August 2017 Newsletter

July Bestsellers

1. The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
2. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
3.
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
4.
Exploring the Capital by Andrew Waldron
5. The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer
6. No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein
7. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
8. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
10.
House of Spies by Daniel Silva

Greetings Book Lovers!

Just as summer seems to have finally arrived, we find ourselves in the home stretch. With only a month to go before the dreaded “back to school” time hits, it’s more important than ever to show your bookcase some love and squeeze in just a bit more reading-in-the-sun time before we get drawn back into our regular routines.

While we’re all trying to slow things down and really relish those last few hazy days spent by the lake or on the coast, the publishing industry keeps the home fires burning in order to further enrich our sunshine time with great summer reads! Whether your summer days are marked by digging your toes into a wet sandy beach, walking through a city park, or riding a merry-go-round at an amusement park, the one thing guaranteed to make each of those activities even more special is a cup or cone full of ice cream! Always a favourite summer treat, now there’s a way for you to enjoy this delectably creamy confection in book form too! The Ice-Cream Makers by Ernest van der Kwastis a lovely read set in Northern Italy, the fabled birthplace of ice cream. Reminiscent of Fredrik Backman‘s A Man Called Ove, this story is about the struggle that bubbles up within a family when the black sheep announces that he wants to abandon their proud Italian ice cream dynasty to pursue a literary career. Set against a stunning backdrop and full of charming characters and delicious culinary delights, this novel is a treat to read! For the ultimate sensory experience, try reading the book while partaking of your favourite flavour…whether it be butterscotch ripple, strawberry cheesecake, or tiger tail! This novel would also be a great pick for anyone who liked The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, or The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

Still riding the wave of bestsellers like The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, we have a whole new crop of great thrillers and suspenseful novels to tell you about. Debut author Danya Kukafka has joined the ranks of edge-of-your-seat writers with her riveting novel Girl in Snow. Revolving around the death of a beloved high school girl, readers get an inside look at how one tragedy can affect so many different people as the story is told from three unique perspectives – the boyfriend, the jealous classmate, and the investigating officer. If you liked The Party by Robyn Harding, you will definitely enjoy this thriller! While most long-term friendships can weather the storms of life quite nicely, there are times when even the strongest of bonds reach their breaking point. In both The River at Night by Erica Ferencik and The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (the beloved author of last year’s The Woman in Cabin 10), a group of best friends find themselves in impossible and terrifying situations when the people they thought they could depend on most surprise each other by revealing long-held secrets, admitting to old deceptions, and, in some cases, switching life-long allegiances.

As we make our way through life, we spend a lot of time second guessing ourselves and wondering how things might have turned out if other things had or hadn’t happened in a certain way. What if I had made a different choice? What if I had just told the truth? These are just some of the questions woven through the fabric of The Marriage Pact and Truly Madly Guilty, two new novels by Michelle Richmond and Liane Moriarty, respectively. Moriarty introduces us to Sam and Clementine, a lovely young couple who know they can always lean on each other, no matter what. However, when they accept a last-minute invitation to a casual summer barbecue, events are set in motion that neither could have foreseen and that can’t be stopped. Full of glamourous parties, exclusive societies, and a scintillating sense of excitement, Michelle Richmond‘s novel is a fast-paced story about love, promises, and what happens when you join a strict, rule-abiding group called The Pact and then transgress against the powers that be.

Summer holidays often mean long trips in the car or seemingly endless hours spent sitting around the airport. Instead of spending this time typing, tapping, and texting on our cell phones, why not play a word game, learn to read your own palm, or reorganize your purse? These are just a few of the suggested activities in 101 Things To Do Instead Of Playing On Your Phone by Ilka Heinemann. Small and compact itself, this cheeky yet useful book is the perfect thing to turn to when you want a distraction that doesn’t depend on WiFi or battery power – no recharge required! As lovers of the written word, one thing that we can never get enough of are books about sayings, languages, and jargon. Luckily, we very seldom have to endure a whole publishing season without a new book like this landing on our shelves. Vulgar Tongues by Max Decharne is a sharp and witty trip through the history of slang. From the prostitutes of Elizabethan England, to World War II flying aces, to the centuries-long history of Masonic lodges around the world, this book explores the changing meaning of words like punk, geek, fly, and square. If you’ve always wanted to know what flap dragons and ale passion mean, this is the book for you!

In our cherished children’s section, we are so excited to finally have Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli on our shelves! Inspiring children of all ages to dream big and never give up, this wonderful book features 100 mini biographies of great women throughout history. In what other book could you find Elizabeth I, Amelia Earhart, Serena Williams, Cleopatra, Jane Goodall, and Malala Yousafzai sitting shoulder to shoulder? In a similar vein, but slightly more focused, is the newest book by Rachel Ignotofsky. Women in Sports is a beautiful illustrated collection of stories about 50 women from sports history who persevered against the odds to achieve their dreams. Like Ignotofsky‘s previous publication, Women in Science, this book is ideal for older children and adults alike.

