March 2019 Newsletter


February Bestsellers

1. Ladies, Upstairs! by Monique Begin
2. Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
4. The Gown by Jennifer Robson
5. Claws of the Panda by Jonathan Manthorpe
6. A Newfoundlander in Canada by Alan Doyle
7. Brother by David Chariandy
8. The Overnight Kidnapper by Andrea Camilleri
9. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
10. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker


Greetings Book Lovers!

Welcome to spring! Okay, so maybe it’s not quite here yet. Still though, the season of crocuses, roadside puddles, and soft, sprinkling rain is just around the corner! It may not look like it now, but undoubtedly, we’ll all be complaining about the summer heat before we know it! Fresh off a buying stint for forthcoming summer releases, we’re feeling particularly optimistic right now – about the weather and the upcoming publishing season. After all, how can we not be happy now that the heat of the sun is finally permeating the frozen shield of winter and when we know that there are new books from the likes of Ian McEwan, Anthony Horowitz, Jo Nesbo, and Philippa Gregory due to arrive in the coming months?

Thankfully, despite our excitement about the upcoming book season, we won’t have to wait nearly that long to get a great new read! One of the novels that we’re most looking forward to reading this month is the new Andre Alexis book, Days By Moonlight. Written with the same incredible adeptness which gave us Fifteen Dogs and The Hidden Keys, this new story is at once transfixing and mystifying. Centred around a botanist and a professor who set out on an unconventional road trip, it’s left up to the reader to figure out what’s real and what’s not as we travel through town after town, each more bizarre than the last. Reminiscent of Dante‘s Divine Comedy, Alexis‘ novel is a beautiful, thoughtful journey perfect for fans of complex, intellectual narratives. A very different kind of journey awaits us in The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel. When Sophia Barrett leaves her counselling practice for a beautiful town in Cornwall, England in an attempt to work through some of her emotional burdens, she never thought that she would fall into an intriguing mystery and make some new friends in the process. We all know that bookstores are magical places where anything is possible, so when Sophia and her new friend Ginny, a bookstore owner, discover a centuries-old diary, they find themselves on a path of healing and self-discovery that neither could have taken on alone. Sweet and heartwarming, this lovely novel would appeal to fans of Nina George, Jenny Colgan, and Elin Hilderbrand.

There are some moments in life when the only thing that you really want (or need) is to snuggle up with a darkly funny, quirky read that will warm your heart and make you laugh out loud, regardless of your surroundings. Following hot on the heels of her successful debut novel, Pretend I’m Dead, Jen Beagin has gifted us with a sequel just as delightful as its predecessor. Vacuum in the Dark continues the story of Mona, a young woman who cleans houses for a living in New Mexico. After moving to Taos two years earlier because of a bad boyfriend, a junkie known as Mr. Disgusting, Mona’s plans to kick-start her life haven’t really worked out the way she’d like – not only is she still cleaning houses, but she’s somehow replaced her old bad boyfriend with a new one! Charming, unique, and endearing, Mona is a character that readers will have no trouble rooting for as she inexorably stumbles and cartwheels her way forward while attempting to make peace with her past and trying desperately to reshape her future. From darkly funny to darkly twisted, Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce is not only blessed with a jacket we just can’t stop staring at, but it’s the kind of story that keeps you so transfixed that before you know it, you’re on the last page! With a murder case at its heart that’s not quite what it seems, this debut thriller follows a young lawyer as her seemingly perfect life begins to spiral violently out of control. If you liked Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and Jennifer Hillier‘s Jar of Hearts, you will love this novel full of scandals, secrets, and blackmail! We can’t wait to see what this Scottish author will come up with next!

As book lovers, there are few things that give us greater pleasure than reading fascinating books about books, and Edward Wilson-Lee‘s A Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books certainly fits the bill! Steeped in history and one man’s passion for the written word, this multi-faceted book introduces readers to the little-known figure Hernando Colon, the illegitimate son of none other than the famous explorer Christopher Columbus. After the death of his father in 1506, Colon set out to honour his memory by building the world’s greatest library, a collection of every publication every produced – from scholarly texts and literary works to romances and fables. It wasn’t until 1522 when over half his collection was lost in a maritime disaster that this quest became an obsession, and the likelihood of achieving his near-impossible vision began to dwindle. At once riveting and heartbreaking, this incredible account of one book lover’s adventures is a truly unforgettable read! From the high seas to the depths of the earth, Europe: A Natural History by Tim Flannery travels far into the past and treats readers to diverse stories of lost species, meteors, major climate events, and the significant impact humans have had on Europe’s flora and fauna since arriving on the scene. Both enjoyable and educational, this book is perfect for the environmentally curious or anyone who has ever enjoyed an episode or two of the television show Blue Planet!

