December 15, 2021

The River Bookshop's goal from the start was to be community space that educated, inspired, engaged and entertained. With Covid winding down in the fall and always observing safe protocols, we have had a successful run of events in the Hole in the Wall September through November.  Unfortunately now with the new variant we will be restricting attendance once again, and of course, continuing to check vaccine passports. 

Our focus will continue to be on  “local” but with some nice additions. One will be the introduction of live musical events. We are excited about hosting small concerts in our intimate upstairs event space as soon as Covid regulations ease. We think all our events will book up quickly so don’t delay in booking your seats by emailing info@riverbookshop.com.

Here’s our first three to kick off the New Year 🎉

JANUARY 19 at 6:30 pm.  “All Things Local” by CBC’s Windsor Morning by Tony Doucette.

Who hasn’t started their mornings with Tony as their favourite coffee companion? Tony educates and engages us every morning with the latest local news, weather and compelling interviews with our neighbours, our politicians and our community leaders. A must listen if one wants to be up on the important developments that may impact your day. Tony and Richard Peddie will have a free flowing discussion on all things local - businesses, health, environment, politics, entertainment and interesting current stories. This is your chance to interact with the host of CBC’s Windsor morning radio show since 2006.

JANUARY 27 630 PM. “Benefits of a Plant Based Diet” with The Plant Base owner Danielle Girard and Colleen Peddie.

The River Bookshop loves to support local and The Plant Base is a great little business located just up the road from us at 126 Richmond. The Plant Base’s mission is to prepare tasty fare that is eco-conscious and sustainable. Danielle and Colleen Peddie will team up to talk about the benefits of a plant based diet. They will also share free samples of tasty plant based options with attendees. 

FEBRUARY 2 at 630 pm. Freedom Museum’s Dr Lorene Bridgen-Lennie will give a talk on “Challenging Black History Myths in Amherstburg”.

February is “Black History Month” so this event is an excellent way to educate attendees on the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians as well as the many challenges they faced. 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 / shocking myths. The Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been serving the community of Amherstburg and surrounding areas for over 45 years. And its Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church has acted as a 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 do display featuring related books and 10% of their sales will be donated to the museum.   


In the mean time, be sure to visit our 2nd Annual Christmas Market. And definitely check out the White Woods Home’s pop up shop.  White Woods is another unique Amherstburg retail shop that will be opening on Richmond St. this spring. Retail Director Esther Reaume is really enjoying introducing her home wares and tableware to all her visitors. The pop up is open this coming Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6 pm, but Esther is in the shop most days so just ask for her.