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Our current publications.  

Curiosity House Books Publishing, founded in 2014, is a small press specializing in high-quality non-fiction and children's picture books. We have published 4 titles to date, with several more in production. Please contact us to learn and/or to purchase our books.

When Everything Falls Apart - Book One: The End by Simon Heath

A Bird Chronicle - by Rina Barone, illustrated by Ruth Ann Pearce

The Petun: People of the Hills by Pat Raible

The Village and I: Ten Life Stories - created by Sara Sniderhan, edited by Rina Barone

When Everything Falls Apart - Book One: The End
When Everything Falls Apart - Book One: The End

When Everything Falls Apart is the story of a family who decides to head north to their off-the-grid cabin after a widespread power outage in Toronto. After their car is stolen, they escape the city, which is showing signs of becoming socially destabilized, in a canoe by way of the Humber River.

A Bird Chronicle
A Bird Chronicle

Adventure awaits from A to Z. A Bird Chronicle is a children's story book, ABC book, and art book all in one that is sure to delight readers of all ages. Learning the alphabet has never before been more fun, or more beautiful.

The Petun: People of the Hills
The Petun: People of the Hills

An admiring look back at the First Nations peoples who lived in or near Creemore 400 years ago (and who welcomed Samuel de Champlain in 1616)

The Village and I: Ten Life Stories
The Village and I: Ten Life Stories

The Village and I tells the compelling life stories of ten Creemore-area elders, recounted by local artists and writers, in the form of breathtaking portraits and fascinating essays. A visual feast, The Village and I is both heartwarming and illuminating. A keepsake to treasure for years to come.


A Diverse List.


Book Reviews.

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

Published by Scribner, September 8, 2008. 224 pages.

Book Review by Aaron LaFontaine

In 1977, I annoyed my parents by endlessly playing “Let’s Get Small”. An album by comedian Steve Martin, on the stereo system in the family room.

In addition to the repetition, they did not get the humour. I think I got most of it - and it made me laugh.

As much as I enjoy comedy (particularly stand-up comedy), I am more intrigued by the mechanics and craft of stand-up comedy. “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld and “Comedian, also with Jerry Seinfeld, explore the craft and hard work of stand-up comedy.

“Born Standing Up” is Steve Martin’s comedic autobiography. It explores his life in comedy and explains how he became a wild and crazy guy. Perhaps more interesting is how he explains how he stopped being a wild and crazy guy. Both took hard work and dedicated focus.

Martin wrote this book in 2007, and I totally missed it. It took until 2020 before I discovered it.It is incredibly interesting, befitting a book by a guy famous for performing with a toy arrow through his head, playing the banjo (very well) and recognized as a leading collector of modern art.

I would suggest that, if Steve Martin, comedy or an exploration of how someone discovers and hones their craft is an interest, this book will be of interest and you should not miss it.


Reviewed by C. Bernard Dunk

The Gulf is a detailed and exhaustive work of environmental history that takes us from the pre-Columbian to the present. A rich world of sea captains, Victorian ornithologists, sport fishermen, and past presidents.

With clear crisp prose Davis opens up a world of flora and fauna jammed up hard against centuries of heavy industry, and tourism. Comprehensive, yet lyrical and lucid, it is highly recommended. 


 The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea

by Jack E. Davis

(Published by WW Norton, April 17, 2018. 608 pages)


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From our bricks-and-mortar bookstore in the beautiful village of Creemore to our author events to our online journal to the books we create, it is our hope that you will find something new and inspiring and walk away happy to have found it.

Our collections are carefully selected. Our mandate is simple: to connect books with readers. We hope to engage and create, to inspire and to empower. Our story starts here.


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