Fall is the season of books, so what better time to poke around the shelves of your local shop in search of your next favourite title? To get you inspired for an afternoon of browsing, we’ve rounded up some of this country’s most-beloved independent bookstores, from a shop founded by Alice Munro, to one specializing in “radical reads,” to another featuring hard-to-find first editions. Put them on your list for your next visit to Victoria, Wolfville and Burlington.
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Spartacus Books, Vancouver, British Columbia
Spartacus Books is a non-profit, volunteer-run bookstore and resource centre in downtown Vancouver. It’s also one of the longest serving (40 years and counting) collectively run bookstores in North America. Started by students from Simon Fraser University, its original name was Spartacus Socialist Education Society and today still sticks to its “radical bookstore” roots by offering sections such as anarchism, socialism, radical theory, and community organizing. Spartacus also offers free Internet and computer access, free coffee and tea, and cozy couches to curl up and read on.
3378 Findlay St.