April 2020 Newsletter

Greetings Book Lovers,

Well, I think it’s safe to say that this is, hands down, the strangest newsletter I’ve ever written. Like most of you, I’ve never experienced anything like this current crisis before and can’t quite wrap my head around it all. While tuning into our Prime Minister’s broadcast has become a daily ritual, I’m trying to limit my news-watching by keeping myself occupied reading books, doing puzzles, and playing games with my family. Although it’s sometimes hard to focus and settling into routines so different to what we’re used to is tough, we have to remind ourselves that the best thing we can do right now is stay at home, practice social-distancing if we do have to go out, and wash our hands thoroughly and often. Like Queen Elizabeth II said in her broadcast this afternoon, “we should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.” In the meantime, we need to simply take each day as it comes, look after each other, keep our minds and bodies active, and follow government recommendations to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy.

We may not be in a position to help you with most of the things we’ve all been asked to do (and not do) during this crisis, but we can definitely provide you with the tools to keep yourselves and your families occupied while you’re at home. Whether you want to read, play games, do puzzles, or maybe try your hand at writing the next great Canadian novel, we’ve got you covered! Our doors might be shut, but we’re still committed to keeping you all supplied with the things you need to get through these uncertain times. This means that from Monday to Friday, we’ll be in the store from 10:00am to 4:00pm to take your calls, answer your e-mails, fill your orders, and keep things running smoothly in preparation for the day when we can welcome you back through our doors. We’re trying to keep things as close to “business as usual” as possible, but there are a few special things you should know.


1. All purchases are now being processed by phone and through our online store (https://store.booksonbeechwood.ca/) using credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express).


2. Customer orders are being shipped out using Purolator. Shipping for a single item order is $13, with an extra $1 tacked on for each additional item ordered.


3. Contact-free store pick-ups using our vestibule are available from Tuesday to Friday between the hours of 11:00am and 3:00pm. Pick-up times are set up one-on-one with individual customers.


4. Contact-free delivery is also available to those with mailboxes and front porches living in the New EdinburghRockcliffe ParkVanierLindenlea, and Manor Park neighbourhoods.


5. We’ll be completely closed on Friday, April 10 for Good Friday.


Since the store is being run by a team of one right now, it might take a day or two for us to respond to your messages, so please don’t despair! Your queries will all get answered! Thank you for being so patient with us as we try to find our footing on this somewhat shaky ground.

As of right now, the wheels of the publishing world are turning normally, and we’re still ordering books and receiving new publications. Although some big releases like Tim Cook‘s forthcoming book The Fight for History and the highly anticipated Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney have had their publication dates moved from the spring to the fall, and a couple of smaller publishers have shut down their warehouses temporarily, we’re not seeing too many changes or interruptions to the normal way of things. If things do change in the coming days, weeks, and (dare we say it) months, we’ll be sure to send out an update and post messages on all our social media pages. In the meantime, we’ll be using those same mediums to let you know about great new releases, neat spring arrivals, and staff picks!

One thing we have noticed over the last few weeks is an uptick in puzzle sales. It looks like the jigsaw puzzle is back in a big way and we’re happy to say that while our stock has really been whittled down, we have a few new shipments of puzzles on the way! We’ll get them uploaded into our online store as quickly as possible, but if you live near us and happen to be out for a walk (while observing proper social-distancing), be sure to take a glance at our window to see what designs are up for grabs. If puzzles aren’t really your thing, we also have a good selection of memory games, boardgames, and card games that are sure to keep all age groups in your house riveted for hours!

This may not be our typical kind of newsletter, but we can’t let this moment pass without telling you about at least some of the new books we’ve received over the last couple of weeks and the forthcoming ones we’re looking forward to. Here are a few of the standouts: The Mirror & the Light by Hilary MantelA Woman of No Importance by Sonia PurnellOpen House by Jane ChristmasThe Glass Hotel by Emily St. John MandelIf I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlaneLate in the Day by Tessa Hadley, Hike by Pete OswaldWe Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti BowlingIf Only by Kate Eberlen (April 7)The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan (April 7)Miss Austen by Gill Hornby (April 7)The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (April 7)Aran by Flora Shedden (April 7)Lovable Felted Animals by Yucoco Cafe (April 7)Stuff Every Tea Lover Should Know by Candace Rose Rardon (April 14)The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey (April 14)Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst (April 21)The Villa of Mysteries by David Hewson (April 17)Keep ‘Er Lit by Van Morrison (April 24)Stay Up With Hugo Best by Erin Somers (April 28).

Finally, we want to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for the outpouring of support you’ve given us since we closed up shop on March 19. It’s really incredible how you’ve all rallied around us and our fellow independent shops to keep us going through these strange and uncertain times. While we don’t know what the future holds, we’re going to do our best to hang on through this crisis so we can continue to do this job we love for years to come, and hopefully, we’ll be welcoming you all back into the store before too long!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay healthy.
Happy Reading!

— Hilary for The Staff at Books on Beechwood


Ordering How-To

Our doors are shut, but we’re still ordering books, shipping out orders, orchestrating contact-free pick ups, and delivering packages. Here’s a breakdown of how things are working right now.