It’s always a happy day when one of our favourite authors comes out with a new books, so it’s no surprise that the moment we unpacked Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson, we knew it was going to be a good week! She’s won our hearts again and again with her incredibly readable wartime histories – Troublesome Young Men, Citizens of London, Last Hope Island – and this new book about a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman and mother of two who became the leader of a vast intelligence organization during WWII is no different. Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was courageous, strong-willed, and extremely intelligent, and her spy network, Alliance, lasted longer and provided more crucial intelligence to the Allies than any other during the war. It was thanks to Marie-Madeleine and her spies that American and British military commanders had access to the 55-foot long map of beaches and roads on which the Allies landed on D-Day. Written with Olson‘s signature style and expertise, this new book is an incredible and fascinating account of one amazing woman giving her all to her country in dreadful times.

With March Break upon us and summer vacation not too far beyond that, getting the kids stocked up on reading material is something that we can definitely help you with. From the new publishing imprint Rick Riordan Presents, comes a Cuban fantasy full of heart, humour, and the potential to tear a hole in the fabric of space and time! Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez will delight readers just as much as Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard as they follow the unlikely duo of Sal and Gabi on an amazing adventure of magic and fun! And to think, it all starts with a chicken! The Revenge of Magic by James Riley, author of The Story Thieves series, is another winner that’s found its way onto our shelves recently. When magic suddenly re-enters the world through the discovery of powerful magical volumes amidst the bones of ancient dragons, life will never be the same, especially for thirteen-year-old Fort. After losing his father to a giant fantastical creature while on vacation, Fort is invited to join Oppenheimer School in order to learn how to wield this new magic and prevent more attacks from happening. But everything is not as it seems, and it’s up to Fort and his classmates to discover the truth before it’s too late! For all the comic book-loving teens out there, Faith Erin Hicks‘ Comics Will Break Your Heart is a must read! Part Romeo and Juliet story, part ode to comic book super heroes, this charming, funny book about a pair of star-crossed teens from rival families is a perfect read for anyone who loved Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian, or The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson!

Though they don’t take nearly as long to read, some picture books can provide just as much pleasure and delight as a hefty novel! Full of beautiful illustrations by Victoria Tentler-Krylov, Lori Degman‘s Just Read! is a wonderful celebration of imagination, the joy of reading, and the innumerable ways in which we can enjoy books everyday! Written in rhyming couplets and covering every kind of reading from traditional books, to braille, to sheet music, to sign language, this lovely book is sure to entrance even the most reluctant of readers! For a healthy dose of adorable, why not pick up a copy of Tiny T.Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman. There is nothing in the world that can brighten your mood faster than a hug from your best friend. So, when Tiny’s friend Pointy the Stegosaurus is having a bad day, all Tiny wants to do is give him a hug. Unfortunately, this is an understandably difficult thing for Tiny to do with his teeny Tyrannosaurus Rex arms. After asking for advice from all his relatives and doing some vigorous hug training, Tiny comes to the realization that while he is small in stature, his heart is big and even the tiniest arms can give big hugs!

With so many books deserving of their moment in the sun, it’s always hard to pick out the ones to highlight here every month. In light of that, here are a few more recent and forthcoming releases that we’re excited about: Death in Provence by Serena KentThe Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha ShannonThe Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara RobertsonUnto Us a Son is Given by Donna LeonThe Raven Tower by Ann LeckieThe Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa GrayThe Avro Arrow: For the Record by Palmiro CampagnaDevices and Desires by Kate HubbardDark of the West by Joanna HathawayThe Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan (March 19); The Parade by Dave Eggers (March 19); The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear (March 26); The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey (March 26); Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney (April 9).

