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Up From Freedom
Wayne Grady
Paperback | Aug 2018
in store $23.00
Kingdom of the Blind
Louise Penny
Hardcover | Nov 2018
in store $35.99
Dear Evelyn
Kathy Page
Paperback | Sep 2018
in store $19.95
In a House of Lies
Ian Rankin
Hardcover | Oct 2018
in store $34.99
(more on order)
Night of Miracles
Elizabeth Berg
Hardcover | Nov 2018
in store $35.00
Madame Victoria
Catherine Leroux
Paperback | Sep 2018
in store $19.95
Washington Black
Esi Edugyan
Hardcover | Aug 2018
in store $33.99
American War
Omar El Akkad
Paperback | Jan 2018
not in store $21.00
(available for order)


DECEMBER NEWS

 

The holidays are almost here! Our holiday hours kick in starting December 15. We will be open two Sundays in December, the 16th and the 23rd, from 11–4 p.m. Please check here for our complete holiday hours.
 


The store is full of lots of wonderful books and we have so many to recommend! Our Holiday Trust Us book is now available, wrapped and ready. The book we have chosen is definitely worth the read! It’s an emotionally charged novel featuring great characters dealing with a difficult family situation. (We all loved it.)

We are also stocked up on great biographies, cookbooks, and books about history, sports, and business, as well as books for the young readers in your family.

However, if you are looking for specific or special books for the book lovers in your family, don’t leave it too late. Some publishers' "guaranteed for Christmas" cut-off dates have already passed, and others are fast approaching, so please place any orders as soon as possible. 

 


Looking forward to the new year, we have a very special event planned with Lambton Golf and Country Club. In conjunction with Lambton Reads, we are hosting bestselling author Jennifer Robson on January 23rd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in celebration of her new novel The Gown. This is a ticketed event and will be held at the Lambton Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $55 and include a copy of the book as well as a lunch at the club. As The Gown releases on December 31, please call us at 416-233-2665 to pre-order your copy of the book and your ticket. Space is limited, so call early to avoid disappointment. 

Jennifer is the author of Somewhere in France and several other bestselling historical novels. The Gown is a captivating novel inspired by the real-life women behind the design and creation of one of the most famous gowns in history: Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding dress. 
 

STAFF PICKS

 


 

Up From Freedom by Wayne Grady, a powerful novel set just before the Civil War, about a young man trying to escape his family legacy of slavery, and the young woman and child he brings with him. (Sarah)
 

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny, a new Inspector Gamache novel that begins with a mysterious letter, a peculiar will, and a dead body, and escalates when something from the Inspector’s past comes back to haunt him. (Susan)
 

Dear Evelyn by Kathy Page, a twisting novel about a man and a woman who fall in love and build a life together, following them from their first meeting during World War II to their old age in Britain’s era of austerity. Winner of the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. (Chris)
 

In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin, a new novel from the acclaimed crime novelist, about a private investigator found dead, a new detective inspector brought in to solve the decade-old crime, and the one man who may be able to help: John Rebus. (Diane)
 

Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg, a delightful story about Lucille Howard, who stays busy in retirement by teaching baking classes, and her community of Mason, where people all come together to support each other after a tragedy. (Mary)
 

Madame Victoria by Catherine Leroux, an unforgettable collection of stories that imagines 12 possible histories for the woman known only as Madame Victoria, a skeleton found in the woods near Montreal whose identity was never discovered. (Katie)
 

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, the story of a young enslaved boy from Barbados who is given to an English naturalist and explorer, with whom he embarks on a sweeping journey to far-flung places. Winner of this year's Giller Prize. (Helen)
 

American War by Omar El Akkad, a timely novel set after climate change has destroyed much of the United States, leaving a young girl to grow up in a camp for displaced persons against the backdrop of a second American civil war and an uncertain future. (Kathleen)

 
 

LAST MONTH'S BESTSELLERS

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan


 


NOVEMBER NEWS

 

We're turning 6! It's hard to believe, but November 3rd marks the sixth anniversary of A Novel Spot. Thanks to everyone who has kept us here. To celebrate, we'll have a one-day sale with select titles at 60% off while the books last. We'll also have a draw for a very special bundle of books. Why is it special? Come into the store and fill out a ballot to find out!

Our monthly Novel Nights book club will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:30 p.m. We'll be discussing Women Talking by Miriam Toews, a deeply moving, by turns acerbic and sorrowful novel about a community of Mennonite women who come together to make a life-changing decision after a devastating event. Please email, call (416-233-2665), or visit the store to purchase your ticket and a copy of the book. 

