Local resources for finding that “just right” book. A great forum for finding books, learning about retailers and sussing out great deals (and more) is BlogTO’s Best Bookstores in Toronto.
Please choose independent booksellers when you get the opportunity. They are the heart and soul of any reading community. Visit the Canadian Booksellers Assocation and learn about their Independents Matter campaign to support local booksellers. Use their Find a Bookstore tool to search by genre, across the country.
A Different Booklist
Celebrating Canada’s Cultural Mosaic
Glad Day Bookshop
Gay and Lesbian Community Bookshop
Graphic Novels, Comics, Manga and Original Art
Architecture and Design
Bakka Phoenix Books
Theatre, Film, Opera and Dance
The Cookbook Store
Sleuth of Baker Street
Sad news… about the Toronto Womens Bookstore…where I have loved to shop since I was a teenager…
An Important Message to the Many Valued Customers, Supporters, and Friends of The Toronto Women’s Bookstore:
It is with a mix of sadness and resignation that I inform you all that The Toronto Women’s Bookstore (TWB) will be closing on Friday, November 30th., 2012. Over the course of its illustrious 39 year history, the TWB has meant many things to many people. It was already steeped in those memories for me, when, two and a half years ago, I decided to try my hand at reviving and re-branding the TWB as the vibrant and viable centre for social justice and women’s issues that has defined its core values for almost four decades. For me and for many like me, it was always a safe, open and welcoming space where ideas were paramount, and where a community was given a voice. I’d like to think that in my relatively brief tenure as owner, I stayed true to the principles that defined this internationally renowned institution over the course of its history.
The fact is book markets have changed radically in the past few years. Ebooks, fierce online competition and a stagnant economy have all contributed to our business model becoming no longer sustainable. I’m closing the bookstore with the bittersweet knowledge that I did my best. I gave everything I had; physically, emotionally, and financially. I’ve learned a great deal about every aspect of the business and I have no regrets.
I’d like to take this opportunity to invite all friends, past and present, to a two day celebration of the TWB, wherein we will honour the legacy of this Toronto landmark. Details of this celebration will be made available as plans coalesce.
Thanks in advance to you all for your support and please spread the word to your friends and colleagues. It’s been a true pleasure working with the community these past few years and I hope to continue to enjoy the fruits of our acquaintance in all of my future endeavors.
Final Day: Posted on November 30, 2012 by TWB
It’s hard to believe this day has come. Today we officially close the TWB doors. We’re here until 7:00 p.m. and hope you can stop by for a visit.
We leave you with one of our Latin American sister’s quotes, “I can promise you that women working together – linked, informed and educated – can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.” Isabel Allende
Thank you TWB for all that you represent. It’s been an honour!
w / ♥
Edan & Victoria
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