1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling
2. The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
3. Barkskins by Annie Proulx
4. Albert and Ettore by Mark Curfoot-Mollington
5. Black Widow by Daniel Silva
6. Dead Ground in Between by Maureen Jennings
7. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
8. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
9. Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
10. History’s People by Margaret MacMillan
We will be CLOSED today (September 8) from 10:30am to 1:00pm for a staff event. Regular hours will resume this afternoon at 1:00pm
Sorry for the inconvenience.
We will be CLOSED on Monday, August 1 for the long weekend. Regular store hours will resume on Tuesday, August 2.
Happy long weekend!
1. Albert and Ettore by Mark Curfoot-Mollington
2. The Idea of Canada by David Johnston
3. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
4. A Hero of France by Alan Furst
5. The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
6. How to Run a Government by Michael Barber
7. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
8. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
9. The Green Road by Anne Enright
10. The Call of the World by Bill Graham
Greetings Book Lovers!
Now that the kids are finished school and we’ve entered prime holiday season, it’s time to crack down and get serious about our summer reading. If you haven’t yet compiled your book list for the next couple of months, never fear! Books of all kinds are still pouring into the store, your ultimate summer read no doubt among them.
Forget ghost stories around the campfire, for this year’s trip to the deep dark woods, why not scare yourself silly with The Hatching by Canadian author Ezekiel Boone? A creepy, crawly horror debut starring everyone’s favourite type of arachnid: the ancient man-eating kind. This seriously spine-tingling novel is definitely not for the faint of heart! For a different kind of chill, Susie Steiner‘s Missing, Presumed will grant you all the twists and turns you could possibly want in a missing person mystery. Already making waves in independent bookstores across the country, the adventures of Detective Manon Bradshaw are perfect for fans of Kate Atkinson (Case Histories) and Tana French (Faithful Place).
While winter makes us want to curl up and read stories that wrap themselves around us like a warm woolen blanket, summer tends to instill in us a desire for tales of adventure, self-discovery, and grand sweeping historical epics. In this vein, Isabelle Allende‘s newest novel (just released in paperback) fits the bill perfectly! The Japanese Lover is a heart-wrenching story of forbidden love in a time of war. Torn apart again and again by time and circumstance, Alma and Ichimei’s story will keep you glued to your deck chair to the very last page. Hot on the heels of her charming debut, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, Amy E. Reichert has delivered yet another sweet treat of a novel about love and friendship. Love, Luck & Lemon Pie follows the story of a woman eager to reconnect with her husband through his love of gambling…a plan that, as you can imagine, doesn’t turn out the way she expects. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any cool poolside refreshment!
Everything Explained that is Explainable by Denis Boyles is a fascinating new book about the publication of the 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Published in 1911, the 11th edition encapsulates a unique perspective on where the world was heading before hopes and beliefs were dashed by the sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and the outbreak of the Great War. It’s the perfect read for history buffs and book enthusiasts alike. Looking at life from a different perspective is the task Robert Moor takes on in his new book On Trails. Part philosophical essay, part social history, part scientific treatise, Moor looks for answers to life’s big questions on the long-forgotten trails of the Cherokee, the endlessly twisting networks of the internet, and the well-trodden path of the Appalachian Trail. It’s an intriguing, in-depth look at how placing our feet on a certain path can shape not only our own experiences, but our outlook, and society as a whole.
Whether the kids in your life are heading off to camp, going to visit family in a far off land, or lazing away the summer days at home, it’s essential for them to be armed with enough reading material to get them through any and all eventualities. A thrilling teen debut from Canadian author Catherine Egan has just landed on our shelves and promises to be a real treat! Julia Vanishes follows the adventures of Julia, a spy and a thief who uses her magical talent to evade authorities and complete her surreptitious tasks. However, Julia soon finds herself in over her head and struggling to escape evil forces more powerful than she could ever imagine. Laura Marx Fitzgerald, the author who brought us Under the Egg, takes her readers back to the roaring twenties in her new book, The Gallery. Featuring an eccentric recluse, a self-absorbed newspaper magnate, and a shady footman, the secrets hidden in the gallery of the mysterious Sewell House can be solved by only one person – twelve year old maid, Martha. Written with spunk and spark, this charming historical mystery makes for a great summer read! Finally, a shout-out to a well-deserving, timeless classic that’s just come out in a brand new edition! Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is a beautiful, captivating story about a boy and his dogs. In the tradition of The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford, Rawls’ story is perfect for anyone who’s ever owned a dog, wanted a dog, or simply loved a dog.
Now for some exciting summer sale news for the month of July! In partnership with Penguin Random House, we’re happy to present the BYOB (#BringYourOwnBook) promotion! Featuring a selection of great paperback fiction titles, we will be offering a 10% discount on these books from now until Sunday, July 31. Visit us to check out the full list of titles included in this offer. So whether you’re spending these hot, hazy days on the beach, at the cottage, on a plane, on your hammock, or in the backyard, don’t forget to BYOB!
