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Books, Books, And More New Books

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Walkaway, Cory Doctorow (He’ll be here at the store on Sun. Apr. 30th at 3pm! You should come too!)
Sea Monkey And Bob, Debbie Ohi & Aaron Reynolds
Legion, Julie Kagawa
Burntown, Jennifer McMahon
Treasure Box, Margaret Wild
Dragon’s Legacy, Deborah A. Wolf
The Explorers, Adrienne Kress (We’ll help launch this on Thurs. May 11th, 7pm at Blake House)

Trade Paperback
Borne, Jeff Vandermeer (also available in hardcover)
Illuminae, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Murder In Time, Julie McElwain
Flickers, Arthur Slade
Night Of The Animals, Bill Broun
Worlds Of Ink And Shadow, Lena Coakley
Heir To The Sky, Amanda Sun
Chasing Shadows, Tom Delonge
Trump’s America, Scott Dikkers
Special Purposes, Gavin Smith
Off Rock, Kieran Shea
Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Of The Year #11, Jonathan Strahan, editor

Mass Market
Grunt  Hero, Weston Ochse
Dark Mind, Ian Douglas
Shadow’s Blade, David B. Coe
Unforgettable, Eric James Stone
Killfile, Christopher Farnsworth
Queen Of Blood, Sarah Beth Durst

Authors For Indies Day

Monday, April 24th, 2017

This Saturday, we’re getting a whole pile of new booksellers! Well, kind of.

April 29th is Authors for Indies Day across Canada, where Canadian authors roll up their sleeves and show their support for independent bookstores by coming in to recommend their own favourite books!

We’ll be hosting a star-studded lineup of authors and editors, including:

Young adult author Kate Blair, whose  first novel, Transferral, has been shortlisted for Saskatchewan’s Snow Willow Award and Manitoba’s Young Readers’ Choice Award and optioned by Temple Street Productions, makers of Orphan Black. Her second science fiction YA novel is due out in September. – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Young adult author Megan Crewe, whose fantasy, science fiction, and horror novels have been nominated for the Sunburst Award, the White Pine Award, and made the International Literacy Association Young Adults’ Choices and OLA Best Bets Lists. Her latest novel, A Mortal Song, follows a mortal changeling through a war between ghosts and Japanese kami—and her own struggle to find her place. – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lambda Award finalist Kristyn Dunnion‘s short work has appeared in SubTerrain Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Tahoma Literary Review and The New Guard V. She is the 2015 Machigonne Fiction Prize winner and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her post-apocalyptic novel, Tarry This Night, will be out Fall 2017 from Arsenal Pulp Press. – 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Multi-award-winning literary horror author and critic Gemma Files, whose latest novel, Experimental Film, won both the 2016 Sunburst Award and 2016 Shirley Jackson Award. – 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Author, editor, and books industry buyer Claire Humphrey, whose short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex, Crossed Genres, Fantasy Magazine, and Podcastle—and whose first novel, Spells of Blood and Kin, evokes an atmospheric paranormal Toronto. – 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Author, poet, essayist, and editor Dominik Parisien‘s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, Exile: The Literary Quarterly, and Shock Totem, and he is the editor of The Starlit Wood and Clockwork Canada, an anthology of Canadian Steampunk. – 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Multi-award-winning writer and illustrator Kevin Sylvester, best known for his Neil Flambé books, has made his first foray into science fiction with Minrs and Minrs2, a breath-held space colony adventure series for middle-grade readers. – 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Come on by, grab a snack, and take the chance to celebrate independent bookstores—and chat with a great crew of authors about the books you and they love.



Ian McDonald

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

This Saturday, April 22nd, please join us here at the store to welcome author Ian McDonald.

He’ll be here at 2pm to celebrate the release of Luna: Wolf Moon (and also the TR release of Luna: New Moon). It’s a rare chance you don’t want to miss. Can’t make the event but want a copy? Just let us know.

Fresh On The Shelves

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

New this week:

Little Sister, Barbara Gowdy
Book Of Joan, Lidia Yuknavitch
Convergence, C.J. Cherryh

Trade Paperback
Crown’s Game, Evelyn Skye
Dastardly Miss Lizzie, Viola Carr
Forgotten Worlds, D. Nolan Clark
Legend Has It, James Elliott
Stilleto, Daniel O’Malley


Save The Date(s)

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

We have a lot of events coming up in the next few weeks. For instance:

Wed. April 18th: ChiSeries Presents a Tribute to Canadian Horror.  8pm at The Round (152A Augusta).

