When is the last time you were in Amazon or B&N or Wal-Mart and spent a half hour or so talking with a very knowledgeable salesperson, or even better… the store owner… over a freshly brewed cup of tea about your favorite authors?
There’s a wonderful bookstore in the nearby town of Owen Sound. I discovered it quite by chance when I was perusing the website of Karen Connelly, one of my favourite Canadian writers, and saw that she was giving a reading at this bookstore. Stunned to learn that there was even such a literary ‘happening’ spot in the area, I rushed to check it out.
It was love at first sight.
Rows of beautiful, brand-new books that smelled like paradise and looked like artwork, with their colourful spines and varying fonts and contrasting sizes. A coffee bar at the back, selling a locally roasted brew. Comfy chairs where talkative regulars sipped their steaming mugs and argued over Canadian foreign policy. A cozy children’s section with wonderful titles on display and a toy box to distract the littlest ones. A strange bathroom with two toilets, side by side – only one…
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