135 Water  Street, Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

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Business Hours 
Wednesday to Friday - 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday - 10 am to 1 pm


About The Whirligig...                                                                          

For fifteen years,
the The Whirligig Book Shop, has been one of the mainstays of Shelburne life and has become one of the most popular bookstores in Atlantic Canada. 
     The shop is also a main social centre in Shelburne, operating as ticket box office for the Osprey Arts Centre and many other artistic events around this community - bringing buzz and excitement to their daily activities.
     The Whirligig is in the center of the Historic District of Shelburne. A good gathering place, much conversation, discussion and debate take place.  Many acquaintances have been made and renewed, particularly with summer residents and  visitors, who arrive either by automobile or by boat.
     The hundreds of entries in the “Guest Book” over the years are proof that this little shop is a place that matters in people’s lives. Owners Bernie Brown and David Hill welcome you to come and visit the next time you visit Shelburne!

David and Bernie at the Book Shop



Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia 
Greg Brown

As they neared retirement, Greg Brown and his wife Anne gave up their life in the U.S. to settle on a windswept Nova Scotia island inhabited by wild sheep and deer, where harbour seals sing in the fog and an old lighthouse still keeps watch over the North Atlantic. Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia tells the story of the surprises, challenges and discoveries of their first year alone on an island as they restored an old fisherman’s house, explored the island, and began to learn how to live a Nova Scotia way of life. This is a story for anyone who dreams of exchanging a fast-paced, high-tech life for something slower and just maybe more meaningful. This is a story about the night sky and the dawn chorus, lobsters and wild raspberries, a famous pirate, the kindness of others, and getting in touch with yourself again. Funny and inspiring, this book redefines what a rich life can mean. (from publisher's website) 


Loyalists and Layabouts
Stephen Kimber 

"This extraordinary and yet little-told episode from our nation's past is brought to  exciting life by award-winning journalist Stephen Kimber. Combining painstaking research and a novelistic flair for narrative, he charts Shelburne's "rapid rise and faster fall" through the intertwined experiences of an eclectic collection of it's earlier settlers, from aristocrats to freed slaves, colonial officials to local entrepreneurs." (from book jacket) 


The Book of Negroes
Lawrence Hill

"This remarkable novel transports the reader from an African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from a soured refuge in Nova Scotia to the coast of Sierra Leone, in a back-to-Africa odyssey of 1,200 former slaves.  The Book of Negroes introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent fiction, a woman who cuts a swath through a world hostile to her colour and her sex."  (from book jacket)

Lawrence Hill is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction, including Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada; Any Known Blood; and Some Great Thing.  Lawrence Hill lives in Burlington, Ontario.




From Land and Sea: Nova Scotia's Contemporary Landscape Artists
Dee Appleby 

From Land and Sea presents over 65 of the province’s contemporary landscape artists and their works. Each profiled artist appears with a short bio and artist’s statement, along with examples of his or her art. The artists covered in this book represent a wide range of styles prevalent in Nova Scotia landscape art today. (from publisher's website)


Shattered City : The Halifax Explosion & the Road to Recovery 
Janet F. Kitz

"In December 1917 Halifax was alive with excitement. The streets were filled with troops, and the city, far removed from the bitter fighting in Europe, was reaping all the advantages of war. On the morning of December 6, however, the bloodshed came to Halifax with a vengeance when a French munitions ship and a Belgian relief vessel collided in the harbour. 
Jane Kitz's book is the most comprehensive one ever written on the explosion. It encompasses dozens of previously unpublished stories, photographs and documents, along with some thought-provoking coverage of the inquiry into the disaster." ( from back cover)


The Children of Africville 
Christine Welldon 

"The children of Africville, Nova Scotia, lived in a special community where everyone knew their neighbours, and all helped and cared for each other. It was the perfect place for children to play and grow up. The Children of Africville is the remarkable story of these children during the community's final years, before it was torn down and its families were relocated. Full of photographs and stories from Africville people, this book is an important celebration of Nova Scotia black history, its vibrant community, and the children who lived there." (from back cover)



Black Snow : A Story of Love and Destruction
Jon Tattrie 

"Black Snow is a love story set during the Halifax Explosion. The 1917 disaster was the largest man-made blast the world had ever known, and it cut Halifax off from the rest of the world for the darkest thirty-six hours in its history. Rich in fact and shocking images, the story sets a blistering pace following one man's search through a ruined city for the love of his life as he confronts the wreckage of his past." (from back cover)



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Revised 7 June  2011







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