate by Silvia Morena-Garcia, Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong, One of Us is Back by Karen M. McManus, The Little Village of Book Lovers by Nina George, How to Be Eaten by Maria Adelmann, The Paris Mystery by Kirsty Manning, The Weaver and the Witch Queen by Genevieve Gornichec, Tom Lake by Ann Patchett (August 1), Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo (August 1), Hopscotch by Marie-Louise Gay (August 1), Paper Trails by Roy MacGregor (August 1), The Bone Hacker by Kathy Reichs (August 1), The Night Ship by Jess Kidd (August 8), The Invisible Hour by Alice Hoffman (August 15), The Romantic by William Boyd (August 15), The Water Outlaws by S.L. Huang (August 22), Storyland by Amy Jeffs (August 22), A Chateau Under Siege by Martin Walker (August 29), Dead of Night by Simon Scarrow (August 29).

Although the summer months always seem to fly by faster than they should, there’s still lots of time in which to enjoy the sunshine and a few great reads! So, wherever this summer takes you, be sure to pay us a visit before you go. Our staff will be here, ready and willing to help you find the perfect book (or books) to keep you company on all your summer adventures!

Happy Reading!
– The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Holiday Hours

We will be CLOSED on Monday, August 7 for the civic holiday and Monday, September 4 for Labour Day.

Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: The Firefly Summer by Morgan Matson

“I don’t know about you, but I definitely have a few choice ‘drop everything and read’ authors in my life and Morgan Matson is one of them! I’ve read and loved all six of her teen books and couldn’t wait to dive into this newest book, her first for middle grade readers! Ryanna is a charming protagonist and you will love following along on her adventures at Camp Van Camp. This is a wonderfully sweet, enchanting treat of a book that will leave you just as satisfied (if not more) as the most delicious fireside s’mores!”


Canadian Independent Bookstore Day!

Greetings Book Lovers!

We’re steadily approaching the end of April here which means we are right on the doorstep of one of our favourite days of the year! That’s right, Saturday, April 29 is Canadian Independent Bookstore Day, “the annual day when readers, writers, illustrators, publishers, and other industry supporters come together to celebrate indie bookstores across Canada.”

Though our numbers have dwindled over the decades, we’re lucky enough now to have a handful of wonderful independent bookstores here in town and we’re so proud and happy to call them our extended bookstore family! As a special treat for Canadian Independent Bookstore Day this year, we’ve joined forces with our fellow indies, Octopus Books, Perfect Books, The Spaniel’s Tale Bookstore, Singing Pebble Books, and World of Maps to bring you the first ever Ottawa Indie Bookstore Crawl! From Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30, book lovers from in and around Ottawa can collect stamps from each of our city’s six participating independent bookstores for their chance to win a $150 bookstore shopping spree! You can pick up your stamp card at any of the six stores, collect your stamps from the 28th to the 30th, and then hand in your card at your last bookstore stop! And the cherry on top? There’s no purchase necessary to participate! Entries (only one per person) must be submitted at a participating store before closing time on Sunday, April 30. Since each store is run slightly differently, be sure to check individual stores’ hours of operation before mapping out your book crawl route! Please note that here at Books on Beechwood, we will be CLOSED on Sunday, April 30 so will only be able to give out stamps and collect completed entries on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29. When you do stop by, be sure to tag our social media accounts to add to the fun!

On top of The Ottawa Indie Bookstore Crawl and in the tradition of CIBDs past, on Saturday, April 29 onlyeverything here in the store will be 20% off! The discount will be available in-store and online, but it will not include CDs, magazines, newspapers, or customer special orders. We will also have a number of special door prizes on hand for which a single purchase will get you one entry. Each door prize has a retail value of around $100 and winners will be drawn and contacted once all the festivities are over. There will also be some special CIBD exclusives, including an Indie Bookish Canvas Tote Bag, a special Bibliophile Banned Books Puzzle, and an Ann Cleeves novella called Too Good to Be True featuring Shetland‘s Jimmy Perez! These items are available in limited quantities and will go on sale first thing Saturday morning. While we may be able to get extra tote bags and puzzles once CIBD is over, once the Ann Cleeves book is gone, it’s gone, so be sure to pop by early to secure your copy! We’ll also have lots of freebies up for grabs throughout the day – stickers and pins and tote bags, oh my – so there’s absolutely no chance of you walking away empty-handed!

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s one more contest we need to tell you about. Put on by the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association (CIBA) especially for Canadian Independent Bookstore Day and open to book lovers from coast to coast, you can enter to win one of three gift certificates to the independent bookstore of your choice! Every book purchased at an independent bookstore on Saturday, April 29 is worth a single entry and if any of your purchases happen to be written or illustrated by Canadians, you get a bonus entry! Purchases made in-person, by phone, or online are all valid, but you need your proof of purchase to enter the contest. The entry form will only become available as of midnight Pacific Time on Saturday and you’ll have until midnight on Sunday, April 30 to submit your entries. Check out the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association online for more details.

We really can’t tell you how excited we are about celebrating Canadian Independent Bookstore Day with you all this year!! Even if The Ottawa Indie Bookstore Crawl isn’t something you think you can swing, we hope you’ll still able to make the trek out to your local indie to show them some love and partake in the celebrations!

As booksellers, we all dearly love what we do and we know that none of it would be possible without all of you and your deep and abiding love of books! Thank you so, so much for continuing to support “the little bookshop that could!” Independent businesses are special places born of dreams and determination, and we feel so lucky to be one that’s grown and flourished in this very special community.

So, here’s to you, dearest Book Lovers! Wishing you all a very Happy Canadian Independent Bookstore Day! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday! And for those of you who can’t be with us, we know you’ll be here in spirit!

With love,
The Staff at Books on Beechwood

From Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30, collect stamps from each of our city’s six independent bookstores and enter for your chance to win a $150 bookstore shopping spree! Pick up your stamp card at any of the six stores, collect your stamps from the 28th to the 30th, and then hand in your card at your last bookstore stop! Entries must be submitted before closing time on Sunday, April 30.

