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Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill Set in Montreal and New York between the wars, a spellbinding story about two orphans whose unusual magnetism and talent allow them to imagine a sensational future, from the bestselling, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author.
The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis
Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi In twenty-five pieces from Rolling Stone—plus two original essays—Matt Taibbi tells the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion.
The Evenings by Gerard Reve THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF A POSTWAR MASTERPIECE 'I work in an office. I take cards out of a file. Once I have taken them out, I put them back in again. That is it.'
The Strays by Emily Bitto For readers of Atonement, a hauntingly powerful story about the fierce friendship between three sisters and their friend as they grow up on the outskirts of their parents' wild and bohemian artistic lives.

About Us

pb_storefrontPerfect Books opened on Elgin Street in Ottawa in April of 1994. An Independent Book Shop, we have striven from the first day to be a part of the downtown community and responsive to the needs of our neighbourhood.

Although we are driven by Fiction, we seem to draw History buffs and Political readers as well. We carry the finest in Mystery writers both international and local (bet you didn't know that Ottawa was a hotbed of terrific mystery writers!). We think our Science Fiction section is without equal. You'll also find Edward Gorey lurking about, a host of Very Short Introductions (by Oxford), some delightful fine art cards by Charles Van Sandwyk and an ample YA and Children's section as well.

Watch how fast we can deliver on Special Orders! We can often get a title to you that same week, sometimes even overnight.

We're situated in the heart of Canada’s Capital, on the vibrant Elgin Street strip, just a stonesthrow from Parliament Hill, The Rideau Canal amid a plethora of coffee shops and great restaurants.

We can be contacted by phone or online, but it is always nice to drop by and get to know us.  We have a varied team of booksellers. And what we all have in common is our sheer love of reading and a joy at working with books and our knowledge. Who could ask for more?

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Wednesday, February 22nd - Dennis McConaghy

 Join us on Wednesday, February 22nd  as we welcome Dennis McConaghy and his new book Dysfunction

Dennis will be in the store from 7 to 9p.m. to discuss the book and sign copies.

Canada Reads

Perfect Books has a good supply of all five titles but they disappear quickly. Call or email to reserve your copies. Check out the shortlist here.



Contact Us

We're conveniently located in heart of Ottawa at 258A Elgin Street (at Somerset Street West). map.

PHONE: (613) 231-6468         FAX: (613) 231-4425         EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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