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

Paul Lynch wins the Booker Prize for Prophet Song and Perfect Books has multiple copies in stock. Reserve yours today


Events in November

R.H. Thomson will appear at Library & Archives Canada to introduce his just-released memoir, By The Ghost Light as part of the Ottawa Writers Festival. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Also on November 28th, Daniel Cox and Marcus McCann will be at Perfect Books. Daniel will introduce his new book I Felt the End Before it Came and Marcus will read from his work, Park Cruising. This event will be moderated by Glen Nuotio and will begin at 7 p.m.

On November 29th the University of Regina Press is bringing Norman Ravvin to Library and Archives Canada with his very topical and insightful book about Canadian immigration entitled Who Gets In

… looking ahead to two big events in December…

Peter Mansbridge will be at St. John the Evangelist Church to feature his new book, How Canada Works. This is a Ottawa Writers Festival event and begins at 7 p.m. on December 4th

Rick Mercer returns on December 7th with his latest book entitled The Road Years. Rick will be at the Chateau Laurier at 7 p.m. Tickets available at The Ottawa Writers Festival



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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