Meet author Ted Barris


On February 9th, author Ted Barris will be at Mill Street Books signing his latest book Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany.  Based on personal accounts, flight logs, maps and photographs of the Canadians involved, Dam Busters recounts a legendary mission to destroy the hydroelectric dams along the Ruhr River during the Second World War. Ted Barris is an award-winning author with a wealth of information to share. 

Meet Ted Barris on
Saturday February 9th
from 1:00 – 2:30 pm
at Mill Street Books in Almonte

Meet Author Michael Runtz at Mill Street Books

Michael Runtz, photographer, naturalist and author of Algonquin Wild: A Naturalist’s Journey Through the Seasons, visits Mill Street Books in Almonte for a book signing on Thursday, December 20th from 4:00 -7:00 pm. An avid birdwatcher since the age of five, Runtz has spent decades exploring Algonquin Park by canoe and foot in all seasons.   Additionally, Michael hosted the international television series Wild by Nature, and currently teaches at Carleton University.

This beautiful full colour book reveals the many plants and wildlife found within Algonquin Park.   Just released this week, this book will make a lovely gift for nature lovers and photographers.  Mill Street Books is located at 52 Mill Street, Almonte. If you are unable to attend but would like a signed copy, please call 613-256-9090. 

David Johnston Event – Change of Venue

David Johnston Event
TRUST: Twenty Ways To Build A  Better Country
November 25 at 1:30 pm
Due to high interest in tickets, we are
relocating from the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum to the
Almonte Old Town Hall – 14 Bridge Street
We apologize for any inconvenience
but are pleased to announce that more tickets are now available.
 Call Mill Street Books 613-256-9090

Wonderful products from photographer Bill Pratt coming to Mill Street Books


Bill Pratt is a local photographer whose work is featured in a new line of products produced for the Nature Boutique of the Canadian Museum of Nature.  Mill Street Books is pleased to carry a selection of these journals, mugs and magnets with wildlife images which will appeal to nature lovers and those looking for truly Canadian souveniers.
High Res

Bill, who worked for Parks Canada, has travelled to many of the world’s most remote regions and cherishes Canada’s wilderness.

 He says ” To quietly photograph truly inspiring landscape or unique wildlife behaviours connects me to my true self.  I feel most grounded in the silence of Canada’s wild places.”  Bill shares his work to remind viewers of the natural wonders of our country and to inspire protection of our environment. 
An official launch to celebrate the work of  Bill Pratt, admire his photos and select some great gifts takes place on Saturday November 17th from 4:30 to 6:00pm at Mill Street Books, Almonte.

The Right Honourable David Johnston comes to Almonte

We are delighted to welcome the Right Honourable David Johnston to discuss his new book entitled Trust: Twenty Ways to Build A Better Country – a very timely guide for restoring personal, community, and national trust.

This event will take place on Sunday November 25th at 1:30 pm at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. Tickets cost $35 (includes book) $10 (entry only) and are available over the phone or in person at Mill Street Books.

Trust is a much-needed manual for the repair and restoration of the social quality on which all democracies rely. One of Canada’s most revered governors general, David Johnston mines his long life and varied career to give Canadians twenty ways to make themselves, their institutions, and their country more worthy of trust.

Many of these habits, attitudes, and approaches stem from his experiences serving as the representative of the head of state in Canada for seven years. Some ways are individual – listen first, never manipulate, be consistent in public and private. Some are geared toward leaders at all levels and of all stripes – be barn-raisers, tell everyone your plans, depend on those around you. And some are societal – apologize, cherish teachers, invite others to dance.

As such, not only every Canadian, but also every person who cares about their democratic way of life is wise to heed David Johnston’s polite yet pressing call. You can become more worthy of trust. You can spot and encourage this vital quality in others. You can be an instrumental force in restoring trust in your community and country–making them better for yourself and your fellow citizens, and the world better for all.

Meet the Author of Lost Ottawa

LostOttawa2-PromoCover_largeDo you remember midnight shows at the Towne Cinema, dining at Peter’s Pantry or finding a bargain at the Stittsville Flea Market? If this makes you nostalgic, Lost Ottawa is a book you’ll treasure. Based on the popular Facebook site, this is the unrecorded history of the nation’s capital, and a loving tribute to the wonder and beauty of everyday life in Ottawa.  

The second volume in this series, Lost Ottawa Book Two contains 75 of the most popular posts and comments edited into the form of a conversation that’s often touching, always informative, and sometimes downright hilarious.   David McGee will be signing books at Mill Street Books on Saturday November 10 from 1:00 – 3:00pm.

Meet Tim Wynne Jones

Mill Street Books and The  Almonte Public Library invite you to meet local author and Officer of the Order of Canada,Tim Wynne Jones. He  has written numerous award winning novels for adults, teens and children.  Listen to him read from his new riveting murder mystery The Ruinous Sweep and learn about his writing process and experiences in the publishing business.  Both adults and teens to encouraged to attend this special event at the library on October 27 at 1:30 pm  Seating is limited. Call 613-256-9090 to reserve your place and for further information.

Meet author Tim Cook

Meet Tim Cook author of The Secret History of Soldiers
Renowned author and historian Tim Cook will make a presentation at the Almonte Public Library on Sunday September 30 at 2:00pm.  There have been thousands of books on the Great War, but few have focused on the daily lives of the combatants.  In The Secret History of Soldiers, Tim Cook, Canada’s foremost military historian, examines how those who survived trench warfare on the Western Front found entertainment, solace, relief, and distraction from the relentless slaughter. These tales come from the personal accounts and artifacts of more than five hundred soldiers.  The fighting at the front was devastating, but behind the battle lines, another layer of life existed, which included songs, skits, art, and soldier-produced newspapers.  With his trademark narrative abilities and an unerring eye for the telling human detail, Cook has created another landmark history of Canadian military life as he reveals the secrets of how soldiers survived the carnage of the Western Front.
Seating is limited.  Call organizer Mill Street Books at 613-256-9090 to save your place.


Authors For Indies

Mill Street Books welcomes Rick Revelle to roam about the store on Authors for Indies Day – Saturday, April 29, 2017.  This annual event is held at independent bookstores (indies) all across Canada. Canadian authors volunteer as guest booksellers to raise awareness of how important indies are to our communities, our reading lives, and our cultural well-being.

Rick has written The Algonquin Quest Series –  I Am Algonquin (2013), Algonquin Spring (2015) and Algonquin Sunset (June 2017).  These YA books centre on an Algonquin family unit that survives the harsh realities of life in the 1300’s in what is now known as Eastern Ontario and surrounding area.  You are introduced to their culture, hunting and survival techniques, plus the unique warfare that is indicative of the era. Native languages of that time are sprinkled throughout the stories.

Come to meet Rick on Saturday April 29th from 2 – 4pm. While chatting you will be able to enjoy a sample from Hummingbird Chocolate. For further information, please contact Mill Street Books at 613-256-9090.

Read the book & Meet the author!

claygirl We invite everyone to join us on February 22 at 7pm. to discuss our February book club choice –  The Clay Girl.  We are delighted that the author Heather Tucker will join us  and share her insights. Read the review from the Star and plan to  attend. We will meet at the Almonte library.  Please call the store 613-256-9090  to confirm.