November 2018 Newsletter


October Bestsellers

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


Greetings Book Lovers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood


Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Shop with us on Libro.fm!!!
Our store: https://libro.fm/beechwood

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

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

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


Hilary’s Shelf

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

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

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


October 2018 Newsletter

September Bestsellers

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


Greetings Book Lovers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Reading!

— The Staff of Books on Beechwood


Titles@Table40: Fall 2018

An Evening with Tim Cook

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

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

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


Shop with us on Libro.fm!!!

Our store: https://libro.fm/beechwood

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

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

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


Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife

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

 


September 2018 Newsletter

August Bestsellers

1. A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre
2. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
3. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
4. The Boat People by Sharon Bala
5. Circe by Madeline Miller
6. Dog Man #5: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey
7. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
8. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
9. The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellory Adams
10. First Snow, Last Light by Wayne Johnston


Greetings Book Lovers!

The nights are finally cooler, the days are shorter, and the strange but alluring scent of freshly sharpened pencils and loose leaf paper is hanging in the air once more. Oh, how we love September! Although we don’t take a summer break here at the store and aren’t making our way back to work after an extended holiday, leaving the last days of August behind still feels like a new beginning of sorts – a time for new adventures, new friends, and lots of lovely new books!

Like a faucet being turned on full blast, our fall books have started pouring in so fast that it feels a bit like our shelves have shrunk and our square-footage has decreased in recent days! Thankfully, there’s no such thing as too many books and there are few things we love more than discovering new stories to read and recommend. One of our top picks this month is the historical novel, The Lost Queen by Signe Pike. Set in Scotland amidst the roots of the Arthurian legends, this story casts a light on Languoreth, an oft-forgotten sixth-century Scottish Queen and twin sister of the man who would later be immortalized as the Druid Merlin. As her homeland is being torn apart by religious conflict and her future is being decided by the men around her, this brave, strong, and passionate woman suddenly finds herself facing the enemy head on in order to save herself, her family, and the Old Ways she knows and loves. For anyone who loved The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley or Mary Stewart‘s The Crystal Cave, this new book definitely deserves a spot on your reading pile! Debut author Christina Dalcher has given us an intense, thoughtful, and eerily plausible plot-line in her new novel Vox. With echoes of Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale, this story transports readers to a United States of America in which women have been limited to using just one hundred words a day. Where one oppressive law is passed, others quickly follow, and for Dr. Jean McClellan, these restrictions are a call to action. With equal parts disbelief and determination, Jean launches herself into a battle she must win – for herself, her daughters, and women everywhere – no matter the cost.

Although there are countless different types of books on offer these days, we all tend to create a bit of a reading comfort zone. Sometimes taking a chance on a book that sounds a little different can be enough to open your eyes to a whole new genre that you never imagined you would like! Our last major leap of faith was a little over a year ago when we read and loved (surprisingly) the spider horror story The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone. It was creepy, thrilling, and even kind of funny despite the horrifying subject matter. Because of our experience with that book, we were immediately intrigued by David Wong‘s John Dies At the End. With This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It and What the Hell Did I Just Read quickly joining the series, these quasi-thriller/horror stories are full of quirky situations, odd characters, and a healthy dose of black-humour. Wong‘s unique writing style and suspicious narrator will no doubt appeal to the curious reader who loves being surprised (and slightly scared) by their books, page after page. For yet more spine-tingling thrill rides (we are heading into fall, after all), The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles is a great example of the “English Country House Thriller” genre. Combine one vanished parent with an old, drafty house, a worrisome housekeeper, and a nine-year-old boy trying to figure out who’s telling the truth, and you have the perfect recipe for the ideal autumn evening read! Just make sure you have lots of lights on…and maybe don’t read right before you go to sleep!

In a world full of beautiful turns of phrase and countless lyrical languages, English is undoubtedly one of the more complicated and least romantic of them all. One benefit of this is that it makes great fodder for the books about language that we love so much! The Stories of Slang by Jonathon Green and Vulgar Tongues by Max Decharne are two fascinating new books that look at some of the funny, intriguing, and downright insulting slang terms that have come and gone over the years. Considered the most alive vocabulary around today, slang is constantly evolving with new terms cropping up daily and old ones being reworked to fit modern society. Both Decharne and Green have succeeded in giving us fascinating (and slightly cheeky) studies that are sure to delight and entertain all language fans. Given how much we love our peculiar English language, it’s always maddening when we hear or see words being used incorrectly. Ross and Kathryn Petras evidently feel the same way as they’ve put together a wonderfully comprehensive book called That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means in which they gather the 150 most commonly misused English words together and present them to us along with examples of their misuse from print, radio, and television. With the addition of a witty exploration of the words’ origins and their correct usage, language lovers will enjoy the reading itself as much as the learning, and may find comfort in knowing that even the most well-educated among us can get words wrong sometimes.

