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When We Are Bold - Rachel Vincent (ed) This wonderful new book was launched on September 27th at The Ottawa Writers Festival and promptly sold out!. We are working with the publisher to acquire more copies and the book is now being reprinted. Leave an order with us and we'll get you a copy (or three, or four!) as soon as we can. We expect delivery later this month.
Nutshell by Ian McEwan Ian McEwan is a literary superstar, and this is McEwan at his very best. Nutshell is the most amazing novel from the greatest of writers—gloriously entertaining, wonderfully imagined—a mesmerizing thriller to delight all readers.
Ottawa Cooks by Anne DesBrisay Ottawa is not your typical national capital. It straddles two provinces, bridges three founding cultures, and may be better known for its Hill and canal than for its cooking. Ottawa Cooks changes that.
Coffin Road by Peter May In his latest mystery set in Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, award-winning author Peter May spins a tale about three disparate cases that may or may not be linked...
Looking for "The Stranger" by Alice Kaplan The Stranger is a rite of passage for readers around the world. Since its publication in France in 1942, Camus’s novel has been translated into sixty languages and sold more than six million copies.

Featured Book

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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Fall/Winter Hours!!

It's that time of year once more. From now on we'll be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but the rest of our hours remain unchanged. Thursday and Friday evenings we're open until 9. Saturday 10 to 6 and Sunday 12 to 5.


Ottawa International Writers Festival

Check out the exciting line-up. Visit the Ottawa International Writers Festival website and pick up your tickets in the store.


 Marion Dewar by Deborah Gorham

After a wildly successful launch of this wonderful new biography (the bookseller ran out of books - shame on me!) we have convinced Deborah to come to the store on Sunday, October 16th from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign copies and to meet customers and chat about Marion.


Greg Marquis - Truth and Honour

Greg will be visiting Perfect Books on the evening of Thursday, October 27th to sign copies of his new book, Truth and Honour which deals with the murder of Richard Oland and the subsequent conviction of Dennis Oland. This visit immediately precedes the appeal of Dennis'conviction. Be sure to drop by to discus this fascinating and troubling case with Greg.


Ken "The General" Grant

Ken has a new book out and will be gracing our store on October 29th. Be sure to drop by and share some wonderful memories with "The General"!



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