Canadian Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, April 24, 2021!
This day is a celebration of our local bookshops and the contributions they make to our literary communities and our chance, as readers and writers to give back and show them our support. It is very difficult for an independent publisher; an emerging writer or writers creating important work that may not be the next blockbuster film to get into these big stores. This is where your local independent book shop comes in. They are also great supporters of local authors and do the publicity work so many writers need. While big retailers are in the business of selling books, local independent shops are in the business of supporting authors, independent book publishers and readers.
“By shopping locally for your books on April 24, you are advocating for independent businesses, supporting a flourishing bookselling community, and investing in Canadian culture.” http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com
Toronto Independent Book Shops:
I hope this is an inclusive list. If I am missing your favourite shop, please let me know. Listed in alphabetic order. I have not included accessibility information, but will update this list once we get back to normal times. You can find these booksellers on social media. Follow @junctionreads on our platforms to see them tagged in our posts. Tag me in your posts and I will share details on your favourite Canadian Independent Bookstore.
The Anansi Bookshop is home to award-winning fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and CanLit, published by one of Canada’s oldest independent publishers, House of Anansi. It is located in the Junction Triangle at 128 Sterling Road (416) 363 – 4343 ext. 255. Currently closed to the public. Listed here because we love them so much! Stay tuned for information on their re-opening.
Another Story Bookshop is located on Roncesvalles, but offers curbside, local and Canada-wide delivery. Another Story is a renowned supporter of authors and independent publishers and “sells a broad range of literature for children, young adults and adults with a focus on themes of social justice, equity & diversity.” Contact: 315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON, M6R 2M6. Phone: 416-462-1104 Email: email@example.com
A Novel Spot Bookshop is a west end book shop located on Royal York, north of Dundas. They offer curbside pick-up, local delivery and you can also stop by, peak in the window and pay at the store. The owner and the staff are voracious readers and their shelves are stocked with handpicked titles. They have had most of our Junction Reads books. Humbertown Shopping.270 The Kingsway, Etobicoke, ON, M9A 3T7. Phone: 416-233-2665
A Different Booklist is an “African-Canadian owned bookstore showcasing the literature of the African and Caribbean diaspora, the global south from all the major publishers and independents.” They are offering curbside pick up and you can check out all their titles online and call or email. 779 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 0B7. Phone: 416-538-0889. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bakka-Phoenix Books is Canada’s oldest science fiction and fantasy bookstore and hosts a tonne of a events (in normal times) and supports all kinds of things related to the genre. The staff has historically been authors and super knowledgeable writers of science fiction and fantasy. They are currently offering curbside pick-up. 84 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 1G5. Phone: 416-963-9993. Email: email@example.com
Ben McNally Books is a beautiful book shop that says it carries the books you didn’t know you were looking for. They take orders online and by phone. I suggest you join their newsletter list to get curated lists and staff recommendations. Ben McNally is a great support of authors and can be found at many events around town (in the normal times). 317 Adelaide St. East, Toronto, ON, M5A 1N2. Phone: 416-361-0032. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With four locations in Toronto, Book City serves a great number of Toronto readers and has been a mainstay for book lovers for decades. Check out their titles and order online for local delivery and curbside pickup.
Danforth. Phone: 416-469-9997. Email: email@example.com
Beach. Phone: 416-698-1444. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yonge & St. Clair. Phone: 416-926-0749. Email: email@example.com
Bloor West Village. Phone: 416-961-4496. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore is a lovely children’s book shop located in the east end. They have a huge selection of new and used books. They also offer reviews written by local readers, so you get a real feeling for the books before you order. You can order by email or phone and pick up or you can have books delivered in their catchment area. 991 Kingston Road, Toronto, ON, M4E 1T3. Phone: 416-698-2665. Email: Hello@ellaminnow.ca
Flying Books is one of the coolest book spaces in Toronto. It “is a bookstore, book publisher, and writing school. The bookselling part of the equation usually operates inside three different businesses in downtown Toronto.” They are open for online shopping and you must check out their upcoming online classes taught by writers. In-store locations closed for now. Email: email@example.com
Glad Day Bookshop “is the first queer-focused Canadian bookstore, and the oldest queer bookstore worldwide. Serving the LGBTQ community since 1970,” they “offer the widest possible selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, and queer literature.” In the normal times, they are the greatest supporter of reading series and author events in Toronto. 499 Church Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C6. Phone: 416.901.6600. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mabel’s Fables Children’s Bookstore was my favourite place when the kids were little. I discovered books that introduced my kids to interesting characters and ideas that nurtured their creative minds. They are open for curbside pickup only and even after lockdown is lifted, they will not open to customers until their staff are vaccinated. They also have a TEEN BOOK CLUB! 662 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON, M4S 2N3. Phone: 416-322-0438. Email: email@example.com
Moonbeam Books is located in the west end and they curate books for young readers and parents of soon-to-be readers. They also have a great selection of puzzles and games for kids of all ages. They pride themselves on turning young readers on to new books they’d never think of reading. They also rent board games, which is super cool! Easy online shopping and curbside pickup. 335 Jane Street, Toronto, ON, M6S 3Z3. Phone: 416-901-0832. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen Books has curated lists online that make it easy for you to browse for a new book for you or a loved one. They have a subscription service that allows you to gift a book a month to someone you love! You can choose curbside pickup at checkout so best to order online or email with questions. This store is a huge supporter of local authors! 914 Queen Street East, Toronto ON, M4M 1J5. Phone: 416.778.5053. Email: email@example.com
Type Books has three locations in Toronto and they have something for everyone. Books, puzzles, games and knickknacks, you will find something at one of their stores. They have a MYSTERY BAG that you can order for yourself or a friend. A curated pack of books worth $200 for only $100!. Email and phone orders with options for curbside pickup and delivery. QUEEN: 883 Queen St W. Call: 416-366-8973. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org JUNCTION: 2887 Dundas St W Call: 416-761-9973 Email: email@example.com FOREST HILL: 427 Spadina Rd Call: 416-487-8973 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org