A trio of writers and illustrators are opening a bookstore on Nova Scotia’s South Shore this May.
Poet Alice Burdick, children’s illustrator Anne-Marie Sheppard, and author Jo Treggiari are helming Lexicon Books in Lunenburg, NS. The store will offer new fiction, poetry, YA, children’s literature, and some non-fiction, and will also cater to online shoppers.
“Jo had been mulling the idea for a while
The three met through their children, who attend school together, and bonded over their shared love for books, community, and of course, writing. They also have extensive retail experience
“We each have young families and have decided this is a great step for us. It’s a way to serve our community [while] doing what we want to do on a daily basis,” she says. “I think we’ll do well in Lunenburg. There is a real thirst for good-quality, well-chosen books here; it’s a sentiment that has made itself known fairly constantly. The three of us are very picky and want to ensure we have great books in stock, chosen carefully and displayed beautifully. We believe we’ll also be a desirable venue for local and travelling authors to visit.”
Burdick says the co-founders are approaching the endeavour with realistic expectations and a genuine commitment to creating a personalized shopping experience.
“Even though it’s a dream job in many ways, we know we are in it for the long haul, and that it will take a while to be profitable – but it will be, because we will keep a very tight control on stock,” she says. “We all agree that we can’t be an impersonal place. There’s a renaissance in the world of independent bookstores. The key seems to be in providing personal, informed service; a distinct, unique experience.”