How better to continue my British Columbia book celebration than to share one of my favourite B.C.-based independent book stores?
Victoria-based Russell Books is Canada’s largest new and used book store, and it’s every bit as magical as you might imagine. The store recently celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in its current home on Fort Street in Victoria, and its 55th year as a business. Offering a fantastic mix of new and second-hand books, Russell Books also offers antiquarian and out-of-print books, as well as collectibles, journals, calendars and other lovely items.
The antiquarian/special edition children’s book section is a place of special wonder for any children’s librarian or literature lover. So many beautiful old (and not so old – hello Hugo!) children’s books, so little time (and money)….sigh…..Can’t I just take them all home with me, please?
Still family-owned, Russell Books prides itself on being active in the local arts community, hosting book launches, author readings, musical performances and other events.
And wow, the store is a bookstagrammer’s dream come true. Just look at those shelves! Definitely my dream #shelfie….
Now, it’s often cheaper to buy books online, I definitely understand that. But local, independent bookstores like Russell Books create jobs in our communities, support local authors and publishers, host community-building events, and provide personalised, knowledgeable service. The next time you’re looking for a new book, consider checking out your local independent bookstore!