Friday, September 30th we’re partnering with our friends at Lulu & Lavigne, Solee Shoes and Canoe to host a Fall Social. Join us for an evening of art, design and refreshments!
We will be launching Jacqui Oakley’s colouring book Color Me Jane! Come enjoy some British treats, colour in a page or two, or add to the giant poster we’ll have up. It’s going to be fun! Jacqui will have all sorts of prints for sale too.
For an extra bonus we’ll be having a contest – post your best coloured page from the Color Me Jane colouring book using the hashtag #colormejane on Instagram, or bring in your page to Epic Books to be eligible to win an original inked page. All entries must be in by Nov 1st.
Friday, June 24th & Saturday, June 25th are going to be great days to visit Locke Street with the first annual sidewalk sale happening! The Locke Street BIA is partnering with The Kirkendall Neighbour Hood Association so there will be a sidewalk sale on Locke and garage sales happening all around the neighbourhood. What a fun way to spend a day!!
Drop by and visit us we’ll have a sale table out front with books ranging in price from $2 – $10!!
Join us as we celebrate Authors for Indies Day! This is a nationwide celebration in which authors volunteer at independent bookstores to show their support and encourage readers to shop local. This year we will be partnering with Bryan Prince Bookseller and the Hamilton Public Library with the theme of Hamilton Reads Hamilton.
Authors will be acting as guest booksellers for the day and sharing some of their favourite reads with customers. Guest librarians from the Hamilton Public Library will be making book recommendations as well. Let them help you choose your next great read!
Come and join us for a fun filled day as local authors share their love for indie bookstores; with flash readings, book giveaways, and more!
Oops, this post is for Authors for Indies Day 2015, which has already passed! Please click here for details on our in-store plans for Authors for Indies Day on April 30, 2016!
Great news, we’ve signed up for Authors for Indies Day on May 2nd. What is this you may ask? Well, it’s a new initiative that’s taking place Canada wide where authors will be volunteering to help sell books for the day.
This is a huge event with over 100 bookstores and 500 authors signed up! Epic Books is one of those bookstores and as of this moment we have 6 amazing authors that will be joining us. There will also be goodies, giveaways and so much fun to be had. We love a good party and that’s what this is going to be, a whole day filled with book love and we really hope you can join us.
We’re still working on some fun surprises for the day but I can say that each author has enthusiastically sent us lists of books that they love and hope to share with you!
As booksellers we’re pretty dedicated to selling books but guess what – so are authors! Not just their own books either. Check out this great video that the Authors for Indies team put together and make sure to visit authorsforindies.com.
I’m running a bit behind this year in my annual Canada Reads post, I apologize. I just want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed the debates this year. Wab Kinew did a wonderful job hosting and moderating. The flow of conversation was great, everybody got a chance to voice their opinions and there was only a minimal amount of panelist interruption, which drives me nuts.
The five books nominated were diverse and intriguing, each touching on the debate subject of breaking down barriers . I think, correct me if I’m wrong, this is the first time the debates included a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as a young adult novel! What a shock that was!! I’m still working on finishing off all of the titles but I’ve enjoyed the ones that I’ve read so far. Here are the five titles to add to your reading list:
Defended by: Kristen Kreuk
Defended by: Elaine Lui
Defended by: Martha Wainwright
Defended by: Craig Kielburger
And the winner is….
Defended by: Cameron Bailey
I have to say this year’s debates were close. Until the final moment I really thought that When Everything Feels Like the Movies was going to take it. Don’t get me wrong Ru is a beautiful book and I do recommend that everyone read it. As a side note this is one of those occasions where I would like to mention that this would be a great book to have a physical copy of. I know I’m biased but the design and structure of this particular book is so gorgeous, I found it really enhanced the reading.
Anyways, Cameron Bailey did a good job defending Ru but Elaine Lui was AMAZING in her defence of When Everything Feels Like the Movies. The book had been in the media with some criticism of the so-called vulgar content and during the debates a particular review was quoted from. Elaine’s response was so passionate I had to share it:
So yes Ru was technically the winner this year but since the debates have ended there’s been a lot of talk about When Everything Feels Like the Movies and isn’t that really the point? To start a conversation and spark your curiosity?
Local artist extraordinaire Lisa Pijuan-Nomura decorated our window for us this year and it looks amazing! I have been unable to take a picture that properly conveys how wonderful it looks, you’ll have to come see it for yourself!
Of the awards mentioned the Scotiabank Giller Prize is probably the most influential within Canada, leading to sales boosts among winning authors of upwards of 500%! This is called the “Giller Effect” and interestingly enough this fall there was a course offered at Carleton University to study it. Oh how I wish I would have had the time to attend that course, fascinating stuff. In addition to the expected sales increase this year the prize has doubled the purse amount with the winner receiving $100,000 and $10,000 going to each of the finalists.
This year’s jury – Canadian author Shauna Singh Baldwin, British novelist Justin Cartwright and American writer Francine Prose read 161 books. On September 16th a longlist of 12 titles was announced and on October 6th the shortlist finalists were revealed!
Without further ado here is the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist:
The 6 authors nominated range from well established to a first time novelist with varying degrees in between. As always I will attempt to read all of the nominated books and guess the winner which will be announced on Monday, November 10th. I would love to hear predictions so feel free to share your thoughts!
I’ve just realized that I’ve been negligent in posting all summer, my apologies!! Anyways, great news – Books Aloud story-time will return Friday, September 12th! Join us for a fun filled morning activity with local storyteller Lisa Pijuan-Nomura that the little ones are sure to enjoy. Books Aloud is absolutely free and everyone is welcome.
Just a reminder to everyone that Books Aloud our Friday morning story-time will be on break throughout the months of July & August. Story-time will resume on the first Friday in September, which will be the 5th. We hope everyone has a lovely summer & look forward to seeing you in the fall!!