Holiday Hours

“The 24th of May is the Queen’s birthday! If we don’t get a holiday, we’ll all run away!”

Okay, so we won’t actually run away, but just in case, we’ll be CLOSED on Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day.

Regular hours will be in effect on Saturday and Sunday.

Have a great long weekend

May 2018 Newsletter

April Bestsellers

1. A Higher Loyalty by James Comey
2. Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto
3. Lost Ottawa by David McGee
4. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
5. Marinating in Murder by Linda Wiken
6. Tangerine by Christine Mangan
7. Back to Beer…and Hockey by Helen Antoniou
8. Master of Persuasion by Fen Hampson
9. The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon
10. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Greetings Book Lovers!

Is it spring? Has it finally arrived? It’s still a little hard to tell, but it looks like we might be in the clear now. Maybe we should go knock on wood, just in case. Well, working on the assumption that we have finally switched seasons, it must be time to start thinking about all that summer reading we’re all going to get done. Just as a friendly suggestion, if this year is the one you’ve chosen to finally get through Ulysses by James Joyce, you might want to get cracking because there are lots of other great books coming into the store that you’ll certainly want to sink your teeth into before the cool autumnal breezes make their triumphant return.

Well before that happens though (we hope) we are so happy to be hosting our first Titles@Table40 dinner of 2018! On Sunday, June 3, local political writer and university professor Fen Osler Hampson will be joining us at our favourite local restaurant to talk about his brand new book Master of Persuasion: Brian Mulroney’s Global Legacy. We’re so excited to have Fen joining us and are looking forward to welcoming you all to our first evening of great books and delicious food of the season!

If you’re new to our Titles@Table40 series or need a bit of a refresher, here’s a brief outline of how things work. 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 $60.00which 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 informed in advance. Tickets are now on sale, so be sure to call or visit us to get yours soon – they tend to go quickly and we do only have a limited amount of space in the restaurant.

Another local author who will be paying us a visit this month to sell copies of his new novel is Manor Park resident David Goldfield. After the great success of his official launch last month, David will be here in the store on Saturday, May 19 from 11:00am to 3:00pm to sign copies of Into the Volcano – a thriller set in Latin America which is full of murder, greed, and corruption. Inspired by true events, this edge-of-your-seat read is definitely worth a look, so be sure to come down to meet David, buy a book, and get it signed!

Excited doesn’t begin to describe how we’re feeling about the recent arrival of new novels by some of our favourite historical fiction writers. After waiting for two and half excruciating years, we finally have another novel by Paula McLainto enjoy and devour. Love and Ruin returns readers to the world of Ernest Hemingway and his wives as we follow the story of Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s third wife, a fiercely independent woman who went on to become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th Century. Set against a backdrop of political conflict and national wars, this passionate love story comes to a head when Martha and Ernest find themselves at a life-changing crossroads with no idea which path they should take. Susanna Kearsley is a staff favourite here at the store, and a new release from her is always greeted with great cheers…and sometimes dancing. Gently picking up a story thread from her last novel, A Desperate FortuneBellewether features museum curator Charley Van Hoek in her new position at the Wilde House Museum in Long Island. While coming up against trifling protestations from a very determined museum board left, right, and centre, Charley finds herself falling deeper into local legends when she comes across evidence of French Canadian soldiers having been billeted in Wilde House in the mid-18th Century. Switching back and forth between Charley’s story and that of Lydia Wilde set in 1759, Kearsley delivers yet another wonderful novel that will make readers fall in love with history as only she can.

Described as “vintage Margaret Atwood meets Patricia Highsmith”, The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye is a captivating novel that will carry you away on a wave of beautiful writing and intriguing incidents. Set on a seemingly idyllic honey farm, boarders Silvia and Ibrahim soon come to realize that what they thought would be an inspirational, relaxing retreat – the perfect place to nurture their artistic pursuits – is not all that it seems. Full of dark secrets, paralyzing doubts, and one shocking conclusion, this debut novel will knock your socks off! Beloved author Ngaio Marsh may have passed away over thirty years ago, but her gripping mystery stories continue to live on. With the help of author Stella Duffy, Roderick Alleyn is now back with a brand new story to tell and an intriguing mystery to solve. Money in the Morgue is a novel started by Marsh during World War II and finished by Stella Duffy in a style so true to its creator, it reads like any of the classic Roderick Alleyn mysteries. Featuring a group of quarantined soldiers, an employee love triangle, a treacherous storm, and a hospital without power, it’s no wonder that the death toll begins to rise!

