Mandy Brouse

Small business owner, Words Worth Books

Small business owner, marketing manager and occasional online columnist.


CBCListen, October 24, 2016Radio/Podcast


Awards season for Canadian authors, and two books are up for both the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award for Fiction. WordsWorth Books' Mandy Brouse weighs in on what could happen.

Reading holiday books a great tradition to start with children

Published by CBC KW

December 15, 2016

Reading holiday books a great tradition to start with children Every year, we unpack our favourite winter holiday stories to share with our families. Maybe they are beloved books from our own childhood passed on to the next generation, or maybe they were found thanks to the recommendation of a trusted librarian or local bookseller. Here are some new books you may want to add to your collection. The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold...


Keep your kids reading this summer with these award-winning books

Published by CBC KW

July 20, 2016

Keep your kids reading this summer with these award-winning books How many Canadian award-nominated children's books make it into your home? Maybe, like many, you think that school libraries should be responsible for teaching children about the merits of award books. Maybe you also think that kids view award-winning books – books chosen to reflect high literary and artistic standards – as, well, a bit like homework. The most successful books for children begin with an engaging premise, encourage literacy and learning, and end with echoes of "read it again!" The annual awards for best books in Canada have a multitude of titles that make the grade when it comes to balancing popular fiction and literary merit. The key is to first look for a book that is utterly enveloping, with a pace that practically reads itself...


Fantasy books to keep youth in Waterloo region reading all summer

Published by CBC KW

August 8, 2016

Fantasy books to keep youth in Waterloo region reading all summer When we think about the fantasy genre, we think about magic and dragons, wizards, trolls and fairies. But fantasy can also include other realities, such as alternate history or magic realism. Both of these sub-genres use everyday life as their setting, including magical or fantastical elements just short of full-on fantasy. Adding a touch of magic into our daily reality allows fiction to function with expanded rules for storytelling. It allows a wider scope for experiencing empathy for characters caught in larger than life scenarios, to explore heroism, valour, and courage...


Books to get the whole family reading this summer

Published by CBC KW

August 17, 2016

Books to get the whole family reading this summer Every summer, I hear the same debate: Do kids have too much time off between school years? How you spend that time makes all the difference. Summer vacation – and especially time spent away from home – allows children the unstructured time required to really dig into a great book. One of the biggest questions as families go away to the beach or the cottage is what books to bring. At home, screens and other familiar distractions vie for attention, while a week away at the cottage is perfect for immersing kids in a gripping series of books...


Books to help ease children and teens back into school

Published by CBC KW

August 31, 2016

Books to help ease children and teens back into school There is always excitement in the air when September begins. The first day of school can mean many great things – new notebooks! – but for some children who experience bullying or social anxiety, who have transferred to a new school, or are starting for the first time, school can be a source of stress. Giving your child a book with relatable characters who experience the same worries and uncertainty can be a great way to prepare them for school. Here are some titles to help ease your child into the new school year. Ages 1-4 Waiting by Kevin Henkes...



Mandy Brouse is a small business owner of an independent bookstore. Words Worth Books is an industry icon and proud purveyor of new books in its 34th year of service. In her role as owner, Brouse oversees marketing and promotions, special events and fundraising, and community outreach. In 2010 she received a Canadian Booksellers Award for her social media marketing achievements. Brouse is also an occasional contributor to CBC KW’s The Morning Edition and CBC’s provincial show In the Key of C, writing on-air and online columns relating to book news and the publishing industry. She also has experience as a speaker and discussion panelist at the University of Waterloo on topics including small business management and publishing, and has also juried for block publishing grants at both the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council. Locally, Brouse is also a member of the Business Improvement Area Association as well as Chair of their Marketing and Communications Committee.


Rogers Women of the Year Award Nominee | Professional

Nominated 2014 and 2015

2010 Young Bookseller of the Year | Professional

Canadian Bookseller Association

Additional Titles and Affiliations

Uptown Waterloo BIA Member

Uptown Waterloo Chair of Marketing and Communications

Poetry Editor The New Quarterly

Past Talks

University of Waterloo 3 Minute Thesis Judge

University of Waterloo 3 Minute Thesis

University of Waterloo


Short Story and Publishing

University of Waterloo, October 1, 2013

Speaker - In the ENBUS 4th year program at SEED

Sustainability for Small Business

University of Waterloo, February 1, 2014

Onstage Interviewer

Humanitarian and Author Amanda Lindhout in Conversation

Waterloo, ON, October 1, 2016


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