Randy Ray Signing

Local author Randy Ray will be in the store on Saturday, January 27 from 12:00-2:00pm to sign copies of his new book about the early Canadian folk, pop, and rock pioneers, As the Years Go By….

From the jacket:
“Anyone who grew up in Canada in the 1950s, ’60s and 70s, knows how amazing this country’s music scene was in those magical decades. Etched in our musical memories are great tunes, TV appearances and live shows featuring The Diamonds, Lighthouse, Steppenwolf, Mashmakhan, Patsy Gallant, Bobby Curtola, Susan Jacks, Moxy and Michel Pagliaro, among many others.

Based on hundreds of interviews [this book is] an inside look at the trials and triumphs, good times and bad encountered by performers, managers and producers, including many who hit the big time. The years may have gone by but the memories linger.”

January 2018 Newsletter

December Bestsellers

1. Lost Ottawa by David McGee
2. Potholes and Politics by John Graham
3. Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill
4. Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean
5. From Trudeau to Trudeau by Terry Mosher
6. Munich by Robert Harris
7. Diplomat, Dissident, Spook by Bill Warden
8. A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre
9. From Walk-Up to High-Rise by Heritage Ottawa
10. Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
11. The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
12. The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
13. Les Parisiennes by Anne Sebba
14. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Greg Kinney
15. Lace Up by Jean-Marie Leduc

Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy New Year! We hope you’ve all had a good start to 2018!

It might be cold enough outside to freeze your Winnebago, but we here at Books on Beechwood have just finished conducting an official study that says going out in the cold is good for your health…as long as you’re dressed for it and are heading only as far as the bookstore. So before giving in to the desire to hibernate until spring, be sure to pay us a visit to check out what’s new and to fill in any gaps Santa may have left in your Christmas wish list.

As an added incentive for you to come through our door this month, we will be having our Annual Inventory Sale on in stock items only from now until Saturday, January 20. So, for the next couple of weeks, all books will be 25% off, 2018 calendars will be 40% off, greeting cards will be 25% off, and all games, mugs, puzzles, and other gift items will be 30% off! Items exempted from the sale include CDs, DVDs, magazines, special orders, and the Globe and Mail. To mark the end of our sale, we will be CLOSED on Sunday, January 21 for our annual stock-taking. Regular store hours will resume on Monday, January 22. So, if there’s a special book or game you’ve been eyeing, now it the ideal time to make it an official member of your family!

After taking a break in December, our Book Club is back at it for January! This month’s book, The Chosen Maiden by Eva Stachniak, is a historical novel that explores the lives of the Nijinsky siblings and their very different journeys through the world of ballet in early 20th Century Russia. Moving forward through the winter months, the Book Club will be reading Zadie Smith‘s Swing Time in February and The Light-Keeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol in March. New book club members are always welcome, and can sign up by calling or e-mailing us at the store. For more information on meeting times and places for the next few months, check out the Book Club section on our website. There are two sessions each month, but attendees need only go to one and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

January tends to be a bit of a quieter time of year for retailers, but thankfully the publishing industry never takes a break! Even now, in the depths of winter, new books continue to roll into the store on a daily basis. We just received a surprise treat for all the kids out there: Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey. This fourth book in the Dog Man series finds our canine hero setting his nose to work on another mind-boggling mystery with his new furry feline sidekick, Cat Kid. With the same eye-popping colour and zany style as Pilkey’s earlier series, Captain Underpants, this fun graphic novel series is guaranteed to be a big hit with boys and girls, both young and old!

We’ve also welcomed a number of thrilling and chilling novels into our midst over the last couple of weeks, just in time for the arrival of the long dark. Store favourite Andrea Camilleri has given us yet another Inspector Montalbano mystery in The Pyramid of Mud. This new novel finds our intrepid Italian inspector knee deep in a new case (as well as mud) as he tries to solve a murder on an empty construction site plagued by more than just dead bodies. Mystery juggernaut Peter May continues to garner praise and followers with his many dark and atmospheric mystery series, and we expect response to The Firemaker to be no different. This first book in The China Thrillers series features devoted Beijing detective Li Yan and is sure to please long time fans while continuing to gather new fans into the fold.

