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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

New Titles

Britain's Empire by Richard Gott

Britains_EmpireSome historians in recent years have promoted the British Empire as a force for good. Richard Gott's new book, Britain's Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt, criticises the widely held belief that the British Empire was an imaginative and civilizing enterprise.
Gott reveals a history of systemic repression and almost perpetual violence, showing how British rule was imposed as a military operation and maintained as a military dictatorship. For colonized peoples, the experience was a horrific one, he says, of slavery, famine, battle and extermination. But, he argues, the Empire's oppressed peoples did not go quietly into this good night. Wherever Britain tried to plant its flag, it met with opposition. From Ireland to India, from the American colonies to Australia, Gott traces the rebellions and resistance of subject peoples whose all-but-forgotten stories are excluded from traditional accounts of empire. He argues that the British Empire provided a blueprint for the annihilation of peoples in twentieth-century Europe, and that its leaders must rank alongside the dictators of the twentieth century as authors of crimes against humanity on an infamous scale.

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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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