Grete Hale Signing “Baker’s Daughter” Saturday, March 19 from 12pm to 2pm

gretehale2.JPGGrete Hale is coming back!!! For those of you who missed her when she was here in January, or if you just want to come and see her again, she will be here signing her book “Baker’s Daughter: The Story of a Long, Rich and Very Canadian Life” on Saturday, March 19 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

What readers are saying:
“If you have a treasured place where you keep precious delights, then you will experience an instant appreciation for the treats that Grete serves up in this delightful and heartwarming book.” -Jim Orban

“Reading these stories is much like being in Grete’s presence – having a thoroughly entertaining time while learning about the past and being inspired for the future. Generations after us will be grateful that she has taken the time to write down the tales she tells so well.” -Barbara McInnes, CM

“Grete Hale is a wonderful storyteller with a penchant for colourful detail that invites you to read on as she shares a unique perspective to the life of a city and the intrinsic family bond that has remained steadfast for nearly 100 years. Grete has worked hard for everything she has accomplished and she takes neither her family or the community for granted.” -Roger Greenberg

The book retails for $19.95 (plus tax) and net proceeds go to the Ottawa-based “CanHave Children’s Centre,” helping young people in Uganda.

Come down to the bookstore on Saturday to meet Grete, buy a book, and get it signed! We look forward to seeing you all here!

David Holdsworth Signing “The Ambassador’s Camel” on Saturday, March 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm!

ambassadorcamel.jpgCome on down to Books on Beechwood on Saturday, March 12th and meet local Ottawa author David Holdsworth and illustrator Jean-H. Guilmette. They will be here signing their new book The Ambassador’s Camel: Undiplomatic Tales of Embassy Life between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

The book is a collection of funny short stories on diplomatic life in a Canadian embassy in a fictional Asian country, along the lines of Lawrence Durrell’s famous spoof of the British Foreign Service, ESPRIT DE CORPS.

From the jacket:
“When politics and policy clash, politics always win. And in this case, senior diplomat Percy Williamson loses. At odds with Canada’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Percy draws an overseas assignment as ambassador to Bharalya, a small country in Asia that recently discovered a big cache of oil. When Percy and his wife Marilyn arrive in Bharalya they are quite unprepared for the experiences they will share and the eccentric people they will meet. There’s the king who’s addicted to collecting medals from foreign governments, a junior diplomat who impersonates his own foreign minister, a visiting minister caught by the press in a brothel, and a travel-averse diplomat reduced to jelly by his one and only trip outside the capital. Regularly erupting at the most awkward moments is the dreaded Bharali amoeba, scourge of the diplomatic intestinal tract. But all frivolity is set aside when the government threatens to close down the embassy; the Foreign Service springs into action, with surprising results.”

Be sure to stop by on Saturday, March 12 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm to meet David and Jean-H., have a chat, buy a book, and get it signed! We look forward to seeing you all then.

Hugh McCord signing “Personal Reflections of Ottawa Past”

Come on down to Books on Beechwood on Saturday, February 5th and meet local Ottawa author Hugh McCord. He will be here signing his new book “Personal Reflections of Ottawa Past” between 11:00am and 1:00pm.

From the jacket:
“The author completely captures the mood and period in this collection of short stories revolving around life in Ottawa in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The reader will be amazed at his recollection of events of the time. If you lived in Ottawa during that period, it will be an enchanting trip down memory lane. If you arrived in Ottawa at a later period, this collection offers an interesting glimpse into Ottawa of the past. Stories about Henry Birks, the Union Station and The Ottawa Journal will entertain and entice. This is definitely an interesting read for anyone who has ever lived in the nation’s capital.”

Be sure to stop by on Saturday, between 11:00am and 1:00pm to meet Hugh, have a chat, buy a book, and get it signed! We look forward to seeing you all then.

Grete Hale Signing “Baker’s Daughter” Saturday, Jan. 29 from 11am to 1pm

Come down to Books on Beechwood and meet Grete Hale. She will be here on Saturday, January 29 from 11:00am to 1:00pm signing her book “Baker’s Daughter: The Story of a Long, Rich and Very Canadian Life.”

What readers are saying:
“If you have a treasured place where you keep precious delights, then you will experience an instant appreciation for the treats that Grete serves up in this delightful and heartwarming book.” -Jim Orban

“Reading these stories is much like being in Grete’s presence – having a thoroughly entertaining time while learning about the past and being inspired for the future. Generations after us will be grateful that she has taken the time to write down the tales she tells so well.” -Barbara McInnes, CM

“Grete Hale is a wonderful storyteller with a penchant for colourful detail that invites you to read on as she shares a unique perspective to the life of a city and the intrinsic family bond that has remained steadfast for nearly 100 years. Grete has worked hard for everything she has accomplished and she takes neither her family or the community for granted.” -Roger Greenberg

The book retails for $19.95 (plus tax) and net proceeds go to the Ottawa-based “CanHave Children’s Centre,” helping young people in Uganda.

Come down to the bookstore on Saturday to meet Grete, buy a book, and get it signed! We look forward to seeing you all here!

Christian McPherson signing debut novel “The Cube People” on Saturday, January 15 from 12-2

cubepeople.jpegCome down to Books on Beechwood on Saturday, January 15 to meet Christian McPherson, who will be signing his debut novel “The Cube People” from 12:00 to 2:00pm.

