Authors For Indies Day

April 29th, 2016

Tomorrow, Saturday April 30th, is Authors For Indies Day. All across the country, authors will volunteer as guest booksellers, meeting customers and making suggestions. Because we’ll be at Ad Astra, we had to make the tough call this year, and won’t have any authors at the store. Except, of course, for Michelle Sagara (who, let’s face it, would be here anyway).

We did, however, reach out to many of the attending Ad Astra authors to ask for their recommendations. We’ll have a window display of there here at the store, and a similar set-up at the convention (though not all books will be in both locations). But in case you’ll be too busy visiting the GTA’s other awesome independent bookstores to stop by, here’s a list of their top picks.

MADELINE ASHBY recommends: Experimental Film, by Gemma Files, and Windswept by Adam Rakunas.

GERALD BRANDT recommends: Assassin’s Apprentice, by Robin Hobb, and Zero World, by Jason M. Hough.

A.M. DELLAMONICA recommends: Blindsight, by Peter Watts, and Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squardron Saves The Day, by A.C. Wise.

CHADWICK GINTHER recommends: Owl And The Japanese Circus, by Kristi Charrish, and Chaos Choreography, by Seanan McGuire.

K.V. JOHANSEN recommends: Complete Morgaine, by C.J. Cherryh, and Dust And Light, by Carol Berg.

GUY GAVRIEL KAY recommends: Dervish House, by Ian McDonald, and Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter.

ADRIENNE KRESS recommends: Nest, by Kenneth Oppel, and Pattern Scars, by Caitlin Sweet.

ROBERT J. SAWYER recommends: Gateway, by Frederick Pohl, and Darwinia, by Robert Charles Wilson.

KARINA SUMNER-SMITH recommends: Borderline, by Mishell Baker, and City Of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett.

Ad Astra 2016

April 28th, 2016

We’ll be up at Ad Astra this weekend, behind our tables in the Dealer’s Room, selling books at launches, sneaking out to eat snacks, and generally participating in conventiony-goodness.

We will ALSO be open here at the store for all of our usual hours (Fri 11-7; Sat 11-6; Sun 12-5). Because we’re just that good.


April 27th, 2016

Please join us here at the store on Thursday May 5th to welcome formerly-local author Naomi Foyle back to Toronto, and help launch her new novel Astra.

We’ll put the refreshments out for 6:30, and would love to have you join us.

And The Books Keep Coming…

April 26th, 2016

This week’s new books include:

Sharp Ends, Joe Abercrombie
Hex, Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Wraith, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
House Of Daniel, Harry Turtledove
Hystopia, David Means
Knights Of Crystallia, Brandon Sanderson
Ghost In The H.A.T.B.O.X., Frank Beddor & Adrienne Kress
Heir To The Sky, Amanda Sun

Trade Paperback
Time Salvager, Wesley Chu
Last First Snow, Max Gladstone
Emperor Of The Eight Islands, Lian Hearn
Long Black Curl, Alex Bledsoe
Midnight City, GMB, Chomichuk
Chill The F*ck Out, Hannah Caner
Where, Kit Reed

Mass Market
Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson

New Books For This Lovely Weather

April 19th, 2016

(and for the no-doubt-coming crappy weather, too)

Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge
Thrilling Adventures Of Lovelace And Babbage, Sydney Padua
Oh No, Astro!, Matt Roeser
Astra, Naomi Foyle (we’ll help Naomi launch this one here on Thursday May 5th, at 6:30. You should come!)

Trade Paperback
Lost Among The Living, Simone St. James
Those Above, Daniel Polansky
Chains Of Command, Marko Kloos
You’re Never Weird On The Internet, Felicia Day
Grim Tidings, Caitlin Kittredge
Nettle King, Katherine Harbour
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge
Fall Of The Dagger, Glenda Larke

Mass Market
The Drafter, Kim Harrison

Grants Writing Workshop

April 13th, 2016

Ever wanted to apply for an Arts grant but found the whole process daunting? This Sunday April 17th at 1pm, author and editor Michael Matheson will lead a workshop here at the store on the best practices for writing individual and organizational grants.

Tickets are available at the door, or via EventBrite.

Some Day, It Will Be Spring

April 12th, 2016

But it is not this day. AGAIN. Oh well. Enjoy some new books while we wait.