Please note that we will be CLOSED on Sunday, April 30 so will only be able to give out stamps and collect completed entries on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29.


April 2023 Newsletter

March Bestsellers

1. Old Babes in the Wood by Margaret Atwood
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
3. Speak for the Dead by Amy Tector
4. Greenwood by Michael Christie
5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
6. Private Power, Public Purpose by Thomas D’Aquino
7. Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley
Women Talking by Miriam Toews
9. Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton
True North Rising by His Excellency Whit Fraser

Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy spring! Or maybe pseudo-spring is a better term – it’s still pretty wintry out there! Though it may be a while before we see the first flowers poke their heads out of the ground, everything’s coming up books here at the store these days! The spring books are just pouring in and there are so many we want to read that it’s hard to know where to start! Thankfully, there are no real rules when it comes to reading, so we can all just jump right in with both feet! Just make sure you keep your warm socks and cozy blankets close at hand because it looks like winter may not be quite finished with us yet!

Before we get into the “what’s new” section of our newsletter, we have a few in-store book signings on the horizon that we wanted to tell you about. On Saturday, April 15, Susan Taylor Meehan will be in the store from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to sign copies of her new novel, Loyalty. Full of spies, secrets, and just a hint of romance, this Cold War era tale takes readers from wartime Ottawa to the unstable shores of Europe as a young woman tries to find her place in a changing world. Be sure to pop the store between 12:00pm to 2:30pm on Saturday, April 22 to see local author Elie Nasrallah. He will be here signing copies of his newest book, Gates and Walls, a fascinating volume of “stories of migration in modern times.” Taking a quick peek into May, local mystery author (and store favourite) Brenda Chapman will be here on Saturday, May 6 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. She will be signing copies of When Last Seen, the highly anticipated follow-up to Blind Date, the first book in her new Hunter and Tate Mystery series. Set right here in Ottawa, this new series sees a true crime podcaster and a determined detective join forces to solve the mysteries and murders that crop up in our Nation’s Capital. Since we’re so early on in the month, be sure to keep your eyes on our website and social media pages for up-to-the-minute event information so you’re sure to not miss anything new that crops up!

While the two messiest seasons continue their battle for supremacy outside, we’ve found that there’s nothing more comforting to do inside than disappear into another time and place via a great history book! The first to enrapture us in recent weeks (which should come as no surprise to those who know us well) has been Flora Macdonald: “Pretty Young Rebel” by Flora Fraser. This book takes readers back to a very tumultuous period in Scottish history during which the descendants of King James II (VII of Scotland) made several attempts to reclaim the British throne after being deposed by their Protestant cousins. Perhaps the most famous of these attempted reclamations was the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 lead by “Bonnie” Prince Charlie which culminated in the devastating Battle of Culloden in 1746. Following the Scots’ loss at Culloden, Prince Charles Edward Stuart fled the battlefield and found refuge with a young Stuart supporter named Flora Macdonald. Determined to help the prince evade capture, Flora disguised him as an Irish maid and ferried him over to the Isle of Skye to lodge with her family until safe passage could be found for him back to the Continent. Hailed as a Scottish heroine for her part in saving the man that many Scots felt was their rightful King, Flora’s brave act of patriotism inspired poems, songs, novels, and captured the heart of a nation in turmoil. Told with unparalleled skill, Flora’s intriguing story is a testament to the valuable roles women have always played throughout history, despite often being overlooked or forgotten. Empowering, fascinating, and riveting, readers are guaranteed to enjoy every minute of this journey into the Highlands along with one of Scotland’s most beloved heroines!

As we just finished celebrating Women’s History Month, it seemed only fitting that we highlight another book about a strong woman who forged her own path in a time when men held all the positions of power. Jennifer Wright‘s new book,  Madame Restell, is a fascinating look at the life and times of a truly remarkable woman. In pre-Gilded Age New York, when most women were expected to concern themselves solely with finding a potential husband and dealing with the running of a household, Madame Restell was breaking barriers, carving her own path, and helping countless women access birth control, abortions, and other essential medical care. As her fame grew and her “boarding houses” became more and more sought after, she also gained notoriety in the press and garnered the enmity of her male counterparts, most of whom wanted nothing more than the see medicine become a male-only practice. Despite the wealth she collected and the indispensable services she provided, Madame Restell sadly became a victim of a male-dominated world – torn down by fellow doctors who gave into fear and distrust instead of turning to collaboration and teamwork. Now one step closer to being restored to her proper place in history, we can only hope that Madame Restell is just the first of many strong, fascinating women whose stories resurface after years of being buried.

It’s at this time of year, when the weather is iffy and the ground sports more muddy puddles than we thought possible, that a holiday retreat to foreign shores sounds most appealing. If you do find yourself with itchy feet but you don’t like the idea of actually leaving home, why not travel by book instead? Deborah Hemming‘s new novel, Goddess, takes readers to a beautiful, warm, sunny, Greek Island for a relaxing, rejuvenating wellness retreat. Or that’s how things seem at first when up-and-coming writer Agnes Oliver first signs on. It soon becomes evident that, despite her enchanting nature, the retreat’s organizer is far from what she seems. The more strange happenings Agnes witnesses, the more she realizes that it might just fall to her to protect the other women on the retreat from their celebrity-turned-wellness-guru host. Will Agnes succeed or will the retreat attendees never make it out of paradise? No spoilers here – you’ll have to pick up a copy of the book to find out! Since spending time seaside doesn’t appeal to everyone, you might try escaping to a remote country estate instead with The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz. Alex had given up hope of every becoming a published writer when she receives a surprising invitation to a month-long writing retreat at the home of feminist horror novelist, Roza Vallo. Things become even more unbelievable when retreat attendees arrive to discover that not only is their month-long getaway an opportunity to commune with other writers and put pencil to paper, but it’s also a contest – whoever can write the best novel in the month they’re there, will win a seven figure publishing deal! Despite the strangeness of their host, the slightly haunted feeling in the house, and the presence of her biggest rival, Alex is determined to give the contest her all! It’s not until a winter storm rolls in and one of her fellow writers disappears, that Alex begins to accept that something more sinister may be afoot. Full of unexpected twists and turns, this debut psychological thriller is an ideal read for fans of Shari Lapena, Megan Miranda, and Ruth Ware.