For anyone who has ever wanted to spend their days searching for antiquities and digging for ancient relics, Douglas Hunter‘s new book should be at the top of your reading list. In Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History, we are treated to a fascinating, highly readable account of the 1936 discovery of a Viking grave near Thunder Bay – a discovery that, in advance of the excavation of L’Anse aux Meadows, changed everything scholars believed about the Vikings’ movements. After spending twenty years as a major museum exhibit and being called into question by a number of skeptics, it came to light that the whole discover was in fact a hoax. Told with a detective-like attention to detail, this book thrilled and educated us in equal measure. While walking in the footsteps of the ancients through archaeology is probably out of reach for most of us, exploring the world through the lives of our favourite fictional characters is much more attainable. A true travel guide with a twist, Sherlock Homes’s London by Rose Shepherd is the ideal companion to have while you’re gadding about town in this great British capital! Whether you’re a fan of the books, the films, or the countless television adaptations, this wonderful little book full of photographs, maps, and top tips about some of the great detective’s favourite haunts is sure to bring a smile to your face and a spring to your step as you adjust your deerstalker and head out onto the cobbled streets in search of mystery and adventure!

It always amazes us, when we have a chance to stop and think about it, how much children’s literature has changed over the last two decades. Where once, young people seemed to transition straight from picture books to classic literature, there are now so many incredible stories being written that it’s impossible not to get excited about them! Kristin Cashore, of Gracelingfame, has gifted teens with a pseudo-choose-your-own-adventure-type book that combines multiple genres like they were born to be together. When Jane, Unlimited‘s titular character is invited to a glamorous and mysterious island mansion called Tu Reviens, not only would she be satisfying her own curiosity by accepting, but she would also fulfilling a promise she made to her late aunt Magnolia. Little does Jane know, that accepting this invitation will not only plunge her into a strange house with its own agenda, but that the choices she makes therein have the power to change the course of her life forever. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram is a charming, heartfelt debut novel about Darius, a young man who’s never felt like he’s quite fit in anywhere until he goes on his first trip to Iran to visit his grandparents. It’s in this place where he thought he’d stick out like a sore thumb, that he discovers surprising new things about himself and learns that sometimes all it takes feel at home is meeting that one person who truly gets you. A beautiful story of friendship and belonging, this book is a must for teens and adults alike!

As book lovers, we are always fascinated by books and stories whose roots run deep in the literary world – whether they’re books about books, books about authors, or books re-imagining some of our favourite fictional characters! Catherynne M. Valente‘s new book, The Glass Town Game, is a lovely adventure story for middle-grade readers that invites us into the world of the Bronte siblings through the game they invented and played together as children, The Glass Town. As the harsh reality of Emily and Charlotte being sent away to boarding school looms large, all four children suddenly find themselves whisked away to their own game with a few changes…their Napoleon isn’t supposed to ride into battle on a fire-breathing porcelain rooster! Making use of just their wits and their proprietary knowledge, Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Bramwell must navigate the dangers of The Glass Town in order to stay alive and keep their family together.

If we someday have room for an author shrine here in the store, it could only ever be dedicated to the works of our favourite children’s author, Dusti Bowling – for obvious reasons, it would also have to be cactus-shaped! After falling completely in love with Aven in last year’s Insignificant Events in the Life of a CactusBowling has stolen our hearts yet again with her new book 24 Hours in Nowhere. Nowhere, Arizona is not the kind of place anyone would choose to live, nor is it an easy place to get out of. For 13-year old Gus, his only wish is to make it through the rest of his bully-plagued adolescence and escape “the least livable town in the United States” to attend college. When a close call with the biggest, baddest bully in town and a particularly prickly cactus result in the loss of a prized dirt bike on the eve of the most important race in town, Gus finds himself promising to enter a dangerous abandoned gold mine in order to make good. Along with his three very unlikely companions, Gus marches headlong into the deepest dark he’s ever experienced and ends up finding more bright spots than he ever thought he would. Full of heart, humour, and a bit of haunting mystery, this is our ultimate, top shelf, five star pick of the season! We guarantee that you will laugh, cry, and immediately want to read it all over again as soon as you finish the last page!