Every Heart A Doorway, Seanan McGuire
In The Labyrinth Of Drakes, Marie Brennan
Shadow Of All Light, Fred Chappell
Ollie’s Odyssey, William Joyce
Bloodtraitor, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Mage Of Trelian, Michelle Knudsen
Regional Office Is Under Attack!, Manuel Gonzales
Palace Of Glass, Django Wexler
Alien Hunter: The White House, Whitley Strieber
Fletcher And Zenobia, Edward Gorey

Trade Paperback
Armada, Ernest Cline
Superhero Universe (Tesseracts #19), Claude Lalumière & Mark Shainblum, editors
Europa Journal, Jack Castle
Alt Sherlock Holmes, Jamie Wyman, Gini Koch, Glen Mehn
Incredible Space Raiders From Space!, Wesley King
Against A Darkening Sky, Lauren B. Davis
Masks And Shadows, Stephanie Burgis
Y.T., Alexei Nikitin
Bloodmage, Stephan Aryan

Mass Market
Mirror Sight, Kristin Britain

Fan Fiction Panel Discussion

April 7th, 2016

Tonight at 7pm the Friends of the Merril will host a panel discussion on Fan Fiction. Join author panelists Madeline Ashby, Kelly Robson, Gemma Files and Léonicka and hear why they take time off from writing for a living to write fanfic for fun. Discussion will be moderated by Léonicka.

This event, located in the 3rd floor reading room of the Merril Collection, Lillian H. Smith library (239 College Street, at Huron), is free and open to everyone.

Curl Up With A New Book

April 5th, 2016

… and wait out the vagaries of the April weather. Or just because hey, new books!

Visitor, C.J. Cherryh
Edge Of Worlds, Martha Wells
Fellside, M.R. Carey
Tell The Wind And Fire, Sarah Rees Brennan
Books That Changed My Life, Bethanne Patrick, editor
Chasing Shadows, Tom Delonge
Dominion, John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard
Silence, Mercedes Lackey
Daughter Of Ruin, K.D. Castner
Arena, Holly Jennings
Maestro, R.A. Salvatore
Flamecaster, Cinda Williams Chima
Rise Of The Rocket Girls, Nathalia Holt
Spira Mirabilis, Aidan Harte
Atlas Of Lost Cities, Aude De Tocqeville

Trade Paperback
Persona, Genevieve Valentine
Shooting The Rift, Alex Stewart
War Against The Assholes, Sam Munson
Changeling’s Island, Dave Freer
Dead Letters, Conrad Williams, editor
Demonists, Thomas E. Sniegoski
Geek Parenting, Stephen H. Segal
Ink And Bone, Rachel Caine
What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club, Gregory E. Pence
2113, Kevin J. Anderson, editor
Freenet, Steve Stanton
Tiger And The Wolf, Adrian Tchaikovsky
Blood Of Olympus, Rick Riordan
Demigods And Magicians, Rick Riordan

Mass Market
Burned, Benedict Jacka
Shadow Rites, Faith Hunter
Tracker, C.J. Cherryh
Ultima, Stephen Baxter
Trident’s Forge, Patrick S. Tomlinson
Blood Of The Cosmos, Kevin J. Anderson
Nightstruck, Jenna Black
Trial Of Intentions, Peter Orullian

More New Books For You! Woot!

March 29th, 2016

Half Lost, Sally Green
Sisters Of Salt And Iron, Kady Cross
Blood Red City, Justin Richards
Winner’s Kiss, Marie Rutkoski

Trade Paperback
Dancer’s Lament, Ian C. Esslemont
Sisters Of Blood And Spirit, Kady Cross
Next Species, Michael Tennesen
Witch Of Painted Sorrows, M.J. Rose
Imaginarium 4, Sandra Kasturi & Jerome Stueart, editors
Battlestorm, Susan Krinard
Winner’s Crime, Marie Rutkoski
Mortal Tally, Sam Sykes

Mass Market
Day Shift, Charlaine Harris
Javelin Rain, Myke Cole
World Of Water, James Lovegrove
Trail Of Evil, Travis S. Taylor
World Forgot, Martin Leicht & Isla Neal
Grantville Gazette VII, Eric Flint, editor
His Father’s Eyes, David B. Coe
SW: Aftermath, Chuck Wendig
Long Utopia, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter


    May 5, 2016 6:30 pm
  • Grants Writing Workshop
    April 17, 2016 1:00 pm
  • Fan Fiction Panel Discussion
    April 7, 2016 7:00 pm
  • 2016 Toronto Spec Fic Colloquium
    March 12, 2016 9:30 am
  • Grok Spock II
    March 11, 2016 8:00 pm