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Letters to a Nation by David Johnston Please Note - Signed Copies! Perfect Books is privileged to have a limited number of signed copies of His Excellency's book available. They cannot be reserved but are available on a first come/first served basis. From our present Governor General, a series of 50 (of several thousand) carefully chosen letters he has written to people he has admired and befriended over his seventy-plus years, that sets out Mr. Johnston's frank, informed, and novel thoughts about Canada.
Into the Magic Shop by James Doty Extraordinary things happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart
Switched On by John Elder Robison An extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed the life and mind of John Elder Robison, the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye
I, Bificus by Bif Naked From one of Canada’s most original musical artists comes a new memoir about life, love, loss and triumph
Spill Simmer Wither Falter by Sara Baume For fans of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing and H is for Hawk, a brilliant debut already praised as "unbearably poignant and beautifully told" (Eimear McBride) this captivating story follows - over the course of four seasons - a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog.

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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

The_DovekeepersThe Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman, Scribners, $18.00

The first novel I read by Alice Hoffman was Practical Magic. I was smitten immediately , even though the many covers the book has had over the years leave much to be desired -- I even threatened to wrap every one of them in brown paper!  Most of her books have been past Features, not all though because as much as I love her work and the lyricism of her writing, she can be a bit uneven at times.  But in taking on the full weight of a historical novel -- much less the tragedy of Masada two thousand years ago, she has launched herself to a whole new level of storytelling.  One she takes on with her impressive gift for character, language and insight. ,
Told from the perspective of four women, she brings to life the story of nearly one thousand Jews who fled from the advancing Romans to a mountain, Masada in the Judean desert.  They held out for months until the Romans finally broke down the walls only to find them all dead, choosing suicide to butchery and slavery.  As each narrator tells her story: Yael, (daughter of an assassin), Shirah; (herbalist and wise woman), Revka and her mute grandsons, and Aziza, (raised as a boy and determined to fight the Romans) -- we fall away into a time of fear and passion, resignation and magic told with such fervor and talent -- it takes your breath away.

Comparisons have been made to Anita Diamant's "Red Tent" but I would also compare it to Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon".  But believe me when I say the history of her past novels only slightly prepares you for this book.  In tackling such a subject and taking on not just one fiercely independent and strong woman, but four unique aspects of the archetype, she has created a "women's" masterwork that will be loved by book clubs and course work alike.  In tying to explain the complexity of this novel, I am once again struck by how hard it is to do justice in a review.  So here goes: "Just read the damn thing, you'll be passing it around to friends for years to come".

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News and Events

Authors for Indies - Saturday, April 30

Join us at the store on this fun and informative day.

From 12 to 2 we will be welcoming a host of poets (is there a collective noun available here?  --  a stanza of poets? -- a verse of poets?) The likes of Pearl Pirie, Monty Reid, David O'Meara, Katherine Leyton, Frances Boyle, Colin Morton, Rhonda Douglas and Mark Frutkin will be dropping by to talk about why poetry should be on YOUR reading list.

From 2 to 4 we change our focus to history and welcome noted local historians Mark Bourrie, Charlotte Gray and Valerie Wright. Come and find out what they're reading!

Thursday, May 12th

Join us in the store on Thursday evening, May 12th from 7 to 9 as we welcome two authors, Catherine Cooper (whose new novel is White Elephant) and Ian Colford (whose new novel is Perfect World). Thees two Broadview Press authors are excited to launch here in Ottawa.

Wakefield Writers Festival May 13 - 15

Perfect Books is proud to once again be the bookseller at the Wakefield Writers Festival on the weekend of May 13 - 15. We're there with such authors as Camilla Gibb, Tasneem Jamaal, Elizabeth Hay, Alan Cumyn, Caroline Pignat, Roch Carriere.

But there's lots more! Check out their website here.

John Graham/May 15th at Perfect Books

Meet John Graham, author of Whose Man in Havana at the store on May 15th from 1 to 3 p.m.


Canada Reads

Lawrence Hill's The Illegal is now in trade paper and is in good supply

Transforming Ottawa

The second printing is now available. Pick one up while they are still in stock!

Town and Crown

This new history of Ottawa is now available.





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