So, even though we might be jumping the gun a bit by celebrating spring this early in the month, we do know that the snow will eventually go away, the grass will grow, and the birds will come back from their enviable winter holidays. In the meantime, we will take each sunny day we’re given and will even delight in the rainy ones. After all, trips to the bookstore are magical things no matter what the weather is doing!

Happy Reading!

–The Staff at Books on Beechwood


Canada Reads 2019

It’s almost that time of year again. The Canada Reads debates will be airing on CBC Radio One March 25th through the 28th. Whether you follow the show or not, read all the books beforehand, or only read the winner once its announced, this year’s list is definitely worth checking out.

We currently have all five finalists in stock, so be sure to come by and see which one you think the entire country should read.


Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt Och Dag

“When I first saw it, absolutely everything about this book screamed at me to read it! It’s a fairly dark and gruesome story (the whole thing begins with the discovery of a ravaged dead body), but the language is so lyrical and descriptive that you can’t help but be drawn right into the action, grimy city and all! I’ve always loved reading books that I can really disappear into and this historical mystery is perfect for that. So if I suddenly go missing, you might want to start the search in Stockholm circa 1793.”


February 2019 Newsletter


January Bestsellers

1. Crusoe the Worldly Wiener Dog by Ryan Beauchesne
2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
3. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
4. Dog Man #6: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey
5. The Power by Naomi Alderman
6. Erebus by Michael Palin
7. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny
8. The Trail Beckons by Malcolm Hunter
9. Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
10. Love and Ruin by Paula McLain


Greetings Book Lovers!

Welcome to the second month of the year! Although it’s often described as one of the sadder months – with the joys of the holidays behind us and a seemingly endless stretch of winter in front – there are still plenty of ways to keep our spirits up as we continue to trudge through snowbanks and skid down sidewalks. Chief among these spirit-boosters, of course, is the joy that a new book can bring! So, with our city still firmly in winter’s chilly grip, make us your one-stop shop for all your winter survival needs: cozy socks, perfect mugs, and lots and lots of books!

One happy day that we can look forward to during this slightly dreary month is of course Valentine’s Day! Traditionally celebrated as a day of romantic love, we are firmly in the “any love is good love” camp, be it for a parent, a child, a sibling, or a friend! And, although it could never be said that we are not huge fans of chocolates and flowers, it is equally true that we believe cards and books can convey just as much feeling as their more traditional counterparts. We have a wider selection of Valentine’s cards this year than we’ve ever had before, and a lovely collection of love-related books, so be sure to come by and see if you can find that perfect something for that special someone in your life.

Despite what the pundits might say, there are few mediums in the world today that are as versatile as the printed book. It can teach, thrill, haunt, entertain, and offer escape to those who need it; sometimes it can even do all those things at once! One historical fiction series which has pushed many of those buttons for us is Santa Montefiore‘s trilogy about the Deverill family. Centred around an old country estate in Ireland, The Last Secret of the Deverills closes out this sweeping family saga just as the threat of World War II becomes a reality. Predated by Songs of Love and War and Daughters of Castle Deverill, this entire series will find you caught up in the trials and tribulations of a fascinating collection of characters, some of whom you will love, some of whom you will hate, and some of whom you will love to hate! It is the perfect salve for anyone who’s been desperately missing Downton Abbey! With all the stories about strong, independent women that have been making their way into the store in recent months, Marie Benedict‘s novel about the life of Hedy Lamarr couldn’t be more well-timed. The Only Woman in the Room delves beneath the glamorous Hollywood veneer to the fascinating woman beneath. Both intelligent and beautiful, an unwitting spy and a scientist, Hedy Lamarr was undoubtedly a woman ahead of her time!

Winter, especially a winter like we’ve been having, is the perfect time to dive into an epic new fantasy series, and Man Book Prize winner Marlon Jameshas given us an amazing new novel that is not to be missed! Full of fantasy, history, mythology, and Marlon’s own unique imagination, Black Leopard Red Wolf has been touted as an African Game of Thrones. Set around the intriguing and slightly mysterious mercenary, Tracker, this epic fantasy takes readers on an unforgettable adventure through ancient cities and mystical forests as Tracker and his unlikely companions are hired by a slave trader to search for a child who’s been missing for three years. With a slight horror bent to it, Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman is at once a story of greed, trust, and love. Carol has only ever trusted two people with the truth of her strange condition: her gold-digging husband and her lost love. So, when she falls into one of her strange comas – a kind of sleep that is indistinguishable from death – there is only one person who can save her from her husband’s scheme to have her declared dead (and buried) in order to claim her fortune. With the darkness closing in and time working against her, Carol must hope that her own will to survive is enough to save her from her terrible fate should her love not arrive before it’s too late! From the brilliant mind that brought us the chilling novel BIrd Box (soon to be a show on Netflix), this new novel will keep you transfixed from beginning to end!

