August Happenings: $5 Book Sale and a fun little puzzle

We love our location in UpTown--it's been our home for 33 years, after all. We have a wonderful community of friends and supporters, and last year you got us through one of our most trying periods. 

As it stands now, streetscape construction has been ongoing North of Erb and it’s been affecting the recovery of businesses in UpTown since March. As usual, we're pushing through together. But we could all use a little help.This August, we’d like to ask you for one more act of goodwill. We promise, in return, to continue to be the bookstore that YOU want in this community.

We invite you to help out our friends in the construction zone. Support **Settlement & Co.**, **Death Valley's Little Brother**, **Princess Cafe**, **Seven Shores**, and **Cafe 1842**. Bring your receipts to **Words Worth Books** and enter to win. Each week this summer we're giving away a $20 gift certificate.

And speaking of gift certificates...

Take advantage of our **Christmas in August** promotion and purchase a gift certificate of $50 or over at 20% off! That’s $40 for $50, $80 for $100, $120 for …and you get the picture. Save them up for holiday shopping in December, give them as gifts, or treat yourself to a well-deserved book! (We have lots of recommendations, by the way, this Fall in publishing is a doozy!)

Finally, consider snapping up some select gems at our **Five Bucks a Book** table. That's $5.00 each, or three for $12.00! We brought in some quality remainders for the sale and we’re passing them on to you!

And, as always, we are open 24/7 online at where you can browse every book in print and order direct. Peruse our Summer Catalogue for our favourite beach / cottage/ staycation picks.

See you in the store!


EVENT: Gillian Best, author of The Last Wave  

Tuesday, August 15 at 7pm, Words Worth Books

A beautifully rendered family drama set in Dover, England, between the 1940s and the present day, The Last Wave follows the life of Martha, a woman who has swum the English Channel ten times, and the complex relationships she has with her husband, her children, and her close friends. The one constant in Martha’s life is the sea, from her first accidental baptism to her final crossing of the channel. The sea is an escape from her responsibilities as a wife and a mother; it consoles her when she is diagnosed with cancer; and it comforts her when her husband’s mind begins to unravel.

An intergenerational saga spanning six decades, The Last Wave is a wholly authentic portrait of a family buffeted by illness, intolerance, anger, failure, and regret. Gillian Best is a mature, accomplished, and compelling new voice in fiction.

Wednesday, August 23 Robert Rotenberg will drop by the store for an informal signing.

Robert Rotenberg is one of Toronto’s top criminal lawyers and the author of several bestselling novels, including Old City Hall, The Guilty Plea, Stray Bullets, and Stranglehold. 

In his newest book when Greene stumbles upon the corpse of hated developer Livingston Fox, he is plunged back into the life he tried so hard to leave behind. As the body count rises, Greene is forced into a reluctant reconciliation with his former protégé, Daniel Kennicott. The pair must delve into the tight-knit world of downtown development, navigating tangled loyalties, unexpected corruption and family secrets, some of which are closer to home than Greene could have ever imagined.


Thursday, August 10 at 7:00pm: Blomkvist Wannabees
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Friday, August 18 at 10:30: Books & Babies

Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00pm: Words Worth Bookclub
The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00pm: SpecFics and Chill
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Just for fun...

Missing Vowels: Can you name these books?

Chris alerted us to this DEVILISHLY TRICKY BOOK TITLE PUZZLE saying that between him, Dave, and one of our more brilliant customers, they were able to get all the answers. Go on--see how you do. 

It inspired us to make a few of our own: 


If you think you figured them out, email your answers to for your chance to win a set of OBOC buttons. The contest will be open until August 7 at which point we'll draw five winners from our pool of correct answers.

(Hint: You might want to take another look at our catalogue....)

July Newsletter: Loving Local

We're deep into a summer that's so far offered a lot of rainy days for you to tuck away with a good book. But not us! We've been busy. You'll find this newsletter is devoted to contests, free stuff, give aways, and prizes! Who doesn't love prizes?! 

Read on, dear friends.

UpTown Waterloo "I Choose Local" signs are available for free!

