At a time when digital devices take precedence over print in most homes and offices, Amazon has a stranglehold on the sale of books worldwide, and independent booksellers hang in there purely because of their love of reading, it’s something of a miracle to hear about a bookstore opening instead of yet another store shutting its doors.
Especially when that bookstore is focused on children’s literature.
Drawn & Quarterly, a Montreal-based publishing house that specializes in graphic novels, is no stranger to trying times. “We opened our store at 211 (Bernard St. in Mile End) 10 years ago,” said publisher Peggy Burns, “when the Double Hook (an iconic bookstore on Greene Ave. that specialized in Canadian literature and carried kids’ books) had closed, ebooks were on the rise and we heard about the terrible economy every day. No one was shopping, they said, and it’s true that we had some zero-dollar days.”
But here they are, with La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly having opened last month at 176 Bernard, across the street from the well-established flagship store — undaunted by the digital revolution or Amazonian strength....
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