Not to be left out, there are also a huge number of wonderful new books for kids and teens arriving every day, each one just waiting to sweep young readers away like their very own tiny Tardis! If you have a teen in your life who’s graduated from the world of Rick Riordan and Percy Jackson, but isn’t ready to dive into CirceAriadne, or A Thousand Ships quite yet, why not get them to test the ancient Greek waters with Sarah Underwood‘s The Lies We Sing to the Sea? Appeasing the gods is never easy, especially when they decide to be extra vindictive. So, when Leto is chosen as one of the twelve maidens to be sacrificed to the sea god Poseidon, she’s determined to face her fate with bravery and acceptance. But instead of being transported to the Underworld after her death, Leto is surprised to wake up on a mysterious island with another young women who claims she can end Ithaca’s annual sacrifices, but only if Leto agrees to help. Expertly woven and epic in scale, this novel is a riveting tale of magic, myth, and the undeniable power of the gods! Although the roles of Hollywood movie screenwriter and YA novelist don’t seem to necessarily go hand-in-hand, debut author Anthony Peckham has found a way to achieve greatness in both! A true high fantasy adventure story, Peckham‘s Children of the Black Glass is as stunning a book on the outside as it is on the inside! In a small mountain village in an alternate past, Tell and Wren live a life ruled by harsh laws in an unforgiving landscape. When a mining accident results in their father losing his sight, he’s given thirty days to heal from his injuries and return to the mines or be put to death. Determined to save their father, their livelihood, and their family, Tell and Wren set out on a perilous journey to the city of Halfway in search of medicine. What they don’t expect to learn upon arrival is that they’ve landed right in the middle of a power struggle between five female sorcerers fighting for control of the city. Surrounded by ambition, danger, magic, and violence, Tell and Wren struggle to save themselves, their friends, and their quest as Halfway teeters on the edge of chaos. This incredible story, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Susan Cooper, will keep readers hooked from beginning to end!

In an effort to entice spring to finally come (and maybe also entrance your little ones at bedtime), be sure to pick up a copy of Amberlea Williams‘ beautiful debut picture book, The Bee Without Wings. When Sasha and her cat Molly find a wingless bee in the garden, they’re determined to take care of her and help her fly. As spring changes to summer, an unexpected friendship blooms and soon Sasha, Molly, and Bea are inseparable. They have picnics, they read, and they play together all summer long, even finding a way to let Bea experience the joy of flight despite her lack of wings. But when the seasons change again, the time comes to say goodbye, and Bea’s short life comes to an end. Sasha and Molly grieve for their tiny friend and, when spring comes again, decide on the perfect way to commemorate her short but happy life. Complete with a how-to guide for creating a pollinator-friendly garden, this lovely book about grief, loss, and friendship is a true gem that’s sure to become a family favourite!

As usual, with so many great new books arriving in the store everyday, we can’t possibly highlight everything we’d like to in this small newsletter space. So, here are some other exciting recent and forthcoming releases we think you should keep an eye out for when you’re next in the shop: The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children’s Books by Adam Perry, The Ghost by Robert Harris, The Sanctuary by Katrine Engberg, The Last Saxon King: A Jump in Time Novel by Andrew Varga, The London Seance Society by Sarah Penner, Weyward by Emilia Hart, The Darkness Manifesto by Johan Eklof, My Thali: A Simple Indian Kitchen by Joe Thottungal, The Tudors in Love by Sarah Gristwood, VenCo by Cherie Dimaline, Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes, The Porcelain Moon by Janie Chang, I Have Some Questions For You by Rebecca MakkaiBookworm by Robin Yeatman, On Writing and Failure by Stephen MarcheEveryone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin StevensonYour Driver is Waiting by Priya Guns, Empress of the Nile by Lynne OlsonThe Shadow of Perseus by Claire HeywoodThe City Between the Bridges by Niklas Natt och Dag, Old Babes in the Wood by Margaret Atwood, Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton, Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls, The Candy House by Jennifer Egan, The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell, The White Lady by Jacqueline Winspear, Clytemnestra by Costanza CasatiSpeak for the Dead by Amy Tector, Beyond That, the Sea by Laura Spence-Ash, Wild Light by Angela HardingThe Cook by Ajay ChowdhuryHomecoming by Kate Morton (April 4), Love Marriage by Monica Ali (April 4), Coronation Year by Jennifer Robson (April 4), Aven Green Soccer Machine by Dusti Bowling (April 4), The Last Heir to Blackwood Library by Hester Fox (April 4), Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld (April 4), Punk Rock Unicorn by Dana Simpson (April 4), Snow Road Station by Elizabeth Hay (April 11), The Earth Transformed by Peter Frankopan (April 18), End of the World House by Adrienne Celt (April 18), Into Iraq by Michael Palin (April 25), The Shadows of London by Andrew Taylor (April 25), The Power of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (May 2), Elektra by Jennifer Saint (May 2), Across the Desert by Dusti Bowling (May 2).

After the last couple of months of grey, dreary, wintry weather, we have to say that we’re very ready for spring to actually arrive. We’re ready for the grass to emerge from beneath its icy, white blanket, for the buds on the trees to burgeon and bloom, and for the flowers to start poking their heads out of the ground. Mother Nature always has her own plans though, and they say that good things come to those who wait. So we’ll just have to enjoy the few small rays of sun when they appear, and maybe keep ourselves busy with some wonderful new books while we wait for the great outdoors to catch up with us. After all, extra reading is never a hardship!

