Estates Large and Small: Hamilton Launch

September 22, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The City & The City Books
181 Ottawa St N
Kitchener, ON N2H 3K7

Join us in celebrating the launch of Estates Large and Small by Ray Robertson (August 16, 2022) at the next stop in his Ontario tour! Ray will be doing a reading followed by a discussion and Q&A, as well as a book signing. This event will take place at The City & The City Books in Hamilton on Thursday, September 22 at 7PM ET.

Get your copy of Estates Large and Small here!


Profound, perceptive, and wryly observed, Estates Large and Small is the story of one man’s reckoning and an ardent defense of the shape books make in a life.

What decades of rent increases and declining readership couldn’t do, a pandemic finally did: Phil Cooper has reluctantly closed his secondhand bookstore and moved his business online. Smoking too much pot and listening to too much Grateful Dead, he suspects that he’s overdue when it comes to understanding the bigger picture of who he is and what we’re all doing here. So he’s made another decision: to teach himself 2,500 years of Western philosophy.

Thankfully, he meets Caroline, a fellow book lover who agrees to join him on his trek through the best of what’s been thought and said. But Caroline is on her own path, one that compels Phil to rethink what it means to be alive in the twenty-first century. In Estates Large and Small Ray Robertson renders one man’s reckoning with both wry humour and tender joy, reminding us of what it means to live, love, and, when the time comes, say goodbye.


Ray Robertson is the author of nine novels, four collections of non-fiction, and a book of poetry. His work has been translated into several languages. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, he lives in Toronto.