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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.

Book Club Archive

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If you'd like to join us, please e-mail and we'll try to have a chair waiting for you!! You'll find that link at the bottom of the page.

At the moment, our club is rather full as we've been keeping our numbers just around 10. But let me know because people do move on from time to time.

I'm trying to locate other book clubs in the area and get them to post on our site. That way, you'll know what's available and who's reading what. Please contact Jim at Perfect Books if you have a book club here in town.

The Pefect Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of almost every month at a local restaurant over some excellent and spirited discussions about great literature, some of it new and sometimes we delve into the past.

We enjoy an eclectic array of books, most of which are suggested by our members. We try to avoid "formal analysis", favouring instead informal discussion based on our personal responses to each book, its characters and its settings.

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Whepb_friendn you drop in, join our Book Points Reward Program.  It‘s results in 10% off all your books and it only takes a minute to join.

With every dollar you spend (except books on sale), you receive 10 points.  Once you have collected 1000 points (or spent $100) you will own a ten dollar credit in the store. Use it immediately or continue letting it accrue for a special purchase later on.

Just register your name and phone number once. Then every time you come in we will remind you and the points will be added to your account. When you have spent $100 our computer flags your total and you can redeem it right then or save it for future use. Is also prints up on the bottom of your sales receipt so you know just where you stand. The information you give us is private and never sold or sent forward. It’s a loyalty program that counts on everything in the store except sale items.

It’s us rewarding you for rewarding us with your business.



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pb_authorWe are happy to support local authors who have self-published their work. To that end we've created a special area in the store that is dedicated to local, self-published writers.

Before we begin, we need to make sure for both of us that your book fits with our market so drop by with a copy of your book. Please read this advice and insight from a long standing bookseller that may be of some help. (Insights on the book biz) Michael Neill is the owner of Mosaic Books in Kelowna, B.C.

Our consignment contract is for four months and Perfect Books receives 40% of the retail price of the book. A $25 fee covers our costs of managing the book in our store AND entitles you to one in-store signing at a mutually agreeable date. (Drop by the store and pick up a copy of our consignment brochure for details)

If the book does well we will be calling you to restock the item. And at the end of the four month term we can settle up and discuss whether our store is the right place for your work.

Please contact Jim Sherman, the owner, for further information.

Jim Sherman
Phone: (613) 231-6468        
Fax: (613) 231-4425        
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We run a lean ship here at Perfect Books. We have had NO turnover for quite some time. But every now and then an opening occurs. We look for staff members that read as if their life depended on it, are friendly and outgoing and enjoy working independently as well as working with others. Retail experience is a must and, of course, bookstore experience is extremely welcome! If you are a mature individual and think you'd like to spend a few hours a week working in a vibrant environment, surrounded by great books and fascinating people, drop by and bring along a resume. The pay is terrible but the benefits (books, books, books) are great.

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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.


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New in Paper

Unbroken Furiously
Hidden Figures Nightfall

News and Events

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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