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A tribute to Audrey Ellard

Audrey EllardWe were able to open Mill Street Books thanks to the generosity of my mother Audrey Ellard who died recently in Cozumel, Mexico at the age of 88.  She helped us to purchase the store, took an interest in all aspects and celebrated our success.

My mom was a voracious and speedy reader; she read to keep informed and to appreciate fine literature. I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by books and as a child I remember spending more time at the library than the grocery store.

Her day started with a cup of coffee and newspaper; she often fell asleep with the light still on and a book on her lap. No matter what subject arose, Audrey had read about it and could suggest a book or author. She read reviews, made lists and surrounded herself with books so there was always a good one in the pile.

My mother read throughout her life for pleasure, the pursuit of  knowledge and to share stories with others. It was time well spent.

Mary Lumsden

Winning Window!

We are delighted to share the news that Mill Street Books won a prize for our hockey window display in October. The Ultimate Hockey Memory Contest challenge was to create a themed window to highlight a new book for hockey fans entitled A Century of NHL®Memories: Rare Photos from the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

We were thrilled to win an amazing prize that included tickets for all events at the Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend (museum entry, a reception, Q&A, autograph session, Legends hockey game, and Gala) as well as transportation and accommodation. We shared the prize with relatives and friends who are dedicated fans and appreciated this incredible opportunity.   We appreciate the generosity of Griffintown Media Inc., Georgetown Publications and The Hockey Hall of Fame for this prize.

For book lovers who don’t follow hockey, this was like attending both the Giller and GG awards! To celebrate we are offering a discount on this title as well as a chance to win some souveniers from the Induction Weekend with any hockey book purchase until December 18th.

New Book for Hockey Fans

Mill Street Books is excited about a new book for hockey fans – A Century of NHL®Memories: Rare Photos from the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Our hockey window features memorabilia from Kent Huskins who brought the Stanley Cup to Almonte in 2007.
Hockey is a game of shared memories that can bind a family,  a community or an entire country. The most important collection of artifacts, memorabilia and photos is at the Hockey Hall of Fame.   The images in A Century of NHL® Memories were selected for their beauty and originality and include treasures snapped by legends of photojournalism.  Enjoy the memories.

Jan Andrews will be missed

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.

Jumping for Joy! We Won $1000!

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.