Never to be left out, even the smallest readers deserve to have sweet, beautiful, and fun new books to enjoy into the fall season. Here are a few that have just come into the store that we think will be instant hits no matter when or where you read them. Polly Faber‘s Picking Pickle is an adorable story narrated by Pickle, the longest-standing resident of the dog adoption centre. As he introduces us to all the dogs up for adoption, it might just turn out that the perfect dog is actually Pickle himself! Team Steve by Kelly Collier, the follow up to A Horse Named Steve, finds us once again in the company of our favourite steed as he learns lessons in sharing, friendship, and good sportsmanship. With a different illustration style on each page, The Big Book of Adventure by Emily Ford and Tim Warnes celebrates how books can take us on great adventures to distant lands and are always best when shared with a friend. Mike Wu, an illustrator at Pixar Animation Studios, has given us a wonderfully imaginative story in Henri’s Hats. While visiting his grandfather, Henri discovers a chest full of hats with which he can pretend to be a ship’s captain, a star pilot, and a race car driver. It’s not until he hears his grandfather’s real stories behind all the hats that he begins to dream about what his own future might be.

As always, we find it hard to limit ourselves once we start telling you about all our favourite books. So here are a few more that have recently come in that we quite like, and even more to watch out for over the coming weeks: The Forest Queen by Betsy CornwellHow Do We Look by Mary Beard, The Mystery of Three Quarters a by Sophie HannahThe Royal Art of Poison by Eleanor Herman, Washington Black by Esi EdugyanMachine Without Horses by Helen Humphreys,  Starlight by Richard WagameseBeirut Hellfire Society by Rawi HageThe Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig DavidsonYorkshire a by Richard MorrisYour Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaelle GiordanoThings I Don’t Want to Know: A Living Autobiography by Deborah LevyInkling by Kenneth Oppel (September 11Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade(September 18), Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (September 18), The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre (September 18), The Secret History of Soldiers by Tim Cook (September 18), The Burning Stone by Jack Whyte (September 25), In Other Words by Anna Porter (September 25), Son of a Critch by Mark Critch (October 2), The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton (October 9).

We really can’t express how happy we are now that the cooler weather has arrived. Summer is great and everything, but nothing compares to getting back into the routines of autumn in preparation for the long, cold months ahead. As we never know what kind of fall and winter we’re going to get, you’d best all start stock-piling books now, just in case. With so many diverse paper confections on our shelves just waiting to entertain and entice you with new adventures and fascinating stories, we are the perfect place to come next time you’re looking to get lost in a good book!

Happy Reading!

-The Staff at Books on Beechwood


Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 20
6:00-7:30pm

Award-winning author Paul Carlucci will be in the store to launch his critically acclaimed new story collection, The High Rise in Fort Fierce. Joining him will be special guest (writer, editor, reviewer, critic, publisher) Rob McLennan.

ABOUT THE BOOK: “Darkly majestic but notably grim … The nine linked pieces in this latest collection command attention.” – Quill & Quire
Read the full review here: https://quillandquire.com/review/the-high-rise-in-fort-fierce/

Saturday, September 22
1:00-3:00pm

Local author Annette Isaac will be in the store to sign copies of her new bookMissing the Cues: Tales of a Newcomer’s Life in Canada, an exploration of “the often unspoken and unwritten codes that newcomers encounter in Canada, from the perspective of a woman of colour with Caribbean roots.”


Hilary’s Shelf

What I’m Reading: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

“Someone told me recently that Penelope Fitzgerald was nominated for the Man Booker Prize three separate times, and now that I’m finally reading one of her novels, I understand why.
Though it’s not what you can call a happy story, this ode to the brick-and-mortar bookstore is a beautiful read full of love, determination, and bravery in the face of condescension and subterfuge. Florence Green is a wonderful character and it’s not hard to feel a kinship with her, even if you don’t run an independent bookshop.”

August 2018 Newsletter


July Bestsellers

1. Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlan
2. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
3. Calypso by David Sedaris
4. My Twenty-Five Years in Provence by Peter Mayle
5. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
6. A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre
7. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
8. A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
9. The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
10. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz


Greetings Book Lovers!

Welcome to the home stretch! It doesn’t seem like too long ago we were celebrating the arrival of summer, and now here we are getting ready to say goodbye to it. Well, maybe not quite yet – it is only the beginning of the month, after all – but with the cicadas humming and that steamy summer haze hanging in the air, it’s not hard to tell what month we’re in. Despite the fact that all the signs are indicating that the end of the sunny season is fast approaching, we’re here to assure you that there’s still time to get some of that all-important summer reading done!

