Upcoming Events

We’re currently working on our Spring/Summer Events Calendar. Please see below for confirmed events and check back for updates.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 14th – 7 p.m.

What to Read? An Event for Book Clubs

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

Join us for a night of literature, community and fun as we recommend our book club picks. With over 50 titles to choose from we will happily help your book club choose some of their future reads. For that one night only all selected titles will be 15% off.


Friday, April 22nd – 7 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are pleased to host two visiting poets with new books releasing with BookThug this spring. Both Adrienne Gruber (Buoyancy Control) and Jennifer Zilm (Waiting Room) are visiting from Vancouver, join us in welcoming them to Hamilton for the evening.

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Admission is free, all are welcome.


Saturday, April 30th – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are excited to once again take part in the national Authors for Indies Day. Authors will be visiting us for the day to show their support for Canadian independent booksellers by acting as guest booksellers for the day. Join us to meet some wonderful authors, possibly have them recommend a book or two, or just have some fun visiting your local independent bookstore while we bask in the author love! Stay tuned for details on which authors will be visiting us.

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Admission is free, all are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous Events

Tuesday, August 25 – 7 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are pleased to host an evening celebrating poet Alexandra Oliver‘s return from the UK! Marc Di Saverio, Daniel Renton and possibly others will also be reading.  Refreshments will be served.


Saturday, September 12th 10 am – 7 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

 It’s that time of year again, the Locke Street Festival!! Visit our table out front to take advantage of our one day book sale, with titles marked down as low as $2!

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Thursday, September 17 – 7 p.m.

Hamilton Public Library, Westdale – 955 King Street West

We will be joining Sir John’s Table author Lindy Mechefske at the Westdale Branch of the Hamilton Public Library for a journey through the life of our first prime minster through the culinary history of the era. Visit the event page here for more details.

Sir John

Admission is free, all are welcome.


Wednesday, September 23 – 7 p.m.

Gallery on the Bay, 231 Bay Street North

We will be on hand as our friends at gritLIT begin their year round programming welcoming acclaimed authors Padma Viswanathan (The Ever After of Ashwin Rao) and Farzana Doctor (All Inclusive). This special reading has been planned marking the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Air India 182, the worst terrorist attack in Canadian history.

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Advance tickets are available in-store and online here.


Thursday, October 8 – 6 p.m.

McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South – Suite 105

We will be attending the distinguished lecture by David Sedlak (Water 4.0) on the Fourth Urban Water Revolution.  This event is being organized by the McMaster Water Network as part of Water Week.

 Admission is free, please register here.


Tuesday, October 20 – 7:30 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

Epic Books is pleased to welcome Jess Taylor (Pauls), Andrew Battershill (Pillow) and Kevin Hardcastle (Debris).  Enjoy an evening of readings presented in partnership BookThug, Coach House Books and Biblioasis.

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Admission is free, all are welcome.

Please visit the event page for more details.


Friday, October 23 – 7 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

Catherine Owen will be visiting us to read from The Other 23 & a Half Hours: Or, Everything You Wanted to Know that Your MFA Didn’t Teach You. This unique writing guide draws on interviews and conversations with many of Canada’s most prominent working poets and authors to determine what being a poet/author really means.

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Admission is free, all are welcome.

Please visit the event page for more details.


 Tuesday, October 27 – 7 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

Join us for our first official What to Read event! We love helping our customers pick that perfect book so we thought why not make a night of it?

For our inaugural event, the staff at Epic Books have curated a list of some of our favourite reads that would be perfect for your book club. Throughout the evening we will happily share why each title would be a great book club pick. You can also look forward to refreshments, giveaways and, of course, a special 15% book club discount on our chosen titles. In fact, we’ll be using the evening to launch our brand new book club rewards program, which we’re very excited about!

Admission is free, all are welcome.

For any questions please feel free to contact Lisa at lisa@epicbooks.ca


Saturday, October 31 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are very pleased to be celebrating the release of David Lee’s The Midnight Games on Halloween! The perfect Halloween read The Midnight Games is a fast-paced, monster filled horror novel set in Hamilton. David will be joining us to cast summoning runes and we will have all kinds of treats to give out.  Visit us in costume and we’ll enter your name in a draw to win a fun Halloween prize pack.

midnight games

Admission is free, all are welcome.