May the eventual arrival of spring bring you all bouquets of books as well as flowers!
Happy Reading!

Take care,
The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Holiday Hours

Easter is just around the corner and we’ll be observing some special hours over that weekend.

Friday, April 7: CLOSED
Saturday, April 8 : OPEN from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, April 9: CLOSED
Monday, April 10: OPEN from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Wishing you all a safe and happy long weekend!
Happy Easter!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 15 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Susan Taylor Meehan signing copies of her new novel, Loyalty.

Saturday, April 22 from 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Elie Nasrallah signing copies of Gates and Walls: Stories of Migration in Modern Times.

Saturday, May 6 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Brenda Chapman signing copies of her new mystery, When Last Seen.

Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten

“In a city with poison in its veins, a young woman with a strange, dark power finds herself plucked from her life and thrown to the wolves in the drama-filled court of King August.
Lore is sharp-tongued and quick-witted, and I’m so enjoying getting to know her. The first in a planned trilogy, this dark, Gothic fantasy is a riveting story full of mystery, intrigue, glamour, and forbidden romance.
I’ve been meaning to pick up a Hannah Whitten book for ages now, but am so glad I waited for this one!”


January 2023 Newsletter

Top 10 Books of 2022

1. A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
2. The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr
3. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
4. Lessons by Ian McEwan
5. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
6. State of Terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny
7. Thomas Mackay by Alastair Sweeny
8. Ottawa Road Trips: Your 100km Getaway Guide by Laura Paquet
9. Almost Visible by (our) Michelle Sinclair
10. The Cold Edge of Heaven by His Excellency Whit Fraser

December Bestsellers

1. A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
2. The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr
3. Prisoners of the Castle by Ben MacIntyre
4. The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
5. Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
6. Lessons by Ian McEwan
7. Lifesavers and Body Snatchers by Tim Cook
8. Fayne by Ann-Marie MacDonald
9. The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
10. A Heart Full of Headstones by Ian Rankin

Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy New Year! Well, we’ve officially closed the book on 2022 and are now making our first marks on the blank page that is 2023. We can’t quite believe we’re here! After a year filled with more bumps in the road than we’d like, we’re really looking forward to bigger and brighter things in the new year. So, here’s to a new year filled with light, love, laughter, and more books than we can shake a stick at! We can definitely help with that last one!

Since Christmas, a lot of your have been asking about our annual January sale, and here we are finally answering! It’s Inventory Sale time again! From now until Saturday, January 21, we will having our annual Inventory Sale, which means that everything in the store will be discounted! All books will be 20% off, 2023 calendars will be 25% off, and gift items (puzzles, mugs, bags, cards, etc.) will be 30% off. As per usual, our sale is on in-stock items only and doesn’t apply to magazines, CDs, and special orders. Following our sale, we will be doing our official inventory count so we can build the rest of 2023 on a nice clean foundation. So, if Santa didn’t bring you quite what you were hoping for or if you have a gift card burning a hole in your pocket, now is the time to pop by!

Another exciting store event we have to tell you about is in regards to Puzzle Month! As some of your may know, January is the month in which we celebrate all things jigsaw puzzles – the joy of putting in that last piece, the challenge of working on a huge section of blue sky, that thrill you get when you find the perfect puzzle to take home to the family! In our small corner of the world, we’ll be marking the occasion by having a puzzle sale! From Tuesday, January 24 to Tuesday, February 6 all our in-stock jigsaw puzzles will be 25% off! As an added bonus, we will be revealing 8 new and exclusive Ravensburger puzzles that have never before been seen in Canada! So, clean off your puzzle board, get your sorters ready, and clear your schedules because it’s time to stock up on your favourite jigsaws and do some puzzling!

While our January has quickly been taken over by inventory concerns and the planning of two major sales, there are still lots of other fun things to pay attention to – like all the great new books that are arriving, despite the year being very young. Although January is often a slow retail month, that doesn’t mean that the publishing industry slows down any. We’re still receiving boxes and boxes of new books on a daily basis and we can’t wait for you to come by to see them. From Agatha Christie by Lucy Worsley to Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo, The General of Tiananmen Square by Ian Hamilton to Peekaboo Rex by Sandra Boynton, Which Way to Anywhere by Cressida Cowell to Exes and O’s by Amy Lea, there’s a little something for everyone! And that’s just the beginning! There are lots of great new publications to look forward to in the coming weeks too! Here are just some of the titles we’re most excited about: How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix (January 17), A Guest at the Feast by Colm Toibin (January 17), Wreck Bay by Barbara Fradkin (January 24), Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (January 31), Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare (January 31), The Sweet Spot by Amy Poeppel (January 31), VenCo by Cherie Dimaline (February 14), Dark Rye and Honey Cake by Regula Ysewijn (February 14).

Well the new year is spread out before us like an unmarred blanket of freshly fallen snow, and it’s impossible to know what the coming months will bring. All we can hope for is peace, joy, health, and happiness for all…and maybe a nice big stack of books too! Wishing you all the very best for a wonderful new year! We look forward to seeing you all in the store over the coming months, chatting about your new favourite read, and helping you find the perfect book to read (or gift) next!

Take good care!
Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Inventory Sale

20% off all books
25% off 2023 calendars
30% off gift items

The sale applies to in-stock items only and runs from now until Saturday, January 21.
Magazines, CDs, and special orders are not included in the sale.

Puzzle Month!

To celebrate our love of jigsaw puzzles, all our in-stock puzzles will be 25% off from Tuesday, January 24 to Tuesday, February 6.

Keep your eyes on our social media accounts (and our store shelves) for the reveal of 8 exclusive new puzzle designs!

Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: The Key To My Heart by Lia Louis

“When a grieving widow finds hope in a musical mystery and friendship in very unexpected places, her heart once again opens to the possibility of life and love.
Sweet, charming, and funny, this lovely novel is the perfect way to start a new year. Lia Louis is a master at writing flawed yet lovable characters and creating beautiful, complex worlds for them to live in.”


