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UPDATED: Schedule changes and event cancellations at independent bookstores across Canada

As Canada’s chief public health officer urges Canadians to stay home amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, indie bookstores are altering their hours, offering discounted or free delivery and, in some cases, closing entirely. This is how independent bookstores across Canada are responding.Another Story 
315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto
Hours: Closed as of March 16
Delivery: Free to local customers


Blue Heron Books

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Blue Heron
62 Brock Street W., Uxbridge, Ont.
Hours: As regularly scheduled
Cancellations: All March Break events are cancelled, Books & Brunch Passport event on March 22 with Kathy Reichs and Peter Robinson has been postponed
Free in the Uxbridge area

Book City
348 Danforth Ave.; 1950 Queen St. E.; 2354 Bloor St. W.; 1430 Yonge St., Toronto
Hours: As regularly scheduled
 Free local delivery

The Book Keeper
500 Exmouth St., Sarnia, Ont.
Hours: As regularly scheduled
Pre-school Storytime is cancelled with a video storytime to be posted to Facebook and Instagram at Friday at 10:30 a.m. instead
Delivery: Free delivery within Sarnia

Bookmark (Halifax)
5686 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax
Hours: As regularly scheduled
Cancellations: All events are cancelled or postponed until April 1

Coho Books
1066 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, B.C.
Hours: Closed as of March 16

Hunter Street
164 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, Ont.
Hours: Closed until further notice
Delivery: Free within Peterborough, Ont.

Massy Books
229 E. Georgia St., Vancouver
Hours: As regularly scheduled
Free local delivery

McNally Robinson (Winnipeg)
The Forks Market, 213-1 Forks Market Road; 1120 Grant Avenue, Grant Park Mall
Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (weekdays); 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Saturday); Sundays (noon – 5 p.m.)
Cancellations: All events have been postponed and all Community Classroom programs have been cancelled for March
Delivery: $8 shipping in Canada on orders over $30

1108 Government St., Victoria, B.C.
Hours: Closed to March 29, but taking orders
Cancellations: All events are cancelled through the end of April
Delivery: $5 flat-rate shipping within B.C.


Queen Books

Queen Books

Queen Books
914 Queen St. E., Toronto
Hours: Closed
Delivery: Local delivery

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Type Books

Type Books

Type Books
883 Queen St. W.; 2887 Dundas St. W.; 427 Spadina Rd., Toronto
Hours: Closed
Delivery: Free local delivery

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1533 Birmingham St., Halifax
Hours: As regularly scheduled
Delivery: Free local delivery

Words Worth Books
96 King St. S., Waterloo, Ont.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday – Saturday); Closed Sundays
Cancellations: All events are cancelled
Delivery: 10 per cent discount

UPDATE: March 17

A Different Drummer Books
513 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday – Friday); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cancellations: All events are cancelled
Delivery: Free delivery until April 3

The Book Shelf
41 Quebec St., Guelph, Ont.
Hours: Store closed but available e via telephone, website, and social media
Delivery: Free delivery in Guelph

Ben McNally Books
366 Bay St., Toronto
Weekdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 Delivery available or phone ahead to arrange curbside pickup of prepaid orders

Glass Bookshop
Edmonton City Centre West, 10200 102 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Hours: Closed
Delivery: Free, available every two days

A Novel Spot Bookshop
270 The Kingsway, Humbertown Shopping Centre, Toronto
Hours: Closed
Delivery: Orders over the phone and email. Prepayment for curbside pickup or free delivery in the M8 or M9 postal codes. Mail delivery available with charge

King West Books
1060 King St. W. Westdale Village, Hamilton
Hours: Closed
Delivery: Call or email to place an order. Free local deliveries

Iron Dog Books
2671 East Hastings, Vancouver
Hours: Every day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Delivery: Offering “pick-up-at-the-door” service. Browse online and order via phone, email, or reserve books on the website

Galiano Island Books
76 Madrona Drive, Galiano Island, B.C.
Hours: Every day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Delivery: Order online or by email ([email protected]). Delivery on the island

UPDATE: March 18

The Beguiling
319 College St., Toronto
Hours: Closed
Delivery: Free shipping within the GTA on orders over $50; $6.50 on orders under $50

Breakwater Books
1 Stamp’s Lane, St. John’s
Hours: Closed
Cancellations: All in-person meetings and author events
Special offers:
50 per cent off all ebooks and audiobooks

121 First Street, Orangeville, Ont.
Hours: 9 am – 6 pm (Monday – Saturday); closed Sunday
Delivery: Free local delivery to anyone who is self-isolating

Curiosity House
122 Mill St., Creemore, Ont.
Hours: Closed
Cancellations: All events are cancelled through the end of May, no future events will be booked
Delivery: Free local delivery

Glad Day Bookshop
499 Church Street, Toronto
Hours: Closed

Misty River
103 – 4710 Lazelle Ave., Terrace, BC
Hours: As regularly scheduled
Delivery: Free local delivery through May 31


March 16th, 2020

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