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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A Different Drummer, Burlington, Ontario
Situated in an Edwardian red brick house that was built in 1905, A Different Drummer in Burlington, Ontario, was founded by John Richardson and Al Cummings (Cummings was also Robert Bateman’s first publisher) in 1970. The bookstore occupies all three floors of the house and stocks books on a wide variety of subjects, with a special focus on local authors. Every spring and fall the store hosts “The Book and Author Series,” where guests get to enjoy breakfast as well as a presentation and book signed by the author of the featured book.
513 Locust St.