Amid the seemingly endless number of wartime novels sprouting up these days, it’s not quite as common to come across a true story as captivating as Larry Loftis’ new book Code Name: Lise. As WWII rages across Europe, Odette Sansom, a new agent with the Special Operations Executive, has finally managed to land safely in German-occupied France in order to meet with her commanding officer, Captain Peter Churchill. Together they complete mission after mission successfully, all while evading the clutches of German secret police sergeant Hugo Bleicher. It’s during this time, amidst the danger and subterfuge of a war-ravaged country, that the two fall in love. Even once Bleicher eventually captures Odette and Peter and sends them to concentration camps, their love and loyalty -for their country and each other – don’t waver. Successfully weaving this tale of true courage, patriotism, and love, Loftis has produced an unforgettable book that is deserving of a place on everyone’s reading pile! Leaping forward to the 21st Century, a time of “fake news” and ever-changing media platforms, be sure not to miss Jill Abramson‘s brand new book Merchants of Truth. To illustrate the ongoing battle between print and digital media, this fascinating book looks at four of the biggest players in the business – The New York TimesThe Washington PostBuzzFeed, and VICE – and addresses some serious societal issues that have cropped up over the last decade. A veteran of print media herself, Abramson‘s book is a fair, well-researched work that is a must for anyone who enjoys reading about current affairs.

As usual, there are so many new books and so little space in our newsletter to tell you about them all! Here are some more recent and forthcoming releases that we’re excited to have on our shelves: Find Momo Across Europe by Andrew KnappA Short History of Drunkenness by Mark ForsythThere Are No Bears In This Bakery by Julia Sarcone-RoachThe Royal Rabbits of London by Santa and Simon Sebag MontefioreOn the Come Up by Angie Thomas; A Matter of Malice by Thomas KingA Cathedral of Myth and Boneby Kat HowardHoly Lands by Amanda SthersThe Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan BradleyEarly Riser by Jasper Fforde (February 12); Be My Love by Kit Pearson (February 12)Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong (February 12)An Unfinished Murder by Ann Granger (February 19)The Study of Animal Languages by Lindsay Stern (February 19)A Year in Paris by John Baxter (February 26)The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samatha Shannon (February 26)The Huntress by Kate Quinn (February 26)The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag (March 5)Wings of Olympus by Kallie George (March 5)The Revenge of Magic by James Riley (March 5)See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes (March 12).

Although the days are still snowy and the nights are still cold, there’s nothing that will make you feel better about the weather than having new books to read! Luckily, we are in the perfect position to help you out with that! So strap your cleats onto your boots, tie your scarf up around your neck, and come pay us a visit!

Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood


Holiday Hours

We will be CLOSED on Monday, February 18 for Family Day!
Regular store hours will resume on Tuesday, February 19.

We hope you all have a great long weekend!


Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m ReadingMiss Mink: Life Lessons for a Cat Countess by Janet Hill

“When her life running a cat-friendly cruise line becomes a little too much, Miss Marcella Mink naturally turns to her 67 cats for advice! Their twenty life lessons are what accompany Janet Hill’s whimsical paintings in this beautiful, charming book!
My favourite: ‘Lesson Fourteen – Never let a few raindrops spoil the day.'”


Titles@Table40 with Monique Begin

We’re so excited to be kicking off a new series of Titles@Table40 dinners (and a brand new year) with local politician Monique Begin!

Elected to Parliament in 1972 as one of the first female MPs to hail from Quebec, Begin was not only a breath of fresh air in the House, but a trailblazing female politician! Spanning her life experiences from a childhood spent in Italy, France, and Portugal, through her days as a parliamentarian and Cabinet Minister, to her post-political life as a member of the academic world, Begin’s riveting memoir Ladies, Upstairs! is a wonderful, inspiring read!

Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Table 40, 7 Springfield Road

How it works:
The evening starts at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the bookstore. The non-refundable cost is $70.00 which includes the cost of the meal (a set menu of three courses with a vegetarian option), tax and tip. All beverages are extra and will be charged at the end of the evening.

The Fraser Cafe can accommodate all special dietary needs if we are informed at the bookstore in advance.

Call or visit us to purchase your tickets today!
Books on Beechwood
35 Beechwood Avenue
613-742-5030

January 2019 Newsletter


December Bestsellers

1. The Trail Beckons by Malcolm Hunter
2. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
4. True North Rising by Whit Fraser
5. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny
6. Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi
7. The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
8. French Exit by Patrick DeWitt
9. Erebus by Michael Palin
10. Lost Ottawa: Book Two by David McGee


Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe we’re over a week into 2019 already. Time flies when you’re having fun – and we definitely can’t deny that we have lots of that in the shop every day! From the endless supply of books that surround us, to our very special bookstore team, to all of our wonderful customers who make coming to work such a pleasure; we are really so incredibly fortunate! 2018 was an amazing year for us and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your unwavering support day-in and day-out. It’s because of loyal customers like you that our store gets to keep on plugging along and we get to keep doing this job that is, in our eyes, the best one ever!

January is typically a fairly quiet month for us here at the store, especially after the busy Christmas season, but that doesn’t mean the things grind to a halt! New books are still arriving every day, we’ve got authors coming to visit, and our annual inventory sale is right around the corner! So, things might move at a slightly slower pace this time of year, but there are still lots of reasons to pay us a visit as we make our way through the cold winter months together.

We only have one event to tell you about this month, but it’s a pretty exciting one! Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund (and his person, Ryan Beauchesne) will be here on Saturday, January 12 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm to sign and “pawtograph” copies of Crusoe’s new book, Crusoe, the Worldly Weiner Dog! We are so looking forward to meeting Crusoe and having him here in the store. This is a one of a kind event for us and we really hope you’ll be able to pop by! For those of you who have been asking about our Titles@Table40 series, rest assure that we will be sending out news soon. We have a few things in the works and will let you all know the details as soon as we have them nailed down. Keep your eyes glued to your inbox for announcements in upcoming newsletters and event mail-outs!

Something else that a number of you have been asking us about is our Annual Inventory Sale, and we’re pleased to report that it’s now only days away! From Sunday, January 13 to Saturday, January 26, we will be celebrating winter by offering discounts on pretty much everything in the store. All books will be 30% off, 2019 calendars will be 20% off, and all gift items (such as puzzles, games, bags, mugs, and cards) will be 25% off. Items that won’t be on sale include our small selection of CDs, magazines, items already marked down, and special orders. So, if you have a list of things that Santa wasn’t able to bring you or if your gift card is burning a hole in your pocket, now is the perfect time to come in and have a browse around! After all the excitement of our two week long sale, we’ll be CLOSED on Sunday, January 27 so we can recover…and take an inventory of everything we have left in the store! Our regular store hours will resume on Monday, Janauary 28 at 9:30am.

The last few months of year always tend to be a busy time, but we hope you all managed to find some peace amid the festive fun, and that you enjoyed a holiday season filled with family, friends, laughter, and books! Wishing you all a 2019 marked by good health, happiness, and copious amounts of reading material! If you need help with that last bit, just let us know – we know the perfect place!

Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood


Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m reading: Half Spent Was the Night by Ami McKay

“When I first read The Witches of New York just over two years ago, I completely fell in love with Beatrice, Adelaide, and Eleanor and their magical story. So, naturally, I was extremely excited when I got my hands on this new book! Any chance to spend more time in McKay’s wonderful 19th Century New York!
Featuring a glittering New Year’s Eve masked ball, this magical story of love, friendship, and new beginnings is the perfect book to read this time of year!


 

Our Book Club: January through March 2019

January: The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Date: Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30pm

One of the truly great writers of the century reaches beyond the very top of his game in this uncannily timely knockout of a novel. In quality and compelling scope, this is Rushdie’s The Godfather meets The Great Gatsby–an unparalleled modern-day American thriller, with wonderful, moving characters and a grippingly entertaining story straight out of today’s headlines, set against the panorama of American culture and politics from the inauguration of Obama to post-election Trump.

