Canada Reads 2013

The debates for Canada Reads 2013 will take place on February 11th – 14th; personally I always try my best to get all of the books read prior so I can argue along…in the store, of course.  So don’t be alarmed if you happen to wander past and witness me yelling at an empty store, it’s all part of the wonder that is Canada Reads.

Anyways, the panel and book selections have been announced, you can check out the Canada Reads homepage for all kinds of interviews and excerpts.  I just wanted to let everyone know that we have all 5 books in stock and (hint, hint) any one would make a wonderful gift.  So without further ado here’s the list:

Away by Jane Urquhart defended by Charlotte Gray
The Age of Hope
by David Bergen defended by Ron MacLean
Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan defended by Jay Baruchel
February by Lisa Moore defended by Trent McClellan
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese defended by Carol Huynh

Of course for those of you that prefer the visual here they are:

Canada Reads 2013 Titles

 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 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!


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.

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….