Authors for Indies – Saturday, April 29th

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.

Authors will be acting as guest booksellers for the day; helping customers find their next great read and to complete our in-store scavenger hunt. New this year, everyone that gives our ridiculously fun bookstore scavenger hunt a shot gets a prize and is entered in our grand prize draw.

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Come and join us for a fun filled day as local authors share their love for indie bookstores; with treats, book giveaways, and more!

Join us for a Fall Social

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.



Locke Street Shops Sidewalk Sale

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!!

LS Sidewalk

Friday Morning Stories

Epic Books is pleased to welcome local storyteller Lisa Pijuan-Nomura for Friday Morning Stories! Lisa will share some of her favourite books, songs & poems for children of all ages. We hope that you will join us Friday mornings @ 10:30, Epic Books 226 Locke St. S.  

We have been looking for the perfect way to introduce a permanent story-time to the store and couldn’t be more excited to have Lisa come in & host! Knowing Lisa we are going to have all kinds of fun!!  

Our very first Friday Morning Stories is scheduled for Friday, May 31st and we very much hope to see you there!!

For more information please contact us @ 905.525.6538 or

gritLIT 2013

gritLIT 2013 is coming up next weekend and we couldn’t be more excited.  This year’s line-up is absolutely phenomenal with so many wonderful authors I couldn’t possibly list them here.  So I will refer you to their website: for all of the details.

Of course, we did want to mention that we have tickets for all of the events and workshops as well as weekend passes and gritLIT memberships available for sale in the store.  Also, as a side-note the book club that I’m a part of has had a wonderful time attending events together as a group.  This year we’ve decided to skip our meeting for the month and meet up at a couple of the readings for an evening out.  So when you’re looking for fun book club events gritLIT is a great choice!

We really can’t say enough good things about this festival, it’s always a great time and does a really wonderful job of celebrating Hamilton’s local literary culture.  Not only does gritLIT include local and international authors but they also highlight the local arts community by featuring a different artist each year on all of the festival materials.  This year the image used is by local artist Julia Veenstra and is really stunning.

Red Tights - Julia Veenstra

Christmas on Locke – Saturday, December 1st

The holidays are coming and, as always, we like to do something special at the beginning of the season to have some fun with our wonderful customers.  This year we are very excited to be working with other merchants on the street to plan Christmas on Locke!  An all day event (10-4) with children’s activities, a bake sale and a concert being held at Fenian Films (211 Locke Street South); outside along the street there will be carollers, Mr & Mrs Claus and horse & buggy rides.

Getting the festivities started will be Lynne Kittredge-Fox (The Mighty Moon King) who will be joining us there for a reading at 10:30.  I can’t think of a more fun way to kick off the day and the holiday season!!

Christmas on Locke



Zombie Mob – Thursday, October 25th

Halloween is almost upon us, in anticipation we will be hosting author Mark Leslie for a spooky evening in celebration of his new book Haunted Hamilton.  To kick off the evening Mark will be organizing a fun Zombie approach to the store…

Zombie Mob on Locke

Mark will also be sharing some ghost stories with the crowd and telling some tales from Haunted Hamilton.  We are so excited that we’ve broken out our secret stash of the book and popped them right in the front window.

Haunted Hamilton - Epic Books window

This is our very first Zombie Mob so we hope you’ll be here to share it with us!

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.