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

Family Day, Monday February 19th — We will be closed for that day

February Events

On Saturday, February 3rd, we welcome Kelly Zhang to the store to meet and greet friends old and new, especially parents of young children. Kelly brings two lovely children’s books with her, Grandma’s Rooftop Garden and Take Me to Laolao. Kelly will be in the store from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

On Monday, February 5th, Susan McMaster joins us for an evening launch and reading from her new volume of poetry entitled Grounded. Festivities begin at 7 p.m.

We will be at the Centrepointe Library in Nepean on Thursday, February 8th to support Kai Thomas as he is welcomed by the Ottawa Library and reads from his wonderfully successful novel, In the Upper Country

On Saturday, February 10th we will be at Christ Church Cathedral for the Ottawa Writers Festival event featuring Dr. Jen Gunter whose new book has just launched. Blood: the science, medicine and mythology of menstruation

Drew Haydon Taylor will visit Perfect Books on the evening of February 21st to speak about his newest novel entitled Cold. Drew’s previous titles includes Motorcycles & Sweetgrass, a staple in many high school curricula. That event begins at 7 p.m.

A very special event at the Redbird Lounge will feature Ray Robertson and host David O’Meara talking bout Ray’s newest book that is an insightful look at the enduring power of The Grateful Dead. The book, All the Years Combine: The Grateful Dead in Fifty Shows, great conversation and a Dead cover band. Promises to be an evening to remember! This event takes place on February 22nd


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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