NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Books -

TORONTO WOMEN’S BOOK­STORE 97 Har­bord,416-922-8744 You can al­ways find small press works, ob­scure po­ets, graphic nov­els and cut­ting-edge fic­tion at This Ain’t the Rosedale Li­brary, and Pages rocks for cul­tural crit­i­cism and a kick­ass mag sec­tion, but the grand prize goes to the Women’s Book­store. Why? Be­cause of its com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity (check out the cal­en­dar of savvy pro­gram­ming at www.wom­ens­book­, its not-just-forwomen stock (par­tic­u­larly sec­tions on global, en­vi­ron­men­tal and race is­sues), and, no­tably, be­cause it’s man­aged to sur­vive for over three decades. Ten years ago there were nearly 200 women’s book­stores on the con­ti­nent; now you’ll find barely 30. The se­cret? In­tense out­reach to U of T profs, re­sult­ing in the sales of books for over 130 cour­ses. Bril­liant.

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