When powerful real-estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the States under mysterious circumstances, he and his three adult children assume new identities, reinventing themselves as emperors living in a lavish house in downtown Manhattan. Arriving shortly after the inauguration of Barack Obama, he and his sons, each extraordinary in his own right, quickly establish themselves at the apex of New York society, even as Nero Golden continues to raise huge buildings carrying his name in gold letters.
The story of the powerful Golden family is told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, René, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject. René chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis, the arrival of a beautiful former model, betrayal and murder, and far away, in their abandoned homeland, some decent intelligence work that could ruin Nero Golden forever.
Invoking literature, pop culture and the cinema, Rushdie spins the story of the American zeitgeist over the last eight years, hitting every beat: the rise of the birther movement, the Tea Party, and identity politics; Gamergate; the backlash against political correctness; the ascendancy of Superman and Batwoman and the superhero movie; and, of course, the insurgence of a ruthlessly ambitious, narcissistic villain with painted skin and coloured hair.


February: A Newfoundlander in Canada by Alan Doyle

Date: Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30pm

Following the fantastic success of his bestselling memoir, Where I Belong, Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle returns with a hilarious, heartwarming account of leaving Newfoundland and discovering Canada for the first time.

Armed with the same personable, candid style found in his first book, Alan Doyle turns his perspective outward from Petty Harbour toward mainland Canada, reflecting on what it was like to venture away from the comforts of home and the familiarity of the island.
Often in a van, sometimes in a bus, occasionally in a car with broken wipers “using Bob’s belt and a rope found by Paddy’s Pond” to pull them back and forth, Alan and his bandmates charted new territory, and he constantly measured what he saw of the vast country against what his forefathers once called the Daemon Canada. In a period punctuated by triumphant leaps forward for the band, deflating steps backward and everything in between–opening for Barney the Dinosaur at an outdoor music festival, being propositioned at a gas station mail-order bride service in Alberta, drinking moonshine with an elderly church-goer on a Sunday morning in PEI–Alan’s few established notions about Canada were often debunked and his own identity as a Newfoundlander was constantly challenged. Touring the country, he also discovered how others view Newfoundlanders and how skewed these images can sometimes be.
Heartfelt, funny and always insightful, these stories tap into the complexities of community and Canadianness, forming the portrait of a young man from a tiny fishing village trying to define and hold on to his sense of home while navigating a vast and diverse and wonder-filled country.


March: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

Date: Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30pm

The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.

In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest’s relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that could force her to break his heart, and hers.

Heralded by Ann Patchett as “the new star of historical fiction,” Paula McLain brings Gellhorn’s story richly to life and captures her as a heroine for the ages: a woman who will risk absolutely everything to find her own voice.

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.

November 2018 Newsletter


October Bestsellers

1. The Boat People by Sharon Bala
2. Darkest Before the Dawn by Mike Martin
3. All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay
4. Lost Ottawa, Book Two by David McGee
5. French Exit by Patrick deWitt
6. The Secret History of Soldiers by Tim Cook
7. The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
8. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
9. Educated by Tara Westover
10. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald


Greetings Book Lovers!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already November! It feels like only yesterday we were celebrating the arrival of summer, and now here we are staring down the oncoming winter! There is certainly no need to despair though, because with the dark, cold days ahead, we also get to experience the brightest and warmest time of year. From twinkle lights to sparkling snow, cozy blankets to marshmallow-smothered hot chocolate, the holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year! Made all the more wonderful, of course, by all the lovely new books and gifts!

Although it happens every year and we are solely responsible, it’s still amazing to see the transformation that comes over the store this time of year. Not only are there so many more books filling our shelves and front tables, but countless gift items seem to peek out at us from every available surface! From calendars to magnets, mugs to puzzles, zippered pouches to bookmarks, tote bags to card games, there’s a little something for everyone! Our front window is also full to bursting with boxed Christmas cards right now in preparation for sending good wishes across the country and around the world. As in previous years, our selection of Unicef cards hold pride of place alongside innumerable other designs ranging from cute wintry farmyard scenes to glorious angels and festive choirs. Keep your eyes peeled for yet more seasonal items such as advent calendars, wrapping paper, and Christmas crackers – all due to hit shelves next week!

