Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Excellent News!

Have you heard the news? A new independent bookstore is opening in Vancouver. Hooray! It's called Sitka Books and Art and is owned by the former manager of Duthie Books, Ria Bleumer. It's going to be located two blocks away from where Duthie's resided on 4th Ave. Read more about it here.

It's been a sad time for book lovers in this city ever since Duthie's (which had been in operation for 53 years) closed last February. For the past few months, I've been slinking around trying to fulfill my book needs by sneaking into Chapters and secretly ordering from Amazon online — but I never felt good about it. (It's hard having a rabid book habit.) I upped my book requests at the Vancouver Library, but the reading material didn't come fast and furious enough for my liking.

Of course, the wonderful Kidsbooks on West Broadway has a great (possibly the greatest) selection of children's books. I will always be loyal to them.

And now Sitka Books will provide me with an excellent place to find adult books. If the store is anywhere as good as Duthie's was, I will be very, very happy.

Congratulations, Ria! I can hardly wait for the opening.


Tanya said...

Yay! I hadn't heard that, and I'm so excited!

I'm just up the street from Banyan Books, which is always an adventure if you don't mind your books smelling like incence. And Kidsbooks has that very dangerous teen plus section near the check-out desk.

But I need one great bookstore where I can say, "I heard this interview on CBC... and the book was by a woman... and the name had something to do with Blue.." and they hand me the novel.

Dianne said...

Wonderful news! Unfortunately Regina is losing an independent at the end of July - Book & Brier. It will be interesting and difficult times I think for book stores in the next few years.

Deborah Hodge said...

Hi Tanya and Diane,

Yes, it's great news! Hooray for the independent book sellers.

Hope you're both having a wonderful summer.