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....)