Whether it’s for bedtime or an evening around the campfire, there are some adorable children’s picture books trickling into the store that are sure to become instant classics! Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex is a hilarious book of fruit-based rhymes where every fruit gets their moment in the sun except Orange. While grapes in capes and bananas in cabanas frolic throughout the book as the rhymes get more and more ludicrous, Orange wanders around wondering if there will ever be a rhyme for him. Linda Ravin Lodding‘s new book, Little Red Riding Sheep, has a similar feel when the narrator, later revealed to be a water buffalo named Eugene, keeps getting interrupted by a sheep who wants to be the star of the story. Children will love how Arnold the sheep keeps making suggestions and changes to the story until it doesn’t resemble the well known fairy tale at all. Charming and ridiculous, You Must Bring a Hat by Simon Philip, has become an immediate staff favourite! Full of bizarre creatures, colourful illustrations, and the most preposterous list of birthday party rules we’ve ever heard, once you reach the last page, the only thing you’ll want to do is go back to the beginning and read it all over again. For the knitters, sewing masters, and crafters among us, Julie Kraulis has written a lovely book all about fabric and patterns. A Pattern for Pepper is a sweet story about a little girl going out to get a new dress made for a special occasion. As she browses in the dress shop, Pepper learns all about the history of different prints and fabrics, who traditionally wore them, and why they were designed the way they were. In the end, she manages to find her perfect pattern – one that’s just as unique and beautiful as she is.

As always, there are lots of new releases to look forward to over the coming weeks. Here are just a few that we’re eager to get our hands on: The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory (August 8), The Only Cafe by Linden MacIntyre(August 8), A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena (August 15), Glass Houses by Louise Penny (August 29), Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey (August 29), and The Winnowing by Vikki Vansickle (September 1).

There are few things we love more than curling up with a good book regardless of the season, but there’s something special about the books we read over the summer. They take trips with us, shade our faces when we read in the sun, don’t get fussed if they’re accidentally left out in the rain, and let us drift off when the hammock we’re reading in starts to feel just a little too comfortable. They thrill us, distract us, and give us pleasant dreams during a season when we traditionally like to sit back, relax, and let everything slide just a little bit. So, whatever your tastes or leanings, be sure you have the perfect kind of paper companion to see you through the home stretch of the sunniest season of the year!

Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

July 2017 Newsletter

June Bestsellers

1. An ABC of Ottawa by Miriam Bloom
2. From Trudeau to Trudeau by Terry Mosher
3. No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein
4. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
5. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
6. Nutshell by Ian McEwan
7. Faithful by Janet Uren and Glenn Lockwood
8. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
9. Exploring the Capital by Andrew Waldron
10. Court of Lions by Jane Johnson

Greetings Book Lovers!

Hopefully you all survived the torrential rain that marked this year’s Canada Day and that you managed to have a fun-filled holiday regardless of the weather. Although the official day has come and gone, the rest of the year will continue to be marked by exciting happenings and neat events celebrating our country’s past, present and future. To keep that patriotic glow going or maybe in the quest to learn something about our country that you didn’t know before, check out some of our favourite Canada-themed reads of the year so far: Exploring the Capital by Andrew WaldronYou Might Be From Canada If… by Michael de AdderI Am Canada by Heather PattersonThe Great Canadian Bucket List by Robin EsrockNow You Know Canada by Doug Lennox25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit by Jody RobbinsCanada ABC by Paul CovelloSurviving Canada by Myra TaitThis is That: Travel Guide to Canada by Peter Oldring, Chris Kelly, and Pat Kelly.

As we settle ourselves into the slower rhythms of the summer, it’s always a good idea to have a healthy stack of books to hand. That way, when you find yourself suddenly lounging in a hammock in the shade of a mighty oak or reclining with a cold one on the dock by the lake, you’ll have a quiet and willing friend to keep you company. Taylor Jenkins Reid has given us a real treat of a read in a The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Following the colourful and intriguing life story of aging and reclusive Hollywood star, Evelyn Hugo, this novel will take you completely out of yourself and transport you to a world full of lights that shine, affairs that simultaneously build and break, and ambitions that must be fed. Hot on the heels of her supremely successful novel, The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George‘s newest novel, The Little French Bistro, has just hit our shelves and is already proving to be a staff favourite. Full of the same warmth and charm as it’s predecessor, this new story takes readers to Brittany where our protagonist, Marianne, flirts with new life paths and a possible future she could never have imagined. If you enjoyed The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, keep riding that thematic train and take a chance (and another trip back in time) with The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol. When Elizabeth, a resident at The Boreal Retirement Home, discovers her late father’s journals from when he was the lighthouse keeper on Lake Superior, she decides it’s time to delve in to her own family’s past to solve one of the great mysteries of her childhood. The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner is a wonderful family saga that spans almost a century. Set on the enchanting Italian island of Castellamare, readers will be drawn into a world of love stories, family secrets, and tales of sacrifice and revenge, all while being befriended by unforgettable characters and completely mesmerized by the stunning locale.

If you want to add a little more grit to your summer, try one of these great new reads: The Force by Don Winslow – a tension-filled stunner of a story full of greed, corruption, and redemption; Be Ready for the Lightning by Grace O’Connell – this novel of psychological suspense is intriguing, fast-paced, and will really make you stop and think; The Party by Robyn Harding – at once shocking and heart-stopping, this intense novel illustrates the best and worst of human nature and what can happen to a family when tragedy strikes; Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner – this second book in the Manon Bradshaw mystery finds our determined detective five months pregnant and thrown into a murder investigation that makes her question how well she knows her own family; The Child by Fiona Barton –  a chilling mystery surrounding the discovery of a child-sized skeleton in the foundations of an upper-class London house.