December 2022 Newsletter

November Bestsellers

1. The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr
2. A Heart Full of Headstones by Ian Rankin
3. A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
4. Front Page Ottawa by Bruce Deachman
5. The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
6. John Turner by Steve Paikin
7. Lifesavers and Body Snatchers by Tim Cook
8. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
9. The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz
10. Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris

Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy December! Well, there’s snow on the ground, a nip in the air, and so many great books to read, it’s impossible to keep up! With just under two weeks to go until Christmas, it’s safe to say that we’re in the festive home stretch here at the store and we’ve got the finish line in our sights! In an effort to help with your holiday shopping (and general winter reading needs), the shelves here in the store are loaded down with great books and fun gifts, the most we’ll have all year! So, whether you’re just getting started on your holiday shopping or trying to cross those last few to-dos off your list, our store elves are all set to go, ready, willing, and happy to help in any way they can!

As we’re less than two weeks out from the 24th now, we’ve already passed the majority of our guaranteed Christmas delivery dates for book orders, but that doesn’t mean that books will stop arriving. We still expect to receive lots of deliveries between now and Christmas Eve, but if there’s a certain book you were hoping to order, there’s a chance we may not be able to get it in time. It never hurts to ask though! Orders to our last couple of “in time for Christmas” suppliers will be going out on Thursday of this week (December 15th), so be sure to contact us before then if there’s something specific that you’re looking for and we’ll do our best to get it for you. If we can’t get it, we can also see if any of our fellow independent booksellers has access to whatever title you’re looking for – just one of the perks of sharing a database with all our sister stores! With a huge selection of incredible books currently in the store, rest assured that our staff are still more than happy to help you find that perfect something for that special someone from what we have on our shelves!

In other holiday news, our annual 12 Days of Penguin Random House Christmas promotion is back again this year! From Tuesday, December 13 to Saturday, December 24, we will be featuring one Penguin Random House book each day at 25% off! This year we’ll be counting down the days to Christmas with the likes of Lessons by Ian McEwan, The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell, Prisoners of the Castle by Ben MacIntyre, Ghostlight by Kenneth Oppel, and so many more! This promo will be available in store and online, and each book will only be discounted on its specific day. Keep your eyes on this space and our social media pages for daily announcements on when each book is stepping into the spotlight! (Please note that since we’re closed on Sundays, our December 18th promo will be available online only.)

Speaking of store hours, we will be maintaining our regular hours of operation (Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm) in these last two weeks leading up to December 24. On Christmas Eve we will be open from 10:00am to 3:00pm. As in the past two years, we’ll once again be closed for a week between Christmas and New Year’s to give our staff a well-deserved rest. The store will be shut from Sunday, December 25 through to Monday, January 2. Regular store hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

As booksellers, we love every time of year, but nothing quite compares to the holiday season. Once September comes, ushering in the season of prize nominations, “Top 100” and “Best of” lists, and high profile book reviews, it’s hard to focus on anything but all the great new books you want to add to your reading pile! Seeing our overflowing shelves and tables groaning under large piles of wonderful reads is just the cherry on top! It’s something that never fails to make us smile! Add to that the arrival of all sorts of fun gifts, games, and puzzles, and it’s hard to imagine a more exciting time of year!

Although in many ways 2022 has felt a bit more like the pre-pandemic days, it’s still given us some tough moments to navigate. From staff illnesses to shipping issues, unforeseen power outages to printing delays, there have certainly been a few hurdles to clear this year. Despite all the challenging bits though, we’ve made it to the home stretch and that’s really down to all of you. Thank you so much for sticking with us this year through the ups and the downs. We really love what we do and there’s no way we could do it without your unflinching support. Thank you for always being there for us and allowing our little store to be a part of your lives. Bookstores are wonderful on their own, but it’s their readers that make them a community and we can’t thank you enough for making Books on Beechwood what it is today!

So, no matter what you celebrate, here’s to a festive season filled with health, happiness, and lots of great new books!

Happy Reading!

Take good care,
The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve: OPEN from 10:00am to 3:00pm

We will be CLOSED from Sunday, December 25 through to Monday, January 2 (inclusive).
Regular store hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.


November 2022 Newsletter

October Bestsellers

1. The Cold Edge of Heaven by His Excellency Whit Fraser
2. Lessons by Ian McEwan
3. Confidence Man by Maggie Haberman
4. The Myth of Normal by Gabor Mate
5. Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris
6. Lifesavers and Body Snatchers by Tim Cook
7. The Winners by Fredrik Backman
8. Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
9. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
10. Almost Visible by (our) Michelle Sinclair

Greetings Book Lovers!

Welcome to winter! It’s so hard to believe that it’s already the middle of November. Where is the time going? It seems like only yesterday that summer melted into fall and October gave us canopies of gold and bronze. Now the frosty mornings and whispering winds of late fall have given way to soft, cottony layers of snow and the sparkle of winter. Of course, as avid book lovers, one of our very favourite things about colder weather is that we get to spend more and more time snuggled up reading! So, haul out your coziest blankets, brew a pot of your favourite tea (or other warm beverage of choice), and settle in to find out what great new reads are gracing our shelves these days!

Although we enjoy a good dose of magic in our reads no matter the time of year, there’s just something extra special about reading fantasy books when it’s dark and chilly outside. Whether you’re a fan of witches and sorcerers, mythical lands and epic adventures, or ghostly legends and strange superstitions, we guarantee that you’ll find all of those things and more in the store these days. One new arrival that we’ve been particularly excited about is Emma Seckel‘s debut novel, The Wild Hunt. Set on a small Scottish island in the month of October, this dark tale is littered with misty moors, lost souls, and dangerous legendary birds known as sluagh. When Leigh Welles is called home by the tragic death of her father, she finds herself not only stepping foot in her childhood home for the first time in years, but also facing an island irrevocably changed by WWII. After an ancient island ritual results in a young man’s disappearance, Leigh is thrown together with a young widower to try to solve the mystery…if only the sluagh will let them! Full of heartache, loss, mystery, and a hard-won spark of hope, this is a thrilling, riveting read that will completely transport you! If you’re in the market for even more darkness, mystery, and isolation, be sure to pick up a copy of The White Hare by Jane Johnson. Set on the Cornish coast, this scintillating novel follows a young woman’s struggles to leave her tumultuous past behind while raising her young daughter and appeasing her often overbearing mother. Throw in a rundown manor house with a mysterious past, a strangely alluring man with more than one secret to his name, and enough local folklore to fill the sea, and you have a magical, mystical, memorable novel that will stay with you well beyond the final page!

