It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

November 23, 2020

Amherstburg is looking more and more festive.

Between River Lights and all the downtown businesses getting their decorations up we are a regular Winter Wonderland complete with our first snowfall this last weekend.

The River Bookshop is all set for this holiday season with offerings to satisfy everyone on your Christmas list. We have jigsaw puzzles for kids and adults, candles and diffusers from Vancouver Candle Co., journals and journal covers from Shinola and some delicious soothing Sloane teas - both bagged and loose leaf. Don't forget our custom River Bookshop T-shirts that proudly display our mural and Margaret Atwood quote.

And as always we have books for every reader...


Eat, Drink and be Merry....

Just because we can't entertain for crowds this season doesn't mean we can't have fun. Whether you're cooking or serving drinks for those in your bubble or for those impromptu Zoom parties that keep us all in touch with our friends and extended families we have the cookbooks (On Boards, Tasty Adulting) and drink guides (Are You There God, It's Me, Margarita, Tequila Mockingbird, and Behind Bars - how fun are those titles?!) to keep the fun times rolling. And for those Golden Girls fan - the Golden Girls Cookbook and Drinks on the Lanai.


The Hottest Memoirs of the Season....

A good memoir gives the same benefit of any book - great storytelling. And these three are the hottest new releases at the moment - Michael J. Fox's No Time Like the Future, a thoughtful reflection of life, love and loss. Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld, a compendium of all his comedy material over the last 5 decades. Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, explores the stories behind each of her songs - the perfect gift for any fan.


For the Littles on your List.....

For the kids who want to try new things, who like to learn about every little thing there are these two series both authored by Canadian authors. The Lucy Tries series by Lisa Bowes encourages kids to get active and try new things while the Disgusting Critters series by the Elise Gravel is a silly and off-the-wall but nonetheless factual look at ...well...disgusting critters. Both are sure to be favourites at your house!


And the Award goes to....

2020 might not be a winning year in many categories but it did bring us some amazing literature. This trifecta of award winners are perfect for curling up with a warm blanket and a cup of our Sloane tea on a cold, snowy afternoon. How to Pronounce Knife, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize is a collection of short stories told with compassion and wry humour. Ridgerunner which won the Writer's Trust Fiction Prize tells the story of a notorious thief searching for financial stability for his son. Booker Prize winner, Shuggie Bain, is a heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality and love - one that will stick with you for a long time.


Be sure to visit our Christmas Marketplace....

Our Richmond Street neighbours will be joining in on a Christmas shopping extravaganza Dec 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20. For our part, we'll be offering one stop Christmas shopping at the Hole in the Wall - for everyone on your list. Hot chocolate and gift wrapping available too! 

Remember we also offer online shopping with pick up or delivery so you can avoid the mall and get local, friendly, personalized service for all your shopping needs. Check out our website at

Mark your Calendar for our other upcoming events....


November 24th 7:00 pm¬†CLIMATE CRISIS SERIES.¬†David Miller, author of¬†‚ÄúSolved: How the World's Great Cities are Fixing the Climate Crisis‚ÄĚ discusses¬†city-led initiatives that can make a real difference on climate change. Virtual presentation with live and virtual audiences.¬†Purchase of ‚ÄúSolved‚ÄĚ is required.

November 25th 7:00 pm¬†SPORTS SERIES.¬†Brian Burke¬†author of¬†Burke‚Äôs Law¬†in discussion with Richard Peddie. Burkie, the gruffest man in hockey opens up about the challenges, feuds, & tragedies he's fought. Virtual presentation with live and virtual audiences.¬†Purchase of ‚ÄúBurke‚Äôs Law‚ÄĚ is required.

November 26th 7:00 pm SPORTS SERIES. Rick Vaive, author of Catch 22, in discussion with co-author Scott Morrison. An unheralded Toronto Maple Leaf captain, Rick Vaive sets the record straight about the turmoil of the Ballard years and his own troubled life. Virtual presentation with live and virtual audience. Purchase of "Catch 22" is required.

November 28th 2:00 pm SPECIAL VIRTUAL EVENT. Rachel Joyce, author of Miss Benson's Beetle takes part in a national virtual event from Penguin Random House. Purchase of "Miss Benson's Beetle" is required.

November 30th 7:00 pm¬†*postponed - new date to be released soon*¬†RACIAL JUSTICE SERIES. Indigenous legal expert and Associate Dean of Law at University of Windsor,¬†Dr.Beverly Jacobs¬†will discuss current Indigenous issues across Canada. Her speech title is ‚ÄúReconciling with Mother Earth‚ÄĚ. Live presentation with live and virtual audiences.¬†Free of charge.

December 2nd 7:00pm¬†HISTORY SERIES.¬†Meg Reiner¬†of the Marsh Collection will present ‚ÄúA Century Ago: Amherstburg in the 20‚Äôs‚ÄĚ ¬†A fascinating look at what was happening with industries, entertainment, prohibition and life in Amherstburg in the 1920s. Live presentation with live and virtual audiences.¬†Free of charge.

December 4th 3:00 pm SPECIAL VIRTUAL EVENT. Lars Keplar, author of Lazarus takes part in a national virtual event from Penguin Random House.  Purchase of "Lazarus" is required.


There are lots of reasons to visit Amherstburg this season - make the River Bookshop one of your stops - for our books, for our speaking events or just to stop in and grab a seat by our cozy fire - we'd love to have you!

See you soon,

Richard, Colleen, Lori and the River Bookshop team.