Discovering a new author or book series can bring readers just as much joy as revisiting old standbys, so we’re very excited to have so many brand new debut novels in stock right now. Creeping from the world of journalism into the world of publishing, Jane Harper has already earned critical acclaim for her debut mystery, The Dry. Now out in paperback, this riveting story finds FBI Agent Aaron Falk back in his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, twenty years after being run out of town alongside his father. As old wounds are reopened and long buried secrets come to light, it becomes apparent to Aaron that sometimes in order to go forwards, you first have to go back. A.J. Finn is another journalist turned debut novelist with the publication of The Woman in the Window, a psychological thrill-ride great for fans of Alfred Hitchcock and the Film Noir genre. When a recluse in New York sees something she shouldn’t from her window, her world quickly crumbles around her, revealing shocking secrets and causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

With a slight dystopian bent to it, The Wolves of Winter by newbie novelist Tyrell Johnson, is the story of one woman’s struggle for survival in a post nuclear war world. Forced to forage in the Yukon wilderness to support herself and her family, Lynn McBride must decide what she’s truly capable of when a mysterious fugitive arrives on her doorstep, trailing enemies from her past behind him. Back in 1939, if you wanted to leave your past behind, boarding an ocean liner bound for Australia was a pretty good way to do it. This is the situation Lily Shepherd finds herself in in the Agatha Christie-esque novel Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys. Even as the cocktails are being poured and the band is playing well into the night, tensions are rising among the ship’s passengers until the glamour begins to fade and then the unthinkable happens. When the ship finally docks, there are two dead passengers on board, a declaration of war has been made, and Lily knows that even thousands of miles of open ocean isn’t enough to keep her past at bay.

No matter how excited we are about the books that we have in stock right now, we have to save a little of our enthusiasm for all the great titles that have yet to hit the ground. Here are a few that we’re looking forward to getting our hands on: Winter by Ali Smith (January 9), the second book in her quartet which began with AutumnThe Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes (January 23) of Downton Abbey fame; This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong (January 30), the third installment of her Rockton Series, followup to City of the Lost and A Darkness AbsoluteThe Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (February 6), the acclaimed author of The Nightingale.

Finally, keep an eye on our newsletter, Facebook page, and website in coming weeks and months to learn about all the different events we will be hosting in and out of the store through the rest of the winter. We may not have any Titles@Table40 events to tell you about just yet, but never fear! Our ever popular dinner series will be back in the spring, so stay tuned!

After enjoying a holiday season full of hustle and bustle, the over-stimulation of family gatherings, and maybe one too many eggnogs, it’s not hard to convince ourselves to spend the first two months of this new year hibernating in order to recharge our emotional and physical batteries. While we here at Books on Beechwood are big proponents of cocooning ourselves under cozy blankets with our favourite books, even the most die-hard bookworm needs some bracing winter air every now and then. So, be sure to stop by – it’s a little known fact that while books may not look like blankets, they’ll keep you ten times warmer!

Wishing you a Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Winter 2018 Book Club List

January: The Chosen Maiden by Eva Stachniak

Session 1: Wednesday, January 10 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, January 31 at 7:30pm

February: Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Session 1: Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30pm

March: The Light-Keeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

Session 1: Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30pm

Attendees only need to attend one session per month and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. New members are always welcome.

For more information or to join the Book Club, give us a call at 613-742-5030 or send us an e-mail at staff@booksonbeechwood.ca

Happy Reading!

The Twelve Days of Penguin Random House Christmas

It’s Twelve Days of Penguin Random House Christmas time again!

Starting on Wednesday, December 13 and carrying us through to Sunday, December 24, we will be featuring one Penguin Random House title each day at 30% off!

Here’s this year’s list:

Wednesday, December 13: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
Thursday, December 14: Lost in September by Kathleen Winter
Friday, December 15: All We Leave Behind by Carol Off
Saturday, December 16: Feast by Lindsay Anderson
Sunday, December 17: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Monday, December 18: A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre
Tuesday, December 19: Vimy by Tim Cook
Wednesday, December 20: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Thursday, December 21: Artemis by Andy Weir
Friday, December 22: Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi
Saturday, December 23: Munich by Robert Harris
Sunday, December 24: Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean

December 2017 Newsletter

The Books on Beechwood
Top Ten Books of 2017
1. Lost Ottawa by David McGee
From Trudeau to Trudeau by Terry Mosher
An ABC of Ottawa by Miriam Bloom
Alice MacKenzie by Mark Curfoot-Mollington
The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
Crying for the Moon by Mary Walsh
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Greetings Book Lovers!