If reading fantasy novels isn’t your cup of tea, never fear! There’s plenty of magic to be found in real life too, usually hidden in plain sight! The Foghorn’s Lament by Jennifer Lucy Allan is a quirky, fascinating nautical history that skirts along rocky coastlines and skips over sparkling whitecaps as it delves into the past to explore the uses and evolution of a sound. Recognized the world over, the sound of the foghorn is irreplaceable, unmistakable, and impressive. It’s a call to arms, a warning away from danger, and a window into a world of shipwrecks, high sea adventures, and urban myths. As much a history book as the story of one woman’s experiences in some of nature’s wildest places, this book is a real treat! As book lovers, who among us could legitimately say they wouldn’t be happy living on an island solely dedicated to the written word? Well, we can now experience what it would be like with Michael Hingston‘s new book, Try Not to Be Strange. In 1880, future science fiction writer M.P. Shiel was taken to the uninhabited Caribbean island of Redonda and named its king. So begins the transformation of a previously dismissed island into a fantastical writers’ retreat; a haven for a wide range of quirky characters, literary award hopefuls, eccentric publishers, novelists of all types, and bartenders enough to keep everyone well lubricated! Fascinating and incredibly unique, this book will completely capture your imagination…and possibly make you want to search out your very own isolated island!

No matter what age you are, there’s nothing quite like a good story to take you out of the everyday. And what better way to escape than to visit a magical bookshop that exists outside of space and time? Mindy Thompson‘s The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams introduces readers to Poppy, a young bookseller whose family owns and runs Rhyme and Reason, a shop that caters to customers from all places and times. While the world outside continues to deal with the ravages of WWII, Poppy and her brother Al quietly learn the trade of bookselling from their father, always keeping in mind the most important rule about running a magical bookshop: you can never use the magic for yourself. So when Al’s best friend is killed in the war and their father is struck down by a mysterious illness, it falls to Poppy to keep the store on an even keel as her brother grieves and an even more insidious darkness looms beyond their doors. Perfect for fans of Pages & Co. and Sara Pennypacker, this magical, historical novel is a real gem! It’s always a happy day when a new Kenneth Oppel book hits shelves and the day Ghostlight arrived was no different! Set on Toronto Island, this book is at once spooky and thrilling – a true Canadian classic in the making! Gabe is a storyteller and tour guide, happily spending his summer scaring tourists with his creepy lighthouse stories on Toronto Island. The kicker is, Gabe doesn’t believe in ghosts. So when one of his tours takes a very surprising turn and he accidentally summons the ghost of Rebecca Strand, the old lighthouse keeper’s daughter, his life is turned completely upside down. Plunged into the tumultuous world of evil spirits, vengeful ghosts, and a centuries old scavenger hunt, Gabe and his friends (living and dead) have to race against the clock to save Rebecca and her father from the clutches of a dangerous and powerful spirit out to destroy the world as they know it!

As usual, there are so many new books we want to highlight but only so much space here in which to do it. Here’s just a taste of some other recent and forthcoming releases that we think are worth a look: Prisoners of the Castle by Ben MacIntyre, The Cloisters by Katy Hays, Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young, Ithaca by Claire North, A Broken Blade by Melissa Blair, As Long As Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh, Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson, The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn, Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris, Fayne by Ann-Marie MacDonald, One by Jamie Oliver, The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Landlines by Raynor Winn, John Turner by Steve Paikin, Surrender by Bono, The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin, The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz, The Reindeer Hunters by Lars Mytting (November 22), A Return to Ireland by Judith McLoughlin (November 22), A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny (November 29), The Sorcerer of Pyongyang by Marcel Theroux (November 29), The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin (November 29), A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle (November 29), Kings & Queens by Peter Snow & Ann MacMillan (November 29), Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy (December 6), A Private Spy: The Letters of John Le Carre by Tim Cornwell (December 6), Cold Snap by Maureen Jennings (December 6), The Key to My Heart by Lia Louis (December 6), Remainders of the Day by Shaun Bythell (December 6), Blood, Fire, & Gold: The Life of Elizabeth I and Catherine De Medici by Estelle Paranque (December 6), Wilderness Knits for the Home by Linka Neumann (December 13), Giuseppe’s Italian Bakes by Giuseppe Dell’Anno (December 13).

Before we sign off, we do have some exciting in-store events news to share. On Saturday, November 26, Alie and Hejsa Christensen will be here in the store from 1:00pm to 2:30pm to sign copies of their debut thriller, Stealing John Hancock. Hailing from here in Ontario, this mother-daughter writing duo has produced a truly gripping tale of fraud, identity theft, revenge, and con artists. Be sure to come by to meet them, have a chat, and cross another item off your Christmas shopping list! Local author, Canadian war historian, and beloved bookstore customer, Tim Cook will be paying us a visit on Saturday, December 3 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm to sign copies of his brand new book, Lifesavers and Body Snatchers. Exploring the medical history of WWI, this newest offering from Cook shines a light on both the incredible life-saving work done by medical personnel on the front lines and some of the previously hidden truths about the harvesting of body parts from fallen soldiers. At once disturbing, enlightening, and shocking, this book is a look at the Great War through a truly unique lens.