To order: visit our online store here (https://store.booksonbeechwood.ca/), send us an e-mail (staff@booksonbeechwood.ca), or call us at (613) 742-5030.

Shipping: we’re shipping all parcels via Purolator at a rate of $13 for single item orders with $1 tacked on for each additional item (i.e. shipping for two items would be $14). We can’t do any shipping outside of Canada at this time.

Contact-free Pick-ups: we’re using our vestibule as a contact-free pick-up location for any customers who would like to come by and collect their orders in person. Pick-ups are available from Tuesday to Friday between 11:00am and 3:00pm. Specific pick-up times will be scheduled with customers on a one-on-one basis. If you’re coming to pick up a package, please observe proper social-distancing practices and refrain from entering the vestibule if there is already someone inside.

Delivery: contact-free delivery is available to customers who live near the store in the neighbourhoods of New EdinburghRockcliffe ParkVanierLindenlea, and Manor Park. Deliveries can’t be made to condo or apartment buildings.

Downloadable Audiobooks: If you ever feel like you need to give your eyes a break and want to listen to a book instead of read it, downloadable audiobooks can be purchased through our Libro.fm page (https://libro.fm/?bookstore=beechwood).


Support Local

Don’t forget that a lot of our neighbours and friends are still in operation to some capacity too! We’ll all need a little help if we’re going to pull through this.

Mood Moss Flowers  *  Muckleston & Brockwell  *  Jacobson’s  *  Nature’s Buzz  *  Fraser Cafe  *  Red Door Provisions  *  Second Cup  *  So Good  *  Bibi’s  *  Ola Cocina  *  Pet Valu  *  Epicuria  *  Bread & Roses  *  Quelque Chose Patisserie  *  Idriss Mediterranean  *  Perfect Books  *  Octopus Books  *  Singing Pebble Books


If you missed hearing our Manager, Hilary, on CBC’s The Next Chapter on Saturday, March 28click here to listen.


Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m ReadingThe Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan

“In tough times, we all tend to gravitate towards the things that comfort us. For me, that’s always been books and stories about witches, magic, and fantasy worlds. This new Louisa Morgan book definitively ticks two of those boxes. Set in Gilded Age New York and London, this novel is every escapist’s dream as it invites you into a magical adventure full of love, deceit, power, and the age-old battle between dark and light magic. Beautifully written and engrossing, I could live in this book forever!”


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear Friends, Readers, and Book Lovers,

Today we had to make a tough choice – the choice between staying open and closing our doors during this ongoing crisis. We chose the latter. Not only for the safety of our staff, but for the safety of all our customers as well. While we’re not sure how long our closure will last, we all have to do what we can to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and we feel like this is our bit.

That being said, we have a skeleton staff all set up to keep things up and running behind the scenes in preparation for the day when we can once again welcome you back into the store. What that means is we’ll still be accepting book requests and orders, receiving shipments from publishers, and shipping books out to customers. You can also expect to see new posts on our social media accounts and our regular monthly newsletters will still be arriving in your inbox as usual. In other words, we’re trying to keep things as close to “business as usual” as we possibly can.

On the shipping side of things, all customer orders will go out using Purolator or Canada Post at a flat rate of $13 for the first item and an extra $1 for each additional item. Purchases can be processed over the phone (613-742-5030) or you can place orders through our online store (https://store.booksonbeechwood.ca/). Requests can also be made by e-mail (staff@booksonbeechwood.ca). Contact-free pick ups at the store can be arranged on request as well. And if you ever feel like you need to give your eyes a break and want to listen to a book instead of read it, downloadable audiobooks can be purchased through our Libro.fm page (https://libro.fm/?bookstore=beechwood).

Since we don’t know how long we’ll be closed for, until further notice all bookstore events have been postponed. We plan to revisit them once the situation stabilizes and hopefully will be able to reschedule them. Anyone who has purchased a ticket to our Titles@Table40 event with Chris Waddell that was due to take place on March 29 will be entitled to a full refund or store credit. There’s no time-limit on this refund/credit. We are planning on rescheduling this event, so if any of you would rather hang on to your tickets until we have a new date, that’s fine too.

We might be closing our doors for now, but we’re committed to continuing to serve you all as best we can through this difficult time. There are no doubt many more strange, uncertain days ahead of us, but we figure as long as we all follow the recommendations and instructions put out by Ottawa Public Health, wash our hands thoroughly and regularly, and keep ourselves nice and busy at home, we should pull through. Just remember that we’re still here and happy help in any way we can.

Thank you so much for your continued support! We wouldn’t be here without you!

Happy Reading!
Stay safe!

–The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Greetings Book Lovers,

So, we have another update for you.

1. Yes, we are still open, but we’ve adjusted our hours. We will now be open as follows:
Monday to Friday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

We’re not sure if we’ll make it to the weekend as things are changing so quickly, but we’ll do our best to keep you updated via our social media accounts, our website, and our newsletter should things change.

