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Pictured: art by Philip Crosby, "Fugitive Slaves Fleeing to Canada, 1986"
February 01, 2023

Support Black History Month—with Desmond Cole, WSO, & more

On Saturday is a presentation by bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and activist Desmond Cole. Desmond is not shy about “puncturing the naive assumptions of Canadians who believe we live in a post racial world.” You definitely don’t want to miss this powerful conversation. Given its history of protecting Freedom Seekers, the Nazrey A.M.E. Church is a perfect setting for Desmond’s 1 pm talk. 

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TRUE Festival in Amherstburg 🌈
January 24, 2023

TRUE Festival in Amherstburg 🌈

On Saturday, January 28th, Evelyn’s Candy House is proud to host the "unofficial HQ" of the TRUE Festival in our event space "Hole in the Wall," at 67 Richmond above the River Bookshop. You won’t have any trouble finding the HQ—just look for the large 🌈 rainbow in front.

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Two Local Authors This Week: Douglas P. Pflug & David Garlick
January 23, 2023

Two Local Authors This Week: Douglas P. Pflug & David Garlick

We have two local authors visiting us this week! Douglas P. Pflug & David Garlick.

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TEAMING UP WITH OUR ALMA MATER
January 18, 2023

TEAMING UP WITH OUR ALMA MATER

As University of Windsor alumni, Lead Bookseller Meghan Desjardins and Richard Peddie are very pleased to announce that we are teaming up with the University of Windsor Alumni Association to host a second monthly “book club” entitled “Alumni Meet-Ups” that will usually be held the third Wednesday of every month. Alumni Meet-Ups will be a series of monthly chats on a variety of relevant and interesting topics. 

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Celebration of Black History - Upcoming Events
January 17, 2023

Celebration of Black History - Upcoming Events

We are quickly approaching February, and we have a special announcement about Black History Month. The River Bookshop and Amherstburg Freedom Museum are partnering to present a full week of programming, which we call, A Celebration of Black History Month: Looking Forward From the Past. 

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Boblo Boats Film - January 20-22
January 03, 2023

Boblo Boats Film - January 20-22

Today we are thrilled to announce that our event space The Hole in the Wall will be converted into an intimate movie theatre for three days in January.

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Author Signings This Weekend: Meg Reiner & Danielle Campo McLeod
December 15, 2022

Author Signings This Weekend: Meg Reiner & Danielle Campo McLeod

This weekend, we have two authors coming by to sign autographs of their books. If you're looking for a gift that goes the extra mile, a personalized copy of a book is a great option. It's also a great opportunity to talk to the authors about their books. 

Saturday, December 17th @1-3pm: Meg Reiner

Sunday, December 18th @1-3pm: Danielle Campo McLeod

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THIS WEEKEND: Santa Visit + Signing by André Narbonne
December 07, 2022

THIS WEEKEND: Santa Visit + Signing by André Narbonne

Santa is back! This Sunday, December 11th, from 1:30-3:30pm, bring the littles out to visit us upstairs in the Christmas Market, and they can tell Santa what's on their wishlist. Every child who visits will have a photo opportunity with Santa and receive some candy. Best of all, it's free

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PLEASE VISIT OUR NIGHT MARKET, DECEMBER 10
December 06, 2022

PLEASE VISIT OUR NIGHT MARKET, DECEMBER 10

Across Europe and the far East there are a lot of very successful Night Markets. So why not Amherstburg? Join us on Saturday, December 10th, from noon to 8 pm, when we'll bring the idea to our community.

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Christmas Market & Meet the Grinch
November 30, 2022

Christmas Market & Meet the Grinch

Now that it's almost December (!) a lot of us are starting our holiday shopping. We're hoping to make that a lot easier with the opening of our Christmas Market! 

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Ainslie Hogarth, Nov 25th @ 6:30pm
November 17, 2022

Ainslie Hogarth, Nov 25th @ 6:30pm

We've got more fun on Friday, November 25th, @ 6:30pmAinslie Hogarth, who grew up in Windsor Essex County, is coming to River Bookshop to read from her book Motherthing. Ainslie will be signing books and answering our questions about what it's like to be interviewed by CBC, and reviewed by the New York Times 🤩Come meet Ainslie and pick up her excellent book for yourself, or as a holiday gift! She'll be happy to autograph and personalize copies.

