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A staff photo from November 2013 (l-r: Chris, Susan, Sarah [store owner], Helen, and Diane)
November 2014 NEWS:
On November 13th at 3 p.m.
, cookbook author Jennifer Tyler Lee joins us to discuss cooking for kids. Her cookbook, The 52 New Foods Challenge
, is based on her website
, and features sound advice and great tips on challenging kids to try new and healthy foods. Please RSVP to attend.
On November 18th at 2 p.m., we'll welcome Molly Peacock. Molly is the author of one of our favourites, The Paper Garden, and has a fascinating new book of stories, Alphabetique, in which the letters are the characters. Featuring beautiful illustrations, this book will make a great holiday gift for bibliophiles.
This month's Novel Nights book club takes place on Wednesday, November 26th at 7:30 p.m. and the book is Colm Toibin's Nora Webster. If you want to be part of the discussion, please send us an email or pop in to purchase your ticket and a copy of the book.
Sarah: Us by David Nicholls
Helen: Tell by Frances Itani and Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Chris: The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
Diane: Summertime All the Cats Are Bored and Autumn, All the Cats Return by Philippe Georget
Susan: Some Luck by Jane Smiley
Kathleen: Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 by Alice Munro
FOR YOUNG READERS:
Caroline's pick for middle-grade readers is David Walliams's Awful Auntie, a fun read about Awful Auntie Alberta, who's trying to cheat a young lady out of an inheritance. We also have Kevin Sylvester's Neil Flambe series, which has finally been released in paperback.
Our favourite picture books this month are The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo, about a bird in a world without colour, and Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk, a book in verse about Arctic animals and the gifts they bestow on a new baby. There's also a new Sandra Boynton board book, The Bunny Rabbit Show.
As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, we have a number of unusual and interesting history books in the store. Any of these books would be a perfect fit for a history buff. Some of our favourites include:
Dispatches from the Front by David Halton
Canada's Great War Album from Canada's National History Society
A Doctor in the Great War by Andrew Davidson
Forgotten Victory by Mark Zuehlke
The Necessary War Vol. I by Tim Cook
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