The 12 Days of Penguin Random House Christmas!!!

It’s snowy outside and Santa’s readying his sleigh which means it’s time once again for our annual 12 Days of Penguin Random House Christmas promotion!!!

From Thursday, December 13 to Monday, December 24, we will be featuring one PRH title per day at 20% off! The sale is only valid on a book’s specific day and while quantities last, so pop in early on the days you’re most excited about to ensure you snag one of these great books and make your Christmas celebrations complete!

Here’s this year’s list:
Thursday, December 13My Stories, My Times by Jean Chretien
Friday, December 14The Secret History of Soldiers by Tim Cook
Saturday, December 15Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Sunday, December 16My Twenty-Five Years in Provence by Peter Mayle
Monday, December 17Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi
Tuesday, December 18All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay
Wednesday, December 19The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
Thursday, December 20Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Friday, December 21Trust by David Johnston
Saturday, December 22Erebus by Michael Palin
Sunday, December 23Final Report by Rick Mercer
Monday, December 24Half-Spent Was the Night by Ami McKay

** due to publisher stock shortages, we have removed Becoming by Michelle Obama from our promotion list and replaced it with Elizabeth Hay‘s memoir All Things Consoled.

CWC Mystery Event

On Saturday, December 1, come celebrate the season with us and three Crime Writers of Canada mystery authors who hail from our local area!
 
The fun starts at 10:00am with the arrival of Michael McCann who will be here until noon to sign copies of his new March and Walker Crime Novel, Persistent Guilt.
 
From noon to 2:00pm, R.J. Harlick and T.E. Wilson will be in the store to sign their newest mystery books, Purple Palette for Murder (A Meg Harris Mystery) and Wild Dogs of Mexico (A Detective Sanchez Novel), respectively.
 
It’s always a great time when our local mystery authors come to call, so be sure to stop by to meet them and take home a new mystery or two!

Road Trip: Ottawa Bound

Invisible Publishing is sending Susannah M. Smith and H.B. Hogan on a road trip! Come for the readings! Stay for the discussions! Live the soundtrack! Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0Ge8ttcn5lf6lud0ZaxUHm

ROAD TRIP begins with an evening event here in our store on Saturday, November 17 at 7:00pm, hosted by Claire Farley.

SUSANNAH M. SMITH (Vancouver) is the author of THE FAIRY TALE MUSEUM: “A dream within a dream within a book. A wonderland-like journey through magic and imagination. I’m running out of ways to describe this book, in part because it defies description.”– Staff Pick, McNally Robinson

H.B. HOGAN (Toronto) is the author of THIS KEEPS HAPPENING: “H. B. Hogan’s stories are dirty, fresh, and brutally funny, lingering on little human details until they’re just uncomfortable enough—then pushing a little farther. Their wickedness will stay with you for days.”—Michelle Winters (Scotiabank Giller Prize-finalist for I Am a Truck)

CLAIRE FARLEY (Ottawa) is Publisher and Editor of CANTHIUS, a feminist magazine publishing poetry and prose by women and genderqueer writers.

*Shazia Hafiz Ramji was originally scheduled to appear as part of this event. Unfortunately, she is unable to attend. We hope she’ll be able to visit Ottawa soon!

This event is free and open to the public.

Rich Larson Event

Join us on Saturday, November 10 between 12:00pm and 2:00pm to meet local Science-Fiction author, Rich Larson. Having lived in many countries and written innumerable speculative fiction stories for different print and online publications, it’s no surprise that Rich has gifted us with such an intriguing and colourful debut novel. Annex is the first in The Violet Wars Trilogy and, as booksellers and Sci-Fi fans, we’re excited to say that there will be much more to come from this new, young novelist!

About the book:
“At first it is a nightmare.

When the invaders arrive, the world as they know it is destroyed. Their friends are kidnapped. Their families are changed.

Then it is a dream.

With no adults left to run things, Violet is finally free to live life on her own terms. Taking the new kid, Bo, under her wing, she and her pack of ‘Lost Boys’ can do whatever they want to do and be whoever they want to be.”

But the invaders won’t leave them alone for long…”

What readers are saying:
“Rich Larson presents a uniquely compelling apocalypse – equal parts frightening and touching.” -Alex White

“A thrilling entry into the alien invasion genre with two fierce young protagonists you won’t be able to stop rooting for.” -Fonda Lee

Elie Nasrallah Signing

Local author, Elie Nasrallah will be here on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00am to 3:00pm 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:

http://www.ottawalife.com/2016/09/meet-the-16th-annual-top-25-people-in-the-capital-2/

Erwan Larher Event

Join us at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 1 to meet and talk with prolific French author Erwan Larher. He will be in the store to discuss his new book, The Book I Didn’t Want to Write.

About the book:
“Erwan Larher was enjoying a rock concert in Paris’ Bataclan Theatre on November 13, 2015, when the firing started in what is now known as one of the most gruesome terror attacks in Europe. Larher reflects on what the attack meant to him and to others with humour and passion (…) [in this] instant French bestseller that has received critical acclaim across Europe.”

Be sure to tune into CBC Radio’s q with Tom Power on October 30 to hear more about the book before coming down to meet the author!

Chris Stevenson Event

Chris Stevenson has covered the ups and downs of the Ottawa Senators for multiple publications, has appeared on both the pre- and post-game shows on TSN 1200, and will now be paying us a visit on Friday, November 2 from 5:30-7:00pm to talk about all things hockey and his new book 100 Things Senators Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die! Whether you’ve been a fan since the beginning, are a relative newbie, or are just having a hard time reconciling yourself to what’s been happening to the team over the last few years, this book (and this event) are for you!

About the book:
“Most Ottawa Senators fans have attended a game at the Canadian Tire Centre, seen highlights of a young Daniel Alfredsson, and remember exactly where they were when the team reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. But only real fans know all the components of the trade which landed Jason Spezza or how to get a seat at Sens Mile. 100 Things Senators Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of Ottawa hockey. Whether you’re a longtime member of the Sens Army or a new supporter of Erik Karlsson, this book contains everything Senators fans should know, see, and do in their lifetime.”

John Owens Book Launch

Join us on Saturday, October 20 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for the launch of local mystery author John Owens‘ new book Connecdead!

“The first book in the Jake Lydon mystery series, ‘Connecdead’ has been called ‘Chandler-like, if Raymond Chandler were a bit more cynical.’ Come out and meet John and decide for yourself if he bears any resemblance to his Hawaiian-shirt-wearing, chain-smoking, curmudgeon-on-a-good-day, anti-hero.”