Black History Month

Black History Month

February 01, 2022


This damn Covid has upended so many of our plans causing us to be a little gun shy about announcing future live events. And the shame of it is we have so many planned. So stay tuned for more events announcements very soon.

February is Black History Month. The River Bookshop would like to help celebrate and acknowledge the transformational work that Black Canadians and their communities are doing right now. To really understand their efforts one needs to know their history and that’s where Freedom Museum’s Dr. Lorene Bridgen-Lennie comes in with her talk on “Challenging Black History Myths in Amherstburg”.

On February 15th at 6:30 pm Lorene’s talk will focus on six myths - for example, that Canada did not have slavery, that Amherstburg did not practice segregation and four other surprising and shocking myths.
The Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been serving our community for over 45 years. And its Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church has acted as symbol of hope for freedom
seekers and their descendants for almost 175 years. The River Bookshop is a proud supporter of this community jewel.

In recognition of Black History Month we will have a window display featuring related books and 10% of their sales will be donated to the museum.

n this time of increased racial injustice this quote continues to capture the truth...
“He who forgets the past tends to relive it”
~George Santayana

We hope you will come to the event or watch it on zoom. Please go on line and register now. Those who had previously reserved seats will have those reservations honoured - please just let us know that you can still make the new date and time.
Keep an eye out for notice of our future events!

River Bookshop Team

*Out of an abundance of caution we will be limiting attendance and we will require proof of vaccination.


Here are some books to add to your Black History Month reading list:

Non-Fiction - The Black HIstory Book, The 1619 Project, Four Hundred Souls, How to be an Antiracist, Systemic Racism 101

Fiction - The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr., Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, Call Us What we Carry by Amanda Gorman, What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris.

And for the littles in your life, some books that make room for teaching moments or just allow for representation and diversity:

What is Racism?, Freedom Summer, We Are Family, Who Was Nelson Mandela, Meet Willie O'Ree, I Promise, What is the Civil Rights Movement, Meet Viola Desmond.

And don't forget we have our live/virtual book club coming up on the last Tuesday of the month, February 22nd. Our choice this month is the runaway bestseller, All the Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac.

We hope to see you soon - we are open for business with reduced occupancy and, as always, you can order online for curbside pick-up. Please note our new hours for the winter season....

Our New Winter Hours

We are changing up our hours for the winter season and we’d hate to miss your visit, so be sure to note our new schedule and our special holiday hours below.

Monday  - - - Closed

Tuesday, Wednesday - - -  10-5

Thursday - - - 10-6

Friday, Saturday, Sunday - - - 10-5


River Bookshop Covid Protocol Update -

effective January 5, 2022

As always we require masks to shop in store and as of January 5, 2022 we will have a capacity limit of 8 people in store at a time. We thank you all for your patience and willingness to keep each other safe.


Effective Sept. 22, Ontario will require patrons to provide proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access certain non-essential businesses and settings.

Here at the River Bookshop, we believe and trust in the science and so our events will fall under this mandate. Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of you our readers, our event presenters and our staff we will be requiring these proofs for attendance to our events. And as always, masks are required in store and at our Hole in the Wall events.

You can download your vaccine receipts here.

If you have not gotten your vaccinations we are happy to set you up to take part virtually in any and all of our events. We can also accommodate shopping in the bookshop for readers who cannot mask - please call or email to make those arrangements.

Thank you for assisting us in providing safe and secure experience for everyone.


The River Bookshop Team