In Vancouver, nine independent book stores are celebrating Canadian Independent Bookstore Day on April 24th with some special offerings. Canadian Independent Bookstore Day (“CIBD”) is the annual day when readers, writers, and publishers celebrate beloved local bookstores from across the country.
Independent Book Stores in Vancouver
This is also an opportunity for Canadians to champion indie bookstores. By shopping local on April 24th, you are advocating for independent businesses, supporting a flourishing bookselling community, and investing in Canadian culture. Here’s how you can support independent book stores in Vancouver on April 24th and all throughout the year:
Location: 229 E Georgia St, Vancouver
About: From rare, off-beat and out-of-print books to familiar titles and current-day best sellers, they scour the internet and places near and far knowing that the books they source have a perfect match in a reader or collector who is as passionate about books as they are. Massy Books is 100% Indigenous owned and operated and a member of the Stó:lō Business Association. For CIBD, all in store and online purchases (on April 24) will be entered to win a prize pack worth over $350.
Iron Dog Books
Location: 2671 E Hastings St, Vancouver
About: Indigenous owned and operated, with roots as Vancouver’s first modern-day mobile bookshop. Owned and operated by Cliff and Hilary Atleo, and rooted in the core belief that books should be affordable and accessible, Iron Dog Books sells new, used and remaindered books. For CIBD, all in store and online purchases (on April 24) will be entered to win a prize pack worth over $350.
Location: 2557 W Broadway, Vancouver
About: Over thirty-five years ago, Kidsbooks started as a small idea and has grown over the past decades to be a thriving, exciting environment for children and adults who love reading and great books.
The Paper Hound
Location: 344 W Pender, Vancouver
About: The Paper Hound is a new, used and rare book store Downtown Vancouver. They don’t specialize in one particular kind of book, but they favour the classic, curious, odd, beautiful, visually arresting, scholarly, bizarre, and whimsical.
Location: 2176 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
About: Hager Books was established in 1974 and is located in the west side Vancouver neighbourhood of Kerrisdale. They carry a wide selection of fiction, memoir, biography, travel, psychology, history, cookbooks, and gardening. We also stock an excellent range of art and decorating books, from renaissance to 21st century, Michelangelo to Picasso, as well as recent architecture, cinema, and photography. Shop in store on CIBD April 24th and you’ll be entered to win a prize package.
Location: 4118 Main St and 632 W Broadway, Vancouver
About: Since 1963 Black Bond Books has grown as a proud independent Canadian bookseller. They welcomed Book Warehouse under their umbrella in 2021. For CIBD, each Book Warehouse store will be participating in their own way with door prizes, swag, and more.
Location: 3608 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
About: Since 1970, Banyen Books & Sound has grown to become an abundant oasis – one of the most comprehensive selections in North America focusing on Spiritual Traditions, Healing Arts, and Earth Wisdom. Orders on April 24th will be entered to win a prize pack worth over $350 in gift cards, book store swag, and gift items.
Upstart & Crow
Location: 1387 Railspur Alley, Granville Island, Vancouver
About: Located on Granville Island, one of our city’s cultural hubs, they sell books, hand-picked literary gift packages and artworks. They host writer residencies, live events and storytelling workshops.
You can enter the mega CIBD contest online here, submitting proof of purchase from any indie book store April 24, 2021.