Local Authors

If you're visiting Parry Sound, come into Bearly Used Books and go local! Whether it's local history or local authors, there is a strong writing foundation in the district and we feel it is important to support our local authors.

If you know of a writer who's not on our list from the area, please let us know.

We may not always have the book in stock but we will happily help you connect with the author.

John Macfie: John Macfie has focused on the local history of Parry Sound and his collection of works offer a local perspective.

Up the Great North Road
Now and Then (pt. 2)

Parry Sound Logging Days (1987)
Sons of The Pioneers (2001)

That's History
Letters Home (1990)

For more History on the area check out the following two books by Adrian Hayas.

Terry Boyle was once the TV Host of Creepy Canada, now has a collection of works


Hidden Ontario
Marilyn at French River and other ghostly sightings
Haunted Ontario
Haunted Ontario Revisited 

Jacqui Daub-Morrison

Crown Attorney 
The Colour of Rain

Attorney At Law
The Vigilante 

Steven Duff

The Osterling Weekend
Witnessing the Badger: An Adventure Story for Young Boaters

Raiders of the Lost Barque
In the Land of the People apart
The Rime of the Moderne Mariner
The Wanderer's Storm-Song: 
The Travels of Etienne Dufour in 
the Service of the Sieur De LaSalle, 
1678 - 1682

Harry Kleinhuis

Harry and his selection of books can often be found on display at local markets.
The Year That We Were Poor

Rick Thomas

Early Hockey Years in Parry Sound
Part 1 - 1896-1942
Early Hockey Years in Parry Sound:
The Orr/Crisp Years
Part 2 - 1942 - 1973
Sherri Roose lives with her husband and children in a small hamlet outside of beautiful Parry Sound, Ontario. Click here for her facebook page.

The Project

Vera Jean - Irene Morel

Vera Jean by Irene Morel

Seasonal Residents

Julie Boucher

When Violets Bloom

Driftwood's Secret: A Novel

Arch Haslett


Inspiration for Dealing with Life's Adversities 

Waubgeshig Rice

Midnight Sweatlodge is a collection of short stories by author Waubgeshig Rice that explores the unique challenges faced by young Aboriginal people in contemporary Canada. 
Legacy is the first novel by Waubgeshig Rice, whose collection of stories; Midnight Sweatlodge was the Gold Medal Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2012 for Adult Multicultural Fiction. Set in the 1990s, Legacy deals with violence against a young Indigenous woman and its lingering after-shocks on an Anishnawbe family in Ontario. Its themes of injustice, privilege and those denied it, reconciliation and revenge, are as timely as today’s headlines.

Joseph Boyden is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. His first novel, Three Day Road won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

Three Day Road
Winner of the
McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award
Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize for 2005
Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel

Through Black Spruce

Winner of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Orenda

Gus Hass

Those Golden Memories of the French River
Legends, Poems and Stories of the French River

John Irving is one of the most famous authors in the area who likes to summer up this way.

Here is a small sample of his works. For a list of John Irving's works click here.