Is hitting the open road on your summer agenda this year? If so, start your road trip off right with a detailed study of John Catucci‘s new book You Gotta Go Here! Featuring over 300 hidden gems and hometown favourites from across Canada, the USA, and Europe, with this book as your guide, you will never go hungry when the rubber to the road. Dion Leonard, an Australian ultra marathon runner now living in Edinburgh, Scotland, has just published the most heart-warming dog book of the year to date, hands down! Finding Gobi is his story of crossing paths with Gobi, a stray dog, while running in a 155 mile race through China’s Gobi Desert. As he ran through unforgiving mountains, isolated villages, and punishing dunes, Gobi kept pace with him, raised his spirits, and slowly melting his heart. It’s a lovely story for any dog lover in your life! From the many-faceted, multi-talented author of Once Upon a Time in Russia and The 37th Parallel, comes a brand new and slightly quirky science book perfect for anyone fascinated by DNA, ancient species, or the scientific concepts that inspired Michael Crichton‘s Jurassic ParkWoolly by Ben Mezrich is a dramatic narrative of true events pertaining to the discovery, extraction, and attempted splicing of Woolly Mammoth DNA. Long extinct, but endlessly fascinating, the Woolly Mammoth is a true giant of history. This book is extremely readable and is bound to fascinate scientists and hobbyists alike.

A new book can provide hours of entertainment for children of all ages. They’re especially useful when taking family holidays when loving siblings confined in a small space seem more interested in poking at each other than playing a civilized game of “I spy with my little eye.” So, here are a few new titles it might be good to have nearby when the sound of silence is all you want to hear from the kids in the back seat. J.D. Rinehart has just released his newest fantasy adventure novel for children called A Kingdom Rises. As the third book in the Crown of Three Series, this new novel continues the story of triplets Tarlan, Gulph, and Elodie and their quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy in a land rife with magic, danger, and deceit. The previous books in the series are Crown of Three and The Lost Realm. On a much smaller scale, but with no less heart, The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Canadian author Linda Bailey is a wonderful, whimsical story of bravery and determination. Eddie is a tiny green bug who lives behind the chalkboard in a fourth grade classroom with his parents, his 53 siblings, and his Aunt Min. When his beloved aunt goes missing on a trip to the library, Eddie sets out to find her and discovers that the substitute librarian is planning on shutting the library for good! Full of bravery and heart, this story of the little bug who loves books is a real winner!

Here are a few more recent arrivals that have already wormed their way into our hearts: Polly MacCauley’s Finest Divinest Woolliest Gift of All by Sheree Fitch – a beautifully illustrated story about knitters, weavers, and makers that will delight children and adults alike; Old Hat by Emily Gravett – this adorable story finds Harbert always one step behind the latest fashion trends in hats no matter how hard he tries until, one day, he decides to forgo hats altogether and starts a new trend of his own; The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah – a great YA book about two teens caught up in their parents’ world of judgement and prejudice who need to decide where they’re going to align themselves when the lines get drawn in the sand; Welcome to the Slipstream by Natalka Burian – just when Van starts to get settled into her new life in Las Vegas, she’s forced to pull up roots yet again in order to chase her mother to Arizona in an attempt to save her from joining a sketchy self-help cult.

The books just keep pouring in at the store, so keep your eyes peeled for some of these upcoming releases: The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer (July 11), Everything All At Once by Bill Nye (July 11), The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (July 25), Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (July 25), I Love My Purse by Belle DeMont (July 30), A Nest of Vipers by Andrea Camilleri (August 1), and The Only Cafe by Linden MacIntyre (August 8).

Whether they’re playing the role of silent companions, peace makers, summertime teachers, or partners in crime, books are always going to be your safest bet. So, no matter where this summer takes you, be sure to make a trip (or two) to the bookstore to stock up on great reads to carry you through.

Happy Reading Everyone!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

June 2017 Newsletter

May Bestsellers

1. Crying for the Moon by Mary Walsh
2. The Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halsom
3. Save Your Mind by Antoine Hakim
4. From Trudeau to Trudeau by Terry Mosher
5. Faithful by Glenn J. Lockwood and Janet B. Uren
6. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
7. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
8. Bad Days in History by Michael Farquhar
9. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
10. The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

Greetings Book Lovers!

Is it March? Is it October? No, it’s June! Well, that’s what the calendar says anyway. It may not feel like summer, but we can’t let that stop us from putting together our summer reading lists. Whether you’re jetting off to warmer climes, making a trek up to the cottage, or planning on spending a quiet summer in the dappled sunshine of your own backyard, there is no better or more constant companion to have by your side than a great book!

Escaping to sunny Spain for a bit of a break sounds like an excellent idea to us. Why not make your trek without the hassle of plane travel by reading Jane Johnson‘s new novel Court of Lions? Fleeing a terrible trauma back home, Kate Fordham suddenly finds herself waiting tables in the ancient Spanish city of Granada. Surrounded by history and the dust of centuries past, the chance discovery of an ancient symbol-laced message turns Kate’s life on its head once again as she’s plunged into a historical adventure unlike any other. Closer to home, The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close is the charming story of newlywed couple, Beth and Matt, who decide to move to the political hotbed of Washington, DC in order to nurture Matt’s political aspirations. Beth immediately hates everything about their new city and doesn’t start to truly settle in until she and Matt meet and befriend another DC couple, Jimmy and Ashleigh. While the four friends begin to do everything together, it doesn’t take long for their lives to become riddled with tension, jealousy, competition, and rumours.

