station eleven the jewel the back of the turtle once upon an alphabet the boundless desert god the human age lady parts the rosie effect

16 Sep

The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize - longlist announced!

Here are the 4 HCC books longlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize!

A huge congrats to David, Rivka, Frances and Heather!

Here’s more information about each of the 4 books:
The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
American Innovations by Rivka Galchen

Tell by Frances Itani
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill

12 Sep

Cory’s September Pick!

On the tour we are talking about our biggest Fall books and while there are many, MANY, that I loved there is only one that made me ashamed — The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King. Yep, I’ve never read a book by Thomas King before reading this one. (Can you believe it?) In fact, I wrote a whole blog post and review about it for The Savvy Reader here. And if I wasn’t ashamed of this massive reading oversight before I am even moreso now having read it. It’s a terrific, wonderful book representing, in my view, the very best of Canadian literature. I hope you get the chance to read it, either through your own stores or by visiting us on one of our many tour stops (we’re bringing TONS of books with us!).

~ Cory

11 Sep

Shannon’s September Pick!

My September Pick is… STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel!

5 reasons why I chose it:

1. The gorgeous, gorgeous cover.

2. It has Shakespeare, post-apocalyptic North America, a traveling theatre troupe, and cults. What more could you want in a novel??

3. The author is Canadian, and part of the book is set in Toronto!

4. Ann Patchett, Erin Morgenstern, Jessie Burton, and Emma Straub are all raving about it too, so I’m in great company.

5. It is one of the most engaging, more enthralling, and most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down, and I can’t stop talking about it.

Hope you guys get the chance to read Station Eleven too!


08 Sep

Thank you, Toronto!

One stop down, nine more to go in our #HCCFallTour!

Thank you so much to all the booksellers that came out to last night’s event. We had such a blast talking about our new Fall books with you! We could definitely feel the excitement when we presented books like The Rosie Effect and Yes Please. And it was great to hear you all buzzing about The Crazy Game too, especially after Cory’s speech about the book.

And how great was Kenneth Oppel? I liked hearing about his antics at the train museum! Definitely makes me want to re-read The Boundless. :)


Thanks again for coming out! I was a bit nervous about our first presentation, but looking out and seeing a room full of friendly book people, well that just made things so much easier.

London, we’re coming to you next! Have you all RSVP-ed? (That goes for the other 8 cities too - make sure you get your RSVPs in! We want to make sure we bring enough FREE BOOKS.)

Hope to see you soon!




Next stop, London! Here’s our schedule:

04 Sep Boxes and boxes of books, and they’re all coming with us on our Fall Book Preview Tour! Chapters, Indigo & Coles booksellers, have you RSVP-ed yet?

Boxes and boxes of books, and they’re all coming with us on our Fall Book Preview Tour! Chapters, Indigo & Coles booksellers, have you RSVP-ed yet?

28 Aug

Booksellers, you don’t want to miss this….

Don’t forget to RSVP to for our Fall Book Preview. We’re accepting RSVPs up until 1 week before your city’s event date. (Ie. For Toronto, we’re accepting RSVPs until September 1st.)

27 Aug

Join the #WorldsBiggestBookClub chat today!

Join us, Chapters Indigo and Graeme Simsion to chat about The Rosie Project TODAY at 3pm ET on twitter. Follow the hashtag #WorldsBiggestBookClub.

25 Aug
15 Aug

Fall Book Preview: Need a flyer for your staff room?

Hey guys!

Want to help us spread the word to your coworkers about our Fall Book Preview? Click each city below to find a downloadable flyer with information about each event!

TORONTO: Sunday, September 7th

LONDON: Sunday, September 14th

OTTAWA: Sunday, September 21st

MONTREAL: Monday, September 22nd

HALIFAX: Sunday, October 5th

CALGARY: Sunday, October 19th

EDMONTON: Monday, October 20th

VANCOUVER: Tuesday, October 21st

VICTORIA: Wednesday, October 22nd

WINNIPEG: Sunday, October 26th

Don’t forget to RSVP! We can’t wait to see you this Fall. Cory’s already working on his jokes, and I’ve got boxes and boxes and boxes of free books for you already piling up in my office.

Free books and jokes, now that’s the sign of a good event!


29 Jul

You’re Invited to our Fall Book Preview!