December events! Meet Author Margaret Atwood and Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson at Indigo-exclusive events, plus cozy up during the holidays with a brand new Heather's Pick

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2015 /CNW/ -


From bestselling authors to the most anticipated holiday releases, Indigo and Chapters stores across Canada are thrilled to announce the following exclusive events in December.


Meet renowned and award-winning Canadian novelist, poet, essayist and activist, Margaret Atwood, as she signs her latest prophetic novel. The Heart Goes Last imagines a world where citizens take turns as prisoners and jailers in a hilarious yet harrowing tale about liberty, power, and the irrepressibility of the human appetite.

Note: Margaret Atwood will sign The Heart Goes Last as well as other books that she has written. The perfect gift for the holiday season! For full event details visit

Date and Location:
Chapters Queensway 
1950 The Queensway, Etobicoke, Ontario
Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m.


Join Canadian television personality, author, and sports anchor Jay Onrait as he discusses his newest book, Number Two: More Short Tales From a Very Tall Man with host of TSN Radio Hamilton Marshall Ferguson.  Book signing to follow.

Date and Location:
Chapters Ancaster 
Meadowland Regional Centre, 737 Golf Links Road, Ancaster, Ontario
Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m.


Meet Robbie Robertson – Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter and guitarist for The Band – as he signs his captivating new children's picture book. Hiawatha and the Peacemaker, featuring a CD with a new, original song by Robbie Robertson and illustrated by the Caldecott Honor-winning David Shannon, is a new classic that will educate as well as inspire readers of all ages. The perfect gift for the Holiday season!

Event Guidelines:

  • Must have a purchased copy of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker to join the book signing line. Proof of purchase required from any Indigo, Chapters, Coles or Indigospirit location.
  • Robbie Robertson will personalize multiple copies of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker per person – no limit (while quantities last).
  • No memorabilia.
  • No posed photography, candid photos permitted.

Dates and Locations:
Indigo Toronto Eaton Centre 
220 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m.


Mitch Albom is back with his most sweeping and magical novel yet! Join the bestselling author of Tuesdays With MorrieThe Five People You Meet in Heaven and more as he signs his highly anticipated new book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. Be swept away by the epic story of the greatest guitar player to ever live, and the six lives he changed with his magical blue strings.

Event Guidelines:

  • Must have a purchased copy of The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto to join the book signing line. Proof of purchase required from any Indigo, Chapters, Coles or IndigoSpirit location.
  • Mitch Albom will personalize multiple copies of The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto per person – no limit.
  • Will be signing The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto exclusively – will not be signing any other books or memorabilia.
  • Candid photos permitted.

Date and Location:
Chapters Windsor 
Devonshire Mall, 3100 Howard, Windsor, Ontario
Thursday, December 3rd at 12:00 p.m.


Kick off the Holiday season with eight-time Juno award-winning singer-songwriter and author, Jann Arden, performing LIVE on the First Canadian Place Waterfall Stage and signing her newest album, A Jann Arden Christmas. The CD will be available for purchase at the Waterfall Stage courtesy of Indigo Books & Music.

Event Guidelines

  • Must have a purchased copy of A Jann Arden Christmas to join the signing line.
  • Jann Arden will personalize multiple copies of A Jann Arden Christmas per person – no limit (time permitting, while quantities last).
  • No memorabilia or other books, albums – signing A Jann Arden Christmas only.
  • No posed photography, candid photos only.

Date and Location:
First Canadian Place – Waterfall Stage
100 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Friday, December 4th at 12:15 p.m.


Meet Montreal children's book illustrator Geneviève Godbout as she reads from the book Quand le père Noël était petit... You can also look forward to fun, games, prizes and a book signing with Geneviève.

Please note that this is a French language event.

Date and Location:
Indigo Place Montreal Trust 
1500, avenue McGill College, Montreal, Quebec
Saturday, December 5th at 1:00 p.m.


Meet Stephen Brunt as he signs copies of Leafs '65: The Lost Toronto Maple Leafs Photographs. Presenting photos from artist Lewis Parker taken as he covered the Toronto Maple Leaf's preseason training camp in Peterborough in 1965, this beautiful tribute features Brunt's essay written based on interviews with team members.

