January 2020 Newsletter


December Bestsellers

1. Coconut Lagoon by Joe Thottungal
2. Ottawa Rewind by Andrew King
3. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
4. Not Mentioned in Dispatches by RHOMA
5. The Cockroach by Ian McKewan
6. Truth Be Told by Beverley McLachlin
7. Murdered Midas by Charlotte Gray
8. Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carre
9. Under Occupation by Alan Furst
10. Flight of the Highlanders by Ken McGoogan


Bestsellers of 2019

1. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
2. Coconut Lagoon by Joe Thottungal
3. Truth Be Told by Beverley McLachlin
4. Brave: Living with a Concussion by Kanika Gupta
5. Ottawa Rewind by Andrew King
6. Effin’ Birds by Aaron Reynolds
7. Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carre
8. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
9. Murdered Midas by Charlotte Gray
10. Becoming by Michelle Obama


Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy New Year! Well, what a season it’s been! Busy to the last, 2019 definitely ended with a bang for us. We hope you all had a lovely holiday and that Santa brought you everything you asked for…especially the books! After a brief break in business, we’re right back to work getting the store ready for another year full of nifty gifts, exciting events, and wonderful, wonderful reads!

The first order of business this month (and this year) is to tell you about our Annual Inventory Sale! From now until Saturday, January 18, we’re having a sale on almost everything in the store! All in-stock books are 20% off, all in-stock gifts are 25% off, and our 2020 calendars are now 30% off! In addition to all those discounts, our Christmas things are all on sale too! Christmas books are 25% off, Christmas wrap and tags are 30% off, Christmas chocolate bars are 40% off, and Christmas cards and crackers are 50% off! So many savings!! The only items not included in the sale are special orders, CDs, DVDs, and magazines. Once our sale is over, we will be CLOSED on Sunday, January 19 so we can do our annual inventory. Counting everything in the store can take us a while, even with all hands on deck, so the more you take advantage these discounts, the happier we will be! Plus, just think about how much further those gift cards you found in your Christmas stockings will stretch over the next two weeks! We look forward to seeing you and helping you fill in any gaps that Santa may have left on your wish list!

As the year is just getting started, we don’t have any events nailed down just yet, but we wanted to give you all a little heads up about our Titles@Table40 series. It’s coming back…sooner than we thought! While our dinner events usually take place in the fall, it looks like this year we might be blessed with a small winter/spring series! Featuring some returning favourites as well as exciting new faces, this series of events will touch on our country’s relationship to war history, will take us into the centre of a tumultuous (yet artistically fruitful) marriage, and guide us through 1930s Montreal on the coattails of a young nursing student. Be sure to keep your eyes trained on your inbox, our Facebook page, and our website for up to the minute information on the who and when of our first Titles@Table40 events of 2020! Details to come soon!

There haven’t been too many new arrivals here in the store since we talked to you last, so we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at what you can expect to see on our shelves in the coming weeks. Here are a few titles that we’re looking forward to getting our hands on: Successful Aging by Daniel Levitin (January 7), The Second Midnight by Andrew Taylor (January 7), 19 Love Songs by David Levithan (January 7), The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs (January 14), Brain Wash by David Perlmutter (January 14), Foresight by Ian Hamilton (January 21), A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (January 21), Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World by Matt Parker (January 21), Obsidian: A DreadfulWater Mystery by Thomas King (January 28), Highfire by Eoin Colfer (January 28), When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald (January 28), Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O’Connor (January 28), Witches: The Transformative Power of Women Working Together by Sam George-Allen (January 28), Things in Jars by Jess Kidd (February 4), Story Boat by Kyo Maclear (February 4), Brother & Sister by Diane Keaton (February 4), Bloom by Kenneth Oppel (February 11), Alone in the Wild by Kelley Armstrong (February 11).

The festive season might be drawing to a close but with that, a new year is just getting started! With great new books on the horizon, exciting events in the works, and all of our wonderful customers, we’re sure 2020 is going to turn out to be a banner year!

Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood


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**


Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers
Released Date: February 11, 2020

“Filled with magic, witches, curses, reincarnation, deals with the devil, and doomed love affairs, it almost feels like this book was written just for me!
I was completely taken in by the characters and couldn’t wait to see where our heroine, Helen, was going to end up next. From late 19th Century France to 1930s Hollywood, through 1970s California to modern day Washington, D.C., this story is a historical tour-de-force that will keep you riveted from beginning to end!”


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!

Books on Beechwood Advent Calendar: Day 20

It’s finally here – the day we’ve all been waiting for! On this 20th Day of Advent, we’re super excited to be celebrating one of our favourite, favourite, favourite (did we mention they were our favourite?) children’s authors, Dusti Bowling!! All three of Dusti’s wonderful middle grade books (Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, 24 Hours in Nowhere, and Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus) will be available at 20% offtoday only, so if you have a young person (or young-at-heart person) on your holiday shopping list, be sure to pay us a visit!

Books on Beechwood Advent Calendar: Day 19

Today is the 19th Day of Advent and we’re highlighting a couple of excellent science books today! From 9:00am to 7:00pm today only, An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space by Bob McDonald and Randall Munroe‘s How To will be 20% off! Perfect for the science buffs on your Christmas shopping list, be sure to take advantage of this one-day sale so you can cross a few more things off your holiday to-do list!