It’s impossible for us to let a month go by without highlighting some kind of book-related book that’s found a home on our shelves, and My Life With Bob by Pamela Paul is the one that’s captured our attention this time around! Imagine having kept a record of all the books you’ve ever read from childhood on up? Well, Pamela Paul has done just that. From her days reading books like Sweet Valley High through to Anna Karenina and Catch-22, Pamela has carried Bob (her Book of Books) with her from school to school, job to job, and apartment to house, and in this new book, she explores the deep and meaningful relationship between book and reader and how each one affects the other. This is a truly unique book that we can all relate to, whether we have a Bob of our own or not.

During the course of our days, we don’t get to spend nearly as much time in the children’s section as we would like. When we do get the chance to pop back there though, we always manage to find some lovely new stories that we can’t wait to share. Here, George! by Sandra Boynton is an adorable new board book from an author who is arguable the Queen of the children’s book. Illustrator George Booth helps Boynton bring to life the story of George, a sweet dog who likes to sit and sleep. One day, when his owners go out, George discovers that there’s something he might like even more than sitting and sleeping…dancing! Be prepared to read it more than once though, because George the dog is going to appeal to your little ones just as much as Boynton’s cows, pigs, frogs, and chickens! Just as silly and funny as its predecessor Mustache Baby, Bridget Heos‘ new board book, Mustache Baby Meets His Match, is full of hilarious scenarios which send Mustache Baby and Beard Baby through the imaginative worlds of the Wild West, the wrestling ring, a pirate ship, and many more as they try to reconcile their differences and become friends. In a world full of cute concept books, Contrary Dogs by Elo is right up there at the top of our list. With very simple words and illustrations, this book’s winning feature is the flaps that lift up, down, and to the side to alter each image from one thing to its opposite. Full of wonderful colours and patterns, every child will be able to glean something from this thoroughly appealing book.

Arguably the most sought-after author in our children’s section, Rick Riordannever seems to take a break – much to the delight of our younger customers! His most recent offering is The Burning Maze, the third book in the Trials of Apollo series. This new adventure finds awkward teenager Lester (formerly the glorious god Apollo) on a mission to retain his place on Mount Olympus all while being stuck baby-sitting Demeter’s daughter Meg, not something he’s overly thrilled about. If nothing else, that fact alone with ring true with any Riordan fans who have younger siblings. Missing Mike by Shari Green is a heart-wrenching story about the love of a girl for her dog and the extraordinary circumstances that come between them. When her town is evacuated because of a forest fire, Cara’s dog Mike gets nervous and runs off, so she and her family are forced to leave without him. Once the stress of outrunning the fire has passed, Cara begins to think about what bits of her life might be left when they’re allowed to return home, and she can’t stop thinking about Mike. As she tries to settle into her new (if temporary) situation, Cara’s idea of home begins to change, but her love and devotion to Mike remains – she will do whatever it takes to find him, even if it means heading back home on her own.

As usual, it’s impossible to talk about all the books we love in these few paragraphs, so here’s a list of some of the other recent and upcoming releases that we’re excited about reading: Warlight by Michael OndaatjeStay Sweet by Siobhan VivianPudding’ by Julie MurphyThe Perfectionists by Simon WinchesterRobin by Dave Itzkoff (May 15); A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe (May 15); Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Pulitzer Prize Winner Fiction – May 22); Once and For All by Sarah Dessen (May 22); The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet (May 22); I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by David Chariandy (May 29); Save the Date by Morgan Matson (June 5); Chasing the Wind by C.C. Humphreys (June 5); Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton (June 5).

It’s hard to believe that spring is finally here, but really, spring or no spring, it’s never too early to start thinking about your summer reading list (or your spring one for that matter)! So, whether you’re looking for books for yourself, as gifts, or for your kids, there are lots to choose from on our store shelves. Still having trouble deciding what you want? Don’t hesitate to ask us for advice – our staff are always more than happy to help you narrow down your options!

Happy Shopping and Happy Reading!