After the great excitement of big-name spring releases, this time of year tends to be slightly quieter for us. Because of this, there’s no better time to take a soothing stroll through the stacks to search out new authors and discover some of the hidden gems that we’ve got tucked away on our shelves. Holly Ringland is a debut Australian author who, in The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, tells the beautiful coming-of-age story of, believe it or not, Alice Hart. Faced with a family tragedy at the tender age of nine, Alice is forced to leave the only home she’s ever known to go live with her grandmother on a flower farm. Spanning two decades, this novel shows us different sides of Alice as she makes her way through life searching for meaning, love, and belonging amidst the jumble of her past, present, and future. Another debut author that we’re quite excited about is Rachel Heng. As our society still seems to be fascinated by prolonged lifespans and superfood “health” regimes, Suicide Club could not have been released at a more appropriate time. Set in near future New York City where the average human life now lasts three hundred years, humanity is still striving for the ultimate prize: immortality. Lea Kirino’s genetic makeup ticks all the necessary boxes and puts her within easy reach of her immortality goal, provided she follows all the right rules and regimes, that is. But when a chance encounter with her estranged father introduces Lea to the Suicide Club, a group of rebels who reject society’s quest for never-ending life, she must decide which life is the one for her – the clean-cut immortal one or the bittersweet whirlwind with the only bit of family she has left. The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard is a first novel that marks the beginning of what will no doubt be a prestigious writing career. The Ribkins are a family with some slightly odd, and not overly useful, talents – seeing colours that no one else can, being able to breathe fire, climbing perfectly flat walls sans equipment, and being able to produce a detailed map of any space without ever having been there. Though these skills failed to be useful in helping the civil rights movement, they did prove to be indispensable in the Rbikin family’s life of crime. Stealing from the wrong person though, can have deadly consequences, and now John Ribkin finds himself traveling from coast to coast in a unique and humorous attempt to pay off his boss, save his own skin, and protect his family.

Aside from the debut authors we keep discovering around the store, there are a few repeat authors that we’re pretty excited to be hearing from again. We’re very happy to have another offering from Emma Hooper whose debut novel from a few years ago, Etta and Otto and Russell and James was one of our favourites! Set in Newfoundland, Our Homesick Songs is a beautiful story about the importance of love and family when the livelihood your people have known for generations is taken away from you. Merilyn Simonds, a Kingston author who has astounded us again and again with her fascinating works of non-fiction and her touching novels, has delivered a timely tale in her new novel, Refuge. Dealing with the moral questions surrounding immigration and refugees, this book will warm your heart, break it, and build it back up again. Elizabeth Hay calls it “a silk scarf of a novel.” Since reading her very first novel, we’ve been hooked on the genius of Anne Tyler‘s writing. Far from disappointing, her new novel, Clock Dance, carries readers through five decades of Willa Drake’s life, grieving, loving, hoping, and smiling alongside her through all the ups, downs, and unexpected surprises that come her way.

Have you ever wanted your vocabulary to have a bit more of a je ne sais quoi kind of feeling? Or perhaps you want to get a bit better at presenting a laissez-faire attitude to the world. Well, not only can Laura Lee help you with that, but she can guide you through that whole tricky world of foreign phrases and cliches. Savoir Faire is a neat pocket guide to everything you need to know to add a bit of spice to your vocabulary and to become a member of the intelligentsia! With phrases ranging from Japanese to German to French, this book is a perfect resource for linguists, word nerds, or anyone who’s ever been frustrated by the works of Umberto Eco! It’s always a very exciting day for us when we find a true story in the store that is so well crafted, it reads like a novel. One such day came to pass when we picked up a copy of The Victorian and the Romantic by Nell Stevens. Telling parallel stories about two pairs of writers, novelist Elizabeth Gaskell and writer and critic Charles Eliot Norton, and Stevens herself (as a PhD student) and a budding screenwriter named Max, this book explores themes of love (lost and found), friendship, and the joys of writing. At once funny, intriguing, and surprising, this book, much like A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa, is a book about books for anyone who loves storytelling and the art of the written word.

Although they’re the ones who will actually be going back to school come September, your teens still have a bit of time to indulge in a few more books before they hit the wall known as “required reading.” The extra studious among them might take this last month of holiday time as an opportunity to get a head start on their new assignments – there’s never a bad time to read Jane Eyre, after all – but a few will probably want to relish that last little bit of freedom by reading something completely different. As usual, we’ve got you covered! Described as “a story that will stay with you, like a summer you’ll never forget,” The Thief of Happy Endings by Kristen Chandler is a heartfelt story about a girl trying to pick up the pieces of her life while dealing with the everyday challenges of living on a horse ranch when it’s the very last place she ever expected (or wanted) to be. Debut author Caroline Leech carries readers back in time to experience life on a Scottish farm during WWII through the eyes of teenager Lorna Anderson. Wait for Me explores themes of love, hatred, forgiveness, and sacrifice as Lorna suddenly finds herself working alongside Paul, a German POW and a man who represents everything she’s been told her brothers and friends are fighting against. Set in a divided Germany, The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker is a riveting historical story in which a young girl sets out to find her missing uncle, all without any outside help – when there are spies everywhere and you don’t know who you can trust, the only person you can rely upon is yourself. In the wake of all the Shakespeare retellings that we saw with the Hogarth Shakespeare Series for adults, it’s inevitable that we’ll find a few for kids and teens as well. Lucy Christopher‘s Storm-Wake reflects a dark version of The Tempest back at us in this story about Moss, a young girl living on a magical island, whose feelings for her father and her home are thrown into doubt as strangers begin arriving on their shores.

