About Briny Books

How it works: Briny Books is a one-of-a-kind partnership between writer Kerry Clare and the award-winning Blue Heron Books. Each of our Seasonal Selections is curated by Kerry, and the books are sold through Blue Heron’s online store. Titles will also be available for purchase at Blue Heron’s store in Uxbridge, ON, and we hope you’ll stop by for a visit.

In addition, other Canadian independent booksellers will have the opportunity to feature these excellent fiction titles in their stores. (Attention booksellers: download the Briny Books Toolkit here)

Our selections are focused on extraordinary Canadian fiction published by Canadian independent presses, so that you can be certain that you’re getting a terrific book with our selections—and you will also be using your power as a consumer to support local literary culture. 

A renowned literary matchmaker, Kerry Clare has been setting readers up with great books for over a decade through her reviews in The Toronto Star, Chatelaine, the Globe and Mail and The Walrus, her monthly books column on CBC Ontario Morning, as well as with her popular literary blog, PickleMeThis.com.

Kerry is also an author, most recently of the novel Mitzi Bytes. Since 2011, she has been editor of the Canadian books website 49thShelf.com, and it would not be a stretch to suggest that she knows more about amazing Canadian books than anyone else you know.

Blue Heron Books is more than a bookstore. It is the hub for all things literary in the quaint town of Uxbridge and for its many satellite communities. Established in 1989, the store, located 50 km northeast of Toronto, services over 100 area schools and an astounding 27 book clubs.

The unpretentious atmosphere of Blue Heron Books with its comfy chairs, wood shelving and creaky floors lends itself to a long slow, browsing session, but under that sleepy atmosphere vibrates a strong pulse. The store has a quaint, old-fashioned look with an up tempo vibe, because there is always something happening. The store is a hub for the community and a bastion of calm chaos where everyone is welcome, even the local dogs that drop by with their owners for a treat from the tin kept under the front counter.  A hand-curated selection of books to amuse and inspire the discerning reader… A unique, retail chic, shopping experience!


Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Awards
Bookseller of the Year for Canada 2012 and 2014 
Durham Art of Transition Award   


30th Anniversary info:

Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge Ontario announces the inaugural Book Drunkard Literary Festival.  Putting Uxbridge on the literary map in Canada is not a stretch for 30-year-old Uxbridge mainstay, Blue Heron Books. Paying tribute to former Durham resident, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who once quipped, “I am simply a book drunkard”, The Book Drunkard Festival aims to capture the wonderment of the written word and its ability to intoxicate, transport and transform.