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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien Congratulations to Madeleine Thien on being awarded the prestigious Giller Prize (as well as the Governor General's Award and her nomination for the Man Booker Prize). At Perfect Books, we had an inkling that this may occur and we have lots of copies on hand!   Madeleine Thien's new novel is breathtaking in scope and ambition even as it is hauntingly intimate.
Waiting for First Light by Romeo Dallaire In this piercing memoir, Roméo Dallaire, retired general and former senator, the author of the bestsellers Shake Hands with the Devil andThey Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children, and one of the world's leading humanitarians, delves deep into his life since the Rwandan genocide.
Les Parisiennes by Anne Sebba Paris in the 1940s was a place of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation, and secrets. During the occupation, the swastika flew from the Eiffel Tower and danger lurked on every corner.
Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria's killer has never been found.
Photographs by Wade Davis Inspired by artists such as Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz and Henri Cartier-Bresson, who wrote that great photographs come about in the decisive moment when the head, heart and eye find perfect alignment in an axis of the spirit, celebrated anthropologist and photographer Wade Davis has travelled the world in pursuit of the wonder of the human imagination as brought into being by culture.

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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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Fall/Winter Hours!!

It's that time of year once more. From now on we'll be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but the rest of our hours remain unchanged. Thursday and Friday evenings we're open until 9. Saturday 10 to 6 and Sunday 12 to 5.

 

William McElligott's new Ottawa book - November 19th

Wille has once again created a treasure for all of us who like to brag about this beautiful city. And we're fortunate to be able to host Willie this Saturday, November 19th, at Perfect Books from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is your chance to acquire a signed first edition copy of a stunning keepsake. Check out the cover here and came and see the book in our store.

 

Governor General's Award Winners

Seven wonderful titles were chosen and are now proudly displayed in the store. Check them out with this link.

 

Ottawa International Writers Festival - November 17th and 30th

Two events remain. Meet Ami McKay as she introduces The Witches of New York. This is a free event on November 17th at 7 p.m. Visit the Ottawa International Writers Festival website for details. We are also excited to anticipate the visit of Romeo Dallaire on November 30th and his new book, Waiting for First Light.

 

 Ken "The General" Grant - December 3rd

Ken has a new book out and he will be gracing our store on December 3rd from 11 to 3.  Be sure to drop by and share some wonderful memories with "The General"!

 


 

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