CBC CANADA READS - You could win a $25 Gift Certificate!

Here's your winter reading list figured out!  You can't go wrong with any of these gems, each selected to push against an issue-- whether speculative or real-- that we're grappling with in the world right now.  Purchase all five and we'll give you 20% off!  

Drop by the store and fill out a ballot selecting which book you think will be the last one standing.  Then listen to FM 89.1 from March 27 to 30th to hear the panelists duke it out.  We will select the winner in a random draw.

To learn more about the books and their champions visit: 


February Happenings

UNDER WRAPS: Valentine's Day Edition

Back by popular demand and in very limited supply, 3 books, $25 dollars, 1 clue.

You're never lonely when your primary romantic relationship is with books! An how better to meet a new literary life-partner than through a blind date? Carefully selected by our Matchmaker Team and catering to a wide range of tastes: mystery, literary fiction, horror, adventure and more! Get them while they're hot!

Attention subscribers to the Tasty Book Club -- DELIVERY DELAY

Sorry to report that the title we selected was out of stock and reprinting in Canada. We have found a cache of them elsewhere and they're on their way. Unfortunately this means you will not receive your delectable parcel on Valentine's Day as we intended. Look for it at your door on Thursday, February 23. (We'll be notifying you individually about this delay.)

What did you think of Kevin Brockmeier's Illumination? Would you like to get together and talk about the books? Should we try that?

Please email Kristen H. (kristengh@wordsworthbooks.com) if you're interested and we'll see if we can get something off the ground.


Tuesday, February 21, 7pm at Words Worth Books

Dispatches from Lesbian America is a collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world.

Featuring local author and contributor, Mo Markham. The event is free; everyone is welcome. Contact Words Worth Books for more information.

Cultured Club at THE BERLIN: with JOEL MacCHARLES, co-author of BATCH

Thursday, February 23, 7pm at THE BERLIN: 45 King St. W., Kitchener

The BERLIN kicks off their Cultured Club series with Forked River Brewery and Joel MacCharles, co-author of Batch.

"Join us and our sommelier Wes, who has curated a fun and interactive tasting experience, as we sample some rare and specialty brews from this amazing brewery paired with unique dishes from Chef Jonathan Gushue, and The Berlin kitchen team.

Joel MacCharles will also be preparing some specialty preserved and femerented specialties that he has prepared with Forked River Beer and featuring some unique items from his amazing book!

Words Worth Books will also be joining us with copies of "Batch" available for you to purchase. Any books purchased from Words Worth that evening will come with a special signing from the author himself!

Don't miss out on this great event - register with us now!"

We love to hear from you. Please drop us a line at hello@wordsworthbooks.com, call 519-884-2665, or better yet-- visit! 96 King St. in Uptown Waterloo. We also do the Facebook and the Twitter and the Instagram, so find us online.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! It's time for our ANNUAL SALE

Hi, friends!  Did you have a good holiday?  We certainly did thanks in no small part to all of you.  Clearly books were given and received with joy this season!  

Say what you will about 2016 but it certainly was a great year for reading.  No doubt you heard Dave talk up a storm about Noah Hawley (Before the Fall), Katherena Vermette (The Break) and Zoe Whittall (The Best Kind of People).  Mandy's favourites were The Wonder by Emma Donoghue and The Witches of New York by Ami McKay.  (McKay was also Jessie's top pick.)  Ask Maggie about Secondhand Time Svetlana Alexievich and you'll get a fascinating ten minute lesson on the Russian citizenry of pre- and post-communist rule.  Curtis thinks more people should read the biography of literary tastemaker, Blanche Knopf (The Woman with the Borzoi by Laura Claridge) without whom we wouldn't have some of our brightest modernist luminaries.  Chris' escape was to Summerlong, an anticipated novel by Peter S. Beagle (who, by the way, has a new unicorn fable coming out in February!), and Kristen found The Last Days of New Paris (China Mieville) to be wonderfully and unapologetically weird.

2017 is shaping up to be even better.  Take a look at this Globe & Mail article.  That's right!  New Barbara Gowdy, Heather O'Neill, Eden Robinson, and Nick Cutter!  If you want to pre-order any of these titles we've reproduced this list here at our webstore.

But we know what you're really excited about...  IT'S OUR ANNUAL SALE!!!

Time to cash in those reward points and gift cards and get the most book for your buck!


This year's "Giving Back" campaign was a rousing success!  Thanks to your enthusiastic response $2020.00 was raised for THE HEALING OF THE SEVEN GENERATIONS.  

