In this world of e-readers, online retailers, and chain stores, independent bookstores face an ongoing struggle to survive. As a result, many of Toronto’s indie bookshops offer something out of the ordinary. From shops specializing in cookbooks or rare editions, offering wonderlands of children’s literature, or hosting a myriad of literary events, independent bookstore culture in Toronto remains vibrant. Here are ten magical bookstores where bibliophiles in Toronto can get their literary fixes, and more.
A beloved fixture of the Toronto indie bookshop scene, TYPE is a must for any book lover. Situated directly across from Liberty Village Park on Queen Street West, TYPE is home to an astute selection of contemporary fiction, art and design books, magazines, and small-press publications. The store is well known for its literary events – including launches, readings, and school book fairs. TYPE also operates a non-profit literacy outreach program, Word-Play, which encourages a love of reading among children. On top of that, there is a small art gallery in the basement of the store, with rotating exhibits that tend to feature local artists and incorporate text or book themes. Note that there are actually two TYPE locations: the flagship shop on Queen West, and one in Forest Hill.