We are thrilled that this great book has won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. What a wonderful year this has been for Madeleine Thien. ...She has also won the Governor General's Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Do Not Say We Have Nothing illuminates the lives of two generations of families who lived through the cultural revolution. Hannah's favourite from the moment it came out in the spring!
The Governor General's Award for poetry has been awarded to Steven Heighton. Steven is one of our most prolific literary writers. He is a poet, novelist and essayist. The Waking Comes Late is certainly a wake-up call for our future!
Winner of the Governor General Prize for Non-Fiction, A World We Have Lost looks at the early history of Saskatchewan through two extremely important perspectives - the Indigenous and the environmental. This is a world we need to regain!
The Governor General's Award for Young Peoples Literature for text has been given to Calvin by Martine Leavitt.This is a story about a young boy struggling with schizophrenia. In light of the statistics about mental health problems and young people, this is a book that should be read by many.
Winner of the Governor General's Award for Young People's Illustration, Tokyo Digs a Garden is another important warning about how many of us, especially children, are experiencing nature deficit. The story was written by Guelph resident Jon-Erik Lappano. Congratualtions Jon-Erik and illustrator Kellen Hatanaka!
Hey, did you know that our moderator for our Sunday Morning Film Series, Karen Gordon, is David Rocco's co-writer in his newest offering Dolce Famiglia? Read about the people and recipes that have inspired David over the years! Karen will be happy to autograph this perfect Christmas gift for the food lover in your midst. She'll be here Sunday December 6, after the film....normally around 1:30 or 2!
Just awarded the Roger's Trust Prize for Fiction, Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountain will transport you into the chaotic world of French Viet Nam. This compelling and vivid novel was inspired by the history of Yasuko's father's family in French Indochina.
Steer your way through the ruins of the Alter and the Mall
Joseph Boyden has written a powerful and poignant story about Charlie Wenjack and his tragic scoop from his family and his even more tragic attempt to go home to them.
Our bestseller so far this fall will amaze you with detailed information about the many ways trees communicate....and there is scientific data galore to satisfy the rational part of your brain.
The Wonder was shortlisted for the Scotia Giller Prize and received rave reviews in the Guardian and NYT and also a feature article in a recent New Yorker Magazine.
Is Gord Downie the wisest man in Canada? The Bookshelf will donate 10% of sales to support Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action with the guidance of Community Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Community members.
This year's winner of both the Hilary Weston Prize for Non-Fiction and The Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction. A remarkable story about author Deborah Campbell and an Iraqi woman by the name of Ahlam as they try and work together to try and bring some sense to the dangerous world of Syria and Iraq.
General Romeo Dallaire commanded the UN forces during the Rwandan genocide and the stories of the atrocities committed during this time defy imagination. Due to his experience in Rwanda he developed PTSD. Waiting for First Light does an excellent job of breaking down the stigma of mental illness. One of the most important books of 2016!
Drew Hayden Taylor will be our guest on November 20 at 1 p.m. for our Fall gathering and celebration of First Nations, Metis, Inuit cultures. Taking his inspiration from science fiction, Drew reframes some classic tales into an indigenous framework. You might call him a trickster! Our gathering begins at noon!
Inspired after playing the halftime show at the 2009 Superbowl, the Boss decided to write about his life as a real person and musician. Watching him receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom last month was incredible - totally deserving recipient! When I think of an artist that we should build a protective wall around following the loss of numerous musicians in 2016, it is Bruce Springsteen!
We're sure that Wayne has more than 99 stories but here are some to show you how much he really loves this game! It's terrific to hear how he misses the days of the backyard rink, no equipment, no boards!
Guelph resident, professor and prominent Catholic theologian Michael Higgins will be speaking on Nov 3 at 7:30 pm at the Parish Hall of The Basilica of Our Lady. The theme for the talk is Pope Francis's Call for Mercy in an Age of Turmoil. A free event.
Did he show up to receive his Nobel Prize? The answer is no longer blowin in the wind. He sent his good friend Patti Smith, who sang for them. Lucky them!
We are sorry to announce that Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese has died March 10, 2017. Sorrow will be felt around the country and beyond. Embers is his reflections in words and pictures of the pain and ecstasy of being part of this universe.