Open! Open! Open Air Amherstburg!

Open! Open! Open Air Amherstburg!

Jun 1, 2021

 It’s that time of year again!

Starting in mid-June *fingers crossed* it’s Open Air Amherstburg - a time to roam the streets of beautiful downtown Amherstburg visiting the shops, enjoying the patios for a drink or a bite of fantastic food and strolling through our stunning riverfront.

We at River Bookshop love Open Air - it gives people a chance to slow down, to see things they may not otherwise see and to investigate the myriad of wonderful shops, restaurants and parks in our town. It’s a chance to bring the family and not have to worry about traffic or crowded sidewalks - the streets are for people!

It’s going to be a little different this year - Open Air will run from Friday at 3pm to 11pm and then on Saturday from 3pm all the way through to Sunday night. 

We are excited and are planning our expanded participation in the event. We will have a tent out front with books on display and some relaxing Adirondack chairs if you’d like to sit and talk books with our bookworm staff (there is nothing we like better!). 

We will be kicking off our Sunday Storytimes for the littles on the opening weekend of Open Air. Bring a comfy chair or a picnic blanket and enjoy a read aloud right in front of the bookshop - socially distanced and within public gathering mandates - so get yourself registered at info@riverbookshop before spots fill up. 

There might even be a surprise or two for those interested in exciting new things happening in the ‘Burg!

Stay tuned to our social media, watch our newsletters for updates on when things can get rolling!


June is also the time of year for graduations, Father’s Day and reading in the sun - here are a few selections to consider for any or all of those occasions.

Whether you would like to honour your grad with a light-hearted tease, a nod to their future or some down-home life advice - there's a book for that.

A Visual Learner's Guide to Being a Grown Up - Based on Matt Shirley's popular Instagram account @mattsurelee, this smart and hilarious guide is a collection of tables, lists, and charts for all the visual learners out there striving to be a successful grown-up.

Conquer the Day -  is a collection of affirmations for all those on the long, winding road of personal development.

101 Things I Learned in School - Featuring Engineering, Business, Law, Urban Planning and even Film school these are great for recent grads, self learners and old pros.

Carpe Every Diem - A thoughtfully curated, cleverly designed keepsake that distills the wisdom of all those powerful graduation speakers—from Barack Obama and Gloria Steinem to Kermit the Frog—into the best advice for grads of all ages.

For those Dads, grandpas, step-dads and father figures in your life:

You're Dad - With humor, heart, and adorable drawings, Liz Climo celebrates fatherhood in all its shapes and sizes (and species). Featuring different types of dads and the paths they can travel, Climo’s whimsical animal illustrations take us through the adventures of fatherhood, commemorating the laughter and the tears as well as the stumbles and the triumphs.

The Dad Advice Project - The Dad Advice Project is a book of real-life stories and advice written by more than forty dads from all walks of life—including professional athletes, TV personalities, businessmen, civic leaders, military veterans, and other close personal friends of the author.

Dad Up! - From one of the country's most beloved comedians and host of CBC Radio's incredibly popular program The Debaters comes a funny, poignant, and at times unexpectedly wise look at what it means to be a dad in this day and age.

Stuff Every Grandfather Should Know - Grandfathering is a serious job—and not always an easy one—but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. This handy gift book contains all the wisdom, know-how, and trivia grandfathers and grandfathers-to-be need to know, and gifting it is a terrific way to announce that you're expecting!

As far as summer reads go, 2021 is going to be a good year.

Just out today is a history of rise and fall of General Motors, The Sack of Detroit: General Motors and the End of the American Enterprise and a magical, sexy big hearted romance in One Last Stop. For memoir/biography buffs we have Sinead O'Connor's much anticipated Rememberings and for fiction-lovers there is Astra, a buzzworthy debut novel that reveals the different faces of one woman, as seen through the eyes of ten people over a lifetime.

With these titles and more on our shelves, this is going to be a banner year for readers everywhere!

And don’t forget these exciting events coming up in the month of June....

We can't wait to see you!


Lori and the River Bookshop Team