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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Mabel’s Fables, Toronto, Ontario
Since opening its doors in 1988, Mabel’s Fables has become a go-to destination for books for children and young adults. Located in a two-story building in Toronto’s Midtown, Mabel’s Fables offers a book club for readers aged 9–12 and classes for adults on writing fiction for children (in association with George Brown College). Mabel’s Fables also collects gently used books for Children’s Book Bank, a charity that provides free books to low-income communities.
662 Mount Pleasant Rd.