— The Staff of Books on Beechwood

On My Shelf

Staff Member: Hilary
What I’m Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller
“On their own, the Greek myths are some of the most colourful and intriguing stories in our world. And when those stories are put into the hands of a gifted writer, they are given an unforgettable second life.
In this novel of Circe, a daughter of the Titan Helios, the ancient Greek world unfurls before us with bright streaks of light, salty ocean spray, and cruel twists of fate like only the Greek gods can do. I haven’t been able to put it down since I started reading it!”

David Goldfield Signing

Local author and Manor Park resident David Goldfield will be paying us a visit next weekend to sell copies of his new novel. After the great success of his official launch last month, David will be here in the store from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, May 19 to sign copies of Into the Volcano – a thriller set in Latin America which is full of murder, greed, and corruption.

Inspired by true events, this edge-of-your-seat read is definitely worth a look, so be sure to come down to meet David, buy a book, and get it signed!

Titles@Table40 with Fen Hampson

Local political writer and university professor Fen Hampson will be joining us at our favourite neighbourhood restaurant next month for our first Titles@Table40 event of 2018! He will be talking about his new book Master of Persuasion: Brian Mulroney’s Global Legacy.

Date: Sunday, June 3
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Table 40, 7 Springfield Road (next to The Fraser Cafe)

Here’s 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 $60.00 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’re informed at the bookstore in advance.

Call or visit us to purchase your tickets today!
Books on Beechwood
35 Beechwood Avenue

Ann Shortell Book Launch

Toronto author, Ann Shortell will be in the store on Sunday, May 6 to launch her new novel, Celtic Knot. Shortlisted for a 2017 Arthur Ellis ‘Unhanged Arthur’ Award, this re-imagining of a shocking event in Canadian history is a riveting read for fans of historical fiction and mystery lovers alike.

About the book:

“1868 Ottawa
D’Arcy McGee is assassinated. As John A. Macdonald cradles his friend’s bloody head, he blames transplanted Irish terrorists: the Fenian Brotherhood. Within a day, Patrick James Whelan is arrested. After a show trial, Whelan is publicly hanged.
That much is history. Did Whelan do the deed?

What if Clara Swift, a mere slip of a girl, sees the trace-line of a buggy turn off Sparks Street, moments after the murder? What if housemaid Clara understands her dead mentor’s shorthand, and forges an unlikely alliance with the Prime Minister’s investigator? And ends up being trusted by the condemned man’s wife — and by Lady Agnes Macdonald . . .

Celtic Knot.
It’s reimagining a crisis that tested a nation.
It’s history with a mystery.
It’s A Clara Swift Tale.
And it all begins with a shot in the dark.​”

Be sure not to miss this great event!

Lisa Khera Signing

Local author Lisa Khera will be in the store on Saturday, May 5 from 12:00-2:00pm to sign copies of her new co-authored book Women Who Inspire.

About Lisa’s chapter, “Lessons from the Core”:

“In the Women Who Inspire book, Lisa Khera’s chapter on wanting to make a change to her business (life) and not doing it until she is forced to through events outside of her control is so relatable. She shares her story of going back and forth about slowing down and changing certain aspects of her business but not doing them until one day a faithful accident happens that makes it so she can’t teach anymore. Her story of overcoming what could be a wholly negative experience is a reminder that things happen ‘for us’ not ‘to us’.”

David Goldfield Book Launch

Join local author David Goldfield for the launch of his novel Into the Volcano at the Rideau Sports Centre (1 Donald Street) on Friday, April 27 from 6:00-9:00pm.

“Set in Latin America, Into the Volcano is a novel inspired by true events that occurred over the last ten years. The story follows the chilling exploits of a husband and wife who commit a series of murders, targeting expats and their properties in several countries across Central America. At the same time, a populist president uses his own ruthless tactics to deepen his own pockets and consolidate power. The story is a grim reminder that greed and corruption exists at all levels in society…”

We’ll be there selling books, so be sure to stop by the book-selling table to say hi…and to buy a book!

Tips for a bookish March Break: Hilary was on CBC!

Hilary was on CBC’s Ottawa Morning show over the March break..

Tips for a bookish March Break. We ask a local librarian and bookstore manager for their surefire slamdunk reads for kids.