While we love snuggling up with a new book no matter the season, there’s just something about the turning back of the clocks and the arrival of our first snow that makes us want to spend even more time with our “to be read” pile. So, if you’re like us and can’t stop feathering your nest with new things to read, be sure to pay us a visit to see what our staff are recommending this month! You may even find some nifty Christmas goodies while you’re here!

Happy Reading!

Take care,
The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: The Maker of Swans by Paraic O’Donnell

“It all begins with gunshots ringing out over a derelict English estate in the dead of night. Not only is the silence of night shattered, but the delicate peace holding the estate’s household together falls to pieces too.
With that one event, Mr. Crowe and his butler Eustace are suddenly faced with very serious repercussions which threaten to unearth secrets from their pasts that they’d rather keep hidden.
With a heavy dose of mystery and just a touch of magic, this novel is a really unique read!”

August 2022 Newsletter

June/July Bestsellers

1. Son of Elsewhere by Elamin Abdelmahmoud
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
This is the Boat That Ben Built by Jen Lynn Bailey
4. The Castleton Massacre by Sharon Anne Cook and Margaret Carson
5. A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
6. Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva
7. The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
8. What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad
9. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Clinton

Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy mid-summer! The dog days of summer are here at last and going strong! The last time we spoke via newsletter, the weather was definitely a little bit drearier and cooler than this – sorry it’s been so long. Although life has settled into a kind of new normal, we’re still finding it tough to do all the things we used to here at the store. Unfortunately, our monthly newsletter has been one of the things that’s fallen to the wayside a bit. Everyday is a new day though, and our goal is to continue taking baby steps forward. In the meantime, one activity that we’ve been doing our best to stick with is reading! Now that our days are so sunny, there’s nothing that feels quite as nice as finding a cool, shady spot to hunker down with a refreshing drink and a great book!

Although we read all year round, there’s something special about summer reading. With the longer days, warm breezes, dappled sunshine, and sometimes sudden rainstorms, summer always presents us with such varied reading environments – the backyard hammock, a dockside Adirondack chair, your favourite rainy day reading chair…the possibilities are endless! Wherever you spend your time reading this season, we know that we’ve got the perfect book (or books) to keep you company through the hot, hazy days to come! One of our favourite mysteries of the year so far (and a great summer reading choice) is Claudia Gray‘s The Murder of Mr. Wickham. Bringing together all of Jane Austen’s beloved protagonists, this country house mystery is a real treat! When Austen’s most infamous villain, Mr. Wickham, crashes the Knightley’s house party, more than one guest is thrown for a loop. Things quickly turn from awkward and uncomfortable to horrendous and shocking when their unwanted guest is found dead in the gallery and all evidence points to a murderer within the house. Which of Austen’s beloved characters will turn out to be the guilty party? You’ll just have to delve into this deliciously entertaining Regency era read to find out! Sticking to the same Century for a moment, another delightful romp is A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin. Full of sass, charm, and dogged determination, Irwin‘s heroine, Kitty Talbot, has completely captured our hearts! As a young woman with four younger sisters to support and a mountain of debt to pay off (thanks to her late father), Kitty knows that she must marry well to secure her family’s future. When the man she thought would be the answer to her prayers backs out of his promise, there’s only one option left to Kitty – to head to the big city and throw herself into the cutthroat world of the London Season. But what our determined heroine does not count on is being discovered by a certain Lord looking to throw a wrench in all her careful plans. Will she succeed in her quest despite the machinations of Lord Radcliffe? Or will this unforeseen adversary prove too much for the single-minded Kitty? With a bit more heft than a traditional rom-com, this charming read will no doubt delight Austen fans and historical fiction readers alike!

We don’t know about you, but sometimes all we’re in the mood for when the sun is at its brightest, is a dark, quirky book that will make us laugh while sending shivers down our spine! If you’re in the same boat, then look no further than Maria Adelmann‘s new book, How to Be Eaten. Set in present day New York, this debut novel takes the classic fairy tale characters we all know and love and re-imagines them as modern women in a support group for victims of trauma. Bernice is trying to come to terms with having dated a psychotic, blue-bearded billionaire, Ruby walks around wearing a coat made from the skin of the wolf who once swallowed her whole, and Gretel is struggling to figure out whether her memories of living in a house made of candy are even real! Will these women be able to help each other through the healing process or will suspicion, competition, and judgment bar the way to their true happily ever afters? Dark and seriously funny, this is the perfect read for fans of Grady Hendrix, Carmen Maria Machado and the original, pre-Grimm fairy tales. If you’re a reality TV fan and have ever wished that Survivor and The Bachelor would somehow get combined into one show, then this next read is for you! Samantha Allen‘s debut novel, Patricia Wants to Cuddle, is a hilarious look into the often ridiculous world of reality television through the experiences of the cast and crew on The Catch – a The Bachelor-style competition show which finds its final four contestants playing to win on a mysterious, remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Along with the usual interviews, activities, planned dates, and competition drama, everyone working on this season of The Catch will also be experiencing some very strange things off-set. One by one, each cast and crew member will somehow find themselves on the tallest of the island’s peaks in the company of Patricia, a temperamental and misunderstood local. As the show begins to more closely resemble a thriller than a dating competition, there may really only be one woman left standing by the end!

It’s no secret that we have a deep and abiding love of mythology here at the store. We’ve always enjoyed all different types of legends and lore, and can’t get enough of the stories inspired by them. It’s a nice change sometimes though, to look the other way – at the real life stories that have inspired the myths themselves. That is exactly what Adrienne Mayor does in her new book, Flying Snakes & Griffin Claws. As a research scholar in classics and the history of science at Stanford University, Mayor has written a number of books and explored the intersection of science, anthropology, archaeology, history, and popular knowledge for decades. This new book is a compilation of 50 of her most interesting and humorous discoveries. From mirages that helped inspire legends of cities in the sky to ghost ships that led to the discovery of the Gulf Stream, the truth behind flying serpents in ancient Egypt to the beauty secrets of the Amazons, this book is perfect for lovers of history, science, and myth alike! For any of our regular visitors, the art of Angela Harding will be a pretty familiar sight. We’ve had all kinds of greeting cards, wall calendars, agendas, puzzles, notebooks, and advent calendars featuring her beautiful nature-inspired prints, and now we have a stunning new book to add to that collection! In A Year Unfolding readers are treated not only to some very unique and charming art, but they also get a detailed look behind the scenes at how Angela creates her work in her garden studio in the UK. Mark the passing of the seasons as you flip through the pages of this enchanting collection of prints featuring all your favourite furry, feathered, and flippered friends – hares, foxes, and seabirds, oh my!

