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The Book by Keith Houston We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them?
The Underground Railway by Colson Whitehead Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits.
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity.
By Gaslight by Steven Price London, 1885. In a city of fog and darkness, the notorious thief Edward Shade exists only as a ghost, a fabled con, a thief of other men's futures -- a man of smoke.
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

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God's Jury by Cullen Murphy

Gods_JuryThe Inquisition conducted its last execution in 1826—the victim was a Spanish schoolmaster convicted of heresy. But, as Cullen Murphy shows in this provocative new work, not only did its offices survive into the twentieth century, in the modern world its spirit is more influential than ever.

God’s Jury encompasses the diverse stories of the Knights Templar, Torquemada, Galileo, and Graham Greene. Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews--and with burning at the stake--its targets were more numerous and its techniques more ambitious. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance and censorship and "scientific" interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution. Traveling from freshly opened Vatican archives to the detention camps of Guantánamo to the filing cabinets of the Third Reich, Murphy traces the Inquisition and its legacy.

With the combination of vivid immediacy and deeply learned analysis that characterized his acclaimed Are We Rome?, Murphy puts a human face on a familiar but little-known piece of our past, and argues that only by understanding the Inquisition can we hope to explain the making of the present.

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Ottawa International Writers Festival

Check out the exciting line-up for pre-Fesival Events. Visit the Ottawa International Writers Festival website and pick up your tickets in the store. Several Pre-Festival events begin as early as September 13th when Alexandre Trudeau launches his new book with us. The final week of September sees some great writers coming to our city. Check out the website and book early!


Anne DesBrisay

..... will be visiting Perfect Books on Monday, September 26th from 4:30 to 7 p.m. to sign copies of her new book, Ottawa Cooks. Several of the chefs featured in this beautifully crafted edition will be in the store to appear with Anne. The book, especially a signed copy, will make an excellent gift.


Barbara Fradkin and Linda Wiken

Two of our favourite local authors are co-hosting a launch party at the Heart and Cown Pub on Clarence Street on Wednesday, September 28th from 7 to 9 p.m. Both launch a new mystery series. Perfect Books will be there. Join us for readings, book signings and much laughter!



Stephen Maher

Stephen is launching his new book, Salvage, at the Metropolitain Brasserie on September 28th at 6 p.m. It's a terrific thriller set in Nova Scotia. Rough seas, rough trade and tender hearts!!


Marion Dewar by Deborah Gorham

After a wildly successful launch of this wonderful new biography (the bookseller ran out of books - shame on me!) we have convinced Deborah to come to the store on Sunday, October 16th from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign copies and to meet customers and chat about Marion.



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