Have a listen on the CBC website. There was also an accompanying article with all the details from the radio piece.

A local copy of the article and audio are also available if the originals above go missing.

Linda Wiken Book Launch


That’s right, the weather has gotten the best of us today, so our launch with Linda Wiken will now be taking place on Sunday, April 22 from 3:00-5:00pm instead of today. We hope to see you all then!

Local mystery author Linda Wiken will be here on Sunday, April 22 to launch Marinating in Murder, the third book in her Dinner Club Mystery Series. The launch will take place 3:00-5:00pm, complete with snacks, refreshments, and a reading!

Linda is also the author of The Ashton Corners Book Club Series, penned under her pseudonym, Erika Chase.

April 2018 Newsletter

March Bestsellers

1. The Light-Keeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol
2. Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto
3. The Boat People by Sharon Bala
4. My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
5. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
6. Trumpocracy by David Frum
7. Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson
8. Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
9. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Greetings Book Lovers!

With the cold wind and sporadic snow flurries happening outside, it’s hard to believe we just celebrated Easter – a holiday that calls to mind images of baby animals, green grass, and new growth. However, the calendar doesn’t lie and April really is here. So, while there may not be buds on our trees or flowers poking exploratory shoots out of the ground, we’re well on our way to those treasured days when we can read out in the garden, and maybe even fall asleep in our favourite hammock…with our book on our face, of course!

Thankfully, book releases are never affected by unseasonable weather, so despite it not being spring-like outside, all the lovely new spring books are still arriving here in the store and there’s quite a bit to be excited about. Picking up the plot threads from his intriguing and mysterious novel about London’s Great Fire, The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor has penned us another treasure in The Fire Court. Set right on the heels of its predecessor, this new story finds Cat Lovett and James Marwood working together yet again to solve another mysterious crime as the newly appointed Fire Court attempts to get to the bottom of the Great Fire itself. The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie (a favourite author of ours) is a new thriller that we just can’t get enough of! Centred around a devastating explosion and an unlikely reunion, this novel is full of suspicious characters, dangerous secrets, and well-crafted lies that will keep you guessing (and reading) well into the night.

A true booklover’s book, Liam Callahan‘s Paris by the Book is a charming story about family, books, and Paris. With a bit of mystery sprinkled throughout, the only thing better might be an actual trip to Paris! (N.B. “Actual trip to Paris” sold separately.) If ancient Greece is more your speed, then Circe by Madeline Miller is the book for you! After the enormous success of her debut novel, The Song of Achilles (it won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction), fans have been eagerly awaiting this return to the birthplace of myth and magic. As a reimagining of the life of Circe, the formidable sorceress from Homer‘s The Odyssey, this novel sets its roots in the powerful and dangerous halls of the Greek Gods and introduces readers to the amazing and intoxicating life of a powerful woman trying to find her place in a world ruled by men and monsters set on her destruction. Marinating in Murder by local mystery author Linda Wiken is the third book in her charming Dinner Club Mystery series. When your dinner club is planning a picnic, finding a dead body in the back of an SUV is the last thing you expect – especially when that body belongs to the ex-husband of a police officer. Not only can you buy a copy of this great book in the store now and find out whodunnit, but on Sunday, April 15, you can meet the author! Linda will be here between 3:00pm and 5:00pm to chat and sign copies of her new book, as well as books from her previous series The Ashton Corners Book Club.

While spring is not a traditionally busy time of year for non-fiction releases, there are still lots of gems to be had for book lovers who prefer having a little more realism on their nightstands. Arguably one of the most influential and successful kings in history, Alexander the Great, during his short, war-filled life, amassed an incredible fortune of jewels, gold, land, and slaves, all while changing the face of the world in incredible ways. In The Treasures of Alexander the Great by Frank L. Holt, readers will explore Alexander’s life and times through these spoils of war that he collected while creating one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen. Welsh Classical historian, Adrian Goldsworthy introduces us to a famous relic of another great ancient empire in his new book Hadrian’s Wall. Built by the Romans in the fifth century, there are just as many mysteries about this eighty mile long wall as there are facts. Was it really meant to keep the Pictish people in the North where they belonged? What would life have been like for a Roman soldier posted in one of the forts along the wall? Goldsworthy endeavours to answer these questions, and many more, in this archaeological investigation to unravel fact from the legends sealing the very stones on this fascinating ruin from Britain’s colourful past.