Some of the new and forthcoming books we’re excited about need no introduction at all, and others we simply don’t have to space to praise as we’d like. So, here is a little list of some of the other titles we think you should check out: The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall SmithThe Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas JonassonAn Unwanted Guest by Shari LapenaRoughneck by Jeff LemireHope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer, Up From Freedom by Wayne Grady, Starlight by Richard Wagamese, Women Talking by Miriam Toews, America, The Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (August 28), Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (September 4), Machine Without Horses by Helen Humphreys (September 4).

Summer might be winding down, but your reading doesn’t have to. We’ll be observing normal hours at the store throughout the month of August, so you’ll have lots of opportunities to pop by and pick up the perfect book for the lazy, hazy days ahead. We look forward to seeing you!

Happy Reading!

— The Staff of Books on Beechwood


Hilary’s Shelf
What I’m Reading: The Ruinous Sweep by Tim Wynne-Jones
“When a confused teen is thrown from a car on a deserted stretch of highway in the middle of the night, he has no idea what has led him to this moment. He does, however, have a niggling feeling that he’s been running away from something…or someone. So begins this harrowing and mystifying read that will hook you in on the first page. With a bit of mystery, a healthy dose of intrigue, a thrilling plot, and more than one unanswered question, this young adult novel is nothing short of a masterpiece!”

More Special Hours

Books on Beechwood is going to the movies!! Well, technically they’re coming to us. On Sunday, August 5, a local film crew will be using the store to film a scene for an upcoming movie.

As such, we will be opening a little later than normal. Business hours on Sunday will be from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience.
See you Sunday afternoon!

July 2018 Newsletter


June Bestsellers

1. Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlin
2. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
3. Building on River by Jean Van Loon
4. Lost Ottawa by David McGee
5. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
6. The President is Missing by J. Patterson & B. Clinton
7. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
8. A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre
9. Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
10. Master of Persuasion by Fen Osler Hampson


Greetings Book Lovers!

Well, we all wished for summer…we’re not sure that sweltering heat waves are quite what we had in mind though. At least it’s not snowing. That does seem like a small comfort when you find yourself sweating before nine o’clock in the morning, just by standing still outside. Thankfully, we can think of at least one activity that we can all do in this type of weather without completely doing ourselves in…reading! Not only can you do it while lying in front of a fan or in a shady spot beside the pool, but the energy it takes to turn the pages is negligible! Luckily, the worst of the heat seems to have passed (for now), but it’s always good to be prepared for these things. So, be sure to pop in to see us (the store in air-conditioned) and stock up on great reads to get you through any forthcoming summer heat waves!

Although we love reading anytime of year, there’s nothing quite like finding that perfect summer read! No matter where you’re spending your hot, sunny days, the most important thing is not who you spend it with, but which books you bring with you! So, in an effort to facilitate your choosing and help you reach ultimate summer reading enjoyment, here are some of our top picks from among the most recent releases. Swimming with Bridgeport Girls by Anthony Tambakis is a funny, wacky, and slightly insane story about the lengths one man will go to to win back the woman he loves. With a warrant out for his arrest, his ex-wife shacking up with a bookie who wants to kill him, and the sudden appearance of an inheritance from his long-lost father, Ray Parisi has had more than his share of unusual experiences recently. Add to that a hair-brained scheme to win his wife back and you get a hilarious, dysfunctional love story that will keep you laughing from start to finish! With a whiff of Agatha Christie’s Poirot and a splash of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Rachel McMillan‘s Murder at the Flamingo is a fun, sparkly murder mystery with just a hint of seedy underbelly. Featuring Hamish DeLuca and Regina “Reggie” Van Buren, two unlikely sleuths fleeing the lives their high society parents have lined up for them, this 1930s set mystery takes readers through the glittering doors of the swanky nightclub The Flamingo, where all is not as it seems and a killer must be stopped before the encroaching darkness overshadows them all!

After hitting all the right notes in her previous novel The Party, Robyn Harding is back with another, even more chilling story, perfect for fans of Shari Lapena, Paula Hawkins, Cynthia Swanson, and Ruth WareHer Pretty Face is the ultimate psychological thriller in which readers find themselves on unsteady ground from start to finish! As you try to weave your way through the mire of disingenuous characters, uncomfortably obsessive love, and endless twists and turns, you very well might start to anticipate a horrible outcome while simultaneously hoping we’re wrong. When you don’t know what’s real and what’s not, which characters to take at their word and which to completely disregard, you know you’re in for an emotion-laden rollercoaster ride of a book! After loving Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave and The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan so, so much, picking up AJ Pearce‘s new novel, Dear Mrs. Bird, was one of the easiest decisions we had to make this month! Set in London during WWII, this book introduces us to Emmeline Lake who, in an attempt to do her bit for the war effort, answers a job advertisement in the paper with dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent. But when a series of misunderstandings dash her high hopes and land her typing letters for a renowned advice columnist, Emmeline must find her own way to help the women searching for answers in a time of incredible uncertainty and upheaval. Writing with wit, charm, and emotion, Pearce is a very welcome addition to our bookshelves – at home and here at the store!