This money will be put towards supporting their local programming: 

  • Women's and Men's Healing Circles
  • Community Lunches
  • Community Clothes Rack
  • Paper Products
  • Back-pack program
  • Christmas Boxes
  • Court Support
  • Aboriginal Teaching Circles
  • Community Socials
  • Family & Child Services Support (with Tall Tree Consulting)

We are very fortunate to have this organization at work in our community.  You can find out more about them by visiting their website.  healingofthesevengenerations.weebly.com 

Thank you for your generosity.


You have until Monday, January 9 to get in on The Tasty Bookclub. 

The theme of this bookclub is “community”. Through four carefully selected novels we are examining the ways in which fiction reveals the truth, builds empathy, and fosters a deeper sense of connection to the world around us.  Each month, from January to April, you will receive a unique reading experience and an exquisite confection from Sabletine Fine Pastries delivered directly to your door.  

The book is secret... the treat* is delicious...  Welcome to the Tasty Book Club.

(*may contain nuts, gluten and/or dairy)

And since we all love food about as much as we love books...


Space is limited!  Sign up at Relish Cooking Studio's website. http://www.relishcookingstudio.com/event-registration/?ee=1072

As always, if you have any questions or you just want to chat about what you're reading, you can reach us at 519-884-2665, hello@wordsworthbooks.com, or pop on by to 96 King St. S. in glorious, construction-free Uptown Waterloo.

The Countdown Begins: Read further for an update on GIVING BACK and a nifty gift idea.

When you have absolutely no idea...

...Leave it to us! We've got the perfect Holiday Gift.

Together with Sablétine Fine Pastries we are happy to bring back The Tasty Bookclub!



The theme of this bookclub is “community”. Through four carefully selected novels we are examining the ways in which fiction reveals the truth, builds empathy, and fosters a deeper sense of connection to the world around us. Call or visit Words Worth Books to sign up.

GIVING BACK and how we feel we're the ones who were given a gift.

You're sure to know by now that Words Worth Books is donating 100% of the profit from the sale of Joseph Boyden's Wenjack to The Healing of the Seven Generations, Kitchener. Penguin Canada was wonderful in their support of this incentive, and through them this was rolled out to independent bookstores across the country so that each may donate to wherever there's most need in their community.

Locally this has been a rousing success, and on Tuesday Mandy and Kristen went to The Healing of the Seven Generations to deliver a cheque for a portion of what has been raised so far.

We were met by executive director Donna Dubie and about ten other people who were busy peeling carrots and potatoes while a tongue-in-cheek Aboriginal version of The Twelve Days of Christmas played in the background. Everyone was preparing for Wednesday's Christmas feast. They were expecting over 100 people to take part, "though usually it's just 60 or 70 who come to the regular weekly potluck. You should come! but you've gotta bring potluck. We prefer something home-made," she said with a laugh.

We sat down with Donna and she told us about the sorts of things The Healing of the Seven Generations work on. In addition to the community lunch they have a room full of warm winter clothing that is free to anyone who needs it. With their back-pack program children, teens, or even adults returning to school, are given pens, paper, binders, and a brand new pair of sneakers. Most importantly, however, is the social programming available through H7G. There are weekly healing circles for men and women, community outreach, parenting workshops, and court support; their motivation is always to empower and restore balance through traditional ceremonies, culturally appropriate counselling, and education. WISDOM, HEALING, VISION, COMMUNITY: is it with these four things that H7G seeks to redress the tragic legacy of Residential Schools.

We were thrilled to hand Donna a cheque for $1100.00-- that's maybe half of what we expect will be raised thanks to your enthusiastic support. Before we left we were told in no uncertain terms that they'd be looking for us at Wednesday's feast. We explained that we probably couldn't make it-- "Oh, but you could come out for half an hour. Sure you can," and she nodded like that was settled. As the enticing smell of food filled the kitchen and people joked back and forth, we were shown photographs and jewelry, leatherwork and wood-carving, and our plan for a ten-minute visit turned into an hour and a half in this warm company. We feel so lucky to have such wonderful new friends at H7G just as the Region of Waterloo is lucky to have their tireless and compassionate work in the community.

From left to right: Nina, Louise, Donna, Pauline, Mandy, Kristen, and Tiara.

From left to right: Nina, Louise, Donna, Pauline, Mandy, Kristen, and Tiara.

Return of the Tasty Book Club

Sociologists say we’re now living in a “post-truth era”.  In a time when so many people filter their news through social media (affording them only the most narrow view of the world,) the rift between liberal and conservative, urban and rural, black and white has widened.  Opinions stand in for facts; emotions over-ride reason, and truth becomes a casualty.  Indeed, as we’ve recently witnessed, a presidential candidate can outright lie and still earn the nomination.