Not only is it a busy time of year for us with all those boxes to open, customers to serve, and orders to fill, but we also have a large number of events going on both in the store and at our favourite local haunt. There are so many, in fact, that we can’t fit them all here in the body of our newsletter! So, to make them a little easier to access and clearer to read, we’ve listed them in their own little box further down in this e-mail. Just scroll down until you get to the big purple box and you’ll know you’ve arrived! Once you’ve finished marking everything down on your own calendar, check out the rest of our newsletter for some of our top picks from among our newest arrivals!

Since the time rolled back last weekend and the evenings have gotten so dark, it’s hard to resist the temptation to simply curl up in the cushioned corner of your favourite couch and delve into a dark, sinister, and slightly unsettling book. Never in favour of discouraging such a notion, we think that Born To Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery might be the perfect reading choice! As the author of timeless classics such as The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Saint Melissa the Mottled, Utter Zoo, and The Evil Garden, Edward Gorey has long held readers entranced with his quirky, tongue-in-cheek stories and spooky line drawings. Now, in this brand new biography, we finally get to take a peek behind the curtain to find out more about this extremely talented, eccentric artist and writer. For anyone who was a teen (or tween) between twenty and thirty years ago,  you can pretty much guarantee that at least a few of the books on your nightstand (and in your bookcase) bore covers featuring ballet shoes, gymnasts, a slumber party scene, or maybe someone horseback riding. That’s because you were living in the golden age of the girl-centric teen book – after the more serious books of the 1970s and before the arrival of the blockbuster YA fantasy trilogies of the 2000s. Now you can take a trip down memory lane with Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss. Full of nostalgic images, fun facts, and hilarious trivia worthy of even the coolest slumber party, this book might just be the perfect thing for that hard-to-buy-for thirty or forty-something in your life!

Although the hockey season is now well underway and the abundance of indoor arenas means that skating can take place pretty much year round, there’s still a strange kind of connection between the depths of winter and the beginning of the skating season. In light of that, every autumn we tend to get a bit of a rush of hockey books coming into the store and this year is no different. After the success of his previous books, Hockey Dad and Hockey Confidential, Canadian broadcaster, journalist, and author Bob McKenzie, along with fellow broadcaster Jim Lang, has gifted sports fans with a collection of stories about Canada’s national game in Everyday Hockey Heroes. Featuring players from all corners of the hockey world, this heartwarming book doesn’t simply relay personal anecdotes, but explores how one sport has become so woven into the fabric of our nation’s identity. From the love of a nation to one individual’s lifelong devotion, Born Into It by Jay Baruchel is a funny, soul-baring memoir about a life spent as a die-hard Habs fan. With his trademark humour and an intense spirit that can only be found in the heart of a true hockey fan, this Ottawa born, Montreal raised writer, actor, director and comedian has written a book that truly encapsulates what it’s like to love a team with every fibre of your being. If it’s not Les Canadiens, but our local Senators that have earned your fervour, why not dip into Chris Stevenson‘s 100 Things Senators Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die? Full of stories from players, fans, team staffers, and hockey watchers past and present, this book can be enjoyed by die-hard and casual fans alike!

Though we promise not to play any Christmas music until December, we don’t really feel guilty for singing “‘Tis the season to read mysteries! Fa la la la la la la la la!” Not just because we enjoy it, but because it’s true! From the talented pen that brought us Moriarty, Magpie Murders, and The Word is Murder, among many others, comes a brand new addition to the James Bond cannon! Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz is a prequel to Ian Fleming‘s first 007 adventure, Casino Royale. Complete with original material by Fleming himself, this new spy novel is a real treat for anyone looking for a riveting, satisfying read! Another familiar name around the store, Lynne Truss, the bestselling author of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, has entered the world of mystery writing with the first book in her new Constable Twitten SeriesA Shot in the Dark. When you combine one keen constable, a lazy captain, new stirrings around a seven-year-old cold case, a fresh murder at the Theatre Royal, and Truss’ signature wit, you’re guaranteed to enjoy every page of this wonderful Brighton-set novel! Since we all know that romance and mystery go together like peanut butter and jam, it’s little wonder that we were so excited to get our hands on Solace Island by Meg Tilly. Though there may not be any murder victims or cunning detectives in this particular story, we were more than satisfied with Tilly’s protagonist spending her time dodging a menacing stalker and being saved and protected by a mysterious, good-looking neighbour! What more could a reader want, really?

