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Deep South by Paul Theroux One of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time turns his unflinching eye on an American South too often overlooked
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende Named one of the most anticipated novels of the year by New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, and more. From New York Times and internationally bestselling author Isabel Allende, an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War.
Hubris by Alistar Horne Sir Alistair Horne has been a close observer of war and history for more than fifty years and in this wise and masterly work, he revisits six battles of the past century and examines the strategies, leadership, preparation, and geopolitical goals of aggressors and defenders to reveal the one trait that links them all: hubris.
Vinyl Cafe Turns the Page by Stuart McLean A brand new collection of Vinyl Cafe stories, from the inimitable Stuart McLean, featuring a worldlier and wiser Dave and Morley
Dave and Morley are growing older, Steph and Sam are growing up. Moving out and moving on.
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel. Taking to the road—by which I mean letting the road take you—changed who I thought I was.

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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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Winter Hours

Please note that our hours are changing. Starting Tuesday, October 13th, we will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We will open 10 a.m. to 9 pm. on Thursday and Friday. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

 Ottawa International Writers Festival

Perfect Books is proud to be the bookseller for the Ottawa International Writers Festival. The Festival continues this month with visits from Margaret Atwood on November 16th for an evening and the 17th for a luncheon, Ian Rankin on November 19th for both a luncheon and an evening session, Dalton McGuinty on November 21st and John Irving on November 30th. For information, visit the OIWF website . Tickets for all Festival events are available at Perfect Books.


 Saturday, November 28th  (12 to 2 p.m.)

Perfect Books is pleased and proud to welcome the mystery writer R.J. Harlick, who will introduce her newest work A Cold White Fear, a continuation of her Meg Harris series set in the wilds of West Quebec.


 Saturday, November 28th  (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Please join us at the store as we welcome Randall Denley, Ottawa Citizen columnist, who is introducing his latest novel, The Situation


Sunday, November 29th ( 1p.m. to 3 p.m.)

Please join us as we welcome Anne Shmelzer as she introduces her new novel, A Marginally Noted Man




 Remaindered Books

New shipments of remaindered books arrive every week. Check the bin outside the store as you pass by for some surprising bargains.



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