Tracy Chevalier, the beloved author of The Girl with a Pearl Earring, Remarkable Creatures, and The Virgin Blue, has joined the likes of Margaret Atwood, Anne Tyler, Howard Jacobson, and Jeannette Winterson, as the newest author of the ongoing Hogarth Shakespeare series with her new book New Boy. As a retelling of William Shakespeare‘s Othello set in a Washington high school in the 1970s, this new novel tells the story of Osei Kokote who quickly makes friends with Dee, the most popular girl in school. However, the road to love is seldom smooth and pretty soon, in a fit of jealousy, the self-proclaimed ruler of the schoolyard sets out to destroy this beautiful, blooming friendship. Like the original tale, no character in Chevalier’s story will escape these tragic events unscathed. If reading a creepy, crawly thriller is right up your alley this summer, be sure to check out Skitter by Ezekiel Boone. As the follow up to last year’s The Hatching, this new novel continues the story of an ancient species of man-eating spider that has mysteriously awoken and begun terrorizing the human and animal populations around the globe. Not for the faint of heart, this entertaining series has been a staff pick from the moment it hit our shelves!

One of the most highly anticipated non-fiction books of the summer has finally arrived! Did you enjoy Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls? Then be sure to pick up a copy of David Sedaris‘ new book Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002. This world-renowned humourist has spent the last forty years keeping diaries of everything that captures his attention – from overheard comments and passing gossip to soap opera plot twists and secrets confided by total strangers. It’s these diary entries that have formed the basis for all the books of essays that Sedaris readers have so loved over the years. It’s a real treat for diehard David Sedaris fans and anyone who enjoys quick wit and sharp observations. It’s not uncommon for everyone to go through at least one phase of childhood during which they decide they want to be an international spy. Henry Hemming can help you relive these dreams with his new book Agent M, a biography of Maxwell Knight. In addition to being perhaps the greatest spymaster in history, Knight was a devoted jazz aficionado and an eccentric exotic animal collector. Perhaps most fascinating is the fact that he’s rumoured to have been the real life inspiration for Ian Fleming‘s debonair secret agent, James Bond. Consequently, this book is best enjoyed shaken, not stirred!

Before the kids leave for camp or head off on holiday for the summer, be sure to stock up on some great reads for them to pack next to their sunscreen, flip-flops, and extra snacks. Multiple award-winning author Jason Reynolds has just released As Brave As You, a new story about family, the bond between brothers, and the true meaning of bravery. This heart-felt coming of age story is perfect for fans of The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish, The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, and The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue. With a touch of steampunk, a dash of mystery, and a lot of puzzle-solving, York by Laura Ruby is a real treat for fans of fantasy and adventure. In 1798, the mysterious Morningstarr twins arrive in New York and proceed to develop the city with a puzzle called the Old York Cypher built right into its streets and buildings. When this puzzle, which is said to lead to a treasure beyond imagining, remains unsolved into modern times, Tess, Theo, and Jaime set out on a quest to save their home and solve the world’s most mysterious puzzle. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is a funny, romantic story about two Indian-American teens whose parents are conspiring to arrange their marriage. Dimple is looking forward to spending the summer at a web design camp and escaping her mother’s obsessive search for a nice Indian boy for her to marry. Rishi is a hopeless romantic and has no problem with his parents arranging his marriage – he’s actually pretty happy about it. When he finds out that his intended is going to be at the same camp as him, it feels like fate. But despite their initial positive reactions to each other, things don’t move forward quite as planned. Will these two teens manage to find real love despite the planning and scheming of their respective parents?

With so many more books to mention than we have space for in this medium, here are a few more recent and upcoming releases that we’re all excited to get our hands on: The Party by Robyn HardingBe Ready for the Lightning by Grace O’ConnellEveryone Brave is Forgiven by Chris CleaveNo is Not Enough by Naomi Klein (June 13)The Little French Bistro by Nina George (June 13)A Sackful of Limericks by Michael Palin (June 27), and Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips (July 4).

We had a lovely evening at Clarkstown Kitchen & Bar with Mary Walsh back in May and are glad that so many of you were able to join us. We don’t have any new dinner events coming up in the next couple of months, but we look forward to having you all join us once again when our Titles@Table40 series kicks back into high gear in the fall. In the meantime, we still have some great signings and readings coming up in the store over the next month that are worth checking out. On Saturday, June 10, be sure to come by to meet author John Kalbfleisch. He will be here from 12:00pm to 2:00pm to sign and read from his new novel A Stain Upon the Land. Local children’s author Miriam Bloom will be on hand on Saturday, June 17 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to sign copies of her colourful new picture book An ABC of Ottawa. Full of bright photos of famous National Capital landmarks, this lovely book is more than deserving of a permanent home on your bookshelf.

It’s been hard to get into that relaxing summer feeling so far this year thanks to our very wet, cold weather, but planning your seasonal reading list is an excellent step in the right direction. With tons of new titles appearing on our shelves every day, there are an almost infinite number of book destinations to choose from.

As Neil Gaiman once said, “a book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” With those wise words in mind, we wish you all sunny days ahead and pleasant dreams to come.

Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

May 2017 Newsletter

April Bestsellers
2. The Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson
3. An ABC of Ottawa by Miriam Bloom
4. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
5. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
6. Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson
7. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
8. My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
9. Earthly Remains by Donna Leon
10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Greetings Book Lovers!
May has arrived – though it may not feel like it – and that means that summer is just around the corner! So, dust off your suitcases and take out your beach bags! It’s time to fill in that summer reading list!
One great way to discover new books to read is to get them right from the hands of the author. Luckily, we’ve got a number of signings coming up over the next month at which you can do just that! On Saturday, May 13, we’ll be having what we call a Super Signing Saturday with two great local authors paying us a visit back to back. First up, Margaret Kell Virany will be here from 11:00am to 1:00pm to sign copies of her two memoirs, A Book of Kells and Kathleen’s Cariole Ride. Rounding out the day, local poet Marilyn Sargeant will be signing copies of her book of poetry, Carbon is Yellow, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. P.E.I. author Bruce McCallum will be on site on Thursday, May 18 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm to sign and read from his new Scottish-set mystery Death in the Doach Woods. In anticipation of the celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, Zanaib Muse will be in the store from 12:00pm to 2:00pm on Saturday, May 20 to sign copies of her new (and very timely) travel book An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital. Taking a quick peek into June, John Kalbfleisch, a columnist for the Montreal Gazette, will be joining us on Saturday, June 10 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm to sign copies of his brand new historical novel A Stain Upon the Land.
If just spending an afternoon browsing the shelves is still your favourite way to choose a new book, you won’t be disappointed with some of our most recent arrivals. Perennial favourite and Harry Hole creator Jo Nesbo, has just gifted us with a brand new mystery that’s sure to please old and new fans alike. The Thirst finds his newly retired detective drawn back into the Police fold to hunt a monster from his past, despite the promises he made after his last case put those closest to him in danger. With thrills and chills galore, Girl on the Train fans are in for a treat with Paula Hawkins new thriller Into the Water. While we love our lakes, rivers, and oceans for their inherent beauty and powers of relaxation, it’s thrillers like this one that make us think twice about what mysteries might lie beneath the crystalline surface. Sealskin by Su Bristow keeps us on the water theme with a beautiful and mystical story set on the Scottish coast and based on the legend of the selkies – humans who can turn into seals. The 3,500 mile journey across the ocean has never felt so magical! When time traveling, no matter when or where you’re going, there are always some inherent mind-bending and conscience-testing questions involved. In Kathleen A. Flynn‘s debut novel The Jane Austen Project, Liam and Rachel find themselves sent back to 1815 in order to meet, befriend, and steal an unfinished manuscript from literary treasure Jane Austen – a truly unthinkable act, if they were to succeed. If you read and loved A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologizes by Swedish author Fredrik Backman, Beartown should definitely earn a place on your nightstand. Set in a small town and featuring a favourite Canadian pastime, this novel is full of big dreams, bright hopes, and startling secrets.
With so many books arriving everyday, it’s often hard to keep ahead of them, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these other great novels as our shelves continue to fill up: The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn (a witty, tender read about what happens when a couple move to the country and decide to embark on an experiment to spice up their marriage), Mad Richard by Lesley Krueger (a historical novel about artist Richard Dadd and novelist Charlotte Bronte, and the unlikely friendship they form), House of Names by Colm Toibin (an electrifying retelling of a classic Greek tragedy, rediscover the fraught world of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Orestes, and Elektra), and The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer (a beautiful novel full of history, art, mystery, and heart).
After almost four years of waiting, heavy-hiting historian Lynne Olson has given us a new book to enjoy! This celebrated author of the bestselling Troublesome Young Men, Citizens of London, and Those Angry Days has come out with Last Hope Island, the story of how Britain became the wartime base of operations for exiled European leaders as Hitler marched his way across the continent. For a bit of a lighter walk through history, Bad Days in History by Michael Farquhar is the perfect thing to dip into whenever the mood strikes you. Telling one true tale of misery and woe for each of the 365 days in the year, these stories cover everything from lost love to fallen empires, fiendish thefts to devilish murders, and will no doubt help you face even the most intimidating of days. Leo Grasset will educate and entertain you with his new book How the Zebra Got Its Stripes. Not only will you get a fully scientific answer to questions such as “why are zebras striped?” and “why do giraffes have such long necks?”, but you’ll most likely also walk away armed with fascinating and handy facts to dazzle your friends with.
Here are a few more recent non-fiction releases that are worth more than a passing glance: The Otter’s Tale by Simon Cooper (a beautifully written account of one man’s relationship with an otter family in southern England), Footsteps by The New York Times (a lovely literary travel guide to the geographic muses that inspired some of our favourite writers), From Trudeau to Trudeau by Terry Mosher (a hefty anthology celebrating 50 years of cartooning by Asilin), Gutenberg’s Fingerprint by Merilyn Simonds (a fascinating exploration of the value of the physical book in a digital world), and Faithful by Glenn J. Lockwood and Janet Uren (a stunning and thorough history of 150 years of one of our local churches, St. Bartholomew).
Never one to be left out, our children’s section is full to the brim with great new reads that would make the perfect fodder for any holiday or trip to camp. Perfectly timed for the return of Anne of Green Gables to television, Melanie J. Fishbane‘s young adult novel Maud is a charming ode to a Canadian treasure. Inspired by the life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, this story introduces us to a teenage Maud as she tries to adjust to moving from her grandparents’ house in Prince Edward Island to her father’s house out west while trying to hold onto her dreams of going to college and becoming a writer like her idol, Louisa May Alcott. From Julie Murphy, the author who brought us the wonderful book Dumplin’ (now available in paperback), comes Ramona Blue, the story of a strong teenage girl determined to stay true to herself despite all the odds. It’s the perfect read for fans of Morgan Matson, Rainbow Rowell, and Jennifer Niven. We have a very exciting new arrival for those of you who devoured Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Rick Riordan has just released The Dark Prophecy, the second book in his series The Trials of Apollo. In this new book, readers return to Camp Half-Blood where they meet the god Apollo, who has been stripped of his powers and banished to earth as a gawky, acne-prone sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. With his trademark style, Riordan is bound to keep duvet-covered flashlights burning bright well into the night! Two of our favourites picture books right now are Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer and Hey, Boy by Benjamin Strouse. It’s been a while since we’ve had a new Olivia the Pig book and this one is a real winner. Charming as ever, Olivia will surely steal your heart…spy-style! A newcomer to the picture book scene, Benjamin Strouse‘s story about a boy and his dog takes a classic theme and turns it into an unforgettable, touching story that children will love and adults won’t mind reading over and over again.
We’re only a couple of weeks into the month so there are still lots of book goodies to come. Here are a few that we’re looking forward to getting our hands on: New Boy by Tracy Chevalier (May 16), Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (May 23), Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton (May 23), Churchill & Orwell by Thomas E. Ricks (May 23), and One Brother Shy by Terry Fallis (May 30).
The air outside may be cool, but the sunshine is toasty warm and there’s nothing a book loves more than a nice walk in the sun. So, be sure to pay us a visit to see what hidden gems we have in store. You never know, you might go home with a new friend!
Happy Reading!
–The Staff of Books on Beechwood