Did you know that for every $100 spent in locally owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, wages, donations, and other expenditures. When you buy local you're helping to revitalize the downtown, encourage entrepreneurship, and benefit from our unique expertise. (Nb: when you buy from online retailers and nothing comes home! It goes to Jeff Bezos's home and honestly, does he really need another $42 million dollar clock?!)

Show your support with an "I CHOOSE LOCAL" sign. You can get one at Words Worth Books.

Drink Good Coffee, Read Good Books

Our pals further on up the street are now dealing with construction, and we know all too well what that's like!

Until the end of the summer we're giving away a $20 Gift Certificate every week to people who support DVLB, Princess Cafe, Settlement, Seven Shores, and Cafe 1842.

Just bring us your receipt from a purchase of anything from those five businesses, drop it in the ballot box, and enjoy your caffeine-buzz. We pull a name every Monday and winning ballots go BACK in the draw box for another chance.

One Book One Community One-Of-A-Kind Buttons!

In commemoration of this year's OBOC selection, Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady, we have designed these unique buttons that recall the city, the sea, and the high-spirit of the swinging, big-band era. 

You can get a complete set of five for $8.00 at Words Worth Books

OR... You can try to win our CONTESTS

We'll be giving away 10 sets of buttons over the next few weeks. Follow us on TWITTER for more chances to win.!

From Then to Now with Professor James Walker

Wednesday, July 12, 7:00-8:30 at the main branch of the Waterloo Public Library

African peoples have lived in Canada since the beginnings of transatlantic settlement. Although their migration, settlement and life in Canada has been saturated with prejudice and brutality, their legacy is one of courage and strength. Prof. James Walker from the University of Waterloo joins us to discuss this fascinating chapter in Canadian history.

This program is a tie-in to the 2017 One Book, One Community selection, Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady. Learn more at the One Book, One Community website.


Thursday, July 20, 7pm (nb new date): Blomkvist Wannabees -- Darktown by Thomas Mullen
Friday, July 21, 10:30am: Books & Babies
Wednesday, July 26, 7pm (nb new date): Words Worth Book Club -- Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Wednesday, July 26, 7pm: Specfics & Chill -- The Lies of Loche Lamora by Scott Lynch

One of our very own... Soon to be an Internationally Published Author!

We're sure you remember Kristen Ciccarelli. She was our resident expert in teen fiction until 2016, when she left WWB to devote herself full-time to writing. We really miss her but that was clearly the right decision...

Did you know she has a book coming out?

The Last Namsara is the debut of the Iskari Series. This teen-fantasy is about deadly dragons, badass girls, forbidden love, and enemies who save each other. Not only will it be available here, but around the world in Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Turkey, UK, and the US. This is a big deal! Like, Robin McKinley, Kristen Cashore, Sarah J. Maas kind of big.

Preorder at Words Worth and you'll get an autographed copy on October 3. And if you sign up for her newsletter you could win a limited edition, autographed Advanced Reader's Copy of The Last Namsara.

Can we be serious for a moment? We need to talk to you about an issue that is of the utmost importance to you and everyone you love.... it concerns your summer reading list. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of boredom, restlessness, stress, irritability, or the general feeling that the summer is slipping away from you, you may be suffering from Needtoreaditis.

Needtoreaditis can be caught from being too busy, and simply not taking the time you require to sit back and relax. But there is a cure...

Pick up our Summer Reads Catalogue in the store, or peruse it online. Select a minimum of one title from the list, purchase it, bring it with you to a place that makes you happy, put your feet up, and read. For best results consume with a cold beverage.

No one should go through summer without a generous selection of really terrific books. Call on us. We can help. 

A final word...

Your friends at Words Worth have a few... Here are some notables:

Mandy: archipelago (pronounced ark-i-pel-AAAA-go) and panacea (pan-AY-sha)

Dave: verisimilitude (pronounced VERSE-mill-i-tude)

John: facade (pronounced fah-KADE, though his favourite is from a friend who thought misled was MY-zeld)

Curtis: chagrin (pronounced SHAW-grin)

Kristen: paradigm (pronounced PAR-da-gim, and for much of her youth, "Peregrine Shift"). She still struggles with halcyon (HAL-Cayenne).

