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Publishers offering discounts to Calgary flood victims

As the Calgary Stampede wrapped up this weekend, residents and business owners were still dealing with the aftermath of damage and destruction caused by flooding late June.

On June 26, Q&Q reported that Pages on Kensington had offered to replace books damaged by the flood at cost. Owner Simone Lee originally included a deadline of July 9, but has since extended the offer.

In an email to Q&Q, Lee writes:

I extended the deadline because after spending two weeks with the emergency clean-up of my parents’ house I knew that people weren’t ready to sit down and think clearly about what they had lost, when they were still ripping out drywall. People think that because the Stampede happened that the flood is over, but really it’s just beginning. There are so many displaced people, and the ones who get to stay are still dealing with sewer issues, insurance companies, contractor’s quotes, etc. I’ve only been in the store myself now for three days, and still feel like the walking wounded … everything is far from normal.

Lee says several publishers have come on board to offer increased discounts to pass on to flood victims. Coach House Books, Brick Books, and the University of Alberta Press have offered gratis copies, and Penguin Random House Canada has extended a 50 per cent discount.

Lee says customer orders have been “trickling in,” but doesn’t have an exact count yet.

Meanwhile, none of the five locations of Fair’s Fair, an independent used bookstore chain, suffered any flood damage, including its store in Inglewood, where Calgary saw some of the worst damage. However, the chain lost four days of business at the Inglewood store and one day at the Macleod Trail and Chinook locations.