April 2017 Newsletter

March Bestsellers

1. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
2. Vimy: the Battle and the Legend by Tim Cook
3. A Hero of France by Alan Furst
4. Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
5. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
6. Maggie Smith: A Biography by Michael Coveney
7. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
8. City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
9. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
10. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Greetings Book Lovers!

Welcome to April! Let the games begin…or, more appropriately, the rains. Although it’s hard to feel optimistic on cool, grey, rainy days when we still need to wear hats, mitts, and boots to keep warm, it helps to remember that old saying, “April Showers Bring May Flowers!” Books and water may not mix that well, but in this case, nothing can help you while away the rainy day hours like a great read. So, in the interests of speeding our way through this transition period between winter and spring, restock your shelves, head out on a new literary adventure, and dream of warm seasons to come. Flowers, and sunshine, and books, oh my!

Just as spring hearkens the return of the songbirds and the birth of baby animals, it also means that our in-store events have begun to flourish once again. One of our favourite local mystery authors, Linda Wiken will be here on Saturday, April 22 from 12:00-2:00pm to sign copies of her new book Roux the Day. This second book in the Dinner Club Mystery Series is the follow up to Toasting Up Trouble, the book in which readers were introduced to the smart and savvy event planner turned amateur sleuth, Jennifer “J.J.” Tanner. The following week, St. John’s singer/songwriter Amelia Curran will be taking a break from her Watershed tour to pay us a visit. She will be stopping by on Friday, April 28 from 2:00-3:00pm to sign copies of her book of songs Relics and Tunes. Rounding out the month in style, we will be celebrating the 2017 edition of Authors for Indies Day on Saturday, April 29! This full day of festivities will feature fun promotions, prize draws, and an exciting lineup of local authors you can come in to meet, chat with, and get book recommendations from. Over the course of the day, we will be hosting Joanne Proulx (Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet), R.J. Harlick (A Cold White Fear), Susan Delacourt (Shopping for Votes), Michael Dennis (Bad Engine), Frances Itani (Tell), and Sonia Tilson (The Monkey Puzzle Tree). Scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter for the full Authors for Indies Day schedule.

As the seasons turn, so too do the types of books that make their way onto our shelves. So, while we start thinking ahead to planting bulbs, setting up our vegetable gardens, and wondering what herbs we should grow this year, it’s not surprising that our store is filling up with books full of hope, love, and new beginnings. From the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid, comes a brand new novel that has burst onto the literary scene in true blockbuster fashion. Exit West is the story of two young people living in a country on the brink of war. Just as they find each other and begin a passionate love affair, Nadia and Saeed are forced to embark on a journey into the unknown in order to save themselves and their dreams of a future together. Genevieve Graham‘s new wartime novel Promises to Keep is a perfect read for fans of Susanna Kearsley, Lucinda Riley, and Kate Morton. This wonderful, heart-wrenching read set in Nova Scotia during the expulsion of the Acadians, features a reluctant British soldier and a young Acadian woman whose love for each other faces the ultimate test when they must decide whether to risk everything in order to be together or live with the pain of being separated forever. Irish author Sara Baume explores a different kind of love in Spill Simmer Falter Wither. As the two outcasts in a small village, a shunned man and a one-eyed dog form an unlikely bond and take to the road together when suspicion and false accusations turn their neighbours against them. A testament to the power of unconditional love, this novel is a touching and heartfelt read.

A new beginning can be invigorating and full of hope when entered into willingly, but it can also be frightening and unsettling when you find yourself with no other choice. Siobhan Vivian‘s newest book for young adults, The Last Boy and Girl in the World, is an emotional, goofy, and bittersweet read on par with The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. When a small lumber town is sacrificed to flood waters in order to save a series of larger towns and expensive developments downriver, Keeley and her friends and family are forced to prepare for an irreversible change that they are all powerless to stop. Similar to the movie You’ve Got MailAlex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett is a wonderful story about a quirky classic movie buff named Bailey who moves across the country with her father in order to escape a traumatizing event in her past and her mother’s crumbling second marriage. Hilarious and sweet, it is the perfect teen read for springtime! Canadian great Emma Donoghue made her middle-grade debut this past week with the publication of The Lotterys Plus One. With the same talent and heart that she puts into her novels for adults, this story explores the changing dynamics within a large, blended family when a long estranged grandfather (a.k.a. Grumps) is added to the mix…and the house!

