Welcome to A Novel Spot!
A staff photo from November 2013 (l-r: Chris, Susan, Sarah [store owner], Helen, and Diane)
AUGUST 2014 NEWS:
We have two authors visiting this month. First up is Ben Macintyre on Monday, August 11th at 2:30 p.m. His newest book A Spy Among Friends delves into the life of the notorious spy Kim Philby, an MI6 spy who sold British secrets to the Soviets. Macintyre is the author of Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, and Double Cross. This event is sure to fill up quickly, so please RSVP soon.
And at the opposite end of the bookshelf, you'll find Marissa Stapley's novel Mating for Life, a charming story of family relationships, art, and identity with a beautiful Muskoka-like setting. Marissa will be in the store on Wednesday, August 27th at 2 p.m. Please RSVP by email.
Our Summer Picks promotion is still in full swing. There's no better time to relax with a good book, and we have 20 books picked out that will add up to one amazing summer. Each title you purchase from our list earns you a ballot entry in a contest for free books.
You can email us at novelspotbookshop at gmail dot com or call us to sign up for any or all of our events or just to say hi!
Sarah: Somewhere In-Between by Donna Milner
Helen: The Visitors by Sally Beauman
Diane: Gallowglass by Gordon Ferris
Chris: Ten Things I've Learnt about Love by Sarah Butler
Susan: Heist by Daniel Silva
FOR YOUNG READERS:
We are running a kids' reading promotion all summer long! Sign up your child and get a stamp each time you buy a children's book. Once the card is full of stamps, your child is rewarded with free ice cream—the perfect way to keep them reading.
Caroline's pick this month is Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens.
Our other recommendations for kids are: Lois Lowry's The Giver and its companion novels Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son, Eoin Colfer's The Reluctant Assassin and The Hangman's Revolution, Elizabeth Cage's Covert Affairs, Andrew Clements's The Map Trap, Marissa Moss's Mira's Diary series, and the Stay Alive series by Joseph Monninger.
Our favourite picture books this month are A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker, with gorgeous illustrations by Kady MacDonald Denton, and If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Bailey, with fun artwork by Colin Jack.
A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered by Dianne Hales, Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford, Shadows in the Vineyard by Maximillian Potter, and Bricks and Mortals by Tom Wilkinson.
Toronto author Anthony De Sa visited in July 2014.
Governor General's Award-winning author Linda Spalding signs books in June 2014.
Rachel Joyce speaks to a customer during a book signing in December 2013.
Diane Setterfield reads from her new novel Bellman and Black
in November 2013.
Customers and staff with Mary Rose Donnelly, the author of staff favourite Great Village
Staff with novelist C.S. Richardson. (l-r: Chris, Helen, Diane, C.S., Sarah, and Susan)
Our staff with novelist Rhidian Brook in June 2013. (l-r) store owner Sarah, Rhidian, Diane, Helen, and Chris
Store owner Sarah Pietroski (left) poses with bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear. April 2013.
A staff photo on opening day! November 2012.
Have you heard about our frequent buyer programme? It's completely free and best of all, we keep track of it for you in our computer. No cards, no hassle. Each regular priced purchase you make earns you points. When you reach $20, you can redeem your points for free books, or keep collecting.
We have a number of great reads in the store. But if you can't find what you're looking for, we are more than happy to order it in for you. If it's print, we will find it.
We are more than just novels - we have a great selection of bios, mysteries, classics, cookbooks, history, and of course, children's books! We like to have a little bit of everything at A Novel Spot.
If you can't decide what to get the avid reader in your life, we also offer gift certificates in any denomination.