Month: April 2015

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Victoria’s Munro’s Books

by Neil Wadhwa

As the release of The Puritan’s new issue approaches, The Town Crier has decided to leak an excerpt from an upcoming interview with Jessica Walker of Victoria’s Munro’s Books. This preview is just a teaser of the great new non-fiction appearing in The Puritan Issue 29,

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Zafón and the Cult of Independent Bookstores

by Jason Freure

The floorboards and the old cash registers have the aura of saints’ relics. E.E. Cummings carved that notch in the wall, Gabrielle Roy once kissed the door frame, and the owner understands Ulysses better than your Irish Lit professor.

Many of the pieces I’ve written for Bookstore Month at The Town Crier have dealt with sales figures,

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Author Notes: Jeff Latosik on Sound and Silence in Poetry

by Jeff Latosik

Jeff Latosik contributed two poems to The Puritan: Issue 28The Town Crier asked Latosik several questions about poetry, music, and his magnum opus, Werewolf Moving Company. He answered them here.

The Town Crier: Does your poetry from this issue have an interesting origin story or compositional history you’d like to share?

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The Long Decline of the Downtown Chapters

by Jason Freure

Over the last year, the flagship downtown Chapters in each one of Canada’s three largest cities has closed its doors. Starting with Toronto’s John and Richmond location in 2014, Indigo went on to close the Chapters on Montreal’s Ste. Catherine, and then announced that Vancouver’s Robson site would close down and, after finding a new location,

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The Neighbourhood: “We’re Going to Fight the City”

by Annalee Giesbrecht

North of the Assiniboine River and south of Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Wolseley is the kind of neighbourhood Winnipeggers either love or hate. Hate it, and they’re bound to describe it with words like “granola cruncher,” or “patchouli”; love it, and they’ve probably already moved there. Amidst the old elms and three-storey, century-old houses sits a one-storey brick building with a patio and a hand-painted sign reading “The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Café.” Here,

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The Philadelphia Book Trade

by Jason Price Everett

History tells us that in the mid-18th century there were over 75 bookshops, printers, and stationers’ shops in Philadelphia, making it the undisputed publishing centre of the Thirteen Colonies. This was the reason that a young printer’s apprentice—or “printer’s devil” in the argot of the period, due to stray ink blackening their exposed skin—named Benjamin Franklin travelled there from Boston,

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Books vs. Beer

by Jason Freure

You can hear the complaint at almost any book launch: “People spend more money on beer than books.” Some make buying the books at a small press launch a point of pride. Some compromise, balancing their bar tab with deferred hours of reading. Others unabashedly get hammered and go home, totally unimpressed with everything they heard.

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The Monkey’s Paw and Bibliophilia

by André Forget

The Monkey’s Paw is an antiquarian book shop specializing in rare and unusual print artifacts in Toronto. The store also houses the Biblio-Mat, a randomized book vending machine that runs on an Arduino microprocessor and the occasional thump.

André Forget: How did you become involved in antiquarian book sales?

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Indigo and Gendered Book Marketing

by Domenica Martinello

Working at a bookstore, I discovered feminism, but not the way you’d think. At 17, the notion of working at a Chapters or Indigo shimmered with romance. The sheer scale of the big box bookstore is enough to dazzle, often equipped with multiple floors, a built-in café, and thousands of titles on seemingly any topic or genre.

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Tragicomic: An Interview with Anna Leventhal

by Andrew Forbes

Anna Leventhal is the author of the story collection Sweet Affliction (Invisible Publishing 2014), winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s First Book Prize. Excerpts from the following interview appeared in an article on All Lit Up, but the entire interview is presented here because Leventhal had so much to say it seemed a shame to publish only select bits.