Date and Location:
Chapters Peterborough 
873 Lansdowne Street, Peterborough, Ontario
Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m.


Join former NASA employee and creator of xkcd Randall Munroe as he explains how things work and why. Hosted by Ryan North. Click HERE to buy tickets.

Ticket includes: general admission, a copy of Randall Munroe's newest book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, plus the opportunity for an exclusive book signing.

Date and Location:
Isabel Bader Theatre 
93 Charles St. W, Toronto, Ontario
Friday, December 11th at 6:30 p.m.



Indigo CEO and Chief Booklover Heather Reisman is announcing new Heather's Picks just in time for the holidays: Destiny And Power: The American Odyssey Of George Herbert Walker Bush  by Jon Meacham and Hemingway in Love by A.E. Hotchner, as well as two children's Heather's Picks: The Wonder Garden: Wander Through 5 Habitats To Discover 80 Amazing Animals by Jenny Broom and Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson.

In Destiny And Power: The American Odyssey Of George Herbert Walker Bush , Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author, chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush's personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism, Destiny and Power charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind. This is the human story of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed.

Told primarily in Ernest Hemingway's own words, Hemingway in Love by A E Hotchner is a brilliant book. A E Hotchner and Hemingway were good friends for more than a decade, vacationing together and talking regularly. Hotchner wrote a biography of this literary lion 50 years ago, but was unable to publish some material out of consideration for the feelings of friends and intimates of Hemingway. Now he is able to tell the full story behind one of the century's best-known literary love affairs. Those who loved the novel The Paris Wife, told in the voice of Hemingway's first wife and great love Hadley, will be captivated by the story told in Ernest's voice. This story shows the vulnerability and emotion behind the well-established façade of a great literary figure.

Open the gates of The Wonder Garden: Wander Through 5 Habitats To Discover 80 Amazing Animals by Jenny Broom to explore five of Earth's most extraordinary habitats, each filled with incredible creatures and epic scenery. Trek through the Amazon Rainforest, travel to the Chihuahuan Desert, dive in the Great Barrier Reef, delve deep into the Black Forest and stand on the roof of the world - the Himalayan Mountains - to see nature at its wildest. Breathtaking, engraved illustrations bring to life Earth's spectacular Wonder Garden.

Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Now he shares the same gift of storytelling with a new generation, in his new book Hiawatha and the Peacemaker. 

Hiawatha was a strong and articulate Mohawk who was chosen to translate the Peacemaker's message of unity for the five warring Iroquois nations during the 14th century. This message not only succeeded in uniting the tribes but also forever changed how the Iroquois governed themselves—a blueprint for democracy that would later inspire the authors of the U.S. Constitution. Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator David Shannon brings the journey of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker to life with arresting oil paintings. Together, Robertson and Shannon have crafted a new children's classic that will both educate and inspire readers of all ages.



Indigo's Staff Picks program is the perfect place to start looking for your next favourite book. Each month we choose the book that Indigo employees at home office and in stores love the most, and what we think our customers will love. Click here to learn more about Indigo's Staff Pick of the Month program.

December's Staff Pick of the Month is The Revenant by Michael Punke. This book is set to be released as a major motion picture on December 25th, 2015, featuring stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, and now is the time to start reading The Revenant. Inspired by true events, the novel traces the story of Hugh Glass, an experienced frontiersman working for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1823 along the Missouri River. After a vicious attack by a grizzly bear leaves him physically mangled and nearly dead, he is robbed of his weapons and left for dead by two of his fellow Company men. Except he doesn't die, and his drive for revenge against the two men who wronged him leads him three thousand miles across the American Midwest and through more threats to his being than most people could ever hope to survive.

This book would make a fantastic holiday gift for thrill seekers, adventurers, and fans of historic fiction. It is sure to be loved by those who enjoyed The Orenda by Joseph Boyden, The Martian by Andy Weir, the modern classic The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale or the Walt Longmire novels by Craig Johnson.


SOURCE Indigo Books & Music Inc.

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