2. We’re still diligently cleaning all surfaces here at the store and have decided to no longer accept cash payments. We’re also encouraging all our customers to pay using the tap feature on their debit or credit cards to limit the number of shared surfaces in the store – for your protection as well as ours.

3. Just another reminder that if you’re self-isolating, in quarantine, or are nervous about going out, we’re happy to deliver or ship things to you. We will try to continue this service even if our storefront closes. Purchases can be processed over the phone (613-742-5030) or you can place orders through our online store (https://store.booksonbeechwood.ca/). Requests can also be made by e-mail (staff@booksonbeechwood.ca). You can even purchase downloadable audiobooks through our Libro.fm page (https://libro.fm/?bookstore=beechwood).

4. Once again, we ask that if you’ve traveled outside the country recently, have been in contact with someone who has, or if you’re not feeling 100%, please stay home – for your own well-being as well as ours. We’re trying to limit the number of people in the store at a time as much as we can, and while we normally love watching you all enjoy a good browse of our store shelves, if you’re just looking to while away some time and aren’t in mind to make a purchase, we’d rather you take pleasure in a nice long stroll in the fresh air instead. You can never have too much fresh air!

Hopefully these measures won’t last for long, and while we’re open for now, we do think that the point will come when we do have to close down. We’re taking things a day at a time and are doing our best to make decisions based on the well-being of both our staff and customers. These are uncertain times and we should all take every precaution and do our best to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and each other safe and healthy.

Stay safe out there!
Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Hello Book Friends,

In the light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we wanted to post a quick update on how we’re handling things here in the store.

1. As of right now, we are still open for business (regular hours) and plan to be for the foreseeable future, unless the situation worsens or the government regulates store closures. We will keep you updated via our social media accounts, our website, and our newsletter should things change.

2. Although cleaning store surfaces is a regular part of our daily routine, we have become more vigilant in recent days and are doing our best to keep both you and our staff safe.

3. If you’re self-isolating or in quarantine, we’re happy to deliver or ship things to you. Purchases can be processed over the phone or you can place orders through our online store (https://store.booksonbeechwood.ca/). You can also purchase downloadable audiobooks through our Libro.fm page (https://libro.fm/?bookstore=beechwood).

4. Finally, we ask that if you’ve traveled outside the country recently or if you’re not feeling 100%, please stay home – for your own well-being as well as ours. If you’re desperate to make a purchase, just contact us by phone (613-742-5030), e-mail (staff@booksonbeechwood.ca), or through one of our social media accounts and we’ll be sure to get your purchase to you.

We’re hopeful that the COVID-19 outbreak will be under control soon, but in the meantime, we should all take every precaution and do our best to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and each other safe and healthy.

Stay safe out there!
Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Tim Plumptre Signing

Local author Tim Plumptre will be in the store on Saturday, January 11 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to sign copies of his book The Intrepid Nonprofit.

About the book:

The Intrepid Nonprofit is a playbook for nonprofit leaders to help them navigate the turbulent environment ahead.

It examines difficult challenges facing nonprofits, such as shrinking or stagnating revenue sources, technological change, under-performing boards, staff turnover, mission drift, or measuring intangible results. Drawing insights from organizations that have not only prospered but sometimes achieved outstanding results, the book outlines practical strategies for success, including some out-of-the-box approaches to leadership. It also calls upon governments and foundations to do more to support the sector.

Tomorrow’s nonprofit leaders will have to be intrepid—resolute, imaginative, adaptable, and courageous. This book will inspire and sustain them when the going gets tough.”

Annual Inventory Sale!!

From now until Saturday, January 18

All books 20% off
All gifts (cards, puzzles, mugs, bags) 25% off
Calendars 30% off
Christmas cards and crackers 50% off
Christmas chocolate bars 40% off
Christmas gift wrap 30% off
Christmas books 25% off

Following our sale, we will be CLOSED on Sunday, January 19 to do our annual inventory taking.
Regular store hours will resume on Monday, January 20.

**CDs, DVDs, magazines, and special orders not included in sale**

Books on Beechwood Advent Calendar: Day 24

We made it! Today is the 24th Day of Advent and we’re celebrating our last day before Christmas with a lovely series of books by our friends at Biblioasis, one of our favourite Canadian publishers. The Christmas Ghost Stories Series includes classic holiday stories by writers such as Daphne Du Maurier, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Edith Wharton. They’re small (conveniently stocking-sized), beautiful, and satisfying – just like your favourite Christmas cookies! For today only, if you buy one of these lovely little books, you’ll get a second one for 50% off!


Just a quick reminder that we’ll be observing shorter hours today so that all our staff can head off to their own holiday festivities and a very well-deserved rest. From 9:00am to 2:30pm though, the store will be fully staffed with helpful booksellers ready to give you a hand with any last-minute gifts you might need!

In case we don’t see you in the store to wish you good tidings, we hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!

Books on Beechwood Advent Calendar: Day 21

We’re just days away from the big day now, but there’s still lots of time to stock up on wonderful, seasonal books to read in the glow of the Christmas tree lights. From Christmas Feasts and Treats to The Crayons’ Christmas, Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, for this 21st Day of Advent, all in-stock holiday-themed books will be 25% off today only!