So much going on in November...

So much going on in November...

November 08, 2020

At River Bookshop we believe that great bookshops are a community hub that can make small towns like Amherstburg more vital . At our bookshop we communicate our values of educate, inspire, engage and entertain with our curated selection of books. But equally important we are living our values by hosting a series of talks on important topics that range from Racial Injustice, to Climate Change, Health & Wellness, Nature, Progressive Urbanism and Leadership. This month alone we will have eight such talks. We host them in our Hole in the Wall event space (socially distanced of course) but to expand our reach many are available via Zoom.

We are confident that we have a range of talks that will appeal to everyone’s interests. Check out these in the first half of November...


Fresh off his sold out hawks presentation, Phil Roberts is back and teaching us all about owls. This is a free live event at The Hole in the Wall. Seating is limited so reserve today!

If you're curious about owls check out these books for all ages available at Birds in Flight, The Hidden Lives of Owls, Owl Moon, Our Love of Owls, Owls: Our Most Charming Bird, Owls in the Wild


Remembrance Day was created in 1919 to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday November 11 1918, at 11 am. Today on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Canadians pause to remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada in times of war, conflict and peace. We remember more than 2.3 million who have served throughout our nation’s history.

The River Bookshop is proud to salute the men and women of our armed forces on November 10 at 6;30 pm. We are pleased that Colonel (ret’d) Patrick Dennis OMM, CD will be our Remembrance Day speaker on November 10th.

Patrick was born and raised in Windsor and is a graduate of the University of Windsor. He is a retired Canadian Air Force colonel and fighter controller who served Canada for over thirty seven years, twenty two of which were served over seas. In 1986 Patrick was invested by Governor-General Jeanne Sauve as an Officer in the Order of Military Merit. Today he is an adjunct associate with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies in Waterloo.

Patrick is the author of “Reluctant Warriors: Canadian Conscripts and the Great War’. In his book he examines the conscript, their journey to war, the battles in which they fought; and their often remarkable sacrifice and heroism.

This is a free event with a live audience at The Hole in the Wall. Seating is limited, so reserve today.



From a win over New Jersey on November 3 1995 in cavernous Skydome ... to Vinsanity ... through the lean years ... to the Raptors being “owned” by LeBron...and finally an NBA championship - - Doug Smith has been there for almost every Raptors’ win and every loss. 

On November 12 we are delighted that we all will have a chance to hear about his take on the Raptors’ long journey to a championship. Purchase or pre order a copy of his “We the North” and receive access to our virtual broadcast on Zoom or as a member of the Hole in the Wall audience. 

Sloly was a 27-year veteran member of the Toronto Police Service who attained the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and served two tours of duty in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in in Kosovo. Prior to heading up Ottawa’s Police Services he was a partner at Deloitte, where hew was the national “Security of Justice” leader. Peter’s talk will address an issue that is very much in the news today. It is entitled “Systemic Racism in Policing”. A community leader Peter will share is thoughts on this issue and is prepared to answer tough questions. This presentation will be on Zoom and available to socially distanced attendees at the River Bookshop - starting promptly at 7 pm. Go to to register.

If you'd like to read more about systemic racism here are a few of the titles you can find in the River BookshopThe Skin We're InThe Cure for HateIndigenous RelationsFrom Where I Stand.


Also upcoming in November....

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

November 25 - Brian Burke, author of Burke's Law and NHL staple, in discussion with Richard Peddie.

November 26 - Rick Vaive, author of Catch 22: My Battles in Hockey and Life, former Toronto Maple Leaf captain talks his life on and off the ice with co-author Scott Morrison

November 30 - Indigenous legal expert and Associate Dean of Law at University of Windsor, Dr. Beverly Jacobs will discuss current Indigenous issues across Canada.


Stay tuned for news of our December History event and our Christmas Marketplace. Things are happening at the River Bookshop, come be a part of it!


See you soon,

Richard, Colleen, Lori and the River Bookshop Team