Taking a trip to a faraway land is a very tempting thing to do this time of year, even if it’s only on the pages of a book. This year, let Marc Morris be your guide on a tour of some of Medieval Britain’s most impressive buildings in Castles: Their History and Evolution in Medieval Britain. Though castles were first and foremost family homes, their overwhelming and imposing appearance is more often associated with grand cavalry campaigns, epic battles, and seemingly endless sieges. It’s this inherent dichotomy that Morris explores in this fascinating new release. Like castles, adventures on the high seas are a perfect escape from rainy day doldrums. With this in mind, why not pick up a copy of Laura Sook Duncombe‘s Pirate Women? While most people are familiar with the lives and escapades of famous pirates like Peter Easton, Blackbeard, and Captain Kidd, in this fascinating book, readers are introduced to a series of strong, determined women from every corner of the globe who could swashbuckle with the best of them, but whose stories have, for the most part, been lost beneath the waves.

Here are a few more new releases and upcoming titles that are worth keeping an eye out for: Strong in the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker, Botanical Shakespeare by Gerit Quealy, My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall SmithIngenious by David Johnston, American War by Omar El AkkadGoodnight From London by Jennifer Robson (April 11), Missing by Kelley Armstrong (April 18), Beartown by Fredrik Backman (April 25), Maud by Melanie Fishbane (April 25), and New Boy by Tracy Chevalier (May 16).

As the last vestiges of winter slowly melt away, and we enter that wet, muddy purgatory before the spring heat and sunshine come to stay, it’s important to make sure that your bookshelves are well-stocked. After all, there’s no better way to pass the time between now and garden season than to travel through time and space in the world’s most reliable vehicle. Books may be made of paper and ink, but their safety features are top notch!

So, however hard the rain, rain, rain comes down, down, down outside, we offer this sound piece of advice: “It’s never too messy out to make a trip to the bookstore!”

Happy Reading!

— The Staff of Books on Beechwood

Easter Hours

We will be CLOSED on Friday, April 14 and Sunday, April 16 for Easter. We’ll be open for our regular hours on Saturday, April 15. Normal store hours will resume on Monday, April 17.

Happy Easter!

March 2017 Newsletter

February Bestsellers

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

 

Greetings Book Lovers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Reading!

–The Staff of Books on Beechwood

February 2017 Newsletter

January Bestsellers

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

Greetings Book Lovers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you!
Happy Reading!

–The Staff of Books on Beechwood

October 2016 Newsletter

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September Bestsellers

1. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
2. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
3. The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
4. The Pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carre
5. Fire in the Stars by Barbara Fradkin
6. Barbarian Lost by Alexandre Trudeau
7. The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall
8. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
9. The Fortunate Brother by Donna Morrissey
10. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

Greetings Book Lovers!

October has arrived! We have officially left the slightly undecided weather of September behind and entered into true fall. As the month that brings us the joys of Thanksgiving, Halloween, and innumerable book prizes, October is a real treat for all of our senses.

Before we all settle down to a warm and comforting turkey dinner this weekend, why not think about some dinners a little further in the future. We have two great Titles@Table40 events coming up between now and Christmas. On Sunday, November 20, local photographer William McElligott will be joining us at the Table 40 restaurant to talk about his new coffee table book full of unique and colourful images of our Nation’s Capital. Attendees will also be treated to a slide show presentation of some of the images from the book. The following week, on Sunday, November 27, prolific Canadian author Charlotte Gray will be talking about The Promise of Canada, her new book in which she introduces us to a number of Canadians (both famous and lesser known), all of whom have left an indelible mark on our country.

Here’s a refresher on how our Titles@Table40 events work:
The evenings start at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Attendees must reserve their spot through the bookstore with a non-refundable deposit of $20.00 which will go towards the cost of their meal (a set menu with a vegetarian option). The total cost of the meal is $40.00, which includes three courses (family-style). Tax, 18% gratuity, and refreshments are not included.

There’s only a handful of tickets left for our November 27 event with Charlotte Gray and are they’re going fast for our evening with William McElligott on November 20, so be sure to call us to reserve your seat today!

In addition to our Titles@Table40 events, we have a great lineup of in-store signings on the horizon as well. On Saturday, October 8, local author Elie Nasrallah will be in the store from 1:00pm to 4:00pm to sign copies of his two books, Hostage to History and None of the Above. In addition to being a successful author, Elie Nasrallah was just named one of the “Top 25 People in the Capital” by Ottawa Life Magazine. Check out the whole article here. Mystery author and Newfoundland native, Mike Martin will be in the store to launch his new Sgt. Windflower mystery A Long Ways From Home on Thursday, October 13 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This new east coast mystery finds Sgt. Windflower dealing with not only multiple troubles on the home front, but the messy aftermath of a visit from a large crew of outlaw bikers. On Saturday, October 15 between 11:00am and 1:00pm, be sure to stop by to see Gary Hutchinson who will be here to sign his new children’s picture book Catch Me the Moon. That afternoon, we will be welcoming Mark Foss to the store from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. He will be signing copies of his novel Molly O, a family saga about an Ontario countryside auctioneer, his two sons and his mute daughter. Margaret Virany will be stopping by on Saturday, October 22 from 11:00am to 1:00pm to sign copies of her two family memoirs, A Book of Kells and Kathleen’s Cariole Ride. Rounding out this tenth month of the year, Huguette Young will be paying us a visit to sign copies of her contribution to the Trudeau canon, Justin Trudeau: The Natural Heir. She will be here from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday, October 29. Taking a quick dip into November, Nathan Greenfield will be launching his new book, The Reckoning: Canadian Prisoners of War in the Great War, in the store on Sunday, November 6 at 2:30pm. Finally, on Saturday, November 12, Ken “The General” Grant will be here to sign copies of his new book of laugh-out-loud stories, Oh Great Granteenie.