Never one to be left behind, our children’s section has also welcomed some great new additions to its shelves recently. For the little ones, Bark Park! by Trudy Krisner is an adorable book about all the fun our canine friends can have – and the trouble they can get into – when they visit the park. David Miles‘ story Unicorn (and Horse) explores ideas of friendship and celebrates the ways in which we’re different as well as the ones in which we’re the same. Unicorn has a glorious mane, perfect teeth, and eats cupcakes for breakfast…Horse does not. Though Horse might be a bit jealous of all the things that Unicorn has, when his horned companion gets kidnapped in the middle of the night, Horse is the only one who can save him. This story is great for any kids who loved A Horse Named Steve by Kelly Collier and Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie SimaA Couch for Llama by Leah Gilbert is destined to become a bedtime classic! Sweet and charming, this book tells the story of a family who buy a new couch, but lose it from the top of their car on the way home. When it lands squarely in a roadside pasture. What follows is a hilarious game of trial and error as the pasture’s resident llama tries to makes sense of his new red-cushioned companion.

If you have a child at home who is chomping at the bit for the next Rick Riordan book (the third book in the Trials of Apollo series is due to arrive May 1), but can’t wait until next month, we have a solution for you! Continuing in the same vein as Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Magnus Chase and the Gods of AsgardAru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi is the first in a new fantasy series from a new imprint, Rick Riordan Presents. Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has been known to exaggerate her stories sometimes in order to fit in with the other kids at school, but when a few of her classmates try to catch her in a lie, she’s plunged into a world of Indian deities and an adventure that will change her life. From Jesse Andrews, the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, comes a brand new teen novel that is at once funny and thought-provoking. Munmun is set in a world very similar to our own, but with one major difference – the amount of money you have determines your physical size. When you’re littlepoor and smaller than a common rat, it’s not just the trials and tribulations of daily life that you have to worry about, but the very real danger of being stepped on or attacked by anything bigger than you. So when their house gets crushed, Warner and his sister Prayer must battle against all the odds to somehow earn more munmun and grow their way out of daily danger. Well known for her science fiction books for kids and teens, Margaret Peterson Haddix has now added contemporary teen novel to her repertoire with The Summer of Broken Things. Featuring a summer trip to Spain, some strange travel companions, and family secrets just waiting to be unveiled, this book is a perfect spring (or summer) read for fans of Sarah Dessen, Morgan Matson, and Kim Culbertson.

Unfortunately, our newsletter is only so long, and there are so many other new and forthcoming releases to discover and enjoy! Here are some of the ones we’re most excited about: Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi, Tangerineby Christine Mangan, The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George, The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna LeonConviction by Kelly Loy GilbertMacbeth by Jo Nesbo (April 10), Master of Persuasion: Brian Mulroney’s Global Legacy by Fen Osler Hampson (April 10), Moon by Alison Oliver (April 10), Vi by Kim Thuy (April 10), The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman (April 17), The Boy on the Beach by Tima Kurdi (April 17), Belleweather by Susanna Kearsley (April 24), When We Were Birds by Maria Mutch (April 24), Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlin (May 1), Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (May 1), The Game of Hope by Sandra Gulland(May 1).

Not to drive the metaphor home too hard, but spending time in the store over the last couple of weeks really has felt like watching a garden bloom. With bright new books arriving every day, getting that springy feeling inside is especially nice this year given what’s been going on outside. Thankfully though, despite the fact that there are a few groundhogs out there that have a lot to answer for, as book lovers we have the ultimate escape available to us. So, escape the chilly weather and pay us a visit to find solace inside our walls lined with great novels and riveting non-fiction.

Happy Reading!

— The Staff of Books on Beechwood

On My Shelf

Staff Member: Hilary
What I’m Reading: My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran

“I have read a fair number of romance novels in my time, but this one is by far the funniest and most entertaining! This adult choose-your-own-adventure book will keep you occupied for ages as you star in your own story and make choice after choice to determine your own literary future. Will you end up living in the Highlands, taking care of wartime orphans? Ruling society as a very rich widow? Or maybe running around the Egyptian desert with your lady love? Only you can decide!”