2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize – Shortlist

2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Let the fun begin! Book lovers everywhere rejoice! The shortlist for the 2012 Giller Prize has been announced: 

  • Will Ferguson for his novel 419  
  • Alix Ohlin for her novel Inside
  • Nancy Richler for her novel The Imposter Bride
  • Kim Thúy for her novel Ru, translated by Sheila Fischman
  • Russell Wangersky for his short story collection Whirl Away

I don’t know about everyone else but I’m ridiculously excited to read all of the nominated titles. Of course, with shortlists also available for the Writers’ Trust and Governor General’s awards it is a busy time in Canadian literature.  Every year I make it my personal mission to read as many of these titles as possible, this year will be no exception as I am sure that they are all wonderful.  Congratulations to all of the nominees.

Happy reading!



Hamilton Spectator – Readers’ Choice Nomination

Hamilton Spectator - Readers' Choice 2012 NomineeEpic Books is pleased to announce that we have been nominated in The Hamilton Spectator’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.  We are absolutely thrilled! 

Voting closes on October 1st and we would appreciate your vote. Just go to thespec.com and click on the orange banner to get started.  Epic Books is nominated in the bookstore category, which is on page 5 under Favourite Shopping.  Also in that section we’ve noticed that there are quite a few of our wonderful Locke Street neighbours nominated, congratulations to all of them as well! 

As always, we greatly appreciate your support!


In-store signing with Jean Rae Baxter – October 20th

We are pleased to welcome Hamilton author Jean Rae Baxter to Epic Books for an in-store signing on Saturday, October 20th from 1 – 3 p.m.  Ms.  Baxter will here to sign copies of her historical young adult novels:  The Way Lies North, Broken Trail and Freedom Bound.  Copies of her adult works: Looking for Cardenio, A Twist of Malice and Scattered Light will also be available.

2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize – Longlist

Giller Prize LogoMy favourite time of the year has rolled around once again with the start of the Canadian literary award season.  First up we have a longlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize:

Also, CBC has announced the winner in the 2012 Reader’s Choice Award.  The public was invited to vote on their favourites from a list of books that were eligible for the Giller Prize and the winner is…..

Peggy Blair for her novel The Beggar’s Opera

I should, of course, mention that currently we have copies of all of the nominated books.  My apologies for the delay in posting the list, but happily that means we are now only a couple of weeks away from the shortlist on October 1st

Personally, I’m holding out for the 1st to try and make any kind of predictions as they will inevitably be completely wrong anyways!  Feel free to let me know if you have any strong opinions or guesses as to which wonderful book will take home the prize.

And of course, congratulations to all the nominees!!

Locke Street Festival!

Locke Street Festival

We are less than 1 week away from the annual Locke Street Festival!  Even more exciting, this is our very first year with a booth at the festival!!  We will of course be positioned right in front of the store with some very wonderful authors that will be on hand to sign copies of their books.

Pop by to visit with and hopefully purchase books from:

Stephen B. Pearl: www.stephenpearl.com

Ira Nayman: www.lespagesauxfolles.ca

Barry Alder: http://alderbookpublishing.ca

Delyse Trink: booksbydelyse.tripod.com

and last but not least…

Mark Leslie: markleslie.ca

We couldn’t be happier to welcome such a great group of authors for the day!

Hope to see you there!

Haunted Hamilton

Mark Leslie dropped by the store this morning to sign some copies of Haunted Hamilton and discuss the potential for a super fun spooky event.  We’re keeping the details on that one top secret for now but prepare for some haunting fun in October.

Haunted Hamilton

Thanks for dropping by Mark!  We’re always happy to have a visit from a wonderful local author such as yourself. 

You can pick up your signed copy of Haunted Hamilton in store now or swing by and chat with Mark on September 8th for the Locke Street Festival.

Gone Fishin’

Or something to that effect.  I’m going on vacation, woohoo!!  Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be heading up north for a whole week of relaxation.  For the most part it will be business as usual at the store but unfortunately, the way scheduling is working out we will have to close for 2 days over the long weekend. 

So please take note: 

Epic Books will be CLOSED Saturday, August 4th & Sunday, August 5th

I sincerely apologize if this causes any inconvenience.

Have a great long weekend!!!

Live on Locke – Tickets Available in store

We’re pleased to be selling tickets to the Live on Locke concert series.  The series features four phenomenal shows with Steven Page (Friday, September 21st), Ron Sexsmith (Friday, October 19th), Holly Cole (Friday, November 2nd) and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings (Friday, December 7th).  Tickets for all 4 shows are $150 and proceeds will go toward the “An Instrument for Every Child” organization.

For more information check out their website @ www.liveonlocke.com

That’s a Big Book….

So if you’ve been by the store lately you will notice in our front window display we’ve incorporated a very large copy of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Truth be told it kind of has to sit up there because it is so large that it will not fit on any of the shelves in the children’s section.  You can see in the picture I took, that when I tried to position it in that section it is literally twice the size of the other books surrounding it, oops. 

So this is what happens when the buyer (myself) for a store makes an impulse purchase.  I believe at the time my thought process probably went something like this:  Well, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is a pretty great book that is beloved by many so making it bigger should pretty cool!  Right?  As it turns out not so much.  Now I have a ridiculously large copy of this amazing book that, while eye catching, is nowhere near practical.  In fact should I find the absolute right person who wants to take this book home and love it…I don’t even have a bag big enough to fit it in!

So there you have it folks, impulse buying at it’s finest.  Could be worse I suppose….

Happy Canada Day!

This coming Sunday is Canada Day and Epic Books will be CLOSED.  I sincerely apologize if this inconveniences anyone.  I have to say though since Monday is our regularly scheduled day off I thought this would be a great chance to have one of those rare 2 day weekends.  Woohoo!!

I’ll be heading out of town to hit up the festivities with some family and get some much needed relaxing in.  I hope that everyone enjoys the weekend, however you may choose to celebrate.  Have fun!!!