If facts can be overwritten by the most bombastic of falsehoods, how are we to measure the value of a non-fiction account?  How do we measure fiction?  Let’s explore--

This season Words Worth Books is bringing back the Tasty Bookclub with the theme of “community”.  Through four carefully selected novels we are examining the ways in which fiction uncovers the truth, builds empathy, and fosters a deeper sense of connection to the world around us.

Sign up for the Tasty Bookclub at Words Worth Books for $135.00.  On January 19, February 14, March 23 and April 20 you will receive a delivery directly to your door.  It will contain a delectable treat from the beloved Sablétine, and a novel that has been chosen to stand as a challenge against the idea that the more frightened, fragmented and fortified the nation, the stronger it is. 

The book is secret... the treat is delicious...  Welcome to the Tasty Bookclub.*

(*treat may contain nuts, dairy and/or gluten.)

Giving Back 2016

Last year we embarked on an initiative to give back where it was most needed. We asked you to purchase The Smallest Gift of Christmas by Peter H. Reynolds and donated 100% of our profit to support a local family of Syrian refugees.  Close to $800 was raised! 

Inspired by your enthusiastic response we talked to our other bookseller friends and they loved the idea. Soon independent bookstores across Canada were selling The Smallest Gift of Christmas and donating all their profits to local families or organizations.

We're at it again. This year we would like to invite you to purchase Wenjack by acclaimed writer Joseph Boyden with illustrations from Ken Monkman. Boyden has crafted a powerful and poignant novella based on the true story of Chanie Wenjack, an Ojibwe boy who runs away from a North Ontario Indian School, not realizing just how far from home he is. Along the way he's followed by Manitous, spirits of the forest who comment on his plight, cajoling, taunting, and ultimately offering him a type of comfort on his difficult journey back to the place from where he was so brutally removed. 

100% of our profits will be donated to The Healing of the Seven Generations, an organization that works with Aboriginal people in Waterloo Region. They assist those who are suffering from the lasting effects of the legacy of Residential Schools. In an environment that is personal, welcoming, and culturally appropriate, survivors are taught healing through traditional approaches and practices such as prayer, ceremony, songs, dance, drumming, dreams, fasting, and medicines.

We would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to you, our customers and steadfast champions of the printed word. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for your support and we are grateful for this opportunity to give a little something back.


Waterloo Reads: Battle of the Books

Join us on October 18th at 7:00pm at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex (Hauser Haus) for the 4th annual Waterloo Reads! Battle of the Books

Waterloo Reads! is a fun night of debate, trash talk, draw prizes, delicious refreshments and quite possibly the most lively book chat you’ve ever witnessed.  

The 2016 “Champions” for Waterloo Reads: the battle of the books are:

Wendy Tutt, Co-Owner of the Princess Cinemas & Winner of Waterloo Reads 2015
They Left Us Everything: a memoir by Plum Johnson

Dave Jaworsky, Mayor, City of Waterloo
Punishment by Linden MacIntyre

Mandy Brouse, Co-Owner of Words Worth Books
Local Customs: a novel by Audrey Thomas

Darryl “Chef D” Fletcher, Professional Chef & TV Show Host
The Hunger of the Wolf by Stephen Marche

Care, Radio Announcer (Country106.7) and TV Show Host
Seconds: a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Andrew Coppolino, Food Commentator, Columnist & Critic
The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant

Neil Ballantyne, City & Life/Art Editor, Waterloo Region Record
That Lonely Section of Hell: the botched investigation of a serial killer who almost got away by Lori Shenher

Nan Forler, Author & Teacher
All Saints: stories by K.D. Miller

Alex Kinsella, Small & Medium Enterprise Team, Communitech
Under the Visible Life by Kim Echlin

Eric Drozd, Broadcaster and Host of The Eric Drozd Show on 570 News
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

For more information visit http://waterlooreads.wpl.ca/

We'll see YOU at the battle!

Five More Years!

From the desk of Mandy Brouse...

"Today David Worsley and I signed a lease for 5 more years at our current location in Uptown Waterloo! Words Worth Books has been thriving in Uptown for 32 years and we anticipate adding 5 more years to that running total.

In truth, it has been a hard year for this entire Region. Some doors have closed for good, some of our favourite businesses are moving, and we've seen less foot traffic in Uptown. And we've worked extremely hard this year to stay in the exact same spot. It seems we'll achieve that goal.

With that said, this year isn't over. Our busiest and most important time is October-December and we're hoping that construction won't stop you from shopping with us this season. Grandlinq tells us that by November 30th they will have King street fully paved and open for two-way traffic. We'll get our streets back in Uptown. We are near the finish line.

We have seen so much support this year, so many people came out every day to support their independent bookstore in this Region. We hope we thanked everyone with our hard work and dedication. We absolutely could not be here without you.

Here's to 5 more years!!"