We don’t have any store signings to tell you about this month, but looking ahead to the fall, there will be some exciting Titles@Table40 evenings on our roster. Tickets aren’t available yet, but here’s a sneak peak at some of the events you can look forward to: Steve Patterson (The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send) on Wednesday, October 26, William McElligott (Ottawa) on Sunday, November 20, and Charlotte Gray (The Promise of Canada) on Sunday, November 27. We’ll keep you apprised of the details through our newsletter and website as we get a closer.
As exciting as the fall book releases and events will be, let’s make sure we don’t wish our time away. So, unfold that deck chair and pour yourself another glass of lemonade! With a little sun, some snacks, and a book (or two) on the side, your summer is set to be a great one!
– The Staff of Books on Beechwood
We will be CLOSED on Friday, July 1 for Canada Day. Regular store hours will resume on Saturday, July 2.
Happy Canada Day!
1. The Call of the World by Bill Graham
2. The Idea of Canada by David Johnston
3. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
4. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
5. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
7. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
8. How to Run a Government by Michael Barber
9. Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
10. A Rage for Order by Robert F. Worth
Greetings Book Lovers and welcome to June!
While it might be a little premature to start celebrating the arrival of summer, it’s never too early to start putting together your summer reading list. Whether you plan on heading off to explore foreign shores or just relaxing in the sun a little closer to home, having a book by your side is the best way to be prepared for any and all eventualities.
Even though we’re barreling our way towards prime holiday and vacation time, before you finalize your summer getaway plans, be sure to check out some of the great store events we having coming up. If you’ve been searching for the perfect gift for that special diplomat in your life, pop by the store to meet local author, Helen McCuaig on Saturday, June 18. She will be here from12:00-2:00pm to sign copies of her new book Global Highlights: External Affairs 1954-1965. Rounding out the month, local mystery writer Rick Houlewill be in the store on Saturday, June 25 from 1:00-3:00pm to launch his new book, Violet Shoal, the sequel to Affable Scavengers.
One quintessential summer activity which we never seem to tire of is the road trip. There’s nothing quite like packing up the car, picking your tunes, stocking up on snacks, and hitting the open road to see where the wind will take you. Whether you plan on being a road warrior or simply letting your mind do the traveling, Kim Wright’s third novel, Last Ride to Graceland, is the perfect companion to have riding shot gun. Since family drama always makes for an exciting read, why not try We’re All In This Together by Thunder Bay author Amy Jones. Due to win you over with its charm and wit, this quirky debut novel kicks off with a woman flying over a waterfall in a wooden barrel – the perfect setup for a wonderful read! In the tradition of The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais and Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, comes another debut by J. Ryan Stradal. Kitchens of the Great Midwest is at once funny, joyful, and a treat for your senses, as it celebrates life, love, and our endless passion for food.
If you enjoy getting a few chills and thrills while basking in the warm summer sun, one of these great new novels might fit the bill: Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg, Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen, Umbrella Man by Peggy Blair, and A Hero of France by Alan Furst. From the dark and haunting life of a young girl growing up in a cult, to the lies and betrayals surrounding a volatile love triangle, deaths predicted by a Cuban witch doctor, and the shrouded world of spies and rebels in wartime France, these stories come pre-packaged with enough horror, hysteria, Havanese hostiles, and harrowing history to give even the bravest souls a case of the heebie-jeebies.
Thankfully, chill-inducing stories aren’t reserved only for adults – our children’s section is also rife with the spooky and supernatural. Rick Yancey’s amazing series that began with The 5th Wave, is now a complete trilogy! The Last Star is the third and final volume in this thrilling story of alien invasion, betrayal, and the fight for survival. Canadian author Shane Peacock has just made his first foray into the teen market with The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim. Perfectly set in the Scottish moors, 16 year old Edgar must overcome his childhood fears in order to defeat terrifying literary monsters that have escaped the pages of their novels. For fans of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and the Warriors series by Erin Hunter, why not try Argos by Ralph Hardy. Narrated by Argos, Odysseus’ dog, this book is a lovely re-imagining of the adventures famously told by Homer in The Odyssey.
On the non-fiction front, we have a brand new history of North America by James Laxer, the Canadian author who brought us Tecumseh and Brock. In his new book, Staking Claims to a Continent, Laxer explores how North America came to be, as well as the relationships between Sir John A. Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis. Grunt by Mary Roach (of Stiff,Spook, Bonk, and Gulp fame) is a quirky and engaging exploration of humans at war. Part science, part social history, it takes readers on a tour of duty that answers fascinating questions like: How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit?and Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Hot off the press and garnering a lot of attention is Sharp Wits & Busy Pens. A celebration of 150 years of Canada’s Parliamentary Press Gallery, this would be the ideal book for anyone who likes to keep their finger on the pulse of all the comings and goings on Parliament Hill.
So, wherever your feet are planted this summer, just remember that you can travel anywhere you want to go. With the right book by your side, you could solve a mystery in fire-plagued London, attend a magical circus that’s only open at night, or follow a Jacobite from the wild cliffs of Scotland to the glittering halls of Russia – all without leaving your hammock or beach chair! Anything is possible between the covers of a book!
–The Staff of Books on Beechwood