A staff photo from November 2013 (l-r: Chris, Susan, Sarah [store owner], Helen, and Diane)
February 2015 News:
Brr, it's cold out there! Stay in with a book instead. Throughout February, we'll be promoting new trade paperback releases that we think are great reads for cold February nights. Here's a sneak peak at a few of the titles on that list:
The Checkerboard Club by J.D. Pollock
Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
The People in the Photo by Helene Gestern
A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor
The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 by J.B. Morrison
Throughout February, we'll be highlighting other titles. So pop in and find out what they are or follow us on twitter @novelspotbooks
This month's Novel Nights Book Club will be held on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m. This month we are switching things up with a darker, edgier read: John Vaillant's novel The Jaguar's Children. Based on a true story, the novel is about Hector, a young Zapotec man who flees Mexico with the help of smugglers. Abandoned by the smugglers in the desert, Hector and his fellow migrants are left on their own, with only his friend Cesar's cell phone for help. As the story of Cesar's past begins to unfold, the novel becomes a gripping thriller. Vaillant is the author of two works of non-fiction, staff favourite The Tiger as well as The Golden Spruce. Tickets are $5 and a book purchase from us is required to attend.
Sarah: The Marriage Game by Alison Weir
Helen: If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie
Diane: The Ice Queen by Nele Neuhaus
Susan: Punishment by Linden MacIntyre
Chris: Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Caroline: When by Victoria Laurie
For Young Readers
Catch Your Death, book 3 in the Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child, has just arrived in the shop.
By the Grace of Todd by Louise Galveston is a laugh-out-loud read that's perfect for messy boys.
Goodnight Already! by Jory John and Benji Davies is a fun picture book for parents and children alike.
Helen loved the memoir Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller.
Andrew Keen's The Internet Is Not the Answer explores the rise of the Internet and how it's changing our world today.
And two books on the brain will appeal to readers interested in science, psychology, or why people act the way they do: The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen and The Brain's Way of Healing by Norman Doidge.
Giller Prize-winning author of Us Conductors
Sean Michaels with Sarah in December 2014.
Eleanor Catton, Man Booker-prize winning novelist, with Sarah.
Kim Thuy (middle) with Helen (left) and Sarah.
Crime writer Peter May discussed his newest book.
Jacqueline Winspear during her second visit to our store.
British author and historian Ben Macintyre with Sarah.
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.
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