It's Spooky Season

It's Spooky Season

October 18, 2020

River Bookshop is looking forward to celebrating our first Halloween on Richmond Street in beautiful downtown Amherstburg. Not only will our display windows be full of ghoulish titles, but once again our second floor “Hole in the Wall” has been invaded by some pretty scary creatures.

We are also hoping to start a start a tradition that grows and grows over the years - - a pumpkin carving contest that’s open to kids and adults alike. Not only will we display the winning designs in our front windows but we plan to let them light up the sidewalk as well.

Numerous communities have started this tradition and over the years they have grown to be spectacular, must-see, must-visit events for the community.

Ambitious? Yup! Fun - you bet. All traditions start off small but with time this could become am much looked-forward-to event for the town.

Now about the pumpkin carving contest:

Adult division and Kids (12 and under) division

Winner in each division wins a River Bookshop gift card. $60 for Adult, $30 for Kids.

Contestants supply their own personally carved pumpkin with small battery operated candle

Winning entries + persons name is in front window

Pumpkins must be delivered to the shop no later than Oct.28

And don't forget some of the other things we have going on in October....


SEAN FITZ-GERALD, Author of "Before the Lights Go Out" - to speak on the future of Canada's game in the second installment of our Sports series



Unfortunately our presentation with 10 year old Max and his mother Lisa has had to be rescheduled. No worries if you had signed up, we will keep the list and let you know of the adjusted date well in advance.

In the meantime, if you have a little artist of your own you might want to browse for the following titles and more at www.riverbookshop.comPop ArtDraw With RobMy Big Book of the World's Greatest ArtHow to Draw All the ThingsThe Very Arty Doodle Book.


Climate is an angry monster and we are poking it with a stick.

Be sure to reserve your seat for this virtual event with a live audience at Hole in the Wall or register for a zoom link to the presentation to watch from the comfort of your own home. Email to RSVP today.

You can also visit our website for these and other climate issue selections. Angry Weather, The Fragile Earth, The Future Earth, Climate Courage, How Did We Get Into This Mess?


If baking is your thing then be sure to take part in this national virtual event with Anna Olson, author of Baking Day and Jenna Hutchinson and Ashley Kosowan , authors of Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats. A purchase or pre-order of either book gets you access to this exclusive, live virtual event.

What better way to celebrate October being Cookbook Month!

Also upcoming in November....

November 5 - Fresh off his sold out Hawks event, Phil Roberts is BACK - this time teaching us everything there is to know about owls. This will be a live event in the Hole in the Wall.

November 10 - In time for Remembrance Day author Patrick Dennis joins us to talk about his book, Reluctant Warriors, about the Canadian conscripts in World War I. This is a live event in Hole In the Wall.

November 18 - Peter Sloly, Chief of Police for the city of Ottawa, will join us virtually to talk policing in Canada. This is a virtual event with live audience in the Hole in the Wall.

November 19 - A national virtual event with Margaret Atwood and Lorna Crozier. Pre order or purchase of Atwood's poetry collection, Dearly or Crozier's memoir, Through the Garden gets you exclusive access to the virtual invite.

November 24 - David Miller, author of Solved: How the World's Great Cities are Fixing the Climate Crisis, will continue our Climate series.

And we have a couple of other sports series events that you are not going to want to miss - stay tuned for details as soon as we get them set.

In the meantime, get carving those pumpkins, read more books and shop local!

See you soon,

Richard, Colleen, Lori and the River Bookshop Team