Friday, May 8 – 7 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Julie Paul (The Pull of the Moon) and Jennifer LoveGrove (Watch How We Walk) for an evening reading in store.  We hope that you can join us to welcome them to Hamilton!

Julie & Jennifer

Admission is free, all are welcome.


Saturday, May 2 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

 Join us as we celebrate Authors for Indies Day! We have a whole day of fun planned with 6 amazing volunteer authors coming in chat and share some of their favourite books with you. Here’s the schedule for the day:

11 – 1: Sally Cooper
11 – 1: Gisela Sherman
1 – 3: Sylvia McNicoll
1 – 3: Ariel Gordon 
2 – 4: Gary Barwin
3 – 5: Amanda Leduc

We hope to see you!


 

Thursday, January 29 – 7 p.m.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart Street

We will be on hand for the Hamilton launch of Orchestrating Austerity The evening will feature brief readings by editors and authors followed by an informal discussion.

Orchestrating Austerity

Admission is free, all are welcome.


 

Saturday, January 31 – 10:30 a.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are very pleased to welcome local children’s author Michael Chudnovsky for a reading and signing of his book The Wishima Tree

Wishima Tree

Admission is free, all are welcome.


Saturday, November 15 – 7 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are happy to have Palimpsest Press Night in the store! The evening will be hosted by local author Marc di Saverio (Sanatorium Songs) and feature readings from  Yvonne Blomer (As if a Raven) & Blair Trewartha (Easy Fix). Join us for an evening of poetry and discussion.

Palimpsest Press Night

Admission is free, all are welcome.


Wednesday, October 29 – 7:00 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

 Join us as we celebrate the release of Joe Ollmann’s  Happy Stories About Well-Adjusted People, an omnibus collection of short stories in comic form.  Light refreshments will be served, conversations will be had & books will be signed.  We look forward to seeing you!

 Joe Ollmann

 

Admission is free, all are welcome.

 


 

Tuesday, September 30 – 7:00 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

Epic Books and Raise the Hammer are pleased to present an evening with transit activist and author Benjamin Ross.  Mr. Ross will be in Hamilton discussing his new book Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

 Please RSVP as space is limited. 

 


 

Monday, September 15 – 7:00 p.m.
Hamilton Spectator Auditorium

44 Frid St., Hamilton

We will be in attendance as McMaster Children’s Hospital and The Hamilton Spectator host the panel “Getting Kids Hyped For Real Food”. Nutrition experts Karen Le Billon (French Kids Eat Everything and Getting to Yum) and Jennifer Sygo (Unmasking Superfoods) will offer their views on how to direct children to better eating habits. 

This is a free event.


 

Wednesday, September 10th – 7 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are very pleased to welcome author Harry Karlinsky for an evening reading and signing of his novel The Stonehenge Letters.  Mr. Karlinsky is visiting us from Vancouver, BC where he is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, we couldn’t be happier to have him join us for the evening!

Stonehenge Letters


 

Wednesday, May 28th – 7 p.m.

Hamilton Spectator Auditorium, 44 Frid Street

We will be in attendance for the local launch of Tax in not a Four-Letter Word.  Guest speakers include Alex Himelfarb, the book’s editor and former Clerk of the Privy Council; Hugh Mackenzie, CCPA Research Associate; and Trish Hennessy, CCPA Ontario Director.  This event is sponsored by The Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Ontario, and the Metcalf Foundation.

Tax is not a Four-Letter Word

This is a free event.

For more details please visit: sprc.hamilton.on.ca


 

 Tuesday, May 27th – 4:30 p.m.

Melrose United Church, 86 Homewood Avenue

Join us for an afternoon of fun and celebration! Listen as author Paul Born shares why we need a deepened sense of community today, what inspired him to write Deepening Community, hear stories from the book, and learn about the key actions for ways we can (and already are) deepening our sense of community. 

Deepening Community

This is a free event.

Please register at: deepeningcommunity.org


Thursday, May 8th – 7:00 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

Enjoy an evening of inspirational conversation with Salvina Grice the author of My Journey with Josie, a sister’s memoir of a family’s struggle with terminal cancer.  Salvina will be joining us to not only share from My Journey with Josie but to also discuss her experience with writing and publishing.

My Journey with Josie

 Admission is free, all are welcome.