Not the first or last list we’ll be making this season, here are a few more recent and upcoming releases that we’re excited about: The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall SmithMy Stories, My Times by Jean Chretien, Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten WhiteCareless Love by Peter RobinsonFinal Report by Rick Mercer, The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve TucholkeA Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. HarrisDefying Limits by Dr. Dave WilliamsThe Library Book by Susan OrleanCujo by Curtis Joseph, The Lotterys More of Less by Emma DonoghueIn a House of Lies by Ian Rankin, Becoming by Michelle Obama (November 13), The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman (November 20), Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny (November 27), Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts (November 27), Murder in the Bookshop by Carolyn Wells (November 29), Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (December 4).

With so many books, events, and gifts to choose from, we predict that you’ll have some serious decision-making ahead of you! Just remember that outside of our newsletter and our website, our staff are always happy to help you out with a book recommendation here or a gift idea there. Helping you find the perfect present for everyone on your list (yourself included) is one of our favourite things, so don’t be shy! There are also still lots of new goodies due to arrive over the coming weeks and we do have some special promotions coming up between now and Christmas, so keep your fingers on the pulse and be sure to pop in and see us every so often!

In the meantime, the weather and the state of our bookshelves are doing a good job of reminding us exactly what time of year it is, so we’re off to get right back to it! We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood


Upcoming Events

Ottawa newspaper editor and columnist turned novelist, Kate Heartfield, will be launching her new time travel adventure book Alice Payne Arrives here in the store from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 13.

Saturday, November 17 will usher in three authors from Canadian publisher Invisible Publishing. Susannah M. Smith, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, and H.B. Hogan will all be here to read from their new publications The Fairy Tale Museum, Port of Being, and This Keeps Happening, respectively. The fun gets started at 7:00pm, so be sure to join us for what promises to be a great evening of poetry and storytelling!

On Sunday, November 18 at 5:30pm, our Titles@Table40 evening with former Governor General David Johnston will kick off! He will be discussing his new book Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country. This event is officially sold out, but we have started a waiting list and you never know what can happen in the span of a week, so give us a call if you want us to add your name to the list!

Newfoundland author, politician, and diplomat, the Honourable Roger Simmons, PC, will be here in the store from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Friday, November 23 to sign copies of his new book The Man in the Arena: From Railway Brat to Diplomat.

Come by the store on Saturday, November 24 between 11:00am and 1:30pm to meet former Canadian Ambassador and Manor Park resident John Graham as he signs copies of his book of political cartoons, Potholes and Politics.

Saturday, December 1 will be a day full of mystery as we’re joined by four authors and members of the Crime Writers of Canada. Brian Lindsay and T.E. Wilson will be here to sign their newest books (Back Story and Mezcalero, respectively) from 10:00am to 12:00pm and you’ll be able to meet and chat with R.J. Harlick and Michael McCann – the authors of Purple Palette for Murder and Persistent Guilt – from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

Local science fiction author Alex Binkley will be here on Sunday, December 2 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm to launch his new novel Ultimate Wizard.

Closing out our Titles@Table40 season for 2018, Whit Fraser will be joining us for dinner on Sunday, December 2 at 5:30pm. He will be discussing his time up North as well as his book True North Rising. There are still a handful of tickets left for this event, so be sure to call us soon if you want to attend.

Whit Fraser will paying us another visit on Saturday, December 15 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm to sign copies of True North Rising here in the store. So, if you can’t make it to dinner earlier in the month, be sure to stop by to say hi!


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Hilary’s Shelf

Fury by Rachel Vincent
(#3 in The Menagerie Trilogy)

“Rachel Vincent is undoubtedly a marvel of the urban fantasy world! I’ve read all her series and am always amazed at how she can build such believable worlds around her characters.

This series is fun and magical, yet full of moral dilemmas that really make you think. Its heroine, Delilah Marlow, is a strong, independent, compassionate woman who stands up for her friends and fights oppression at every turn. I can’t wait to see how her story ends…just a few more pages!”