Since summertime often means packing a bag and traveling to foreign shores or jumping in the car to discover unexplored nooks and crannies a little closer to home, what better time than now to read a fascinating travel memoir? The late, great, and wonderfully prolific Peter Mayle has gifted us this month with a new (and final) volume of writing about his years living in Provence. Our overseas journey with Peter, which began over two decades ago with the publication of A Year in Provence, comes to an end with My Twenty-Five Years in Provence – a heartfelt love letter to a beautiful place that welcomed him and became his forever home. Full of musings on his culinary, cultural, and countryside explorations over the years, new and long-time Mayle fans alike will fall in love with the man himself as well as the place, as they make their way through this witty and charming volume. In our minds, nothing could fall further from reading about the lavender fields of France than a book about the great American road trip. Though not strictly an American pastime, it was the arrival of the first interstates in the U.S. that paved the way for the golden age of the family car trip – a golden age that Richard Ratay explores in his new National Lampoon-esque book Don’t Make Me Pull Over. Before portable technology like iPods and in-car DVD players changed the game, the only things you needed to worry about out on the black top were having enough pillows for the number of kids in the back seat and how long everyone could last between bathroom stops! Told in a light-hearted and nostalgic way, Ratay‘s book reminds us of a time when family outings were king (no matter how much the kids protested) and the journey was always more important than the destination.

As usual, there are so many great new books out there, but only so much space in our small newsletter. So, here are some of the recent and forthcoming releases that we’re most looking forward to dipping into: The Ruinous Sweep by Tim Wynne-JonesThe Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren JamesGeraldine by Elizabeth LillyClock Dance by Anne TylerThe Winners’ Circle a by Gail BowenAll Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover (July 17), Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine (July 24), The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith (July 31), The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams (July 31), Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin (August 7), Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper (August 7), and 101 Things To Do With a Retired Man by Gabrielle Mander (August 7).

Finally, to help you all celebrate this season of swimming, sailing, and sun-tanning (and to indulge our love of alliteration), we have some summer sales happening in the store this month! If your kids are looking for something to occupy their time this summer, why not get them to join Camp Penguin? From now until Saturday, July 28, a selection of books for middle-grade reader featured in our front window will be 10% off! Not only are your kiddies bound to be endlessly entertained in the coming weeks by these great reads, but they also get to track how many books they’ve read with special Camp Penguin stickers in their complimentary copy of the Ultimate Summer Reading Guide. Interactive, intriguing, and on sale! Click here to find out what books are included in the Camp Penguin promotion, or visit us in the store to check out our Camp Penguin display! Also on the docket this month is our Summer is an Open Book promotion featuring brand new paperback releases of great Canadian adult fiction and non-fiction titles from Penguin Random House of Canada! From perennial favourites like Linden MacIntyre and Salman Rushdie to newer authors like Sarah Faber and Kate Taylor, you’re bound to find your perfect summer love among these great reads! Check out the full list of featured titles here or come and visit our book display in store! Our Summer is an Open Book books will be on sale for 15% off from Sunday, July 22 to Saturday, August 11, though they are available in store now at regular price if you find that you can’t wait until the 22nd to pick one up and dive right in!

No matter where life takes you this summer, it’s always important to be prepared. So, when you’re picking up your car keys and sliding your passport into your pocket on your way out the door, be sure to double check your bag for its most important items – all the books you plan on reading! They may take up some valuable real estate and weigh a little more than you’d like, but remember, they aren’t as heavy as shampoo and they’ll never ruin everything else in your suitcase by leaking! Clean, self-contained, and good for more than one read! So come visit us to stock up – we’ll be more than happy to help you pick and choose!

Wishing you all a safe and fun summertime, no matter where your plans take you!
Happy Reading!

— The Staff of Books on Beechwood


Special Store Hours

We will be CLOSED until 2:00pm on Monday, July 30 for staff training. The store will be open in the afternoon from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
We apologize for any inconvenience.


 

Christmas in July…and August

From July 17 to August 31, we’ll be celebrating our favourite winter holiday four months early by putting all our Christmas cards on sale!