Jessie: Chesapeke (pronounced CHEESE-pake)

Maggie: harbinger (pronounced Har-bing-gurrr)

We asked you on Facebook. Here's what you came up with: 

Caroline commented, "Hyper bowl for hyperbole and yoo-bu-queecious for ubiquitous. I actually love all of these, I think these should become legitimate alternate pronunciations!"

Like a lot of us, Louise was caught out by Hermione (Her-me-own) from the Harry Potter books.

Jen admits that throughout sixth grade she said "chay-ous" for chaos.

One of our most popular mispronunciations was epitome (epi-tome)

But we think Maya spoke for all of us when she said, "Reading these and realizing I still pronounce most of those words that way."

Drink Good Coffee. Read Good Books.

Just a little further up the street our friends are now in a construction zone with infrastructure and streetscape improvements taking place over the summer. Show them the love and you could WIN!

  1. Buy something from Settlement, DVLB, Princess Cafe, Seven Shores, or Cafe 1842.
  2. Bring the receipt to Words Worth Books.
  3. Write your name and contact info on the back of the receipt and drop it in the ballot box.
  4. Tell every single one of your friends how excited and caffeinated you are.
  5. Until September 4th we will have one ballot each Monday. The prize is a $20 gift certificate to Words Worth Books. Winning ballots are put back in the draw for another chance to win!

Tweet about it! 

And just like that--it's MAY! ... May-ish. (Okay, it's still April)

We're a little early with our newsletter but there are a few things happening this last week of April that we'd like to tell you about. Actually there's a lot happening in May too!

Read on, dear friends. Read on. (Don't miss the Fun Stuff at the end!)

Saturday, April 29: AUTHORS FOR INDIES DAY

AFI is an annual event held at independent bookstores all across Canada. On this day, Canadian authors show their appreciation for indie bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers. AFI is a different sort of literary event--it's a grassroots volunteer-run campaign whose goal is to raise awareness of indie bookstores and how important they are: to our communities, our reading lives, and our cultural well-being.

WE ARE THRILLED TO WELCOME GUY GAVRIEL KAY AS OUR GUEST BOOKSELLER. From 2:00 to 4:00 you can get some reading advice from this internationally acclaimed author of over a dozen works of fantasy fiction. His most recent book, "Children of Earth and Sky," will be available in paperback. Visit Guy's website:


You could win $1000 worth of Penguin Random House Books!

Test your bookstore fandom with our Authors for Indies Bookstore Bingo challenge! Each square you complete earns you one entry into a draw for $1000 worth of Penguin Random House books, to be picked up at your local independent retailer.

Contest opens on April 29 from 12:00am to 11:59pm (EST).

Visit to play!

Wednesday, April 26: Appetite for Reading 
There are still a few more spots available for for Kerry Clare author of "Mitzi Bytes" 
6:00pm 10:00pm at Nick and Nat's Uptown 21 (21 King St. N. Waterloo) 
- drinks at 6; dinner at 7; author talk around 8ish

Thursday, April 27: She Shares - fundraiser for St. Mary's Hospital 
A luncheon featuring Dr. Randy Paterson, psychologist and author of "How To Be Miserable" 
Contact Cristen Brown at cbrow[at] or 519-749-6918

Thursday, April 27: One Book Once Community Announcement 
At last, the 2017 title will be revealed. Check out the Twitter Contest! Once a week, @OBOC_KW will post a new challenge. Each time you participate, you will automatically earn an entry for a grand prize draw. Learn more at One Book One Community

Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30pm: Learning History Together 
Holocaust survivor Max Eisen author of "By Chance Alone" was only 15-years-old when he was imprisoned in Auschwitz. Hear his first-hand story of courage and survival at this free event. Southwood Secondary School - Library: 30 Southwood Dr., Cambridge ON

Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00pm: Perimeter Institute Public Lecture 
Eminent theoretical astrophysicist and award-winning writer, Janna Levin (Black Hole Blues) will tell the story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves. 
Visit for more information.

