image image image image image
Kill the Messengers by Mark Bourrie Ottawa has become a place where the nation's business is done in secret, and access to information-the lifeblood of democracy in Canada-is under attack.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper A beautiful novel that reminds us that it’s never too late to see the things you’ve longed to see, or to say the things you’ve longed to say.
Amnesia by Peter Carey The two-time Booker Prize winner now gives us an exceedingly timely, exhilarating novel—at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny—that journeys to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics.
Frog by Mo Yan The author of Red Sorghum and China’s most revered and controversial novelist returns with his first major publication since winning the Nobel PrizeIn 2012, the Nobel committee confirmed Mo Yan’s position as one of the greatest and most important writers of our time. In his much-anticipated new novel, Mo Yan chronicles the sweeping history of modern China through the lens of the nation’s controversial one- child policy.

New Titles

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.

Site Search

New in Paper

Sixth Extinction Anna Madrigal
News Harvest

News and Events

Tuesday, February 24th

Join the Perfect Books staff just down the street at Maxwell's Bistro at 7 p.m. as we welcome "The Darkside Tour: Highway of Horror" featuring three of Canada's finest horror fiction writers. Watch for the bus and be sure to meet Rob Pobi, Nick Cutter and Andrew Pyper. The bus will tour Toronto, Montreal and Kingston as well. Mark the date on your calendar now! Rob and Nick both have new titles in the store right now and Andrew's new book releases February 10th.

 Wednesday, February 25th

Join us in the store as we welcome Brit Griffin, who will introduce her chilling thriller The Wintermen to an Ottawa audience. Rev up the Arctic Cat and get down here that evening. The book is in the store now and it's a great read! Details of the event will be posted here soon.

 Thursday, April 16th

Perfect Books is excited to welcome acclaimed Canadian mystery writer Gail Bowen whose new book, 12 Rose Street releases March 3rd. Details of the event will be posted soon.

 

 Remaindered Books

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

 

 

Contact Us

We're conveniently located in heart of Ottawa at 258A Elgin Street (at Somerset Street West). map.

PHONE: (613) 231-6468         FAX: (613) 231-4425         EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Socialize

facebook  twitter   google  rss