Our hours: Mo-We 10-6 • Th&Fr 10-8 • Sa 10-6 • Su 11-5
258A Elgin St., Ottawa, ON
An Independent Bookshop for the Passionate Reader

Events in March

Sign up with the Ottawa Writers Festival

Ian Rankin was here?! I missed Gabor Mate!? Too often, authors are in town and gone before you find out.

Solution? Sign up for Ottawa Writers Festival updates and you won’t miss another spectacular event. Follow this link.


Bring Your Own Bag. (please)

We have (finally) switched over to paper bags. It’s something we’ve been anxious to do for some time but we’re finally there. This is a very costly move for us but we believe it’s the right thing to do. Paper bags are many times the cost of plastic.

Please help us out by bringing your own bag to the store whenever you visit.

Events in March

March 7th – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.Whit Fraser joins us at Perfect Books to speak about his biography entitled True North Rising. A longtime CBC reporter and a veteran of many decades in Canada’s North, Whit brings a remarkable perspective to the many issues and beauties of our North. Expect some great storytelling!

March 10 and 11 – Perfect Books will be at the N.A.C. along with Ann-Marie MacDonald as she helps to launch the spectacular stage version of her iconic novel Fall On Your Knees

March 11Waub Rice appears at Dominion Chalmers as part of the Munro Beattie lecture series and Perfect Books will be there

March 13 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Perfect Books welcomes Brandon Crilly with his debut novel Catalyst as well as Sienna Tristen with the second book in her series A Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming. Also with us that evening will be Kate Heartfield with her newest, The Embroidered Book.

March 14th – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. we are pleased to welcome Kim Fahner with her newest book of poetry entitled Emptying the Ocean. Joining Kim is Frances Boyle with her last volume entitled Openwork and Limestone

March 18-25 – VerseFest returns to live events. More information to follow

March 20th – 7:00 p.m. Tracey Lindeman will be welcomed by the Ottawa Writers Festival at St. John the Evangelist Church at Somerset and Elgin with her powerful new book, Bleed. See the Writers Festival website for tickets

March 22nd 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. We are happy to have Phil Gurski back in the store with his latest book entitled The Peaceable Kingdom a history of terrorism in Canada

March 23rd 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. we are excited to welcome a group of performers to our store to promote their new children’s book Maakusie Loves Music.  Join Maakusie as he practises katajjaniq (throat singing) and learns ajaja songs, drumming, and more! Explore everything from traditional instruments to dances to the origin of the brass bands in the Arctic today!

March 26th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. we are happy to welcome Dr. Helen Ofosu as she joins us to sign copies of her new book How to be Resilient in Your Career. Dr. Helen Ofosu draws on twenty years of helping employers acquire talent and coaching professionals through difficult career choices to unpack these layered and complicated issues in an easy-to-follow way.

Penguin Classics

Take a deep dive (and an inexpensive one at that) into our wonderful collection of classic literature in the form of the iconic Penguin Blacks. Revisit Dickens, Woolf, Dostoevsky, Conrad, Austen, Bronte… the list goes on and on

Want to know what’s in stock at Perfect Books?

When shopping on our website, go to the browsing function on the left side of your screen. Select “What’s in Store” and then select the Subject. Because we can’t promise that new orders will arrive by the 24th, this feature will help you narrow your search and confirm that we have stock in the book(s) you’re seeking.

Wearing a Mask at Perfect Books

… is optional now. Some of our staff and customers are continuing to mask up. This is now a personal choice which we respect.

We always have a few on hand and they’re free so please join with us in keeping EVERYBODY healthy for the long term


Buying a Gift Card On Line

• Click on the “Shop” icon on the top left of this page

• When the next page opens, select “Gift Cards” from the green bar near the top of the page

• Select “Add to Cart”, the select “Go to Cart”

• In the box that says “Cost”, enter the dollar value you wish

• At this point you can personalize the card (see the box on the left)

• When finished, click on the box at the bottom of the page which will take you to a login screen

• There you can create an account or log in to your existing account

• You will then proceed to checkout where you have two options

• We can hold the card at the store for pickup OR we can mail it to the recipient you choose

• Note that you are automatically charged for shipping but we waive that if the card is being mailed locally

Hours of Operation

Monday 10 to 6

Tuesday 10 to 6

Wednesday 10 to 6

Thursday 10 to 8

Friday 10 to 8

Saturday 10 to 6

Sunday 11 to 5

Closed on all statutory holidays

Please ignore the misinformation that is appearing on Google. This is where our correct hours are posted.

Perfect Books – Strong and Able!

Thanks to all of you for supporting us throughout the past few years. After  two years of Elgin Street reconstruction and ongoing threats of Covid we continue to grow, thanks to you! The proof is in the beautiful new shop. New floors, new lighting, new shelves and the same great service. We look forward to showing off our new look to you. See you soon!


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