  • All Christmas cards marked with a red slash will be 50% off!
  • For every five cards you buy, get one of equal or lesser value for free!
  • Buy four or more copies of one design, and get an additional 5% off!

On My Shelf

Staff Member: Hilary

What I’m Reading: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

“In the huge stack of books that is my ‘to read’ pile, this intriguing thriller caught my attention and has yet to lose it! Far from your average ‘if you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this’ kind of book, this story of murder, friendship, dark secrets, and semi-truths is a chilling and riveting read.
The jury’s still out on the ending, of course (I haven’t gotten there yet), but with its disturbing and unique premise, and face-paced narrative, I can’t imagine it’ll take me long to get there!”


 

May 2018 Newsletter

April Bestsellers

1. A Higher Loyalty by James Comey
2. Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto
3. Lost Ottawa by David McGee
4. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
5. Marinating in Murder by Linda Wiken
6. Tangerine by Christine Mangan
7. Back to Beer…and Hockey by Helen Antoniou
8. Master of Persuasion by Fen Hampson
9. The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon
10. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline


Greetings Book Lovers!

Is it spring? Has it finally arrived? It’s still a little hard to tell, but it looks like we might be in the clear now. Maybe we should go knock on wood, just in case. Well, working on the assumption that we have finally switched seasons, it must be time to start thinking about all that summer reading we’re all going to get done. Just as a friendly suggestion, if this year is the one you’ve chosen to finally get through Ulysses by James Joyce, you might want to get cracking because there are lots of other great books coming into the store that you’ll certainly want to sink your teeth into before the cool autumnal breezes make their triumphant return.

Well before that happens though (we hope) we are so happy to be hosting our first Titles@Table40 dinner of 2018! On Sunday, June 3, local political writer and university professor Fen Osler Hampson will be joining us at our favourite local restaurant to talk about his brand new book Master of Persuasion: Brian Mulroney’s Global Legacy. We’re so excited to have Fen joining us and are looking forward to welcoming you all to our first evening of great books and delicious food of the season!

If you’re new to our Titles@Table40 series or need a bit of a refresher, here’s a brief outline of how things work. The evening starts at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the bookstore. The non-refundable cost is $60.00which includes the cost of the meal (a set menu of three courses with a vegetarian option), tax and tip. All beverages are extra and will be charged at the end of the evening. The Fraser Cafe can accommodate all
special dietary needs if informed in advance. Tickets are now on sale, so be sure to call or visit us to get yours soon – they tend to go quickly and we do only have a limited amount of space in the restaurant.

Another local author who will be paying us a visit this month to sell copies of his new novel is Manor Park resident David Goldfield. After the great success of his official launch last month, David will be here in the store on Saturday, May 19 from 11:00am to 3:00pm to sign copies of Into the Volcano – a thriller set in Latin America which is full of murder, greed, and corruption. Inspired by true events, this edge-of-your-seat read is definitely worth a look, so be sure to come down to meet David, buy a book, and get it signed!

Excited doesn’t begin to describe how we’re feeling about the recent arrival of new novels by some of our favourite historical fiction writers. After waiting for two and half excruciating years, we finally have another novel by Paula McLainto enjoy and devour. Love and Ruin returns readers to the world of Ernest Hemingway and his wives as we follow the story of Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s third wife, a fiercely independent woman who went on to become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th Century. Set against a backdrop of political conflict and national wars, this passionate love story comes to a head when Martha and Ernest find themselves at a life-changing crossroads with no idea which path they should take. Susanna Kearsley is a staff favourite here at the store, and a new release from her is always greeted with great cheers…and sometimes dancing. Gently picking up a story thread from her last novel, A Desperate FortuneBellewether features museum curator Charley Van Hoek in her new position at the Wilde House Museum in Long Island. While coming up against trifling protestations from a very determined museum board left, right, and centre, Charley finds herself falling deeper into local legends when she comes across evidence of French Canadian soldiers having been billeted in Wilde House in the mid-18th Century. Switching back and forth between Charley’s story and that of Lydia Wilde set in 1759, Kearsley delivers yet another wonderful novel that will make readers fall in love with history as only she can.

Described as “vintage Margaret Atwood meets Patricia Highsmith”, The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye is a captivating novel that will carry you away on a wave of beautiful writing and intriguing incidents. Set on a seemingly idyllic honey farm, boarders Silvia and Ibrahim soon come to realize that what they thought would be an inspirational, relaxing retreat – the perfect place to nurture their artistic pursuits – is not all that it seems. Full of dark secrets, paralyzing doubts, and one shocking conclusion, this debut novel will knock your socks off! Beloved author Ngaio Marsh may have passed away over thirty years ago, but her gripping mystery stories continue to live on. With the help of author Stella Duffy, Roderick Alleyn is now back with a brand new story to tell and an intriguing mystery to solve. Money in the Morgue is a novel started by Marsh during World War II and finished by Stella Duffy in a style so true to its creator, it reads like any of the classic Roderick Alleyn mysteries. Featuring a group of quarantined soldiers, an employee love triangle, a treacherous storm, and a hospital without power, it’s no wonder that the death toll begins to rise!

