We were devastated to hear that renowned author and story teller Jan Andrews has died. Jan was a kind friend and sincere supporter of Mill Street Books who generously offered her time for events. From her first visit when she entertained a young audience in the small area at the back of the store. I was captivated by her stories, her voice and her lovely use of language. On another occasion she led a discussion about her novel The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley. A highlight was her memorable interpretation of The Odyssey at the Almonte Library. What a feat! She also dropped by for other events where she engaged easily with all ages. Most recently I listened to a recording of Written in the Body. which shared her very personal story.
Nominated for many awards and held in high regard in the storytelling community, we were delighted she was recently recognized with the Order of Canada “for her contributions to Canadian culture as a children’s book author and as a pioneer of Canada’s storytelling movement. ” Jan championed independent bookstores and was passionate about storytelling. She valued fine writing and enjoyed talking about books. We offer condolences to her partner Jennifer, her family, friends and those who cherished her storytelling.
Mill Street Books was delighted to learn we won $1000 in a contest held by Nimbus Publishing Company a Canadian Publishing Company based in Halifax. The contest challenged gift stores and bookstores across Canada to create the best display of Nimbus titles featuring Canadian themes.
While Mary had to figure out how to make a hashtag, our sincere thanks goes to her sister Janet who makes all the colourful banners and props for the store and Debbie who creatively put it all together for the display. (Yes we are taking them out for dinner!)
To celebrate and share our good fortune, we are selling all in stock Nimbus books at 25% off on Saturday August 5th.
Celebrate Canadian Music! We are selling tickets for the upcoming concerts by the Carleton Place Town Singers scheduled for June 4 and June 6 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12.00.
Lowell Green dropped by with signed copies of his new book – Amazing But True. Call to reserve your copy!
In Boiling Point, bestselling author and activist Maude Barlow lays bare the issues facing Canada’s water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change. This will be the defining issue of the coming decade, and most of us have no idea that it is on our very own doorstep.
Barlow is one of the world’s foremost water activists and she has been on the front lines of the world’s water crises for the past 20 years. She has seen first-hand the scale of the water problems facing much of the world, but also many of the solutions that are being applied. In Boiling Point, she brings this wealth of experience and expertise home to craft a compelling blueprint for Canada’s water security. We met Maude at her presentation in Almonte. Signed copies available. Call to reserve.
The ultimate gift book for lovers of music and Canadiana, True North: The Canadian Songbook is a 360-degree view of Canada’s iconic songs and majestic landscape celebrating the sesquicentennial. Sold as a unique combined coffee table book and double music CD celebrating 32 of Canada’s most beloved pop and folk songs in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, the bilingual book is produced and co-curated by triple ECMA nominee and classical crossover recording artist Eleanor McCain and renowned photographer V. Tony Hauser. True North: The Canadian Songbook is filled with sumptuous full-colour landscape photography by 23 Canadian photographers, complementary song lyrics, songwriter commentary, portraits featuring Canadian designers by V. Tony Hauser as well as behind-the-scenes shots by photographer Greg Locke. The 32 track double CD that accompanies the book is Eleanor McCain’s sixth studio album and showcases her renditions of classic hits like Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You, Neil Young’s Helpless, Jann Arden’s Good Mother, Sarah McLachlan’s Angel, Gordon Lightfoot’s If You Could Read My Mind, and Bryan Adams’ Run To You. Produced by Don Breithaupt and featuring the creations of 14 arrangers and 28 guest artists of national and international repute, the album was recorded with 10 symphony orchestras from across Canada. This epic, multi-year passion project is a touching tribute to the people, musicians, photographers and landscape of Canada.
When the Governor General drops by the shop, be sure to get his latest book signed! Their Excellencies were shopping in Almonte on a rainy day. It was an honour to meet them again.