Advanced Screening Passes

January 27th, 2015

We’ve got 5 double passes for a screening of ALMANAC tomorrow, and we’re giving them away. If you’re interested in a pass for Wednesday January 28th at 6pm at the Silver City Yonge and Eglinton, let us know.

First come first served!

Free Books. Repeat:FREE BOOKS!

January 26th, 2015

To celebrate Family Literacy Day, January 27, ChiZine Publications will give away copies of its young adult books. FOR FREE!

Tomorrow, on behalf of CZP, Bakka Phoenix will give out copies of the first two titles in the ChiTeen imprint: FLOATING BOY AND THE GIRL WHO COULDN’T FLY by P.T. Jones, and THE DOOR IN THE MOUNTAIN by Caitlin Sweet. In addition, PDF versions of titles with YA themes will be available for free download from the CZP site ( for a limited time.

“The love of reading is something that runs strong in everyone at ChiZine Publications,” says Sandra Kasturi, co-publisher. “And literacy is more than just enjoying books; it’s an essential skill for success in life. We’re hoping to help raise a new generation of readers and book lovers.”

CZP isn’t kidding, either: McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg and The BookShelf in Guelph are also part of their outreach. So stop by tomorrow, Tuesday January 27th, pick up a great free books, and help spread a little literacy.

Short Story Contest

January 23rd, 2015

There are still a few weeks to enter the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest.

It’s an international contest with a sweet prize. Entry is only $5, for stories of up to 6000 words. More details can be found on their website:

Brand New Bookses!

January 20th, 2015

New on the shelves this week:

Apocalypse Bow Wow, James Proimos III
Fight For Pow3r, Eric Walters
Galapagos Regained, James Morrow
Just City, Jo Walton
Providence Of Fire, Brian Staveley
Unbreakable, W.C. Bauers
Whispering Swarm, Michael Moorcock
Fireborn, Toby Forward
Story Thieves, James Riley
Morte, Robert Repino

Trade Paperback
Insurgent, Veronica Roth
Ahriman: Sorcerer, John French
Avalon, Mindee Arnett
Fold In The Tent Of The Sky, Michael Hale
Rags & Bones, Melissa Marr & Tim Pratt eds.
Crimson Campaign, Brian McClellan
Mr. Kiss And Tell, Rob Thomas
Half Bad, Sally Green
Rule Of Three, Eric Walters
Flight Of The Silvers, Daniel Price


January 15th, 2015

Yesterday I was chatting with a fellow bookseller from Yellowknife. She said it was pretty agreeable this time of year. Only -20C (‘balmy’ in her words). And the sun? Was back to rising a few minutes before 10am, and didn’t set until 2:30pm!

So. Yeah.

(Some Of) This Week’s New Books

January 13th, 2015

Several of this week’s titles have not yet arrived (erm, and some of last week’s, for that matter), but we wanted to let you know what DID manage to arrive.

Transcendent, Lesley Livingston (Launch tomorrow at 7pm! At the Joy Bistro, 884 Queen East! You should come!)
Darkest Part Of The Forest, Holly Black
Last American Vampire, Seth Grahame-Smith
Long Sword, Christian Cameron
Philosophy And Terry Pratchett, Jacob Held & James B. South, editors
Strands Of Sorrow, John Ringo

Trade Paperback
Dark Defiles, Richard Morgan
California Bones, Greg Van Eekhout
Dagger’s Path, Glenda Larke
Tesla’s Attic, Neal Shusterman
Metro 2034, Dmitry Glukhovksy

Lesley Livingston’s Transcendent

January 12th, 2015

On Wednesday January 14th, please join us at the Joy Bistro (884 Queen St. East) for the launch of Transcendent, the final book in Lesley Livingston‘s ‘Starling’ series.

Come on out at 7pm. There’ll be music, libations, and all manner of frolic (in other words: a typical Lesley event).

Photo: LESLEY LIVINGSTON'S TRANSCENDENT  On Wednesday January 14th, please join us at the Joy Bistro (884 Queen St. East) for the launch of TRANSCENDENT, the final book in Lesley Livingston's 'Starling' series.   Come on out at 7pm. There'll be music, libations, and all manner of frolic (in other words: a typical Lesley event).

Start The New Year Off Right

January 6th, 2015

(with a whole bunch of new books!)

Firefight, Brandon Sanderson
Golden Son, Pierce Brown
Silver Screen Fiend, Patton Oswalt
Spell Blind, David B. Coe
The Wildalone, Krassi Zourkova
Knight Napped, Ursual Vernon

Trade Paperback
Galaxy Game, Karen Lord
Carousel Seas, Sharon Lee
The Deep, Nick Cutter
Pandorax, C.Z. Dunn
Slayers Of The Savage Catacombs, Jon F. Merz
Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King
Sky Raiders, Brandon Mull
Eigth Day, Dianne K. Salerni
Gideon, Alex Gordon
Frostfire, Amanda Hocking
Judge Of Ages, John C. Wright
Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert
Tesla: A Portrait With Masks, Vladimir Pištalo
Owl And The Japanese Circus, Kristi Charish

Mass Market
Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
Dreamwalker, C.S. Friedman
Half-Resurrection Blues, Daniel Jose Older
Iron Axe, Steven Harper
No Ghouls Allowed, Victoria Laurie
Rex Regis, L.E. Modesitt Jr.


2014 Bestsellers

January 2nd, 2015

Some of these books are old favourites; some were new discoveries. We launched some of these books; others were on various university course lists. Whatever the reason, these were our bestselling titles of 2014.

1) Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
2) Back Of The Turtle, Thomas King*
3) Shattered, Kevin Hearne
4) Slow Regard Of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
5) Lockstep, Karl Schroeder*
6) Echopraxia, Peter Watts*
7) Touch, Michelle Sagara*
8 ) Girls At The Kingfisher Club, Genevieve Valentine
9) Skin Game, Jim Butcher
10) Lock In, John Scalzi

Trade Paperback
1) Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
2) Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle
3) Radiant, Karina Sumner-Smith*
4) Virga, Karl Schroeder*
5) Embassytown, China Miéville
6) The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
7) Haunting Of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
8 ) How To Curse In Hieroglyphics, Lesley Livingston* & Jonathan Llyr*
9) Pattern Scars, Caitlin Sweet*
10) Enter, Night, Michael Rowe*

Mass Market
1) Neuromancer, William Gibson*
2) Red Planet Blues, Robert J. Sawyer*
3) Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor
4) Left Hand Of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
5) Name Of The Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
6) Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch
7) Spin, Robert Charles Wilson*
8 ) Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller
9) Blackbirds, Chuck Wendig
10) Turn Of Light, Julie E. Czerneda*


* indicates a Canadian author, so we’ve got some solid representation going on. Woot.

A Reminder

December 31st, 2014

The TTC is free tonight from 7pm until 7am Jan 1st. Yes, FREE. So there’s no reason to drink and drive. Have fun out there, and be safe. We’re closed tomorrow, so we’ll see you on the 2nd.

Happy New Year!

  • Lesley Livingston’s Transcendent
    January 14, 2015 7:00 pm
  • Boxing Day Sale (Lasts Until New Year’s Eve)!
    December 27, 2014
  • Carbide Tipped Pens
    December 18, 2014 7:00 pm
  • Tis The Season…
    December 6, 2014
  • Saturday Plans
    November 29, 2014 2:00 pm