It’s impossible for us to let a month go by without highlighting some kind of book-related book that’s found a home on our shelves, and My Life With Bob by Pamela Paul is the one that’s captured our attention this time around! Imagine having kept a record of all the books you’ve ever read from childhood on up? Well, Pamela Paul has done just that. From her days reading books like Sweet Valley High through to Anna Karenina and Catch-22, Pamela has carried Bob (her Book of Books) with her from school to school, job to job, and apartment to house, and in this new book, she explores the deep and meaningful relationship between book and reader and how each one affects the other. This is a truly unique book that we can all relate to, whether we have a Bob of our own or not.

During the course of our days, we don’t get to spend nearly as much time in the children’s section as we would like. When we do get the chance to pop back there though, we always manage to find some lovely new stories that we can’t wait to share. Here, George! by Sandra Boynton is an adorable new board book from an author who is arguable the Queen of the children’s book. Illustrator George Booth helps Boynton bring to life the story of George, a sweet dog who likes to sit and sleep. One day, when his owners go out, George discovers that there’s something he might like even more than sitting and sleeping…dancing! Be prepared to read it more than once though, because George the dog is going to appeal to your little ones just as much as Boynton’s cows, pigs, frogs, and chickens! Just as silly and funny as its predecessor Mustache Baby, Bridget Heos‘ new board book, Mustache Baby Meets His Match, is full of hilarious scenarios which send Mustache Baby and Beard Baby through the imaginative worlds of the Wild West, the wrestling ring, a pirate ship, and many more as they try to reconcile their differences and become friends. In a world full of cute concept books, Contrary Dogs by Elo is right up there at the top of our list. With very simple words and illustrations, this book’s winning feature is the flaps that lift up, down, and to the side to alter each image from one thing to its opposite. Full of wonderful colours and patterns, every child will be able to glean something from this thoroughly appealing book.

Arguably the most sought-after author in our children’s section, Rick Riordannever seems to take a break – much to the delight of our younger customers! His most recent offering is The Burning Maze, the third book in the Trials of Apollo series. This new adventure finds awkward teenager Lester (formerly the glorious god Apollo) on a mission to retain his place on Mount Olympus all while being stuck baby-sitting Demeter’s daughter Meg, not something he’s overly thrilled about. If nothing else, that fact alone with ring true with any Riordan fans who have younger siblings. Missing Mike by Shari Green is a heart-wrenching story about the love of a girl for her dog and the extraordinary circumstances that come between them. When her town is evacuated because of a forest fire, Cara’s dog Mike gets nervous and runs off, so she and her family are forced to leave without him. Once the stress of outrunning the fire has passed, Cara begins to think about what bits of her life might be left when they’re allowed to return home, and she can’t stop thinking about Mike. As she tries to settle into her new (if temporary) situation, Cara’s idea of home begins to change, but her love and devotion to Mike remains – she will do whatever it takes to find him, even if it means heading back home on her own.

As usual, it’s impossible to talk about all the books we love in these few paragraphs, so here’s a list of some of the other recent and upcoming releases that we’re excited about reading: Warlight by Michael OndaatjeStay Sweet by Siobhan VivianPudding’ by Julie MurphyThe Perfectionists by Simon WinchesterRobin by Dave Itzkoff (May 15); A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe (May 15); Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Pulitzer Prize Winner Fiction – May 22); Once and For All by Sarah Dessen (May 22); The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet (May 22); I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by David Chariandy (May 29); Save the Date by Morgan Matson (June 5); Chasing the Wind by C.C. Humphreys (June 5); Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton (June 5).

It’s hard to believe that spring is finally here, but really, spring or no spring, it’s never too early to start thinking about your summer reading list (or your spring one for that matter)! So, whether you’re looking for books for yourself, as gifts, or for your kids, there are lots to choose from on our store shelves. Still having trouble deciding what you want? Don’t hesitate to ask us for advice – our staff are always more than happy to help you narrow down your options!

Happy Shopping and Happy Reading!

— The Staff of Books on Beechwood


On My Shelf

Staff Member: Hilary
What I’m Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller
“On their own, the Greek myths are some of the most colourful and intriguing stories in our world. And when those stories are put into the hands of a gifted writer, they are given an unforgettable second life.
In this novel of Circe, a daughter of the Titan Helios, the ancient Greek world unfurls before us with bright streaks of light, salty ocean spray, and cruel twists of fate like only the Greek gods can do. I haven’t been able to put it down since I started reading it!”