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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.

Which will you choose?

I just read 2 excellent books by Kingston area authors…

Helen Humphreys became intrigued about the life of the famously private salmon-fly dresser named Megan Boyd.  She was a craftswoman who worked for sixty years out of a bare-bones cottage in a small village in the north of Scotland.  Machine Without Horses has a personal touch as the author explains how she imagines a character’s life without knowing many facts.  I was soon looking up images of fishing flies!

Refuge by Merilyn Simonds is about 96-year-old Cass MacCallum who is living on her own when a young Burmese woman contacts her, claiming to be kin. Curiosity and loneliness prompt her to accept a visit. This meeting provokes memories which span almost a century and take the reader to New York City, Mexico, Montreal and rural Ontario.  

Machine Without Horse is a small book, spare in words, complex in how much it conveys about the writer and main character. Refuge brims with generous detail, immersing the reader in a fascinating life story which is revealed layer by layer. Maybe there is no choice.. you need to read both!