 

 Tuesday, April 29th – 7:30 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

Join us as we welcome local poets Amy Kenny and Benny Langedyk as well as Kevin Spenst, visiting from Vancouver.  The always wonderful Mr. Gary Barwin will be hosting the evening which is part of Kevin’s 100 venue cross-Canada chapbook reading tour! Wow. 

April 29 - Poetry evening

Admission is free, all are welcome.


 

Thursday, April 24th – 6:30 p.m.

The Courtyard, 254 Locke Street South

We are very pleased to be working with our friends at The Courtyard to welcome Laura Calder and celebrate the release of her new cookbook Paris Express.  Laura Calder is the host of the award winning TV show French Food at Home, as well as the author of multiple cookbooks.  Her new cookbook Paris Express is filled with quick, modern recipes that will have you breezily whipping up gorgeous French meals in the blink of an eye.  We hope that you can join us for, what is sure to be, a fabulous evening out!

Epic Books presents Laura Calder at The Courtyard April 24


Friday, March 7th – 6 p.m.

Carmen’s Banquet Hall, 1250 Stone Church Rd. E.

International Women’s Day is Saturday, March 8th & we have the honour of being invited to sell books at an event where Senator LGen (Ret’d) Roméo Dallaire will be the guest speaker. It’s going to be a great evening; the poster is below with all of the details should you be interested in attending.

Dallaire Poster


 

 Wednesday, February 19th – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

McIntyre Centre for Performing Arts, Mohawk College

Fennell Campus

 We have been invited to celebrate Black History Month with Gemini Award Winning Actor/Creator of Da Kink in My Hair, Trey Anthony.  We will be on-hand selling copies of Da Kink in My Hair, there will be a book signing following the talk.

Trey Anthony


 

 

 


 

Friday, December 6th – 6 – 8 p.m.

Santa Visits Epic Books!!

 

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Epic Books is pleased that Santa has made time in his very busy schedule to stop by for a short visit on Friday evening.  During his visit Santa would love to hear what’s on everyone’s wish list for the holiday season.  You are also more than welcome to take photos should you bring your own camera.  Of course, we will have refreshments, especially cookies, as Santa is a big fan! 

Children of all age are welcome to attend.

We hope to see you!!


Thursday, November 7th – 7:30 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are very pleased to host the launch of local author Robert Oldham’s book Stand at East!  The title is the fifth book in Mr. Oldham’s Alternative History of W. W. II Series.  

Admission is free, all are welcome.


Tuesday, October 22nd – 7.pm.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

Join us as we welcome local author Viga Boland for a reading and discussion of her new book No Tears for my Father.  Ms. Boland’s book is a powerful memoir of incest that she suffered at the hands of her biological father.

No Tears for my Father

Admission is free, all are welcome.


Friday, October 4th – 7 p.m.

Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart Street

We are excited to be on hand as Stephanie Ross & Larry Savage launch their new book Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity.  The book is the 4th title in the Labour in Canada series.

Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity

Admission is free, all are welcome.


Thursday, September 19th – 7 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

Join us for the launch of Marc di Saverio’s debut book of poetry Sanatorium Songs.  Iterative, inventive, and frenetic, the poems in Marc di Saverio’s Sanatorium Songs bridge the rift between what’s seen and what’s experienced by the mentally ill.  Special guests Jim Johnstone and Julie Cameron Gray will also be reading.


 

Friday, June 14th – 7 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are very pleased to have both Chris Pannell (A Nervous City) & Paul Sutherland (Journeying) in-store to read from a selection of their works.  We hope that you can join us for this evening of poetry.

Admission is free, all are welcome.


Friday, June 7th -12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

Join us as we welcome author & psychic medium Laura Laforce for an afternoon book signing.  Ms. Laforce will be in-store to sign copies Psychic Sight and                           X-Tending.

Admission is free, all are welcome.


 

Friday, May 31st – 7 p.m.

Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are very pleased to welcome Donato Mancini (You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence), Gary Barwin (The Obvious Flap) and Eric Schmaltz for an evening reading.  We hope that you will be able to join us!

Admission is free, all are welcome.