Aside from all the great books taking their place in the literary spotlight thanks to award nominations and book festivals, there are tons of other wonderful treasures to discover on our shelves. Hot off the press, Mad Enchantment is the new art history offering from beloved author Ross King. After writing about Brunelleschi, DaVinci, and The Group of Seven, in this new book, King tackles that giant of impressionism, Claude Monet and his famous water lilies. Jane Urquhart, the prolific author of The Stone Carvers and The Night Stages, has gifted us with A Number of Things, a fascinating exploration of our country’s history through 50 Canadian objects. Not only does it stand up strongly on its own, but when paired with The Promise of Canada by Charlotte Gray, you have the ultimate Canadiana combination on your hands! If you’re in the market for something a little quirkier, why not dazzle and stupefy your friends with What the Dickens?! by Bryan Kozlowski? Full of quips, barbs, and turns of phrase drawn from Dickens’ fifteen novel and innumerable short stories, it is a real treat for book lovers and linguists alike!

As we get ready to hunker down for the colder weather to come, it’s the perfect time of year to add a new mystery novel to your shelf. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley is the newest addition to the charming Flavia de Luce Series and sees our unflappable sleuth sailing home to England where she finds herself knee-deep in yet more thrilling murder and mayhem. For fans of historical fiction, Sarah Domet‘s debut novel might be just the ticket. The Guineveres is a charming and intriguing story of four girls drawn together by the coincidence of their shared name. After being delivered to a convent by their respective families for various different reasons, the Guineveres are taught by the nuns that faith is about waiting…waiting for the mail, wash day, and the day they turn eighteen and are finally allowed to leave. But when some unexpected visitors arrive at the nuns’ door, the girls see an opportunity to break free that’s too good to pass up. Booker Prize nominee, Orange Prize nominee, and author of How to Be BothAli Smith has just released her new collection of short stories, Public Library and Other Stories. In this book, she explores humanity’s love of all things books – how they can shock us, change us, challenge us, and become our friends for life. A real treat of a collection for anyone with an undying adoration for books of all shapes and sizes!

No matter what shelves you’re browsing in the store, there are new friends to be found everywhere you look, and our young adult and children’s sections are no exception! Jennifer Niven, the beloved author of All the Bright Places (a staff favourite), has delivered yet another winner! Holding Up the Universe is the story of Libby and Jack, two teens who, despite their determination to fit in, still feel alone. It’s only when they’re brought together by a cruel high school prank that they each realize things may not be as bad as they seem. Kendare Blake’s new fantasy story, Three Dark Crowns, is perfect for readers who enjoyed The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard or The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow. With three sisters, only one crown, and a mandatory fight to the death, this novel is bound to be a riveting read for anyone looking for a great heart-pounding adventure.

The world of picture books is equally flush with hidden gems this season. Katrina Germein and Judy Watson have joined forces to bring us the beautiful story Thunderstorm Dancing. Charmingly illustrated and full of rhymes to delight children of all ages, this picture book acknowledges that even though storms can be scary, eventually the dark clouds will part and the sun will shine again. Chris Hadfield, of space station fame, has just released The Darkest Dark, a lovely book based on his own life as a young boy. Fascinated by space and the moon, young Chris has to overcome his fear of the dark (and the aliens that appear when the lights go out) if he’s ever going to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut (spoiler alert: Chris learns to appreciate the darkness and realizes his ultimate goal). A love letter to stories, A Child of Books is the newest addition to Oliver Jeffers‘ literary repertoire. Illustrated in classic Jeffers style, this new story follows two children as they celebrate the endless worlds and lives they can explore through books and their own limitless imaginations.

Briefly, in prize news, a quick shout-out to a staff favourite of ours: The Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins. Not only is it a funny and adorable picture book, but it’s also been nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for its illustrations! Kudos too to Gary Barwin and Madeleine Thien, both of whom have been nominated for multiple literary awards this fall. Both authors (Yiddish for Pirates and Do Not Say We Have Nothing respectively) are on the shortlists for the 2016 Giller Prize and the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards for fiction. Thien can claim yet one more honour in that she is also on the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize. Scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter to see some of the other great nominees on this year’s prize lists!

Despite the amazing array of books that have already come out this fall, there are lots more still to come! Keep an eye out for these exciting forthcoming releases: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney, the 11th book in the series (November 1); Canada by Mike Myers, a patriotic comedian’s love letter to his country (October 22); The Witches of New York by Ami McKay, a novel of three remarkable young women in 19th century New York (October 25); The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P.D. James, four serialized Christmas mysteries published together for the first time in a beautiful hardcover package (October 25); The Spy by Paulo Coelho, a novel of celebrated woman and suspected spy, Mata Hari (November 22).

From literary festivals and author events, to prize nominations and book reviews, October is a golden age for books of all kinds. As the leaves begin to change colour and the earth prepares for its long winter sleep, the publishing world comes alive with romance, danger, heartbreak, joy, and mystery in order to keep our hearts and minds active during the cold, quiet season to come.

Like the children in Oliver Jeffers’ new book, we wish you pleasant sailing “across a sea of words” and lots of happy discoveries in this “world we’ve made of stories.”

Happy Reading!

–The Staff at Books on Beechwood