Local author Miriam Bloom will be here on Saturday, June 17 from 1:00-3:00pm to sign copies of her beautiful new children’s book An ABC of Ottawa. Bright, beautifully illustrated, and featuring some of our Nation’s Capital’s most iconic sites, this ABC book is sure to be enjoyed by all readers, both young and old.
To learn more about Miriam and her lovely book, check out her website: http://www.miriambloomart.ca/#1
P.E.I. author Bruce McCallum will be in the store on Thursday, May 18 from 5:00-7:00pm to sign copies of his new mystery novel Death in the Doach Woods.
About the book:
“What happens when ordinary people get swept up in a murder case?
Death in the Doach Woods is a murder-mystery set in south west Scotland, in the wild heart of Dumfries and Galloway. Derek and Kirstie Finlayson, a couple from Prince Edward Island, have recently retired from busy jobs in Canada. They’re spending six months in the region—reconnecting with Kirstie’s family who still live nearby.
They enjoy hiking and biking in the Scottish Forestry Commission’s extensive forests. But one afternoon in January, they make a startling discovery at the lookout, high up on a mountain in the Doach Woods. From that moment on, they find themselves caught up in a whirlwind that takes over their lives, especially for Derek, the nosy Canadian. He can’t stop thinking about the case and looking for clues that might solve it. Why would someone kill a 75 year-old man? Who could benefit from such a crime? The story climaxes when a surprise player draws attention to a possible culprit. In a strange twist, the hunters then become the hunted.
Many of the story’s colourful characters speak in the rich dialect of south west Scotland—a language made famous by the poet, Rabbie Burns, as he is known to the Scots.”
Margaret Kell Virany of Aylmer, Quebec looks forward to a visit to Books on Beechwood on Saturday, May 13 from 11:00am to 1:00pm to sign copies of the WWI-era story of her parents, Kathleen’s Cariole Ride.
About the book:
“It is full of love and promise. They were an unlikely pair. She was a city councilor’s daughter from Portsmouth, England and he was a Canadian sailor from a farm 40 miles north of Toronto. They met in 1917 when her father invited some colonial servicemen home for Sunday tea. They did not start writing until nine years later, after war losses had taken their toll. They were lonely, reaching out for love. One reviewer writes, ‘More than just a northern adventure story, this is the hard journey of two souls seeking to create a better world after the trauma of the war.’ The courtship is conducted on onion skin stationery back and forth over 5,000 miles. She asks him to come over again before she decides and he does, twice. In a tremendous leap of faith she comes out to the snowy expanses and frozen lakes of the Oxford House Swampy Cree mission field in Manitoba to be his lifelong helpmeet although she’s seen him for only three weeks out of 27 years.”
About the author:
“Margaret is a graduate in English ‘Lang & Lit’ from the University of Toronto. She worked as a professional YMCA secretary, freelance journalist and was editor and co-owner of the Aylmer Bulletin. With honesty and intimacy, she combines the discipline and breadth of a classical education with the flare, brevity and compulsion of a newspaper.”
Margaret’s earlier book, A Book of Kells: Growing Up in an Ego Void – her parents’ story followed by her own story of growing up as a minister’s daughter -will also be available.
Find out more about Margaret and her books at www.margaretvirany.com.
Local author, Elie Nasrallah will be here on Saturday, May 6 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm to sign copies of his book Hostage to History.
Check out the following links to find out more about Elie Nasrallah and his work!
Elie’s essay from the Ottawa Citizen:
Nasrallah: Let's stop the myth-making around multiculturalism
This is a great article from Ottawa Life Magazine in which Elie Nasrallah is named one of the top 25 people in the Capital:
Stop by the store on Friday, April 28 to meet Newfoundland singer/songwriter Amelia Curran. She will be here from 2:00-3:00pm to sign copies of her new book of songs, Relics and Tunes.
Full of songs from all five of Amelia’s albums, including her newest release, Watershed, this book of lyrics comes complete with keys and chords for each song. Whether you’re a musician, a poetry lover, or a fan of Amelia herself, this book is a real treat to read and explore.