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BLACK FRIDAY
November 17, 2022

BLACK FRIDAY

We're getting in on the Black Friday fun this year, and we want to help you with your holiday shopping. When you spend $100+ (before tax) on Black Friday, you'll get a free $25 gift card. That means another gift crossed off your list (unless you use it on yourself 🤩📚). This deal is in-store only, so we'll see you on Friday, November 25th! 

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Heritage Buildings of Amherstburg, Foreword + Events
November 16, 2022

Heritage Buildings of Amherstburg, Foreword + Events

Meg Reiner’s new book Heritage Buildings of Amherstburg has got off to a fast start. Clearly it is on many people’s Christmas lists. We love how it shines a light on our important heritage buildings, but we also think it has an important message that we need to preserve and protect them for future generations.

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WELCOME TO OUR THIRD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MARKET
November 14, 2022

WELCOME TO OUR THIRD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MARKET

We are delighted to be opening our Hole in the Wall once again to host our Christmas Market starting Saturday & Sunday, November 19 &  20—then running every weekend until Christmas. Each year our product line-up gets better and better. This year we are adding Evelyn’s Candy House to the market: the county’s best selection of sweetness from around the world.

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Double Movie Feature & Halloween Books
October 27, 2022

Double Movie Feature & Halloween Books

Are you ready for our Festival of Frights? As a reminder, this Saturday the 29th we have a full day of Halloween activities, ending with a double movie feature of Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters. Here are some of the books we'll have on sale that day to pair with our movie choices.

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Marty Gervais, this Thursday the 27th @ 6:30pm
October 24, 2022

Marty Gervais, this Thursday the 27th @ 6:30pm

Marty Gervais will be joining us this week with a special new presentation about his book Ghost Road

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October & the Festival of Frights: Halloween Extravaganza, Sat. Oct. 29
October 17, 2022

October & the Festival of Frights: Halloween Extravaganza, Sat. Oct. 29

Big announcement! River Bookshop is holding the Festival of Frights! Saturday, October 29th. There will be Pumpkins, Costumes and a Spooky Movie or two, to entertain the most timid of Witches and the most brazen of Ghouls. River Bookshop and the Festival of Frights activities include…

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Elaine Weeks Reading: Thurs., Sept 29th
September 22, 2022

Elaine Weeks Reading: Thurs., Sept 29th

Elaine Weeks is one of our favourite people. Not only is she a fine author, but she is part of the Chris Edwards/Elaine Weeks team at Walkerville Publishing, which has published local bestsellers such as Brewed in Windsor, Windsor Before and After, and 500 Ways You Know You’re From Windsor. In fact it was their books that convinced us that we should team up with Walkerville and Meg Reiner for her first book, Heritage Buildings of Amherstburg.*

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Lots Happening in Late September!
September 12, 2022

Lots Happening in Late September!

Here's what we have in store for late September, including new things on Richmond St., Fort Malden's Martial Music, a Hawks Festival presentation, Uncommon Festival, a reading by Elaine Weeks, banned books, and Truth & Reconciliation.

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DEFINITELY THE TIME TO READ LOCAL
September 07, 2022

DEFINITELY THE TIME TO READ LOCAL

We are very pleased to announce an initiative that addresses both Arts and Heritage. We have teamed up with Meg Reiner, Chris Edwards and Elaine Weeks of Walkerville Publishing to launch the book Heritage Buildings of Amherstburg.

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Celebrating Detroit River Heritage (Please Note Time Change)
September 05, 2022

Celebrating Detroit River Heritage (Please Note Time Change)

Today we have just a quick reminder about this Wednesday, September 7th. We're celebrating the Detroit River with two events, at 3:30pm and 6:30pm.

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THE FORT MALDEN DOUBLE HEADER
August 31, 2022

THE FORT MALDEN DOUBLE HEADER

The River Bookshop loves to shine a light on our area’s special organizations and properties. Over our short existence we have hosted presentations on Freedom Museum, Park House, Marsh Collection and Belle Vue, and we are always on the lookout for more.    

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