While we often get a bit caught up in all the great new adult books we receive every day here at the store, there’s no way we could forget about all the wonderful new arrivals getting cozy in our kids’ section on a daily basis! What more perfect time could there be than now (as the Rogers Cup is being played in both Toronto and Montreal) to add a tennis-themed picture book to your nightly bedtime reading roster? Bibi’s Got Game by Bianca Andreescu is a charming story of a young girl and her love of tennis. Being on court makes Bibi feel invincible – her serve is like lightning and her backhand booms like thunder – but when a playground accident stops her from playing the sport she loves, frustration, anger, and sadness set in. Things get so bad that she decides she’s going to quit playing tennis altogether! It’s only with help from her mom, her fluffy dog Coco, and the art of meditation that Bibi’s able to overcome her doubts and fears and return to the tennis court. Charmingly illustrated, this story about determination, sports, and finding your passion is bound to entrance all the little ones in your life! It’s a great story to share at bedtime and beyond! So much more than just an alphabet book, Ellen Heck‘s A is for Bee is full of gorgeous illustrations, fascinating animals, and a surprise on every page. While a traditional English alphabet book would likely feature A is for apple, B is for book, and C is for cat, this new book turns that pattern on its head by looking at different languages from around the world. The word “bee” may not start with the letter “A” in English, but it does in Ojibewe (Aamoo), Azerbaijani (Ari), Igbo (Anu), and Portuguese (Abelha). Reminiscent of the great Wallace Edwards, this alphabet book is as beautiful as it is unique and educational!

Whether the kids in your life have gone to camp, are heading off soon, or are just spending their last few weeks of summer around the neighbourhood, there’s nothing like a great book to cap off their day! For anyone who loved X-Men or the Harry Potter series, Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tola Okogwu is for you! Onyeka has always felt a bit self-conscious about her hair. It’s so voluminous, vibrant, and curly that people often stop to stare as she passes in the street, and her schoolmates whisper about it behind her back. One day when her best friend almost drowns, Onyeka’s hair does something truly incredible – it takes on a life of its own and pulls her friend to safety! When she relays this story to her mother, Onyeka learns that she’s not the ordinary girl she thought she was, but a member of a group of powerful individuals known as the Solari. Our heroine is soon swept away from all she’s ever known to attend a school in Nigeria that specializes in training Solari; a place where bonds will be formed, powers will be put to the test, and an unforeseen threat lurks in the shadows. Bringing back every shivery feeling you ever had while reading Christina Rossetti‘s The Goblin Market (with a few extras thrown in), Tori Bovalino‘s Not Good For Maidens proves that you can never truly outrun the things that go bump in the night. The Wickett women have long had a connection to the goblin market that plies its trade beneath the cobbled streets of York. Charged with the care of those who fall victim to the goblins’ silver voices, this family of witches are all too aware of the dangers in giving in to temptation. So when May, one of their own, falls for a goblin girl and accepts her invitation to the market, the family’s future is altered forever. Dark, intriguing, and impossible to resist (much like the goblin market itself), this new teen novel is sure to appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare!

In these times full of change, one thing that always stays the same is the sheer number of new books we can’t wait to tell you about! Here are just a few more recent and forthcoming releases that we think you should check out when you’re next in the shop: The Monster’s Bones by David K. Randall, Traitor King by Andrew LownieEbb & Flow by Heather Smith, At Last Count by Claire Ross Dunn, Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian, Ordinary Monsters by J.M. Miro, Rogues by Patrick Radden Keefe, The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick, The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill, Ghost Lover by Lisa Taddeo, Hag by Daisy Johnson, Minique by Anna Maxymiw, Ten Cities That Led the World by Paul Strathern, Murder in a Teacup by Vicki Delany, A Tomb With a View by Peter Ross, The Maker of Swans by Paraic O’Donnell, Upgrade by Blake Crouch, The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey, Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander, Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest, Francie’s Got a Gun by Carrie Snyder, The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne, The Stone Child by David A. Robertson, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford, Passengers by Michael Crummey, Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra, We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky by Emma Hooper, Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen, To Kill a Troubadour by Martin Walker, The Fallout by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (August 16), Ashfall Prophecy by Pittacus Lore (August 16), Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes (August 16), Making Love With the Land by Joshua Whitehead (August 23), Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood (August 23), Aven Green Music Machine by Dusti Bowling (August 23), Haven by Emma Donoghue (August 23), Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid (August 30), Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton (August 30), The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell (September 6), Ghostlight by Kenneth Oppel (September 6), Lifesavers and Body Snatchers by Tim Cook (September 13).

Although the arrival of August means we’re heading into the homestretch of the summer, there’s still lots of time to squeeze in a few more sunny reading days before we start thinking about cooler seasons to come. So, if your beach bag can take it, be sure to pay us a visit to talk to all our resident bookworms! They’re all big readers and will be more than happy to help you find the perfect book(s) to carry you through the end of the month!

Happy Reading!

Take care,
The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Holiday Hours

We will be CLOSED on Monday, September 5th for Labour Day.
Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 6th.

Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper

“I think it’s safe to say that historical fiction is my favourite literary genre – there’s really nothing that beats travelling through time via book! So, when I spied this novel on our shelves, I couldn’t resist picking it up! Set in ancient Pompeii and centred around 5 young slave women, this book is a real window to the past – you can almost feel the packed earth and stones beneath your feet!”