Journalist and author Damien Cox will be joining us on Saturday, November 17th at 11 a.m. His latest book, The Last Good Year: Seven Games that Ended an Era, chronicles the 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs, led by Wendel Clark, and the seven-game conference final they played against Wayne Gretzky's LA Kings. Please RSVP to attend as space is limited. 

On Monday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m., Jonathan Scotland joins us for a talk about ordinary soldiers' lives during World War I. WWI enthusiasts and anyone wanting to learn more are all invited to come for the talk, "hardtack" (aka dessert), and tea and coffee. Please RSVP to attend

Jonathan Scotland is a Canadian historian with the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, based at the University of Toronto. He earned his PhD from the University of Western Ontario, where he completed a dissertation on Canada's First World War veterans. In addition to his work with the DCB, Jonathan also serves as an Associate Air Force Historian for the RCAF. On November 19th, he'll be discussing four recent books about the Canadian experience in WWI (see the Non-Fiction section below for more information!). 


STAFF PICKS

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, about a quiet North Carolina town haunted by stories of a "marsh girl," who longs for more than the whispered rumours about her suggest. (Sarah)

French Exit by Patrick deWitt, a "tragedy of manners" about a mother and son beset by scandal and the escape they make to Paris. (Chris)

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan, a novel based on the love story of Joy Davidman, a writer and poet, and Jack, the Oxford don she wrote to for spiritual advice — also known as C.S. Lewis, beloved author. (Mary)

Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly, a gripping psychological thriller about what happens when Jane's husband, a bestselling crime novelist, is attacked and Jane begins asking questions. (Diane)

The Reckoning by John Grisham, a suspenseful new thriller about Pete Banning, a pillar of his community who commits a shocking act of violence. (Susan)

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice, a powerful post-apocalyptic novel set in a remote Anishinaabe community in the north that has to come together to find a way to survive. (Katie)

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley, a modern retelling of Beowulf starring two women fighting for their sons in the American suburbs. (Kathleen)

Little by Edward Carey, a dark and wry fictional retelling of the life story of Madame Tussaud, who began life as an odd girl in a small Swiss town before she became an apprentice to a wax sculptor during the height of the French Revolution. (Helen)

 

Our non-fiction picks this month honour the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.
Our favourite picture books, middle grade readers, and YA novels this month are all about animals, adventure, and high stakes.

NEW NON-FICTION

In honour of Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we want to pay tribute to all the brave man and women who have fought for Canada. There are many amazing new history books, for both casual historians and scholars. The four titles we recommend this month will be featured during Jonathan Scotland's talk about WWI on Monday, November 19th. 

He will be discussing Tim Cook's The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War (recommended in last month's newsletter) and three new books.

A Weary Road: Shell Shock in the Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914–1918by Mark Osborne Humphries examines how shell shock was examined, treated, and diagnosed.

Riding into Battle: Canadian Cyclists in the Great War by Ted Glenn tells the story of cyclists at the trenches and their achievements during the period leading up the end of the war known as the Hundred Days.  

The Vimy Foundation's They Fought in Colour (La guerre en couleur) is a stunning collection of newly colourized iconic photos from the war. 

FOR YOUNG READERS

Picture books:
Bear Can't Sleep by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman, is about a bear having trouble getting to sleep — but he needs to hibernate!

Giraffe and Bird Together Again by Rebecca Bender revisits the two unlikely companions as Giraffe sets off after Bird, who is missing. 

Middle grade:
Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James is a charming story about a girl whose favourite literary characters become real. 

Time Castaways: The Mona Lisa Key by Liesl Shurtliff is the first book in a new trilogy about three kids who get on the wrong subway and go on an accidental adventure through time. 

Young adult:
A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos, first in the new series The Mirror Visitor, is about a girl who can read the past of objects and travel through mirrors, but finds herself a pawn in the middle of a high-stakes political game. A bestseller in France. 

The Border by Steve Schafer is a timely novel about four teens who have to leave their home after a cartel threatens their families. 

LAST MONTH'S BESTSELLERS

The Clockmaker's Daughter, Kate Morton
Trust Us summer pick
The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris
Washington Black, Esi Edugyan
tie: Starlight, Richard Wagamese; In a House of Lies, Ian Rankin; The Wonky Donkey, Craig Smith

 

 

OUR 2017 BESTSELLERS

The Alice Network, Kate Quinn
Trust Us pick (summer)
A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
Trust Us pick (holiday)
The Last Painting of Sara De Vos, Dominic Smith
The Lightkeeper's Daughters, Jean E. Pendziwol
The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah 
Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller
Dinner with Edward, Isabel Vincent

 

 

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