Sat. April 22nd: Author Ian McDonald will be here at 2pm! Join us at the store for your copy of Luna: Wolf Moon.

Sun. April 23rd: Local author L.E. Sterling will launch her new novel True North here at 1pm.

Sat. April 29th: Authors For Indies Day! A day-long event here and all across the country.

Sun. April 30th: Cory Doctorow will be here to launch Walkaway. Exact time TBD (but early afternoon).

May will be busy too, but we’ll tell you about those events later.

Hoppy Eggster

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Our hours this holiday weekend:

Friday April 14 — Closed

Saturday April 15 — Open 11-6

Sunday April 16 — Closed

Monday April 17 — Open 12-5

Goodbye & Gods Bless

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Lorna Toolis, the Head of the Merril Collection (the largest public library collection of SFF on the continent) retires today.

When a customer would say, “I’m looking for a book I read when I was a kid: it was blue and they could breathe underwater…”, we called Lorna.

When someone asked for more “…by that author who wrote the story in that anthology, can’t remember what it was called but it had a quilt on the cover? From the 90s, I think?”, we called Lorna.

And she could always, always, help.

Smart, funny, kind, possessing both a bottomless resevoir of encyclopedic genre knowledge and the adamantine spine required of librarians working in downtown Toronto, Lorna has been our friend (and savior) for decades.

We’re so happy for her, and wish her all the best in her new adventures.

All Signed And Shiny

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been lucky enough to have a number of authors sign books for us, either at events or just because they’re generally cool human beings. Including:

Nick Cutter

Cory Doctorow (who’ll be back here April 30th to launch WALKAWAY!)

Kevin Hearne

Lesley Livingston

Michelle Sagara

Brett Savory

Samantha Shannon

Drew Hayden Taylor

Here’s a Whole Bunch Of New Titles For You

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Start April off right. With new titles like:

Waking Gods, Sylvain Neuvel
End Of The Day, Claire North
Red Sister, Mark Lawrence
House Of Binding Thorns, Aliette de Bodard
Shadowcaster, Cinda Williams Chima
1636: Mission To The Mughals, Eric Flint & Griffin Barber
Mars One, Jonathan Maberry
Moon And The Other, John Kessel
True North, L.E. Sterling (join us here for the launch on April 23rd!)
Long Dark Dusk, J.P. Smythe
Way Home In The Night, Akiko Miyakoshi;
Horse Named Steve, Kelly Collier
American War, Omar El Akkad
Geekerella, Ashley Poston
Journey Across The Hidden Islands, Sarah Beth Durst
Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys

Trade Paperback
Strange The Dreamer, Laini Taylor
Hex, Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Forest Of Ruin, Kelley Armstrong
Zomboy, Richard Scrimger
Time Of The Clockmaker, Anna Caltabiano
Daughters Of Ruin, K.D. Castner
Spaced Out, Stuart Gibbs
Blood Enemies, Susan R. Matthews
Sword Of Summer, Rick Riordan
Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book For Bold Engineeers, Andrea Beaty, David Roberts
Feral, James Demonaco
Brimstone, Cherie Priest
13 Views Of The Suicide Woods, Bracken MacLeod
Gauntlet, Holly Jennings
Little More Human, Fiona Maazel
Myth Of The Maker, Bruce Cordell

Mass Market
Visitor, C.J. Cherryh
Bound, Benedict Jacka
Among The Fallen, N.S. Dolkart
Kokoro, Keith Yatsuhashi
Inherit The Flame, Megan E. O’Keefe

New Titles This Week

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Crown Of Wishes, Roshani Chokshi
Legion Of Regrettable Supervillains, Jon Morris
Luna: Wolf Moon, Ian McDonald
[NB: Ian will be here on Saturday April 22nd. Join us here at the store at 3pm to meet him!]

Trade Paperback
Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi
These Ruthless Deeds, Tarun Shanker
Firebug, Lish McBride

Mass Market
SW: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig
Shooting The Rift, Alex Stewart
Lost Stars: Shattered Spear, Jack Campbell
Sorcerer’s Daughter, Terry Brooks
Silence, Mercedes Lackey & Cody Martin