Readings and Events
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Reading with Erika Behrisch Elce & Bruce Kauffman.

Sunday July 21, 2019, @ 2 pm.  

Reading with Miriam Clavir & John Donlan.

Sunday August 25, @ 2 pm.

Reading with John Steffler & Stan Dragland - October 2019 - details TBA

Free events.  All are welcome.  Light refreshments will be served.

Barbara Nichol read from The Lady From Kent, In support of Children's Book Week.  Sunday May 12, 2019. .

Reading with Harold Hoefle & Geoffrey Cook, Sunday October 21,2018

Stuart Ross & Paul Dutton.  Sunday July 23, 2017. 

Maureen Hynes & Soraya Peerbaye, Sunday June 11, 2017 

Stan Dragland & Elizabeth Hay.  Sunday Sept 18, 2017. This was a fine day with crowd of sixty gathered outside to hear the writers read from their most recent published work. Elizabeth Hay launched her chapbook, The Original Title, published by Fieldnotes / MSH. 

John Steffler & Susan Gillis. Sunday August 7. John gave a lively reading from his novel, German Mills; Susan read from both new and published poetry.  

Paul Dutton. July 17, 2016. The afternoon included memorable performances of Mercure and Hiding. Paul also read a poem by bp Nichol, and spoke about Nichol's influence upon his work.     

Harold Hoefle & Kevin Bushell, Sunday June 12, 2016.  Harold Hoefle's debut collection, The Mountain Clinic was published by Oberon Press. His poem “A Loving Follow-Through” is the most recent winner of the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest through Prairie Fire.  Hoefle teaches in the English Department at John Abbott College, and lives in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec.  Kevin Bushell has had poetry published in the Antigonish Review, Exile, Prairie Fire and elsewhere.  He currently teaches in the English Department of Vanier College and lives in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

Carolyn Smart.  and Anne-Marie Turza.  Sunday October 4, 2015.   Carolyn Smart read from her new collection, Careen, and Anne-Marie Turza read from her first collection, The Quiet.

Stan Dragland and 2015 Trillium Book Award-winner Kate Cayley.  Music with Toute Ensemble.  Sunday September 20, 2015 @ 2 pm.

John Donlan, Susan Gillis and Jason Heroux.  Music with Anne Archer.  Sunday August 23, 2015 @ 2 pm.

Bruce Kauffman (Host of CFRC's "finding a voice") and Ian Burgham, author of Midnight (Quattro Books, 2015).  Sunday July 26, 2015.

Jeanette Lynes, Brent Raycroft & Carl Watts.  December 14, 2014.

Stan Dragland & Maureen Scott Harris.  Sunday October 19, 2014.

John Donlan, Jeanette Lynes and Carolyn Smart.  Music by Toute Ensemble.  July 6, 2014.

Many thanks to Beth Follett for reading from her new Apt. 9 chapbook, and to Stan Dragland for filling in so admirably for Joanne Page, reading from and talking about Joanne's work.  June 15, 2014.

Stan Dragland / Phil Hall.  Sunday September 22, 2013 @ 2 pm.  Music by the readers, as well as by Toute Ensemble: Anne Archer & Debbie Twiddy

Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 2 pm. Poetry reading with Susan Gillis and John Donlan.  Flute music by Anne Archer. 

Saturday July 6, 2013 @ 2 pm.  Summer Reading Down at the Dock with a Good Mystery.
Mary Jane Maffini, Barbara Fradkin, Vicki Delany and Miriam Clavir read from their recently published detective novels.  

Yoko's Dogs -  Sunday June 2, 2013 @ 2 pm
The collaborative writing group read poems from their recently published collection Whisk (Pedlar Press, 2013).  A rare ensemble appearance of all four poets.

Harold Hoefle (The Mountain Clinic), and Geoffrey Cook (Postscript), visited the bookshop from la Provence du Quebec on August 4, 2012.  Many thanks to Harold & Geoffrey for their adventurousness, and for their generosity in sharing their work with us. 

Many thanks to poets Susan Gillis and John Donlan who read at the Book Shop on Saturday July 14, 2012   We have available a free printed keepsake poem from each poet, as well as a great selection of their books available for sale at the shop.   

Thanks again to poets Phil Hall and John Steffler for their readings at the Book Shop on August 6, 2011.  Copies of Phil's Governor-General's Award and Trillium Prize-winning Killdeer and John's Atlantic Poetry Prize-winning Lookout are available in the shop or by mail order.

Carolyn Smart read from her poetry book, Hooked at our book shop on June 20th, 2009.   Catch the videos on youtube:

Part I  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geBTlygDBx4

Part II  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVOV51ItfrQ

Signed copies of Hooked are available at the shop.


Many thanks to musicians Amy Gillan, Bruce McConnell and friends for their summer 2011 concert at the book shop. 

Lorie Wright was the guest artist at the 2009 Fall Fibre Affair, held at Allan Macpherson House, Napanee.  On display were numerous original example's of Lorie's long-stitch book bindings.  We currently have a selection of Lorie's books available in the shop.   


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Thank you!

On display in the Book Shop, Pedlar Press' Trillium Book Award for Poetry 2014. Many thanks to Beth Follett, the publisher of Souvankham Thammavongsa's Light for offering us the opportunity to adorn our walls with this distinguished prize. Beth has since donated her Trillium Book Awards for 2015 for the publication of Kate Cayley's, How You Were Born, and for 2016 for the publication of Soraya Peerbaye's, Tell: Poems for a Girlhood, which are now on display in the shop.