From the jacket:
“Colin MacDonald is surrounded by a cast of screwball characters while he tolls away at his government job, procreation, and dreams of becoming a published writer. Recycled air, bad lighting and bizarre environmental office policies by day; scheduled love-making sessions and rejection letters by night, push MacDonald to try to write his way out of his cyclical life story.”
(…)
“Christian McPherson is the author of Six Ways to Sunday (shortlisted for the 2008 ReLit Award for Short Fiction), Poems That Swim from My Brain Like Rats Leaving a Sinking Ship and his debut novel The Cube People.”

What the critics are saying:
The Cube People is Dilbert as if possessed by a libido the size of Ron Jeremy’s and the humour of Steven Wright. A book for the sci-fi-obsessed but cubicle-bound geek in all of us, and for anyone who has dared to make art but face rejection.” -Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio host, author of Adventures in Solitude.

“There is something to be said about a book that can keep you so deeply immersed you finish it in a single day…between his book’s rejections, his baby-obsessed wife and horrible day job, Colin becomes the everyman for anyone who has been constantly beaten down and hoped for salvation.” -The Charlatan, Independent Weekly Student Publication at Carleton University.

So, come down to the bookstore on the afternoon of Saturday, January 15 to meet the author, have a chat, buy a book (or two), and get it signed! We look forward to seeing you!

We are having a year end sale!! 25% off all hardcovers, calendars, Christmas cards!

25-off-left-yellow.png25% Off all our Hardcovers… Yes it includes Fiction, Mystery, Cooking, Biography, History, Kids, Health, Business, Reference, Science and Nature, Decorating, Gardening, Art & Music, Travel, Sports, Crafts, Humour, Reading & Writing, did I miss any?

We also have all of our Calendars and Christmas Cards 25% Off!

The sale runs to the end of the month, which is Friday… we close at 6pm today, 7pm on Thursday, and 3pm on Friday (New Year’s Eve).

There are some very few restrictions to the sale, we’ll let you know if you run across them!

Best Wishes from the staff at Books on Beechwood.

Nathalie M Leblanc Signing Teen Fantasy Novel “Shrinking Forward” Saturday, Dec. 18, 1-3pm

shrinkingforwardbookcover.jpgDebut author Nathalie M Leblanc will be at Books on Beechwood on Saturday, December 18, from 1-3pm, signing her book “Shrinking Forward.” This is the first book in Nathalie’s fantasy series “The Magic Coat Series.”

From the jacket:
“Samantha did not like the idea. Her best friend, Catharine, wanted to celebrate her birthday by exploring the abandoned house that was said to have weird voices coming from inside. Little did they know the imminent danger close at hand.
The two junior high school students are lured into a supernatural reality that includes an evil wizard, magical faeries, dragons and other terrifying beasts.
Unwillingly thrust into the continuing battle between good and evil, their only tools are their friendship, their wits and a mysterious Magic Coat with a mind of its own.
Will they ever be able to return home?”

For more information about Nathalie or her book, visit her website at www.nathaliemleblanc.com.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday! Come by to meet the author, buy a book (or two) and get it signed!!!

Here’s One for the Kids!!! Rachna Gilmore and Ben Hodson signing on Sunday, December 12 from 1-3pm

troubledilly.jpegDon’t know what to do with your children this coming Sunday afternoon between 1:00pm and 3:00pm? Bring them down to Books on Beechwood to meet children’s illustrator Rachna Gilmore and illustrator Ben Hodson! Rachna will be signing her latest books “Catching Time” and “The Trouble With Dilly.” Ben Hodson will be here – with pencil and paper in hand – to sign his latest, “Richard Was A Picker.”

“The Trouble With Dilly” (ages 8-12) is the story of a young girl named Dilly who sees the new boy in her community, Gedion, shoplifting from her parent’s store. After tattling on him to her parents, Dilly realizes that there are certain things that should just be left unsaid. To make up for what she’s done, Dilly decides to plan a Christmas party for Gedion’s family. Before she knows it, the whole community is behind her. Will Dilly be able to see the project through to the end or will people start saying the the trouble with Dilly is that she always starts things that she doesn’t finish?

From author’s website:
“A story of friendship and laughter, good heartedness and community—and what it means to be truly generous.”

catchingtime.jpeg“Catching Time” (picture book)
From the jacket:
“With a preserve jar from Mom’s cupboard in one hand and a butterfly net in the other, [Sara] sets out to capture time itself. But where can it be? Is it underneath a desk, or is it twinkling in the sunlight?”
(…)
“With lively text by multi-award winning author Rachna Gilmore, and beautifully airy illustrations by Kirsti Anne Wakelin, Catching Time is the perfect remedy to today’s fast-paced lifestyle – a vivid reminder that time with family is precious and, in the end, the very best time of all.”

“Richard Was A Picker” (picture book) is the story of a young boy who, one day, when trying to pick his nose, gets his whole body stuck up inside his nose, essentially turning himself into one big booger. Richard thinks he has a solution to his problem, but before he can get to his destination, a mob forms up and chases him all through town. Will Richard make it to his destination without getting picked to pieces on the way?
From the jacket:
richardpicker.jpegRichard Was A Picker is zany and fun. Packed with rhythm, music and rhyme, it may even be a cure for nose-picking.”

For more information on either Rachna Gilmore or Ben Hodson, visit their websites, www.rachnagilmore.ca and www.benhodson.ca.

We hope to see you all on Sunday afternoon, kiddies in tow!