Sep
29
Thu
Estates Large and Small & Shimmer: Double Launch in Waterloo! @ Words Worth Books
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come out and celebrate the Waterloo launches of Estates Large and Small by Ray Robertson (August 16, 2022) and Shimmer by Alex Pugsley (May 17, 2022)! After a reading from each book there will be a discussion between these two phenomenal authors, a Q&A, and, as always, a book signing! This event will take place at Words Worth Books in Waterloo, on Thursday, September 29 at 6PM ET.

Get your copy of Estates Large and Small here!

Get your copy of Shimmer here!

ABOUT ESTATES LARGE AND SMALL

Profound, perceptive, and wryly observed, Estates Large and Small is the story of one man’s reckoning and an ardent defense of the shape books make in a life.

What decades of rent increases and declining readership couldn’t do, a pandemic finally did: Phil Cooper has reluctantly closed his secondhand bookstore and moved his business online. Smoking too much pot and listening to too much Grateful Dead, he suspects that he’s overdue when it comes to understanding the bigger picture of who he is and what we’re all doing here. So he’s made another decision: to teach himself 2,500 years of Western philosophy.

Thankfully, he meets Caroline, a fellow book lover who agrees to join him on his trek through the best of what’s been thought and said. But Caroline is on her own path, one that compels Phil to rethink what it means to be alive in the twenty-first century. In Estates Large and Small Ray Robertson renders one man’s reckoning with both wry humour and tender joy, reminding us of what it means to live, love, and, when the time comes, say goodbye.

ABOUT RAY ROBERTSON

Ray Robertson is the author of nine novels, four collections of non-fiction, and a book of poetry. His work has been translated into several languages. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, he lives in Toronto.

ABOUT SHIMMER

In ten vividly told stories, Shimmer follows characters through relationships, within social norms, and across boundaries of all kinds as they shimmer into and out of each other’s lives.

Outside a 7-Eleven, teen boys Veeper and Wendell try to decide what to do with their night, though the thought of the rest of their lives doesn’t seem to have occurred to them. In Laurel Canyon, two movie stars try to decide if the affair they’re having might mean they like each other. When Byron, trying to figure out the chords of a song he likes, posts a question on a guitar website, he ends up meeting Jessica as well, a woman with her own difficult music. And when the snide and sharp-tongued Twyla agrees to try therapy, not even she would have imagined the results.

ABOUT ALEX PUGLSEY

Alex Pugsley is a writer and filmmaker. Following the publication of his first novel, Aubrey McKee, he was named one of CBC’s Writers to Watch. He has been nominated for Canadian Comedy Awards, Hot Doc Awards, National Magazine Awards, and is a winner of the Writers’ Trust Journey Prize. His fiction has appeared in The Walrus, Best Canadian Stories, Brick, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among other publications. His next book, The Education of Aubrey McKee, the second in a multi-part series, is forthcoming from Biblioasis.

Oct
18
Tue
Big Men Fear Me: Ottawa Book Launch! @ Perfect Books
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Big Men Fear Me: Ottawa Book Launch! @ Perfect Books | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada

Come out and celebrate the launch of Big Men Fear Me by Mark Bourrie (October 18, 2022)! Mark will be appearing at Perfect Books in Ottawa for the launch, which will include a reading, Q&A, and book signing. The launch will take place on Tuesday, October 18 at 7PM ET.

Grab your copy of Big Men Fear Me here!

ABOUT BIG MEN FEAR ME

The remarkable true story of the rise and fall of one of North America’s most influential media moguls.

When George McCullagh bought The Globe and The Mail and Empire and merged them into the Globe and Mail, the charismatic 31-year-old high school dropout had already made millions on the stock market. It was just the beginning of the meteoric rise of a man widely expected to one day be prime minister of Canada. But the charismatic McCullagh had a dark side. Dogged by the bipolar disorder that destroyed his political ambitions and eventually killed him, he was all but written out of history. It was a loss so significant that journalist Robert Fulford has called McCullagh’s biography “one of the great unwritten books in Canadian history”—until now.

In Big Men Fear Me, award-winning historian Mark Bourrie tells the remarkable story of McCullagh’s inspirational rise and devastating fall, and with it sheds new light on the resurgence of populist politics, challenges to collective action, and attacks on the free press that characterize our own tumultuous era.

ABOUT MARK BOURRIE

Mark Bourrie is an Ottawa-based author, lawyer, and former journalist. He holds a master’s in Journalism from Carleton University and a PhD in History from the University of Ottawa. In 2017, he was awarded a Juris Doctor degree and was called to the Bar in 2018. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, including a National Magazine Award, and received the RBC Charles Taylor Prize in 2020 for his book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre Radisson.

Nov
1
Tue
Ordinary Wonder Tales: Kitchener Book Launch! @ Kitchener Public Library - Central
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ordinary Wonder Tales: Kitchener Book Launch! @ Kitchener Public Library - Central | Kitchener | Ontario | Canada

Come on out and celebrate the launch of Ordinary Wonder Tales by Emily Urquhart (November 1, 2022)! Emily will be reading at the Kitchener Public Library, followed by a discussion, audience Q&A, and signing books provided by WordsWorth Books. The launch will take place on Tuesday, November 1 at 7PM ET.

Order your copy of Ordinary Wonder Tales here!

ABOUT ORDINARY WONDER TALES

A journalist and folklorist explores the truths that underlie the stories we imagine—and reveals the magic in the everyday.

“I’ve always felt that the term fairy tale doesn’t quite capture the essence of these stories,” writes Emily Urquhart. “I prefer the term wonder tale, which is Irish in origin, for its suggestion of awe coupled with narrative. In a way, this is most of our stories.” In this startlingly original essay collection, Urquhart reveals the truths that underlie our imaginings: what we see in our heads when we read, how the sight of a ghost can heal, how the entrance to the underworld can be glimpsed in an oil painting or a winter storm—or the onset of a loved one’s dementia. In essays on death and dying, pregnancy and prenatal genetics, radioactivity, chimeras, cottagers, and plague, Ordinary Wonder Tales reveals the essential truth: if you let yourself look closely, there is magic in the everyday.

ABOUT EMILY URQUHART

Emily Urquhart is a journalist with a doctorate in folklore. Her award-winning work has appeared in LongreadsGuernica, and The Walrus and elsewhere, and her first book was shortlisted for the Kobo First Book Prize and the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. Her most recent book, The Age of Creativity: Art, Memory, my Father and Me, was listed as a top book of 2020 by CBC, NOW Magazine and Quill & Quire. She is a nonfiction editor for The New Quarterly and lives in Kitchener, Ontario.