 

 Sew Hungry
Friday, May 3rd – 12 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Ottawa St. BIA Office – 204 Ottawa St North

 We will be spending the day on Ottawa St. North to celebrate Sew Hungry! The Ottawa St. BIA has invited celebrated TV host & author James Cunningham to come out & sign copies of the Eat St. cookbook which we will have available for sale.  We are very much looking forward to what is sure to be a fun day!!


Sunday, April 28th  – 2 -4 p.m.
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart Street

We are excited to be joining local publisher Wolsak & Wynn for their Hamilton Spring Poetry Launch.  The afternoon will feature authors Chris Pannell (A Nervous City) Tanis Rideout (Arguments with the Lake) and Ken Howe (The Civic-mindedness of Trees). 

Admission is free, all are welcome.


 

Saturday, April 20th – 10:30 a.m.
Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We always love to welcome local authors to the store but this case is particularly fun as we will be host to a team of children’s book authors.  Marija Katic & Dale Kern are educators in the Early Childhood Profession who have written a wonderful book titled Imagine.  Marija & Dale will be coming in to read their book and hope to entertain and inspire their young listeners!

Imagine Book Cover - Marija Katic and Dale Kern

Admission is free, all are welcome.


 

Saturday, March 16th – 1 p.m.
Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

 We are very excited to have author Jeffrey Luscombe in-store for an afternoon reading and signing for his novel Shirts and Skins.  Hamilton is Jeffrey’s hometown so we are very pleased to welcome him back for the afternoon.

Shirts and Skins - Jeffrey Luscombe

 Admission is free, everyone is welcome.


 

Friday, March 1st – 7:30
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart Street

We will be in attendance for the Hamilton Book Launch of Boom, Bust and Crisis: Labour, Corporate Power and Politics in Canada, the second book in the Labour in Canada series.  Editor John Peters will be joined by Wayne Lewchuk, Stephen Arnold & Peter Graefe.

Boom, Bust and Crisis - Book Launch

 All are welcome.


Tuesday, February 26th – 7 p.m.
Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South
This event has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

We are pleased to welcome singer, songwriter John Ellison for a special in-store event.  John will be joining us to discuss his memoir Some Kind of Wonderful.

Some Kind of Wonderful - John Ellison

Admission is free, everyone is welcome.



 


 

 

 

 

Previous Events


Tuesday, October 16th – 7:30 p.m.
Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

Join us as we welcome David Lee (Commander Zero), Royston Tester (Fatty Goes to China) and Catherine Owen (Trobairitz) for an evening reading and signing.

Admission is free, everyone is welcome.


Saturday, October 20th – 1 -3 p.m.
 Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are pleased to welcome local Hamilton author Jean Rae Baxter for an in-store signing.  Ms. Baxter will be here signing copies of her young adult trilogy – 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. 

Admission is free, everyone is welcome.


Tuesday, October 23rd – 6:15 p.m.
Manulife Securities (Fonthill Estates), 168 Jackson St. West

We will be in attendance as the CIC – Hamilton Branch welcomes Dr. James Laxer author of Tecumseh & Brock: The War of 1812 for an evening of reflection on the war of 1812.

Admission is free for CIC members and students, $2 for non-members


Thursday, October 25th – 6:30 p.m.
Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South 

We are pleased to welcome local author Mark Leslie for an evening of spooky fun while celebrating his new book Haunted Hamilton.  

Admission is free, everyone is welcome.


Friday, November 9th – 7 p.m.
Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are very excited to welcome author Sarah E. Truman back from her travels!  Ms Truman will be joining us for a reading and discussion of her book Searching for Guan Yin, which is a collection of stories from her time spent in China.

Admission is free, everyone is welcome.


Saturday, November 17th – 1-3 p.m
Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South

We are very pleased to have Robert Oldham in-store for the afternoon to read from and sign his books.  Mr Oldham is the author of a series of alternative history books on W.W. II with a Canadian twist.

Admission is free, everyone is welcome.


 Saturday, December 1st – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fenian Films, 211 Locke Street South

Christmas on Locke

We are so excited to be participating in this wonderful all day event taking place on Locke! There are so many wonderful activities planned for the day that I can’t list them all here.  However, I would like to mention that Lynne Kittredge-Fox (The Mighty Moon King) will be joining us there for a reading at 10:30 a.m. to kick off the festivities!

Admission by donation of non-perishable food item for Mission Services or a toy for City Kidz.  A $2 donation will also be accepted.