The weather outside may not quite be frightful, but the inside of the store is looking delightful! Our shelves are packed tight with books, games, mugs, toys, CDs, puzzles, and seasonal goodies for all your shopping needs, and our staff are all geared up to help you – and all the Santas out there – find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

As we announced in our mini newsletter last week, we will soon be celebrating the season in classic book style with our Twelve Days of Penguin Random House Christmas! Starting on Wednesday, December 13, we will be featuring one Penguin Random House title at 30% off per day until Christmas Eve. Hitting some of this year’s book publishing highlights, our Twelve Days has a little something for everyone on your shopping list – the history buff, the fantasy lover, the spymaster, the baker, the YA fan, and the one who loves all things Christmas! Scroll down for a full list of titles and mark your calendars for this coming Wednesday when we’ll be kicking things off with The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman!

With so many books to choose from, it’s always hard to find that perfect read for the ones we love – or ourselves, for that matter. Luckily, there’s nothing we enjoy more, here at the store, than helping our customers find exactly what they’re looking for! So we thought we would highlight one top holiday pick each here, to give you all some inspiration before making your way down to the store.

Antoinette’s Pick:
Brother by David Chariandy
This is the story of two brothers growing up in Scarborough, Ontario where a wrong choice or move with local police can change many lives. It’s at once tender, heartbreaking, and poetic.

Bridget’s Pick:
Les Parisiennes by Anne Sebba
This book is a rich, insightful and fascinating look at the lives of women during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Some we know – Coco Chanel, Elizabeth de Rothschild, Jeanne Lanvin – and many will be revealed in all their complexity. Sebba rejects depicting the occupation as a black and white situation but a time of constant moral ambiguity. This is popular social history at its best.

David’s Pick:
Dark Run by Mike Brooks
Reminiscent of Firefly, this is a quick read in the classic space opera style. It features a maverick captain and his assorted crew and their adventures across space.

Hilary’s Pick:
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling (ages 8-12)
This is perfection in book form! Funny, strong, charming, and sweet, Aven will steal your heart even as she makes you laugh till your sides split. This is easily my favourite book of the year!

Jill’s Pick:
Jane Austen: The Banker’s Sister by E.J. Clery
Janites and non-Janites alike will enjoy reading about the relationship between Jane and her banker brother, Henry, who supported and encouraged his sister in her determination to become a published author.

Stephanie’s Pick:
Three Pleasures by Terry Watada
It’s the 1940’s in Vancouver, the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbour, and racial tensions are building. This is an intimate and passionate novel concerning a painful period in Canadian history.

Dickon’s Pick:
Dog Bingo
No, it’s not a book, but Dickon really isn’t much of a reader. He played this at a friend’s cottage over the summer and loved it. You match dog breeds (with pictures and descriptions) rather than numbers and letters. It’s a perfect family present and he begrudgingly thinks you should know that there are Cat, Bird, Bug, and Royal Family editions too.

Once you’ve finished your holiday shopping, if the thought of then sitting down and wrapping all your gifts has got you down, never fear! We can help you there too! As in previous years, we will be offering free Christmas wrapping for your bookstore purchases from now until Christmas Eve. Choose between festive wrapping papers and holiday themed gift bags for all your seasonal goodies! The availability of this service will depend on how busy our staff are at the time, but you can always leave your purchases with us and we will be happy to have them wrapped for you by the following day. On the other hand, if you’re like some of our staff and can’t think of anything you’d enjoy more than wrapping and decorating presents, don’t forget that we have some lovely rolls of gift wrap for sale in the store as well!

Even at this time of year, there are still new titles arriving every day and we’re busily sending out orders to keep our shelves stocked with all the highlights of the season, plus our staff favourites, of course! The deadlines for our final Christmas orders are fast approaching, so be sure to get your requests in soon so your special gift is safely wrapped and sitting under the tree come Christmas morning.

To further enhance your shopping experience, we’ll be observing some slight changes in our hours over the next two weekends. On Saturday, December 16 and 23, we’ll be open from 9:30am to 6:00pm and on Sunday, December 17, we’ll be open from 11:00am to 6:00pm. On Christmas Eve, we’ll be opening our doors at 9:00am and will be on site to help with any of your last-minute gift buying until 3:00pm.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached December already! As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun! And there’s no denying that we have a lot of fun at the store every day! We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the wonderful support you’ve given us over the last year. It’s only with loyal customers like you that independent businesses like ours can survive, and we can’t thank you enough for continuing to make our store a part of your daily life

From our bookstore family to yours, we wish you all a very merry Christmas, a happy holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous new year!

Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

The Twelve Days of Penguin Random House Christmas

Wednesday, December 13: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
Thursday, December 14: Lost in September by Kathleen Winter
Friday, December 15: All We Leave Behind by Carol Off
Saturday, December 16: Feast by Lindsay Anderson
Sunday, December 17: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Monday, December 18: A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre
Tuesday, December 19: Vimy by Tim Cook
Wednesday, December 20: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Thursday, December 21: Artemis by Andy Weir
Friday, December 22: Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi
Saturday, December 23: Munich by Robert Harris
Sunday, December 24: Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean

On My Shelf

Staff Member: Hilary
What I’m Reading: Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi
With Christmas fast approaching, I’m sure I’m not the only one with baking on the brain! Always on the hunt for new recipes, I found this book a real treat to browse and bake from. Full of elegant and tasty recipes, this newest offering from the incredible Yotam Ottolenghi gets this baker’s two thumbs up! Look out Chocolate and Peanut Butter S’mores, here I come!”

Francois Mai Book Launch

Local author Francois Mai will be in the store on Thursday, November 30 from 6:00-8:00pm to launch his new novel Father, Unknown.

About the book:

Father, Unknown is a beautifully crafted novel of a family struggling to survive before, during, and after the French revolution. It is a story of courage, devotion, mystery, and betrayal, set against the dramatic backdrop of the harrowing and violent days that accompanied the creation of the Republic under Maximillien Robespierre. Through Francois Mai’s powerful gift of description, one almost feels the bite of the guillotine, along with the tragic consequences of the revolution on the French people.”

Be sure to come by the store to meet Francois, have a chat, enjoy some yummy snacks, and buy a book or two!

Bob Plamondon Signing

Local author, consultant, and historian, Bob Plamondon will be in the store on Sunday, November 26 from 2:00-4:00pm to sign copies of his new book about Jean Chretien, The Shawinigan Fox. Uncovering some of the truths and misconceptions about this often controversial Prime Minister, this new political biography is a must-add for your Christmas wish list!

About the book:
“Jean Chrétien’s critics have said he was a man with no vision and a short attention span — a small-town hick who stumbled his way to become Canada’s 20th prime minister. Whatever credit the Chrétien government deserved was often given to Paul Martin, the heir apparent who was touted to be the brains behind the operation.

But while Chretien was the subject of ridicule, he was quietly giving his competitors — both inside and outside of the Liberal party — a master class in politics, leadership, and nation-building.

Until now, the story of Chretien’s time as prime minister has been largely misunderstood. Plamondon sets the record straight and provides compelling lessons about political leadership and problem-solving from a critical chapter in Canadian history.”

Claire Smith Launch

Join us on Sunday, December 3 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to meet former local Olympian, Claire Smith. She has written a memoir entitled Falling Into Now: Memories of Sport, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Education which tells the story of her recovery from a brain injury sustained when she fell from her horse at an international competition.

Claire’s memoir captivates readers with its heart-wrenching description of her life during the first three years of her recovery. When she realized she had no choice but to relinquish her equestrian identity, her journey became one of reinvention. She eventually went on to compete in triathlons and ran several half marathons, before losing her power to run and ride because of Dystonia.

Claire’s compelling story is one of loss intermingled with achievement, and is sure to engage and inspire readers of all ages.

For more information, visit Claire’s website:

Dog-Eared Books Event

On Saturday, November 25, we have a very special treat planned for you! Two authors from the newly-minted Ottawa publishing house, Dog-Eared Books will be in the store to promote their newest releases. Be sure to come by to meet Tanis Browning-Shelp and Larry McCloskey who will be signing their new teen novels. Copies of their fellow writer, Susan Prosser‘s newest non-fiction release will be available as well, though Susan is unable to join us in person.

It’s going to be a great event, so we hope to see you here!

Dog-Eared Books is an independent Ottawa book publisher whose mission is to make books with good stories, strong characters, and positive themes. The publishing house has released three new titles this fall:

Crushed by Tanis Browning-Shelp
Second in the Maryn O’Brien Series, teen mountain biking sensation Maryn O’Brien is going all out as she closes in on her goal of racing in the Olympics. But then love enters her life and she finds herself at a crossroads.

The Dog Who Cried Snake by Larry McCloskey
Life is never easy on the street, especially during the coldest week of a cold winter, in one of the coldest capitals in the world. Mickey, a feisty old woman, and her dog Max get by on the street, determined to solve the mysterious death of a friend and save their pals.

Growing Home by Susan Prosser
Growing Home is a self help book designed to encourage readers to live their lives in self awareness, self love and self compassion so that they can grow to become their best and truest selves in order to live healthier lives and extend their compassion and goodwill to others.