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Letters to a Nation by David Johnston Please Note - Signed Copies! Perfect Books is privileged to have a limited number of signed copies of His Excellency's book available. They cannot be reserved but are available on a first come/first served basis. From our present Governor General, a series of 50 (of several thousand) carefully chosen letters he has written to people he has admired and befriended over his seventy-plus years, that sets out Mr. Johnston's frank, informed, and novel thoughts about Canada.
Into the Magic Shop by James Doty Extraordinary things happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart
Switched On by John Elder Robison An extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed the life and mind of John Elder Robison, the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye
I, Bificus by Bif Naked From one of Canada’s most original musical artists comes a new memoir about life, love, loss and triumph
Spill Simmer Wither Falter by Sara Baume For fans of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing and H is for Hawk, a brilliant debut already praised as "unbearably poignant and beautifully told" (Eimear McBride) this captivating story follows - over the course of four seasons - a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog.

The Perfect Book Club

March 28, 2012| Solar by Ian McEwan

SolarAn engrossing, satirical and very funny new novel on climate change.

Michael Beard is in his late fifties; bald, overweight, unprepossessing — a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. An inveterate philanderer, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her.

When Beard's professional and personal worlds are entwined in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself, a chance for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster.

With a global scope, Solar is a comedy dealing directly with the crises of today. A story of one man's ambitions and self-deceptions, it is a startling and stylish new departure in the work of one of the world's great writers.

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Two Freedoms Sympathizer
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News and Events

Authors for Indies - Saturday, April 30

Join us at the store on this fun and informative day.

From 12 to 2 we will be welcoming a host of poets (is there a collective noun available here?  --  a stanza of poets? -- a verse of poets?) The likes of Pearl Pirie, Monty Reid, David O'Meara, Katherine Leyton, Frances Boyle, Colin Morton, Rhonda Douglas and Mark Frutkin will be dropping by to talk about why poetry should be on YOUR reading list.

From 2 to 4 we change our focus to history and welcome noted local historians Mark Bourrie, Charlotte Gray and Valerie Wright. Come and find out what they're reading!

Thursday, May 12th

Join us in the store on Thursday evening, May 12th from 7 to 9 as we welcome two authors, Catherine Cooper (whose new novel is White Elephant) and Ian Colford (whose new novel is Perfect World). Thees two Broadview Press authors are excited to launch here in Ottawa.

Wakefield Writers Festival May 13 - 15

Perfect Books is proud to once again be the bookseller at the Wakefield Writers Festival on the weekend of May 13 - 15. We're there with such authors as Camilla Gibb, Tasneem Jamaal, Elizabeth Hay, Alan Cumyn, Caroline Pignat, Roch Carriere.

But there's lots more! Check out their website here.

John Graham/May 15th at Perfect Books

Meet John Graham, author of Whose Man in Havana at the store on May 15th from 1 to 3 p.m.


Canada Reads

Lawrence Hill's The Illegal is now in trade paper and is in good supply

Transforming Ottawa

The second printing is now available. Pick one up while they are still in stock!

Town and Crown

This new history of Ottawa is now available.





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