Thursday, May 11 at 7:00pm: The Case for Divesting in Fossil Fuels in Canada 
Join us at the CIGI Campus Auditorium for a public lecture from Jeff Rubin author of "The Carbon Bubble". For more information contact events[at]

Friday, May 26 at 11:30am: Concurrent Disorders Working Group of Waterloo Region 
Keynote speaker Gordana Eljdupovik on the topic, "Beyond Grounding: Working Effectively with Emotionally Dysregulated Clients." Words Worth Books will be on-hand with a book table of topically related titles. Contact ntaylor[at] for more information.


Thursday, May 11: Blomkvist Wannabes 
The Savages by Don Winslow

Thursday, May 25: Tasty Book Club meeting 
Open to subscribers only. We will discuss the four books you've received these past few months. 
The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier 
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss 
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb

Friday, May 26: Books & Babies

Tuesday, May 30: Words Worth Bookclub 
The Hidden Keys by Andre Alexis

Wednesday, May 31: Specfics & Chill 
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Book Event: Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12: 6:30-9pm

FEAST: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip

Celebrate Canada's 150th with RELISH 
In Relish Cooking Studio's second series of Canadian cuisine classes they will be celebrating what makes Canadian food unique and special as we move towards Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.

Two friends. Five months. One car. Ten provinces. Three territories. Seven islands. Eight ferries. Two flights. One 48-hour train ride. And only one call to CAA. The result: over 100 incredible Canadian recipes from coast to coast and the Great White North.

In the midst of a camping trip in Squamish, British Columbia, Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller decided that the summer of 2013 might be the right time for an adventure: a road trip across the entire country to experience and write about Canada’s food, culture, and wealth of compelling characters. 37,000 kilometres later, and toting a “Best Culinary Travel Blog” award from Saveur magazine, Lindsay and Dana have brought together stories, photographs and recipes from across Canada in FEAST: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip.

Register at RELISH COOKING STUDIO. A copy of the book FEAST is included in registration to this event.

You'll have the opportunity to meet the authors, sample some goodies, and get a book signed at WORDS WORTH BOOKS on Friday, May 12 from 1pm to 2:30. Free to attend: just drop on by.

BOOKLAUNCH: The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating an Ontario Treasure

Tuesday, May 30 at 7pm: Words Worth Books

Join us in celebrating the release of "The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure" by Burkhard Mausberg. The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, environmentalists, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.

Guest speakers include: 
Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and author
Kevin Eby, former Director of Community Planning for the Region of Waterloo
Kevin Thomason, Vice-Chair of the Grand River Environmental Network and one of the Leaders of Smart Growth Waterloo

Light refreshments will be served. 



Kristen snapped this photo just outside Guelph and challenged you to come up with a famous novel/rural mashup.

You thought of some doozies! Here are a few of our favourites.

"Farewell my Combine" (submitted by B. Vanbeek) 
"The Meta-MOO-phosis" (K. Hutchinson) 
"Wheat, Hay, Love" (G. Engel) 
"Tender is the Mennonite" (N. Duquette) 
"Mulch Ado About Mucking" (A. Bullock) 
"Dairy of a Wimpy Kid" (G. Case) 
"The Handmaid's Bale" (L. Praught) 
"A Bloom with a Ewe" (J. Dymond) 
"Amos Shrugged" (B. Sagel) 
"One Hundred Years of Silos, Dude" (K. Cogliano) 
"The Great Goats-by" (M. Iturriaga) 
"Whinny the Poo" (H. Kuipers) 
"The Girl with the Wagon Tattoo" (B. Guerrero) 
"The Pitchfork of Dorian Grey" (B. McLaughlin) 
"The Brothers Cowamazov" (A. Hanson) 
"Udder Milk Wood" (N. Gordijk)

Thank you so much for playing along and giving us a lot of laughs.

As always if you have any questions (or hilarious book titles) come on by for a visit! Or contact us at 519-884-2665; email

Saturday, April 29 - AUTHORS FOR INDIES DAY! #AFI2017


Authors for Indies Day (Saturday, April 29, 2017) is an annual event held at independent bookstores (indies) all across Canada. On this day, Canadian authors show their appreciation for indie bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers. AFI is a different sort of literary event -- it's a grassroots volunteer-run campaign whose goal is to raise awareness of indie bookstores and how important they are: to our communities, our reading lives, and our cultural well-being.