Learn more about Amelia on her website: www.ameliacurran.com
We look forward to seeing you on Friday!
Come out on Saturday, April 29 to meet some great local authors and support your independent bookstore! Each of our authors will be in the store for an hour to meet and chat with you, and recommend some of their favourite books!
Here’s our great author lineup:
10:30am: Joanne Proulx (author of Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet and the forthcoming novel We All Love the Beautiful Girls [August 22])
11:00am: R.J. Harlick (author of the Meg Harris mystery series; A Cold White Fear [Book #7] to be followed by Purple Palette for Murder [October 14])
11:45am: Charlotte Gray (beloved historian and the author of The Promise of Canada)
12:00pm: Frances Itani (Tell is the second novel in the trilogy that started with Deafening and will end with That’s My Baby [September 5])
1:00pm: Susan Delacourt (political commentator, columnist, and author of Shopping for Votes)
2:00pm: Michael Dennis (local poet, writer, and blogger who’s just released his first collection of poetry, Bad Engine)
3:00pm: Sonia Tilson (Welsh-born local author of the historical novel, The Monkey Puzzle Tree)
It will be a wonderful day full of books, authors, draws, promos, and so much more!
We hope to see you then!
A bit about Authors for Indies Day:
“Authors for Indies is a national campaign in support of independent bookstores. On Saturday April 29, hundreds of Canadian authors will be volunteering as guest booksellers at indie bookstores across the country. This is the day we authors give back to the bookstores who support us every day of the year.
Independent bookstores are more than just retailers. Indie bookstores are spaces where you can open a book at random, fall into another world, and take it home with you forever. Where you can enter and breathe in that new book smell. Where you can talk to people who are passionate about recommending exactly the right book. Where you are part of a reading community.
Local mystery author Linda Wiken will be in our store on Saturday, April 22 from 12:00-2:00pm to sign copies of her newest mystery novel, Roux the Day. This new book is the sequel to Toasting Up Trouble, the first installment of her Dinner Club Mystery Series. Featuring event planner and amateur sleuth, Jennifer “J.J.” Tanner, this cozy mystery series is full of fun, food, and of course, murder!
Linda is also the author of the bestselling Ashton Corners Book Club Series written under the pseudonym Erika Chase. With bodies cropping up left, right, and centre, the Ashton Corners Mystery Book Club is the most authentic club you will ever encounter!
While we can’t promise you a real live mystery to solve on Saturday, we can guarantee you will get endless entertainment from both of these great mystery series.
We look forward to seeing you on the weekend!
We will be CLOSED on Friday, April 14 and Sunday, April 16 for Easter. We’ll be open for our regular hours on Saturday, April 15. Normal store hours will resume on Monday, April 17.
Join us on Thursday, March 30 for the launch of Randolf Harrold‘s new novel, Vice-Consul Panama: In Harm’s Way. The event will be from 5:00-7:00pm and, during that time, you will get the opportunity to meet the author, get your books signed, and partake in some of the delicious snacks and refreshments that will be on offer.
About the book:
“It’s 1972, and rookie diplomat Rob Kingman’s first major assignment, to find a missing school teacher, soon turns into a match of wits with Colonel Manuel Noriega, head of Panamanian security. Corruption, dictatorship, murder and the birth of the drug trade are rife. The larger Cold War conflict is the framework for this story, with references to the Cuban Missile Crisis, a UN Security Council meeting to be held in Panama to deal with sovereignty over the Panama Canal, and the US struggle to maintain its hold over the main security bulwark in the region.
Our hero on the ground is carrying out his duty to protect a citizen who falls into harm’s way, through all of the surprising twists and turns that follow in a country where the rule of law, democratic values, equality and human rights are not entrenched and guiding concepts. Rob often faces situations where his head tells him one thing and his heart leads him to do another in his stormy relationship with the power behind the dictatorship, Noriega, who himself knows both worlds. Passion, trust, and friendship play through betrayal, intrigue and suspense leading to a surprise conclusion in the Montreal underworld and a thrilling end on the Caribbean Island of Bequia.”
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!