WE ARE THRILLED TO WELCOME GUY GAVRIEL KAY AS OUR GUEST BOOKSELLER! From 2:00 to 4:00 you can get some reading advice from this internationally acclaimed author of over a dozen works of fantasy fiction. His most recent book, Children of Earth and Sky, will be available in paperback. Visit Guy's website:

You could win $1000 worth of Penguin Random House Books!

Test your bookstore fandom with our Authors for Indies Bookstore Bingo challenge! Each square you complete earns you one entry into a draw for $1000 worth of Penguin Random House books, to be picked up at your local independent retailer. 

Contest opens on April 29 from 12:00am to 11:59pm (EST). Visit to play!

April Newsletter

T.S. Eliot may have thought that April was the cruelest month, but we think it's pretty great. The birds are back, the tulips are up, the peeper frogs are singing, and it's National Poetry Month! You may have heard co-owner Mandy Brouse talk about it on CBC Morning Edition but in case you missed it click HERE.

This Month--

Continuing our "Giving Back" campaign every copy we sell of Flight of the Hummingbird will help protect four square meters of ecologically sensitive land in Waterloo Region. Find out more about what they do at

We're Out in the Community

Here's where you'll find us this month.

Wednesday 5th at the Perimeter Institute. This month's public lecture features Eugenia Cheng, author of How To Bake PI. You can live-stream the lecture from the Perimeter Institute's website or watch it from the closed circuit television in the Black Hole Bistro. Be sure to stop by the book table and say "hi."

Friday 7th at St. Jerome's University's ongoing "Lectures in Catholic Experience" will welcome Mark McGowan, author of Catholics at the Gathering Place as well as several other books on the social and religious history of Canada. McGowan will discuss how pre-confederation colonies were torn apart by sectarian and linguistic tensions, often focused on issues surrounding religious education, the separation of church and state, and the place of religion in public life.

Thursday 27th at Bingemans Ballroom, St. Mary's Hospital "She Shares". This annual luncheon event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Randy Paterson author of How To Be Miserable. This educational event provides attendees the opportunity to network and engage in topics of discussion which directly impact their own lives as well as the lives of those closest to them. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at their EVENTBRITE page.


Thursday 13th: Blomkvist Wannabes discuss Dead Simple by Peter James 
Thursday 20th: Tasty Bookclub delivery. 
Tuesday 25th: Words Worth Bookclub discuss The Break by Katherena Vermette 
Wednesday 26th: Specfics & Chill discuss The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey 
Friday 28th: Books & Babies


Just a reminder that we'll be closed on Friday, April 14 and Sunday, April 16. We WILL be open on the Saturday.

Mark the Date: April 29 is national Authors for Indies Day

Authors for Indies is a national campaign in support of independent bookstores. On Saturday April 29, hundreds of Canadian authors will be volunteering as guest booksellers at indie bookstores across the country. Be sure to stop by Words Worth Books on Saturday, April 29 to meet Guy Gavriel Kay whose most recent book, Children of Earth and Sky will be out in paperback just in time.

Tickets Still Available

We love to read great books. And we love to eat. And we even enjoy the occasional delicious cocktail or glass of wine. So why not put it all together in one terrific evening out. And An Appetite for Reading Book Club was hatched.

There are still a few tickets available for Monday, April 24 with Kerry Clare author of Mitzi Bytes. A grown-up Harriet the Spy for the digital age, Mitzi Bytes examines the bonds of family and friendship, and the truths we dare tell about ourselves—and others.The book is great fun and Kerry is a delight. Don't miss out!


If you were in the store on April 1st you may have seen all sorts of signs hung up with LITERAL definitions of genres. Here they are again for your edification and amusement.

Every Literary Genre Summed Up in a Single Sentence

Thanks for reading! As always if you have any questions please email us at or call 519-884-2665.